As the both the sim and pilot matures the desire to follow realistic procedures increases. There are a number of feature requests which talk about SID/STAR overlays and free form drawing on maps. As I was giving a presentation at work this week, a client asked “Why don’t we just change the color of the mark”. Since I think about IF 24/7, this sparked an idea!
Approach/Departure Controllers strive to follow real world charts but often times this is difficult given the many fixes and speed at which commands are coming in. There should be a way for a controller to set up their screen so they can route traffic at a quick glance.
First and foremost, add the search box to the controller screen. I forgot that controllers do not have the ability to search for a fix.
When the controller selects a fix, on the fix information screen they have the simple ability to color code the fix. The UI design doesn’t have to be this, but the spirit of the request is to select a color.
Functional Application of Solution
Take DFW for example. DFW has a simple box approach where planes enter and leave the pattern at the corners. This makes for a very efficient traffic flow when busy.
If I was an approach controller I would typically google the approaches and identify which I would use.
Since I am doing North operations, I would simply color code the fixes for the main east and west runway approaches from different directions. As you can see I have red for East and Orange for West approaches.
If you can imagine the flow of the dots (connect the dots, la la la)
If the map change functionality is simple enough, it may be beneficial for pilots to add colors for their own fixes. They can color code TOD and other important fixes in their various planning.
Hope this is simple enough. Please vote if you agree.
@HiFlyer brings up a good point. Instead of color we can simply mark them as a favorite and hide all but favorites. This could help those with certain color blindness. I am open but I think you get the spirit of the request.