Available with 3D Analyst license.
The Orbital Fly tool provides a way to navigate a 3D view in a way that is similar to flying.
The observer and target locations are controlled via a collection of buttons on a floating dialog box, providing free-flight navigation around the 3D view that does not rely on the pointer location.
The Orbital Fly tool is only available in surface mode in ArcGlobe and ArcReader. The Orbital Fly tool is not supported in ArcScene.
- Click the Orbital Fly button on the Tools toolbar in ArcGlobe. The Orbital Fly panel will appear.
If the Orbital Fly button does not appear on your Tools toolbar, you may need to add it. Click Customize > Customize Mode > Commands then click Viewer in the Categories list. The Orbital Fly tool will be one of the buttons listed.
- The panel displays buttons that can be used to control flight. Click the Play button to start flying.
- Click the left and right arrow buttons to turn left and right as you fly.
- Click the up arrow to increase forward speed.
- Click the down arrow to decrease speed and reverse direction.
- Click the Altitude arrow buttons to increase or decrease the observer's distance from the surface.
- Click the Pitch arrows to adjust the view angle of the observer. Use the up arrow to look to the horizon or the down arrow for a vertical view of the surface.
- To control how the observer positions itself in relation to the globe while flying, click the Fixed Line of Sight button.
With Fixed Line of Sight turned on:
The observer will zoom in and out along the line of sight when the altitude is adjusted. This is how zooming in or out with the standard Navigation tool works.
With Fixed Line of Sight turned off:
The observer will increase or decrease vertically in relation to the globe surface.
- Click Play again to stop flying.
When flying is stopped, the altitude, pitch, and turn arrows can be used to change the observer position. It is sometimes easier to get a feel for how the flight controls work, especially regarding fixed line of sight, when forward motion is stopped.