WingX Pro tip: customizing the moving map window layouts

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WingX Pro can display up to 5 separate windows on the moving map screen

The moving map screen in the WingX Pro app can be set to a wide variety of different configurations. This ranges from a single full-screen moving map to a 5 window presentation showing your flight plan, terrain, airport info and 2 windows that can display moving maps, charts, notes or synthetic vision/AI. Since there are a lot of buttons and controls on the WingX moving map screen, you’ll want to take some time to learn these functions on the ground first before using them in the air.

Route/Flight Plan window

When viewing the moving map page, the first option to check out is the Route view, which is enabled by tapping the blue Info button in the lower left corner. This will actually display two new windows on the left side of the screen, showing your flight plan at the top and airport information at the bottom. In addition to viewing stats about your active route, you can also make quick changes here without having to go back to the Route Planning section of the app. Directly underneath the route window, you’ll see basic airport info, including com frequencies, runways and facility information. Slide the dark blue row of buttons at the bottom from right to left to see additional view options here. Press the Info button again to make this window larger and then press it again to hide that window.

Split screen maps and charts

The next moving map customization option allows you to view two different moving maps or charts at the same time. To enable this, press the blue Screen button at the lower right, and you’ll see a second window appear. The View 1 (left window) and View 2 (right window) buttons allow you to then customize the base map and overlay options. A popular configuration, for example, would be to use the left window for a sectional or IFR en route chart as a moving map, and then use the right window to display a taxiway diagram or IFR approach chart. The app also allows you to display synthetic vision, attitude indicator or a notepad in the split screen windows, so you may find it helpful to fly with this info alongside a chart. You can flip flop the views at any time with blue Swap button in the lower right.

There’s one thing worth pointing out when you want to overlay weather data on the map. The Route Wx options in the View menu only allows you to display ADS-B radar when in the air and using a compatible receiver. To view an internet-based radar overlay during preflight, you’ll need to use the Wx button at the top right of the window. And just above the Wx button is a second button labeled None; press this to overlay additional weather features or fuel prices.

Terrain

The final additional view option you can enable is a Terrain profile window. Press the button at the bottom center of the screen that has a box with white mountains in it, and the terrain profile window will appear across the bottom of the screen. This is useful for both flight planning and while en route, to visually verify that your route will stay clear of hazardous terrain. At the right side of this window are two options: GPS shows terrain within 50NM of your current position, and Route shows all potential terrain hazards along your route. Your current altitude is depicted with a gray line here.

 

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  1. One of the features of WingX Pro that I absolutely use all of the time is terrain profile window. Back when I still lived in Illinois it almost never got turned on. After all, it’s pretty flat back there in the midwest. However, since moving into the mountains of Arizona I use that feature all of the time and honestly, wouldn’t want to fly without it. I fly out of an airport at 5100 feet which is surrounded by mountains that rise up to well over 7000 feet within minutes after takeoff. Having the terrain profile window open and active provides for piece of mind especially while climbing or descending around the mountains.

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