Last week my wife and I returned from a trip to Perth. The return trip included Caiguna Roadhouse, Border Village, Coober Pedy, William Ck,, Lake Eyre, Wilpena Pound and Broken Hill. Having only recently returned to flying after about a 10 year lapse, I found the trip almost too easy to believe. As this was the first time I had used Avplan away from my home base on any significant flight, it gave me a good opportunity to really use the software and its many features. The ability to lodge SARTIMEs from the cockpit, easily navigate around areas of poor weather, orientate ourselves for circuit entry at non-controlled airstrips and stay on the right area frequency significantly reduced my workload and allowed me to enjoy the trip much more than previous trips.
PS: We had all the maps and charts for the trip and carried a backup iPad and had the software on my iPhone . The aircraft also was equipped with a Garmin 430 (but much harder to program/change and see).
Great product and, with an iPad, unnervingly accurate!
Whilst working on the recent NSW and QLD floods, I found AvPlan to be invaluable for our search and rescue operations. In addition to traditional airmanship methods, AvPlan provided outstanding situational awareness in poor weather conditions and allowed us to co ordinate multiple missions ‘on the run’ increasing our utilisation and response times. The various government agencies all commented on the assistance the iPad and AvPlan have provided.
Avplan proved invaluable on Monday fighting through solid IMC for 2.5 hours. Entering IMC before TOC out of YGTH on route to BK. Planned thru rugby but watching weather build request divert direct to WATLE. Again weather cells built as we approached, divert to KAT approved. Global lightning overlay proved this a very wise decision. Eventually back visual between KAT and YSRI.