AvPlan EFB for iOS version 7.9.7 is now available from the App Store. In this release we have improved the flight plan interface to Garmin Avionics (via Garmin Pilot). Additionally there are fixes for some flight planning issues and an issue with black boxes being printed on the nav log when the device is in Dark Mode.
Moorabbin, Vic March 2020 – AvSoft Australia, the developers of AvPlan EFB, have today announced the launch of ok2fly. Ok2fly is a new website for remote piloted aircraft systems which will tell you if you and your drone are ok2fly.
Ok2fly is only app for remote pilots that accurately depicts all operational requirements, no matter the time of day, the type of operation or changes in airspace. Ok2fly is fully approved and integrated into the CASA RPAS platform to ensure you have the most up-to-date information at your fingertips.
Ok2fly developer Peter Derrick says, “After CASA decided not to proceed with the development of a replacement for the now discontinued Can I Fly There app, and because we were already delivering planning solutions to professional drone pilots, we decided that we could easily fill the gap in the market.
“Given our experience with professional drone, general aviation and commercial pilots we knew that they are very detail oriented,” he continues. ”Therefore, for them to want to use the app, the app would need to provide the user with the information they require to fly their drones as safely as possible.”
As a CASA Part 175 certified data provider AvSoft were uniquely placed to provide the information needed to fill the basic data requirements of the app, but based on our electronic flight bag and recent digital mapping efforts the company was also able to provide a more comprehensive tool for drone pilots to use.
This includes :
- real-time activation of restriction and danger areas
- automatic visualisation of NOTAMs effecting drone operation
- drill down on restricted, danger and visual NOTAMs
- extended radius review of the drone flight area
- detailed reporting beyond a basic yes I can or no I can’t fly
- reduced clutter by minimising the overlap of objects
- making sure that spatial rules effecting whether a drone can be flown at a location are clearly depicted
- automatically providing links to supplemental decision-making information
“There’s actually a lot more to come,” says Peter. “Users have been providing great feedback to us, so there are some new items in the enhancement list thanks to our users.”
In the future, ok2fly will incude:
- high resolution terrain map
- radio frequency data
- additional restriction/danger information
- additional airspace display options
- continued refinement of existing functionality
- and, of course, mobile versions
For more information visit https://ok2fly.com.au
Since AvPlan EFB was launched in 2011, we have helped thousands of pilots transition from paper maps to electronic flight bags. We’ve heard every possible question and still wait to hear one we would consider invalid.
We appreciate that every pilot uses their EFB differently; some transition slowly, keeping paper maps as a back-up, others take one giant leap into electronic land. Some like every feature we build switched on and others prefer to keep it simple.
One thing I have noticed, time and time again, is that users who don’t feel more than 50% comfortable using the app tend to get caught in an EFB no-man’s land – they’re happy to use their EFB for flight planning on the ground, but are nervous about using it in flight in case they accidentally tap something and lose their map.
While we encourage all new users, or those transitioning from another EFB, to experiment with AvPlan on the ground, the most invaluable way to become comfortable using the app is to take it flying in the right hand seat.
Despite being a relatively confident user myself (as you would expect of an AvPlan team member) when I had the opportunity of a right hand seat trip in a Cirrus last week, I jumped at the chance. A DAME friend – and ex-Qantas pilot – invited me along as he flew his regional route from Bankstown to Mudgee, Temora and Cowra.
As it was a 40 degree day, we both experienced iPad overheating and although we had five devices between us AND a full Avidyne glass cockpit, it was an interesting lesson in the importance of back-up. It was also a great chance for me to break out the tablet and trial our Android version, which was a perfect back-up for the trip to Cowra. I noticed with interest that the tablet didn’t overheat once and decided there and then to keep a cheap Samsung back up device with me on all summer trips.
As a VFR pilot, I am incredibly comfortable with AvPlan in the cockpit for my own personal flying, but I seldom get the chance to experience an IFR flight alongside a professional pilot, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of using AvPlan with a little in-flight pressure.
The return leg from Temora to Cowra and back to Bankstown was entirely in IMC, and the right hand seat experience gave me an opportunity to practice diversions, plan alternates and source approach plates, radio frequencies and weather information. The flight gave me the need to access all our weather information, including the infrared satellite, ceilings and visibility forecasts as well as usual animated weather radar overlay.
Having a reason to fly using the ERC rather than the Mega VFR map was a new experience, as was using the georeferenced approach plates directly on the map. A flight in IMC is a full workload for any pilot and having the chance to give AvPlan the full workout was invaluable.
I encourage every user to take the opportunity to give AvPlan EFB and themselves a little right hand seat time.
AvPlan EFB 7.9.3 is now available from the App Store as a free update for all users. In this release we have added new document search functionality under text where your search terms are highlighted on the page. Additionally we have improved the Apple Watch app to make it refresh its data more regularly.
Lastly we have made fixes for iOS13 to resolve the issues that some users were experiencing around map scrolling and document access on the Text pane.
Today Apple have released iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 into the wild. We’ve completed extensive testing against our latest release, AvPlan EFB 7.9.2 and have discovered no issues, but we still recommend caution when performing major iOS upgrades.