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Why does OLC display wrong altitudes?



 
 
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Old February 12th 19, 07:50 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 1:38:28 PM UTC-5, wrote:
On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 1:09:57 PM UTC-5, Tango Eight wrote:
On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 12:52:05 PM UTC-5, Ramy wrote:
I’ve seen this occasionally in my flights if the takeoff altitude was not determined correctly, or if I forgot to start the logger before the tow started. I dont recall if it is OLC or the logger which adjusting your takeoff altitude to airport altitude, but if there is mismatch there, the rest of the altitude trace will be wrong.
The solution is to edit the flight in OLC and manually adjust the start to your release time, which seem to fix this issue.

Ramy


Ah. On the flight log Moshe linked, the "flight" starts in the air. That must be it. I had some sort of pre start screw up that caused me to have to restart the flight recorder and (unusually) it did not do its normal thing and give me a take off to landing log with a short gap.

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A couple of other example such logs I've looked at also are missing the takeoff. So that may be part of the problem. But missing the takeoff is no excuse to mess up the altitudes in the fixes that do exist. Here's another example, and this one is from a logger (Dell Streak running XCsoar, AFAIK) that does not have a pressure sensor, both altitude fields are identical and contain the GPS altitude (which should never be "corrected"?):
https://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-3....l?dsId=4917557
- the altitudes in the first hour are displayed way too low in the OLC web page graphics.


And here's another example (one of my own flights this time), this log also is missing the takeoff, and in this case the whole (fairly short) flight displays with wrong altitudes. Near the end of the flight the OLC web page graph shows negative altitudes, landing at -561m - while the lowest altitude in the actual log (as downloaded from OLC) is +165m. It's all GPS altitudes, no pressure sensor in my Nook.
https://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-3....l?dsId=6600502
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Old February 12th 19, 07:59 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Those concerned have also sent a monetary contribution to OLC I assume. I need to send something for the year also!
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Old February 13th 19, 04:29 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 12:52:05 PM UTC-5, Ramy wrote:
I’ve seen this occasionally in my flights if the takeoff altitude was not determined correctly, or if I forgot to start the logger before the tow started. I dont recall if it is OLC or the logger which adjusting your takeoff altitude to airport altitude, but if there is mismatch there, the rest of the altitude trace will be wrong.
The solution is to edit the flight in OLC and manually adjust the start to your release time, which seem to fix this issue.

Ramy


Ramy: I think you're on to something there, as all the examples we've found seem to be of log files that are missing the takeoff. Although the effect of the "start" altitude on the displayed altitudes seems to dissipate later in the flight. But when you manually choose the start point, do you have to tell OLC the altitude of the start, or does the act of choosing that point tell it to believe the altitudes in the log?

I think they should always assume the altitudes in the log file are correct (for use in the web-page display). Even if the location of the start of the log is not at the declared airport. Certainly they shouldn't assume that the altitude of the start of the log is that of the airport, when the location is clearly not at the airport.
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Old February 13th 19, 05:37 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Moshe, I am not sure if correcting the start always fixes the issue, although it did for me in few cases, not sure exactly how.
Regardless, one would always check that OLC identified the release correctly and adjust if needed, otherwise this may significantly impact your score.

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Old February 13th 19, 03:11 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 11:37:31 PM UTC-5, Ramy wrote:
Moshe, I am not sure if correcting the start always fixes the issue, although it did for me in few cases, not sure exactly how.
Regardless, one would always check that OLC identified the release correctly and adjust if needed, otherwise this may significantly impact your score.

Ramy


IIRC you can adjust the selection of the point in time (not the altitude) at which it starts counting the flying as soaring, i.e., off-tow. Usually it does that automatically but sometimes it gets that wrong. E.g., if you release in strong wave lift and just keep on climbing without circling.

But how can that affect the OLC assumptions about your true altitude vs. the recorded altitude? If it makes assumptions about that, it must be based on the earliest "fix", which it assumes is before the start of the launch?
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Old February 13th 19, 03:59 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Pilot's responsibility to bring the goods.

Bring defective stuff, don't expect satisfaction.

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Old February 13th 19, 04:06 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On 2/13/19 7:59 AM, Tango Eight wrote:
Pilot's responsibility to bring the goods.

Bring defective stuff, don't expect satisfaction.

T8


Or, more succintly, "Garbage In, Garbage Out"
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Old February 13th 19, 04:26 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 10:07:07 AM UTC-5, kinsell wrote:
On 2/13/19 7:59 AM, Tango Eight wrote:
Pilot's responsibility to bring the goods.

Bring defective stuff, don't expect satisfaction.

T8


Or, more succintly, "Garbage In, Garbage Out"


If OLC "adjusts" the altitudes just because the early data in the flight log is higher than the airport, then I think it should not do that. The fact that the takeoff is missing in the log does not make the rest of it "garbage". It's the OLC web page graphical display that displays "garbage".
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Old February 16th 19, 04:30 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Moshe,
Just for interest I can relate that I had a MWN flight to 12,300 last year but OLC showed the max as much lower. But for some reason my flight was broken up into 2 sections in my Nano. I had hit extreme turbulence on tow and I am wondering if that reset the logger somehow. Anyone else notice this problem with a Nano 3?
 




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