AvPlan EFB

Resent a flight plan

If you have submitted a flight plan as NOSEND and then want to submit it again as a real plan, the NOSEND plan must be cancelled first.

To cancel a plan tap ‘Planning’, ‘Cancel flight plan’

Once cancelled the flight plan can be submitted again.

AvPlan 2.0.1

Yesterday we released AvPlan 2.0.1. This is a bugfix release and fixes a few issues;

  • Fixed crash when accessing forecasts saved from AvPlan 1.
  • Fixed issue that caused some NOTAM’s not to display for a location
  • Fixed the label names on the map data labels (Track and Heading)
If you have any questions about this release please do not hesitate to get in contact.

How to clear a flight plan

If you have submitted a flight plan and want to reuse it, tap the edit button at the bottom left unde the flight plan, and tap the Clear Times button that will appear.

This will

  • clear times from the plan
  • clear the NAIPS submission status
  • Once this is done the plan can be used again, and again.

    What is flight planning?

    I’ve been flying for 22 years now. When I started training I would trundle down to the briefing office at Moorabbin, talk the a Flight Service officer, get the latest weather and NOTAM’s and spend 30 minutes with a pen,  paper and E6B producing a flight plan, fuel loading plan, weight and balance checks. This was then verified by the briefer and submitted. (Most flights were done with full position reporting – wasn’t that fun!)

    Briefing offices were closed and along came PC based flight planning programs, AvFax, DECTalk. The internet arrived and so did NAIPS.

    These days every GPS and GPS app on your portable electronic device is also calling itself a flight planner. Flight planning is far more than just entering in a few waypoints into a GPS and then launching into the wild blue yonder and most of these devices and apps only allow you to do this. A flight plan is basically the process of establishing an intent before flight – remember the old saying about the 5P’s (prior planning prevents poor performance)?

    In my opinion, to be called a flight planner, a device or app must be able to do the following;

    • Multiple stage flight plans with multiple legs per stage (with LSALT’s for NVFR & IFR flight)
    • Accurate heading, TAS and ground speed calculations based on the aircraft type and the altitude to be flown
    • Ability to apply winds from a forecast and display estimated en route times for each leg
    • Produce a fuel plan based on the current fuel load, route to be flown and the current weather conditions
    • Give you the ability to view weather (TAF’s and other forecasts) and NOTAM’s and other relevant pre flight briefing products
    • Verify the aircraft loading and centre of gravity

    For ease of use and portability it would be nice to have an electronic flight bag (EFB) tool that;

    • Embodies all the flight planning capabilities that are required (see above)
    • Allows the continual display of the flight plan as a part of the app
    • Can seamlessly import weather information into your flight plan
    • Can seamlessly send flight notifications via NAIPS.
    • Saves all briefing materials (Forecasts, NOTAM’s) for offline use.
    • Contains all relevant flight documentation (ERSA, DAP, AIP, AIP SUP) and link these to the flight plan as appropriate.
    • Contains all the relevant aviation charts and then uses smart technology to overlay other required in-flight information on these maps (such as weather and NOTAM information) allowing much faster route creation.
    • Can share flight information with other devices (so other devices can serve as a useful backup) and other people.
    These were the requirements that drove the development of AvPlan.

    Do your requirements vary much from the above? Does your current EFB tool give you all these capabilities?

    Show/Hide Position on airport diagrams and approach plates

    AvPlan 2.0 can show your position on airport diagrams and approach plates. You can individually enable and disable the

    • Aircraft position
    • Route
    • Ground Track
    as desired. To change what is being shown, tap the second button from the right on the Terminal pane.

    Avoid runway incursions

    AvPlan 2.0 introduces a major new first for an Australian made EFB – geo-referenced airport taxi diagrams which show your location at all times. Runway incursions are one of the most critical areas where improvements must be made to increase aviation safety, and AvPlan now provides an affordable solution for all pilots. Pilots will now always know where they are on the ground, with their location plotted on the standard airport taxi diagrams.

    AvPlan – MORE in your EFB

     

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    AvPlan turns 1!

    Today AvPlan turns 1! A year ago we launched AvPlan and it has proved far more popular than we ever imagined. It has appealed to pilots flying all manner of flying machines, flying for fun or for profit.

    AvPlan was the first flight planning app on the iPad for Australian pilots. Since then we have added a bunch of innovative features that really cement AvPlan as the most feature rich electronic flight bag for Australian pilots.

    Its been such an adventure and we have loved every minute of it. We are really looking forward to another exciting year ahead.

    Buttons on the map

    There are now two buttons at the bottom left hand side of the map. The left button toggles locking the aircraft in the centre of the screen on and off. (When ‘on’ the button is red, and the map cannot be panned)

    The right hand button toggles between free rotation (dark green), north up (orange) and track up (magenta).

    When in ‘track up’ and ‘centre on location’ mode, the aircraft will be locked at the bottom 1/3 of the screen