AvPlan In Flight

A few weeks back I made a flight which illustrates the power of using AvPlan for pre-flight planning and its use in flight. The flight was from Bankstown in NSW down to Moorabbin in Victoria, with a landing at Tumut. The route from Tumut to Moorabbin was via Albury and Eildon Weir. The weather was interesting. Multiple overlapping SIGMET’s were active (see picture on the left) but the app made interpreting where they were very easy. ML08 was a SIGMET for severe turbulence below 8000ft (strength decreasing from the west), and ME09 was for severe ice above FL150. The app made it easy to visualise that these areas would not be affecting our route.

The forecast also called for some rain and possible thunderstorms in the Melbourne area, so soon after we departed Tumut I reviewed the weather radar and lightning display to get an idea of the current weather conditions. This showed a line of thunderstorms forming just to the east of Melbourne, slowly moving towards my planned track from Albury to Moorabbin.

Before reaching Albury I used AvPlan to re-route my flight. Tapping and holding on the waypoints, I updated the routing visually on the map. Then I contacted Albury tower and gave them revised routing via Corowa, Echuca, CANTY, Melbourne to Moorabbin. The app calculated revised ETA’s for each waypoint using forecast winds, and told me my revised route added another 15 minutes, so I knew I had enough fuel for the revised route. We then proceeded to fly the revised plan, cutting the corner on the Corowa, Echuca,CANTY leg when it was clear we could remain clear of the weather.

On descent into Moorabbin we could see the line of storms to our left, but out flight proceeded without incident – we saw no turbulence and no cloud. This was all achieved without any fancy equipment onboard the aircraft. All I used was AvPlan and the Telstra 3G network.  This flight is a perfect illustration of the power that AvPlan brings you for both pre-flight planning and in-flight decision making.

Other Avionics

With the introduction of the ICAO flight plan 2012 changes, there are some additional information required when specifying ‘Z’ or ‘G’ in your list of avionics.

When you choose one of these options, under PBN codes will appear a section titled ‘Other Avionics’. This field can be used to specify the required additional information.

AOPA Safety Seminar, Adelaide

On Saturday, 17 November 2012 AOPA will be holding a free aviation safety seminar in Adelaide. Come along to Flight Training Adelaide at 9am, and hear from a range of speakers, including AvPlan’s Bevan Anderson on iPad’s and their use in the cockpit.

This is a free event, and all are welcome.

AvPlan Flight Plan Submission Outage

With regret we need to inform you that from 1800 UTC on November 10 flight plan submission from AvPlan will not function until Apple approve AvPlan 2.1.2. At that time AsA will switch NAIPS to accepting only flight plans in the new ICAO 2012 format. This includes the interface AvPlan uses to send flight plans.

We were finally provided a test environment for these changes by AsA at 3pm on November 7. We did the necessary testing and submitted a revised app to Apple on Thursday but Apple will not release it in time to meet the 10th of November deadline. Apple’s usual turn around is 7-10 days, so expect to see AvPlan 2.1.2 in the App Store by the weekend of the 17th of November.

Weather forecast downloads and all other functions will operate as normal.

When AvPlan 2.1.2 is released, flight plan submission will function once again.