Global Airspace

AvPlan EFB now includes a global database of controlled and special use airspace. No matter where you fly you can plan to avoid airspace during pre-flight planning and also receive airspace notifications as you fly.

To view airspace as an overlay on the maps, open AvPlan EFB on your device and tap Map Settings, View Items, Airspace to add that overlay.

The airspace database is fully compatible with the AvPlan EFB Virtual Copilot.

No special actions need to be taken to download this database – AvPlan EFB will automatically download and save the required data for the regions you have selected.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Default Aircraft Icon

The Default Aircraft Icon is the icon that is displayed on the map whenever there is no plan currently open.  i.e. your Stored Plans list is visible.

To change your icon, tap Settings > User Settings > Default Aircraft Icon.

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Select the icon you’d like to see, then tap the back button:

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Now, you should see that particular icon whenever you’re in between flight plans!

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Give it a try.

 

Entering Passenger Names

If you simply add a weight to a load station, it’s treated as cargo by AvPlan EFB.  If you wish to add names and weights, the usual way is by tapping the ‘Persons on Board’ text….however there is a short-cut:

Tap Planning > Aircraft Loading/Weight and Balance/Fuel Planning.

Then, instead of tapping the green field, tap the middle of the load station.

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Tapping this area will open up a second field directly below the original.  In this new line, enter the passenger name and their associated weight.  Once you’ve finished entering the name and weight, tap the return key.  The weight will then be entered in the load station, and also the figure in the Persons on Board field will be updated accordingly.

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For subsequent passengers, repeat the above process in the empty line.  Again…Each time you enter a new passenger, the Persons on Board field will be updated accordingly.

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Once you’ve entered your passengers using this method, when you print preview or print the Load Sheet (tap Planning > Print Preview Load Sheet), you’ll see individual passenger names and their associated weights listed.

Give it a try!

 

Printed Flight Plan Options

A new feature that appeared in AvPlan EFB version 6 is the ability to control certain aspects of how your printed flight plan is presented.  Let’s have a look at how it’s done and what options there are…

Firstly, build a new flight plan (….or with an existing flight plan open), tap Planning > Domestic Flight Plan Form.  (Make sure you have at least one waypoint in your flight plan before tapping this option)

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Then, tap the Options button in the top-right corner.

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A menu will appear with some options:

  • Double Spaced:
    • Adds a space between each leg within the flight plan.  This could allow you to add your own figures, or notes to the legs using pen or pencil.

 

  • Stage Headings:
    • Adds an extra line with a clear subheading outlining the beginning of each stage (Look for “STAGE # DETAIL”). An excellent option if you plan multi-stage flights.

 

  • Flight Levels:
    • This option toggles between expressing your planned altitude as a raw number or as a flight level (e.g. 25000 feet would be expressed as F250, or 7500 feet would be A075).

 

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Once you’ve been in and set these options to your requirements, AvPlan EFB will remember them for future flight plans.  No need to change them each time!

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To then print your flight plan, tap Planning > Print/Send.  Make sure at least the Flight Plan is selected with a green tick, then tap the send button in the top right hand corner to send to printer or create an email with the flight plan attached as a PDF document (which you can email to yourself, open on your desktop computer and print from there).

 

Adding a Delay

Got some aerial work you wish to do at/around a particular waypoint?  Wish to add it to the flight plan so the time can be accounted for in fuel calculations, arrival times, etc?  Here’s how to do it!

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  1. Tap the line corresponding to the leg you wish to complete the air work.  This is a short-cut to open the Terminal pane information for that place.
  2. Ensure that the Leg Details tab is selected (if it isn’t already).
  3. Tap in the Delay field and type in the amount of time you plan to do aerial work.  This is in HHMM format – e.g. One hour and fifteen minutes would be entered as 0115.  In the above example, 20 minutes has been entered.  Tap in the Pilot Remarks field and describe the nature of your delay/airwork.  The information in this field is sent as a remark to your local aviation authority when you submit your flight plan so they can have an understanding of your intentions.  Make sure to use the correct phraseology – if in doubt, ask for clarification from the authority for the exact details required in the remarks.

Now that you’ve added this data, the overall times for the flight will be recalculated and amended accordingly.  In AvPlan EFB version 6 and higher, the Delay details will also be included as a separate line item in the printed flight plan page (see below).  Tap Planning > Print/Send to print or email this file.

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Give it a try the next time you are planning some air work.

 

Sharing Your Location With Others

Last week, I touched upon sharing a particular flight plan with friends or loved-ones.  But what if you don’t wish to have to send a flight plan or link each time you take to the sky?  What if you could send a single link to the important people in your life so they can watch any flight you participate in?

Well…With our new AvPlan Cloud’s My Location capability, you can!  Here’s how:

Firstly, you need to log in to the AvPlan Cloud site at www.avplan-efb.com/manage  Your login is the same username and password that you use both within the AvPlan EFB app and the main AvPlan EFB website – no need to have different logins!

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Once logged in, select the My Location option from the list on the left-hand-side of the page.

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The page that opens will contain a large map, showing the last reported location of your tablet whilst running AvPlan EFB or Lite with AvPlan Live option active.  This map is for your own information – it’s not the actual map you’ll share with friends.

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Scroll to the bottom of this page, and you’ll see a Share Link field.  That long URL (or web link) is what you will send to others.  To do so, click in that field and select the entire link.  From there, you can open your email program and paste this link into the body of the email.  Send it to those you wish to see your flight progress each time you fly.

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Your loved-ones will tap on that link, and a glorious full page map window will appear in their web browser.   Tap on the aircraft icon to see your callsign, height and speed information.  While your aircraft is selected, your track from the last 24 hours of your flying is also displayed.

They can bookmark this link and simply return to it each time – no logging in or sharing each flight plan required!  If you move on to a new/different flight plan, the link will still work.

If you no longer wish to have those particular people follow your flight plan, you can return to your AvPlan Cloud page, navigate back to the My Location option and tap the Change Link button (see above).  This will, a) disable the current link and b) generate a brand new randomised link that you can then re-share if you wish.

Remember to enable the AvPlan Live feature on your tablet (Settings > User Settings > AvPlan Live), have the app in Fly mode  and have an internet connection in flight for this feature to work.

Make your loved-ones happy! Try it out on your next flight – it’s a feature available to all AvPlan EFB and AvPlan Lite subscribers.

 

 

 

 

Sharing Your Flight Plan With Others

There may be many times that you’d like to share your flight live with others on the ground.  They could be friends interested in aviation – jealous of your awesome airborne adventures – or they could be loved ones that simply wish to ensure you’re safely making progress to your destination.

Either way, once you’ve put your plan together AvPlan EFB makes sharing your flight live with other people very easy.

To do so, tap the Send/Share icon below the flight log.  From the list, select Email Flight Plan.

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You’ll be presented with a fresh email, containing a screenshot of your map page (so it’s a good idea to zoom out to see the whole plan before sending), a link and a GPX file.  The attached GPX file can be imported into Google Earth for a detailed visualisation of your plan.

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Type in the email address(es) of your intended recipients.  Encourage your friends/loved ones to tap on the hyperlink.  This will take them to a special mini-website for that particular flight plan.  There’s nothing they need to do to start it, as the map will update itself automatically.

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Only people that have the exact link will be able to view this plan.  To make sure that they’ll be able to see your live progress, make sure you have AvPlan Live activated (tap Settings > User Settings > AvPlan Live) and you have a data connection for your iPad/iPhone in the air.

If you happen to tap the Email Flight Plan option and your email doesn’t have a link within it, then do these few steps:

  1. Go to www.avplan-efb.com
  2. Tap My Flights/Login and log in with your AvPlan EFB credentials (the same email address/password you log into the app with)
  3. Find your flight plan in the list and tap the Share option.  When it has been set to the Share mode successfully, you’ll see the option change to Unshare.

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Remember: This method of sharing is on a per plan basis.  When you move on to a different flight plan, your track won’t be shown on this particular shared flight.  If you’d like to have a blanket share option for any plan that doesn’t require a specific sharing process each time, I’ll cover that in a future post.

So, give flight plan sharing a try!

Critical Point

Eagle-eyed PRO Upgrade subscribers may have noticed a new Route Annotation popping up along their flight plan.

It’s a little sign saying CP. What’s it all about, and why should we be interested?

CP stands for Critical Point, or as it’s also referred to – equal time point. It’s the point along the route, when taking into consideration TAS and forecast winds that it will take the same amount of time to proceed to your destination as it would to about-turn and fly back to your departure airport. Note that this point is not the half-way point in your flight plan by mileage, and is not fixed – it may change when flying the same route from day to day. Different wind situations will change this point. For example, if you have a strong forecast headwind all the way to your destination, the Critical Point will sit much closer to your destination than to home.

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One critical point is ok for unpressurised single-engine aircraft… But what if you also need to consider emergency situations in twin-engine or pressurised aircraft?

Now, you can have the critical point calculated for normal cruise, and a reduced speed cruise scenario. For example, it could be single engine performance for a twin, or a lower-level depressurised cruise for a turbine aircraft. You’ll see CP, plus CP 2 at another point along the route.

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To set the dual calculations up, simply work out what your reduced TAS would be. Tap Settings > Aircraft Type Database > [your type] > Basic Performance. Scroll to the bottom of the list – second from the bottom, you will see ‘Reduced TAS (for CP calculations)’. Tap in that field, enter your reduced TAS and tap the return key. Tap the back button (top left of screen: ” < ” symbol) two to three times, until you are prompted to save your changes. Making sure to select Save.

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Now, when you flight plan with that aircraft you should see CP and CP 2 a little further along. CP being the ‘normal cruise’ and CP 2 being the ‘abnormal situation’ calculation.

If you have entered a Reduced TAS accidentally and no longer need the two CP calculations, simply set it to zero and it will return to the single CP.

If you’re a PRO Upgrade subscriber, give this a try!  If not, but you’d like to upgrade to access this and many other advanced features, you can purchase the PRO Upgrade subscription from our Web Store:  http://www.avplan-efb.com/shop/

Traffic Trails

Have you ever been watching traffic on the map and wondered what their next move might be?  Now you can make an educated guess…

New in AvPlan EFB 6.0, double-tapping on a traffic icon will bring up its available previous track.

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Note that the available lengths of the trail depends on the traffic type and how long the iPad has been able to ‘observe’ it.  If you’ve just started AvPlan EFB and tapped on a traffic icon, you’ll only see a very short trail.  If AvPlan EFB has been running for some time, you’ll see much longer trail.  ADSB traffic is only observed for a certain time.

If you’d like to see AvPlan Live traffic, read about turning it on here.

To clear a trail from the map, simply double-tap the traffic icon once again.  The trail will be hidden from view but will continue to be observed for later viewing.

Give it a try!