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Through articles dedicated to research and analysis, the XC Analytics team will present here its latest findings, to which you are invited to participate ! And for starters, how to take your first steps with the app...
A few years ago, when GPS first appeared in the world of Free Flight, many saw a revolution. Who still remembers that about 20 years ago, we were still taking pictures of the turning points in competition? Not me, I’m much too young!
And yet, little by little, electronics have invaded the cockpit: from the GPS to the smartphone, through the vario and all the software available, there has never been so many instruments capable of measuring what we do in flight, and so little means of exploiting this data. Don’t worry, xc analytics is here now!
Ok, but how to use it?
You can then choose your aircraft type and level. The latter is essentially used to sort the information presented to you: in beginner mode, only essential statistics and charts are displayed, in expert mode, you have access to the entire analysis.
Then back to the home page, via the menu that opens with the "hamburger" in the top left. A ready-to-hatch egg is waiting for you!
Let’s try to keep it safe. Clicking on the "Open an igc file" button will take you to a list of all the igc files available on your smartphone/tablet. Choose the one that will transform your egg! Note: it is possible to sort the list in several ways thanks to the icon at the top right.
Then the analysis starts, and you are warned when it is finished. So, what happened to your egg? Perhaps you had another surprise? Anyway, congratulations on your flight!
From there, you switch to the "Map" display, which corresponds to the menu of the same name. The "Statistics" and "Charts" menus are available, and we are letting you discover this new universe...
Some additional information: if you click on a statistic or a chart, the accompanying definition is displayed at the bottom. If you would like an even more detailed explanation, go to the website at https://xcanalytics.fr, under "Defintions".
It is also possible to compare flights through the "Compare" menu, following the indications at the bottom of the screen. And if you want to share your trace with your pilot friends (or even with us!), nothing could be simpler via the "Share" menu.