If you wish to track directly towards your distant destination while still having timing points along the route, it is possible to set up User Waypoints along the way. However, this could be a time consuming process. Another useful technique is to use large, easily visible features abeam the track for timing purposes while maintaining a straight-through track for flight.

For example, consider this simple VFR flight plan:

Note the Summary tells us that it is 225 NM, travelling via those turning points.

Now, try this:

Repeat the above procedure for any intermediate waypoints as appropriate. Which will give us this result:

Note that the overall distance has been reduced to 215 NM, but you still use those points as references whilst flying our plan.

Any Abeam waypoints will be noted by (Abeam) appearing in the waypoint name field within the flight log, and on the map an ‘A’ will appear in the waypoint label before the identifier code.

You can submit the plan with these type of waypoints. When submitting the plan, the Abeam waypoints will automatically be sent in a format that will be understood by your local air traffic authority (for example, distance and bearing from the original waypoint).

To undo a waypoint that has been set to Pass Abeam, tap and hold its line in the flight log. Then select the option Overfly. The original waypoint now appears in the same menu position that Pass Abeam held previously.

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