AvPlan EFB 7.3.9

AvPlan EFB 7.3.9 is now available in the Apple App Store as a free update for all users.

This release adds support for sending flight plans wirelessly from Command Flight Planner. Users of Command Flight Planner on a Windows PC will soon be able to tap a button and send a completed flight plan into AvPlan EFB on their iPad or iPhone.

Head to www.commandsoftware.com.au to download Command Flight Planner or to update your subscription. A new release of Command Flight Planner will be available in the coming week.

Additionally we have solved the following issues some users had experienced;

  • When you tap on the map with no plan loaded, helicopter landing sites will be an option
  • Fixed a date parsing issue around the beginning of the month
  • European airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures are now geo-referenced and will overlay on the maps.
  • There is a fix for ADSB weather for US pilots.


AvPlan EFB 7.3.8

AvPlan EFB 7.3.8 is now available from the Apple App Store. This release adds;

  • Better support for the Dual XGPS190 and iLevil 3SW (Traffic callsigns).
  • Faster update rate for AvPlan Live traffic (5 seconds, from 15 seconds)
  • Support for TERMA for ADF users

Additionally there are a few fixes for SPFIB briefings for international flight plans.


AvPlan EFB 7.3

We’re pleased to announce that AvPlan EFB 7.3 is now available in the Apple App Store as a free update for all subscribers. This release adds a bunch of new fields for the HUD, a new crosshair display, smaller database download sizes, updates to NZ preflight briefings and more.

The HUD has had a refresh in this release, making the background darker for better contrast. On iPhone an additional view HUD cells are now available.

Additionally we have added a few really useful new fields;

  • Rate of descent to destination (in feet/min)
  • Your ETA at your destination
  • Current QNH (from nearest METAR)
  • Current surface winds (from nearest METAR)

To change a HUD field, use a long press on a cell and the other options can be selected.

We have added a crosshair display on the Enroute (Map) page. These allow you to precisely place user waypoints with reference to a map, satellite view or street map view. Once located, tap on the centre of the crosshairs to add a user waypoint at that location.

User waypoints can also be easily edited in this release. A long press on a user waypoint in the nav log will bring up an edit option. Additionally, when viewing a user waypoint on the Terminal pane you can tap an information button and edit its details there as well.

In this release we have greatly reduced the size and increased the interval between database updates. The sizes have been reduced from 31MB to 8MB for Australia and 11MB down to 2MB for New Zealand. The update interval is also increased to align with the data update cycle from Airservices Australia (every 3 months) and Airways NZ (every 2 months). In the USA and Europe (and elsewhere) the update frequency is still every 28 days.

New Zealand pilots have access to the new IFIS briefing options (METAR, TAF, ARFOR) under Planning. The areas for your route will be automatically selected when accessing a pre-flight briefing. Your IFIS login can be entered under Settings, User Settings. Additionally, NZ pilots will see the airport ATIS under Terminal.

The following minor improvements and fixes have also been implemented;

  • Delay times for a flight plan leg are displayed as n+n (enroute time, delay time) in the nav log
  • When ‘fade to black’ is activated the screen is still visible and a message is displayed
  • The LSALT calculator now understands previous legs to draw the correct DR boundary
  • An LSALT/MEA can be calculated on a direct to leg
  • The map will zoom to the plan when the departure or destination change in the plan quick edit panel.
  • Center on location will remain turned on (and bounce back) when map is zoomed. The map will automatically unlock when panned.
  • The distance and bearing to a location is displayed in the Nearest Items display when you tap on the map. The last selected item (All, Airports, Navaids etc) is remembered
  • Fixed an issue some users were experiencing with times being displayed in 12 hour format
  • Fixed an issue some users were experiencing with black background fields in some printouts
  • Fixed an issue where using some stored routes would add duplicate waypoints
  • Tuned the VFR LSALT calculator to use a fixed 10nm boundary
  • Fixed an issue with abeam points being displayed in the HUD
  • A plan is created when you try and edit a simple direct-to
  • The glide planner and glide range correctly understands water
  • Lots of layout fixes on iPhone
  • Fix plate rotation on Terminal so a small rotation bounces back to the correct orientation
  • Fixed intermittent GPS issues with external ADSB receivers
  • Fixed an issue with aircraft syncing when syncing was disabled. Refresh buttons are also not present when syncing is disabled.
  • Resolved an issue with may cause an intermittent ‘Subscription Expired’ message

As usual if you have any questions please contact us and we will be happy to assist.

Referral Programme 2016

We’re happy to announce our new referral programme for 2016 for Australian and US subscribers*. Refer someone to AvPlan EFB and when they become a subscriber you will both receive an additional 3 months on your subscription*. Refer as many people as you like.

Head to http://www.avplan-efb.com/refer-friend-avplan-efb/ to refer a friend to AvPlan EFB today.

The offer is valid for AvPlan EFB subscriptions in Australia and the USA, and excludes the AOPA and Country Airstrip Guide upgrades.


Infrastructure upgrades

This weekend the AvPlan EFB devops team completed a major upgrade to the supporting computing infrastructure that powers AvPlan EFB. Over the past few months customer growth has increased dramatically, bringing forward our infrastructure changes for 2016.

The transition to the new platform which is much more highly scalable than before was completed with the minimum of disturbance to end users. We’re now set up to deliver some really exciting additions which are coming really soon.

Great work team!

Australian ARFOR changes

Today, 10th November 2016, there are some changes going live to Australian ARFOR. The winds aloft in the ARFOR now only extends to 10,000ft (where it was 20,000ft previously). Additionally, ARFORs will not be amended, but AIRMETs will be issued for significant weather changes.

AvPlan EFB 7.2 automatically uses grid winds above 10,000ft.

For more information see http://www.bom.gov.au/aviation/product-changes/

AvPlan EFB 7.2

AvPlan EFB 7.2 is now available in the Apple App Store. This update brings live AIP-SUP for Australian users. Within hours of a new AIP SUP being posted on the Airservices Website it will be available within AvPlan EFB on the Text pane. Additionally, AIP SUP for an airport will also appear on the Terminal pane for that airport.

AIP SUP will also automatically download and save on your device for offline use.

AvPlan EFB 7.2 also includes a worldwide winds aloft database. Flights can be planned anywhere and AvPlan EFB will have winds aloft information up to 48 hours in the future. To see future winds, update the departure time in your flight plan and AvPlan EFB will automatically use the appropriate winds.


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

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.