iOS 10.1

AvPlan EFB testing against iOS 10.1 has been completed and now has the all clear. Please feel free to upgrade at your convenience.

As always, we recommend you upgrading one device at a time, and refrain from upgrading if you are about to immediately depart on a trip outside internet access.

AvPlan EFB 7.1.1

AvPlan EFB 7.1.1 is now available from the Apple App Store. This is a bug fix release fixing;

  • Live traffic will be more reliable when the app resumes from the background
  • Upper level winds will refresh properly
  • Fix sticky keyboard when editing user waypoints, loading and aircraft ptofiles
  • Lots of SARTIME fixes in Australia. Clarified what ‘Cancel flight plan’ really means vs cancelling a SARTIME.
  • When sending a NOSEND plan in Australia you see the NOSEND is set when going back into the flight plan submit page (as a bit more feedback that you havent sent a real plan)
  •  Flight plan appears in the correct place when launched in portrait orientation
  • Taxi and approach fuel state will sync properly
  • Fix flight plan printout on iOS 10
  • Dynon SkyView and Syn Vision fixes
  • Fix chart annotations when a non-pro license is used

PIREPs

AvPlan EFB 7.1 brings pilot in-flight reports (PIREPs) to our customers. PIREPs are updated via the internet, ADSB (USA Only) or satellite (when connected via GlobalStar). PIREPs are short, inflight weather reports generated for pilots for use in flight or for re-flight planning. PIREPs are an excellent tool for communicating current in flight conditions to other pilots which will help everyone to know ‘what is happening ahead’.

To view PIREPs, open AvPlan EFB and on the Enroute pane, tap Map SettingsView ItemsPilot Reports.

AvPlan EFB represents a PIREP by a simple map icon showing the weather condition (turbulence or icing) and the altitude. Double tap on the PIREP to view the full text. This may include cloud, turbulence and icing levels, current wind. Additionally, a plain text field is available for general remarks.

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Our friends at MzeroA have a great post about interpreting PIREPs. PIREPs always contain the location of the report, altitude, aircraft type and time. The rest is a series of optional elements representing turbulence, icing, wind, cloud and remarks.

To submit a PIREP, tap on the map where you wish to submit the report. Tap ‘Submit PIREP’ from the Nearest Item window which appears. A form will be displayed. You can select the weather phenomenon, add the current altitude, winds, cloud and remarks and then submit it. Once you tap Submit it will be almost instantly available to all other AvPlan EFB users (assuming they have some form of network connectivity). No personal information (such as aircraft callsign, name etc) is transmitted.

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In the USA your PIREPs will be forwarded on to NOAA and available to all other users (regardless of EFB platform etc) within minutes.

 

AvPlan EFB 7.1

AvPlan EFB 7.1 is now available from the Apple App Store as a free update for all users. This release delivers ground breaking capability to pilots regardless of where they fly.

We have added the ability to annotate all maps, airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures. Free hand annotations can be added in any colour, transparency or pen thickness. Additionally, text based annotations can be added in a variety of fonts, sizes and colours. Once added, text annotations can be also moved around the screen for precise placement.

These annotations will also seamlessly sync to all your other devices running AvPlan EFB, when signed into the AvPlan Cloud. Annotations can also be exported and imported to other peoples devices via AirDrop or email.

This capability allows you to share very custom information with any user with the touch of a button. DAP pages can be annotated with NOTAM changes and shared with all other pilots within your organisation saving a huge amount of time. Local procedures can be drawn up on a map and shared with all visiting pilots to your home ALA.

Tap Map Settings, Edit Map to annotate a map, or tap the Draw icon under Terminal to annotate an airport diagram or approach plate.

The second major change in AvPlan EFB is the addition of pilot inflight weather reports (PIREPs). PIREPs are commonly used in the USA to communicate localised conditions, and AvPlan EFB supports that system in the USA. PIREPs that are created with AvPlan EFB are sent to NOAA and will appear in all briefing products.

Elsewhere, the PIREP system is localised to AvPlan EFB. Tap on your location and select ‘Submit PIREP’ from the Nearest Items window. This is a form which allows various weather phenomenon to be added. Tap Submit and this report will be instantly shared with all other AvPlan EFB users.

View PIREPs by tapping Map Settings, View Items, Pilot Reports within AvPlan EFB. PIREPs submitted by others will appear for 2 hours before they are purged from the system.

The PIREP system within AvPlan EFB is an excellent way of communicating localised weather conditions to your fellow pilots.

The LSALT calculator tool has had a major renovation. It now allows RNP2 (5nm), Night VFR (10nm) or the traditional methods of LSALT calculations to be used. Additionally, you can now override a designated route LSALT with one calculated by this tool (you will be warned, but it still can be overridden).

The last major change to AvPlan EFB 7.1 is the Notepad. The notepad now also allows a range of colours, pen thicknesses or transparency to be used. These notes also synchronise with all your devices in real time.

AvPlan EFB 7.1 also includes the following minor changes and fixes;

  • FIR crossing times are populated when filing an international plan via NAIPS
  • Fix an issue when long company names result in a NAIPS error
  • Launch to the map screen by default on iPhone
  • Fix flight plan title printout when alternates are present

AvPlan EFB 7.1 is yet another demonstration to our commitment to invest heavily in our product and make your flying safer, efficient and you a more confident pilot.