Version 6.0 September 2011

Version 6.0 September 2011
StrePla
Version 6.0
September 2011
 Klaus Langelüddeke
and
8F Computer GmbH
Jakob Lengfelder Strasse 46
61352 Bad Homburg
Tel: 06172 / 94 28 48
Fax: 06172 / 94 28 47
http://www.strepla.de
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Table of Contents
desktop*StrePla Installation System requirements ............ 8
First installation ......................................................................................................................................................... 8
Using desktop*StrePla ............................................................ 9
Starting the program ................................................................................................................................................. 9
How to work with desktop*StrePla ....................................... 10
Additional information in the map window .............................................................................................................. 12
Where, how and what does desktop*StrePla save? .............................................................................................. 13
Note ........................................................................................................................................................................ 13
Layouts ................................................................................... 14
Create Layouts ....................................................................................................................................................... 14
Modify Layouts ....................................................................................................................................................... 15
Manage Layouts ..................................................................................................................................................... 15
1
Data Management............................................................. 16
1.1
Explanation of several important terms ....................................................................................................... 16
1.1.1
DCW Vector files .................................................................................................................................. 16
1.1.2
Raster maps ......................................................................................................................................... 16
1.1.3
Airspace................................................................................................................................................ 17
1.1.4
DEM Digital Elevation Model ................................................................................................................ 17
1.1.5
Airfields ................................................................................................................................................. 17
2
Use of data manager ........................................................ 18
2.1
Start data manager ...................................................................................................................................... 18
2.2
Graphical mode ........................................................................................................................................... 18
2.3
Display/hide maps and set display priority .................................................................................................. 24
2.4
List mode ..................................................................................................................................................... 24
2.5
Import airspace ............................................................................................................................................ 25
2.6
Importing raster maps .................................................................................................................................. 26
2.6.1
Import Flightplanner CD ....................................................................................................................... 27
2.6.2
Using Flightplanner maps..................................................................................................................... 28
2.6.3
Import self scanned maps .................................................................................................................... 28
3
Options .............................................................................. 31
3.1
Units ............................................................................................................................................................. 31
3.2
List of pilots .................................................................................................................................................. 32
3.3
Turn points ................................................................................................................................................... 33
3.3.1
Core data .............................................................................................................................................. 33
3.3.2
Turn points on the map ........................................................................................................................ 33
3.4
Routes ......................................................................................................................................................... 34
3.4.1
Core data .............................................................................................................................................. 34
3.4.2
Tasks on map ....................................................................................................................................... 34
3.5
Flight tracks ................................................................................................................................................. 35
3.5.1
Import flight data ................................................................................................................................... 35
3.5.2
Core data .............................................................................................................................................. 36
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3.5.3
Details on the map ................................................................................................................................ 36
3.5.4
Flight track ............................................................................................................................................ 36
3.5.5
Task ...................................................................................................................................................... 36
3.6
Map .............................................................................................................................................................. 40
3.7
Serial Communication .................................................................................................................................. 43
3.8
NOTAM ........................................................................................................................................................ 43
3.8.1
Display NOTAM on map ....................................................................................................................... 44
3.8.2
Subscribe NOTAMs .............................................................................................................................. 44
4
Turn point catalogue ........................................................45
4.1
General information for working with turn point catalogues......................................................................... 45
4.1.1
Search turn points................................................................................................................................. 45
4.1.2
Turn point filter ...................................................................................................................................... 46
4.2
Deleting turn points ...................................................................................................................................... 47
4.3
Printing the turn point catalogue .................................................................................................................. 47
4.4
Creating a turn point catalogue .................................................................................................................... 47
4.4.1
New turn point catalogue ...................................................................................................................... 47
4.4.2
Importing airports .................................................................................................................................. 48
4.4.3
Importing turn points ............................................................................................................................. 48
4.5
Saving turn point catalogues ....................................................................................................................... 50
4.5.1
Saving and keeping the name .............................................................................................................. 50
4.5.2
Saving and entering a new name ......................................................................................................... 50
4.5.3
Exporting turn points ............................................................................................................................. 50
5
Turn points ........................................................................55
5.1
Creating turn points ...................................................................................................................................... 55
5.2
Editing turn points ........................................................................................................................................ 55
5.2.1
Description of the entry fields ............................................................................................................... 55
5.3
Turn point filter ............................................................................................................................................. 56
5.3.1
Selecting separate Turn point types ..................................................................................................... 57
5.3.2
Selecting turn points in a rectangular area ........................................................................................... 57
5.3.3
Selecting turn points in the vicinity of a reference point ....................................................................... 58
5.4
Creating a short name ................................................................................................................................. 58
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Route catalogues ..............................................................61
6.1
Loading the task catalogues ........................................................................................................................ 61
6.2
Sorting tasks in the list field ......................................................................................................................... 62
6.3
Choosing tasks for editing............................................................................................................................ 62
6.4
Deleting tasks from the catalogue ............................................................................................................... 62
6.5
Printing task lists .......................................................................................................................................... 63
6.6
Inserting tasks into the catalog .................................................................................................................... 63
6.6.1
Inserting new tasks ............................................................................................................................... 63
6.6.2
Importing tasks ..................................................................................................................................... 63
6.7
Saving task catalogs .................................................................................................................................... 65
6.7.1
Saving and keeping the name .............................................................................................................. 65
6.7.2
Saving and entering a new name ......................................................................................................... 65
6.8
Exporting tasks from the catalogue ............................................................................................................. 66
6.8.1
Google Earth ......................................................................................................................................... 66
7
Tasks..................................................................................67
7.1
Creating the task on the map ....................................................................................................................... 67
7.1.1
Creating a turn point ............................................................................................................................. 67
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7.1.2
Scrolling the map window..................................................................................................................... 67
7.1.3
Zooming while creating a task .............................................................................................................. 67
7.1.4
Creating further turns ........................................................................................................................... 68
7.1.5
Labeling fields for the tasks .................................................................................................................. 68
7.1.6
Moving turn points ................................................................................................................................ 69
7.1.7
Inserting turn points into a task ............................................................................................................ 70
7.1.8
Deleting turn points from tasks ............................................................................................................. 71
7.1.9
Converting turn points to checkpoints .................................................................................................. 71
7.1.10 Task details .......................................................................................................................................... 72
7.1.11 FAI Area ............................................................................................................................................... 73
7.2
Creating the task within the task edit dialogue ............................................................................................ 74
7.2.1
Deleting turn points from a task ........................................................................................................... 75
7.2.2
Inserting a turn point into a task ........................................................................................................... 76
7.2.3
Replacing turn points in a task ............................................................................................................. 76
7.3
Creating an AAT Task ................................................................................................................................. 76
7.4
Printing the task description ........................................................................................................................ 78
8
Direct communication with logger ................................. 80
8.1
8.2
8.3
8.4
8.5
8.6
8.7
8.8
8.9
9
Reading your flight tracks ............................................................................................................................ 81
Transferring a flight declaration to the logger .............................................................................................. 82
Editing logger configuration ......................................................................................................................... 83
Reading Turn points and Tasks from the Logger ........................................................................................ 85
Transferring turn points and tasks to the logger .......................................................................................... 86
Transfer pilot list to logger ........................................................................................................................... 87
Copy airspace .............................................................................................................................................. 88
Copy airport data ......................................................................................................................................... 88
Firmware update .......................................................................................................................................... 89
Flight tracks ...................................................................... 91
9.1
9.2
9.3
9.4
9.5
9.6
9.7
9.8
9.9
9.10
Creating a new flight track file ..................................................................................................................... 91
Opening a flight track file ............................................................................................................................. 91
Importing flight tracks .................................................................................................................................. 91
Exporting flight tracks .................................................................................................................................. 92
Merge flight tracks ....................................................................................................................................... 92
Displaying flight tracks ................................................................................................................................. 93
Edit flight track data ..................................................................................................................................... 94
ENL calibration ............................................................................................................................................ 95
Assigning tasks to flight tracks .................................................................................................................... 96
Flight task – copy task in task file ............................................................................................................ 97
10 Analyzing flight tracks ..................................................... 99
10.1
10.2
10.3
The active and passive cursor ................................................................................................................. 99
Placing and shifting the active cursor ...................................................................................................... 99
Changing the active cursor to passive cursor .......................................................................................... 99
11 Analyzing flight tracks ................................................... 100
11.1
11.2
Determining glide times ......................................................................................................................... 101
AAT – Assigned Area Task .................................................................................................................... 101
12 Flight tracks - Statistics ................................................. 103
12.1
Statistic - flight track ............................................................................................................................... 103
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12.1.1 Thermals analysis ............................................................................................................................... 103
12.1.2 Cruise ................................................................................................................................................. 103
12.1.3 Histogram –height............................................................................................................................... 104
12.2
Statistic – Task ....................................................................................................................................... 105
12.3
Statistic – Optimization ........................................................................................................................... 105
13 Animating flight tracks ...................................................106
13.1
13.2
Shifting the time-point in the barogram .................................................................................................. 106
Optimizing the flight tracks ..................................................................................................................... 106
14 Interface for pocket*StrePla...........................................109
14.1
Selecting the Export Assistant ............................................................................................................... 109
14.2
Create and transfer maps ...................................................................................................................... 110
14.2.1 What the zoom levels mean ............................................................................................................... 110
14.2.2 Create and transfer maps ................................................................................................................... 111
14.3
Copying airspace data............................................................................................................................ 112
14.4
Creating and copying turn point/tasks .................................................................................................... 113
14.4.1 Selecting turn points and tasks for transfer to pocket*StrePla ........................................................... 113
14.4.2 Selecting airports ................................................................................................................................ 114
14.5
Importing flight tracks ............................................................................................................................. 114
14.6
Updating FlarmNet database ................................................................................................................. 115
15 Info windows ...................................................................117
15.1
Turn points ............................................................................................................................................. 117
15.2
Routes .................................................................................................................................................... 118
15.3
Task info ................................................................................................................................................. 118
15.4
Flight tracks ............................................................................................................................................ 119
15.5
Flight analysis ......................................................................................................................................... 119
15.6
Flight track details .................................................................................................................................. 120
15.6.1 Info window flight track details during the flight analysis .................................................................... 120
15.6.2 Info window Flight track details during flight track animation ............................................................. 121
15.7
Flight panel (analog)............................................................................................................................... 121
15.8
Barogram ................................................................................................................................................ 122
15.9
Variogram ............................................................................................................................................... 122
15.10
Groundspeed .......................................................................................................................................... 122
15.11
Thermals – Cruise .................................................................................................................................. 123
15.12
Turn point sectors................................................................................................................................... 126
15.13
Airspace violations ................................................................................................................................. 126
15.14
Airspace data ......................................................................................................................................... 127
15.15
Flight info window in the map window .................................................................................................... 128
15.15.1
Flight info window during the flight analysis .................................................................................... 129
15.15.2
Flight info window during the flight track animation ........................................................................ 129
16 NOTAM (notice to airmen) .............................................131
16.1
Introduction ............................................................................................................................................. 131
16.2
Configuration .......................................................................................................................................... 131
16.2.1 Configuring the map display ............................................................................................................... 131
16.2.2 Subscribe NOTAM .............................................................................................................................. 132
16.3
Info window NOTAM .............................................................................................................................. 132
16.3.1 NOTAM Tab........................................................................................................................................ 132
16.3.2 Search Tab ......................................................................................................................................... 133
16.3.3 Subscription tab .................................................................................................................................. 134
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16.4
16.5
Display on the map ................................................................................................................................ 134
Printing NOTAM ..................................................................................................................................... 135
17 Airspace editor ............................................................... 137
17.1
Modify the lateral borders ...................................................................................................................... 139
17.1.1 Graphical ............................................................................................................................................ 139
17.1.2 Text based version ............................................................................................................................. 139
17.2
Inserting and deleting airspace items .................................................................................................... 140
17.3
Other ...................................................................................................................................................... 140
18 Exporting airspace ......................................................... 141
19 IGC File Finder ................................................................ 143
19.1
Naming convention of the IGC file ......................................................................................................... 143
19.2
Using the IGC File finder ........................................................................................................................ 143
19.2.1 Start .................................................................................................................................................... 143
19.2.2 IGC File finder, flights ......................................................................................................................... 144
19.2.3 IGC File finder, Monitored folders ...................................................................................................... 146
19.2.4 IGC File finder, Filter .......................................................................................................................... 146
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Installation
System requirements
In order to use desktop*StrePla you will need a PC operating Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP. Older
versions are not supported.
The program is installed on the PC‟s hard drive and requires at least 300MB memory capacity. Furthermore, a
screen resolution of at least 800 x 600px with 265 colors is recommended.
If additional files (maps, elevation profiles, etc.) are installed, additional disk space is required.
First installation
In order to begin the installation, open the setup.exe program from the installation CD.
Note: If you have activated the Auto-Start option in Windows, then this step will be performed automatically once
you insert the CD into the drive.
The following welcome screen will appear:
Confirm the welcome screen by clicking “continue”. The next step is to confirm the desktop*StrePla license
agreement:
Read and accept the license agreement or cancel the installation. Select the hard drive directory in the next window
and ensure that a memory capacity of at least 300MB is available on the drive.
Begin the actual installation with the “Install” button.
Once the installation is complete, the Visual Flight Guide can immediately be run. The installation is completed by
clicking the “Finish” button and if the box “run desktop*StrePla” is ticked, desktop*StrePla will start up
(recommended).
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Using desktop*StrePla
Starting the program
Use the Start button on the Windows task bar or the desktop icon to run the program.
The following or similar window should be available after start-up:
Before you start using pocket*StrePla, you can install the missing maps/files. Select the file category to be installed
from the “file type” drop-down list and mark the region you want to install. By clicking on “Install”, the files will be
installed from the StrePla web server.
Further information can be found in the chapter “Use of Data Manager” later on.
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How to work with desktop*StrePla
desktop*StrePla can be used like every other Windows application, as most valid user standards have been
retained. Most necessary steps should be self-explanatory, such that use of the online help should not be
necessary too often. It is desktop*StrePla’s foremost concern to support the user in typical cross-country
flight tasks.
desktop*StrePla has one main window with a map. Other windows containing further information are
arranged around the main window.
The left margin contains the most important information in an accordion of windows that can be brought
forward to the main page by a click. These are flight paths, routes, waypoints, NOTAMs, airspaces and
webcams.
The right and bottom margins contain the remaining information windows, such as barogram and variogram
as well as ground speed at the bottom and the others to the right.
The main menu and toolbar containing the most important functions are located at the top.
All window sizes can be adjusted by clicking and dragging the separator line.
All info windows can be hidden by clicking the
symbol in the top right-hand corner or by using the Info
window menu. If it is hidden, it can be reopened using the Info window menu.
These info windows can be freely moved and positioned in order to accommodate your needs.
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We differentiate between the “docked” mode, in which the info windows are attached to the main window
border, and the “free” mode, in which windows can be placed in any position.
The info windows can be moved by clicking and holding down on its title bar and dragging it to the desired
position. So-called “destination markers”
this destination marker.
become visible during the movement. Move your mouse over
The window‟s prospective new “docked” position is shown in blue. Releasing the mouse will rearrange the
displays. If you do not like the new position, try a different destination marker.
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If you want to combine several windows, drag the window over the “destination marker” tab
new window will be joined to the other info windows with a tab and can be activated by clicking it.
. This
A window is “free floating” if it is not attached to the main window. This can be achieved if you do not touch a
destination marker when releasing the mouse button.
Additional information in the map window
The horizontal scroll bar contains further important elements.

Important zooming, measuring and data filtering buttons. Activate these functions by clicking the symbol.
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
A legend showing contour line color coding, flight path color coding or a distance scale.
Select the desired legend by right-clicking the legend. If you want to change the color, select Tools and edit the
color scheme.
Where, how and what does desktop*StrePla save?
desktop*StrePla use is very intuitive. However, it is still necessary to know where certain files are saved.
Unless you changed your settings during the installation process, desktop*StrePla installed all necessary files into
the following directory: C:\Program\StrePla6. Normally you will not need to edit this or any of its sub-directories.
During the installation the following other directory was created:
C:\My Documents\StrePla
All your files, such as waypoint catalogues, route catalogues, etc. should be placed in this directory. StrePla is set
up such that all personal files should be saved here, unless you change your settings.
If you do not want to manage more than one catalogue, you do not need to do anything. StrePla automatically
saves all changes when closing the program and loads them during the next boot.
This directory and its sub-directory also save all downloads or updates that you get. For example, all DCW vector
maps that you install through file management are saved in …\My Documents\StrePla\map\dcw.
Note
Some of desktop*StrePla’s functions were expanded for better and quicker use of scoring*StrePla
(www.strepla.de/scs). These are not documented in this manual and are explained in scoring*StrePla’s instructions
manual.
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Layouts
Layouts simplify the usage of desktop*StrePla, because they allow a fast change between several applications
(for instance: flight planning, flight analysis, flight animation, etc) without always having to open and place the
required windows.
Each application requires different info windows that then need to be placed in different positions.
To activate a layout, open Layout menu, <Layout name>. StrePla supports four default layouts:
Planning:
Opens the map window and the info windows Route and Route info.
Flight analysis:
Opens the map window and the info windows Flight Tracks, Flight Analysis and Barogram.
Airspace
Opens the map window and the info window Airspace.
NOTAM
Opens the map window and the info window NOTAM.
Create Layouts
You can create additional layouts, which will fit your special personal needs. To create new layouts please proceed
as described:
-
Open all info windows and adjust their position and size as you will later require.
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Execute Layouts, Create new layout and fill in the name of your layout
The new layout is now saved and active. The layout is available in the menu Layouts:
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Modify Layouts
To modify an existing layout:
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activate the desired layout in Layouts, <Layoutname>
-
modify the number and position of the windows
-
execute Layouts, Save current Layout
This saves the current layout with the changed positions values and can be reused later.
Manage Layouts
If a layout is not needed any more, it can be deleted in Layouts, Administrate Layouts:
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1
Data Management
This menu lets you manage which maps and airspace representation you would like to install and display.
For this you should know certain terms.
1.1
Explanation of several important terms
1.1.1 DCW Vector files
DCW stands for “digital chart of the world”. These are maps that are freely available almost all over the world.
Vector maps have the advantage that they can be zoomed at will without a loss of quality. Furthermore, individual
objects, such as highways, roads, rivers, cities etc. can be faded in or out depending on the level of zoom.
Example of a vector map
1.1.2 Raster maps
Raster maps are digital maps on the basis of individual pixels. Usually the original paper map is scanned and
calculated to fit a rectangular projection using extensive mathematical formulae. Hence all information is visible
simultaneously, including the airspace overprint. The ICAO map is a typical example of a scanned raster map.
StrePla supplies the Open Street Map for Europe, which provides very detailed information for flight preparation
and execution.
The biggest advantage is that raster maps are very detailed yet do not strain your computer‟s working capacity.
Example raster map, small scale
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Example raster map, large scale
1.1.3 Airspace
The airspace is always represented in vector format. This vector representation can be placed on top of the DCW
vector map or on top of the raster map. There is little use for this on the raster map except for checking that the
airspace source data is correct, since the airspace is already present on the printout. However, if you want to do a
collision calculation concerning an airspace, you need the airspace representation, maybe placed under the raster
map.
Example airspace representation
Two file formats have established themselves for this representation: the OpenAir- and the Tim Newport Peace
Format. Both formats are supported by desktop*StrePla. Both files are available online and free of charge. A good
source is:
http://soaringweb.org/
This page is by John Leibacher where you can get the worldwide airspace as well as all turn points.
1.1.4 DEM Digital Elevation Model
If you want to represent your flights or terrain in 3D then the elevation of the over flown terrain is required. This data
is named Digital Elevation Model. This data maps the elevation of the terrain at a certain location and is available
as a grid. We alternatively use a mesh size of 900m (GTOPO30) or 90m (SRTM). When choosing your model,
please remember that the SRTM model requires 100x as much data capacity as the GTOPO30.
1.1.5 Airfields
Both for planning as well as for flight execution purposes current and accurate airfield data is required. The StrePla
team services most European airfields for you. We recommend that you compare and adjust your turn point data to
the StrePla database in regular intervals, especially if you use it for flight execution (Edit, turn points, Merge StrePla
airfields into current turn point database). See also chapter turn points.
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2
Use of data manager
2.1
Start data manager
Point to Tools and click on Data Management.
The data management opens a window where you can decide which maps to install and/or show. Usually you will
use the graphical mode, in which the available maps are represented on a map of the world.
2.2
Graphical mode
Please follow these steps to install your maps:
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Select the region
While selecting a region you restrict the displayed data to your area of interest, e.g. Europe.
Next, select the map type for which you want to install data.
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The following maps can be selected:

Vector maps DCW, StrePla 3
The DCW (Digital Chart of the World) vector maps used in StrePla3 and earlier. These maps are grouped by
country and are based on data from 1992.

Vector maps DCW, StrePla 4
The DCW (Digital Chart of the World) vector maps for StrePla4. These maps were created based on data from
2000 and are grouped in 5° by 5° tiles.

DEM Digital Elevation Model (GTOPO 30 or SRTM)
All available DEM Elevation models are listed. We recommend to use the SRTM data set only if you want to use
the radar altimeter in pocket*StrePla.

Airspace
All available airspace data is listed. To add user-defined airspace, use the button 'Add user data' (See also File,
Import airspace).

Airfields
All available countries that are in our airfield database are shown here.

Satellite maps
All available satellite charts are shown here. They employ pictures taken in the year 2000 have a resolution of
15/pixel. They are grouped in 5° by 5° tiles. Please note that each tile needs up to 100 Mb of hard disk storage.

US Sectional Charts
The US sectional charts as displayed here and organized according to the paper version.

Raster maps
All installed raster maps are listed here (with exception of satellite and US Sectional Charts). To add user raster
maps (Flight planner maps and self scanned maps) use the button 'Add user data'.

Open Street Map
All Open Street Map charts that can be installed via the StrePla server are shown here.
Select the map type that you want to install.
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The available maps are displayed on the world map as rectangular tiles. Red tiles are available but not installed,
green tiles are installed and visible and yellow tiles are installed, but set invisible by the user.
Mark all tiles that you want to install with a left mouse click. To mark more than one tile, hold the Ctrl key down
while clicking in the tile and to unmark the tile, click again.
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Select installation source
In the 'Install from' drop-down select the source from which you want to install:

Internet (www.strepla.de)
This option installs the data from our web server. Please be aware that the download can take some time and
requires a strong internet connection because of the amount of data.

CD ROM / DVD
If you have purchased a CD ROM/DVD select this option (not all maps are available on CD / DVD).

Hard disk
If the data is already on your hard disk.
Install map
Start the installation with a click on 'Start Installation'.
Installation from CD ROM/DVD
desktop*StrePla will search for the CD immediately after beginning the installation. Insert the CD into the drive and
if you have more than one drive, select the correct one.
If StrePla recognizes the CD as the correct one, the text will turn green and you can click OK.
The copy process will begin.
Installation from hard drive
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desktop*StrePla will search for the file immediately after beginning the installation. Click on the button with three
dots. The Windows File window will appear.
Select the path where the file is saved and mark it.
The path color will turn green and you can click OK.
The copy process will begin.
Internet installation
All files will be located on the www.strepla.de server. All DCW vector maps and DEM Elevation data is presented
on this server. A good internet connection is required, as a high data volume is loaded. Raster maps cannot be
loaded from the internet because of their large size.
Upon starting the installation, desktop*StrePla will begin with the download and installation.
End of installation
After successful installation the tiles are now displayed in green.
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2.3
Display/hide maps and set display priority
Select the desired map and open the context menu with a right click. In case of overlapping maps you can decide
which map will be on top using Display Priority. The highest priority is on top.
2.4
List mode
The map management has an additional list mode in which all maps are displayed in a tabular form. The grouping
to type and regions is the same as in the graphical mode.
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2.5
Import airspace
Alongside desktop*StrePla’s own airspaces, you can add and display your own airspace files in desktop*StrePla.
Open the data management and select 'Airspace' in the map type drop-down.
Start the airspace import wizard with a click on the button 'Add user data'.
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Select the type of airspace in the type drop-down.
desktop*StrePla supports the widespread Open Airspace and Tim Newport file formats.
Select the airspace file and click Next. On the next page all you have to do is name the airspace file.
After specifying a file name the data will be imported and displayed in desktop*StrePla.
2.6
Importing raster maps
With this function you can either import Flightplanner or self scanned raster maps into desktop*StrePla.
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Open the map management and select 'Raster maps' in the map type drop-down.
Start the import wizard with a click on the 'Add user data' button.
Select the desired type of map you want to import.
2.6.1 Import Flightplanner CD
You must have purchased a map CD from IFOS for the program Flightplanner. Insert this CD into your CD drive
and select the proper drive in the drive select box. Click on „Next‟.
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Select the maps you want to install from the list of the left side and click the “>” button.
A click on the finish button will install the maps and copy all necessary files into your StrePla map folder.
The newly installed map will now be shown in the map manager.
2.6.2 Using Flightplanner maps
If you have already installed Flightplanner maps on your PC and do not want to save duplicates of them on your
hard drive, select the „Use Flightplanner maps‟ option in the „Import Raster Map‟ dialogue.
Enter the map installation directory and click Next.
BILD
All maps in this directory will be listed. Select the map that you also want to use in desktop*StrePla and click on
„Finish‟. Please make sure that you have deactivated the „Copy files to StrePla map directory‟ option.
2.6.3 Import self scanned maps
In addition to the maps already available, you can also use your own self scanned raster maps in desktop*StrePla.
However, this process is rather tedious and requires some amount of time, effort and patience.
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Scan your map in a resolution of your choice and save (JGP, TIF, BMP, PNG) the scans in a folder on your
hard disk.
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Go to Tools, User raster maps
BILD
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Click Add
BILD
The raster map editor appears. Here you can “geo-encode” your scans –that‟s set reference points and scale to
your scanned data.
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Click on Open and load the scanned file.
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Click on a point with known coordinates as far as possible on top left side of the scan and fill in the
corresponding coordinates.
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Select the Bottom right radio button and repeat the above procedure with a point as far as possible at the
lower – right side of the scan.
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Click on Ok.
BILD
Repeat the procedure for all scans.
For every scanned map you can adjust the display priority – mark the entry and edit the display priority; the higher
the value, the later the map will be sketched. You can also fade your map in or out (deactivate the “visible” option).
Remark: If you have maps bought with Flight Planner Version 4 and earlier you can import them direct, without
manual “geo-encoding” the scans. Click on Import FP4 and select the folder with the Flight Planner Version 4 map
data.
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Click on Ok. All map files in the folder and its subfolders are loaded and displayed with file and map names
in the map list.
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Options
In the “Options” window, you will find all the options to adjust desktop*StrePla to your personal needs. Point to
Tools>Options and click or use the Ctrl+E.
On the main page you can

Select the user interface language.

Set the User data folder in which desktop*StrePla places all user created files. The default value is
<Documents>\StrePla.

Deactivate automatic program update check. In this case, you can open the update check through the help
menu manually.

Redisplay all dialogues that have the “Don‟t show this dialogue” checkbox ticked, in case your previous
choice is no longer valid. All dialogues that were hidden because their boxes were ticked will now reappear.

You can compare your database to the online www.strepla.de database in case the data management
shows incorrect or old entries by using the “update data manager” button.
3.1
Units
Here you can determine the units in which desktop*StrePla should undertake all calculations. You can switch
between the different units at any given time.
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Choose metric in the selection field Unit system. With the exception of the Coordinates field, all fields are set up in
the metric system of units.
Choose imperial in the selection field Unit system. With the exception of the Coordinates field, all fields are set up
in the American / English system of units.
Choose User defined in the selection field Unit system. You can adapt all unit fields to your choice.
Select the Distance field: FAI Sphere if you want your distances measured according to old standards. Otherwise
select Ellipsoid.
Make sure you have chosen the correct settings for record flights.
3.2
List of pilots
Enter your personal data here.
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desktop*StrePla allows you to manage as many pilots as you like.
Click in Add, to add pilots, Edit to change the data of a selected pilot and Delete to remove on pilot from the list.
Click the add or edit button and enter all personal data.
Make sure to enter your name exactly as you have entered it on the participant claim for the OLC.
The list of planes is based on the DAeC/OLC index list.
3.3
Turn points
3.3.1 Core data
Enter your home point here. In the turn point list, the distance and heading will be calculated based on this turn
point (airfield).
Enter the maximum length of the contracted turn point. This setting is important for all “old” loggers, whose turn
point names are limited in length.
3.3.2 Turn points on the map
Select your options according to your wishes.
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3.4
Routes
Here you can adjust the options for your routes (tasks).
3.4.1 Core data
Choose the standard rules with which you want to plan your new and imported tasks. To change the rule set of
existing tasks use the Edit task dialog.
To use the current glider index to calculate the task points, check the option Use index of glider to calculate the
task points.
The names of the free turn points are created with help of the basic name entered here. It is made up of a fixed
constituent (in the example ftp) and a number (%d), The program will replace "%d” by the next available number in
the current file.
3.4.2 Tasks on map
Width and Color: Enter the thickness and choose a color for the task (course line).
Name task turn points: Choose whether you want to see the labels on the task points.
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Name legs: Choose whether you want to see the labels on the task legs.
Show FAI Areas. Activate this option, if you want to see the areas visible in which the turn points of a task have to
be placed for an FAI triangle.
Compute AAT min/max tasks. Activate this option to compute the minimum and maximum tasks for an AAT task.
This may take some time.
Show turn point sector. The turn point sector for this set of rules will be shown if this box is checked. This can be
deactivated and is recommended if the representation becomes cluttered.
3.5
Flight tracks
Adjust the options for your flight tracks (completed flights) here.
3.5.1 Import flight data
Create a separate record for each flight: Some loggers store all flights of one day in an igc file. An example may
be a towed flight back after an offsite landing. Deactivate this option if you want StrePla to load all data of one igc
file in one flight track.
Sort out “spurious fixes”: If activated, StrePla filters positions that may not belong to the flight track and could
falsify the results. Deactivate this option only in case of problems.
If the option Use logger specific ENL parameter is activated, StrePla opens the ENL calibration window during
flight track upload. For details see Flight tracks, ENL calibration.
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3.5.2 Core data
QNH and real takeoff elevation: When activated, it converts the pressure altitude due to the takeoff elevation and
given QNH. This is useful when comparing flight altitudes of several flights. See also chapter Flight Tracks, edit
flight track core data.
Display flights in UTC and UTC offset: Your logger records the flights in UTC. Enter the corresponding offset to
show the flight path in local time.
3.5.3 Details on the map
Mark: In the flight path representation every point (fix) that was recorded by the logger will be marked.
Mark GPS nav. warnings: It may be possible for your GPS to enter so-called navigation warnings into the IGC file.
Contact your logger producer if the amount of invalid fixed becomes too large.
Events: Display E-Records within the IGC file. Those records are usually created by the pilot during flight with a
logger-dependent device (button).
Thermals: Display a short info of the thermal along the flight track.
3.5.4 Flight track
Select the color scheme for the flight track
Line width: Indicate how wide your flight track should be.
Select a color for your flight path.
3.5.5 Task
Display task: Choose whether the task that belongs to the flight track should be shown on the map.
Display sectors: Choose yes or no.
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Name turn points: Choose yes or no.
Name legs: Choose yes or no.
3.5.5.1 Flight tracks graphs
Adjust the options for the graphs (Barogram, Variogram...) here.
3.5.5.1.1
Core data
Display complete flight: Choose whether the whole flight or only the part that is visible on the map should be
shown. If this option is not active, the animation will become more "exciting” since you cannot see when the pilots
will find another thermal.
Display task turn points: The turn points are shown as vertical lines in the diagrams.
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Scale time axis automatically: If checked, the time axis is computed according to the flight time of the selected
flights. Alternatively, the time axis can be set with the time (in hours) given in the field Size of time.
3.5.5.1.2
Barogram
Display ENL: The Engine Noise Level is shown as a red line in the bottom part of the Barogram. If your logger
recorded the ENL during the flight, StrePla will determine the engine run from this data.
Display GPS height: In addition to the barometric altitude, the GPS height will be shown.
Ground level: If available, the ground level of the terrain below the flight path is displayed.
Airspace: All airspaces that were penetrated, over or under flown are displayed.
3.5.5.2
Flight tracks – animation
Determine the behavior of your animation.
Flight track animation
When choosing several flights, you can synchronize the animation.
Real time: The flight tracks will be shown the way they really happened.
Scoring time (task): The flight tracks will be moved in time so that it seems as if everyone departed at the same
time.
Take-off time: The flight tracks will be moved in time so that it seems as if everyone took off at the same time.
Restrict animation:
To task: The animation will begin with the first departure.
To flight: The animation will begin with the first take-off.
To complete log: The entire log will be animated.
Display only last<n> minutes: If activated only the last <n> minutes of the flight track are visible. This is useful, if
a large part of the flight track is within a small area.
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Restart animation: Automatic restart the animation after the last glider has finished its task. Useful for exhibitions,
etc.
Adjust map window to animation: Adjust the visible part of the map window such that all animated gliders are
visible.
Smooth animation: The flight track tops are centered in the middle if the map window.
3.5.5.3 Flight tracks – analysis
Adjust with which rule set imported flight tracks should be analyzed.
To change the analyzing rule set for existing flight tracks open the dialog "Edit flight track properties" and select
the proper rule. See also chapter Flight Tracks, Edit flight track properties.
Do not confuse the analysis with the flight track optimization. During the analysis, desktop*StrePla will check
whether you validly flew over the departure line, over the turn points, etc.
In the selection field Analyze with: you can choose the rule with which the analysis is to be done. For FAI, DMST,
etc. rules, the values are determined by the rules. If you want to enter your own rules, select “User”.
Remark: DMST and FAI rules allow an open-ended unrestricted sector (-1 in the sector radius field). However, in
the map they are represented with a 5000m radius but the turn point passage is calculated correctly.
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3.5.5.4 Flight tracks – Statistics
All parameters needed for statistical analysis of a flight track.
In the histogram area, set the start and end values as well as the step size for the histograms used in the flight
track statistics.
In the thermal analysis area, set minimum circling time and the minimum height for a thermal. More details in the
chapter Info window, Thermals and straights.
In the Time filter area, set the values for the groundspeed mean value calculation, see also chapter Info window,
Groundspeed.
3.6
Map
Determine the map options here.
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Info pop-up at cursor: Decide whether you want information shown on the map (airfields, NOTAMs, etc.)
Flight info window at bottom of screen: Shows the flight track info window at the bottom edge of the map
window.
Adjust the other display options coordinate grid, coordinate scale and grid and scale with raster maps
according to your wishes.
Use only best scales within raster maps: Scanned maps are scanned in several zoom steps. In these steps the
maps have the greatest focus. All steps in between mean a loss of quality of the display. Activate this option if you
do not want a loss of quality for your raster maps.
Compute map in background: Allows StrePla to compute the map while working. Although this method needs a
little more time, you can work while building the map display. Furthermore the map tiles are cached and therefore
reused.
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3.6.1.1 Map – Airspace
With this option you can adjust your airspace presentation according to your needs.
You can adjust the colors, border thickness, etc, and whether or not you want it visible on the map. The initial
settings are those of the German ICAO map.
3.6.1.2 Maps – topography
These settings are based on the vector maps. For every object type (road, river, city, etc.) you can adjust the
corresponding option.
Object details can be shown up to a selected map scale and the object can be hidden above a selected map scale.
For example, the Streets layer contains highways and main roads. At a scale up to 1:1 000 000, these roads will be
shown in the map as red double lines and red lines respectively. At a scale between 1:1 000 000 and 1:4 000 000,
main roads will no longer be shown and highways will appear as red single lines. If the scale reaches values above
1:4 000 000, roads will no longer be shown on the map.
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The Contour lines layer contains contour lines and up to the “Details up to 1:” value, all data is show. The program
reduces the amount of data shown the larger the scale becomes.
The following parameters can also be entered for contour lines:
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Gray border lines between contour lines: each elevation polygon is bordered with a grey line, hence adding
contrast to the map.
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Amplify contrast of contour lines: this process requires a strong computer processor in order to work at an
acceptable speed.
3.7
Serial Communication
Set your options for the serial communication.
Choose a folder to which you want to save the original IGC files that you download from your logger.
Set the time that StrePla should wait to establish a connection with the logger. If a connection is not established
within this time, StrePla will show an error alert.
Select “Fast – non secure download”, if you want to transfer Volkslogger IGC files and they do not need a secure
signature (central competition).
If you want to read only some files from a GP940/41 logger, deactivate the “Suppress flight tracks without
recognized start” option.
3.8
NOTAM
Set your basic configuration here. See also chapter NOTAM.
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3.8.1 Display NOTAM on map
The checkbox “Display NOTAM on map” activates the NOTAM display on the map.
Every NOTAM also transmits its radius of validity. Set the distance the validity radius should fill.
3.8.2 Subscribe NOTAMs
You can select your subscriptions by checking the corresponding boxes.
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Turn point catalogue
4.1
General information for working with turn point catalogues
Turn point catalogues are collections of turn points. Note that airports are also turn points. You can create as many
turn point catalogues as you like, e.g. create a catalogue for your home airport, a further one for your vacation
place, one for competitions, etc.
Along with the tasks, the turn points are saved in a file ending in .st6.
Click on the Turn points tab in the main window.
4.1.1 Search turn points
Enter a turn point name in the Search field. While entering the search term, you will be supported by an efficient
search engine searching name, ICAO identifier and type of turn point.
Click the entry to mark and centre it on the map. Double-click on the entry to edit the turn point.
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4.1.2 Turn point filter
Many express a desire to filter the turn point catalogue. For example, you can sort out all the airports or shrink the
catalogue to a number of turn points that will fit into the logger.
Navigate to Edit, Turn points, Turn point filter.
If this window is empty, click New and choose a filter. The filters are described in the chapter Turn point filter.
Choose the filter Restrict to turn points in the vicinity of a reference point. Fill in the following windows and confirm
with OK.
In the turn point catalogue‟s heading you will see a notice in red lettering saying that the turn points are filtered.
M{SSTE ROT SEIN!!
Example:
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Your logger can only process a limited number of turn points, but on the other hand it has an airport
database.
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Create a filter that only allows a certain type of turn points within a 200km radius of the domestic airport.
Generally, you do not have to work with the filtered turn point list. You also have the possibility of switching the filter
on during the export. See the paragraph: Exporting turn points.
Filtered turn points will not be deleted. When you deactivate the filter again, the filtered turn points will re-appear.
4.2
Deleting turn points
To delete one or more turn points from the turn point catalogue, click on the tab Turn points in the main window.
Mark the turn point(s) that you want to delete. Select Delete in the Edit menu and click. The following safety
question is to be answered with Yes.
Attention:
Your turn points have now been removed from your catalogue. If you save the catalogue, the turn points have been
irrevocably deleted.
4.3
Printing the turn point catalogue
You can print either the entire turn point catalogue or only the filtered catalogue. Point to Print in the File menu and
click.
In the following Print selection window choose List of turn points. The turn point catalogue will always be printed in
portrait format.
Click OK.
4.4
Creating a turn point catalogue
4.4.1 New turn point catalogue
To make a new, empty turn point catalogue, point to New in the menu File. Insert the turn points into the catalogue.
You can import the turn points from an existing file (see next paragraph).
You can manually create turn points (see create turn points).
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You can insert airports from an airport database.
4.4.2 Importing airports
StrePla offers a European airport database that is maintained on a regular basis. In order to use the data, you have
to subscribe the airports. Open the data manager (see chapter data management) and select “Airports” in the Type
field.
Install the countries of your choice.
You can now merge your existing (new) turn point catalogues to these airports. Merge by pointing to Edit, Turn
points, Merge StrePla airports into current turn point database.
Non-existing airports are added and existing ones are replaced.
4.4.3 Importing turn points
The Turn point import is a frequently used method to create a Turn point catalog, since usually catalogues already
exist in another format and should be used. In the US, the John Leibacher Worldwide Turn point Exchange site is
often used: http://soaring.aerobaticsweb.org/TP
A further catalogue that is provided with StrePla is WELT2000 by Michael Lorenz Meier. We will explain the import
function using this example.
Point to File, Import, Tasks and turn points.
The following window “Import task/turn point file” appears.
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Mark the entry WELT2000 in the directory<My Documents>\StrePla\Examples and click on Open.
Choose the countries from which you want to insert turn points.
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Mark the individual items and click on Take selected or click on Take All. Save your turn point catalogue.
4.5
Saving turn point catalogues
4.5.1 Saving and keeping the name
StrePla saves all changes automatically. If you still want to save your changes manually, click on File, Save, Tasks
and Turn points.
4.5.2 Saving and entering a new name
Point to Save as and Tasks and turn points in the File menu and click. In the following window Save task/ turn point
file enter a new name and directory for the file.
4.5.3 Exporting turn points
If you want to export a turn point catalogue into your logger or your flight computer, and there is no Direct
Communication for your device, then use the menu point File – Export.
Point to Export in the File menu and click.
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The first step is to select the region that you wish to export. Move the grey area to the desired region and click OK.
You can change the size of the grey area by dragging the box. You may want to zoom the map.
The window Export turn point and tasks will appear.
The window is usually split in three.
In the left top part you will see the content of the active turn point catalogue for the selected region. In the top list
field you will see all turn points, in the middle list field all tasks. In the right top part you will see the content of the
destination file. It is empty at the moment.
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Choose your destination system in the bottom part; LX5000 in the example. The new file will have restrictions
governed by the device and dependent on your selection.
Mark the turn point that you want to export and click on the button with the arrow pointing to the right.
For choosing the turn points, you can also use the filter function. See paragraph Turn point filter in this chapter.
End your selection process with OK. The window Save File as will appear.
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Give your new file an arbitrary name. Although desktop*StrePla also allows long file names, it is advisable to enter
a name in DOS format at this point, i.e. max. 8 letters, no symbols. The on-board computer‟s communication
programs, with which you will now load the newly created files into your computer or logger, are often DOS
programs. For example LXFAI.
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Turn points
5.1
Creating turn points
Point to Turn point in the Insert menu and click.
Click the map at the approximate position of the new turn point. The window Edit Turn point will appear.
5.2
Editing turn points
Mark a turn point and double-click on it. You will see the window Edit Turn point.
5.2.1 Description of the entry fields
Note that not all information can be processed in your flight computer.
Name:
Text field for entering an arbitrary text for descriptions.
Short name:
Text field for the name that is to be seen in the flight computer. The length is
dependent on the settings in Tools – Options – Turn points
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Type
Drop-down menu for the selection of the turn point type. The graphic
representation on the map is dependent on this entry.
Altitude
Numerical field for entering the airfield elevation (turn point elevation) above
MSL. The units depend on the settings in Tools – Options – Units
Latitude/Longitu
de
Coordinate field for entering the coordinates. The dimension (degrees,
decimal or degrees, seconds) is dependent on the settings in Tools –
Options – Units.
Country
Selection field for selecting the country
Airport
The airfield data can only be entered, if an airfield type (Airfield, gliding site)
was entered in Type
ICAO Code
Text field for entering the ICAO code
Frequency
Numerical field for entering the airfield frequency
Heading
Numerical field for the runway alignment. Values are in full degrees
Length/Width
Numerical field for entering the runway length and width. The dimension is
dependent on the settings in Tools – Options – Units
Surface
Drop-down menu for entering the condition of the runway
Remark
Text field for entering an arbitrary comment
Turn point filter
The turn point filter is a robust filtering capability for selecting turn points from your turn point catalogue. No turn
points will be deleted with these filters. They will only be suppressed in the display during printing or during the
export.
Point to Edit, Turn points, Turn point filter and click.
The window Active Turn point filter will open. Click on New to activate Turn point filter. The window Available Turn
point filter will appear.
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Choose a filter and click OK.
5.3.1 Selecting separate Turn point types
With this filter you can select the turn points according to their type (Airfield, Church, Railway station, etc.)
The visible turn points are listed in the left part of the window; the invisible ones are listed on the right side. Mark
the entry that you want to move and click on the button with the arrow to the right or to the left. Clicking on the
double arrow left or right button will move all entries.
Click on the Show airport button to display all airports.
5.3.2 Selecting turn points in a rectangular area
With this filter you can select turn points in a defined rectangular area.
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Enter the coordinates for the left top and bottom right corners of the rectangle. All turn points in this rectangle will
become visible.
5.3.3 Selecting turn points in the vicinity of a reference point
With this filter you can select turn points in the vicinity of a reference point (turn points, e.g. home airfield) and a
radius.
Choose the turn point that will mark the centre of your radius in the Reference Point field. All turn points in the
chosen circle will be shown.
5.4
Creating a short name
This function allows you to generate a short name as well as a sorting index for all turn points. Some loggers
support this sorting index.
Open this function by navigating to Edit, Turn Points, Create short name:
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Enter the required parameters in the “Create short name” window.
You can influence the content of the short name with the field “Template for short names”. If you leave this field
blank, StrePla will use the original turn point name and generate a new name that satisfies the requirements for a
short DOS name.
If you fill in this field, this will be used as the basis for a short name that will still be shortened to the permitted
number of characters in a second step. You can use the following placeholders in order to use certain elements of
the turn point data for the new short name.
$ID$
Internal turn point ID
$INDEX$
Turn point index
$ELEVATION$
Turn point elevation
$NAME$
Turn point name
$ICAO$
ICAO identifier, if available
$FREQ$
Frequency, if available
$RUNWAY$
Runway alignment
Example:
Applying the templates $NAME$$ELEVATION$, $FREQ$ to the turn point Riedelbach (elevation 514m, index of 4)
results in a short name of
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6 Route catalogues
Route catalogues are collections of tasks/routes that will be saved in a file ending in .st6. Both the tasks and the
turn points will be saved in this file. By using this route catalogue, you can adjust desktop*StrePla exactly to your
needs. For example, create a task catalogue for your home airfield, another one for your vacation places, one for
competitions, etc.
The name of the loaded task catalogue is shown in the blue title bar next to the name of the licensee
(Deutschland.st2). In the list you will find a list of the routes (tasks).
6.1
Loading the task catalogues
Point to Open and Tasks and turn points in the menu File. Click.
In the following window Open task/ turn point file choose a task catalog. If the catalog you are searching for is not
visible, make sure that the right file type is entered in the field File type. Desktop*StrePla supports all task catalogs
from all older StrePla versions. If you want to load a different catalog, choose File – Import. If your catalog is still
not visible, make sure that you are in the right directory.
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6.2
Sorting tasks in the list field
All entries in the list can be sorted by field name. Click on the field name Type.
The entries are sorted in an ascending order by the field Name. Repeated clicking on the field name will reverse
the sorting direction. All entries will be sorted in a descending order.
You can proceed like this with all fields in the list field.
6.3
Choosing tasks for editing
To edit tasks, double-click the entry. You will be in the mode: Creating the task with the form (see corresponding
paragraph of this manual) or choose one or more entries and click on the Map tab in the main window to edit the
task graphically. Proceed as described in Creating the task on the map.
6.4
Deleting tasks from the catalogue
Mark the corresponding task or several tasks in the list field of the task catalogue and point to Delete in the menu
Edit and click. Answer the following safety query with Yes.
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Attention:
Your task has now been removed from your catalog. If you save the catalog, the task will be irrevocably deleted.
6.5
Printing task lists
Mark the task that you want to print as a list. Point to Print in the File menu and click or click the
symbol.
Choose List of Tasks in the following window Print selection. You will see how many tasks you have chosen. If you
did not mark any tasks, it is assumed that you want to print all tasks. Lists of tasks can be printed in landscape or
portrait format.
6.6
Inserting tasks into the catalog
6.6.1 Inserting new tasks
Depending on whether you have chosen the Map or Task tab in the map window, you will get a choice of either
New task (map) or New task (dialog box) in the submenu of Insert.
According to your choice, you will come to the mode Creating a task. Subsequently proceed as described in the
paragraph Creating a task, to create a new task.
Your new task will automatically be added to the active task catalog.
6.6.2 Importing tasks
Point to File, Import and Tasks and Turn points and click.
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In the following window Import Task/ turn point file, you can choose a task catalog. If the catalog you are searching
for is not visible, make sure that the right type is entered in the field File type. Choose All files to see the files from
which desktop*StrePla can import tasks. If your catalog is still not visible, make sure that you are in the right
directory.
Once you have made a choice, the window Import of turn points will appear, since a turn point catalog goes with
every task catalog.
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Highlight the tasks you want to import from the list and click on Take selected or click on Take all. The import is
completed.
6.7
Saving task catalogs
6.7.1 Saving and keeping the name
StrePla saves all changes automatically. If you still want to save your changes manually, click on File, Save, Tasks
and Turn points.
6.7.2 Saving and entering a new name
Point to Save as and Tasks and Turn points in the menu File and click. In the following window Save task/turn point
file enter a new name and a new directory for the file.
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6.8
Exporting tasks from the catalogue
If you want to export a task into your logger or your flight computer, and there is no Direct Communication for your
device, then use the menu point File – Export.
This procedure is described in the chapter “Exporting turn points”.
6.8.1 Google Earth
You can also export a single task/route to Google Earth. Highlight the desired task and point to Edit, Tasks, Show
route in Google Earth. A KML file with all task data (turn points, airspaces) will be generated and opened in Google
Earth.
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7 Tasks
Tasks are plans for cross-country flights. The course lines for the different sections of a flight form a task.
The creation of the task can take place graphically on the map or dialogue-based. The creation will be shown as an
example for an FAI triangle. You can enter all other flight forms accordingly.
Remark: AAT (Assigned Area Task) can only be set up within the task edit dialog.
Remark: Contrary to earlier versions of StrePla, the rule set is stored on a per task basis. So one task catalogue
can store tasks created with different rule sets. For more information see chapter Creating the task in a dialog box
and Options tasks.
7.1
Creating the task on the map
Point to Insert > New task (map) and click. Move the cursor over the starting point. The cursor will change to a
cross and be labeled “TP”. You will also see the yellow label with the information about the airfield.
Click on the starting point with the left mouse button. Move the mouse a little bit. You will now see that you have an
“elastic band” on the cursor.
7.1.1 Creating a turn point
Move the mouse to the first turn. If there is a turn point from the selected turn point catalog at this point, the little TP
will appear on the cursor and the turn point‟s yellow label will appear. The turn point will also be marked with a
circle. Click the left mouse button. If no turn point was defined at this point, then StrePla has now defined a free
turn point for you at this point.
Shift the mouse in the direction of the second turn point.
7.1.2 Scrolling the map window
If the next turn point is outside the visible window, then you can scroll the map. Move the cursor over the edge of
the map window. As long as you are outside the window, the map will be scrolled in that direction. It doesn‟t matter
whether you are moving the mouse or holding it still.
7.1.3 Zooming while creating a task
To change the scale, use the following possibilities:

With the plus and minus buttons
With the Plus (+) (the “+” is uppercase) button the objects, e.g. cities, will become bigger.
With the Minus (-) button the objects, e.g. cities, will become smaller.

With the Zoom rectangle function
This function is only available while editing the task, through the context menu (right click).
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The cursor will have the shape of a magnifying glass. Zoom a part of the map by making a square with the left
mouse button. The map will be shown in the new scale. The program will have returned to the mode Create new
tasks. Your cursor will have the “elastic band” again.
To recreate the previous map sector point to Last map area in the menu View, or just press the key F3.
7.1.4 Creating further turns
Choose your second turn the same way as the first one. Proceed likewise with the third one if your starting point is
on the leg. Move the cursor back to the starting point and click. The whole task will now be shown.
The above triangle does not correspond to the FAI rules. The labels of the leg that contradict the rules are shown in
red and in the bottom you can read 390.7nm Polygon DMST.
7.1.5 Labeling fields for the tasks
The labels for the sectors and the turns can be activated and deactivated. Menu Tools – Options – Tasks.
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If you want to make an FAI triangle out of the above, proceed as follows:
7.1.6 Moving turn points
Move the cursor over the second turn (Schlierstadt Sel). The cursor will now become a cross, labeled with TP, and
the turn point‟s yellow label will be visible. Click on the turn point. Move the mouse. The second turn is now hanging
on to your cursor. Consider that, while you are moving the mouse, all legs of the triangle are calculated anew (label
fields, status bar and task info in the info windows). As soon as the FAI rules are adhered to, all labels are green
and it will say DMST-FAI triangle in the status bar at the bottom. Repeated clicking will fix the turn.
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7.1.7 Inserting turn points into a task
Move the cursor over the task. On the right bottom, right next to the cursor you will see the label LEG.
Click. The course line is now hanging onto your cursor. Move the cursor to the place on the map where you want to
insert a new turn point, no matter whether there is a turn point from the turn point list here or not, and click.
Since you have now inserted a turn point, the type of flight will therefore have changed as well, from triangle to
unknown.
If you want to fly a triangle and only want to use this turn point as a checkpoint, to bypass a control zone for
example, then convert this turn point into a checkpoint (see corresponding paragraph).
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7.1.8 Deleting turn points from tasks
Move the cursor over the turn point that is to be deleted. The cursor will become a cross, labeled with TP and the
turn point‟s yellow label will be visible. Click on the right mouse button. The following context menu will be visible.
Click on Delete Turn point from task.
7.1.9 Converting turn points to checkpoints
Often you cannot fly your flight on the legs of the triangle, but instead you have to fly a detour because of airspace
restrictions or other reasons. However, the actual triangle is to apply for the evaluation. The headings and sectors
of the detour are to be entered in the en-task computer though.
Insert the turn points over which you want to fly your detour in your task (see paragraph: inserting turn points into a
task).
Move the cursor over the turn point that is to be changed. The cursor will become a cross, labeled with TP, and the
turn point‟s yellow label will be visible. Click on the right mouse button. The same context menu as in the previous
chapter will appear.
Click on Change turn point to checkpoint.
You will now see the sectors of your flight on the map, and additionally a grey line. The grey line is the line used for
calculating the triangle.
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7.1.10
Task details
You can see the task‟s details if you click on the Task info info window or by opening the Edit task window.
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7.1.11
FAI Area
For planning FAI triangles the function FAI Area is very useful, because it graphically displays the allowed areas of
the turn points.
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Activate/deactivate this function with a click on the
7.2
button in the map toolbar.
Creating the task within the task edit dialogue
Creating the task within the dialog is only reasonable if you want to work with a known turn point catalogue. This is
often the case during competitions.
Open the Routes tab in the left navigation bar and open the context menu with a right click.
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Point to New task (dialog box).
The home airfield that you entered in the menu Tools – Options – Turn points is used for Takeoff, Start point, Finish
point, and Landing.
In the Rule field select the rule set for the given task. The default entry is set in Tools, Options, Task.
In the Name field enter an arbitrary description of the task (e.g. first evaluation day).
In the TP-search field you can enter your turn points. An integrated search function will support you with your entry.
7.2.1 Deleting turn points from a task
Mark the entry that you want to delete and click on delete. The turn point has now been deleted from your task. It is
still available in your turn point list.
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7.2.2 Inserting a turn point into a task
Mark the turn point that is in front of the new turn point. The names of the turn points are numbered for easy use.
Enter the new turn point in the TP-search field. Click on Add.
7.2.3 Replacing turn points in a task
Mark the entry that you want to replace. Enter the new turn point in the TP-search field and click on Replace.
7.3
Creating an AAT Task
For an AAT Task you have to set the assigned areas (AA) for each turn point. An assigned area is an area around
a fix (turn point) defined by a start radial, an end radial and a radius. The radials are given in a clockwise direction.
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Endradial = r2
Radius
Startradial = r1
In the given example the start radial is 225° and the end radial is 25°
Step by step creation of an AAT:
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Create the minimum distance task with all turn points as described above (Either on the map or in the
dialog).
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Open the Edit task dialog with a double click in the task within the Route tab
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Change the Rule to "central competition" and change the task type to AAT (assigned area task).

Select the turn point for which you want to edit the AA and select AAT under Procedure.

Edit the radial and radius fields for this AA.
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Repeat the above steps for all turn points with an assigned area.
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Activate the Map tab in the main window and watch the result!
7.4
Printing the task description
Mark the task or several tasks that you want to print. Point to Print in the File menu and click.
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Choose Task description in the following window Print selection. Task descriptions will always be printed in portrait
form.
Click on OK.
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8 Direct communication with logger
At this time, the direct communication only works with the following devices:

Cambridge (10, 20 & 25)

Cambridge (Series 302)

Colibri

FLARM
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Garmin
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GP940/941

LX 20, LX 5000, LX 7000

LX 5000 (LO4, DA4) software earlier than version 6.0

Posigraph

SR940

Volkslogger

Zander/SDI (GP1, ZS1)
For all other devices, desktop*StrePla will convert the data into the corresponding format and will place the data in
a file on the hard drive. The file‟s transfer from the hard drive to the logger will take place with the respective
manufacturer‟s communication software.
Open the menu File>Direct communication with logger or push the F8 function key.
The Connection Wizard window appears.
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The logger-type, the requested task, and the basic adjustments are determined here.
Select your logger type and task and, if necessary, adjust the interface parameters.
Connect the logger with the PC. Please make sure that the COM port and baud rate are selected properly.
As soon as desktop*StrePla detects a logger at the selected port, the type and serial number are displayed. Click
on Next.
Note that you have to load all requested turn points and tasks in desktop*StrePla before the call, if you want to
transfer a flight declaration or turn points and tasks.
If you have problems with the file transfer, check that the cables between your logger and PC are connected. Then
read the manufacturer‟s instructions for communication and error eliminations. If in doubt, please re-boot your
computer to make sure that the serial port in a perfect condition.
The separate activities will be described in the following paragraph.
8.1
Reading your flight tracks
From this dialog box you can transfer all flight tracks saved on your logger to your PC (in IGC files), and import
them onto the current StrePla flight track file.
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When changing to this page, the logger‟s contents will be read.
Now mark all flights that you want to transfer to your PC and click on Download. The flights will now be read from
the logger and saved on the PC. This procedure can, depending on the length of the flight, take some time.
If you enter your competition ID (or a different ID) in the CID field, this will prefix the IGC file name and make it
easier to find later on.
Clicking on Finish will finish the procedure. The IGC files that belong to the flight tracks will be placed in the
directory given in the field „Save flight tracks to folder‟. By default this is <My Documents>StrePla. It can be
changed in Tools>Options>Serial communication
Volkslogger specific
If you do not need the IGC files for the DMST (FAI), you can speed up the download process by activating the Fast
non-secure download checkbox in the dialog „Tools, Options, Serial communication‟. Although these IGC files
are tamper-proof, they will not be accepted by the FAI or DMST or by the OLC.
After downloading the IGC files they are validated automatically.
Zander ZS1:
It may be advisable to be able to download the logger‟s recordings. Go to Tools, Options, Serial communication
and deactivate the checkbox “Suppress flight tracks without recognized start”.
8.2
Transferring a flight declaration to the logger
From this dialog box you can edit and transfer the flight declaration for the planned flight to your logger.
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Click on the [...] button to select the pilot specific data stored by StrePla.
Choose the planned task by clicking on Select. Choose the appropriate task from the list by double-clicking on it.
Note that the desired task must be contained in the current task file (st6).
By clicking on Transfer, the flight declaration will be uploaded to the logger and activated.
Additional information:
Also note the adjustable scoring modes for start, turn point and finish in Edit logger configuration.
Note that many loggers are restricted in the pilot name‟s length, and the end could possibly be cut off.
8.3
Editing logger configuration
With this dialog box you can edit the logger‟s parameters.
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The parameters are split up into different groups. Open the window by clicking on the corresponding button. If this
button is deactivated, then this parameter for the chosen logger cannot be edited on the PC.
By clicking on scoring mode, the parameters for the scoring mode for start, turn point and finish can be adjusted.
Enter the requested scoring mode here. Take extreme care when proceeding here, because if you adjust the wrong
scoring mode, the recordings for the whole flight will be invalid.
The procedures that the logger does not support can be edited. The upper and lower limits are manufacturerspecific and will be checked during the entry.
The general parameters for the logger can be adjusted by clicking on Other parameters.
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Here you can adjust the logger intervals with which the logger is to record the position data. Pay attention to your
logger‟s manual, since the duration of the recordings is strongly influenced by these parameters, and there might
not be enough memory left for the planned flight.
The manufacturer-specific parameters for your logger will be adjusted by clicking on Logger Configuration.
By clicking on Upload, all data will be transferred to the logger and be used there for further flight declarations.
Volkslogger specific
The logger parameters cannot be read by the logger. Make sure to edit the parameters carefully, so that you do not
overwrite the settings.
The other parameters that are adjusted in the Other Parameters mask cannot be changed over the PC. You can,
however, do this directly on your logger (see Volkslogger manual).
The logger parameters can only be saved on the logger if the flight declaration is active. Transfer at least one flight
declaration onto the logger before adjusting the scoring mode from your PC.
LX 20, LX 5000, Colibri
The logger parameter cannot be modified with the current version of desktop*StrePla.
Cambridge
The logger parameter cannot be modified with the current version of desktop*StrePla.
8.4
Reading Turn points and Tasks from the Logger
With this you can transfer the turn points and tasks saved on the logger to the currently open StrePla en-task file.
The turn point import dialog opens and allows a selection of the downloaded items.
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Choose the filter function to reduce the turn points or mark the items of interest and click Take selected or click on
Take all.
The items will be appended in desktop*StrePla’s current task file.
Additional information
The turn points that are saved on the loggers usually have short names (Volkslogger = 6 characters). These will –
since there is no information about the full name – be transferred into the turn point‟s name and short name field.
You can, however, edit the name field manually, without changing the short name used by the logger.
8.5
Transferring turn points and tasks to the logger
Transfer the data that is contained in the open turn point and task file onto the logger.
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All turns and tasks listed on the right are transferred. Select the desired turn points and tasks by clicking All. By
clicking on Start Upload, all selected items will be transferred. After the transfer, you will reach the main program
again by clicking on Close.
Additional information
If there are no or duplicated short names in the turn point list, these will automatically be produced or corrected.
These automatically generated names can be manually edited after the transfer, and the improved names can be
made useable by repeated file transfer.
TIP: For the first short name generation, transfer the turn points onto the logger and thus generate the missing
short name.
Note that the file may not contain more turn points than the logger can save, since the surplus turn points will
otherwise not be transferred to the logger. If in doubt, reduce the number of turn points in desktop*StrePla by
manually deleting individual turn points or by using the filter function.
8.6
Transfer pilot list to logger
Upload the pilot list stored on computer to the logger. All pilots saved in the pilot list will be transferred to the logger.
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Start the transfer with a click on 'Start upload'.
8.7
Copy airspace
Upload your airspace data to the logger.

Size and move the selection rectangle.

Click on Start upload
8.8
Copy airport data
Copy the airports and off-field landing sites to your logger‟s airport database.
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In the left pane all airports within the current export area displayed. Move the items to be uploaded to the right pane
and click start upload.
8.9
Firmware update
Update your logger‟s firmware.
Select the firmware file provided by the logger manufacturer with a click on
on Start upload.
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Important:
Ensure that you have the correct manufacturer‟s firmware. Desktop*StrePla does not provide or install these files.
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9 Flight tracks
Flight tracks are recordings of completed flights. This data usually comes from loggers, but it can also come from
other recording devices (e.g. LX5000). The individual flight tracks are summarized in a flight track file. These files
end in .fl6.
You can create different files. For example, all flights from one evaluation day, all of one year‟s vacation flights, all
flights from the home airfield, etc.
9.1
Creating a new flight track file
To create a new, empty flight track file, point to File>New>Flight tracks and left-click.
9.2
Opening a flight track file
Existing flight tracks can be opened by clicking on File>Open> Flight tracks. Choose the corresponding file in the
following dialogue. In the StrePla title bar you will see which flight track file is currently active.
9.3
Importing flight tracks
With this you can add one or several flights to the existing or new flight track file.
Point to File>Import>Flight tracks and click. The window Import Flight track file will appear.
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If you cannot find your files, ensure that you are in the right directory and that you have chosen the right file type.
Mark the desired flight and finish this dialogue by clicking on Open. The flights will now be in the active flight track
file.
Remark: While importing flight tracks desktop*StrePla analyses the flight data and creates a separate record
(flight entry) for each flight (separated by "landings"). If you do not want to use this feature you can switch it off by
deactivating the checkbox "Create a separate flight record for each flight" on the dialog Tools, Options, Flight
tracks.
9.4
Exporting flight tracks
Flight tracks can be exported in ICG format. Point to File, export, flight tracks and select the required file name.
Please note: If the exported flight already has an IGC file, it is merely copied and can later be used for the OLC or
similar.
If the IGC file does not exist (any longer), StrePla creates a new IGC file that can then not be used for OLC/DMST.
If the flight track was extracted from a non-ICG logger (Garmin, LX5000), StrePla encrypts the file at the end in
order to prevent it being changed.
9.5
Merge flight tracks
In case your logger loses its power supply during the flight and it logs two separate flights and ICG files, you can
merge these files using this function.
Open all individual parts in desktop*StrePla and mark the flight tracks in the flight tracks window.
Execute the Flight Tracks, Merge flight tracks function.
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Desktop*StrePla will check whether all the separate parts fit together and will ask you to enter a new name for the
complete flight.
Note: If the loss of power did not last longer than 70 seconds and all individual parts are still in their original ICG
format, then the resulting file is still valid for an OLC/DMST report.
9.6
Displaying flight tracks
Several flights can be shown simultaneously in the map, the barogram, the variogram and in the info window flight
track details. The number of flights is not restricted.
Click on the Flight tracks tab in the main window.
Mark one or several flights in the above flight track window‟s list field.
Your marked flights will appear in the map.
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9.7
Edit flight track data
In many cases the data provided by the ICG file is incomplete or incorrect. In these cases you can complete/edit
the data associated with that flight track.
Mark the flight track in the flight tracks tab

Open the menu Flight tracks> Edit core data and edit/change/complete the data. Or double left-click on the
flight track and rectify any errors.
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Remark: Besides the core data you can set some other flight track related data in this dialog:

You can add a user-defined task to the flight track. Click on the Add button to select a new task.

You can change/select the rule set used for analyzing the flight track. For more information see chapter
"Analyzing flight tracks".

You can set the real values for the QNH and the takeoff elevation. Those values are used to compute the
elevation displayed in the barogram. If you want to see the uncorrected elevation in the barogram, uncheck the
option "Use QNH and real take off elevation".
9.8
ENL calibration
StrePla creates a database that holds for each logger/call sign combination an ENL trigger value. This value
determines at which noise level the program assumes that the engine is running. Due to the IGC specification this
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value should be around 700, but in reality this value depends strongly on the logger type and the installation in the
glider
In case of problems detecting the engine times open the dialog Flight track, Calibrate ENL:
Move the black line so that the computed engine time equals the real engine time. After clicking Ok, the value is
stored in the database and used for subsequent flight analysis.
9.9
Assigning tasks to flight tracks
There is a chance that, during a competition, the ICG file contains the wrong declaration for that particular
evaluation day. To ensure that StrePla is working with the correct task and not with the wrong ICG flight
declaration, you can assign tasks to flight tracks.
Mark the flights that you want the task assigned to. Point to Flights tracks and then Assign task to flight tracks.
The window Select task will appear.
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Select the task that is to be assigned to the highlighted flights and click OK.
You can switch between the ICG registration and the user-defined task by selecting the corresponding entry in that
field.
Note: The rule set used in the user-defined task is the one assigned to it. See also the chapter Edit task.
9.10 Flight task – copy task in task file
Sometimes you may want to reuse a saved task in desktop*StrePla:


During a competition you want to assign a task entered by one competitor to all participants
You want to use the optimized task resulting from a free flight for future flight tracks.
Select the task you want to reuse in the Flight Analysis info window
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and open the menu Flight Tracks, Tasks, Copy task in task file
The task is now saved in the route catalogue and can be reused at any time.
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10 Analyzing flight tracks
You can examine all sections of the flight in detail with the analysis function. The analysis function is also available
if you have chosen several flights simultaneously.
10.1 The active and passive cursor
Desktop*StrePla knows two cursors for measuring and for analyzing: The active (red) and the passive (green)
cursor. All measuring results are based on the distance between the two cursors.
The cursors are shown dynamically in all windows. In the info window Flight track details you will see the time,
altitude and position of the active (red) as well as the passive (green) cursor. The time, the altitude, the distance,
the glide ratio, the vertical speed and the horizontal speed are shown in black.
10.2 Placing and shifting the active cursor
Move your cursor over the flight track. The cursor will change the shape to a cross. Click. Immediately, the active
cursor is placed at this place. Now move the mouse over the active cursor. The cursor will now change shape to a
hand. Pull the active cursor to a position on a flight track of your choice. To shift the active cursor, you can also use
the buttons Arrow to the right and Arrow to the left in your keypad.
10.3 Changing the active cursor to passive cursor
To change an active cursor to a passive cursor, press the space bar on your keypad.
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11
Analyzing flight tracks
The flight track analysis will be done according to the rules stored with the flight track. To change them, open the
dialog Flight tracks, Edit core data and select a rule set given in the Rule drop down list.
Remark: The default rule is set under Tools, Options, Analysis. If you select user-defined, you can edit the
parameters for the start, turn point and finish points.
According to the settings, desktop*StrePla will check whether a valid departure took place, the turn points were
rounded validly and the finish line was crossed properly. The result will appear in the info window Flight analysis
and in the bottom part of the Flight tracks info window.
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11.1 Determining glide times
Gliding times are determined automatically by desktop*StrePla. If these are incorrect, you can still change them in
the Barogram window.
Open the Barogram info window. Move the orange lines for beginning and end of the glide time.
Note that, once you have marked a flight, the orange lines are hidden by the active (red) and passive (green)
cursors and these first need to be moved to the side.
11.2 AAT – Assigned Area Task
To analyze AAT tasks follow the given steps:

Create a task with the core turn points (the minimum task) and set the assigned areas for each turn point.
See also chapter "Creating the task within a formula"

Assign the task the desired flight track. For more information see next chapter.
The AAT algorithm is designed to always get the best flight path – compared to the OLC/DMSt optimization where
the best path is sometimes suboptimal. This may lead to longer computation times (in the range from 20 to 60s) per
flight. So a reasonable setting of the start gate times can reduce the count of valid starts and therefore reduce the
computation time.
The AAT task and flown distance is shown on the map
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as well as in the Statistic (Task) Tab section
Click on the task that is to be assigned to the marked flights and click on OK.
You can now see the statistics for the selected flight with the newly assigned task:
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12
Flight tracks - Statistics
StrePla automatically computes a set of detailed statistic reports for each flight track.
For each flight track are available a

list of thermals and straight, see chapter Info window Thermals and straights

Overall statistic for the complete flight track, displayed in the tab Flight tracks, Statistics (Flight track).

Summary for the flown task (IGC and user defined) in the tab Flight tracks, Statistic task

Summary for the optimized tasks (OLC / DMSt) in the tab Flight tracks, Statistic (Optimization)
12.1 Statistic - flight track
Besides basic flight track data the following analyses are conducted:
12.1.1
Thermals analysis
The thermal analysis displays the consolidated data of the thermals (see Info window Thermals and straights). The
data is first summarized for all thermals and then split according to the circling direction (right, left and both). Finally
the so-called “tries” are displayed. These are the circles that do not belong to a thermal due to the duration of
circling and height gain. The limiting values are set in Tools, flight tracks, Statistics.
The following values are computed:
Time
Overall time in thermals (circling).
Percentage
Percentage of the circling time measured against flight time.
Count
Total number of thermals.
Circles
Total number of circles.
Vario
Mean climb rate in the thermals.
Alt. gain
Total height gained during circling.
Alt. loss
Total height loss during circling.
Alt / thermal
Mean height gain in one thermal.
Time / thermal Mean time in the thermal.
12.1.2
Cruise
The cruise analysis shows consolidated values of the flight legs between the thermals. The analysis is conducted
first for all straights and then for straights with altitude gain or loss. The straights may contain single circles that do
not belong to a thermal (i.e. a try).
The following values are computed:
Time
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Percentage
Percentage of the time measured against total flying time.
Count
Total number of straights.
Vario
Mean vertical speed
Alt/leg
Mean altitude difference between start and finish of leg.
Dist / Leg
Mean distance between start and end of leg.
Time / Leg
Mean time of one straight.
D
Total distance of all straights (the sum of the column Dist / Leg)
D Flight track Total distance flown summed all distances between the single flight path fixes.
Fix 1
S
S
n -1
D
1
S
S
n
Fix n
2
D / D Flight track = D / Sum (s1, s2, .., sn-1, sn)
Vg
Mean ground speed during cruise.
D / D Flight
track
Mean relationship between D and D flight track.
D/H
Mean glide slope of the straights.
Alt. gain
Total altitude gain during the straights.
Alt. loss
Total altitude loss during the straights.
Histogram
The histograms show mean values for the given parameter (height, vertical speed and ground speed). The start
and end values as well as the step size are set in Tools, Options, Flight track, Statistic.
12.1.3
Histogram –height
The following values are computed:
Flight time
Total time in the given altitude band.
Vario
Mean climb rate in that height band.
Vg
Mean ground speed in that height band.
Histogram – Average climb speed
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The following values are computed:
Flight time
Total time flown with the given vertical speed.
Height climb
Total altitude gained/lost.
Histogram – Ground speed
The following values are computed:
Flight time
Total time flown with the given ground speed.
gained height
Height gained / loss with the given ground speed.
flown Distance Total distance flown with this ground speed.
12.2 Statistic – Task
Besides basic flight track data the IGC and user-defined task are analyzed.
For each leg the flight time, distance of leg and mean ground speed are displayed.
Furthermore, the time at the turn point and for the analysis relevant coordinates are displayed for each turn point.
12.3 Statistic – Optimization
This report is the same as Statistic – Task, conducted with all optimized (OLC/DMSt) flight tracks.
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13 Animating flight tracks
The flight track animation is controlled by the Flight tracks symbols bar. In the menu point Tools, Options, Flight
tracks, you can make many adjustments regarding the animation (see chapter Options of this manual).
Select one or several flights that you want to animate. Start the animation by clicking the
symbol. At the top of
the track you will see a flag with the competition ID, which changes its height according to the altitude flown.
The time, corresponding to the animation, will be shown as a vertical black line (cursor) in the barogram.
13.1 Shifting the time-point in the barogram
Move your mouse over the cursor in barogram during the animation. The cursor will change to a double-arrow. Pull
the cursor backwards or forwards to the point where the animation is to be continued.
13.2 Optimizing the flight tracks
The flight track optimization is for fitting in the optimal task in arbitrary flight tracks (free flights) that correspond to
the respective rule (OLC or DMSt).
Point to optimize in the menu flight tracks.
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The window Optimize flight track will appear.
It displays the barogram of the selected flight. Soaring start and end are marked with yellow markers
The optimization takes place only in the time window given by the soaring start and – end times, so carefully
placing them is the key to good/correct results. In some cases the automatically computed values may be incorrect
due to "bad data" (e.g. noise in the ENL ...) so it is necessary to validate every flight before proceeding to the next
page.
Remark: On the upper right corner of the dialog is a 2D view of the flight track in the vicinity of the last moved
cursor. The view may help to place the cursor especially in the case of finding the towing release point.
Remark: Soaring start and end time are stored in the fl6 file.
To proceed, click on the Next button.
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In the field Optimize for, choose the rule with which you want to perform the optimization.
Remark: desktop*StrePla optimizes only in the time window given by soaring start and end. So if the optimization
seems incorrect, please verify those times set on the prior page.
The results are displayed in result list; the best flight (max. points) is displayed. For some contests (DMST, OLC –
PG/HG) it is possible to change the flight which should be transmitted for scoring.
Select the flight of your choice and proceed with a click in the Next button.
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14 Interface for pocket*StrePla
Pocket*StrePla is the Moving Map software for Pocket-PC‟s, with which you can perform navigation and
optimization during the flight.
With desktop*StrePla’s Export-function, you can select and easily export all maps, airspaces, tasks, turn points,
and airports to the PocketPC.
The installation functions give access to an easy installation of the program and the necessary license file on the
PDA.
With the flight track import function the recorded flights can be directly imported by desktop*StrePla.
Please ensure that ActiveSync Version 3.5 or above (up to Windows XP) or “Windows Mobile Device Manager” (at
Windows Vista) is installed on your PC, because StrePla uses it for communication with the PDA. If you have any
questions concerning this topic, please look into the documentation by your PocketPC.
14.1 Selecting the Export Assistant
Open the menu Tools, pocket*StrePla, Synchronize data.
The assistant starts with its main page. It provides two modes:

Standard - just select the type of data to be exported to pocket*StrePla, connect the PDA and select the
destination to save. Ready!

Expert mode - select the type of data to export and in a second step configure the selected data set.
Both modes generate the following files on your PC and on the PDA:
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File name
Description
pStrePla0.map
Map data for zoom level 0.
pStrePla1.map
Map data for zoom level 1.
pStrePla2.map
Map data for zoom level 2.
pStrePla3.map
Map data for zoom level 3.
pStrePlaRA.map
Altitude model for radar altimeter.
airspace.txt
Airspace data.
airport.txt
Airport data.
turnpoint.txt
Turn point and tasks.
StrePla always places a copy of all files on the PC in the pocket*StrePla simulator folder. For your convenience
you can modify this folder.
The expert mode is activated with the checkbox 'Expert Mode'. You then have to choose which file type you want to
edit (maps, airports, turn points, airspaces). The following pages describe the steps necessary for the different data
sets (Map, Airspace, Turn points).
14.2 Create and transfer maps
14.2.1
What the zoom levels mean
In pocket*StrePla, the maps are displayed in seven zoom levels. For the zoom levels 0, 1, 2 and 4, StrePla creates
an image of the currently showing and the previously chosen maps. Pocket*StrePla calculates the zoom levels 3
and 5, for the level 6 and 7 no maps are generated. You can determine a scale for every zoom level that is to be
exported. You can use the following empirical values:
Zoom level 0
1:4.000.000
Zoom level 1
1:2.000.000
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Zoom level 2
1:800.000
Zoom level 3-5
1:400.000 when using the DCW vector maps
1:460.000 when using the US sectional maps.
When using this setting, you will have a well readable picture on your pocketPC
and the created file will not be too big.
1:230.000 when using the US sectional maps.
When using this setting, you will have a well readable picture on your
pocketPC, even in the zoom levels 4 and 5. The file that you create, however, is
larger and usually only has enough space on one memory card.
Note: On the scanned maps, there are always some scales that have a little star. These scales are the ones in
which the maps were originally scanned. This way the scales have the highest resolution and should be preferred
for the export.
The blue entries refer to the created files by name, date, time and size.
14.2.2
Create and transfer maps
If you only want to create but not export to your Pocket PC, click on “Create maps”. To export, select the
destination in the drop-down field “Copy maps”, and either choose the pocket*StrePla memory or the memory card,
and click on “Copy”. If there is no entry in the drop-down field and the “Copy” button isn‟t green, something is wrong
with your connection to the PocketPC.
Warning: If the settings have changed since the last map creation, new maps will automatically be created when
copying maps. The old files will be overwritten each time. You might have to save these files first.
Click on Refresh for an overview off the stored files on the PDA. This may be useful if files are either stored on a
storage card or in the main memory or the check if the file was successfully transferred.
Click on Delete to remove selective map files from the PDA.
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14.3 Copying airspace data
Choose your destination in the “Destination” drop-down field, either the pocket*StrePla memory or the memory
card, and click on “Copy Airspace”.
Click on Refresh for an overview of the stored files on the PDA. This may be useful if files are either stored on a
storage card or in the main memory or to check if the file was successfully transferred.
Click in Delete for removing selected files from the PDA.
If there is no entry in the drop-down field and if the “Copy Airspace” button isn‟t green, something is wrong with
your connection to the Pocket PC.
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14.4 Creating and copying turn point/tasks
14.4.1
Selecting turn points and tasks for transfer to pocket*StrePla
All tasks and the corresponding turn points that were selected in the first step can be found in the export file
column. To use this dialog read the chapter “Exporting Tasks” in the manual.
Click OK to finish the selection process
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14.4.2
Selecting airports
Here you can export all turn points that are marked as an airport or as landable that were selected in the first step.
The advantage of separating the airport and turn point files is that you do not constantly have to export the airports
that seldom change. You only have to export your tasks.
Click on Upload to transfer the data to the PDA.
Click on Refresh for an overview of the stored files on the PDA. This may be useful if files are either stored on a
storage card or in the main memory or to check if the file was successfully transferred.
Click in Delete for removing selective files from the PDA.
14.5 Importing flight tracks
Point to Tools and click on pocket*StrePla, Import flight tracks
The import flight track dialog opens:
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
Connect your PDA and click in Refresh list.

Mark the flight tracks of interest and click Import flight tracks
Remark: For a fast creation of the list of flights, check the option “Download only file names”. In this case only the
file names are displayed, the flights will be transferred only in case of importing.
If you do not need the flight tracks on your PDA you can delete them, just mark the flight tracks and click on Delete.
14.6 Updating FlarmNet database
This menu allows you to update you FlarmNet database on your PDA (your memory card) with the current version
from http://www.flarmnet.org/. You can find more information regarding FlarmNet at this address.
Select the destination for the database (PDA, SD-card) and click on “transmit FlarmNet file”. The most current
version from www.flarmnet.org will always be transmitted. If you are not connected to the internet during the
transmission, a local copy (version will be shown in the dialog) will be used and StrePla will show an error
message.
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15 Info windows
Additional information regarding the flights and tracks is given in the info windows.
They are arranged around the map window and either docked to the main window or “free floating” in a random
position.
See also the chapter “How to work with StrePla” and chapter “Layouts”.
The visibility of info windows can be controlled via the “Info windows” menu. Invisible info windows can be activated
by clicking the entry in the menu.
15.1 Turn points
All turn points of the active turn point catalogue are listed in the info window Turn points. Clicking on an entry
centers the map (or Google Earth) to that turn point. By entering text in the field, the list is filtered by name, ICAO
code or type.
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15.2 Routes
All tasks of the active task catalogue are listed in the info window Routes. It corresponds to the upper part of the
main window Tasks.
After double-clicking on an entry, the window Edit tasks (see chapter Creating task with a dialog box) will appear.
Mark one or several entries. These tasks will be shown in the map window.
15.3 Task info
You can see all the details of the marked task in the window task info. It corresponds to the bottom part of the main
window Tasks.
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Double-clicking on a turn point will open the window Edit turn point (see chapter Edit turn point).
15.4 Flight tracks
All flight tracks of the active flight track catalogue are listed in the info window Flight tracks. It corresponds to the
upper part of the main Flight tracks window.
Double-clicking on an entry will open the window Edit flight track properties (see chapter Edit flight track
properties).
Mark one or several entries. These flight tracks will be shown in the map window.
15.5 Flight analysis
You can see the details of the marked flight track in the window Flight analysis. It corresponds to the bottom part of
the main window Flight tracks.
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If you choose a different task for this flight track in the selection field, this will be shown in the map window.
15.6 Flight track details
This window has two modes:
15.6.1
Info window flight track details during the flight analysis
The information about the cursor position and the calculated values are shown in the window Flight track details.
The information for all the marked flights will be shown with multiple choices. It corresponds to the flight info
window in the map window.
CID:
competition identification
Red:
Time, height and position of the red (active) cursor
Green: Time, height and position of the green (passive) cursor
dT:
Difference in time between the active and the passive cursor.
dH:
Difference in height between the active and the passive cursor.
D:
Distance between the active and the passive cursor.
E:
Glide ratio between the active and the passive cursor.
w:
Vertical speed (climb/descend) between the active and the passive cursor.
Vg:
Ground speed between the active and the passive cursor.
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15.6.2
Info window Flight track details during flight track animation
Dynamic data is shown in the info window Flight track details during flight track‟s animation. When doing a multiple
choice, the entries will be shown in order of average speed. The display will thus correspond to a “race”. This info
window corresponds to the flight info window in the map window.
All shown data is based on the animation‟s momentary instant. Description of the fields:
CID:
competition identification
Time:
Time
Vm Task:
Average speed since the last valid departure (height is not considered).
D Task: Distance still to be flown.
Height: Momentary height
Vg:
Momentary speed over ground
Vario: Current vertical speed
D/H:
Momentary glide ratio.
15.7 Flight panel (analog)
The momentary values of the flight track are shown on classical instruments in this info window.
When choosing several flights, the selected flight will be shown (Indicated with a bar on top of the window in the
user color of the flight track). During the animation, the displays are damped in dependence of the animation
speed.
Since the speed display is based on the logger data, the ground speed, and not the airspeed will be shown.
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15.8 Barogram
The barograms of the marked flight tracks will be shown in this info window.
Barogram
The dashed red lines of 50% and 100% are the displays for the ENL (Engine Noise Level) that are recorded by the
logger. The display is dependent on the settings under Tools, Options, Flight tracks, Diagrams. When doing a
multiple choice of flight tracks, the ENL will be suppressed.
On the right side is a button pane which allows zooming within the data. To select a detail just click on the spyglass
button and select the area of interest.
Click on the bottom button Display complete flight track. This button will reverse the zoom process.
You can shift the active and the passive cursor in this window. Move the mouse over the cursor. The cursor will
change shape to an arrow to the right and to the left. Pull the active or passive cursor to your requested position.
You can also use the arrow to the right and to the left keys on your keyboard to move the cursor.
Soaring start and end are indicated by two yellow markers and may be adjusted with the mouse.
Additionally the barogram contains the cross section of the terrain and the airspace.
15.9 Variogram
The rate of climb and descent against time is shown in this info window.
As for the barogram, you have two buttons on the right side of the window to zoom the graph.
15.10 Groundspeed
The ground speed versus time of the selected flights will be shown. Three plots per flight track are shown. They
differ in the time window, which is used for calculating the ground speed.
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The time ranges are set in Tools, Options, Flight tracks, Statistic
and will be displayed in the ground speed plot as follows:
v1
solid line (color of flight track)
v2
dotted line red
v3
dotted line green.
As for the barogram, you have two buttons on the right side of the window to zoom the graph.
15.11 Thermals – Cruise
This window displays a list of all thermals respective glides of the selected flight. Each column can be sorted in
ascending or descending order by clicking on the heading.
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Click on the combo box to switch between thermals and cruise.
Click on the item in the list to set the cursor on the beginning (red) and the end (green) of the thermal respective
cruise.
The thermals and glides are computed by the program. There are two parameters which affect the number of found
thermals:
(1) The minimum circling time
(2) the minimum height gained during circling.
Both are set in Tools, Options Flight tracks, Statistic:
The following data is computed for each thermal:
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Begin, End and Duration of the thermal.
dh
The gained height in this thermal.
w
The mean climb speed in this thermal.
Circling direction and number of circles.
TAS
Mean true air speed in this thermal.
The following data is computed for each cruise:
Begin, End and Duration of the straight.
D
Distance between first and last fix of the straight.
Vg
Mean ground speed during the straight.
D/H
Mean glide slope during the straight.
dh
Height difference between first and last fix of the straight.
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w
Mean vertical speed of the straight.
D/D Flight track The ratio between the distance (D) and the distance of the flown path (S).
Fix 1
S
S
n -1
D
1
S
S
n
Fix n
2
D / D Flight track = D / sum (s1, s2, .., sn-1, sn)
If the flown path is a straight line then the ratio will be 1.
15.12 Turn point sectors
This window gives a detailed view of the area in the vicinity of the start, turn and end points of a task.
The window displays the vicinity of the point and the following additional information:
Upper left corner
Name and number of the point.
Upper right corner
Length of the displayed edge.
Lower left corner
Time and distance to the reference point of the fix, which is used for scoring (purple circle).
On the right edge are buttons for navigation from turn point to turn point and for stepwise zooming.
15.13 Airspace violations
All penetrated airspaces for the chosen flight are shown in this window.
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Click on an entry to position the cursor on the airspace entry (red) and exit (green).
The penetration depth is the point with the longest right-angled distance to the horizontal airspace limits.
Please note that the QNH needs to be entered correctly in order to calculate the vertical penetration depth up to
5000ft. Enter the flight track core data window and enter the correct QNH for this.
15.14 Airspace data
This window displays the airspace items of the loaded airspace files.
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With a click on one airspace item the airspace the item will be shown on the map an the editor will be started.
15.15 Flight info window in the map window
This flight info window is at the bottom of the map window and cannot be moved to a different position (unlike the
other info windows).
Point to flight info window in the View menu. By clicking, the flight info window will switch itself on and off.
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The flight info window has two modes:
15.15.1
Flight info window during the flight analysis
The information about the cursor position and the calculated values are shown during the flight analysis. The
information for all the marked flights will be shown when doing a multiple choice. It corresponds to the flight info
window Flight track details.
CID:
competition identification
H (C1): Height of the red (active) cursor
T (C1): Time of the red (active) cursor
H (C2): Height of the green (passive) cursor.
T (C2): Time of the green (passive) cursor.
dH:
Difference in height between the active and the passive cursor.
dT:
Difference in time between the active and the passive cursor.
Vg:
Horizontal ground speed between the active and the passive cursor
w:
Vertical speed (climb/descend) between the active and the passive cursor.
D:
Distance between the active and the passive cursor.
E:
Glide ratio between the active and the passive cursor.
15.15.2
Flight info window during the flight track animation
Dynamic data is shown in the Flight info window details during flight track‟s animation. When doing a multiple
choice, the entries will be shown in order of average speed. The display will thus correspond to a “race”. This info
window corresponds to the info window Flight track details.
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All shown data is based on the animation‟s momentary instant. Description of the fields:
CID:
competition identification
Time:
Time
Vm:
Average speed since the last valid departure (height is not considered).
D:
Distance still to be flown.
Height: Momentary height
Vg:
Momentary speed over ground
Vario: Current vertical speed
D/H:
Momentary glide ratio.
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16 NOTAM (notice to airmen)
16.1 Introduction
NOTAM or NoTAM is the acronym for a "Notice To Airmen". NOTAMs are created and transmitted by government
agencies under guidelines specified by Annex 15: Aeronautical Information Services of the International
Convention on Civil Aviation. A NOTAM is filed with an aviation authority to alert aircraft pilots of any hazards en
route or at a specific location. The authority in turn provides means of disseminating relevant NOTAMs to pilots.
The pilot is obliged to inform him/herself about the current NOTAMs that influence the flight track before the flight.
Desktop*StrePla allows you to easily access NOTAMS via the internet if your computer has a connection.
Authoritative are the NOTAMs issued by responsible government agency (in Germany the DFS). The NOTAM in
desktop*StrePla are only an aid and may be incomplete or incorrect.
16.2 Configuration
The basic configuration can be found in Tools, Options, NOTAM
16.2.1
Configuring the map display
The checkbox 'Display NOTAM on map' activates the NOTAM display on the map.
Each NOTAM also contains information about its influence area (a coordinate and a radius). You can define the
visibility (Show distance circle) and the type of filling (Color and radius). This is useful, because some NOTAM have
a large influence radius (up to 150 nm).
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16.2.2
Subscribe NOTAM
Check in each line of interest the "Subscribe" check box. At the moment of writing we have the DFS VFR NOTAM
for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
16.3 Info window NOTAM
Open the NOTAM info window either in the info window menu (button with three lines)
or selecting the layout NOTAM:
16.3.1
NOTAM Tab
The NOTAM tab lists all subscribed NOTAM. Sort the NOTAM with a click on the header column and adjust the
column width by dragging the border line of the column header.
In the first column you can mark a NOTAM as 'Read'. This is useful for NOTAM with a long validity and are of no
interest for you (Example: Frankfurt: Strong wind shear). To activate this option you must check the 'hide read
NOTAM' checkbox on the 'Search tab'.
Below the list is the content of the selected NOTAM and a button to update the NOTAM from the subscribed server.
Please remember that the NOTAM Server itself has a refreshing cycle (DFS for instance 2h).
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16.3.2
Search Tab
The options within this tab reduce the amount of NOTAM listed in the tab NOTAM and on the map.
Checking 'only NOTAM for selected task' shows only NOTAM that affect the selected task(s).
Checking 'only NOTAM at' shows only NOTAM that a valid at the selected date.
Checking the scope options shows the NOTAM within the given scope.
The next two fields restrict the NOTAM to a county and/or a location.
Checking 'hide read NOTAM' disables the NOTAM with checked 'Read' item in the first column.
All options are ANDed, so checking 'only NOTAM for selected task' and 'only NOTAM at' shows only the NOTAM
for the selected task valid at the given date.
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16.3.3
Subscription tab
Check in each line of interest the "Subscribe" check box. At the moment of writing we have the DFS VFR NOTAM
for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
16.4 Display on the map
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The NOTAM are displayed when the toolbar button is clicked or the checkbox 'Display NOTAM on map' is active.
The black points show the locations for which NOTAM are available. Moving the mouse over a point shows all
NOTAM within a tool tip.
Remark: The black points sometimes do not match the associated airfields, because the coordinates within the
NOTAM are of a lower resolution.
16.5 Printing NOTAM
You can print the (filtered) NOTAM for use during the flight. Go to File, Print.
The print out has two columns. Example:
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17 Airspace editor
Sometimes the airspace data is not current or local deviations require an update. The airspace editor lets you edit,
delete and add airspaces. The editor supports a graphical and a text based (Open Airspace, Tim Newport)
interface to allow for easy and fast work.
StrePla accurately presents the airspace. But, it is only as good as the database that it receives. Presently, there
is not a simple airspace source for USA airspaces. Leibacher‟s website is maintained by individuals and you will
note the dates of the files may be several years old.
We suggest that you review and edit, if necessary, the airspace within the area that you fly. To do this, download
the US Sectional Maps (these are kept current on the StrePla website) for your area and open them to the main
map window (Raster map). Click Airspace in the “F” button (lower left main screen). Select
Menu>Layout>Airspace edit to show only the map and the list of airspaces in the right window. You will now have
the airspaces overlaid on the sectional map. Compare the airspaces on the map with the presentation of the
airspace data. Be sure to configure airspaces to your desires in Menu>Tools>Options>Airspace.
Follow the instructions to follow if there is a difference in the airspace border or type.
REMARK: It is usual for the airspace to indicate “R” Restricted for MOA‟s and A-Alert and T-Training areas. This
is due to the way the data is imported into the Open Air Format. Thus, these usually need to be edited from “R” to
“Q” Dangerous (Q is used to distinguish between Class D airspace). It is important that you edit these as
pocket*StrePla issues warnings based upon the airspace type.
US CUSTOMERS: While usual airspace boundaries remain fairly constant, TFR‟s (Temporary Flight Restrictions)
can be assigned and changed at any time. There are only two sources for this information as of this writing:
1.
Contact your local FSS.
2.
If you are a member of AOPA, you may download a graphical TFR Map through DUATS. At present this
cannot be imported to StrePla.
To start the editor,
(1)
(2)
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execute the menu command Edit, Airspace and select an airspace item on the map
or select the airspace by name from the info window.
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The selected airspace is displayed in the map with its construction points. You can freely move those points on the
map by click-dragging on the corners.
With a double click on the selected item you can open the airspace edit dialog, which has 2 pages. The first
displays the basic data of the airspace:
the second page contains the text based editor. You may change all aspects of the airspace using the text or
dragging a data point (watch the lat/long numbers change) or by placing the cursor over a line or data point and
right-clicking for Insert Point or Delete Point
An airspace may have straight lines or arcs. The arcs must be edited on the Lateral border page.
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17.1 Modify the lateral borders
17.1.1
Graphical
Select an airspace item. Click and hold on one of the construction points. Move the point to the new location.
To insert a point click and hold on the connecting line of two construction points.
Please note that the graphical interface can only insert line segments into an airspace item. To insert arcs, please
use the text based version.
To delete a point right- click on the desired construction point and select the 'Delete point' command.
17.1.2
Text based version
Select an airspace item and open the edit dialog with a double click; Select the second page 'lateral borders'.
Select the input format in the format drop down list field. See Section 19.3 for the formats.
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Modify the airspace. Changes are displayed after each line break. Error messages are shown on the bottom of the
input field.
17.2 Inserting and deleting airspace items
Open the Airspace tab.
To insert, right click within this window and select 'Insert airspace'.
To delete, select the item to be deleted and right click on it. Select 'Delete airspace'.
17.3
Other
If you have made changes to the airspace data, these will be saved upon closing the program and will then be
permanent.
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18 Exporting airspace
This function exports the desktop*StrePla airspace data into external formats (Open Airspace, SN10, Tim
Newport). This is useful for external programs such as Winpilot or PocketNAV.
To export data proceed with the following steps:
Export the airspace
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Start the airspace export with a click on the menu File, Export, Airspace.
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Select the export area. All airspace that intersects that area will be exported.
Select the format of your choice.
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Click on Save and select a folder and filename.
Click on Save.
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Remark: Winpilot does not currently support all airspace types used in Germany. (ICAO class F and TMZ
transponder mandatory zone). You can hide those airspace types using Tools, Options, Airspace or manually edit
the exported file.
Remark for the SN10: The SN10 manages airspace as well as turn points within one file. Due to this, StrePla
allows the use after each airspace export to select additional turn points, which are stored together with the
airspace data in an NDB file. Please note that the SN10 memory is restricted (see the SN10 manual), so the
number of allowed turn points depends on the prior exported number (and complexity) of the airspace.
Steps to generate a combined airspace/turn point NDB file:
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Execute File, Export, Airspace
Adapt the area of interest (the gray rectangle) to your choice and save the data in a SUA file.
Select the turn points in the turn point export dialog.
Click Ok to save the turn points in the NDB file.
The SN10 airspace export generates the following files:
<Folder>\<Your file name>.sua Airspace in Tim Newport format.
<Folder>\<Your file name>_air.ndb
Airspace in SN10 internal format.
< Folder >\< Your file name >.ndb
Turn points only in the NDB format.
< Folder >\< Your file name >_s10.ndb Turn points and airspace in the SN10 format. Use this file to update your
SN10
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19 IGC File Finder
The IGC file finder scans your PC for all IGC files. Experienced user may say that this can be done with the
Windows Explorer. This is correct, but additional information is provided with the ICG file finder. The Windows
Explorer delivers a list of file names, whereas the IGC File Finder displays additional information such as flight
date, name of pilot, flying time, glider type and glider cid and the take off location. This eases the finding of a given
flight track considerably.
19.1 Naming convention of the IGC file
The file name of an IGC file has always a length of 8 characters (this was the standard when this convention was
created) plus 3 characters for the extension (.IGC).
Example:
71BA09B1.IGC
The character denotes:
Position
Explanation
Example
1
The year of the flight.
7 = 2007
2
Month of the flight, as we have only
9 digits (excluding the 0) we must
use other symbols for October to
December. An easy solution is our
alphabet so October = A, November
= B and December = C
1 = January
3
Day of flight. Rule as above. Here
nearly the complete alphabet for day
10 to 31
B = 11.
4
Manufacturer code A=Garrecht, X=a
device without IGC approval.
A
5-7
Unique ID of the logger
09B
8
flight number recorded at given date
1=first flight
19.2 Using the IGC File finder
19.2.1
Start
Start the IGC File finder with the menu command File, Search Flights or Ctrl + B
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When starting the IGC File finder the first time the message box
appears. Click on Yes to monitor your local drives. If you click on 'No' you can add your personal folders on the tab
'Monitored Folder'.
The IGC File finder starts scanning your PC. Depending on the size of your drives and the performance of your PC
this takes some time. For this reason the File finder works within a background job, which allows you to continue
working with StrePla. Desktop*StrePla remembers everything when closing the program, so that the list is
available immediately on restarting it.
19.2.2
IGC File finder, flights
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All IGC files within the monitored folders are listed in this window. As usual you can size the width of the columns
and sort the items with a click on the column header.
The lower part shows the number of found files and how many are visible (not filtered out).
Double click on a flight to open it in StrePla or mark as many flights as you want and click on "open marked flights".
19.2.2.1
Context menu (use your right mouse button)
Mark at least one flight and click with your right mouse button.
Select 'Delete' file to physically and permanently remove the file from your PC and
'Open file in text editor' 'to view the IGC file within a text editor.
WARNING
If you change the content of the file it may become invalid and cannot be used for flight registration any more.
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19.2.3
IGC File finder, Monitored folders
In the IGC file manager window you will find three tabs: flights, monitored folders and filter.
All monitored folders and drives are listed in “monitored folders”.
19.2.4
IGC File finder, Filter
In the IGC file manager window you will find three tabs: flights, monitored folders and filter.
The tab 'Filter' allows you to restrict the 'Flight list' to a specific set of flights. Example: A few weeks ago you
downloaded a set of Wolfgang Joschko flights from the OLC, but where are they?
Solution: Type Joschko in the Pilot field and click on apply. StrePla list all flight which contain the phrase „Joschko‟
within the name:
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8 flights out of nearly 116 satisfy this restriction. Just browse through the list and open the flight of interest.
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