Galaxy System User Manual

Chapter 1 (Introduction)



The Galaxy System Operations Screen is designed to give the user a visual graphic presentation of the overall status of the company’s operation at a glance. It also provides the means for the user to move from screen to screen and conduct various operations in the G alaxy System.



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Along the top of the Galaxy Operations (Ops) screen, are several menu items. Each Menu item has its own telescoping pull down menu with one or more sub-items from which to select from. The overall Galaxy System Ops screen has items related to Flight Planning and other associated subjects which may not be applicable to your operation.

Notice that there are color coded graphic items throughout the screen. On the left side of the screen is your list of aircraft tail number “Tail Tags” arranged vertically. These Tail Tags are color-coded according to the aircraft status such as “Serviceable” (Green in color), “Inspection Item within a level of warning” (Yellow in color), “Unserviceable” (Red) in color and Aircraft “Down for Scheduled Maintenance” Black in color. Under the “Settings” Menu at the top of the screen, there is a sub-menu item “Help Keys” and under that menu item is another sub-menu list including “Color Key” Shown in Figure 1-2 below. Also under the Help Keys sub-menu is the User Manual. The User Manual is presented in its eleven chapters rather than all in one document.

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As you can see, on the left column of the Color Key, are the color codes for the Flight Tags which are arranged horizontal in the main body of the Galaxy Ops scree. Let’s discuss these color codes one by one as in the case of a flight having just been created from scratch. The Flight Tags are created from the “Aircraft Schedule” editor (See Chapter 10), under the “Flight Update” menu option along the top of the Galaxy Ops screen. One can also bring up the Aircraft Schedule editor by placing the cursor over an existing Flight Tag and its associated pull down list of menu items which has been previously created. This is the means by which the user can create flights as well as install crews on each flight. Installing crews on each flight can be done when the flight is initially created or at a later time. A flight that has just been created without any crews installed, will display its Flight Tag as (Red) in color. This makes it very apparent at a glance that crews are not assigned to this flight. Note, a flight can be created without assigning an aircraft to it. In many cases one would want to get flights created and assign aircraft tail numbers to those flights at a later time. In this case, a new Aircraft Tag will appear and the Flight Tag will be Pink in color”. As soon as an aircraft is assigned to the flight, the Flight Tag will turn to its normal color. Once the flight has had crews assigned, the Flight Tag will turn to a light blue color. When all flight paperwork has been prepared and sent out to the crews, the Flight Tag can be changed from the light blue color to a light Green color meaning that the flight has been released. To make this color change to the Flight Tag, place the cursor over the Flight Tag and on the menu list that cascades down, click on “Mark Released”. When the system refreshes the Galaxy Screen, you will see that change or you can refresh your screen manually to see your change immediately.

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This gives a good visual example of the color coded Flight Tags in action.

The dark Blue Color Code depicts the flight as having departed with only “Out” and “Off” times entered into the Flight Following screen, discussed later in Chapter 11. Notice that whenever a flight in in progress, there is a four digit time number (Estimated Time of Arrival) just above the Aircraft Tag, along with the Destination Station ID within the Aircraft Tag. When the “On” and “In” times are entered, then the Flight Tag turns to a Salman Color and the Estimated Time of Arrival, just above the Aircraft Tag disappears.

Two additional Color options are made available, Purple which depicts a flight that has been canceled or Turquoise which depicts the flight as having Diverted. This is invoked by clicking on the “Canceled” check box or the “Diverted” check box in the Flight Following screen.


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As bonus her in chapter 1, I want to show and discus briefly, the Aircraft Schedule Editor described in detail in chapter 10 and the Flight Following Editor described in detail in chapter 11 below. These are the two most widely used and most important programs or “Editors” in the Galaxy System. Here is the Aircraft Schedule Editor.

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We will discuss the use of this screen in much more detail in chapter 10 below.

Below is a screen shot of the Flight Following Editor (FFP)


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We will discuss the use of this screen in much more detail in chapter 11 below.

                     TIME & DISTANCE PROGRAM





















Here, the user can enter either the ICAO or the IATA Airport Identifiers for two airports and the program will return the distance in the “Distance” field, or one can skip putting in the airport Identifiers and just put in a distance. Next, one can enter an extra distance for non-direct routing or extra distance for maneuvering during departures and arrivals. Next one can enter in a True Airspeed. One should consider that even though the airplane might cruise at a particular speed, the departure and arrival maneuvering brings down the average trip airspeed. The shorter the trip, the more noticeable this becomes. Next, one can enter in an average wind component and lastly, a average fuel flow. The program will return an estimated time en-route and a overall fuel burn. Of course this is not intended to serve as a flight plan but only a tool in figuring out flight schedules.