Cancel SARTIME

An active SARTIME can be cancelled directly by AvPlan. Firstly, submit a flight plan or SARTIME notification with AvPlan. At the completion of your flight, tap ‘Planning’, ‘SARTIME’ and select the active SARTIME. With ‘Change via app’ selected, tapping the ‘Cancel SARTIME’ button will contact NAIPS and signal that you have landed.

If you have cancelled your SARTIME by other means (FlightWatch or contacting CENSAR) tap ‘Change via voice’ and then ‘Cancel SARTIME’. This will signal to AvPlan that your SARTIME is cancelled and it will not generate a warning when the time is about to expire.

Track Up Mode

To enable track up mode on the map, tap the map settings button and tap ‘Map Rotation’. With ‘track up’ selected, the map will rotate and be fixed so that the track is vertical.

When ‘Centre on location’ is also set, the aircraft will be fixed in the bottom third of the map.

AvPlan 1.7

AvPlan 1.7 is now available in the App Store. In this release we have added the following new features;

  • SARTIME only notifications can be sent to AirServices
  • Flight plans and SARTIME’s can be amended and cancelled inside the app
  • User waypoints can be created from street addresses
  • The route annotations (TOD, TOC and PNR) can be hidden from the map.

We have included the ability to send SARTIME only flight notifications to the briefing office. In addition you can cancel or amend a previous notification directly. To change a flight notification, make the necessary changes to the plan and just submit it again. NAIPS will then report back only the pieces of the plan that have changed (this should make changing departure time’s or SARTIME’s prior to departure far easier than before). In addition SARTIME’s can be cancelled by tapping the ‘Cancel’ button in the ‘SARTIME’ section of the Planning pane.

User waypoints can now be created from street addresses, for those responding to callouts from the SES and other emergency services. This requires an active internet connection to function.

We have added a new user setting to disable moving map mode if required. With this disabled the app will function as it did before, with the GPS disabled. The GPS is then enabled when an active flight plan is in ‘Fly’ mode. This will improve battery life significantly.

In addition we have fixed a number of bugs, and fixed an issue that in rare cases caused the app to crash when the map was zoomed.

Enable AvSoft Cloud

AvSoft Cloud Services enable flight plans and aircraft details to be backed up and synchronised automatically across your various devices. To enable this, tap ‘Settings’, ‘User Settings’ and enable both options under ‘AvSoft Cloud Services’.

This feature is free of charge, and is disabled by default.

Terrain!

AvPlan includes a terrain database which covers all of Australia at a resolution of approximately 1km square. A view of terrain height based on your current altitude can be enabled on the En Route page.

  • Terrain which is 1500ft below to 500ft below is yellow.
  • Terrain which is 500 ft below you, and higher, is red.

When a plan is in ‘Plan’ mode, the terrain will be colour coded based on the maximum planned altitude, and not your current altitude.

Terrain warnings, based on those defined in TSO-C151b (TAWS B), will come in a release shortly.

Connect to X Plane

Since version 1.6.1, AvPlan has included an interface to enable it to connect to X-Plane. Tap ‘Settings’, ‘User Settings’ and enable the X Plane interface. The current IP address of your iPad is displayed here.

In X Plane, enter this IP address as the ‘Data Output’ address and port 49002, and send the Latitude, Longitude and Altitude to your iPad.

Search the AIP

Full text search is available for all documents in the ‘Text’ pane in the app. To search for a term;

  • Open the document you wish to search in the ‘Text’ pane
  • Tap the window to display the search bar
  • Tap the magnifying glass icon
  • Enter in the search term and a list of matches and their page number will be displayed.
  • Tap the particular entry and the document will be scrolled to that page.

EMail an aircraft

AvPlan can email complete aircraft models, which can be imported by other users on their devices.

  • Tap ‘Settings’, ‘Aircraft Type Database’ to go to the list of aircraft types.
  • Tap ‘Edit’ and then select the particular type to be sent.
  • Tap ‘Email’
The aircraft type, plus any aircraft you have defined of that type, will be sent.
When the recipient receives the email they need to tap and hold on the icon for the email attachment, and select ‘Open in AvPlan’ from the menu that appears.

 

Find a location

AvPlan now includes the ability to search for a location. Tap the En Route pane to go to a map, and tap the magnifying glass icon. Type in the identifier for a location, and then tap the row for the point you wish to locate. The app will then go to that location, and open a new map if required (when the location is not on the current map).

The app will open a map of the same type (VNC, VTC) if one exists, or one of  a larger resolution if it does not.

 

AvPlan 1.6.2

AvPlan 1.6.2 is now available from the App Store. This release adds;

  • Users can exchange aircraft models via email.
  • Maps load much faster
We have also made the following improvements and fixes;
  • Bigger popup display on iPad when there are forecast subdivisions
  • Aircraft deletions are saved
  • The default POB value is now ‘1’.
  • Plans with aircraft in formation can now be entered
  • Fixed the missing headings and duplicated ETD’s on flight plan printout
  • Fixed crash when opening the map legend display
The final touches are now going into AvPlan 1.7, which should be available in around 10 days.