AvPlan EFB 4.3

AvPlan EFB 4.3 is now available in the Apple App Store. In this release we have added the FlightAce Country Airstrip Guide, Obstacle warnings and have greatly improved the auto-routing engine (especially for those who fly over FL180).

FlightAce Country Airstrip Guide

The FlightAce Country Airstrip Guide is now available on the Terminal page within AvPlan EFB. The Country Airstrip Guide is a set of 2300+ ALA diagrams which cover pretty much every landing area in the country. Subscriptions for this component are available on our website for $69.95 PA, and all users will receive a free trial of the content for a month.

Obstacles!

AvPlan EFB now includes obstacle warnings for every charted obstacle in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The warnings can be enabled by tapping Map SettingsView ItemsObstacles on the En Route pane. When flight planning, obstacles within 12 nm of your route will be displayed. Yellow for obstacles within 1500ft of your flight planned altitude and red when within 500ft of your planned altitude. When in flight, obstacles are displayed using the actual GPS altitude.

New IFR Auto-Routing Engine

We have rewritten the IFR auto-routing engine in AvPlan EFB 4.3. The app now makes better choices to choose IFR waypoints to join and leave IFR routes. In addition the app does a far better job flying down preferred IFR routes as well. For those flying above FL180, AvPlan EFB will prefer to fly down upper level IFR routes, and will choose waypoints with connected upper level IFR routes.

You will also notice on the select route page, the route and distances for each choice is displayed.

AWIS

We have now added both AWIS frequencies and phone numbers to AvPlan EFB. In addition, you can tap on the phone number and AvPlan EFB will ring the phone number for you. For those running iOS8 on their iPad and iPhone, your iPad will even dial the number on your iPhone. An excellent reason to pair your iPad to your headset in some way.

Mega Maps with Mega-Zoom!

We have increased the available zoom levels on the Mega maps. This will allow you to overlay an airport diagram on the map so you can seamlessly transition from the map to the airfield diagram. AvPlan EFB is even smart enough to de-clutter the overlays (such as runway extensions) so they don’t get in the way.

Other Details

We have also fixed a number of issues that some users have experienced;

  • Fix for the brightness slider to stop inadvertent taps making the screen black
  • Traffic on the Sagetech Clarity works better
  • Grid LSALT’s missing for some short legs fixed
  • 250k TOPO chart for New Zealand now available
  • Flag the NAIPS login details if your password is incorrect
  • Fix for missing navaid NOTAM in some cases
  • SARTIME only notifications with remarks will work
  • Data download improvements when partial files are downloaded

 

25 years and (not) counting

Today marks a pretty significant milestone in my life. Today, 25 years ago I had my first flying lesson. December 28, 1989 I took to the air with the very patient Darren Knoll in VH-HLD, a Piper Warrior II. That first lesson saw me achieve a Restricted Pilots License  in February 1990, PPL in October 1990, CPL in 1993 and a ME-IFR rating in 1994.

At that time a career in Aviation was my goal. An eye condition saw me give that away in the early 90’s and I continued a career in IT (which was paying for the flying). In 2010 two things happened. One was the birth of my son in late 2009 which saw any remaining funds for aviation dry up completely and the announcement of the iPad. I started work on a flight planning thing for the iPad back in April 2010. After I showed a few people the prototype in late 2010 they encouraged me to continue. In August 2011 we released the first version of AvPlan with the thought that a few hundred people would become subscribers and use it. We past that number in the first months and its grown into a product with 1000’s of customers in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. So I now have that career in Aviation.

Back in 1990 I rode my bike to the airport – I didn’t even get a drivers license until 1993. I couldn’t afford a car as everything I earned at the time was spent on aeroplanes. Since that eventful day I have around 1000 hours in my logbook, flying an array of different GA types. Most of my hours (more than half) are in Beechcraft A36 Bonanza’s. In the late 2000’s I also owned an aircraft, VH-TOI, a 1986 Socata Tobago, which was a learning experience for sure.

In 2005 I flew my now wife to NZ and back in VH-PMP which was an awesome experience and one I am very eager to repeat. Flying around the south island of New Zealand is simply stunning. More recently I hired an SR-22 from Denver Colorado and flew it to Las Vegas, over the Grand Canyon to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. That trip also rates highly on the memorable scale.

I’ve had other memorable experiences in that time as well. One morning I attempted and failed to take the top off a tower in not-so-good visibility (you will see some things shortly in AvPlan EFB which will help make you more aware of obstacles such as these), experiences with un-forecast weather, magneto failure and pre-ignition event in the SR-22 in Jackson Hole. Our Tobago ended up on its nose in a paddock near Tamworth one afternoon after a dual magneto failure. Ash, the other owner and a mate of his was in the aircraft. I was passing overhead at the time in a Qantas 737 heading from Melbourne to Brisbane at the time.

These days I’m lucky enough to fly around in a SR22 G3 which is a very comfortable and capable aircraft for sure. The things I love about the Cirrus is its speed, the sophistication of the avionics and the parachute (I have taught my 7 year old what to do if something happens to me – pull this handle and pull the mixture control). I do miss the space and load carrying capability of the Bonanza at times.

What will the next 25 years hold? The aviation landscape will be different, thats for sure.