Portsmouth Naval Gliding Centre

 

This section give you information about the use of PDA units, which can be used as a GPS with full moving maps, airspaces and other data relating to gliding. It also covers two different software packages which you can use on your PDA along with various data files.

There are a number of different GPS Soaring programs for PDA devices, the two main hand held devices used in gliding are the Ipaq, running windows CE also known as the Pocket PC (PPC) and the Palm Pilot, which runs it's own Palm Operating System. These operating systems are not compatible, so you need to ensure you select the correct software for your hand held device.

As well as commercial packages such as WinPilot, there are a number of free software packages available for these devises as well. I have used two of these myself, and would have no hesitation in recommending these software packages for use during your cross country flight.

You should consider carefully the placement of the PDA unit within the cockpit, so that it does not obscure any of the other instruments or access in or out of your glider.

Please let me know if you are aware of other FREE soaring software packages which you would recommend and I'll mention them on this web site. siggi_ingason@hotmail.com

PLEASE NOTE - I, nor the PNGC take any responsibility for the use of these files or software packages during your flight. Happy flying and don't get lost.

For the Palm handheld I would recommend the software called SoaringPilot which can be found at the following URL :-

http://www.soaringpilot.com/

For the Ipaq device I would recommend GPS_LOG which can be found at :-

http://www.soaringpilotsoftware.com/

The following download area has been created to allow the sharing of files which can be used on the GPS_LOG software. If there is sufficient interest, I will create other download areas which will contain files to support the Palm version as well.

PNGC GPS_LOG file Download Area

GPS_LOG was developed with a sailplane pilot in mind, but can be used in any situation that GPS position data are available for logging. It is a combination of a navigational aid with a moving map, needed altitude and speed to fly computations, and a data logger. You can find all the details about GPS_LOG on:-

http://www.soaringpilotsoftware.com

There is also a news/discussion group on Yahoo which is dedicated to the GPS_LOG program. You need to register to access the news group, but it's well worth doing if you are using GPS_LOG. The news/discussion group can be found at the following link:-

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gps_log

The Following files can be downloaded onto your PDA when using the GPS_LOG software.

Map Files

Size

Creator

Created (mm/dd/yy)

http://ai-uk.net/gliding/GPS_LOG/UK_GPSLOG_2007.zip
Above link is to the UK Map file including airspace, AGL data and Waypoints for 2007

3.5Mb

laurie gregoire

05/08/2007

ALPI.zip
Alpi (Nord Italia, Slovenia, Austria, Svizzera)

3633Kb

flyhighandfast

01/30/2004

Deutschland19-01-2004.gpm
Binary Map Germany mit actual airspace

3944Kb

alfred_bergrath

01/25/2004

Deutschland.zip
Map of Germany. Including GLOBE elevation data . The color coding on the maps is standard ICAO, that makes it easier to read the map during flights and crosscheck with the PocketPC - USE ON OWN RISK

4193Kb

Stefan Kamm

05/22/2004

Map_Germany.zip
Complete Map Germany

2351Kb

cvleff

01/10/2004

fr-top.zip
France topographique, Benelux, 9 maps, gpm files, fit to de-top and swiss-top, version experimentale de Michael Joachim

4607Kb

lastirmike

03/08/2004

AirDE-DAFIF03_2004.zip
Airspace of Germany Version DAFIFT0304, ohne TMZ und Segelflugsektoren!!! USE ON OWN RISK

127Kb

flyhighandfast

03/20/2004

AirDE-TMZ+SGL0304.zip
Airspace of Germany Version DAFIFT0304, MIT TMZ und Segelflugsektoren - USE ON OWN RISK

135Kb

flyhighandfast

03/20/2004

AlpsNorthEast.zip
Alps North East Map Design Kit

520Kb

walterkronester

01/13/2004

Alpenraum.zip
Alps region. Including GLOBE elevation data . The color coding on the maps is standard ICAO, that makes it easier to read the map during flights and crosscheck with the PocketPC - USE ON OWN RISK

3936Kb

Stefan Kamm

05/22/2004

AlpsNorthEastreadme.txt
Alps NorthEast Map Design Kit Readme

3Kb

walterkronester

01/13/2004

FPL_DEMETRIC.zip
Hello to all, the files inside are the Airfields from WELT2000 corrected for metric altitude information

69Kb

eku60

02/04/2004

FrankfurtSUA.zip
Bitmap showing a problem with SUA maps. Please see message titled "SUA maps problems"

21Kb

soaringpilot11

02/08/2004

Frenchalps.zip
Another alp file

487Kb

marco2often

01/12/2004

GB_SUA.zip
SUA Airspace for Great Brittain. Two variants and component maps are included. Assumes that AGL data file is used as TOP and BASE offsets in FIX_IT were set to zero

520Kb

soaringpilot11

02/16/2004

comctl32.zip
Files potentially required by the Fix-it program to run. Use only if Fix-it reports problems. Installation instructions are in the readme.txt file in the zip

291Kb

soaringpilot11

03/16/2004

de-top.zip
Deutschland topographisch, three maps, will fit to France and Swiss, gpm test-version von Michael Joachim

1978Kb

astirmike

03/08/2004

engl.zip
England topographic map file made from .dem data, fits to france, test version from Michael Joachim

210Kb

astirmike

03/12/2004

UK_bga_SUA.gpm
Map of England with SUA September 2004, test, version from Philipp Schartau

2,703Kb

Philipp Schartau

10/09/2004

UK_waypoints.dta
England Waypoints, test, version from Philipp Schartau

63Kb

Philipp Schartau

10/09/2004

swiss-top.zip
Schweiz topographisch, gpm-file, fits to de-top, Michael Joachim, Test version

497Kb

astirmike

03/08/2004

 

Polar Files

Size

Creator

Created (mm/dd/yy)

AstirCS.plr
Astir CS polar

2Kb

alfred_bergrath

02/29/2004

Bergfalke.plr
bergfalkeII-55

2Kb

szd551

02/29/2004

L-Spatz55.plr
L-Spatz55

2Kb

szd551

02/29/2004

Libelle17m.plr
Libelle17m polar

2Kb

alfred_bergrath

02/29/2004

SZD55.plr
SZD55 polar

2Kb

alfred_bergrath

02/29/2004

Twin-Astir.plr
Polar for Twin Astir

2Kb

alfred_bergrath

01/25/2004

Ventus C.plr
Polar File Ventus C

2Kb

alfred_bergrath

01/10/2004

kestrel17.plr
Polar file Kestrel 17m

2Kb

langowski

01/14/2004

libelle.plr
Polar File Libelle

2Kb

alfred_bergrath

01/10/2004

 

Alarm Sound Airspace Files

Size

Creator

Created (mm/dd/yy)

entering-sector-gpslg!at.wav
Entering sector, acoustic signal with spoken words

108Kb

alfred_bergrath

01/31/2004

entering-sector-gpslg!at.wav
Entering sector, acoustic signal with spoken words

108Kb

alfred_bergrath

01/31/2004

einflug- in-sektor-gpslg!at.wav
Einflug in einen Sektor, Akustische Meldung mit gesprochenen Worten

110Kb

alfred_bergrath

01/31/2004

leaving-sector-gpslg!to.wav
leaving sector, acoustic signal with spoken words

59Kb

alfred_bergrath

01/31/2004

verlassen-sektor-gpslg!to.wav
Verlassen Sektor, akustisches Signal mit gesprochenen Worten

67Kb

alfred_bergrath

01/31/2004

warning-airspace-gpslg!lt.wav
warning airspace, acoustic signal with spoken words

180Kb

alfred_bergrath

01/31/2004

achtung-luftraum-gpslg!lt.wav
Warnung bei Einflug in Luftraum mit gesprochenen Worten

180Kb

alfred_bergrath

01/31/2004