Table of Contents

Detailed Change History

4.6.2 Beta - April 2012

  • New - Preferred BT GPS address can be saved in configuration. After initial search address is saved, so next startup no BT discovery is needed. To enable search again, either load an old format config file, or change NMEA/Port setting, then back to BT.

4.6.1 Final - April 2012

  • Change - The terrain on the task is now updated when target points are moved in Area tasks.
  • Fix - In some cases selecting Max or Min in an area would not be retained.
  • Plus some minor code optimizations.

4.6.0 Final - May 2011

  • New - Support for Cylinder races with various radii centered on the same waypoint. This type of task is typically used in Paragliding competitions.
    • There is a new type of area called an “Exit Area”, this is set by creating an Area waypoint and tapping on the sector type. This will change the type to an “Exit Area”
    • This “Exit Area” is considered achieved once you have entered it, and then left it.
    • Typically you will build a task with all the waypoints the same, but different combinations of cylinders, Start, finish, turnpoint and exit areas.
    • Before you activate the task, be sure to change the AAT type on the bottom right of the Task Edit screen to “Max”
    • For example, a simple out and return is made from 3 waypoints. Start Cylinder, Exit Area, Finish Cylinder. The radius settings for the start and finish are set on the Settings / Task screen as normal.
  • New - Support for Westerboer Flight computers for altitude and vario data.
  • New - On the Flarm display aircraft that are climbing at more than 50% of the current MC value are shown with solid arrow heads. All other aircraft are shown with open arrow heads
  • New - Support for iPhone hardware running StyleTap software. Only difference to released version 4.5.3 is the GPS Info screen is modified to display the iPhone GPS data correctly.
  • Change - Improvements in key distance / bearing calculations
  • Change - Improved behaviour when trying to move a target point out of the area defined.
  • Fix - Removed some debug code that required a SD card.
  • Fix - Adding thermal waypoints could cause a crash. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - Corrected version numbers in IGC files
  • Fix - Correction of small errors in the screens
  • Fix - Edits to area sector target points were not always saved correctly
  • Fix - After a task was finished you could not select another waypoint
  • Fix - Potential crash when switching to/from the map screen
  • Fix - If many thermal waypoints were created, there was a chance the program would crash.
  • Fix - Some OpenAir SUA files would not load correctly if spaces were missing in arc items.
  • Fix - On a small number of devices, parsing SUA files in TNP format would cause errors. This will reset your SUA database.
  • Fix - Flarm traffic display now works without flashing and maximum range increased to 20km.
  • Fix - Waypoint colours are now displayed correctly on the Waypoint Sector screen.
  • Fix - Fix to allow parsing data files with lines longer than 256 chars.
  • Fix - Further tweaks for running on the iPhone using StyleTap
  • Fix - Fixes map screen not being displayed on certain Windows mobile devices
  • Fix - Further tweaks for running on the iPhone using StyleTap

4.5.3 Final - Apr 2010

  • New - When the wind calculations are turned off, you can tap the “Speed/Dir” button that appears to enter manually your glider compass bearing and airspeed. This is then used to calculate the wind speed, from the GPS track and ground speed. This is useful when flying in wave at a constant speed and compass bearing. You must tap the “Confirm” button to use these calculated values for SoarPilot wind calculations.
  • New - Support for the LX160 lift values
  • New - There is now a checkbox on the Wind Info screen that allows you to turn off all wind calculations. Wind speed and direction must then be entered manually. The latest wind calculation is still shown on the Wind Info screen, but only the manually set values shown in the Average speed and direction will be used.
  • New - You can now declare tasks to an SD card for the Flarm logger.
  • New - New option to make the switching from cruise / thermal map mode completely manual (using the Contacts button). This is set on the Settings / Map screen.
  • New - Ability to read SUA files with altitudes in meters. The altitude must be followed by “M” or “m” to be meters. Flight Levels “FL” are always in feet.
  • New - The Task Waypoint Edit screen has been re-worked to show much more information about the sector type for waypoint. eg: type, sector bearings, radii.
  • New - The setting to declare a task to an SD card (EWMR Loggers) is now stored in the config file.
  • New - Popup dialog to change the MC value without having to use both hardware buttons. This is enabled by manually adding the line “MCBUTTON,1” at the end of your config text file. The dialog will popup if either the ToDo or Memo buttons are pressed, or you tap MC field on the Final Glide screen.
  • Change - Glider airspeed for wind calculations is converted from IAS to TAS for more accurate results at altitude.
  • Change - The new wind calculation using glider airspeed and compass bearing now includes averaging over the last 30 secs to improve the accuracy.
  • Change - When calling up the waypoint list with a task active, you are taken directly to the waypoint list to select a TEMP waypoint. Note: If you select a waypoint this will put the task on hold. You can access the Task Waypoint dialog directly by tapping the CSE/SPD fields on the Final Glide and Moving Map screen, or the calc silk screen button, or the voice record button, or the calendar button on the Final Glide screen.
  • Change - When calling up the waypoint list with a task active, you get the normal waypoint dialog allowing you to select prev/next task waypoint, add a task waypoint, or navigate to a temp waypoint. Previously you went directly to the temp waypoint selection.
  • Change - The track trail will now update, even if you have selected not to use the logger.
  • Change - Improved task speed calculations in the cases where the pilot manually changes the active turnpoint.
  • Change - Leaving and returning to the Moving Map screen no longers resets the auto task zoom level.
  • Fix - The map remains centered on the last valid fix after the logger has been turned off.
  • Fix - Changes to the Flarm v4 firmware are now correctly updated in SoarPilot.
  • Fix - Prevents a crash when putting 2 identical waypoints one after the other in a task. Used for some paragliding competitions. (task distances need to be verified)
  • Fix - Correcting various problems with declarations to EWMR SD cards. SoarPilot will no longer try to connect with an EWMR when the SD option is checked on the Settings / Logger screen.
  • Fix - Airspace files with meters in (see below) would always show as feet on the SUA Display screen, and could be at the wrong alitudes. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - Blank list on the Flight Info screen is now fixed. Error was in 12 June Beta, not 4.5.2
  • Fix - Activating tasks with the first 2 waypoints the same now works again. Error was in 09 June Beta, not 4.5.2
  • Fix - The HFRFWFIRMWAREVERSION number in the IGC header was wrong in previous versions of 4.5
  • Fix - Parsing SUA files with long comments (>100 characters) caused false errors. This is now fixed
  • Fix - Flarm traffic data now displays correctly

4.5.2 Final - May 2009

  • New - If the SD card is write protected a warning is shown at startup. You need to exit SoarPilot and re-insert the card to be able to use it.

4.5.1 Final - May 2009

  • Fix - Versions 4.1 and higher would not run on a Palm III. This is now fixed.

4.5.0 Final - April 2009

  • New - Version number changed to reflect the level of changes to this pre-release version
  • New - On the Flight Info screen, the current waypoint name is now shown on the top of the screen. On the Moving Map screen the current waypoint name will also be shown on the bottom of the screen. (Except when a reference point is being used)
  • New - On the flight Info screen there are new fields to show the distance and time to go in the task, and an additonal speed field. If a minimum task time is set in the active task rules, the time to go will be relative to the minimum task time and the speed will be the required speed to make an On-Time Arrival (OTA). With no task time set, the time to go will be the estimated time remaining to complete the task, and the speed will be the overall estimated task speed on completing the task.
  • New - While in flight the MC value is now displayed on the new Flight Info screen and can be changed using the ToDo and Memo buttons as normal.
  • New - When flying an AAT in Manual Turn mode, if you exceed your target distance set, the target point will automatically reposition itself towards the max distance point to guide you deeper into the area.
  • New - Functionality to read / write waypoints in the Ozi Explorer (.wpt) format.
  • New - Option to automatically export the current flight IGC file to an SD card or in DOC format as soon as the logger stops. This new option is on the Settings / Logger screen as “Auto Xfer”
  • New - Support for GPS units (e.g. SD slot devices) that require a connection to be setup in the Preferences/Connection settings. A connection must be set up in the Palm OS called “ExtGPS” with the details required to communicate with the GPS device. Then the option will appear on the NMEA/Ports setting screen to select ExtGPS as the NMEA input.
  • New - New button on the Settings / Logger screen to record a pilot event in the IGC file. The number below the button displays the time elapsed (in mins) since the last pilot event.
  • New - When using a Bluetooth GPS SoarPilot can re-transmit the data to the serial port (GPGGA, GPRMC), including the waypoint information (GPRMB). This can be used to feed other instruments. eg: EW Model logger or LNAV.
  • New - Support for a combination of a Tasman vario and EWMR logger
  • New - If you are using an EWMR-SD logger, you can now write to the SD card in the Palm, and later insert this into the logger to declare a task. (Requires testing)
  • New - Option to load SeeYou format waypoints using the “name”/”title” field as the key for the waypoint database, rather than the “code” field. This will always default to using the “code” field as this works for the vast majority of SeeYou format files. Also, if the selected field is blank, the other will be used it it’s place.
  • New - Option to record a turnpoint for OLC rules at your current position, if you decide to turn before reaching your target waypoint. Go to the Task Edit screen, Edit the active waypoint, and tap the “OLC TP” button. It will update the task distance to reflect the new turnpoint, and jump to the next planned turnpoint in the task.
  • New - Task declaration to new IGC approved Flarm loggers.
  • New - Radio information for an SUA item is now displayed on the airspace alert screen.
  • New - Ability to call up the full details of an SUA item with a warning, directly from the SUA alert dialog by pressing the Memo key.
  • New - Option on the Map Settings screen to select between FGA or D.Alt arrows and Average L/D to be displayed on the right hand side of the moving map screen. (non DIA palms only)
  • New - Option on the SUA/Warning screen to alert the pilot when the final glide altitude has been reached while thermalling.
  • New - Ability to read airspace files in OpenAir format. (Files required a “.air” extension)
  • New - Additional mode for Assigned Area Tasks that allows the pilot to decide when to turn. On entry to an area the program continues to navigate towards, and calculate the task statistics based on reaching the target point in the area. Until the pilot manually turns or leaves the area, then the actual distance achieved in the area will be used.
  • New - SoarPilot will now popup a warning when the battery is low. On the second warning the flight log will be closed to guard against data corruption. (of course if the battery goes completely flat you will loose your bluetooth connection, and possibiliy the entire contents of the Palm unit)
  • Change - Waypoints on the Moving Map screen are now shown in 3 colours. RED = Cannot reach the waypoint, ORANGE = Can just reach the waypoint, GREEN = Can reach the waypoint with double the safety altitude.
  • Change - Improved “next waypoint” indicators in manual AAT mode.
  • Change - When using the Calendar or Address buttons to navigate any not active task, the changes you made are automatically saved when you go to the next waypoint.
  • Change - The choices for the right hand value on the map screen for non-DIA palms now include: FGA, L/D, Lft, Tlft and Avg. This option is set on the map settings screen.
  • Change - When creating a new waypoint the N/S and E/W indicators will default to the same hemisphere as your home waypoint.
  • Change - Improved pre-flight / task planning, allowing the pilot to enter expected wind and MC value (i.e. lift strength) to calculate FGA, task time, ETA at each turnpoint etc for the active task. (Note: the task must be activated)
  • Change - Improvements to Manual Turn mode in AATs. If you exceed the target distance, the target point moves to your current glider position, until you move the target further into the sector.
  • Change - Improved handling of Bluetooth connections when the battery runs low.
  • Change - When using a Garmin iQue, the option to set the time from the GPS is diabled.
  • Change - Improved automatic task zooming, especially with small radius sectors, lines or cylinders.
  • Change - More improvements in drawing speed on the moving map.
  • Change - Small improvement in drawing speed on the moving map.
  • Change - Further improvements to the maximum and minimum distance calculations for AAT tasks.
  • Change - Improved minimum distance calculations for AAT tasks.
  • Change - Accurracy of drawing SUA items on the moving map has been improved.
  • Fix - Auto-zooming to task waypoints would not work correctly if manual changes were made to the map scale. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - When viewing an AAT on the ground, the variance to the Min Task Time was not shown correctly. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - Requested finish height based on the active task rules was not always calculated correctly. This has been fixed.
  • Fix - On (very) rare occasions the program may freeze when changing map scales. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - Correction for the EWMR logger task declarations.
  • Fix - In some cases OpenAir SUA files would no load correctly when colour tables were included in the file. this is now fixed.
  • Fix - The task statistics (speed, TOT etc) could be corrupted when re-starting the task, dependent on how long it took to dismiss the re-start dialog. Or my manually changing turnpoints. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - For certain GPS devices the position would not update on the GPS info screen. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - Corrections to the task distance and speed calculations when using Manual Turn mode for AAT’s.
  • Fix - The Flarm configuration screen would sometimes not work correctly. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - When you activate a task and afterwards try to preview another task, the start/finish lines are displayed incorrectly. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - The alert when the final glide altitude is reached would always happen, even if this option was turned off. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - SUA and Tasks would not draw correctly on the moving map screen if you did not have bottom label and bold lines selected. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - The lat/lon coordinates for a Manual TFR SUA item would not display properly in D:M:S format. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - Some SUA items (with arcs and colour tables) in OpenAir files would not display or load properly. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - In certain situations the red warning triangles for terrain conflicts would not display correctly (although the numbers were correct) This has been fixed.
  • Fix - Reading of OpenAir files now copes with lat/lon formats with or without a space in the coordinate i.e. “50:20:30 N” and “50:20:30N” are both accepted.
  • Fix - Corrected a problem with reading OpenAir format files that caused airspace names to be corrupted.
  • Fix - New AAT manual turn logic caused some problems with the next waypoint display in the other AAT modes. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - Waypoint Sector screen now zooms in and out correctly.
  • Fix - When flying an AAT, changing the target point in the next area could corrupt the distance and TOT calculations. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - Corrected a problem that could lead to some configurations settings being lost.
  • Fix - GPS Info screen and “Connect GPS” button now update correctly.
  • Fix - Helps to avoid connection timeouts when using LX/Filser loggers.
  • Fix - Various small tweaks and fixes.

4.0.2 April March 2008

  • Fix - When flying an AAT, changing the target point in the next area could corrupt the distance and TOT calculations. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - Helps to avoid connection timeouts when using LX/Filser loggers.
  • Fix - Corrected a problem that could lead to some configurations settings being lost.

4.0.0 Final February 2008

  • New Feature - Default Task Rules can now be set in the Task Settings screen. New tasks will inherit these rules, and they can also be applied to existing tasks
  • New Feature - Automatic Sending SMS messages from Treo phones. To be used for both to live tracking servers and for information to other people.
  • New Feature - In the SUA List, any items will current warnings will be sorted to the top of the list.
  • New Feature - Addition of a Map button on the Task List screen. This allows you to see the whole task on the map screen.
  • New Feature - When editing Task Waypoints the max area radius can be changed with the Page-Up and Page-Down buttons. In addition the Memo button saves the changes to the waypoint. Note: You still need to re-activate the task to out these changes into the active task. (This can also be done with the Memo button from the Task Editor or Task List screens)
  • New Feature - It is now possible to manually start a task in flight, or manually go to the next waypoint in a task, and for the task speeds and estimated times to be calculated correctly.
  • New Feature - Post flights task statistics are now available by reviewing task in the Flight Info screen by tapping the Task button. Statistics available are:- Time at each turnpoint, time between each turnpoint, speed on each task leg, confirmation of correct sector entry at each turnpoint.
  • New Feature - The Memo key can now be used to go to the SUA item edit from the SUA List.
  • New Feature - On the Task Editor screen a drop down list appears next to the total task distance labelled “AAT”. This is visibile only with tasks containing AREA type waypoints, and allows you to immediately move all target points to the Max distance, Min distance, or the centre of the areas. Note: any previous changes are overwritten.
  • New Feature - A wind direction indicator is now visible on the Final Glide screen, shown as a small circle with a line pointing to the centre of the current waypoint direction arrow.
  • New Feature - The line to the next waypoint now appears on the Waypoint Sector screen.
  • New Feature - The average glide angle is now available on the Moving Map screen below the final glide arrows.
  • New Feature - The Speed To Fly (or Required Ground Speed) and altitude values are now shown on the Moving Map screen with no waypoint selected. When no waypoint is selected, the Speed To Fly is based on the current direction of flight and the altitude values bases on the distance manually set from the Final Glide screen using the Page-Up and Page-Down buttons.
  • New Feature - When flying tasks with Areas, the current target point (represented by a circle with a cross in it) and the point of maximum penetration into the area(shown by an open diamond) are now displayed on the Moving Map as well as the Waypoint Sector screens.
  • New Feature - The dialogs boxes for OK/Cancel or Yes/No questions, along with others likely to appear in flight, have been improved to include bigger buttons, and now the background processing for logging, airspace warnings, etc continues. (The Palm standard dialog boxes freeze all other processing) In addition these dialog boxes will now auto dismiss, with a default answer (shown underlined), in the same way as airspace warnings.
  • New Feature - The Memo key can now be used to go to the SUA item edit from the SUA List. Also, the Memo key will save the SUA item in the SUA item edit screen.
  • New Feature - Support for the new EW Micro Recorder - Will be able to fully configure the device as well send a task declaration to the device on the fly. The device also outputs a normal GPS data stream as well as pressure altitude. So the recorder can be used to drive SP as well.
  • New Feature - The “Goto Start” warnings have been implemented. When this option is selected on the Task Rules screen, the program displays a countdown, shown as “mins:secs” to the time when you need to turn towards the start to arrive exactly at the start time via the shortest route the the start. It assumes your speed will be the speed to fly based on the current MC value. When the countdown reaches zero a warning will popup alerting the pilot to turn towards the start. If you are predicted to be late to reach the start the countdown is shown as “(mins:secs)”. Once the start time is passed, the display changes to “Start!”. The countdown is shown on the Final Glide screen above the waypoint arrow, and at the top of the Moving Map screen. In addtion on the Moving Map screen the speed required to reach the start on-time is displayed next to the count down.
  • New Feature - The task rules for the active task can now been added to the screen order list, and accessed directly from the Flight menu. If the active task rules are accessed in this manner, any changes are automatically copied to the active task, and you will continue with the same log file.
  • New Feature - If you have set a minimum task time in the task rules, you will now see a display above the waypoint arrow on the Final Glide screen and at the top of the Moving Map screen that shows your estimated Time On Task vs. the minimum time set. For example, if you are over the task time by 10 mins the display shows “TOT+10”, conversely if you are going to be early by 10 mins the display shows “TOT-10”. This number is also shown on the Flight Info and Waypoint Sector screens next to the TOT value.
  • New Feature - Configuation option to change the behaviour of the Left button on the 5-way navigator. This is set by editting the configuration file directly by changing the line “LEFTACTION”. The allowed values are: 0 - Do nothing, 1 - Home button (as current), 2 - Move backwards in the screen order continously, 3 - Move backwards in the screen order but stop at either end of the list. With LEFTACTION = 3 holding the left or right buttons will continue to move in the chain until you reach the end. The current action of the right button remains to move forward in the screen order.
  • New Feature - New option “Auto Start after 1st Wpt” on the SUA/Warnings screen. If this option is un-checked the task will not automatically re-start if you happen to enter the start zone after you have already reached the first waypoint in the task. The Re-Start dialog will still appear, but will not dismiss until the Pilot confirms to re-start or not.
  • New Feature - In the Screen Order settings you can now select a screen (using the checkbox on the left) and use the Page-Up and Page-Down keys to move the selected screen up and down the order.
  • New Feature - On the Logger Setting screen there is now a option to decide if you want to declare tasks to the external logger attached to SoarPilot or not. If this option is off, you will never be asked to declare a task to the external logger.
  • New Feature - On the Task Settings / Default Rules screen there is now an option to glide to the max start height. If this option is set, and a max start height is set in the Task Rules, and the Task Rules are active, your final glide calculations to the start will be based on the start waypoint elevation plus the max start height. The waypoint name will change to “Start Height”. Note: due to this change, the default rules are always in-active, and require them to be activated in each task.
  • New Feature - The distance and bearing calculations to line starts or finishes has been improved to take the shortest distance to the line, not the distance to the mid-point. This is controlled by a new option called “Exact” on the Settings / Units screen.
  • New Feature - If any changes are made to the active task, and you leave the Task Editor without re-activating the task, a confirm box will popup reminding you to re-activate the changes or cancel the changes. Also am additional confirmation box will popup if you try to turn the task rules off. If you cancel any changes will be lost.
  • New Feature - There is a new button assignment on the Active Task Screen. Selecting a waypoint from the Active Task and pressing the To Do hardware button will ask you if you want to change the active waypoint in the active task. This will accomplish all waypoints before the selected one, and start the task if required.
  • New Feature - If you try to turn the Task Rules off for the active task, you will be asked to confirm this change.
  • New Feature - On the Map Settings Lines screen you can now choose the colour and weight (bold or not) of the waypoint direction line.
  • New Feature - Support for the Borgelt B500 pressure altitude data.
  • New Feature - On the Final Glide Setting screen, there is now an option to control how many thermal turns are required for the thermal to be included in the average calculation for updating the MC value, and on the thermal history screen.
  • New Feature - Support for UTM coordinate formats using a WGS84 datum.
  • New Feature - Colouring of the track on the moving map screen can now be based on netto lift ie: actual airmass movement, removing the sink due to the glider polar curve at various speeds.
  • New - Additional waypoint direction line, to guide the pilot to the target or maximum point in an area, during an AAT task. (Hi-res Palms only)
  • Change - The on-screen buttons for alerts for task re-start, SUA warnings etc are now larger, making it easier to tap them in flight.
  • Change - Improved ETA and Time on Task calculations taking into account the correct speed to fly and wind on each task leg.
  • Change - The View button on the Task Waypoint screen to view the waypoint sector has been renamed to Sector.
  • Change - On the Final Glide screen in the Lift / Sink table with metric units for lift (m/s) the number range is changed from 0 to 2.5 or 0 to 5 m/s. This gives a much more useful range of MC values.
  • Change - The buttons on the Task Edit screen have been changed to simplify the job of entering and editting waypoints. The buttons now are “Edit”, “Add”, “Up”, “Down”, “List”. The “Rev” button has gone, as this was little used. The Edit button now take you directly to editting the currently selected waypoint without the popup dialog. To delete a waypoint, first you edit it, and the “Delete” button is there on the individual task waypoint screen. This is consistent with the waypoint list and edit screen. The popup dialog box is still available if you tap the “Calc” silk screen button.
  • Change - On the Waypoint Select dialog with a task active, the Add Wpt button has been renamed to Insert Wpt to be more logical, as this actually inserts a waypoint in front of your current active waypoint in the task.
  • Change - For an active waypoint, the Waypoint Sector screen now changes the map orientation to and from the thermal mode map orientation set on the Map Settings screen. If you are not viewing the active task, or active waypoint, the screen defaults to a North-Up orientation.
  • Change - On the Task Rules screen the buttons now change the Start Time and Min Task Time by +/- 5 mins.
  • Change - The buttons on the dialog for invalid starts (too early or above max start height) have been changed to “Start” and “Cancel” to be more logical. Also the default action is to start the task.
  • Change - The calculation for the required glide angle on the Flight Info screen now includes the safety altitude.
  • Change - When using the Moving Map screen to review a flight log or preview a task there is now a “Back” button to return you to the previous screen. In addition, the top right corner will show if you are viewing a “Log” or a “Task” and the top left corner shows if the map is in panning mode, or for an active task in preview “Flying the Task” mode.
  • Change - When viewing the active task (after it has been activated) you can switch between the normal panning mode, and “Fly” mode by tapping the top left corner. When in “Fly” mode you can move down each task leg with the up/down arrows, and change waypoints with the left/right buttons.
  • Change - The List button on the Task Editor screen has been replaced with a Del button allowing you to delete waypoints from the task without the need to edit the waypoint. If you editted the task from the Task List, pressing the Home button will return you to the Task List. You can also get to the tasks you have setup by paging up and down from the active task, and if required activate or edit another task.
  • Change - The thermal profile when shown on the moving map display now shows a solid vertical line to show the current average thermal lift achieved in the current thermal. This is in addition to the dotted line showing the current MC value.
  • Change - The Task List acreen is now available on the Settings / Screen Order screen.
  • Change - The glider symbol is now centered on the screen when the map is in thermal mode.
  • Change - On the Flight Info screen, if the task is on hold (because you have selected a temporary waypoint) the finish time and TOT fields show “On Hold”. Tapping either of these two fields will resume the task.
  • Change - If you access the Waypoint List from the menu or the screen chain with a task active, the far right button will say “TEMP” indicating that you are selecting a temporary waypoint which will put the task on hold.
  • Change - If you have a temporary waypoint selected during a task, “Temp” will be shown at the top of the Moving Map and above the waypoint direction arrow on the Final Glide screen.
  • Change - Improvements to the Polar List to be more consistent with the other lists and how they function.
  • Change - Instead of showing the characters “BL” when the backlight is on, a small sun icon is shown.
  • Change - The size of the buttons to change the MC scale and the altitude reference (A.Alt, R.Alt, D.Alt) are now bigger. Tapping anywhere in the MC scale or in the altitude column is now possible.
  • Change - The warning tone for loss of GPS data will play for ~5 secs only, then repeat every ~45 secs
  • Change - Significant increase in map drawing speed
  • Change - The SUA List now shows “Y”, “D” and “N” in the ACT column. This is to show the difference between fully active items (Y), items which display only, without warnings (D), and inactive items, no display or warning (N).
  • Fix - The task re-start alert no longer happens if the active task has been completed
  • Fix - Fixed a bug that could cause the program to crash on the Flight Info screen.
  • Fix - Correction to the Required Ground Speed (RGS) calculations.
  • Fix - Corrected the display of the thermal profile when using fpm/fps for the lift units.
  • Fix - The Time On Task value no longer changes after the task has been completed. Note: the ETA value on the Waypoint Sector screen will still continue to show your expected arrival time at the selected waypoint.
  • Fix - Selecting a waypoint from the waypoint list, accessed from the menu directly (rather than tapping the CSE: button on the Final Glide or Moving Map screens), now works correctly.
  • Fix - When you add a waypoint from the Moving Map screen the waypoint elevation is now the terrain elevation rather than your current altitude.
  • Fix - You could exit from SoarPilot with the power button / backlight if the menu was open. This has now been fixed.
  • Fix - Task declaration for LX/Colibri loggers now works when control points are included in the task. (Thanks to Zoltan for fixing this)
  • Fix - Fixed a problem in the 3.5.0 beta versions causing problems with repeating “Connecting” dialogs and problems downloading flights for C302 and GPSNAV loggers.
  • Fix - Certain combinations of AREA and Cylinder turnpoints in a task caused the task distance calculations to be wrong. This has now been fixed.
  • Fix - It was possible to set your No Data Timeout and Off Timeout values on the Settings/Logger screen to very low numbers. This would cause the flight log to be stopped (along with any active task) after a very short time if the GPS lock was lost or the glider was stationary (can happen in high winds). These now have a minimum setting of 60 seconds.
  • Fix - The flight database is now updated regularly in flight to possibly avoid data loss due GPS data failure or a low battery.
  • Fix - It was possible to put the task on hold, thereby “freezing” the task statistics on the Flight Info page without actually selecting a temporary waypoint. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - It was possible by using the waypoint list directly from the menu, or in the screen change to have the task on hold but no temporary waypoint selected. This would prevent SoarPilot sequencing to the next waypoint in the task. This has now been fixed.
  • Fix - Some SUA data files would not load all the SUA data items consistently. This has now been fixed.
  • Fix - In some cases the latest beta version would run very slowly. This was linked to the “Set PDA Time from GPS” option on the Settings / Units screen. This has now been fixed.
  • Fix - On Garmin iQues and other DIA capable devices the bottom 2 buttons would disappear after a popup question or warning. This has now been fixed.
  • Fix - Using long names (>12 letters) caused problems with the task database. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - The Waypoint List could get corrupted after inserting a waypoint into an active task inflight. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - When the “SFC” altitude reference was used in the SUA data file, sometimes the altitude was not correctly calculated. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - If “New Flight” was selected when declaring a task inflight, the previous task data would not store in the log file correctly. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - Some files downloaded from Filser / LX logger would not validate correctly. This has been fixed, but the correct computer type on the NMEA/Port settings screen must be used. Use “Filser” for LX20, LX21, DX50 and LX5000. Use “LX” for Colibri and LX7000.
  • Fix - SUA data and waypoints would not be displayed in the bottom half of the screen of a DIA Palm with no bottom labels selected. This is now fixed.
  • Fix - Data files (eg: SUA data) with trailing spaces or tabs at the end of a line would cause errors in parsing the file. This is now fixed.
  • Plus a few minor fixes and improvements.

Changes for 3.4.0 - 02 September 2006

  • Changed Feature - Map Settings : Rather than 2 pre-defined thermal zoom settings of HI and LO, the push buttons have been replaced with a field for the pilot to enter their own choice of fixed thermal zoom value. A zero value turns the fixed thermal zoom off. You can change the zoom level whilst in thermal mode. If you have a fixed value on the Map Settings screen any changes are temporary. If the value is zero, the thermal zoom set initially set to the current map zoom and any changes are saved for the next time you are in thermal mode.
  • New Feature - Task Rules : Option to include or exclude the distance from the edge of a start/turn/finish cylinder to the waypoint in the total distance calculation.
  • New Feature - Responding to the Select Waypoint dialogs with a task active (see with_a_task_active) can now be done with the hardware buttons
    • Calendar - Prev Wpt or Resume Task
    • Phone - Add Wpt
    • ToDo - Temp Wpt
    • Memo - Next Wpt
    • In addition on the Tungsten T, the Voice Memo button brings up the nearest airports list
  • New Feature - The Memo key can now be used to confirm a waypoint selection in the Waypoint List, and to activate a task in the Task List or Task Editor.
  • New option on the Wind Display screen to control if you use the flight computer calculated winds, or use SoarPilot calculations.
  • New computer type for the Borgelt B50 and Volkslogger combination.
  • New Feature - When setting MC value from average thermal lift SoarPilot now takes the average of the last 5 thermals not just the last one.
  • New Screen - To show the details of the last 5 thermals, the average of them, your current MC setting and potential cross country speeds. In addition your current task speed (if applicable) and wind information is shown.
  • New option - On the Track Lines settings screen (access from the Map Settings screen) to colour the track by the MC value or the average thermal lift.
  • New feature - The SoarPilot startup screen now shows the name of the last files loaded for the Config, Waypoint and SUA files.
  • Changed Feature - The highlighting of reachable, landable and airports has changed to declutter the moving map and distinguish between the types of waypoints
Waypoint Type Colour Palm Black & White Palm
Reachable Waypoints Green Bold
Reachable Landing Places Green + Bold Bold + Uppercase
Reachable Airports Green + Bold + Uppercase Bold + Uppercase
  • New Feature - User configurable screen chain when pressing the Find button. Up to 10 screens possible in any order required. In addition the initial screen will be set to the first in the chain, so the first screen need not be the Final Glide screen.
  • Changed feature - The SUA list and Waypoint Sector screens are now added as possible screens in the configurable screen chain.
  • New Feature - Tapping in the Avg: or Tlft: fields on the Final Glide screen switches to the new Thermal History Screen.
  • New Feature - MARK type waypoints are represented by a triangle in a small circle, much like “T” for thermals.
  • New Feature - Task declarations to a Volkslogger will now include the take-off (home point) and landing waypoints (if set using the T/O and Land check boxes) in the task.
  • Changes to Key Assignments - These have been changed to become more consistent across screens. The changes are:
    • Responding to the Select Waypoint dialogs with a task active (see with_a_task_active)
      • Calendar - Prev Wpt or Resume Task
      • Phone - Next Wpt
      • ToDo - Add Wpt
      • Memo - Temp Wpt
    • On the Wind Info screen
      • Calendar - Move Wind Direction Left
      • Phone - Move Wind Direction Right
      • ToDo - Increase Wind
      • Memo - Decrease Wind
    • On the Task Rules screen
      • ToDo - Increase Task Time
      • Memo - Decrease Task Time
    • On the Wind Profile screen
      • ToDo - Move Up in Wind Profile
      • Memo - Move Down in Wind Profile
  • New Feature - Tasks that are defined as 2 concentric cylinders on the same waypoint, with the first radius being larger than the second radius are now supported. This type of task is used in some paragliding competitions. The larger radii must be defined as a circle area, or a start cylinder if the larger radius is the start.
  • New Feature - On the Task Editor screen, if task rules are active the button label will show “RULES”, if not, it will show “Rules”. This is to give you a quick check if any task rules might be active.
  • New Feature - If the task rule of earliest start time is being used, the time to go before the start (mins:secs) is now displayed as a count down above the direction arrow on the Final Glide screen, and at the top centre of the Moving Map screen. “Start!” will be displayed if the starting time as passed.
  • Changed Feature - the Terrain Box checkbox to show (until SoarPilot is exited) the extents of the terrain database is re-located to the Map Lines Setting screen (only for colour or hi-res palms).
  • New feature - You can now choose the default screen to be either the Final Glide or Moving Map screen on the Settings / Screen Order screen. This is the startup screen as well as the screen that the program returns to when leaving many other screens. Also, there is an option to force the program to startup at the Set QFE/QNH screen to remind the pilot to set the air pressure to allow accurate altitude calculations (MSL and FL).
  • New feature - On the Waypoint Sector screen the bearing and distance to the waypoint are now shown on the screen.
  • Changed Feature - The Thermal History screen now shows the Base/Top/Gain data or the Start/Mins/Turns data for the 5 thermals. This can be toggled by tapping in the fields on the right of the screen.
  • New feature - A Thermal Profile is now an option to be shown on the Moving Map screen in thermal mode. It shows the previous average thermal lift encountered above and below your current altitude, along with the current MC value set.
  • Changed Feature - On hi-res Palms the “Show Terrain Box” option is re-located to the Map Line Settings screen.
  • New feature - The Waypoint List screen now shows the fullname of the selected waypoint in the title bar.
  • Changed Feature - On the Task Editor and Waypoint list the distance is now shown before the bearing. This is to be consistent with the task sheets used in competitions.
  • Fix for the Treo 650 to correct the detection of a DIA capable screen
  • Fix to the Flight Info Map screen that stops the main map scale being corrupted
  • Fix to the Volkslogger flight download code, when you had a flight with a negative pressure altitude (eg: high air pressure, low airfield elevation) the validation would fail.
  • Fixed the problem with the Receive button not appearing on the Tranfer screen when selecting another transfer type after Flights/Logs.
  • Fixed a problem with reading polar data in from the config file that meant it was ignored sometimes.
  • Fixed a problem that caused the Treo650 to crash when you selected “Last” used sort order on the waypoint list.
  • Fix to the final glide over terrain calculations that would cause an error in a small number of situations.
  • Fix to the Final Glide screen to prevent manual change of the distance to go when a waypoint is selected.
  • Fix to the Final Glide screen to prevent manual change of the headwind when a waypoint is selected and the automatic headwind calculation option is selected.
  • Fix to the task handling code that would continually play the finish tone on arrival at a cylinder finish type
  • Fixed tapping the moving map scale box to cycle thru North-up, Track-up and Course-up when no bottom labels are shown.
  • Fix to a problem with the task distance calculation in AAT type tasks if you re-entered an area.

Changes for 3.3.2 - 14 May 2006

  • Temporary waypoints added from the map screen are now prefixed with “_WP”. The sort order on the waypoint list is also changed to place them at the bottom of the list when sorted in name ascending order. This means they can be accessed quickly either by sorted by name descending, or paging up from the 1st page of the name in ascending order.
  • On the Wind Profile screen you can now see how old the data is by tapping in the area with the wind arrows and graph. This will toggle the display to show the latest sample in each band and how many samples a band contains. This is useful to be able to judge how accurate this information may be.
  • The Wind Profile is now included in the main button chain using the Find button or the Right button on a 5-way navigator.
  • The Reference Waypoint checkbox is now relocated to the main waypoint screen to make this easier to access. This is done by replacing the AirLand type button as this is automatically set if you use either the Airport of Land type buttons.
  • Fix to the detection of a DIA large screen capability on Garmin iQue’s.
  • Fix to the Waypoint Sector screen to ensure it updates when a waypoint is reached
  • Fix to the task preview feature with assigned area tasks
  • Minor fixes and improvements to the task handling code

Changes for 3.3.1 - 26 April 2006

  • New DIA aware Waypoint Sector screen. This moves the Min ,Max and Center buttons along with the numbers to the lower half of the screen.
  • New Track Line settings screen to allow the user to choose the colours for Sink, Weak Lift and Strong lift. This screen is accessed from the existing Map Display Settings screen.
  • Fixed a problem where selecting a temporary waypoint while a task was active did not work from the moving map screen.

Changes for 3.3.0 - 18 April 2006

  • Improved support for the Flarm allowing automatic detection of the Flarm device, allowing it to work with other flight computers.
  • Manual addition/editing of circular Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR’s) to the SUA database.
  • Support for RADIO and ACTIVITY attributes in SUA data.
  • 6 new SUA types (Class G, MATZ, TMZ, Boundary, Warning, Temporary) for SUA items. The TIA and TIZ SUA types are now incorporated into the TRAFFIC SUA type. See Latest SUA File Specification for details. Use of the abreviations for airspace types in this specification is also now fully supported.
  • Reason(s) for an SUA item being marked as an Error are now displayed to aid correction of the SUA data file.
  • New option for SUA items on the Display SUA screen, to warn you as you approach the edges of the SUA from inside it. This feature is useful if you need to stay within a wave window. You will receive warnings as you approach the edge, top or bottom of the SUA item.
  • Direct download to IGC files for Colibri/LX, along with faster transfer speeds. Many thanks to Zoltan and Ole for this improvement.
  • New Wind with Height display. You can change the interval size and scroll up and down the wind profile. There is also an option on the Wind Info Page to display the wind direction arrows as North Up or Track Up.
  • Increased number of track trail points possible, up to 2725. At a 4 second interval, the trail is over 3 hours long! The track trail will log a point at the fast logging interval.
  • You can now choose the length of the track trail in thermal mode and normal map mode separately on the Map Settings screen. A zero setting turns the trail off in that mode only.
  • Much, much faster writing to the SD card with new routines, thanks to Zoltan.
  • New Task Preview feature - When you have a Task active and no GPS input is present, the Arrows and Reset button on the Moving Map screen have the functions below. Also, the map can be set in Track-up or Course-up modes to rotate the map to the task leg direction. In Course-up mode, the glider symbol points north.
    • RESET - This moves you to the first turnpoint in the task
    • RIGHT - Moves you to the next turnpoint in the task
    • LEFT - Moves you to the previous turnpoint in the task
    • UP - Moves you forward along the task leg
    • DOWN - Moves you backward in the task leg
  • If a Bluetooth connection is lost, the program will alert the Pilot and automatically try to re-connect.
  • In the Task Editor, you can now view the percent of total distance for each task leg by tapping the total task distance field. Tapping again will restore the display to distance for each leg.
  • Fix to ensure that all task distances displayed are rounded DOWN, to avoid a task of 99,96km being displayed as 100km.
  • New Reference Waypoint feature - The program can now display the bearing and distance to your chosen waypoint independent of an active task or selected waypoint. For example to always keep track of your Home airfield. This is displayed on the Moving Map screen. There is also a new option on the Final Glide settings screen to display the radial from the waypoint rather than the bearing to the waypoint. This is useful if you need to keep track of a NavAid and report to ATC using Radial and distance. The waypoint to be the reference waypoint is selected in the Waypoint Additional Information screen. As a result of the new option on the Final Glide Setting screen the option to Auto Zero QFE at Start is moved to the QFE / QNH screen.
  • The program now requires that 2 points are recorded in a sector or area to ensure that the waypoint is properly reached.
  • Fix to stop Task Waypoint alert corrupting the map screen on a T5 device.
  • Fixed a problem that could corrupt the Polar database and cause the program to crash when re-loading data back into the Palm.
  • Fixed some problems with SUA warnings for AIRWAY types. The program also now accepts AWY and AIRWAY as valid types. If you define the edges of the airway you must close the shape and use the POINT keyword. If you define only the center line, you must use the AWY keyword (same format as POINT) and this is just a line.
  • Multiple configuration support - If you transfer data to or from an SD Card or use the DOC format you can now specify a filename (without extension). This allows you to have several setups, which is useful if you fly diffent gliders, fly in different areas, or different Pilots use the same Palm unit. This is valid for Configuration (includes Pilot and glider type), Waypoints, Tasks, SUA Data and Polars.
  • Fix for the waypoint last used field not being updated for the waypoints in an activated task.
  • More information is displayed on the start-up screen, including SoarPilot version, Pilot name and glider type from the IGC settings and the current polar selected.
  • Added a “C302A” Comp (Computer) and Alt (Altitude) types to the picklists on the NMEA/Port Settings screen. This will allow for using the Cambridge 302A Logger which does not output all of the information provided by the regular 302.

Changes for 3.2.2 - 21 February 2006

  1. Corrected a problem with reading in data from PalmDOC files. It is HIGHLY recommended that if you read your data (waypoints, SUA, tasks, polars) from PalmDOC files that you remove your current data and read it in again to ensure you have the most accurate information in SoarPilot.

Changes for 3.2.1 - 18 February 2006

  1. Corrected a problem where some of the support added for StyleTap was keeping the NMEA/Port Setting screen from being displayed and forcing a reset of the device. This would only occur on old PalmOS devices such as the original Handspring Visor
  2. Corrected a potential screen corruption problem with the FLARM display.

Changes for 3.2.0 - 14 February 2006

  1. Support for Flarm device to show traffic data. See Flarm details.
  2. New Feature to show the estimated amount of logging time available, and to show a warning at start-up of < 5 hours remain
  3. Support for the ILEC SN10 computer
  4. New low battery warnings before the program is forced to exit
  5. StyleTap support for version 0.9.103 and higher of StyleTap
  6. Faster download speeds for flight logs from the C302
  7. Achieved turnpoints in the Active task will be shown with a line through the name
  8. Changed order of sort buttons on waypoint list, putting the Distance sort on the edge of the screen so it is easier to find in flight
  9. Options to highlight or only display SUA with active warnings on the moving map
  10. Fix for task re-start if “No” was selected. This would move the active waypoint back to the start in error
  11. Fix for task distance calculations in AAT tasks
  12. Fix for the C302 MC bug
  13. Fix for corrupt flight log
  14. Fix to stop an SUA alert corrupting the map screen on a T5 device
  15. Fix to overlapping numbers on the moving map screen on hi-res devices
  16. Untested support for reading pressure altitude from Zander SR940/GP941 & SDI PosiGraph

Changes for 3.0.1 - 03 November 2005

  1. Fix for the search button on the waypoint list causing problems with waypoint selection and deletion.

Changes for 3.0.0 - 02 November 2005

Note: This will reset your Flight, Logger, Task databases

  1. New Option - On the task rules screen to start the task on entry to a start cylinder or FAI sector, rather than the normal on exit rule.
  2. There is now a small “Task” button on the Flight Info screen so you can view the task stored in the flight log. This is readonly and cannot be modified. You can however, copy the task (once) to the task database and edit and re-use it there.
  3. On the Task Rules screen you can now also adjust the Start Time with the Calendar/Phone buttons, the Max Start Height with the Page-Up/Page-Down Buttons, and the Min Task Time with the To-Do/Memo buttons.
  4. You will be alerted if any errors occur when loading in SUA data. The SUA list will be sorted to show the items in error at the top of the list. Items in error cannot be activated. To fix the errors the source SUA data file must be fixed, and the data reload.
  5. On the Wind Info screen you can now use the hardware buttons to change the wind speed and direction. Calendar = reduce wind speed, Phone = wind direction left, To Do = wind direction right, Memo = increase wind speed.
  6. Tapping the Calc button (to bring up the waypoint list) twice will set the sort order to nearest airport. This is a shortcut to quickly check the available landing options. Also the waypoint list will default to the first page of the list for Distance and Airport sort orders when a valid GPS position is available.
  7. Fixed a problem with the Colibri flight downloads on the M515 and maybe other slower palms. Thanks Zoltan.
  8. Fixed a problem with the date stamp for the Last Used sorted order on the waypoint list. Leading zeros should have been included. To reset the date stamps, delete and re-load your waypoint data.
  9. All the lists are now consistent in how they implement scrolling.
    • Page-Up / Page-Down move a page up or down and will goto to the start of list if at the end and visa versa
    • Calendar / Phone will move up or down 1 item. Will go over a page (up or down), but not to the start of list if at the end and visa versa

Changes for 3.0.0 Beta 21 September 2005

This will reset your Flight, Logger, Waypoint and Task databases

  1. New feature - You can now download flights from an LX logger in the LXN format. These can be converted to the IGC format using the conv-lxn.exe program, available at Hopefully a later beta will do this translation automatically. Since LXN files are binary files, only card transfer is supported. Many thanks to Zoltan Sinka for this code.
  2. New Feature - On the Task Rules screen there is now a earliest start time field. Starting a task before this time will produce a warning, you can then choose to start the task anyway, or make another start later. The screen layout has changed to accommodate this new field.
  3. New Feature - Added an additional sort order on the waypoint list to sort by recently used waypoints. This is the sort button “Last” in the top right of the screen. The time stamp is set when you goto a waypoint, or activate a task which contains the waypoint. Waypoints without a time stamp i.e. not used yet, are not shown on the list. The last used time stamp for each waypoint can be viewed and edited on the additional waypoint info screen. The time stamps can be reset by deleting and reloading the waypoint data.
  4. Due to above, on the Waypoint List screen the “Find” button is now relocated to the bottom of the screen and renamed “Search”. The “Delete” button has been removed from the waypoint list screen. To delete a waypoint, edit it, then tap the “Delete” button on the edit waypoint screen.
  5. The names of the active, previous and current task waypoints are now displayed on the dialog screen when you attempt to select a waypoint when a task is active.
  6. Added progress dialogs to the transfer functions to show how many records have been received or transmitted. Also the dialogs now say “Receiving...”, “Transmitting...” or “Deleting...” rather than just “Transferring...”.
  7. Fixed a problem with the percentage thermal graph on the flight info screen.
  8. When receiving waypoints in the $GPWPL format, the transfer will now stop as soon as a waypoint name is duplicated.
  9. Fixed a problem that caused your flight log file to be corrupted when you de-activated or cleared an active task.
  10. On the Baro graph on the flight info screen, vertical lines are now drawn to show when each turnpoint was reached in the task, each task leg is labelled, and the time axis has tick marks for every hour.
  11. The waypoint line, distance/bearing information, and course up orientation now all work on the map when using a single goto waypoint from the GPS.
  12. Fixed a problem where all Airway type SUA items were always in error.
  13. Moved the Keep SUA Visible option from the Map Settings screen to the SUA Display setting screen. This is to keep all SUA display related settings together.
  14. Fixed a problem where after loading SUA data, the transmit button stopped working.
  15. Fixed a problem with the communication between a C302 and SoaringPilot that would prevent a two-way exchange of MC values (and technically the bugs and ballast info as well):
    • To ensure everything is setup correctly, the 302 should be turned on prior to starting SP. If SP was running first, you should stop and restart SP so that it can send the correct initialization mode command to the 302.
    • The actual problem is that when the 302 powers up it does so in NMEA mode not PNP mode. You must be in PNP mode before it will accept command inputs. So now, like the GPSNAV, SP will send the command to put it in PNP mode. Once that’s done then it starts accepting the MC value just fine.
    • There’s one other little item as well though. If for instance you have a MC of 2.5 set in the 302 when it is powered off, when you turn it back on it comes back on with 2.5 set. However, even after putting it in PNP more, itdoesn’t output 2.5 it outputs 0. So SP takes the 0 and displays that. However, if you change either SP or the 302’s MC setting it immediatly gets reflected in the other thus syncing them up. I have added additional code to send PNP mode command when you first switch into 302 Comp mode on the NMEA/Port screen as well.
    • Finally, I think the problem of it not outputting the correct value is one of the things fixed the latest firmware version of the 302 that’s available on the webpage. I would highly suggest all 302 users ensure they have the latest firmware version from the Cambridge webpage.

Changes for 3.0.0 Beta 07 September 2005

This will reset your Configuration database

  1. New Feature - Initial Cambridge GPSNAV support has been added. The following data transfer/information is supported:
    • The GPSNAV output can be used to drive SoaringPilot completely and correctly. I have confirmed this definitively. However, to make this work correctly and make it so that you don’t have change cables to send info to the GPSNAV, SoaringPilot EXPECTS to be connected to the port on the GPSNAV marked “Data Port (DCE)”. It is the one with DB9 plug. You cannot use the port marked “Datacom (NMEA-0183)”. That port ONLY outputs basic NMEA data and allows no two-way interaction.
    • For proper operation, SoaringPilot should be connected to the running GPSNAV BEFORE starting the program. If configured for the GPSNAV as the “Comp” on the NMEA/Port screen, when SoaringPilot starts, it sends the NMEA command to the GPSNAV that makes it start sending NMEA data. The NMEA mode of the GPSNAV sends out the NMEA GGA lines including the GPS altitude. It also outputs the GSA and GLL lines which properly drive the GPS Info screen if you have the latest/version 6.0 of the GPSNAV firmware installed..
    • This version DOES NOT use the pressure altitude value from the GPSNAV yet. It turns out that in order to make the GPSNAV output the Cambridge pressure altitude sentence is to “activated”. I have been working with Chip Garner and he is supposed to send me the code to do this. So I’m hoping to add this soon. However, since it does output GPS altitude the additional pressure altitude may not make that much difference.
    • Waypoint Transfer To the GPSNAV - You can transfer waypoints from the SoaringPilot to the GPSNAV. This can be done from the “Transfers” screen. In addition, when you declare a Task to the GPSNAV, the turnpoints are transferred to the GPSNAV first before the task is declared. Because of the way the GPSNAV task declarations work, this is required. The GPSNAV task declaration is simply the waypoint number for each of the turnpoints. So if the turnpoint numbers in the GPSNAV don’t match those in SP then the declaration will not be correct. There are a couple of additional caveats to the waypoint transfer as well. First, when the transfer is done in either case, the waypoint database is first sorted into Ascending (0-9,A-Z) alphabetical order. Then the waypoints are transferred. Second, the GPSNAV can only hold a maximum of 250 waypoints. Thus, after they are sorted, only a maximum of the first 250 turnpoints are sent if there are more than that in the SP waypoints database. So if you want to ensure that your turnpoints get into the GPSNAV either have less than 250 or put numbers in front of the names to force them to the top of the list.
    • Task Declaration - As with the other Logger types, when you activate a task, you will be asked if you want to declare it to the GPSNAV. If you answer yes, the waypoints will be transferred and then the task will be declare into the GPSNAV.
    • Configuration Transfer to the GPSNAV - From the Transfer screen, you can select either “Glider” or “Pilot” from the drop down list and it actually does the same thing. These items are not separate in the GPSNAV as they are in the 302. They are transferred into the GPSNAV with the same command. The Glider info is the Glider Type and Contest ID. The Pilot Info is the pilot name. In addition, the Units are also transferred along with the other info. On the “Logger Data” screen off of the “Logger Config” screen, in addition to the Arrival and Approach radius values, there is a checkbox. If this is checked, the config info also be sent when a task is Declared. This is an option but is highly recommended.
    • There is one caveat to the units transfer. The GPSNAV supports 4 units setting groups for Distance, Height and Vertical Speed. These groups are Nautical miles, feet, knots or Kilometers, meters, meters/sec or Kilometers, feet, knots or Statute miles, feet, knots. So to accomodate this, the following rules are used for determining what units from SP to transfer into the GPSNAV If distance is set to NM, set the GPSNAV to Nautical miles, feet, knots. If distance is set to KM, check the altitude setting. Based on that set to either Kilometers, meters, meters/sec or Kilometers, feet, knots. If distance is set to SM , set the GPSNAV to Statute miles, feet, knots.
    • There are other miscellaneous functions which can be done through the Transfer’s screen. You can delete all of the flights in the GPSNAV. You can also delete all of the Turnpoints out of the GPSNAV. However, be aware that when you remove the turnpoints, it also deletes any task declaration and the Pilot Name. However, since those get put back in at task declaration time, that’s really not that big of an issue.
    • I hope the above is acceptable to everyone. It’s about the best that can be done with the limitations of the GPSNAV. The only items left that I want to add for the GPSNAV support are being able to activate the GPSNAV so that the pressure altitude is outputted and to be able to download flight logs from the GPSNAV. The flight transfer option is active in this version but it doesn’t really do anything yet.
  2. The GPS Status window now shows the number of satellites being used for the current fix next to the status text at the top of the screen. It’s displayed as “SIU” (Satellites In Use) and the number being used.
  3. New option on the Final Glide Settings screen to make the program default to selecting the home waypoint on startup
  4. New buttons on the Wind Info screen to manually change the wind speed and direction. These will be overwritten when the system calculates the wind again unless you turn the calculate wind option off. This is useful on a long final glide, or when you don’t expect the thermal again for a while and have some better wind reports.
  5. Addition of a new waypoint format GPWPL for direct transfer of waypoints with many GPS units. This format is now an option on the Transfer Waypoint screen. Also there is an option to encode/decode the waypoint altitude in the waypoint name in the format “NNNXXX” where XXX is the waypoint altitude in meters divided by 10. If this option is not used, the waypoint name is 6 characters uppercase. No handling of duplicates is done.
  6. When using the goto waypoint from the GPS (rather than the program’s waypoints) if the waypoint name is in the format “NNNXXX” where XXX is the waypoint altitude in meters divided by 10, the waypoint altitude will be set to the decoded altitude. The decoded alitude is used in all final glide calculations and displayed in the Elev field on the Final Glide screen.

Changes for 3.0.0 Beta 17 July 2005 - 4

  1. Fixed a problem where the QFE could be automatically reset in flight in error.
  2. Fixed a problem with not being able to save modified target points in assigned area tasks.
  3. Fixed a problem with the time on task (TOT) value on the view waypoint sector screen.
  4. Fixed a problem with Memo transfers reading data after the end of the specified filename.
  5. Fixed a problem with controls points guiding you in AAT’s disappearing once inside the last area.
  6. Improvements in the GPS Status screen - Shows position, altitude data and number of satellites locked even if the full signal strength data is not parsed.

Changes for 3.0.0 Beta 17 July 2005 - 3

This will reset your SUA databases

  1. Fixed a problem when loading SUA data that could have caused memory leaks or other corruption.
  2. The SUA list now shows accurate shortest distances to the SUA item rather than distance to the centre of the SUA item. This causes a slight pause before the list is displayed to update the distances. The SUA list also defaults to sorting by distance on starting the program.
  3. Fixed a problem with the Final Glide Over Terrain calculations in situtations where the biggest terrain conflict is at the target waypoint.

Changes for 3.0.0 Beta 17 July 2005 - 2

  1. The selected sort order is indicated by underlining the button on the waypoint and task lists. This is in addition to the text in the title.
  2. The GPS Status screen is now included in the secondary screen chain when pressing the Find silk screen button.

Changes for 3.0.0 Beta 17 July 2005 - 1

  1. Additional comment to the final glide over terrain feature in version 3.0. The terrain grid used for this only has a point recorded every 1km sq, so therfore can be quite different from the actual ground under the glider. To try to allow for this the safety altitude is considered for all terrain calculations. The safety altitude is set in the final glide settings screen.
  2. The finish altitude when task rules were active would be shown for every waypoint ,also this value would be corrupted by re-starts. This has been fixed
  3. Fixed a problem with the ETA displayed in the task section on the Flight Info screen.

Changes for 3.0.0 Beta 17 July 2005

This will reset your configuration, flight, logger and task databases

New feature - Final Glide Over Terrain. This is a new checkbox on the Final Glide Settings screen. It replaces the Altitude Reference as this can be set easily from the Final Glide or Moving Map screens.

When this option is active the program checks the terrain map approx every kilometer to see if the predicted glide path will conflict with high terrain thus making your target waypoint un-reachable. The safety altitude is added to the terrain elevations in all cases. If there is a conflict, the A.Alt / R.Alt / D.Alt figures are always adjusted to reflect the extra altitude required to clear the terrain.

Also the point of highest ground will be marked on the moving map with a solid triangle and the label will show how much lower you are predicted to be at that point than the terrain. The Altitude box on the moving map is also marked with a solid triangle (red on colour palms). On the Final Glide screen, a solid triangle (red on colour palms) appears next to each of the speed values if there is a terrain conflict for this speed / MC setting. In addition on the Moving Map screen an “X” (red on colour palms) will mark your predicted landing point on the map.

If you fly off the terrain map or select a waypoint off the terrain map, open triangles (red on colour palms) will be displayed to alert you of this fact. These are shown in the altitude field on the Moving Map screen, and under the altitude label (A.Alt / D.Alt / R.Alt) on the Final Glide screen.

This feature also works for active tasks. The program works out the worst terrain conflict over the legs in the task and adjusts the Final Glide Around (FGA) as required. You may see 2 terrain conflicts as one is on the task, and one on the current leg. A triangle is displayed in the FGA field if the program detects a terrain conflict on the remaining task legs. This feature can produce some surprising results. Let me explain........

At the low MC setting you will be at or close to best glide, therefore you maintain enough height to clear the terrain on you glide to the waypoint. At medium MC values, your glide path is steeper and you do not have then same altitude as you cross the terrain giving you a conflict. At High MC values, your glide path is much steeper, so much so that your waypoint is not in reach anymore. However, there is no terrain conflict show anymore. This is because you will arrive at your waypoint lower (below ground) than when you passed over the terrain high point.

The program does not consider not having enough altitude to reach your waypoint as a terrain conflict. The feature is designed to detect the situations when you will not be able to reach your waypoint at the calculated arrival altitude because of high terrain in your path. I’ll post some diagrams in the files to help explain this.

New feature - There is now a Task Rules screen, accessed by tapping the new “Rules” button on the Task Edit screen. You can decide to active the task rules by checking the “Task Rules Active” box. The rules below will then be activated for that task once it has been activated. The rules are

  • Warn Height - When you are within this height of your start height, and again if you are over your start height you will receive a warning if you have not started the task already. A zero value turns this rules off.
  • Start Height - Sets the maximum start height allowed for a valid start. A zero value turns this rules off.
  • Time Below - Sets the time you need to be below the max start height before starting for a valid start. A zero value turns this rules off. If you attempt a start that breaks these rules, a warning will popup. You can close the warning by tapping in the window or the “OK” button. Alternatively you can tap the “Force” button to start the task anyway.
  • Task Time - Sets the minimum task time, used in assigned area tasks. A zero value turns this rules off. If you are predicted to arrive too early, the TOT fields on the Flight Info and Waypoint Sector screens will be inverted.
  • Finish Height - Sets the minimum finish height, this will update all your final glide calculations to arrive at the finish at this height. A zero value turns this rules off. This height is always added to your finish point elevation.
  • Final Glide to 1000m Below Start - sets the finish height to be 1000m below the start height. This is useful when completing FAI distance tasks to avoid any distance penalties. If the finish point is less than 1000m below the start height, no change is made.

If either of the finish height rules are used, the finish point elevation will be calculated when you start the task. The original elevation of the finish point will be shown on the Final Glide screen in brackets next to the normal waypoint elevation. The heights can be either MSL or when the “Elev” box selected the heights are relative to the start or finish point elevation.

  1. New feature - On the Task Settings screen a new check box in the Start group is “>1”. When this option is checked, the program allows task restarts. When it is un-checked the task can only be started once.
  2. The tap area around the glider symbol on the moving map screen to activate the thermal marker is now bigger.
  3. Fixed a problem where some items did not appear on the moving map when they should have done.
  4. Fixed a problem with the task stop times not being displayed properly
  5. This version will zoom down further using the task auto zoom feature. This makes it easier to see small turnpoint sectors.
  6. Fixed a problem with the iQue where it would save an invalid position to the track log and track trail if it loses a satellite fix.
  7. Added a new item to the Map Settings screen called “Terrain Box”. When selected, if there is terrain data loaded, a rectangle will be displayed on the moving map showing the coverage area of the loaded terrain data. This is just to help validate that the loaded did will meet your needs. This item defaults to off when the program is run and the setting is not saved when the program exits. However, once selected, the setting will remain in affect until the program exits.
  8. Fixed a problem where any changes made to a task waypoint would be saved when going to the waypoint sector view, even if the “Quit” button was pressed to exit the task waypoint edit.
  9. Tapping on the Start Height field on the Flight Info screen now changes the start height reference from MSL ↔ Height above start point
  10. Fixed a bug that crash the program if you attempted to transfer flight logs after a bluetooth connection.
  11. Added a button on the GPS Status screen to attempt to reconnect the GPS is none is currently connected.
  12. Fixed a problem that might cause the program to crash with very long log files.
  13. There are now 10 thermal waypoint markers available. The oldest is erased first when the 11th thermal is marked. The elevation is not set to the terrain elevation to the altitude you marked the thermal at.
  14. Fixed problem with the Handspring Visor and Magellan GPS Companion. Actually it would have been a problem for many of the slower Palm PDA‘s.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 24 June 2005-1

  1. Additional fix for the speed to fly calculations

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 24 June 2005

This will reset your configuration database

  1. Fixed the problem with the speed to fly calculations in optimize for distance. Error crept in while improving the speed of the code.
  2. New feature - new option on the final glide setting screen to show required ground speed rather than airspeed for the speed to fly values on the final glide and map screen. This value take into account the target waypoint direction and wind speed and direction. It shows the ground speed you shuld fly directly to the target waypoint to achieve the correct speed to fly in the air. This is useful for paragliders that don’t have an airspeed indicator fitted, but have a GPS to tell ground speed.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 23 June 2005

This will reset your configuration database!

  1. Added a field on the flight info screen to show your task start height.
  2. The start time and height are now shown on the re-start task dialog.
  3. Improved error detection for SUA data. When you load in new SUA data, or start the program with existing SUA data, the program does a quick check to ensure the SUA data is valid. It checks for “closed” SUA polygons (ie: the first point should be the same as the last point) and for valid Lat/Lon values. If any SUA items are invalid these are changed to type ERROR and made inactive. These can be seen on the SUA list by sorting on Type. You then need to check the original suadata.sua input file and re-load the SUA data. To get the full benefit of this new checking you should delete and re-load your SUA data.
  4. Fixed a problem with the C302 downloading flight logs that crept in in the Jun betas.
  5. Added support for parsing and showing the Magellan GPS Companion’s battery level. It will be displayed in the title of the GPS Status screen showing the approximate number of hours remaining on the battery with one decimal place. This is exactly what is coming from the device.
  6. New Feature - Tapping on the glider symbol in the moving map stores a temporary thermal waypoint with the name as the average thermal lift. This is displayed on the map with a (T) symbol. This can be used later to return to thermal. (Note: the thermal position is not updated for the wind) Tapping a second time on the glider symbol erases the first temporary thermal waypoint and makes another. This temporary thermal waypoint is also deleted on exiting the program. If you want to navigate back to this point just go to the waypoint list and sort by name. The thermal marker should be the first waypoint in the list (assuming you don’t have waypoint names that start with a space anyway).

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 17 June 2005

This will reset your configuration and polar databases!

  1. New option on the Settings - Task screen to decide if the dashed lines to control turn points are displayed or not.
  2. The option to get the program to calculate the magnetic deviation for the GPS units that do not supply it, has moved from using the flight computer type “NoDev” to a check box in the Settings - NMEA/Port screen called “Calc Dev”. Note, this is not available on iQue units as it is not required, and the screen space is used for other options.
  3. Fixed a problem where some SUA items were not displayed when they should have been. In fixing this bug the speed of drawing SUA items was also increased.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 16 June 2005

  1. Fixed the Flight Display option on the Flight Info screen so that the various screen selection areas from the turnpoint view mode are not active.
  2. Paul made a couple of optimization changes in the Map display which should increase performance a little. Paul estimates about 3%.
  3. Fixed the GPS Status screen so that it will work properly with PDA‘s running OS versions less than 3.5. Was using some API calls that weren’t supported so the status display wasn’t working.
  4. Changed the altitude and GH (geoidal height) fields on the GPS Status screen so that they always show exactly what is coming from the GPS. So it is possible that the altitude value will not match the altitude on the moving map/final glide screens.
  5. Comment on the Altitude Reference values on the NMEA/Port screen. MSL is the standard setting and is what 95% of the people will use. MSL is what the GPS GGA line is supposed to output for the altitude value. However, some GPS’ (Sirf II-based) do not output MSL but output the height above the WGS84 ellipisoid. Then they output the same correction value. This is what WGS84 option is for. In this case, it uses the correction value being outputted in the GGA line along with the height to correct the altitude value back to MSL. So if you have a Holux 230 Bluetooth GPS, for example, you want to set it to WGS84. If you have it set to MSL and the altitude ALWAYS looks WAY off, check the GPS Status screen and see if the GH value has a value and is approximately the amount that is off. The GH value for your area will not change much as you move around. If there isn’t a value for GH and likely your GPS isn’t outputting a correction value. In that case, you’ll have to use the altitude difference field on the NMEA/Port screen to make the correction manually.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 15 June 2005

This will reset your configuration database!

  1. New Feature - On the Flight Info screen you can now view your logged flight on the map screen (as well as the barograph and %thermalling). The centre of the screen will start at the first logged point (if no GPS is connected), and on the scale last set on the normal map screen. The orientation is always north up. You can then zoom in/out and pan around the map (if no GPS is connected)
  2. Support for the USB port on a Tungsten E using a Kirrio cradle/cable GPS to USB interface. To use this select “USB” for the NMEA input type on the NMEA/Port config screen.
  3. Added a thicker waypoint direction line on the moving map for hi-res palms.
  4. New options on the NMEA/Port screen to set if MSL or WGS84 altitude data is being received from your GPS. If you select WGS84, then the Geoidial height adjustment will be applied. In case this is not available from the NMEA data stream, the GPS MSL Adjust field is still available to get the best possible GPS alitutde data.
  5. The GPS Info screen now works for normal NMEA inputs. (assuming the satilite information is included in the NMEA data stream!)
  6. Added the Geoidal Height (GH) value to the GPS Status screen.
  7. Made the GPS Status screen not update when the menu is open.
  8. When using an iQue, the MSL altitude is subtracted from the WGS84 altitude to find the Geoidal Height value for display on the status screen.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 16 May 2005

  1. New feature - You can now download flights from the volkslogger. This is accessed from the transfer menu and after you click on the Volks Data button. Click on the Receive button to retrieve a list of flights stored in the logger. Then select the flight you want and click Get Flight. The flight will be downloaded and saved as an IGC file either on the card or in a DOC file. This is a beta version, so don’t rely on it for that badge flight just yet!

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 06 May 2005

This will reset your configuration, flight and logger databases!

  1. New Feature - Task declaration to the Colibri. (and other LX computers?) Thanks to Zoltán Sinka for providing the code for this.
  2. Fixed a problem that would stop the program correctly receiving data from a certain GPS devices if the altitude was over 999m
  3. New Comp type on the NMEA/Port screen called NoDev. Purpose is to apply a magnetic deviation calculated by the program if the GPS connected does not supply one.
  4. Addition of a new field on the NMEA/Port setting screens to allow you to enter a static correction value to the altitude reported by the GPS.
  5. New field on the IGC info screen called Observer. This allows you to record the ID/name of an official observer to be included in the task declaration and IGC file output.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 28 Apr 2005

  1. Modified sequence for the next waypoint information for areas. Enroute to the area the next waypoint information will point to the minimum distance point and display “Min” on the moving map below the distance value. On entry to the area, the next waypoint information will point to your target point in the area and display “Tgt”, until your scoring distance in the area is greater than the target point, then it will point to the maximum distance point and display “Max”.
  2. Fixed a bug that could cause the program to crash when clearing the task declaration on a Volkslogger
  3. Modified the Re-Start Task warning to be confirmed by tapping anywhere in the dialog window. Also, it will auto confirm after the time set for SUA warnings auto dismiss.
  4. Fixed a problem where the Add Waypoint dialog on the moving map screen would stop the logger. This dialog now also times out if not answered, and can be dismissed by tapping anywhere in the window. Only pressing the actual “Yes” button adds a waypoint.
  5. The ICG info (Pilot, Glider etc) is now copied to all flights, not just flights with a task declaration.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 24 March 2005

This will reset your configuration, flight and task databases!

  1. New Feature - Support for Volkslogger. Firstly, a thank you to Georg Garrecht for sending me a volkslogger to develop the software with. Task declaration to the volkslogger is now supported, along with clearing the declaration and deleting all the flights in the logger. You must select “Volks” as your computer on the NMEA/Port screen. The Data Speed setting controls the speed of communication to the volkslogger. My Palm Vx can go up to 19200, whereas by Tungsten T can go to 115200. The logger should be connected and in PC transfer mode before you use any of the functions below.
    1. When you activate a task, you will be asked if you want to declare the task to the logger. The logger will re-start after declaration to ensure it is logging. Area waypoints are not supported by the logger, so they will be declared with the normal sector and cylinder settings you specify on the Task Settings screen. Control points are ignored. Takeoff and landing points are ignored. There are also limits on the max size of the cylinder radius (1500m, in steps of 100m) and the sector radius (15km in steps of 1km, 15km = infinate). Line widths are in steps of 1km only. Arc starts are not supported by the volks logger to are converted to lines. The program will round up the sector/cylinder/line/arc sizes declared, to ensure Soarpilot has the smaller sectors.
    2. On the Task List screen or Task Edit screen you can clear the declaration in the logger by activating a blank task.
    3. On the transfer screen, if you tap the “Volks Data” button and you are able to delete all the flights in the logger.
  2. On the SUA list, you can now double tap on the name to goto the view screen, and double tap on the activaton flag to toggle the active status.
  3. On the Polar list, you can now double tap on the name to goto the edit screen.
  4. You can now configure horizontal and vertical lines in the waypoint list, active task, task list, SUA list, polar list and flight lists screens. Once you load the new version, re-load your config settings, then transmit out again. Edit the config.scg file. You will see a line LISTLINES. The first number (1 or 0) controls the verticl lines, the second number the horizontal lines. (0 = no line, 1 = gray line, 2 = solid line). This is not available in a screen as the programming effort does not justify a new screen for an option that will be set very rarely.
  5. Couple of fixes to the view waypoint sector screen to ensure you can only update task distances before you enter the area. Plus fixes to the “rubber banding” of the target point to the glider until the max distance point is reached. You can manually move it further away.
  6. Fixed a problem that would corrupt the SUA data if you loaded it without a home point set in the waypoint database.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 14 March 2005-1

  1. Minor changes and bug fixes only

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 14 March 2005

This will reset your configuration and SUA databases!

  1. You can now dismiss SUA warnings for an SUA item for 5 mins, 1 hour, or 1 day by tapping one of the buttons in the alert window. Using the hardware buttons, or tapping anywhere else in the screen dismisses the warning until it becomes more serious. (normal to urgent warning, or urgent warning to inside)
  2. You can now receive SUA warnings based on a projection of where your glider will be in a set number of seconds. Be aware, this doubles the number of SUA checks the program must make! The look ahead time can be adjusted on the SUA Warnings settings screen.
  3. On the View Waypoint Sector screen, tapping in the centre of the screen resets the target point to the centre of the area.
  4. The View Waypoint Sector screen now retains the map orientation set if viewing the active task.
  5. Various improvements and minor fixes to the view waypoint sector screen.
  6. Added dialogs to the delete data buttons in the transfer screens to show progress and completion.
  7. The program now remembers the map scale as well as the orientation in thermal mode, and reverts to these settings at the next thermal.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 03 March 2005

This will reset your configuration, flight and logger databases!

  1. New Feature - View Waypoint Sector screen, accessed via tapping the direction arrow box on final glide screen, top left corner on moving map screen, (both only when active task, goes to active waypoint) and view button on task waypoint edit screen.
    1. Pressing the calendar or phone buttons will display the previous or next waypoints. You cannot display a waypoint before the active waypoint.
    2. This screen zooms in on the waypoint sector and gives you information on the total task distance and estimated time on task (TOT) based on your average speed.
    3. If you are flying an active task, this speed and TOT is based on your MC setting and your average speed on the task so far.
    4. Also displayed is the estimated time of arrival (ETA) at the active waypoint.
    5. If you are not viewing the active task, then the screen calculates your task speed using your MC setting for the expected thermal strength.
    6. Note: if your MC setting is zero, N/A will appear in the TOT and ETA/ETE fields as it is not possible to stay airbourne with a thermal strength of zero!
    7. The ETA has changed to an estimated time elapsed (ETE) calculation and gives the expected time elapsed to reach the waypoint following the task.
    8. If an area waypoint is displayed, you can move the target point within the area by tapping the 4 edges of the map area. The map scale and map orientation keys work as per the moving map screen.
    9. You also have a Min and Max button, which will move your target point to the min or max distance in the sector.
    10. Changing the target point changes the task distance and the expected TOT and ETA /ETE. This allows you to do some task planning on a fixed time task and determine how far to fly into each sector.
  2. Waypoint and task lists, along with the task edit screens now have right justified numbers.
  3. You can now double tap on a waypoint name in the waypoint list and go directly to the waypoint edit screen
  4. You can now double tap on a task name in the task list to go directly to the task edit screen
  5. Addition of an “Arc” start option. The arc is drawn from the first turnpoint in the task, and for the width specified in the Radius field.
  6. The setting for Cambridge format or SeeYou format waypoints on the transfer screen is now saved in the config file.
  7. Some label changes and other minor interface improvements.
  8. When the waypoint list is sorted by nearest airports the waypoint name is preceded by a “~” if the waypoint is classed as an landing place only and not an airport
  9. The button assignments on the Task Edit screen for New, Copy, Reverse, Delete have been removed. Since you can now access these from the Task List screen.
  10. The Calendar button now moves back one record and the phone button moves forward one record, in the wayoint list, task edit screen, task list and SUA list.
  11. Tapping on the task speed field in the View Waypoint Sector screen or the Flight Info will cycle through the speed units used. As a result there is only one task speed field on the Flight Info screen as you can now select the units.

Still to come

  • GPS status screen - the screen is there under the settings menu, but not fully functioning yet
  • Volkslogger support - you can select “Volks” as your computer in the NMEA/Port screen, but the transfer functions are not implemented yet

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 30 January 2005-1

  1. Fixed memory that could cause program to crash
  2. Fixed problem with uploading some DOC files

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 30 January 2005

This version will reset your logger, flight, task, waypoint and config databases, make sure you save your data first! Also, you will need to re-enter any details of areas in your main waypoint database.

  1. Support for a minimum radius for assigned areas as well as a maximum radius. When this is used the program guides you to the centre of the sector, not the waypoint itself. For an example of this look at
  2. The task distance is continuously updated based on your max distance position in the areas. This is fed into the calculated ETA and TOT information on the flight info screen. (see below)
  3. The next waypoint display will show details for the min and max distance points for an assigned area. On route to the area, the next waypoint information points to the minimum distance point, while the main waypoint direction points to the target point (center of the area). On entry into the area, the next waypoint information points to the maximum distance point, while the main waypoint direction points to the next waypoint in the task.
  4. In addition on the moving map under the main waypoint distance the program will show Min, Max or Ctl to identify the type of control point being displayed. Nothing is shown for normal waypoints.
  5. New option on the task screen for “AAT Update Task legs”. When selected, on entry to a sector, the task legs will “rubber band” to the current position, until you reach your maximum distance in the area. Then the max distance position will remain fixed.
  6. Fixed various memory leaks that could cause the program to crash.
  7. Some minor button changes to improve readability and consistency.
  8. You can now go to the waypoint edit screen from the task edit screen by double tapping on the name.
  9. The Flight Info screen task times have changed to start time, ETA (estimated time of arrive) or stop time if flight is not active, elapsed time and TOT (time on task). TOT is useful for time limited tasks to judge if you are late or early to the task time. TOT makes an estimate for the final glide phase to give a better calculation than just distance to go divided by average task speed so far.
  10. The program will now ask for confirmation if you try to deactivate a task when you are still in flight and have started the task.
  11. Fixed a problem where some task waypoints were displayed twice on the moving map.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 16 January 2005

  1. New feature - You can now delete a single flight from the flight data base by pressing the “Delete” button on the transfer / flights/logs screen.
  2. Fixed a problem with declaring tasks containing control points to an EW logger.
  3. Fixed a problem with commas in text fields causing data to be lost when reloaded. Commas are now replaced with spaces to avoid this problem.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 19 December 04

This will reset your configuration and task databases. (Tasks you have saved before can be reloaded)

1. Control points in the task can be set by double tapping in the waypoint type on the Task Edit screen. Only waypoint type “T” for turnpoint can be set to a control point. The takeoff, landing, start and finish points cannot be set as control points. The old way to set control points on the task waypoint edit screen has been removed. 2. The leg distance to the control point is ignored. The task distance is from the turnpoint before the control point(s) to the turnpoint after. 3. Control points are excluded from the task declarations and FGA calculations. 4. Control points will be considered rounded and the program move to the next waypoint when you pass a line perpendicular to the task leg, running thru the control point. Or of course you can go to the next waypoint at any time by pressing the “CSE:” button on the Final Glide screen or moving map. 5. Large amounts of data can now be written and read back using the MEMO transfer. Data is split into several indexed files, and read back from multiple files to re-create to original data. 6. The “Stop” button on the Logger Settings screen is now always available. This can be used to stop the logger in flight briefly to allow another task declaration to be recorded into the log file. The one task declaration per flight restriction was added in the last beta to improve the log security. 7. You will now receive a warning if you try to make a second task declaration in flight. You have the option to continue with the current task declaration, or start a new flight log and declare the new task. 8. The Transfer screen now shows the selected data transfer method in the title bar. 9. The active task can move be accessed directly from the moving map by tapping in the top right corner where the distance to the target waypoint is diplayed.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 12 December 04

This will reset your configuration database!

1. Waypoint list reformatted to improve display. If the altitude value is followed by a “!” this means the waypoint elevation is zero, so may not have been set. This could mean the altitude displayed is significantly wrong. 2. New feature - Glide since last thermal (on the Flight Info screen) can be reset by tapping the field, or the “Reset” button above. 3. New option on Final Glide Setup screen to control if the bearing and direction to the next waypoint is shown for ALL waypoints, CTL Control waypoints, or OFF never. If the Use Soarpilot Waypoints option is not checked, this option is set to OFF. This will reset your configuration database. (Control Points will be functional in the next beta) 4. Next Waypoint information now appears on the Final Glide screen bottom right in small font above the Bear/Rng: label, and on the Moving Map at the Top, again in small font. 5. Altitude values are now limited to +/-99999 this is to avoid screen corruptions 6. New Feature - there is now a task list, accessed from the Navigation menu. This lists all the tasks in the database and allows for edit, delete, new, copy and activate actions to be performed. The list can be sorted by name, or distance both ascending and descending. The Active Task is always at the top of this list. 7. SUA list now shows how it is sorted in the title bar 8. Improved sorting of the SUA list when Active or Type selected. Secondary sort on title is also performed 9. Improved logging security. IGC header info is saved at the time of declaration, and only one declaration to the log file can be made per flight.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 13 November 04

1. Flight number now appears in the IGC file output 2. Fixed a problem of parsing waypoints with commas in the names or descriptions 3. Fixed a problem caused when you changed the map scale when zoomed in in thermal mode. The cruise map scale was lost before. 4. Fixed a problem that caused the bottom label area on the moving map to be overwritten with bold line on a DIA capable Plam. eg T3 5. Changes to the glide ratios displayed on the flight info screen. The “instant” LD has been removed and replaced with LD since last thermal “L.Th”. This compares how much nearer you are to your target waypoint vs the altitude lost since the last thermal. Note: these glide angles assume arrival at 0 height at your destination 6. Fixed the problem with DOC files over 4096 bytes causing data to be lost when receiving. 7. Task Edit screen reformatted. “Edit” button brings up the menu to Add, Remove or Edit a waypoint. The “Rev” button reverses the task. The “T” and “L” boxes are now the “T/O” and “Land” checkboxes. The last column in the list gives the types of waypoint. S-start, F-finish, T-turnpoint, A-area, C-control. 8. Task Waypoint Edit screen now has a checkbox bottom right to indicate a control point or not. Control points will appear in a future version. 9. New feature - on the SUA display settings you can now fliter the display to only show SUA items within a certain height from your current altitude. This cannot be set lower than the vertical warning distance set. This is a new config option, so will reset your config database.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 04 November 04

1. FL not displayed in ft properly on the QFE / QNH and Final Glide screens after the last set of changes. This is now fixed 2. Corrections and improvements to the waypoint list handling 3. Fixed the bug which prevented “All flights” to be transmitted over a serial connection 4. Fixed a problem of 2 HOME waypoints being declared on Cambridge format waypoint file load 5. SP now calculates distance and bearing for all waypoints at program start, first valid GPS data received, new waypoint data load and change of home waypoint 6. Fixed a problem where the wind units were not updated correctly after loading a config file 7. “QNH Not Required” will appear in the QNH portion of the QFE/QNH screen in the case that a pressure altitude data is being received, but the “Use pressure altitude for display/lift” option is OFF. In this case the GPS altitude is used for MSL, AGL, QFE and the pressure altitude is used for FL. Therefore the QNH setting has no effect. The program will say “QNH used for MSL” or “QNH used for FL” to indictate which altitude reference is being calculated using the QNH pressure. 8. “Pressure Alt for Display/Lift” has been renamed to “Use Pressure Alt for Final Glide” to hopefully make it’s purpose a bit clearer. If this option is checked, it requires a QNH value to be entered to be accurate 9. New feature - a button on the SUA list screen that allows the activation / deactivation of a single SUA item or all SUA items

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 24 October 04

1. New feature - Tapping the Bearing or Range to waypoint fields on the Final Glide screen (bottom left), takes you to the Task Edit screen. 2. New feature - Auto zero QFE option on the Set Final Glide screen. This will set the field elevation to the MSL value when the logger starts. ie: set to airfield level on start. 3. The Pressure Alt for Display/Lift has moved to the NMEA/Port screen, as this is involved in the source of the altitude data. This option is now only visible is a pressure altitude source is selected. 4. New feature - The field elevation on the set QNH / QFE screen can be changed with the “To Do” and “Memo” buttons. Same as the safety altitude on the Set Final Glide screen. 5. When the waypoint list is in SELECT mode the righthand button is labelled “GO”. When the list is in LIST mode, the button is labelled “OK”. ie: When labelled “GO” this will affect your waypoint selection. 6. Minor screen changes to line up fields, and change to the primary screen chain accessed using the “Find” button. New chain is:- Final Glide → Flight Info → QNH/QFE → Final Glide Setup → Wind → Task Edit → Waypt List → Map Many of the screens moved later in the chain can be accessed directly from the Final Glide screen Map → “Home” button Waypt list → Tap “Cse/Spd:” fields Task Edit → Tap “Bear/Rng:” fields Wind → Tap “HW:” field 7. Some fixes to the Seeyou waypoint output routine

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 10 October 04

1. Glide angles are now shown on the flight info screen in flight. Instant, 30 sec Average and Required to reach the selected waypoint. I am sure how accurate this can be, as a difference of +/- 1 sec on the 30sec average is a 3% difference or +/-1 glide point. This is the best resolution available with GPS input. 2. Changed the QNH screen to show all the altitude references SP uses, and moved the field elevation parameter from the NMEA/Port screen. Allows you to see the effects of the changes. 3. New option to allow track trial lines in bold on the moving map 4. Fixed the up-arrow and RESET showing under the menu on the moving map, and the altitude units disappearing on the final glide screen 5. Fields for Seeyou waypoints are now mapped to SP files differently. Also, SP can now transmit as well as receive Seeyou format files to/from “waypoints.cup” Seeyou SP Title ↔ Remarks (12 chars max) Code ↔ Name (12 chars max) Desc ↔ Geninfo (63 chars max)

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 23 September 04

1. Fixed problem of new task names not being saved properly 2. Added option to have SUA lines bold on a hi-res screen 3. In Flight Info and Transfer screens the date format used now follows the Palm device setting eg: D/M/Y or M/D/Y. Plus improvements to the dialogs.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 20 September 04

This will reset your config database, save your configuration first.

1. Fixed a bug causing the program to crash on startup when a C302 was selected 2. Minor screen changes for consistent button naming etc

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 19 September 04

1. Improved moving map drawing speed 2. Correctly implemented drawing a circle round the active waypoint when no task is active or a temporary waypoint is selected. Radius is the same as the turnpoint cylinder radius. 3. Turning point sound now played when entering the circle of a single active waypoint as above 4. When the copying tasks, the name is now the original name with a suffix, rather than “CopyTask” 5. Colouring for track trail. Red for sink, blue for lift which is less than the current MC value, and green for lift greater than the current MC value.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 18 September 04

1. The C302 settings are now stored in the config file when you transfer it 2. Minor improvements to the settings screen for map colours and lines 3. You can now edit waypoints after they have been added to tasks. This is useful for changing area waypoint settings. Changes made to task waypoints do not affect the main waypoint database. 4. There is now a “Act” / “Deact” button on the detail SUA view screen 5. Fixed the bug that caused the map zoom to freeze.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 12 September 04

This will reset your config database, save your configuration first.

1. Fixed a bug with the menu on the moving map not working correctly 2. Page up / down buttons can now be used to change the QNH setting on the Set QNH screen 3. Changed the exit program dialog to prevent this being selected by pressing the select button on the 5-way navigator 4. QNH units now selectable between mb and inches of mercury

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 25 August 04

This will reset your config database, save your configuration first.

1. Program now always writes the task declaration to the log file. 2. Changes to set QNH screen is a C302 is used. 3. More accurate altitude adjustments for the QNH pressure. 4. New facility to define the colours and bold used for Task, SUA and Sector lines on the moving map. Accessed by tapping the “Set Lines” button at the bottom right on the map settings screen 5. Program now shows “m” not “mt” for meters 6. Palm 5-Way Navigator can now be used to change the screens. Pressing “Left” is the same as the “home” button changing between the final glide and moving map screens. Pressing “Right” is the same as the “Find” button moving through the chain of screens. Pressing “Center” button now brings up the menu from which you can use the navigator to select other screens. 7. Changed some default values when the program resets the config database.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 03 August 04

1. Some changes to how SP reads the QNH pressure from the C302.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 28 July 04

1. Fixed a bug that prevented the find button working after using the Cse: field to change waypoints when a task was active. 2. SP now reads the QNH setting directly from the C302 when a C302 computer is selected.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 28 July 04

1. Minor code changes to improve speed a little 2. Found a bug in reading the MC value from a B50 or C302. This was linked in error to the calculate headwind setting. 3. Maybe? fixed a bug with the D.Alt arrows on the moving map screen not working properly. I could not replicate the error, so I can’t test if fixed. If someone can replicate this error I can check further. 4. Fixed a bug that would prevent circular SUA items from getting an urgent warning.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 10 July 04

1. Changed the position of the down arrow on the moving map screen when there is no locked GPS data. Removes the conflict between the down arrow and Altitude field. 2. Minor display improvements to avoid fields overlapping. 3. Removed optimized North Up map mode as this caused problems with map drawing and magnetic deviation. This will need a much bigger rewrite to implement.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 04 July 04

1. Fixed a bug in the task restarting code that could sometimes cause the next waypoint to be claimed immediately as well. 2. Fixed a bug in viewing the waypoint list, selected from the menu that could cause corruption of the waypoint in use. 3. The title in the waypoint lists now shows if you are selecting a waypoint or jst listing them, what order they are sorted, and what altitude mode is selected. 4. Some minor screen formatting improvements, and displaying of numbers. 5. the “QNH” altitude is now correctly named “QFE”. ie: zero at ground level.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 03 July 04

1. Fixed the corrupt waypoint select screen when tapping the CSE: label on the moving map on hi res devices. 2. Fixed a problem where invalid polar data would cause SP to crash when viewing the polar. Now if invalid data is entered, SP refuses to save it. 3. Minor change to the wording to REMOVE a waypoint not DELETE it from a task.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 01 July 04

1. Added button to access the waypoint select list from the task screen. Tap on the “W” at the bottom left corner of the screen. This makes accessing the waypoint list easier on Palms without a Calc button. Is there any place else you need it? 2. Fixed some minor display bugs in the set QNH screen

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 30 June 04

1. Fixed the major bug in 29 June 04 Beta whiched caused corruption on high resolution screens. Sorry about that one! Change 4 in 29 June 04 Beta has changed to tapping the CSE: field in the bottom left of the final glide screen. This now brings up the waypoint select or task options screen. Better since it’s consistent with the moving map screen. 2. Implemented an “OK” button on the waypoint list that should allow complete “Calc” button free operation 3. Fixed minor corruption if you deactivated a task and did not select another waypoint. Reverts to the last active task waypoint.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 29 June 04

1. Optimised north up map drawing, improves speed by about 25%. 2. Put a check in the program to ensure the pressure altitude always has a valid value. Based on the GPS altitude and QNH setting if no press altitude data received, but a source is defined. 3. The display of the MC or Tlft value on the moving map is now always visible when the bottom labels are enabled. Previously it required a waypoint to be selected. 4. Tapping in the waypoint direction arrow box (now the CSE: field) on the final glide screen now brings up the select waypoint list or list of options is a task is active. This is the same functionality as the calc button. Also, tapping on the Cse: box on the moving map has the same effect. For those palms that do not have a calc button directly. (Please confirm this works, I do not have a hi-res palm to check this on)

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 28 June 04

1. Task Re-Start Feature: Tasks will start automatically as before. If you then cross the start line or leave the start sector again, you will be prompted if you wish to re-start the task. If you are thermalling on the edge of the line or sector, leaving the re-start task dialog open will stop repeated alerts. The re-start task dialog will not auto dismiss, you must choose “Yes” or “No”. Either by tapping the button, or pressing one of the hardware buttons. Calendar or Address Book is YES, To Do List or Notepad is NO. 2. Due to an internal timer change you will need to reset your SUA Auto Dismiss parameter 3. On the moving map screen in cruise mode the MC value is displayed in the bottom left corner, in thermal mode the thermal average lift (Tlft) value is displayed. 4. New moving map parameter “Keep SUA visible” this forces the SUA data to be displayed even in thermal mode. This parameter has no effect on a Palm OS 5 device as SUA is always drawn due to the extra speed available NOTE: this change will reset the config database, so save your configuration to load back in later This can than be used to generate a thermal mode with no zoom, north up map, and SUA displayed. 5. Fixed a bug that caused the T3 to continuously play the GPS disconnected sound. (Please confirm as I don’t have a T3 unit to test it on)

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 22 June 04

1. Fixed a small bug in the polar display screen that was using the lift/sink units for the minsink speed. 2. Fixed a bug that would cause a crash if you attempted to display the additional info on a waypoint in an active task, that does not exist in the waypoint database anymore. 3. Added colour to the moving map screens for tasks. Task legs are blue, sectors are pink. Some feeback on the colour choice would be good as I do not have a colour palm to test this on in flight conditions. 4. Added a feature to allow searching in the waypoint list. The button on the top right labelled “S” will open up a text field at the bottom of the screen. Type in the partial name of the waypoint you want to find and tap find. The program will locate the nearest waypoint by name. The find is does not take account of case.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 21 June 04

1. Made the parsing of SUA data a little more robust. 2. On the final glide screen “WPT:” is now just a label. Tapping on the Waypoint name, or the button brings up the additional information about that waypoint. 3. New map declutter feature. There is a new setting on the Map Settings screen named “Declut” this allows you to set a map scale at and over which only the waypoint symbol is drawn and not all the names. The active waypoint / task are always named and drawn. This will reset your configuration database. So save your settings before running this version, and read them back in afterwards. You will now get a popup message to inform you a database has been reset.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 18 June 04

1. Fixed a bug generating an event queue full error, plus a couple of other minor corrections and formatting bugs. 2. Tapping the waypoint name will now also bring up the additional waypoint information. I felt the Add.Info button was too small to hit in flight. Tapping the bearing or range numbers, or the calc button still bring up the waypoint list as normal

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 15 June 04

1. Fixed a bug (hopefully) with the waypoint viewing / editing screens. This would sometimes cause the Palm to crash, select the wrong additional info, or not save some data. 2. Added a feature to be able to select the next or previous waypoint in an active task. Accessed by pressing the “calculator” button from the final glider or moving map screens, with a task active. This will effect your distance achieved and average task speed!!

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 13 June 04

1. Fixed a bug in the SUA detection where some shapes of SUA were not detected correctly. This was due to a change made in Beta 5th June to eliminate a crash. Thanks to Russell for this one.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 11 June 04

1. Removed the confirmation when deleting waypoints from a task. 2. Waypoints with the attribute AIRPORT are plotted on the map with a large circle. Waypoints with the attribute LAND are plotted with a smaller circle. If both a large circle is plotted. 3. Flight level on the final glide screen and moving map is always shown in ft regardless of the altitude units set. 4. Waypoint elevation is now shown on the main final glide screen. The remarks and other additional information can now be accessed with the use “Add.Info” button The waypoint additional info screen has been reformatted to include the remarks fields, and some other basic info about the waypoint. Only the underlined fields can be changed from the screen.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 10 June 04

1. Address book button now toggles between the normal and thermal map zoom and orientation settings when in thermal mode. 2. Fixed a bug with lift units of fpm not working correctly on the final glide screen. 3. Fixed a bug where changes made on the main waypoint edit screen were lost if you selected the additional info before saving.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 7th June 04

1. Corrected bug for using flight levels and metric units 2. Additional message on the set QNH screen. When a pressure source has been selected, but no data has been received yet, the message “No Pressure Data!” is displayed.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 5th June 04

1. Fixed a bug that would cause a crash with a “chuck under locked error” Thanks for the detailed information from Russell Fletcher and Robert Huber 2. Fixed a couple of comestic issues with drop down menus being over written, and the MC / Sink units changing to the altitude units Thanks to Graham Lambert 3. User parameters now available for the auto dismiss time on the main SUA config screen, as well as a global option to switch warnings on or off This required a change to the config database, so you will need to save your config data to a file, delete your config database using FileZ or similar and re load your saved config data. You will also need to delete and reload your SUA data.

Changes for 2.0.0 Beta 30th May 04

1. Moved the airspace warning windows up to the top of the screen, and corrected the titles to say “Airspace” 2. Airspace warnings now automatically dismiss after 2 mins. 3. New QNH pressure setting screen Access this screen to set the local QNH pressure at any time during or before the flight. This is used to calculate the flight level on GPS only systems, and to allow the final glide calculations to be correct for systems using the pressure altitude for display and lift. The new screen as accessed under the Flight menu, or after the final glide setup screen using the find button. The QNH pressure setting is set to 1013mb on program start up and should be set to the correct sea level pressure to ensure accurate SUA detection / warning and final glide. The value can be changed using the plus and minus buttons. The altitude or the flight level that is calculated is shown at the top of the screen to check the value entered. Pressing the “Reset QNH” button resets the value to 1013mb, and pressing the “Exit” button exits to the final glide screen. If you have a pressure altitude source selected in the NMEA / Port Config screen, and are not using pressure altitude for display and lift in the final glide setup screen, then “Not Required!” will be displayed. The QNH pressure setting is not required with this combination and will have no effect. 4. New altitude mode “FL” This isused to display the pressure altitude. It is shown on the final glide screen and moving map. Tapping these fields now cycles through the altitude modes “MSL”, “AGL”, “QNH” ,”FL”. Note: Only the “QNH” mode is affected by the field elevation mode on the NMEA / Port config screen. The new QNH pressure screen as no effect.

Due to some data structure changes, this version WILL reset your configuration information. So please back up your configuration (Memo, PalmDOC or Flash Card) prior installing and running this version the first time.

In addition, you MUST!!!! delete your current SUA data (from the Transfers screen is fine) and re-read the data in again. I did not make the program do it automatically since the actual underlying data structure did not change. However, a good portion of the major work that Paul did was in the actual parsing of the SUA data. Thus you MUST re-parse the data from the original data for these changes to take effect. You will get VERY strange results otherwise. The final version may have the program reset the SUA data automatically however, I didn’t want to do it at this point.

New things in 2.0.0

  1. SUA Warnings
    1. Through some wonderful work by Paul Gleeson, SoaringPilot now supports both visual and audible SUA Warnings. This was all done with little or no actual/additional slow down of the processing of the program even on slower PalmOS PDA‘s. He has done an outstanding job and you should commend him for his fine work. Here’s additional information on the capability from Paul.
    2. Disclaimer! If you are travelling fast, you may enter airspace without being warned, particularly if you are using an older, slower palm PDA with extensive/complex SUA data as not all the SUA items maybe checked in time!!! It is the pilot’s responsibility to be aware of airspace at all times, and not rely totally on SP to provide warnings.
    3. Version 2.0.0 includes SUA warnings based on horizontal and vertical separation from SUA items. When you go to the SUA Configuration page, you wil now see two large buttons for selection. The previous info that was on that page has been moved to page displayed by the “Display Configuration” button. The new SUA Warning configuration is on the screen displayed by the “Warning Configuration” button. The top part of the two screens look similar but the bottoms contain different configuration items. Also, the title of each screen denotes it’s function.
    4. SUA Warning Configuraton Screen - The horizontal distance and vertical height are set on the Settings / SUA / Warning Configuration page. The horizontal distance units will use the distance units setting on the Units configuration page. The vertical height units will either be feet or meters and are also dependant on the distance units setting. If you have Statute or Nautical miles selected, the units will be in feet. If you have kilometers selected, it will be in meters. In addition, there is an Urgent parameter. This parameter controls at what percentage of the original warning distance / height you will receive an urgent reminder. If you set this to 0% you will normally only receive one warning before entering airspace. (see above)
    5. General Warning Order and Display - If you are within the horizontal distance and/or vertical height set from an SUA item you will receive an NON-URGENT warning informing you that you are near an SUA item. A single tone will sound and a popup box will be displayed with the SUA details. You can dismiss this warning by tapping “Dismiss” on the screen or pressing either of the two hardware buttons to the left of the PageUp/PageDown buttons/5-Way pad (depending on your PDA). These are normally the Calendar and Address Book buttons. Either one will work. I wanted to make it as easy as possible for your to find the buttons and dismiss the window while flying.
    6. If you are within the Urgent % parameter of the horizontal distance and/or vertical height from an SUA item you will receive an URGENT warning again informing you of your proximity to an SUA item. A three tone warning will sound, and a popup box will be displayed with the SUA details. As before, you can dismiss this warning by tapping “Dismiss” on the screen or pressing either of the two hardware buttons to the left of the PageUp/PageDown buttons/5-Way pad (depending on your PDA). These are normally the Calendar and Address Book buttons.
    7. If you actually enter the SUA item you will receive an URGENT warning informing you that you are now Inside the SUA item. A three tone warning will sound, and a popup box will be displayed with the SUA details. As before, you can dismiss this warning by tapping “Dismiss” on the screen or pressing either of the two hardware buttons to the left of the PageUp/PageDown buttons/5-Way pad (depending on your PDA). These are normally the Calendar and Address Book buttons.
    8. Unlike other warning/error dialogs in the SoaringPilot, the SUA Warning does not stop all other processing in the program. So, if you do not dismiss a warning and leave it displayed, the program continues to log data, and do other calculations. In addition, if a more urgent warning occurs, the Warning window will be updated with the more urgent information. In addition, you will always get the warning tones for all warnings. Finally, you will receive warnings as you approach and enter the airspace, but not as you fly away from the SUA item.
  2. SUA List Window - This window allows for several functions:
    1. You can see what SUA data is loaded.
    2. You can individually deactivate SUA items.
    3. You can select an individual item and select the “VIEW” button to see details about the SUA item. It does NOT allow you to change the actual contents of the SUA data. I am VERY wary of allowing you to edit this info within SoaringPilot. I would prefer that you do it in the original SUA data and then read the data in again.
    4. There is a Distance column on the SUA list. This shows a rough distance from the SUA item to your current position. This is to a single reference point used for processing and displaying the SUA item. It is NOT the distance to the closest edge/point of the SUA item. Please keep that in mind.
    5. The SUA List can be sorted by ANY of the columns. Simply touch the column headings and the data will be worted by that columns information. Selecting the same column heading again will sort the items in the opposite direction.
  3. Renamed Top Menu Items - The far left item that used to be called “NAV” is not “Flight” however all of the items are the same. The Center Top Menu item has been renamed from “Waypt/Task” to “Navigation”.
  4. Separate Wind Units - In previous versions, the wind speed units were the same as the normal speed units setting on the Units Configuration screen. There is now a separate configuration item for Wind and it includes an additional option of meters per second (m/s).

Preliminary Docs for Changes/Additions in SP1.8.0 -

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