EZ PILOT Display Characteristics
The following examples are meant to illustrate the display flexibility that is built into the EZ Pilot. It is not a complete record of the displays that are available to the user. To view a complete description, you may download the EZ Pilot manual in the Literature section of this web site.
Track Mode: Bearing to Waypoint
(BTW) and Track (TRK) are always shown on the left hand side of the
display when in the Track (TRK) mode. BTW indicates the magnetic
bearing to your next waypoint while the TRK display presents your actual
track over the ground. The fields that are on the right-hand side
of the display are variable fields that may be selected by the pilot.
Pressing the DISPLAY button will advance the bottom right-hand quadrant to display groundspeed. Groundspeed will be shown in Knots or Miles per Hour, depending on how you have configured your GPS. Double clicking the DISPLAY button will cause a "rotating" display in the bottom R/H quadrant that sequentially shows Next Waypoint, Groundspeed, Distance, Estimated Time En Route, and a Turn Coordinator display.
|ETE (Estimated Time En Route) is indicated in hours and minutes. When the ETE falls below 1 hour, the display changes to ETe and displays the time-to-waypoint in minutes and seconds.|
|A turn coordinator is provided to show the rate of turn. This display is damped to approximate the dynamics of a standard turn coordinator that uses a mechanical gyro. The display shown here is indicating a very slight turn to the right. As the turn rate increases a horizontal bar will move across the display. The length of the bar is proportional to the turn rate. A 3 degree per second turn is indicated by the small, inward pointing arrows on the dashed line.|
|The upper right-hand quadrant may also be reconfigured. Here it is showing the Track Offset Position. This setting will cause the aircraft to track .3 miles to the right of the track centerline. This setting may be employed to avoid traffic conflicts with other aircraft that are tracking the centerline of published airways. TOP can be adjusted to a maximum of 1 mile offset. Also note that a flashing "diamond" is displayed in the BTW readout. This will alert the user that the TOP is active, even when the upper right-hand quadrant is set to display another parameter.|
|The upper right-hand quadrant may be configured to display any of the parameters that are normally shown in the bottom right-hand quadrant (described above). In this example, groundspeed (GS) has been selected. While this selection is in effect, groundspeed will not appear in the bottom right-hand quadrant when the display is cycled. This avoids redundant presentation of information.|
|In this example the pilot has decided to constantly monitor the distance to the next waypoint so it has been positioned in the upper right-hand quadrant.|
|Here, the turn coordinator has been positioned into the upper quadrant so that it can be constantly viewed. It indicates that the aircraft is not turning. XTK is now positioned into the bottom quadrant so that it is available to be viewed when selected. XTK will now also be in the "rotating" presentation of GPS parameters when the DISPLAY button is double-clicked.|
|Course Mode (CRS): In this view, the aircraft is in the track mode where a course of 347 degrees has been selected (note that BTW is no longer shown). The track over the ground is also 347 degrees. Note that the flight plan is still in effect, but the autopilot is ignoring it while in the CRS mode. The aircraft is over 9.99 miles to the right of course (9.99 is the maximum scale). If the TRK or INT mode were selected at this point the aircraft would turn and fly toward the course line established by the flight plan entered into the GPS. It would then track the flight plan centerline to the L77 waypoint.|
|Intercept Mode (INT): In the example above, if the INT mode is selected the aircraft will turn and fly a course toward the flight plan centerline. It will approach the centerline at a 25 degree angle until it automatically switches to the Track mode at a distance from the centerline that is appropriate for the aircraft speed and the selected turn rate. If the pilot wished a sharper or more gradual intercept angle, he may use the L-R switch to alter the intercept course over the ground.|