We require Spot or Garmin Inreach GPS trackers for your safety.
If your are flying with us with a spot please create a Textanywhere profile see instructions here
Spot : only the last part of the link, e.g. “0u3XVnlSX5gI9D57pDcXTZpi4”
Garmin/Inreach : only the last part of the link, e.g. JoeBlogs”
And because the spot website is so confusing, here are specific instructions to find the code, possibly only works on desktop
- log into spot, top of page click share
- below next to the name you gave your spot, click view details,
- click share, click URL, then copy the end of the url.
Consider adding yourself to highcloud.net/spot by emailing your spot or Garmin/Inreach (and optionally also skyline key) to email@example.com
Skyline on Android Phone
We are also using skyline.aero tracking. This works by uploading position information via your phone data connection. The advantages over satellite are greater frequency, heights are available and fellow pilots are displayed within xcsoar.
This has worked so well we won’t attempt a retrieve without a pilot setup with skylines tracking enabled. We have some data enabled android phones for hire if you don’t have android or don’t want to use your main phone.
To setup: on skylines.aero
- create an account
- generate a tracking key
- optional > follow pilots
Either in ‘Skylines Tracker‘ (simpler)
- Set live tracking on, or Settings > auto start on
- Settings > add key
Or in XCsoar (more complicated)
- config/system/setup/tracking skylines ON, add key
Screenshot of xcsoar showing position of two other pilots as a yellow dot.
You can also track multiple pilots on the skylines website, by adding ‘user numbers’ separated by a comma. eg.
Available for Android and Iphone, this app lets you pre download mapping so it is available when you are out of reception. We also use it during retrieves, by entering bearing and distance from take off or current position.
Screenshot of memory map showing tracking line of a pilot from two positions, launch and on retrieve. Launch was from a radio call, on retrieve from an xcsoar calculation.
Three minute memory maps guide.
Tap screen, tap three dots, tap GPS lock to centre screen on current location
Tap Mark to drop a marker, move with green circle, blue circle has extra functions.
Tap blue circle and create route, tap a second point, then Done to create a single line route, tap green circle and move dynamically and it shows a bearing and distance, this is the quick and easy way to follow a pilot during flight.
To populate a large map area, eg NSW and Southern QLD, create a multipoint route then select the download map along route. Or copy /Download/memory-map/* from a populated phone, we have a dataset you can copy.
UHF / VHF Frequencies
HGFA has a pilot only UHF frequency 472.125MHz
Three sub tones are available
- HGFA2 82.5Hz
- HGFA3 110.9Hz
- HGFA4 151.4Hz
refer to the HGFA document for more details.
We use pilot specific frequencies for reporting bearing and distance from launch as another backup method, please have a flight gps or memory map that will give you this information.