Preparing a Plan for Re-Use

We here at AvPlan EFB headquarters often get asked the question, “How do I re-use a plan that I’ve already flown?”.

There’s actually two ways you could go…  You could actually create a blank new plan, then leverage the ‘Append Plan’ feature within Edit Mode. (For more details about this, see this earlier tip post)  This will bring the waypoints from a previously flown plan to the new one, while leaving the original in tact.

The second way would be to ‘clear the plan’ for re-use.  To do this, you’ll need to enter Edit Mode:

Toggle-Edit-Mode

Once you’ve done this, you’ll notice some buttons that appear at the bottom of the flight plan below the summary (where the Flight Plan Description field would normally be).

ClearTimesClearTracksClearFixes

Tap each of the top row of buttons once as necessary.  Probably the most important are the Clear Times and Clear Track buttons.

Once you’ve done this, tap the Edit Mode button one final time to go back to ‘normal mode’.  Your flight plan is now ready to enter the new Expected Departure Time (ETD), check area winds, cruise height, weight and balance, submit your plan, then fly!

Get to know the Nearest Items PopUp.

Every AvPlan EFB user has probably tapped on this many hundreds of times (if not thousands!).  If you stop and have a look, there are many abilities tucked away here.

Most, if not all users will know the golden rule about tapping the name portion for information about that place, or tapping the blue plus to add it to whatever you’re doing.

Nearest-Items-Explained1

You’ll also note that within the first line of the list, there is some data displayed.  This is a read-out of the Lat/Long of the point at which you tapped, plus the height of the terrain and the Grid LSALT (Lowest Safe Altitude – see this previous tip for more information about them).

Along the top of the menu, you will see some selections.  This allows you to filter the list of results and find exactly what you’re looking for faster.  There is one exception:  Maps.  This actually brings up a listing of all applicable maps for that point.  Selecting one of these maps will set the map to that setting.

Below the filter options is a switch that changes between Add or Direct To.  This will only be visible when a flight plan is open – if the flight plans have been stored, a Direct To is assumed.

Nearest-Items-Add-Fix

At the bottom of Nearest Items is an easily missed feature – Add Fix.  This will add a small dot with a circle around it to the map.  Next to that will be the UTC time – just like if you’ve logged your position on a paper map with pencil.

Fix

 

These fixes are saved with the flight plan details – plan, track log, etc.  You can clear them by putting the app in Edit Mode.

Have a look next time for these features.

Geoff Ross, winner of subscription during Osh 15

Canberran Geoff Ross was the winner of our free subscription giveaway to those who renewed or subscribed during Oshkosh 2015.

Geoff  first saw AvPlan EFB when Bevan demonstrated it at an AOPA briefing day held in Canberra.

“I was blown away by its powerful functionality and ease of use. I quickly went out and purchased an iPad and began using AvPlan EFB.  I’m still learning how to use all of its features but we had a Pilot Information Night at the Aero Club recently where another member demonstrated how he used the program and I picked up some very handy tips.  I hire Club aircraft and if AvPlan EFB stops me getting off track, then it saves me money, as well as making my flying more enjoyable.

I also thought that under Airservices Australia’s Navigation Rationalisation Project from May 2016 almost half of the ground-based navigation aids such as NDBs will be decommissioned so I’ll need all the help I can get to navigate in the future. AvPlan EFB certainly fits the bill.”

Thanks Geoff, and we’re glad you’re enjoying our product.

Discussing Direct-To

Everyone is probably aware of the Direct-To and how it functions on a GPS-enabled device.  But what if I told you that there is actually two types?

  • Direct-To any point outside your flight plan (like in an emergency diversion).
  • Direct-To a future (or past) waypoint within your flight plan.

Lets deal with the first scenario:

You’re flying along your flight plan and experience some sort of safety concern (like a sick passenger), so you decide to divert to the closest suitable airport.

In this case you have an active flight plan, so tap near intended point on the map and the Nearest Items will appear. Tap the Direct-To switch at the top of the list and then tap the blue plus to track direct, at which time a magenta track line will appear from your present position to that point.

Direct-To-via-Nearest-Items

You could also use the Direct-To button at the top of the En Route page, which would bring up a list ordered by distance.

Direct-To-Icon

Once you’re on the ground, you can then close that flight plan then re-plan the rest of the trip.

 

Now, lets look at a different scenario:

You’re flying along in Controlled Airspace and ATC instruct you to turn and fly a much shorter track directly to a point later in your flight plan, missing one or more intermediate waypoints.

In this case tap and hold on a leg in the flight plan, a Leg Settings menu appears. Select Direct To from that list.  A magenta line will appear from your present position to that waypoint in the plan.

Direct-To-a-Waypoint

The beauty of this form of direct to is that once you reach that point, the auto sequencing will occur and you can continue along the rest of your flight plan.  This makes complying with ATC instructions a breeze!

 

One final note:  If you find that you’ve accidentally started a Direct To without any flight plan active, simply tap the large “TO” field in the HUD to cancel it.

Cancel-Direct-To

 

Data Update Valid from 20th August 2015

Updated data valid from the 20th August 2015 is now available for download. For US customers, we have updated Sectional, IFR charts, AF/D and approach plates for download. Australian customers have updated ERSA and DAP’s for download. We have also resolved some errors in the NZ AIP.

To update your data, open AvPlan EFB on your device and tap Settings, Data Downloads, Update. Updated DAPs for your Dynon Skyview will be available shortly.

 

Team Triple Whiskey

As the tri-annual Outback Air Race readies for the 2015 event, we profile long-time AvPlan EFB user Warren Millar about his flying life and involvement in the race.

Warren is a Kiwi, whose interest in aviation can be traced back to his five year-old self launching off the chook shed roof with nothing more than a fascination for flight and a large black umbrella for support. The inevitable crash landing did nothing to dampen his enthusiasm.

“My first flight in an aeroplane was at the age of 10. In the small town of Masterton, New Zealand where I grew up, I attended an air pageant with my family at Hood Aerodrome,” says Warren.

“At day’s end, they announced that the kid who picked up the most rubbish would get a free Cessna flight. Well I took off like a rabbit, and racing around with a large garbage bag in tow, I won the flight. Forty years later, in 1996, I successfully soloed and gained my PPL.”

Warren’s 18-year career with Baldwin as a farm and mining machinery serviceman and then salesman, took him to many parts of the outback and afforded him the opportunity to passenger on some great bush flying with a colleague. The journeys were to places like Albury, Condobolin, Goondiwindi, Emerald and many airports up the east coast to Tully, in northern Qld servicing the locomotives at the sugar mills.

When life slowed down and domestic responsibilities receded, Warren immersed himself more in his love of aviation.

“In 2001 I purchased a quarter share in a Socata TB10 with members at the Coffs Harbour Aero Club and after a couple of member changes we ended with a syndicate of three consisting of Geff Leaver, John Harris and myself. We’ve spent many hundreds of hours flying together to countless inland destinations, such as Kalgoorlie, Lake Eyre, Coober Pedy, Ayres Rock, Alice Springs and including a circumnavigation of the Australian mainland coastline.

Ten years later, we purchased N20KE, a younger TB10, in the USA and I had the privilege to fly with American pilot George Cois from coast to coast via the Grand Canyon. It was then shipped to Kempsey, NSW and reassembled with our original registration of VH-WWW. We recently fitted a GTN750 which is coupled to a KCS-55A HSI and a Stec 60-2 autopilot and roll steer.”

Of the syndicate, Warren admits he is the passionate one—he just loves aviation and does the flying with John. A medical issue has now relegated Geff to the role of flight attendant.

The Triple Whisky team became involved with the Outback Air Race earlier this year when it was mentioned in an online forum. Warren emailed Geff and John and they signed up the following day.

“It’s the sort of flying we like and the RFDS is a great cause to fundraise for. We’ve seen them all around the country and seen what they do. We always hear them in the air. Though I’ve never seen an emergency case, I know people who have used them,” says Warren.

As the team prepares for the race, Warren is emphatic in his praise for AvPlan EFB.

When flying and away from the comfort of the home office, flight planning was always a hassle each morning. Dragging along the earlier type laptop was also a pain and getting weather and putting in a plan at a motel could be a time consuming job.

When Bevan came along with AvPlan EFB it was like a breath of fresh air. We had a portable program that could get us the weather, knock out a flight plan and submit it to NAIPS from anywhere we had wifi or 3G connection to the iPad.

As well as the convenience of flight planning, AvPlan EFB is also a great aid in the cockpit for situational awareness. At the touch of a button we can update weather, check the status of restricted areas, get METARS and even see by colour code which is the active runway.

“I love keeping up with technology and I have used AvPlan EFB from its inception. Initially, it was a raw product but the framework was moulded around the flight plan, which is its strength.

Bevan was always available to assist with any problems. As I came to learn each new component of the product, I’d gather with the team on a Friday night at the Coffs Harbour Aero Club and go through it together. We’d ring Bevan from the bar with our questions and the beauty of the whole thing was that he’d answer the phone and go over the latest features with us. We’ve grown with the thing from Day One,” says Warren, whose latest dalliance was on a recent trip from Kempsey to Coffs Harbour. “I had a chance to see the live traffic in flight conditions. I had Virgin alongside me and RFDS going the other way above me and I could see both their height and speed georeferenced on the moving map.”

On a recent commercial flight from Broome to Sydney, Warren switched on his iPad. “I switched AvPlan EFB on airplane mode and fired her up so I could track the flight. Sitting in my window seat, it worked flawlessly all the way. It was marvelous to have AvPlan EFB on the WAC and looking down from 35,000 feet all the features such as salt pans and rock formations just came alive. I love the view from up top, looking down on the rocks and formations. My favorite part is the red centre; there’s just something about that landscape.

Flying around Australia I have developed a great respect for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the work they do. It’s also comforting to know they’re always there. I count it a privilege to join in the Outback Air Race and to be involved in fundraising for such a worthy cause. AvPlan EFB has sponsored the Outback Air Race by providing each pilot with a subscription. Thanks Bevan and the team. It is a marvelous tool!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk LSALTs

Whenever you plan along an air route, the LSALT (Lowest Safe Altitude) for that published route is automatically entered in your flight plan.  …But what happens when you are planning off-route, like to a private airport?

Well, AvPlan EFB has still got you covered.

If a waypoint entered in your flight plan is not part of a published route, AvPlan EFB will enter the Grid LSALT automatically for you.  You can tell a Grid LSALT because the figure appears in the flight plan within parentheses.  See below:

Grid-LSALTs

These Grid LSALTs will generally be much higher than those calculated by you or the promulgated figures for a published route, but you will certainly be safe!  If you do calculate your own figure, you can tap in the field and overwrite the Grid number.  Once you’ve done this, a small ‘User’ flag will appear next to it.  It’s also worth noting that when you later plan between those two waypoints in a future flight plan, your user entered LSALT will be recalled for you.

Oh, and don’t try to edit published LSALTs.  Well, you can try, but we won’t let you!  🙂

If you are a Pro Upgrade subscriber, you can easily access our handy LSALT calculator tool.  Simply double-tap the leg line on the map to bring it up.  This will draw an RNP2 boundary around it, then display the highest terrain and known obstacle within it.  You can then choose to accept and agree with the computed figure, or calculate your own.

There is also one more convenient place to view current LSALT information whilst in flight: The HUD (Heads Up Display).

LSALT-in-HUD

 

 

 

 

Dynon Skyview version 13

Dynon Skyview version 13 is now available. This software release supports our Australian maps and charts.

For just $99 AUD receive our MegaVFR, IFR maps and geo-referenced airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures and data updates for 1 year (AvPlan EFB are the only supplier of geo-referenced DAP procedures for the Skyview and AFS EFIS units)

Head to our online store at http://www.avplan-efb.com/product-category/digital-charting/  and download your new maps today

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