AvPlan 1.5.4

AvPlan 1.5.4 is now available via the Apple App Store. This release includes the following new features;

  • Direct to navigation
  • New course prediction display
  • Lock screen button
  • Approach timer
  • UTC clock
  • Imports flight plans in GPX format from Command Flight Planner and iVFR.net
Direct To navigation to a point in your current plan is enabled  by tapping and holding on a leg in the flight plan and selecting ‘Direct To’ from the menu which appears. (You will also notice a bunch of other new buttons here, to simplify other tasks). To track direct to any other point, tap the map near that point and tap ‘Direct To’ on the Nearest Items view. Then tap ‘+’ on the row corresponding to the waypoint.
To cancel direct to navigation and activate a leg in the current plan, tap and hold on the leg in the flight plan and select ‘Activate Leg’.
The course prediction display can be enabled by selecting the appropriate menu item on the En Route tab. This will then show the current course, with the location in 2, 5 an 10 minutes displayed as arc’s on the line. The arc’s are 10 degrees in length.
An allowance for approach fuel has been added, and taxi time changed to a taxi fuel allowance.
The updated user manual is available at www.avsoft.com.au/avplan/avplan-user-manual/
We are also excited to announce the impending availability of AvPlan for iPhone. The beta testing team are currently busy trying out all the functionality. This will be available in the coming weeks and will also enable support for wirelessly syncing flight plans between your devices.

Just in time for Christmas

Hi Folks

We are slowing down as the holiday season approaches, and putting the final touches on what will be the last AvPlan release of 2011. In this release we are adding;

  • Direct To navigation.
  • Course prediction pointer on the map
  • You will be able to import flight plans from Command Flight Planner and iVFR.net
  • Added a field for approach fuel allowance, and changed taxi time to just taxi fuel.
  • A button to lock the screen has been added
  • An approach timer has been added to the Terminal pane
  • A UTC clock has been added to the flight plan
In addition there are many small tweaks and improvements as suggested from the pilot community.

AvPlan 1.5.3

AvPlan 1.5.3 is now available via the Apple App Store. This release includes a bunch of new features;

  • Added Sunrise/Sunset calculations, communications details and winds aloft on the Terminal tab
  • Added top of climb, top of descent and PNR annotations on route. PNR is calculated on the return to origin.
  • User fixes can be deleted by tapping on the fix and selecting ‘Delete’ on the menu which appears.
  • New printing capability, located under ‘Flight Planning’. Select plan, weather and charts to be printed/emailed/sent to another app. Forecasts can now be printed.
  • Bulk import user waypoints from a CSV file. See below for the format.
  • Share and download aircraft type models via www.avsoft.com.au/avplan/aircraft-model-database . Aircraft models can now be copied.
  • METAR icons are colour coded for VFR/Low VFR/IFR/Low IFR (blue,green,yellow,red).
  • IFR routes are added using stored routes where specified via Airservices Australia.
  • Improvements to the way the ‘rubber banding’ of routes is handled. Tap and hold anywhere along a route, and when the blue ring appears, drag it to a point to insert a new leg in a route.
During the install the app will update, download and install new databases. This database update sets the app up for some exciting new features which will appear in 2012.
The METAR icons are colour coded as follows;
  • Blue (VFR). Visibility > 8km, Cloud > 3000ft.
  • Green (Marginal VFR). Vis > 5km, Cloud > 1000ft.
  • Yellow (IFR). Vis > 1600m, Cloud > 500ft.
  • Red (Low IFR). Vis < 1600m and Cloud < 500ft.
A CSV file can be imported from an email message into the app. The format of the file is as follows;
Ident, Name,Type,Frequency,Latitude,Longitude,Altitude,Magnetic Variation
(the Type and Frequency values are currently placeholders and will be silently ignored)
Also included are a bundle of bug fixes, performance and stability improvements.
As with all our releases since 1.5, if your trial period has expired, a new version will work for a number of days to give you the chance to see the new features in action.