L3 Lynx ADSB Transponder support

AvPlan EFB now includes support for the L3 Lynx series of transponders. These magnificent units combine a Mode S transponder with 1090ES ADSB-out and ADSB-in (both 1090ES and 976 UAT). These transponders can be connected to a multi function display to display weather (USA only) and traffic, or connected to AvPlan EFB via wifi.

The ‘+’ series (NGT9000+, NGT9000D+) also have active traffic, so you will also see other non ADSB equipped aircraft (with Mode-S or Mode-C transponders) on your MFD and AvPlan EFB displays.

See the AvPlan Omni page for a full list of external devices with AvPlan EFB, and see the L3 Lynx page for more details on their series of transponders.

AvPlan EFB 6.1.1

Today we have released AvPlan EFB 6.1.1 as a free update for all users. Mostly this is a maintenance release, however we have changed the way you can insert user waypoints into a flight plan.

Now, by default a waypoint is created with a Latitude and Longitude name; you are not required to name a waypoint and then insert it into the flight plan. If you wish to name the waypoints that are created, this can be done under Planning, User Waypoints.

Additionally we have fixed the following issues;

  • Fixed an issue which stopped PDF documents being opened from DropBox
  • The state of the animated weather overlays is remembered across launches (so you don’t need to turn it on again)
  • We now do not assume that holding, approach fuel is burned when planing the fuel state for subsequent stages of your flight plan
  • Fixed an issue on iOS7&8 when tapping on a SIGMET
  • Fixed some issues decoding certain METARs

Printed Flight Plan Options

A new feature that appeared in AvPlan EFB version 6 is the ability to control certain aspects of how your printed flight plan is presented.  Let’s have a look at how it’s done and what options there are…

Firstly, build a new flight plan (….or with an existing flight plan open), tap Planning > Domestic Flight Plan Form.  (Make sure you have at least one waypoint in your flight plan before tapping this option)

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Then, tap the Options button in the top-right corner.

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A menu will appear with some options:

  • Double Spaced:
    • Adds a space between each leg within the flight plan.  This could allow you to add your own figures, or notes to the legs using pen or pencil.

 

  • Stage Headings:
    • Adds an extra line with a clear subheading outlining the beginning of each stage (Look for “STAGE # DETAIL”). An excellent option if you plan multi-stage flights.

 

  • Flight Levels:
    • This option toggles between expressing your planned altitude as a raw number or as a flight level (e.g. 25000 feet would be expressed as F250, or 7500 feet would be A075).

 

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Once you’ve been in and set these options to your requirements, AvPlan EFB will remember them for future flight plans.  No need to change them each time!

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To then print your flight plan, tap Planning > Print/Send.  Make sure at least the Flight Plan is selected with a green tick, then tap the send button in the top right hand corner to send to printer or create an email with the flight plan attached as a PDF document (which you can email to yourself, open on your desktop computer and print from there).

 

Adding a Delay

Got some aerial work you wish to do at/around a particular waypoint?  Wish to add it to the flight plan so the time can be accounted for in fuel calculations, arrival times, etc?  Here’s how to do it!

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  1. Tap the line corresponding to the leg you wish to complete the air work.  This is a short-cut to open the Terminal pane information for that place.
  2. Ensure that the Leg Details tab is selected (if it isn’t already).
  3. Tap in the Delay field and type in the amount of time you plan to do aerial work.  This is in HHMM format – e.g. One hour and fifteen minutes would be entered as 0115.  In the above example, 20 minutes has been entered.  Tap in the Pilot Remarks field and describe the nature of your delay/airwork.  The information in this field is sent as a remark to your local aviation authority when you submit your flight plan so they can have an understanding of your intentions.  Make sure to use the correct phraseology – if in doubt, ask for clarification from the authority for the exact details required in the remarks.

Now that you’ve added this data, the overall times for the flight will be recalculated and amended accordingly.  In AvPlan EFB version 6 and higher, the Delay details will also be included as a separate line item in the printed flight plan page (see below).  Tap Planning > Print/Send to print or email this file.

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Give it a try the next time you are planning some air work.

 

AvPlan EFB 6.1

Today we have released AvPlan EFB 6.1 as a free update for all subscribers. This release adds;

  • Plain text SIGMET for Australian subscribers
  • Support for the bluetooth Dual XGPS 170 & 190 ADSB receivers.
  • New ‘false colour’ IR satellite overlay

Australian SIGMETs are now available in both decoded and raw form. Turn on the SIGMET overlay under Weather on EnRoute. Tap on a SIGMET to view. Be aware that these are now colour coded as well, orange for turbulence/thunderstorms and blue for icing.

We have added support for the bluetooth Dual XGPS 170 & 190 ADSB receivers. The XGPS170 is a single band ADSB-in device which provides traffic and weather in the USA only. The XGPS 190 is a dual band unit, which will work with the Australian 1090es system, has weather in the USA and also has an AHRS to provide backup attitude information.

Our IR satellite overlay has had a major makeover. Previously it was useful to show where clouds were (and weren’t), we have now added ‘else colour’ to the imagery. This now provides the temperature of the cloud tops, and therefor an indication of the height of the cloud.

Additionally we have added a bunch of smaller improvements and fixes;

  • Fix for ADSB traffic in the southern hemisphere
  • Fixes for the Sagetech Clarity ADSB receiver
  • Map icons will rotate correctly when in Heading Up mode
  • Fixes for misplaced radar controls on iPhone
  • Track logs now handle crossing the 180 meridian
  • Fixes for airspace highlighting, so it doesn’t happen when airspace notifications are disabled
  • Fixes for the Weight and Balance page when device is in portrait orientation and keyboard appears
  • Fixed an issue with submitting IFR plans in New Zealand
  • Pilot phone number is now sent with IFR plans in New Zealand
  • Fixes for the iPad Pro
  • Fix for the intermittent issue where the close button doesn’t correctly close a plan
  • Fix for the Direct-To window
  • Correctly update the flight plan ATA for the arrival airport on landing
  • Fix for the flight plan import function so it doesn’t get confused about flight level or TAS changes
  • When winds are disabled, don’t download wind forecasts in NZ
  • Autorouter fixes to better handle on-airport navaids
  • New user setting to delete all user waypoints (look in the Settings app)
  • Print ‘end of list’ on the PRD display when no PRDs are present in the report

 

Sharing Your Location With Others

Last week, I touched upon sharing a particular flight plan with friends or loved-ones.  But what if you don’t wish to have to send a flight plan or link each time you take to the sky?  What if you could send a single link to the important people in your life so they can watch any flight you participate in?

Well…With our new AvPlan Cloud’s My Location capability, you can!  Here’s how:

Firstly, you need to log in to the AvPlan Cloud site at www.avplan-efb.com/manage  Your login is the same username and password that you use both within the AvPlan EFB app and the main AvPlan EFB website – no need to have different logins!

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Once logged in, select the My Location option from the list on the left-hand-side of the page.

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The page that opens will contain a large map, showing the last reported location of your tablet whilst running AvPlan EFB or Lite with AvPlan Live option active.  This map is for your own information – it’s not the actual map you’ll share with friends.

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Scroll to the bottom of this page, and you’ll see a Share Link field.  That long URL (or web link) is what you will send to others.  To do so, click in that field and select the entire link.  From there, you can open your email program and paste this link into the body of the email.  Send it to those you wish to see your flight progress each time you fly.

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Your loved-ones will tap on that link, and a glorious full page map window will appear in their web browser.   Tap on the aircraft icon to see your callsign, height and speed information.  While your aircraft is selected, your track from the last 24 hours of your flying is also displayed.

They can bookmark this link and simply return to it each time – no logging in or sharing each flight plan required!  If you move on to a new/different flight plan, the link will still work.

If you no longer wish to have those particular people follow your flight plan, you can return to your AvPlan Cloud page, navigate back to the My Location option and tap the Change Link button (see above).  This will, a) disable the current link and b) generate a brand new randomised link that you can then re-share if you wish.

Remember to enable the AvPlan Live feature on your tablet (Settings > User Settings > AvPlan Live), have the app in Fly mode  and have an internet connection in flight for this feature to work.

Make your loved-ones happy! Try it out on your next flight – it’s a feature available to all AvPlan EFB and AvPlan Lite subscribers.