SkyView User Waypoints
== User Waypoint Guide ==
SkyView currently supports the creation of "user waypoints" using a set of PC-based tools. Creation of user waypoints from within SkyView itself will be available in a future version of SkyView software. A User Waypoint is a point on the Earth which shows up as a yellow pushpin on the SkyView terrain map, like this:
When you have User Waypoints loaded, a new USR tab appears when you press NRST:
You can optionally attach a short note to each User Waypoint, which you can see under the INFO page for that waypoint:
User Waypoints can be very helpful:
- They can be used as a destination for a DTO. Since they can be placed anywhere, they are more flexible than using DTO to an Airport, NDB, VOR, or Fix.
- You can set up multiple User Waypoints in a sequence as a way to create and follow a basic flight plan.
- You can add a note to an individual waypoint to remind you of important information, such as tower and ground frequencies, noise abatement procedures, reporting points, pattern altitudes, or even just directions to a good nearby hamburger stand.
== User Waypoint DUP files ==
User Waypoints are stored in DUP files like Nav data and Obstacle data. You create them on your PC or download them from another source, and then load them like you would load a database. You can only have one User Waypoint DUP file loaded at a time, but it can contain any number of waypoints. If you like, you can create a small library of different User Waypoint DUP files, store them on a USB memory stick, and then load whichever one applies for a given flight.
== Google Earth==
Google Earth is one of the easiest ways to create User Waypoints. Google Earth is a free application provided by Google which gives you a satellite map of the entire world. It allows you to mark spots on the Earth using a feature they call a "Placemark".
(Dynon Avionics is not affiliated with Google)
You also need to install the Dynon USR Export Utility for Google Earth:
[Coming soon Dynon USR Export Utility for Google Earth Placemarks] Updating for SkyView Version 3.2
This utility reads Placemarks you create in Google Earth and creates a User Waypoint DUP file from them.
The procedure to create User Waypoints from Google Earth Placemarks is as follows:
1. Within Google Earth, first create a folder named "Dynon" under "My Places". This is required. Look for "My Places" in the sidebar on the left. Once you have created the Dynon folder, you should see something like this:
2. Decide where you want to drop a Placemark, position the map, and click the yellow pushpin icon to add the placemark. Google Earth will display the following screen:
You must enter a name in the "Name" field. The first eight characters of this name will be the ident used to display the User Waypoint on SkyView. It is recommended (though not required) that you choose a unique set of eight characters to make it easier to find the identifier among all other identifiers for Airports, VORs, NDBs, and Fixes. Here we have simply used the name of the airport.
Optionally, you may also enter anything you like under "Description". Here we have typed in the UNICOM frequency and phone number for the FBO.
Do not change the "Latitude" or "Longitude" fields. The "Style, Color", "View", and "Altitude" fields are ignored by SkyView, so it doesn't matter what those are set to.
Click OK to save the Placemark. Make sure it gets saved under the Dynon folder as per the example:
If the Placemark is not in the Dynon folder, it will not be exported to the DUP file. You can manually drag Placemarks into the Dynon folder if necessary.
Please note that at this time the Dynon USR Export facility expects that the Dynon folder will have only Placemarks you have placed manually using the yellow pushpin. If you place other items in the Dynon folder, for example by dragging a preexisting Placemark from Google's database into the Dynon folder, they may not get exported correctly.
3. Create as many more Placemarks as you like.
4. Click File > Save > Save My Places, or simply exit from Google Earth to save your Placemarks.
5. Run the Dynon USR Export utility. For convenience, these instructions are summarized and displayed in the main screen of this utility:
6. Click the Export button. When prompted, choose a destination for the DUP file and a name.
7. Exit the Dynon USR Export utility.
8. Copy the DUP file to a USB memory stick. Insert it into the USB port of your SkyView display. Go into the Setup menu, System Software, Load Files..., then select the file and press LOAD. SkyView will load the DUP file and reset automatically. You are then ready to use your User Waypoints.
== Common Errors ==
Some customers have reported problems generating User Waypoint DUP files. Often this manifests as one or more User Waypoints that are many thousands of miles away from where they should be. In every case we have investigated, the problem turned out to be one of the following:
a) The user did not put the Placemark into the Dynon folder under My Places. The Placemark must appear under the Dynon folder indented one step inward from the Dynon folder. If the Placemark is not in the Dynon folder, you can click and drag it into the Dynon folder.
b) The user did not exit Google Earth or save My Places before running the Dynon USR Export utility (see step 4 above).
c) The user did not use the yellow pushpin icon to place the Placemark in Google Earth, but instead copied a Placemark from another source or Google's database.
== Advanced Users and Developers==
Want to create user waypoints using tools other than Google Earth? Please read our PMK2DUP info page.