GETTING STARTED USING THE SAILPLANE TRACKER
once you get the hang of it, your friends and family will appreciate knowing your location. So, here's a quick tutorial to start you off. Please read the August 2014 issue of Soaring magazine for more details on this system.
Point your web browser to http://glideport.aero.
On desktop and laptop computers (Windows, Mac or Linux) you need a modern web browser such as Chrome, Safari or Firefox. To get full experience, you also need Google Earth plugin installed. glidePort also works well on mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. there is a short introductory video on the home page.
To see flight tracks go to the “Map” page and navigate to a gliderport. To set time of day, click on the timeline, or click and drag to animate the day’s progression., To go to a different day, click the previous/next day or the calendar button in the timeline on the bottom.
More functions are available when you register as a user. If you are flying with a SPOT or inReach satellite tracker, enter your tracker’s URL in the “Settings>Tracking” page and click “Save.” Your tracks will then be displayed in near-real-time. But that’s so last year. Better yet, if you have an iPhone or an Android phone, download the GlideTrack app and configure it by entering your email (i.e. your GlidePort user name). Then, next time you fly run GlideTrack and tap the “START” button. The spectators will then be able to fly along with you and watch your flight in hi-def.
Even if you do not fly with a tracker, you will find GlidePort extremely useful as your flight analysis and visualization tool. You get a great insight into what was happening during the flight, and you can see why certain decisions were made. Reviewing flights of top pilots is an excellent way to learn what they do and how they do it.
to upload your IGC flight track, once you are logged in, click the “Upload” button, drag-and-drop your IGC file, enter flight description if desired and click “Save.” You can then re-live your flight in GlidePort.
When you see a noteworthy flight, click the button next to the track. In the window that appears, enter a comment and/or click thumbs-up to give praise. You can also click thumbs-down when appropriate, e.g., if the pilots busts airspace, flies after sunset…Hopefully that will discourage unsafe behavior and further increase safety of our sport.