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Star your STARs!

Have you wished you can have particular plates or taxi diagrams handy, regardless of what airport you’re viewing in the Terminal pane? Here’s how you can do it!

Tap Terminal, then select the book icon in the top right of the screen.

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You’ll see a list of all documents connected to the currently selected airport on the right; on the left, a list of all airports in the database.

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To the right of each document, you’ll notice some hollow star icons.  Tapping the text will take you directly to that document, however tapping the star icon will elevate it up to the Favorites section.

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This feature can be handy for any pilot, but particularly for IFR pilots. You can set up the taxi diagram, SID, STAR then Approach and taxi diagram.  All in the one spot!

To remove any starred documents, simply tap the star icon once again and it will return to the regular list.

Full Screen Flight Log

Full Screen Flight Log

The interactive electronic flight log has always been one of the core features of AvPlan EFB.  An option recently added to the growing list of personalisation settings includes the ability to select between the original flight log design (on the left in landscape mode or top/bottom in portrait mode) and a full-screen mode.

To enable this feature, tap Settings > User Settings > Full Screen Flight Plan.

Enable Full Screen Flight Plan

When enabled, an extra option appears in the lower section of the screen: Flight Plans. The flight log has its own tab.

Flight Plans

The Hide/Show Flight Log button still works as a shortcut from the other tabs directly to the Flight Plans tab:

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You can cycle through the active leg in the flight plan (i.e. the TO field) by using the up and down arrow buttons.

Active Leg Step

There’s also a new RMK column.  Any delay or air work intentions sent to ATC from your flight plan will be displayed here:

RMKs

To enter these comments, tap the corresponding row in the flight log (this will take you to the Terminal Page for that place), and under the Leg Details tab, type your delay time and Pilot Remarks.

Pilot Remarks

Eagle-eyed pilots will also note that there’s an extra column: Fuel.  The upper box gives the planned fuel burned for the leg, and the lower box displays a progressive planned fuel burned from takeoff.  Pilots that have used AvPlan EFB on the iPhone or 12″ iPad Pro will already be used to seeing this column.

Not all pilots will like the separate tab, but many others will love the extra space a whole screen option brings.  Give it a try today, if you haven’t already!

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Is Your Airspace Active?

As well as the usual active airspace regions (military airspace, etc) pilots are used to seeing around their region that have fairly regular and predictable times, there’s also many other types that can ‘pop up’. It’s important to know how to find out information about them, and wether they need to be avoided now or in the future.

So, as a quick reminder how to turn on Active Airspace:

From the EnRoute page, tap the Map Settings button.

Map Settings Icon

Tap View Items.

Scroll down and place a tick next to Active Airspace.

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They can be displayed on any map type – VFR, IFR, Satellite, Open Street Map…

Red regions are currently active. Double-tap within a piece of airspace on the map, then select it from the list to read more about it.  NZ pilots, be aware of this example of rocket testing taking place on the Mahia Peninsula:

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USA pilots, be aware of wildfire TFRs that can pop up without notice. Keep well clear so the awesome firefighting teams can safely do their important work:

Wildfire TFR

Some regions may require checking by the pilot because the NOTAM is too complicated to teach a computer to automatically interpret it. In that case we err on the side of caution and display the region as red:

State: Check

Yellow regions are upcoming Temporary Flight Restriction or Danger areas.  These might include Stadium or Presidential TFRs in the USA, or in Australia pilots might notice long (usually) skinny regions that are military Low Jet Routes (LJR).

Low Jet Routes

Above is an example of both a future LJR and one that is currently active.  These can also be double-tapped to read the NOTAM details.  They’re a good idea to avoid when red, as you might have a visit from a fighter jet!

As of AvPlan 7.5.3, Australian pilots will also notice that military CTRs will now display active and deactive.

If you haven’t been connected to the internet for a while, and AvPlan EFB is not currently aware of the status of airspace, it will display as grey (see below).  Connect your iPad to data, and they should update within a minute or two.

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Once the active validity time has passed for a piece of airspace, the regions will automatically disappear from the map.

So, the team at AvPlan EFB recommend turning on Active Airspace and leaving it on.  It’s handy information to know!