SkyVector – Web Flight Planning

We’re excited to announce that SkyVector is now integrated into the AvSoft Cloud! You can now prepare a flight plan on your desktop via skyvector.com and with the tap of a button, beam that plan to all your AvPlan EFB devices, wirelessly. When you open AvPlan EFB you will see the new plan on the device as a local flight plan.

AvPlan EFB can then be used to file, brief and then fly your flight, even using SkyVector charts, all offline for use without internet access.

SkyVector is a fantastic site for use on your desktop computer when you need more screen real-estate than that available on your tablet or mobile.

To link SkyVector to AvPlan EFB you need to use the same email address in both systems, and enable AvPlan Cloud Flight Plan Syncing under Settings, User Settings in AvPlan EFB. After you prepare a flight plan in SkyVector, tap the Send button in SkyVector (pictured), select AvPlan EFB and tap Beam

Welcome Europe

AvPlan EFB 7.0 introduces detailed support for pilots flying in and around Europe. We have added detailed VFR and IFR enroute charts (high and low altitude) and geo-referenced airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures. All maps and plates can be saved for offline use (and this is done by region, so even if you divert when in the air you will have the data you need to get to your destination).

Flight Planning

AvPlan EFB can produce complex VFR and IFR flight plans (with IFR plans being verified by Eurocontrol) and even submit a flight plan electronically. After submission the departure time can be quickly amended if required, plus cancelled once you have completed your flight.

Briefings

AvPlan EFB produces a complete briefing pack which is automatically saved on your device and can be referred to when offline (i.e. in flight). The briefing pack includes all en route NOTAM, METAR, TAF, SIGWX, SIGMET, Icing and Winds Aloft.

Flight Plan Filing

File your flight plan electronically via AvPlan EFB, anywhere in the world. AvPlan EFB is the fastest way to create and submit an electronic flight plan on a mobile device.

Weather

AvPlan EFB also includes a detailed list of weather items which can be overlaid on various maps to give you the ultimate in situational awareness;

  • Rain radar (not available in the 1 month free trial)
  • IR Satellite
  • Satellite derived virtual rain radar
  • Freezing level forecast
  • Surface pressure forecast
  • High altitude SIGWX
  • METARs
  • Lightning
  • SIGMET

Additionally, plain text METAR and TAF, Winds aloft and NOTAM are available to view inside the app.

RocketRoute

Are you a RocketRoute subscriber? If so, enter your login details into AvPlan EFB under Settings, User Settings, RocketRoute Details and link AvPlan EFB to your RocketRoute account. Flight plans can then be imported directly from the website, completed plans uploaded and flight plans can be submitted free of charge.

Subscriptions

Download the AvPlan EFB free trial today. This (almost) fully featured trial will run for 30 days (the rain radar and flight plan submission does not work in the free trial). At the completion of the trial AvPlan EFB for Europe is available as an annual subscription and subscribers receive all map and airport information updates every 28 days.

Availability

AvPlan EFB for Europe is available on iOS only at this stage. Support for Android users will come in the coming months.

AvPlan EFB 7.0

We’re excited to announce the release of AvPlan EFB 7.0 which is available in the Apple App Store as a free update for all subscribers. Non-subscribers who have tried AvPlan EFB before can use the new release for 14 days without a new subscription.

The major new features are;

  • Synthetic vision
  • New super fast route editing
  • Support for routing via SIDs, STARs in the USA
  • Active display of ‘hot’ SUA airspace in the USA (MOA, R, etc).
  • Detailed support for Europe
  • Worldwide VFR and IFR charting
  • Worldwide pre-flight briefings and flight plan filing
  • Worldwide SIGMETs
  • CAOs, CARs and CAAPs in Australia
  • Support for the Avidyne IFD 440/540/550

This release is the culmination of over 18 months work on our synthetic vision system. On newer devices (iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 and above) it displays colour coded terrain (turning yellow and red depending on altitude above the ground) waterways, ocean, runways and obstacles. On older devices you will see terrain displayed. Tap the new synthetic vision button on the Enroute pane to display the synthetic vision. Terrain and other required data can be downloaded by tapping the cog icon on the synthetic vision display.

When paired with a compatible AHRS device the synthetic vision system also displays the current aircraft attitude. With no ARHS present the synthetic vision will show the view directly ahead. As a special offer, purchase the Dual XGPS 190 GPS, ADSB-in, AHRS device from our online store and receive a free 1 year subscription (or extension) of AvPlan EFB Premium.

Above the flight plan is our new quick route editing box. Routes can be quickly edited using this box by typing in a new route and re-routing can be quickly achieved using the route selection button.

In the USA we have added support for SIDs and STARs. Routes can be entered using a SID and STAR and the shortest route optimiser now selects the most appropriate SID or STAR. Additionally we have added the capability to display ‘hot’ SUA airspace. These are highlighted as red regions on the maps when enabled under Map Settings, View Items, Active Airspace.

We have added detailed support for the UK and Europe in this release. This includes VFR and IFR charts, geo-referenced airport diagrams and VFR and IFR approaches. Additionally many weather overlay options are available (Decoded TAF and METARs, rain radar, SIGMETs, IR satellite, lightning, SIGWX and more), plus Eurocontrol IFR route verification, pre-flight briefings and flight plan filing. Once filed, even your departure time can be amended inside the app!

Users outside these areas have no been forgotten. We have added VFR and IFR enroute charts for the globe, which can be downloaded and saved for offline use. AvPlan EFB now includes a global database of Airports, Navigation Aids, VFR and IFR waypoints and low and high altitude IFR airways. Additionally you can receive worldwide pre-flight briefings and file a flight plan electronically with AvPlan EFB for just $1.50 USD per plan.

Our global weather capabilities have been further enhanced with a global SIGMET overlay on all charts.

For Australian pilots we have added CAOs, CARs and CAAPs inside the app (under the Text pane). The Text pane has had some enhancements also – you can search for terms in any locally saved document (across AIP, AIP SUP, CAO, CAR or CAAP). This will make finding the relevant piece of knowledge a breeze!

Lastly we have added support for obtaining the GPS position for the app from the IFD 440/540/550. We have also added support for the upcoming 10.2 release to add even more exciting features (to be on display at AirVenture 2016).

We have added a bunch of small improvements and fixes as well;

  • Flight plan/nav log appears at the top of the screen when in portrait orientation
  • You can specify a preference for low or high altitude airways in the aircraft profile
  • New options under Planning to import any filed flight plan (for Pro users). Altitude changes are also imported and applied to the plan
  • New slider control under the Weather selection menu. The opacity of all the weather overlays can be individually changed.
  • New setting under Settings, User Settings, NAIPS Details to enable full text NOTAM for SPFIB briefings
  • Auto-load the terminal pane when flying ‘direct-to’
  • Dynamically change the LSALT/MEA field in the HUD when flying off and airway or direct-to (change to the grid LSALT/MEA when >14 nm off track).
  • Tap the HUD ‘To’ field to go to the Terminal pane for that location
  • When ‘centre on location’ is enabled, panning the screen will unlock it.
  • Fixed disappearing flight plan description
  • Aircraft loading defaults, units and other details are synchronised across your devices
  • Fixed an issue where a SARTIME isn’t sent when entered in the flight plan
  • Lots of fixes for alternates
  • Fixes for fuel loading when multiple tanks are present
  • Fixes for the passenger manifest