Frequently Asked Questions about Waypoints.


Here you will find some of the more frequently asked question as hopefully the answers. If your question is listed below click on the question and (hopefully) you will find the answer. If not, you can send me a mail at: webmaster@spsys.demon..co.uk

There are also some Hints and Tips about downloading from the Turning Point Exchange site at http://soaringweb.org//TP/fil.html and http://soaringweb.org/TP/windows_files.html.

Why are there both Regional and “All of England, Wales and Scotland” files for downloading ?

This is because some recorders have a limit on the number of Waypoints that can be stored at a time. By using a Regional list the Waypoints stored are restricted to those you are likely to need.

I can't find a Waypoint file for my Recorder on the Turning Point site.

This may be because you have selected an “All of England, Wales and Scotland” from the menu, but your Recorder has a limit on the number of Waypoints that can be stored which would be broken if you attempt to load all the Waypoints. In the Left-hand pane find the link marked Files for Downloading to Flight Recorders, choose a Regional List and try again. Alternatively, try Jeff Goodenough's program TPSELECT (see next section).

How do I find a file for downloading into my recorder?

There are two ways you can do this. Either from the Turning Point Exchange site or by using Jeff Goodenough's program TPSELECT.

In the Left-hand pane find the link marked Files for Downloading to Flight Recorders. Click on this link. You can now choose between downloading Jeff's Program or using the Turning Point Exchange Site. To use the Turning Point Exchange site select either a Regional or the “All of England, Wales and Scotland” link. There is a choice because many recorders have a limit on the number of Waypoints that can be stored. Jeff's Program has the advantage of being able to tailor the selection of Waypoints to your own needs.

Turning Point Site:

Scroll down until you come to the link entitled “Files formatted for downloading and importing into your programs” and click on the left hand Icon. This takes you to a page (towards the bottom, so scroll down) where you can download a file of Waypoints in the format used by various programs for various recorders. Select the link for the Software you intend to use for uploading into your Recorder and click on the Left-hand Icon. This will download a file that you can use off-line to load your Recorder via suitable software.

TP Select:

To find out about TP Select, follow this link.

How can I find a Map showing exactly where a Waypoint is?

Download Waypoint list in Excel format. Having done this, Load the list in Excel, find the Waypoint in question and click on the Left of the Right Hand pair of Trigraph Columns (Column N). This will link to a map with the Waypoint arrowed (you need an Internet connection to do this). Note: These maps are copyright.

If you do not have Excel, there is available a free download of an Excel Viewer at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/ (you may need to put "viewers" in the search tab).

Links to Google Maps can be found on the Turning Point Exchange website.

Are Photograph of Waypoints available?

Photographs of the Waypoints in England & Wales are available. Download Waypoint list in Excel format. Having done this, Load the list in Excel, find the Waypoint in question and and click on the Right of the Right Hand pair of Trigraph Columns (Column O). This will link to a photograph of the Waypoint (In remote areas, it may be necessary to zoom out before picture becomes visible). Note: These photographs are copyright.

If you do not have Excel, there is available a free download of an Excel Viewer at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/ (you may need to put "viewers" in the search tab).

Links to Google Earth can be found on the Turning Point Exchange website.