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using StrePla on a PC
on a Pocket PC
|Task Declarations and
Flight Log Downloads
on a Pocket PC
(included with pocket*StrePla)
Replay and Analysis
using StrePla on a PC
StrePla and pocket*StrePla are extremely powerful software programs for soaring
pilots. StrePla for the PC can be used for pre-flight route planning
and post flight analysis and replay. pocket*StrePla for the Pocket PC
is for use in flight and includes detailed moving maps, final glide information,
and real-time task optimization. See the overview of unique features
below or go to StrePla or
pocket*StrePla pages for complete
details. The Maps page gives a detailed
overview of the wide variety of digital maps available in StrePla and
pocket*StrePla. The Tips & FAQs
page includes system requirements, start-up tips and answers to frequently
New in Version 5.1 - Google Earth View
Version 5.1 features a very cool new view. A Google Earth view is
opened within StrePla. It is very interesting flying through your
flights over the extremely detailed maps available in Google Earth.
You can't view the glider from outside the cockpit, but it is extremely cool
to be able to see the runway, airport buildings and other details. It really
"takes you back" and makes re-living the flight a 3D reality.
Unique Features - StrePla
I believe all the features below are unique to StrePla. Please
correct me if I am wrong.
- US Sectional Charts
Raster maps (bitmaps) are available free of charge of all US
Sectional Aeronautical Charts. For details see the
Maps page. These look fantastic
when projected onto mountainous terrain in the 3D flight review.
- Task Details Stored with Flight Logs
We fly many different types of soaring tasks in contests than we do
when flying for badges and records. Rather than having the task
details (start and finish types, turnpoint types, etc.) stored in the
overall settings area, they are stored with each flight log. After
you setup the task details for a given flight log they are retained and
reused every time you view that flight log.
- Sailplane Models
The latest version of StrePla allows you to select from many 3D
models of sailplanes to be displayed in the 3D flight review.
Details are available here:
- Analog Instrument Gauges
When reviewing a flight StrePla can display round analog gauges
which simulate the Airspeed, Altimeter, Vario and Clock instruments in a
glider. As the 3D model of the glider climbs in a thermal you can
watch the vario needle climb.
- Map Management Window
Rather than downloading dozens of maps one at a time and try to
remember where you installed them on your PC, simply us StrePla's
Unique Features - pocket*StrePla
- All Maps from StrePla are Available
in Pocket StrePla
- Raster maps (bitmaps) are available
free of charge of all US Sectional Aeronautical Charts.
maps (line drawings) show cities,
lakes, rivers, roads
and topographical data
- Satellite Image maps
- In-flight Optimization
This unique feature is very nice if you like to fly "free"
(non-declared) tasks for records or the Online Contest. As you fly
a triangle flight the software automatically displays a region in which
the 2nd turnpoint must be made to assure a valid triangle with no leg
less than 28% of the total distance. For the Online Contest it
displays the achieved free distance and updates it as you fly.
- Data Display Thumbnails
pocket*StrePla offers allows you to configure which of the small
data "Thumbnails" to display on the map. You can configure 3
different collections of thumbnails and quickly toggle between them by
touching the top left of the map screen.
- Easy File Transfer with StrePla
StrePla (on a PC) offers a very nice menu for transferring data to and
from pocket*StrePla on a Pocket PC. The Extras/pocketStrePla menu
allows you to send maps, turnpoints, an SUA data to the Pocket PC,
transfer flight logs from the Pocket PC to the PC, copy the pocket*StrePla
program or license to the Pocket PC, or run even run a pocket*StrePla
simulator on the PC.
- The program can be started from the
memory card. This is very important, since all PDA's "forget" everything
if they have not been charged for 2 weeks. Three clicks, and
pocket*StrePla will be installed anew from the memory card.
to requests by customers, I have created a StrePla User's
Group on Yahoo. It is an automated e-mail list/discussion group for
users of StrePla and pocket*StrePla. New members must be approved by me, so junk
e-mail should not be a problem. If you prefer you can use it as a
discussion group such that you will not receive any e-mails, but will need
to go to the web site to check for new messages. To use it as a
discussion group you must change your preferences so that you don't receive
e-mails. I will still maintain my own separate StrePla e-mail list of all customers. This new group is an optional way for
users to help each other with technical questions and to discuss ideas for
new features for StrePla or pocket*StrePla. The group is open to
current StrePla or pocket*StrePla users or people who are interested in
learning more before buying.
Cumulus Soaring, Inc. Email Newsletter
If you prefer not to receive e-mails from other StrePla users but do want to
learn about new software releases, please sign-up now for the free Cumulus Soaring, Inc. Email Newsletter by clicking
on the link below. The newsletter will provide timely information on
new soaring products and services, new software version releases, special
offers, and soaring news from around the world. You can select from
several e-mail lists - including a StrePla & pocket*StrePla User's list. I am using a very
reputable e-mail marketing service called Constant Contact, so your data
will be safe, and you can opt out at any time. I promise to limit the
frequency of the newsletters to a maximum of 1 or 2 each month (probably
New USA Airport Data File
There is a new US airport data file
available on the Worldwide Soaring Turnpoint Exchange. It includes all
the public and private airports in the USA. The data comes from files
provided by the F.A.A. and the data is very accurate and current. You
can access the data file here:
To open the file follow the steps below.
- Right-click on the left most icon for
the StrePla data and select "Save Target As..." from the pop-up menu.
- Save the file on your PC. I save
all my waypoint files in the My Documents/Waypoints directory.
- Open the waypoint file in StrePla using
the File/Open/Waypoints menu.
- The file is large so you may want to
select a region of airports in your area and save them into new file.
Try it for 30 Days -
Try StrePla for 30 days free of charge. The installation
download includes a
demo version of pocket*StrePla. For more information please see
the Downloads page.
What does the product name "StePla"
"StrePla" is short for the German phrase "Streckenflug Planung"
which means "planning of cross country flights". StrePla is developed
in Germany where it enjoys a strong market lead over competitive products.