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 on the top right.
The drop down menu prefixes menu items with a change indicator
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
clear all search criteria.
Filters are defined by various controls which are mostly self
explaining. Only text filters and the tri-state checkboxes like
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
A tooltip on the blue help button on the top right shows information about searching.
You can use the cursor key
Down to jump from the input fields into the result table.
Using keyboard shortcuts like
Show Information or
Show on map
are usable directly from the input fields and will apply to the topmost airport in the result table.
The same applies to other tabs like navaid and logbook search as well.
20.1. Text filters¶
The standard is to search for entries that start with the entered text.
* 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 (i.e. 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
20.2. 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).
20.3. Distance search¶
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.
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 NM 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
The center for the distance search is highlighted by a 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.
20.4. Ident in Airport Search¶
The input field
Ident in the airport search tab searches for all available airport identifiers.
Ident: Mostly equal to ICAO code but can be differnt especially for small airfields. X-Plane uses partially an unofficial code in this field like
XPA000B. Available for all simulators and Navigraph navdata.
ICAO: Four letter ICAO code. Only available in X-Plane.
FAA: Airport code used in the United States given by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA code is only available in X-Plane.
IATA: Three letter IATA airport code. Available in X-Plane and Navigraph navdata.
Local Code: Official local airport code mostly used for small airfields. Only available in X-Plane.
The airport codes are also shown in the information windows, tooltips and in the map labels as well as in Flight Plan Route Description. ICAO, FAA, IATA, and local codes are shown and the internal ident is avoided if possible.
Akutan is shown as
Akutan (PAUT) with its official ICAO code
PAUT instead of the
internal X-Plane code
Searching for ident
KOI gives the airports
Oberlin Muni (KOIN),
Lt Warren Eaton (KOIC)
Kirkwall (EGPA) where
EGPA has the IATA code
Hide the additonal airport codes if you do not use X-Plane or if you are not interested in these columns. You can do this by moving the columns to the rightmost position or by shrinking them to minimum size. See Header.
20.5. Override in Airport Search¶
Entering an airport ident using three letters or more ignores all other search options and shows only airports matching this ident.
This is indicated by the message
Ident overriding other search options. in the search window footer.
20.6. Search Result Table View¶
All selected elements in the table view will be highlighted on the map using a black/yellow circle. See Highlights and User Features for more information.
Ctrl+Click to select two or more elements
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.
20.6.2. 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.