Flyer AOPA Edition Issue No. 59 November 2005 New Features for GEFP and Still Free! The next version of GEFP, version 3.0, will introduce several new features: A Weather Tab The Weather TAB controls the display of the above features, and has been added to the Chart Preferences. Everything selected from this tab will persist across each of the zoom levels. Only one weather type can be displayed at a time. METAR Minimums - Allows for setting personal minimums for the display of the METAR on the Chart. The display is represented by green, yellow, and red based on the personal entry for this criteria. Enhanced Weather Overlays - Winds aloft, METARS, Temperatures, Dew Point, and Temp/Dew Point Spread can be graphically represented on the charts. Lets take a quick look at each feature: Wind Barbs - will display the surface winds on the chart. You will also get altitude winds displayed on the route “Profile Display”. The altitude for the wind display is selectable by selecting “Wind Altitude” under the menu “View” and moving the “slide bar” in the pop-up. METAR - The METARs will appear as boxes with the letters “WX” in them. These boxes will be color coded green, yellow, or red based on the personal minimums set up by the user. If the user has the pointer set in “router mode,” moving the pointer over the “WX” box will display the entire METAR. METAR Display Temperature Display Temperatures, Dew Point, and Temp/Dew Point Spread The Temperatures, Dew Point, or Temp/Dew Point Spread will appear as values located at the METAR reporting locations. The value that will be displayed is selected in the “Weather Tab” in “Preferences” under the “Chart” pull-down Menu. Weight and Balance Based upon the currently selected aircraft (see [Properties]), this feature permits a graphic depiction of the implications of various aircraft loading scenarios. To utilize this tool, click the “Weight” column for the desired “Moment-Arm” loading station. Please retain your DUATS Newsletters for future reference. DUATS...Still the Fastest Way into the Air & Still Free Download the latest Golden Eagle FlightPrep software from FlightPrep.com or call for a free disk at 1-800-345-3828 or 1-703-818-5404 or e-mail email@example.com Data line: 800-767-9989 Tech support: 800-345-3828 press number 4 after operator FAX: 703-818-4723 Internet Telnet: direct.duats.com Internet Web: http://www.duats.com or http://184.108.40.206 Secure Web: https//duats.com Enter the proposed actual weight and click in any other weight station. The system will calculate the change and graphically render the changes in the diagram on the right side of the window. Notes: 1. Fuel is loaded in pounds in the Moment Arm stations defined with the word “Fuel.” New Route Planning Options - Two new options have been added to the “Route” pull-down menu. These are Route Wizard and Compare Altitudes. Let us look at each one: Route Wizard - This function provides the option of selecting SDs and STARS as input to the current GEFP Auto Router. 2. To change the definition of the loading calculations, you must redefine the aircraft model via the [Edit][Aircraft][Weight & Balance] tool. 3. Minimum useful fuel is defined when all usable fuel is exhausted. Therefore, in all actuality, you will probably be landing at a higher gross weight and a different center of gravity than displayed as indicated by the green “Minimum useful fuel” dot. Moment Arms Click the Moment Arm tab and click Add. Enter the Moment Arm description, default weight, and ARM inches (typically found in your POH). Normally, you should enter the aircraft’s empty weight conditions. Note: When entering the Moment Arm(s) for fuel, the word “fuel” needs to be in the description permitting accurate “as loaded” calculations. Click on OK after each new Moment Arm entry. CG Envelope Click the CG Envelope tab and click Add. Beginning with the empty aircraft weight and forward-most CG point, enter Weight and Inches (you will find this in your POH) and click OK to save the data. Proceed to the next heavier weight (typically the same forward CG point). Progress clockwise around the envelope until all the data points are completed. Note: As you proceed, you may get a rather strange looking envelope that changes with each data point you create. This is okay. It will resemble the diagram in your POH when you enter the last data point (typically the max gross weight and rear-most CG position. Compare Altitudes - Once a route has been developed using the GEFP flight planner, select “Compare Altitudes” under the menu “Route” to compare time and fuel burn for different altitudes. For example, the altitude of 14,000 feet in the chart below is optimum for both time and fuel for the aircraft selected. By simply selecting an altitude and clicking the “Select” button, the flight log is automatically regenerated and the flight plan is updated. Various altitudes can be added for comparison by entering the altitude in the box at the top of the form and clicking “Add.” Any number of altitudes can be added.
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