Search Search Dock Window

The search dock window contains several tabs with similar functionality that allows to search for objects by name, ident or other criteria.

Airport, navaid, userpoint and online search tabs contain multiple rows of search filters. These rows can be switched on and off with the drop down menu on the menu button Menu Button on the top right in the airport, navaid and userpoint search tabs.

The drop down menu prefixes menu items with a change indicator * to show that the related filter row has modifications. You can use this to find out why a search does not give the expected results.

If you do not get the expected results or no results at all use the Reset Search menu item, button Reset Search or press Ctrl+R to clear all search criteria.

Filters are defined by various controls which are mostly self explaining. Only text filters and the tri-state checkboxes like Lighted, Approach or Closed need a few extra remarks below.

All filters can be used together where all conditions have to be met (and operator). All filters except the distance search filter are applied immediately. The distance search is applied after a short delay for each change.

Entering three or four characters in the ICAO Code field of the airport search tab will trigger a quick search which ignores all other filters and shows the airports matching that partial or full ICAO code.

A tooltip on the blue help button on the top right shows information about searching.

Text filters

The standard is to search for entries that start with the entered text.

The placeholder * stands for any text. Once a * is included in the term, the standard search (match start of text) is no longer used. In that case you might have to add a * at the end of the search term as well to get the expected result.

The search is negated (find all entries that do not match) if the first character in a search box is a -.

Note that all of the above does not apply to numeric fields like Runways: Min or Altitude: Max.

Tri state checkboxes

These are used to filter airports by presence of certain facilities or properties.

Below are the states as they are shown in Windows 10:

  • Black Box: Condition is ignored.
  • Checked: Condition must match.
  • Empty Box: Condition must not match.

Colors and look of these checkboxes vary with theme and operation system. So instead of gray another color might be used (red fill on Linux or a - for macOS).

This function is only available in the airport and navaid search.

This function allows you to combine all other search options with a simple spatial search.

The checkbox Distance has to be selected to enable this search. The result will include only airports or navaids that are within the given minimum and maximum range of nautical miles from the search center. This allows you to quickly search for a destination that is within the range of your aircraft and fulfills other criteria like having lighted runways and fuel.

The center for the distance search is highlighted by a Distance Search Symbol symbol.

To restrict the search further you can select a direction (North, East, South and West).

Check the drop down menu for the change indicator * and the search fields for any remaining text if the distance search does not give any or unexpected results. Use Reset Search in the context menu of the result table or press Ctrl+R to clear all search criteria.

Complex Distance Search

Picture above A complex distance search: Find all airports within a distance between 200 and 400 nautical miles from Frankfurt (EDDF). Airports should have a rating greater than 0 and should have at least one lighted runway. Military and closed airports are excluded. The resulting airports are highlighted on the map by selecting them in the search result table.

Complex Search for Scenery

Picture above A complex search for scenery: This example shows how to find specific add-on scenery by using the Scenery Path search field. This shows all airports of the Orbx New Zealand South Island add-on scenery that have lighted runways.

Search Result Table View

All selected elements in the table view will be highlighted on the map using a black/yellow circle. See Highlights for more information.

Use Shift+Click or Ctrl+Click to select two or more elements (multi-selection).

Header

The header of all table views allows the following manipulation:

  • Click on the top left corner of the column header: Select all result rows.
  • Click on a column header: Sort ascending or descending (only for search result tables - not for flight plan table).
  • Click and drag on the column header: Change column order.
  • Double-click on column border: Automatically fit column size to content.
  • Click and drag on column border: Change column width.
  • Click into the empty space below all rows: Deselect all entries and remove highlights on the map.

The above applies to all table views in the program and partially also to the tree view of the procedure search.

The program saves the sort order, column widths and positions until Reset View is selected in the context menu.

Airport Search Result Table

Picture above: Airport search result table. All additional search options are hidden by using the drop down menu of the menu button on the top right.

Navaid Search Result Table

Picture above: Navaid search limited to ICAO region LI (Italy) and VOR, VORTAC and TACAN stations that have a range of 100 or more nautical miles.

Mouse Clicks

A double-click on an entry in the table view shows either an airport diagram or zooms to the navaid or other feature. Additionally, details are shown in the Information dock window. Single click selects an object and highlights it on the map using a black/yellow circle.

Top Buttons

Available buttons and menu items depend on search tab.

Clear search filters and show all entries again in the search result table view.

Clear Selection Clear Selection

Deselect all entries in the table and remove any highlight circles from the map.

Help Help

Display a quick help in the tooltip. Click to open this chapter of the manual in the default browser.

Drop down menu button that allows to hide or show search options.

The drop down menu prefixes menu items with a change indicator * to show that the related filter row has modifications. You can use this to find out why a search does not give the expected results.

Search Result Table View Context Menu

Available menu items depend on search tab.

Show Information Show Information

Same as the Map Context Menu.

Show Procedures Show Procedures

Open the procedure search tab of the search dock window and display all procedures for the airport. Only available in the airport search tab.

See Procedure Search for more information.

Create Approach Create Approach

Opens a dialog which allows to create a simple user defined final approach. Only available in the airport search tab.

See User Defined Approach for more information.

Show on Map Show on Map

Show either the airport diagram or zooms to the navaid, userpoint or other features on the map.

Follow Selection

The map view will be centered - not zoomed in - on the selected feature when this function is enabled.

Filter by Entries includingFilter by Entries excluding Filter by Entries including/excluding

Use the field under the cursor to set a search filter that includes or excludes the text of the field. This is only enabled for text columns.

Clear search filters and revert to showing all entries in the search result table view.

Show All Show All

The table view does not show all entries initially for performance reasons. This menu item allows to load and show the whole search result. The view switches back to the limited number of entries after a search filter is modified or the sort order is changed. The number of all, visible and selected entries is shown at the bottom of the tab.

Be aware that showing all navaids and airports can take some time especially if they are highlighted on the map when selecting all entries in the search result. The program does not crash but needs a few seconds to highlight all the objects on the map.

Show Range Rings Show Range Rings

Show Navaid range Show Navaid range

Display Airport Traffic Pattern Display Airport Traffic Pattern

Display Holdings Display Holdings

Same as the Map Context Menu.

Note that the menu item is disabled if the respective user feature is hidden on the map (menu View -> User Features). The menu item is suffixed with the text hidden on map if this is the case.

Set as Flight Plan Departure Set as Flight Plan Departure

Set as Flight Plan Destination Set as Flight Plan Destination

Set as Flight Plan Alternate Set as Flight Plan Alternate

Add Position to Flight Plan Add Position to Flight Plan

Append Position to Flight Plan Append Position to Flight Plan

Same as the Map Context Menu.

Copy Copy

Copy the selected entries in CSV format to the clipboard. This will observe changes to the table view like column order and sort order. The CSV includes a header line.

Select All

Select all visible entries. To select all available entries the function Show All has to be used first.

Clear Selection Clear Selection

Deselect all entries in the table and remove any highlight circles from the map.

Reset View Reset View

Reset sort order, column order and column widths to default.

Set Center for Distance Search Set Center for Distance Search

Same as the Map Context Menu.

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