1. Hi All;

Just a quick tip from my time flying RedBaron3d that we used there that I have tried to promote here yet many still aren't sure of.

As we all know the map is broken up into larger grids...
C3 D3 E3
C2 D2 E2
C1 D1 E1....etc.. Naturally we can zoom in and the grids break down further. However, when zoomed in on the map the grid line quickly become increasingly more difficult to use and who wants to zoom in and out constantly.

So look at your keyboard, something 99% have infront of us when flying...It makes for a great reference. If we select the "Numeral Pad" we instantly have an easy way to be "exact" about locations.

Laid out like this...
7 8 9
4 5 6
1 2 3

If we apply those numbers to a grid square we can focus in rather quickly....The reason is, 4 people can be in C1 at the same time and never see each other.....So using C-1 as an example, if I change that and say C-1-5, it is instantly clear I am in the center of C-1.

the hashmarks don't even need to be used. As the last number now will always be a single digit...So it is clear if you say c145 it is really C-14-5.

It's easy and quick, helps you to "exactly" state where you need help/see the enemy/whatever. Add to it an "altitude" say like c145a3.1km...and now you have just given a perfect 3 dimensional coordinate.

Last addition to that is obviously heading of either yourself or the contact spotted...Simple again c145a3kmh230 and everyone will know you are in C-14-5, at an altitude of 3,000m, heading 230......

It's simple, easy, and even if just the additional designator of the numeral pad is used, I think you'll find "team" flying gets a whole lot better.

2. Efficient...Elegant

That Rocks!

The location given is also a direct direction from your current location to the new location (if you know your current location). If you don't know, then yes, you must look at the map I guess. So be sure to always know where you are.

3. Yeah thats what we use to give locxation info... altough we are usually on comms so we say... "C14pad5" (pad being keypad...) yeah that is good stuff though...

4. Few things are bumbable in general discussion. This beeing one of them.
And what BC said.

5. Originally posted by F19_Ob:
Few things are bumbable in general discussion. This beeing one of them.
And what BC said.
What does "bumbable" mean?

6. Originally posted by LEBillfish:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by F19_Ob:
Few things are bumbable in general discussion. This beeing one of them.
And what BC said.
What does "bumbable" mean? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Erm, well maybe he's alluding to it being agreeable to anal sex? As in he wouldn't mind 'bumming' it or it was 'bummable'.

Hell knows this is far more homo-erotica than any thread covering Keypad Nav Referencing would ever need

This system has been used by a lot of us for years and really works very well.

"Charlie 5 Keypad 7 4k 270" tells you a lot in a short exchange

7. I heard someone using this the other night. It's very effective.

Have you ever noticed how you're only asked your location just when you're moving from one grid into another? My response usually sounds something like this...

"Well, I'm in C14 kind of near the top, on the right side, just about to go into D13, flying by a kind of roundish mountain right now and there is a river on my left. I'm just on the sunny side of those really big clouds above that city that I can't pronounce but starts with an "O".

Maybe this keypad thing will help out.

8. Yep, that pattern of reporting location has been a staple of voice comms for quite some time. Warclouds, greatergreen and Wildcats vs Zeros use this pretty often.

It's one of the few things I've seen multiple squadrons, multiple nationalities, and multiple sides actually agree on.