Command Software

We’re excited to announce that AvSoft Australia (the makers of AvPlan EFB) have acquired the Command Software suite of products. Command’s products are Command Flight Planner and Command Log Book. We will continue to support and develop these products into the foreseeable future and provide the on-going navigation data update subscription services.

We aim to have the current Command Flight Planner product quickly integrated into the AvPlan Cloud, allowing Australian pilots to plan flights on their Windows desktop and wirelessly push flight plans to your iPad running AvPlan EFB, providing a true desktop to mobile integration experience.

Stay tuned for further updates on Command Flight Planner and Command Log Book throughout the coming year.

 Want to purchase or resubscribe to Command Flight Planner? Head to www.commandsoftware.com.au.

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

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.