Oceanic Tracks coming to 20.1

May, 26, 2020 by

Exciting times to be an Infinite Flight user, bunch of new features are being teased for the upcoming release. This time it’s Oceanic Tracks which are now confirmed to be coming in the next update, 20.1. Here’s an excerpt from their timeline post that we can take a look at, and a picture.

Introducing Oceanic Tracks coming in 20.1! This track system is designed to separate traffic between 29,000ft and 41,000ft while crossing large bodies of water like the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans where there is often little to no ATC coverage.

So there are two different sets of tracks this could be eluding to. One is the North Atlantic Tracks (NAT Tracks), and two, the Pacific Organised Track System (PACOTS).

These tracks are updated regularly to account for the shifting winds and traffic flow.

This is important to note. For the North Atlantic Tracks for example, the routes change daily, they maintain a series of entrance and exit waypoints which link into the airspace system of North America and Europe. Each route is uniquely identified by a letter of the alphabet. Westbound tracks (valid from 11:30 UTC to 19:00 UTC at 30W) are indicated by the letters A,B,C,D etc. (as far as M if necessary, omitting I), where A is the northernmost track, and eastbound tracks (valid from 01:00 UTC to 08:00 UTC at 30W) are indicated by the letters Z,Y,X,W etc. (as far as N if necessary, omitting O), where Z is the southernmost track. Waypoints on the route are identified by named waypoints (or “fixes”) and by the crossing of degrees of latitude and longitude (such as “54/40”, indicating 54°N latitude, 40°W longitude).

Infinite Flight will feature multiple available tracks that you can insert directly into your flight plan by tapping on the desired track from the map.

This indicates that you’ll easily be able to insert these tracks into your flight plan via the map, which will take flight planning to the next level.

Something else that was also revealed was the introduction of the way procedures will grouped in the flight plan. You can see that on this picture. On the left hand side you can see the SID, Oceanic Track and STAR all grouped together within the flight plan. How we’ll be able to interact with that is unknown at this time.

Here’s a view of what it would look like with more then just two NAT Tracks from Laura Laban, Infinite Flight CEO.

References: Infinite Flight Timeline, Quote from Misha Camp, Historical NAT Track from Laura Laban, SKYbrary

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More