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NWTech75
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Printing in 1:500,000 Scale
Dave, first let me convey my many thanks for your outstanding work on this site, it is truely a one stop shopping point for flight planning. As the Training Director for the virtual community that I fly with, I have repeatedly used your site to teach some of the basics of chart reading and navigation using Sectionals and EnRoute Charts. Recently we've begun hosting regular Virtual VFR Challenges in which pilots must find the destination and navigate to that point using only their skills and eyes, no nav aids or GPS allowed. This is helping to sharpen the skills of some of our members. Unfortunately not everyone is on the same level. I very much want to be able to teach a course on how to plot out a course using the plotter and E6B. Not everyone has the same charts, so what I would like to know, is do you have a function to allow printing to PDF or printer so that when you have your paper copy in hand it will match up with the sectional scale that you carry in your flight bag. Headings and such are easy enough to teach, but the distances as measured by the plotter are not matching up, they are coming up just a little short. Any ideas, please let me know.
Dave
We try.
We do attempt to preserve the original scale so you can use your plotter to measure distances. This really depends on your printer, printer driver, and acrobat reader. For best results: 1. Make sure you select the correct paper size from the SkyVector Print dialog. 2. In the Adobe Reader Print settings, Set Page Scaling to None. 3. For my inkjet printer, the colors look much better if I select "Let printer determine colors" under advanced settings. After it prints use your plotter and measure the minute ticks along a line of longitude to verify the accuracy. Some charts are better than others, but on the whole it's pretty close.
NWTech75
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Printing Scale
Thanks for the info Dave, I will do some testing with this and then let you know when we get a navigation and plotting class ready.
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