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This page contains links to files I am making available for download. Click on the appropriate link under the Downloads section of a file's description to begin downloading.  Please read the Installation Instructions for Precision Flying Programme section before downloading files.  

If you have previously downloaded the version 5 files then you only need to download the Disk4.exe file.  Replace your previous file on the install "disk 4" with the new version and reinstall the programme to update your copy.  

There is a new Help file for Version 5.0i included with the Disk3.exe and Disk4.exe download.  When Disk4.exe is unpacked to a floppy, the new help file will be loaded on the floppy disk.  Copy this file manually to the PF5 folder and overwrite your present Help file.  The new Help file is automatically loaded if the new Disk3.exe file is downloaded and used for programme installation.

The database included with the programme is the database from the 14 WPFC held in Sweden during the year 2000.  This also has some test course latitudes and longitudes included in the Test 1 database.  The included sample Garmin logger file (Logger.trk) is the recorded latitudes and longitudes around this test course.  This is included so that people can see a sample competition course and the Track Made Good by a competition aircraft being visually displayed by the programme.  The Garmin sampling time was every 10 seconds but the programme will accept samples every second.  The programme interpolates the passing times for each timed point if the sample times are greater than 1 every second. 

If 'View -Times and Height from Data File' is selected, then rubbish times are printed for the Secret Points because there is no latitude or longitude for these points included in the database.  If you wish to see a correct view of Times and Heights then go to the 'Leg Details' form and set all distances for Secret Points to 0.  The programme will ignore any Timed Point that has a 0 distance from the Start of every leg.  This is what would be entered for a real competition.  The times starting at 03:08:38 are correct.  These are UTC times as recorded by the Garmin.  As New Zealand is UTC + 12 hours you will appreciate that I did not record this test in the middle of the night.  The Minimum Height shown on the left of the Times and Height form is what the competition organisers decide is the minimum height for each leg in a competition.  The actual heights (shown under each secret or Turning Point) in Garmin Logger.trk file is 9999 because it does not record height, so fills in the height at every sample with 9999.

 I hope this is not too confusing but I wanted to make the Swedish World Championship results available with the programme.


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Installation Instructions for Precision Flying Programme 

  1. This programme is authorised for use at all levels of Precision Flying.  The GPS feature has not been evaluated and certified by the GAC but hopefully this will not take too long.  Please read the FAQ page.

  2. Down load the 4 files listed above.  They are named Disk1.EXE, Disk2.EXE, Disk3.EXE and Disk4.EXE.   They are self extracting zipped files. 

  3. You need 4 blank 1.4 Mb floppies.  Label them 1 to 4.

  4. When you double click on each of the files, a screen should open which has 5 buttons across the bottom.  The buttons left to right are; "Extract", "Test", "About", "Information" and "Cancel".  The Information button is greyed and cannot be selected.

  5. With the appropriate numbered blank floppy disk in the A: drive, double click on the same numbered files in turn and click the Extract button.  Don't select or de-select anything.  The files will self extract to the floppies.

  6. You should now have 13 files on Disk1, 17 files in on Disk2, 13 files in on Disk3 and 1 file on Disk4. 

  7. If you have a PF4 folder from a previous version on your computer then DO NO delete the files in the folder.  The new programme is Version 5 and will install into a folder called PF5.  You can then still use the older version as well as the new version. 

  8. Do a normal Windows install starting with disk 1 and executing the setup.exe file.  If you have done an install before, then the first two disks will install rapidly because the files they install are already on your hard drives.

  9. If you are using Windows 3.1 or 3.11 then read the Readme.txt file in the PF4 installation folder before trying to run the programme.

  10. With the program installed.  Start it and go to the menu "Tools" and select "Retrieve Original Database".  This will give you access to all the Swedish data.  You can change what ever you like and always be able to retrieve this database. 

  11. There is a sample Garmin Logger file included.  On the GPS screen, change the logger file format to Garmin 12XL and open C:\PF5\Logger.trk.  You will then be able to view a sample Course and a sample Track Made Good (TMG) by using the menu on the GPS screen. 

 


Downloads

FliteLog.xls

This is an Excel spreadsheet which calculates headings, speed, time and fuel consumption for an aircrafts flight.

Formats: Excel Spreadsheet

(53 k)

Last updated: January 02, 2001.


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Disk1.exe

This file contains all files for number 1 installation disk of 4, for a trial copy of the Alpha Crucis Precision Flying Marking Programme.

Formats: Self extracts all zipped files to a blank 1.4Mb floppy in A:\ drive

(1412 k) 


Last updated: July 18, 2001.

 


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Disk2.exe

This file contains all files for number 2 installation disk of 4, for a trial copy of the Alpha Crucis Precision Flying Marking Programme.

Formats: Self extracts all zipped files to a blank 1.4Mb floppy in A:\ drive

(1421 k) 


Last updated: July 18, 2001.

 


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Disk3.exe

Includes updated Help file, Version E.

This file contains all files for number 3 installation disk of 4, for a trial copy of the Alpha Crucis Precision Flying Marking Programme.

Formats: Self extracts all zipped files to a blank 1.4Mb floppy in A:\ drive

(1178 k) 


Last updated: June 11, 2002.

 


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Disk4.exe

Version 5.0 N.  

This file contains all files for number 4 installation disk of 4, for a trial copy of the Alpha Crucis Precision Flying Marking Programme.

Formats: Self extracts all zipped files to a blank 1.4Mb floppy in A:\ drive  

(737 k) 

Last updated: June 19, 2003.


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PF_GNSS

This file contains the FAI requirements for GNSS (GPS Flight Recorders.)

Formats:  Adobe Acrobat PDF

(57 k) 

Last updated: October 13, 2002.


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