Full Screen Flight Log

The interactive electronic flight log has always been one of the core features of AvPlan EFB.  An option recently added to the growing list of personalisation settings includes the ability to select between the original flight log design (on the left in landscape mode or top/bottom in portrait mode) and a full-screen mode.

To enable this feature, tap Settings > User Settings > Full Screen Flight Plan.

Enable Full Screen Flight Plan

When enabled, an extra option appears in the lower section of the screen: Flight Plans. The flight log has its own tab.

Flight Plans

The Hide/Show Flight Log button still works as a shortcut from the other tabs directly to the Flight Plans tab:


You can cycle through the active leg in the flight plan (i.e. the TO field) by using the up and down arrow buttons.

Active Leg Step

There’s also a new RMK column.  Any delay or air work intentions sent to ATC from your flight plan will be displayed here:


To enter these comments, tap the corresponding row in the flight log (this will take you to the Terminal Page for that place), and under the Leg Details tab, type your delay time and Pilot Remarks.

Pilot Remarks

Eagle-eyed pilots will also note that there’s an extra column: Fuel.  The upper box gives the planned fuel burned for the leg, and the lower box displays a progressive planned fuel burned from takeoff.  Pilots that have used AvPlan EFB on the iPhone or 12″ iPad Pro will already be used to seeing this column.

Not all pilots will like the separate tab, but many others will love the extra space a whole screen option brings.  Give it a try today, if you haven’t already!


Is Your Airspace Active?

As well as the usual active airspace regions (military airspace, etc) pilots are used to seeing around their region that have fairly regular and predictable times, there’s also many other types that can ‘pop up’. It’s important to know how to find out information about them, and wether they need to be avoided now or in the future.

So, as a quick reminder how to turn on Active Airspace:

From the EnRoute page, tap the Map Settings button.

Map Settings Icon

Tap View Items.

Scroll down and place a tick next to Active Airspace.


They can be displayed on any map type – VFR, IFR, Satellite, Open Street Map…

Red regions are currently active. Double-tap within a piece of airspace on the map, then select it from the list to read more about it.  NZ pilots, be aware of this example of rocket testing taking place on the Mahia Peninsula:

Rocket Testing NZ

USA pilots, be aware of wildfire TFRs that can pop up without notice. Keep well clear so the awesome firefighting teams can safely do their important work:

Wildfire TFR

Some regions may require checking by the pilot because the NOTAM is too complicated to teach a computer to automatically interpret it. In that case we err on the side of caution and display the region as red:

State: Check

Yellow regions are upcoming Temporary Flight Restriction or Danger areas.  These might include Stadium or Presidential TFRs in the USA, or in Australia pilots might notice long (usually) skinny regions that are military Low Jet Routes (LJR).

Low Jet Routes

Above is an example of both a future LJR and one that is currently active.  These can also be double-tapped to read the NOTAM details.  They’re a good idea to avoid when red, as you might have a visit from a fighter jet!

As of AvPlan 7.5.3, Australian pilots will also notice that military CTRs will now display active and deactive.

If you haven’t been connected to the internet for a while, and AvPlan EFB is not currently aware of the status of airspace, it will display as grey (see below).  Connect your iPad to data, and they should update within a minute or two.

Unknown Status PRD

Once the active validity time has passed for a piece of airspace, the regions will automatically disappear from the map.

So, the team at AvPlan EFB recommend turning on Active Airspace and leaving it on.  It’s handy information to know!

Australian GAF Updates

Military CTRs

At-a-glance METARs

The METAR Overlay on the EnRoute map has been available in AvPlan EFB for a few years now, however what happens if you’re not looking at the map at the time?  …or even that part of the map?  AvPlan EFB now displays the METAR status in the flight log:


Not all waypoints will have a METAR dot, but if there is a METAR station associated with the waypoint you’ll automatically see it depicted in your flight log.  They will update at as the METARs get updated.

Tap on the row of a waypoint and tap MET to see the full METAR/SPECI details.


For a quick reminder of how to decode the colours:

Green (VFR). Visibility >8km, Cloud >3000ft AGL.

Blue (Marginal VFR). Visibility >5km, Cloud >1000ft AGL.

Yellow (IFR). Visibility  >1600m, Cloud >500ft AGL.

Red (Low IFR). Visibility  <1600m, Cloud <500ft AGL.

• METARs with unknown or missing data (some only collect wind and/or QNH) are displayed as grey icons.

AvPlan EFB 7.5.2

AvPlan EFB 7.5.2 is now available from the App Store. This maintenance release corrects the following issues and enhancements;

  • Better support for the new iPhone X
  • Correct a few minor issues with the new GAF display under Weather.
  • NAIPS charts are now all high resolution only. We have corrected some rotation issues with some of these charts as well, so they all will display in the correct orientation.
  • When cancelling a download in progress, the section will not be marked to update if it is the only download downloaded.
  • Lots of minor tweaks to the Avidyne IFD 440/540/550 interface


Chart NOTAM: Melbourne TAC

Airservices Australia have notified that there is an issue with the Melbourne TAC which was valid from the 9th of November 2019. Some of the airspace is missing from this chart.

We are awaiting a new chart from Airservices, and in the interim it is recommended that all users enable the Airspace Overlay within AvPlan EFB (Map Settings -> View Items). This will draw the missing airspace over the chart.

Update: 1-12-2017 The updated TAC chart and Enroute Low section for South East Australia is now available for download.

AvPlan EFB 7.5.1

AvPlan EFB 7.5

Australian Graphical Area Forecasts