Soaring Pilot Software freeware programs.
GPS_LOG (see 10th anniversary page for brief history of the program)
|description and documentation||certified loggers support||maps||Other suppliers' map generation programs||connection to GPS|
|program downloads||GPS_LOG as a logger||sample maps and utilities download page||glider polars||
This program was developed with a sailplane pilot in mind, but can be used in any situation that GPS position data are available for logging. It is a combination of a navigational aid with a moving map, needed altitude and speed to fly computations, and a data logger. Data are logged in a coma delimited, or International Gliding Commission formats. When logging in IGC format, the program can generate all necessary header and task as well as security related records.
Original version was developed to run on a DOS operating system computers such as HP 100LX. This program is no longer being enhanced. It has been superceded by one running on Windows CE based devices. It is targeted for PocketPC (PalmPC) form factor which is more useful in glider cockpit, but version running on Handheld PC (with keyboard) form factor is also now available for OS 2.11 and higher. A fully functional program version for Windows PC is also available for training and file development purposes.
If you are looking for software of this type running on Palm operating system take a look at SoaringPilot-Final Glide Computer. The name similarity is purely coincidental (except for logical relationship).
News/discussion group. There is a Yahoo discussion group for GPS_LOG users
If you'd like to be notified about GPS_LOG WinCE developments in the future please fill out mail list request.
See a brief description of GPS_LOG WinCE.
Complete manual for GPS_LOG WinCE
In English ( no-frames
version ) v126.96.36.199
En Castellano ( no-frames version ) v188.8.131.52
Auf Deutsch ( no-frames version ) v184.108.40.206
En Francais (format Microsoft Word) v220.127.116.11
Po polsku (To jest tylko częściowe tłumaczenie. Plik jest w formacie rtf ) v18.104.22.168
See documentation for the DOS version of GPS_LOG.Click on the picture to see GPS_LOG in flight and an idea on how to mount it in your glider. Courtesy of Marco Haakmeester.
Support for FAI certified loggers
Even though GPS_LOG WinCE is a complete logging solution adhering to all IGC standards that are possible on a WinCE platform, it is not certified as such by IGC. For situations where you have an IGC certified logger, you can use GPS_LOG WinCE to define flight declaration and transfer it to such a logger. You need a separate shareware module for that available from here. Currently FLARM, EW logger, Volkslogger, Colibri, GPS_NAV and Cambridge 300 series modules are available. Colibri module works also for Posigraf, LX7000proIGC and other LX... machines
Some maps, turnpoint files and conversion programs mostly sent in by others can be retrieved from here. These are provided "as is". I take no responsibility for their accuracy. If you feel like e-mailing me more files for putting on this server, e-mail them to me with any relevant information including whether your name on the web page (will appear as default as supplier) should be made into a link to some website.
How to generate map files if "I can not find what I need". An example of a map that can be displayed by GPS_LOG WinCE is shown on the right. This is a composite image of a full map in the inset and a partial view as displayed by the PC version of the program. You can download this map.
Some other examples -part of map of Germany available on samples page.
Part of South-East Pyrenees and Catalunya map also available from the samples page
(Click on the images to see full size).
Other maps waypoint files and converters are also available on the samples page
Distribution package for the PC version of the program includes utilities that help map creation from internet available data.
Here is a link for some bitmaps that can be used for map symbols.
A link for
user defined cursor bitmaps
in shape of a sailplane. Courtesy of
Another set of cursors (orange arrow). Courtesy of M. Treder.
Dr. Jack Glendenning (Dr Jack) produces
soaring weather forecasts that can be used to generate GPS_LOG map overlays
using BLIPtoMAP utility
Other people's programs that generate maps or provide waypoints data:
originally by Michael-Lorenz Meier, now Michael Köster (direct program
All Airfields and turnpoints of the world and airspace from Europe including 350 glider airspaces.
Eurospace by Carl
Airspace for North America and Europe. Requires use of Fix-It program by Bart Jansen for full functionality.
Polar files for some sailplanes. Form various contributors. Updated 11 Jan, 2005
Included: ASK-21, ASW-15, ASW-19,ASW-20, ASW-24, DG100-1, DG300-3, DG505-20, Diamant16.5, Discus-1, Foka, Grob-102, Grob-109, Janus-B, Jantar 2B, Junior, Ka2b, Kestrel-17, Kestrel-19, Libelle H201, Libelle H301, LS-3, LS-4, Mini Nimbus, Mistral-C, Nimbus-2, Nimbus-3D, Pegase, Pirat, Puchacz, PW-5, SF34, SZD 41, SZD48-1, Twin Astir, Ventus C, VSO-10 You can also try the following Excel spreadsheet to convert "3 point" parabolic data into a polar file readable by GPS_LOG WinCE. The archive with this spreadsheet includes also parabolic data for a variety of gliders.
Typical problems one runs into getting a GPS to talk to GPS_LOG WinCE.
Unlikely, but possible problems and solutions.
For answers to some other common questions try this link.
Bluetooth compatibility: GPS_LOG WinCE was tested with iPaq HP1940 and a Pharos Bluetooth iGPS-BT unit. You should use the Bluetooth outgoing serial port for communication. In the above test case it is COM5 and 4800 baud. Program versions 22.214.171.124 and higher are more reliable with Bluetooth connection than earlier ones. Bluetooth was also shown to work in iPaq 2210 and Fortuna Electronic GPS combination. In some cases you need to check "Continuous" checkbox in NMEA setup for reliable connection
Please click on this link for some Bluetooth related issues.
Download latest versions. Choose appropriate processor, or package:
Warning: I had a couple of reports indicating that this program may not run properly on iPaq hx2110 devices. Application hardware keys become frozen and unusable even after program exit. This problem was also reported to have been fixed - use alternate keys method in keys options.
|GPS_GLID.ZIP (Version 126.96.36.199 - updated 26 May 2001)|
Windows 9x, Windows NT, ....
|GPS_LOG Win32 (version 188.8.131.52) including DAFIFtoMap (v184.108.40.206), ESRItoMap (v 220.127.116.11), DEMtoMAP (v 18.104.22.168)|
Windows NT(?), Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
|GPS_LOG Win32 (version 22.214.171.124) including DAFIFtoMap (v126.96.36.199), ESRItoMap (v 188.8.131.52), DEMtoMAP (v 184.108.40.206) and ANSItoUTF8 (v220.127.116.11)|
PalmPC (version 18.104.22.168)
Pocket PC OS2 (version 22.214.171.124 )
Pocket PC OS3
Handheld PC (version 126.96.36.199)
|OS 2.01 (menu on top)||OS 2.11 (menu on top)||
OS 3.0 (menu on bottom)
|These have a keyboard|
|for SH3 processor||all processors (2MB)||all processors (4.0MB)||all processors (4MB)|
|for MIPS processor|
|this OS is no longer supported||this OS is no longer supported||this OS is no longer supported|
Pocket PC 2003 and
2003SE (version 188.8.131.52) (including VGA and
240x240 pixels screen
use OS3.0 ARM/... above if this installer fails
for all processors
Windows Mobile 5, 6... devices (version 184.108.40.206) including VGA and square screen devices)
See an installation problem note
for all processors
|iPaq 310 series (version 220.127.116.11). Make certain to read instructions in Readme-GPS_LOG.txt file. Thanks to Klaus-Peter Renner who wrote supporting software.||iPaq 31x (1.5MB)|
PNAs do not contain all the support functionality that is in Windows
Mobile. GPS_LOG in principle will not run on them. The only chance is to
use the PPC2003 version and add dlls contained in the archive linked to
on the right to the \Windows folder of a PNA, or the same folder as the
In order to install the PPC version on a PNA you will probably need to extract CAB files from the archive, transfer them to a PNA, and execute them on the PNA.
|Missing DLLs (11kB)|
|Program to clear "Can't execute gps_logwakeup.exe" system message (read the ReadMe.txt file in the zip)|
|Real time position reporting module|
|WinCE OS3.0 and higher only Backlight control module|
|FLARM support module updated 11 Feb 2010|
|FAI certified loggers support modules|
|Pocket PC 2003 and higher only Bluetooth module Microsoft Bluetooth stack only|
|Microphone test for engine noise level recording|
|For languages other than English|
Note: the binaries for OS2.01 will run on the newer OS2.11 and OS 3.0, but are having problems with file dialogs. Suggested names do not show up and "All files" file filters may have to be used.
Above Windows CE programs are capable of
producing a flight record compatible with IGC security
following link downloads a file verification program required by IGC, but
WinCE is NOT a FAI approved logger:
IF you are using GPS_LOG WinCE version 18.104.22.168 or later you need to use validation program version 17 (posted 13 Nov. 2004) or later.
Download : GPS_LOG WinCE flight record verification program. Updated 6 Jan., 2010
Freeware: Flight Display, ESRI shape, E00 and Digital Elevation Data files to GPS_LOG WinCE map converters, BLIPtoMAP overlay generator, and Magellan GPS to IGC track format converter, Geoid
For other things see the home page