Falcon 4 Aircraft Coordinates

As you may know, Falcon 4 (and the most recent version, BMS) uses a technique called Shared Memory, to export real time telemetry data of your aircraft. This data can be used by other programs for various reasons, from simple ownship position display to building real cockpits interacting with the sim.

The aircraft position in the world of Falcon is exported as two numbers, specifically the aircraft’s distance North and East from the Southwest corner of the theater in feet.

Since, this is the position system used throughout the code, it has to be converted in order to be displayed as coordinates. Below is a sample code (in c++) that accomplishes the task.

#include <math.h>
#define FT_PER_DEGREE 365221.8846f
#define RTD 57.2957795f //Radians to Degrees
#define DTR 0.01745329f //Degrees to Radians
#define EARTH_RADIUS_FEET 20925700f

//The Latitude and Longitude of the SW corner of the theater 
//in Degrees. Stored in MAP theater file.
//These values are correct for Korean Theater.
float StartCoord_Lat = 33.84375; 
float StartCoord_Long = 123;
float ownship_North = 0; //Your input value in feet
float ownship_East = 0; //Your input value in feet

float cosLat = 0; //Temporary var

float outCoordLat = 0; //Output Latitude
float outCoordLong = 0; //Output Longitude

//Latitude in Radians
outCoordLat = ( StartCoord_Lat * FT_PER_DEGREE + ownship_North ) / EARTH_RADIUS_FEET
//Cosine of Latitude
cosLat = cos( outCoordLat )
//Longitude in Radians
outCoordLong = ( ( StartCoord_Long * DTR * EARTH_RADIUS_FEET * cosLat ) + ownship_East ) / ( EARTH_RADIUS_FEET * cosLat )
//Converting to Degrees
outCoordLat = outCoordLat * RTD
outCoordLong = outCoordLong * RTD

As you can see, you will need another pair of values in order to make it work. These are the coordinates of the Southwest corner of the theater, since the position is relative to this point. This can easily be found by viewing the theater.map file of your theater with the appropriate program.

One of the programs that can do that is TerrainEditor. A description of where to find this is available in the documents site.

2 Replies to “Falcon 4 Aircraft Coordinates”

  1. Dear Sakgiok,

    Is not there a way to make or force the new owner of falcon and falcon developers export some data directly from server so that it is easier and hopefully more can be developed (like IFF, radar emissions)
    Or if Human awacs is there than the AI shuts up
    Also is it possible to listen and talk on more IVC channels hopefully in the future?
    Will there be chatting possibility between controllers, also sending arrows to take attention to a point or aircraft.?
    I know too much to ask but 🙂

    1. Well, you are right but keep in mind this is not an easy task, especially when considering, how old Falcon is and the development team is doing it on their spare time.
      I’m sure they are doing the best they can, under these circumstances and maybe in the future all these features – and even more – will become reality.

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