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Airshow Map Display Question

Tue May 15, 2001 3:22 pm

Has anyone seen the Airshow display on flights? Sometimes during the flight, a white circle appears over a point on a map, and on the bottom of the screen, a text indicates where the circle is -- the geographical name.

Does anyone know what this circle is meant to represent, or is it just randomly chosen by the computer as a nearby point. At first I thought that they might be the currently-tracking VOR by the aircraft, but even on oceanic flights, far beyond navaid range, sometimes, there is a circle still. Also, some of the names do not correspond to any navaid.

The circle always appears on land, never in water.
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RE: Airshow Map Display Question

Tue May 15, 2001 6:41 pm

the spots highlighted on the airshow have nothing to do with navigation. they are just cues to tell the self loading cargo about a small village they might have passed one day at 100 mph. ... for fun and orientation, just feel good you'r not far away from earth...
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RE: Airshow Map Display Question

Wed May 16, 2001 6:03 am

Yea... I've seen this while flying...

I think it might have something to do with a ground tracking station, even if they don't link up with a VOR. Or possibly it's the closest airport the plane would be diverting to in the event of an emergency? Possible...

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