Using GPS coordinates (latitude/longitude) in the Route field

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If you make off-airport landings (hopefully intentionally), you can still record your landing points in the Route field on the Flight Entry screen. There are several ways to do this:


Define a custom airport

If you use a certain point repeatedly, you may want to define it as a custom airport, rather than specifying the coordinates directly in the Route field. You can do this from Pilot Logbook -> Custom Airports.

Specify coordinates in degrees, minutes, and seconds

To do this, use the following format to record each GPS point as an "airport code" in your Route:


This corresponds to the point at 41°42' N 77°03' W.

Specify coordinates in decimal degrees

To do this, use the following format to record each GPS point as an "airport code" in your Route:


This corresponds to the point at 39.3600 N 79.0234W.

For decimal degrees, make sure you specify the D at the beginning to denote the decimal format. Also, in this format, you must specify coordinates to exactly 4 decimals of precision, as in the example above.

General notes

From the Flight Viewer, when you click the Map and Distance icon next to the Route, the GPS points will be mapped along with the airports along your route. Distance and bearing information will be calculated for your GPS points just as it is for airports.

Note that elevation for GPS points is set to zero, regardless of the actual terrain at that point.

Also note that country, state and timezone information for the GPS point is taken from the closest airport to that point. This may yield unexpected results if the closest airport is in a different country, state, or time zone than your GPS point. Note: this does not apply to custom airport definitions, where you also supply another airport code in the point's time zone.

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