Connect AvPlan EFB to FSX

We have documented the process to connect AvPlan EFB to Microsoft Flight Simulator X. When connected, you can use AvPlan EFB with Flight Simulator and it behaves exactly how it will in your aircraft while in flight. Perfect to learn how to integrate an EFB into your cockpit workflow.

See our connectivity guide here: http://www.avplan-efb.com/ext/AvPlan_FSX_Connection_Guide_v1-0.pdf

Data Updates valid from 28 May 2015

Data updates valid from the 28th of May 2015 are now available for download. For US subscribers there are new Sectional and instrument approach plates for download.

For Australian subscribers there is a new edition of all charts (except WAC) AIP, ERSA and DAP. We have geo-referenced 351 new DAP plates in this data update.

For NZ subscribers there is a new AIP for download.

We have developed technology to dramatically reduce the chart sizes. These are now almost half the size they were, so they are quicker to download and take a lot less space on your device. An additional benefit is they are also a lot faster to load on your device as well.

To download all the new data onto your device, open AvPlan EFB and tap Settings, Data Downloads, Update. Updates for the current downloads will then be downloaded and saved on your device. You can even switch to other apps during the download process and AvPlan EFB will continue the downloads in the background.

The Wonders of Webinars

AvPlan EFB has been hosting webinars for many months now, and these have proven to be a big hit with our users.

So, what exactly is a webinar?

A webinar is an interactive online seminar you can attend from the comfort of your own home.  You will hear my voice, and both you and I can hear the voices of all attending – allowing easy discussion.  On your monitor, you’ll see the AvPlan EFB software controlled live by your presenterand you can follow along with your own device.

I must admit, as a newbie to the webinar format, I was first trepidacious about presenting webinars to AvPlan EFB users. I was, initially, of the belief that you need to see your audience in order to engage with them. However, I turned out to be quite wrong. It turns out that all one needs for a successful webinar is a decent internet connection (more about that in a bit!) a small group of interested users and a system.

The interest from the users was so encouraging that we have now split the webinars into various groups: new users, regular users and New Zealand users. The webinars are first advertised on Facebook and Twitter, as well as the website, and a circular mail out is sent out to everyone on AvPlan EFBs mailing list. As each webinar has a limit of around ten people per session – due to the time available and the limit on each attendee getting the attention they deserve – they do tend to fill up pretty quickly. When they reach capacity, if necessary, I will add another, so if you find you’ve missed out, I encourage you to check our website/FB/Twitter regularly.

After you have signed up for a webinar, you will be sent a ticket via Eventbrite. Although the webinars are free of charge, the personalized ticket is used as a means of keeping track of the participants. Closer to the date, I will email you the login details for Citrix GoToMeeting. The log on is painless: you will receive a code and a set of prompts. I will also make sure you have my phone number; should any issues arise, you are always free to call me. Citrix will offer you the option of joining the webinar via telephone, or via speakers and microphone on your computer.

As mentioned above, you will see my screen on your computer or tablet, and you will be able to follow me through, and ask specific questions as we go along. There is a slight lag, due to the reflection software we use, but users report it’s only a matter of seconds. Unfortunately, a few groups were subject to my super-fast, yet strangely unreliable inner city Sydney Internet connection, which occasionally drops out. Due to the high volume of IT consultants in our user groups, I’ve now been educated that using a direct Ethernet connection helps significantly! Thanks to everyone who’s attended the webinars to date; it’s been fabulous to ‘meet’ you all and a joy to answer your questions and share in your enthusiasm for AvPlan EFB.

For those of you who are new to webinars, here is what you need, in terms of system requirements, from your end:

Operating system Windows XP or later

Windows 2003 Server or later

Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or later

Internet Recommended broadband connection with 1+ Mbps
Web Browser Google Chrome v39.0 or later

Mozilla FIrefox v34 or later

Internet Explorer v8.0 or later

Safari v6 or later

Software GoToMeeting desktop app

JavaScript enabled

Hardware 2GB or more of RAM

Microphone and speakers (USB headset recommended)

The June webinars are filling up very quickly, but at this stage there are a few places left on all three types.

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you there!

 

AvPlan on Apple Watch

The final piece of flight testing is now complete and we are preparing our Apple Watch app for submission. We’ve put a lot of thought to what information would be really useful to have on your wrist and we are really excited with the result. Our Apple Watch app combines;

  • UTC time and departure, destination and alternate distance, bearing and weather (traffic light report) at a glance.
  • UTC time, flight time and endurance remaining (based on fuel on board in your flight plan)
  • Four count-up start/stop/reset timers
  • Nearest airports with bearing, distance and weather

The sophisticated notification engine in AvPlan EFB has also been extended to the Apple Watch. You will receive runway warnings (as you approach and enter a runway), airspace notifications and frequency changes when enroute.

In addition we have brought plain-text weather to the watch! Tap on an airport and see the current weather conditions. All decoded for easy reference.

Expect to see AvPlan EFB for Apple Watch in around 10 days – it is a free upgrade for all AvPlan EFB subscribers.

 

Map downloads and data changes

The Australian charts are being updated this month and will be current from the 28th of May. We’ve invested in some really neat technology and made the download sizes three times less than what they were.

Map downloads will be three times faster, take up three times less space. Updated data will be available for download later next week. Once downloaded, AvPlan EFB will automatically switch over to use it at the correct time.

AvPlan EFB 5.0.1 also does not stop you entering the app with an expired database or expired charts, when using AvPlan EFB in New Zealand or the United States. So now if you miss an update you can still use AvPlan EFB.

Tassie Tour

This year the host of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association conference was Launceston, a city I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting before. After a cheeky two days at Cradle Mountain, I arrived in Launceston on the Wednesday in preparation for my AvPlan EFB presentation at the education session. The AWPA’s education sessions are always riveting and this year was no disappointment, with presentations from the RAAF, Airservices and a fabulous pilot from Antartica’s Casey Station. Guest speakers Ryan Campbell and Matt Hall also delighted and entertained the crowds. The AvPlan EFB demo inspired lots of questions, and further private demos, as many requested a closer look at our new V5.0 features. I received so many requests for private demos that I’m going to have to double to online seminars for June!

While Sydney was experiencing some of the most extreme weather in a decade, the weather conditions were CAVOK in Tasmania, on all but one day, which of course were the AWPA navigation trials. Sadly, the trials were cancelled, although the marvelous Heather did set up a ‘table top’ trial in consolation.

On Friday night I was the guest of Owen Bartrop – AvPlan EFB user and beta tester – and the good people of Devonport Aero Club, who were an extremely involved crowd, with lots of questions. At the pre-seminar barbecue, I met the delightful twin sisters, Billie and Lesleigh, who co-own a Alpi Pioneer and a whole host of current AvPlan EFB users, as well as potential new users. It was also great to catch up with some of the Tassie pilots who’d come by our stand at Avalon.

Saturday night was the AWPA dinner, always a splendid event, the highlight of which is the Lady Casey Raffle. This year, AvPlan EFB offered a lifetime subscription to one extremely fortunate winner. Some people purchased as many as ten tickets in the hope of winning! The lucky winner was the charming student pilot, Amelia Morton. Amelia was over the moon with the prize, having been an attendee at my seminar on Thursday. As a student, she has yet to use an EFB, so we’re delighted she’ll begin using AvPlan from the very beginning of her flying career. The Lady Casey Scholarship raffle raised over $800 for the scholarship fund, and we’re proud to have been part of it.

On Sunday afternoon, I was the guest of the Aero Club of Southern Tasmania, in Cambridge, Hobart. The aero club is housed in the most charming setting, and we had a great crowd of around 25 of extremely enthusiastic pilots. The host, Paul Boland, is a huge advocate of AvPlan EFB and is a great reflection of AvPlan EFB’s users: committed, safety conscious and passionate about flight.

After a day at Wineglass bay, I made my way home to a very soggy Sydney, where I’m now planning my next round of online webinars.

To those I met in Tasmania, thanks for your wonderful southern hospitality!

AvPlan Live

Today we are introducing AvPlan Live! AvPlan Live brings live flight tracking to AvPlan EFB. When enabled, your devices will automatically send position reports via the internet every 15 seconds. This is a free service for all AvPlan EFB subscribers.

These position reports are extremely light weight and when combined with a good coverage cellular network (Telstra in Australia for example) will enable your aircraft to be tracked with very good accuracy. The amount of data sent by your device is also very small – around 30 KB per hour while in flight. You do not need to have submitted a flight plan either, the service will work if you have a flight plan in the system or not.

In Australia, soon you will be able to submit notification that you are using this service, and AMSA will be able to pull up details of your last known location if you happen to not arrive at your destination and a search is initiated. This will save a lot of time if a search is commenced and will ensure you are located sooner than before.

When you share your flight plan via Twitter or Facebook, others can view your flight plan, current location and ground track. If you do not share your plan via these mechanisms, then your current location not viewable by anyone but yourself (when looking at the My Flights section of our website).

To enable AvPlan Live, open AvPlan EFB on your device and tap Settings, User Settings.

 

AvPlan EFB 5.0.1

Today we have released AvPlan EFB 5.0.1. In this release we have introduced AvPlan Live – live flight tracking in AvPlan EFB. AvPlan Live will send your position every 15 seconds using cellular data networks which can be viewed in the My Flights section of our website.

In addition we have added the ability for AvPlan to remember and reuse your last entered Flight Status (MED1, HOSP, STATE etc) and/or individual flight number call sign if you have one.

We have also fixed a number of software issues;

  • The airport diagram will scroll into view on the Terminal page on landing in the USA
  • Fixed reserve fuel numbers are printed correctly when using USG, Lbs or KG for fuel units
  • An issue with taxi fuel usage and multiple stages has been resolved
  • An issue with the flight plan routing on the logbook page has been resolved
  • Fixed an issue where a quick plan via EN will take you to Europe
  • Fixes for briefings and flight plan submission in NZ
  • Fuel prices now include self service and non-self service fuel
  • Issues with the user waypoint editor has been resolved
  • Auto-zoom for US airfields will work
  • Fixed an issue where some users need to login repeatedly
  • Fixed an issue when submitting a Facebook comment on iPhone
  • We now check the SARTIME when entered to ensure it is reasonable
  • Fixed an issue which could cause the app to crash when editing a flight plan
  • User LSALTs/MEAs can be added to flights which track via abeam points
  • Fixes for the auto-dim function to un-dim when the app is placed in the background
  • Fixes for the flight profile view for flights with no enroute tracking points
  • iPhone 5 support added again