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    Distance gauge

    Iam looking for a distance gauge. Something simple that can tell me nm's flown. Something that I can reset to zero at any time during a flight. I have searched and could not find one.
    Any help is appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert41 View Post
    Iam looking for a distance gauge. Something simple that can tell me nm's flown. Something that I can reset to zero at any time during a flight. I have searched and could not find one.
    Any help is appreciated.
    I made such a gauge years ago, but I don't think I uploaded it. (I use it for testing in carrrier operations and spaceflight).
    Besides selectable units (ft, nmiles, meters, km's), you can reset the zero-point at any time.
    It displays both "straight" distance (the distance between current position and ref. point) and "travelled" distance (which is what you want).

    However, it needs a brush-up.
    - Straight distance is only accurate within 100 nmiles or so, because it uses simplified formules (not the great-circle formules) now.
    - It only measures in the horizontal plane (so doesn't take altitude difference into account). I'll implement that too, and make that user-selectable.

    So I just need to re-code the original gauge a bit; all needed code is already implemented in my space-flight package, but not as stand-alone, simple gauge.
    Probably have it ready in a week or so, after which I'll upload it here. (freeware of course) ...

    Rob

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    In addition to robert41, I also have a good use for this in an upcoming project. It will sit nicely in the flight engineer's panel.

    Best, Paul

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    It would also be most useful for Hump flying ... especially between ndb signals.

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    that is very cool...ill use that as well..thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcbarend View Post
    I made such a gauge years ago, but I don't think I uploaded it. (I use it for testing in carrrier operations and spaceflight).
    Besides selectable units (ft, nmiles, meters, km's), you can reset the zero-point at any time.
    It displays both "straight" distance (the distance between current position and ref. point) and "travelled" distance (which is what you want).

    However, it needs a brush-up.
    - Straight distance is only accurate within 100 nmiles or so, because it uses simplified formules (not the great-circle formules) now.
    - It only measures in the horizontal plane (so doesn't take altitude difference into account). I'll implement that too, and make that user-selectable.

    So I just need to re-code the original gauge a bit; all needed code is already implemented in my space-flight package, but not as stand-alone, simple gauge.
    Probably have it ready in a week or so, after which I'll upload it here. (freeware of course) ...

    Rob
    A huge thanks Rob. Looking forward to this.

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    ... or one could use the same equipment that is required to be installed in all certified aircraft - a functioning clock.

    It can be used to measure elapsed time, interval time (one ndb to the next), stages of an approach, time to/of climb/descent, and can be used as a reminder when dinner is ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srgalahad View Post
    ... or one could use the same equipment that is required to be installed in all certified aircraft - a functioning clock.

    It can be used to measure elapsed time, interval time (one ndb to the next), stages of an approach, time to/of climb/descent, and can be used as a reminder when dinner is ready.

    oh allways with the obvious...you think were all as schmart as you?.......sheeesh.....

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    Ready for testing .....

    Hi,

    Have a testversion ready now.
    If anyone cares to test it before I upload, please drop me an Email, or PM with your Email address to mail it to.

    For obvious reasons, I never upload anything untill at least one person has installed it / tried it properly

    Best, Rob

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    Gauge uploaded .....

    I just uploaded the Distance Calculator gauge to SOH as file rcbdc-20.zip (in the FSX/Other section).

    Enjoy ...

    Cheers, Rob

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    very cool,thank you.

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