AvPlan 1.0 Submitted

We have re-submitted AvPlan 1.0 to the Apple App Store for review. After initial rejection on some fine print points we are confident that this release will pass the process. This means you should see the app in the store within the next week.

This release is for the iPad only. The iPhone version will follow in the next few weeks – We will keep you posted on that.

AvSoft Store Now Open

With recent changes to the contractual fine print around subscriptions in the App Store we can now offer direct subscription sales direct from our website. These will be yearly subscriptions at a 20% discount over those provided through the subscription mechanism built directly into the application.

Through the AvSoft Store the prices for the subscriptions are;

  • AvPlan Flight Planning (1 Year Subscription) $35 (inc GST)
  • AvPlan VFR Upgrade Pack (1 Year Subscription) $40 (inc GST)
  • AvPlan IFR Upgrade Pack (1 Year Subscription) $55 (inc GST)

With these prices the fully configured application with ERSA, AIP, DAP charts and all VFR and IFR maps with a yearly update service will be $130 inc GST per annum.

As a comparison the update service alone from Airservices Australia for the traditional paper publications and maps is $946.10 per year.

The store is now open for business; we are just awaiting final approval from Apple to formally launch the product.

AvPlan for iPhone

The development effort for AvPlan for iPhone is rapidly coming to a conclusion, and it appears that the first release available through the App Store will support both the iPad and iPhone.

All features available on the iPad version are supported on the iPhone, albeit on a smaller form factor.

First release submitted

AvPlan 1.0 has now been submitted for review to the Apple App store. We are looking forward to their review and on track for availability in the next week or so.

New Radar Overlay

We have added animated weather radar data to AvPlan. An hour’s radar data is displayed on all map types (WAC, ERC, VNC etc) in a continuous loop.

The radar data is updated every 10 minutes and can be used on the ground or in flight with appropriate network coverage.

This feature is one amongst a large number of updates in a new release which will be pushed out to the testing community in the coming days.

These features include;

  • The creation of multi-leg flight plans
  • User added waypoints
  • User added aircraft (basic performance profiles only)
  • Pilot Operating Handbooks for selected aircraft types

Beta Update

We have been getting some great feedback from our beta testers. We have introduced some updated user interface elements and significant performance improvements based on feedback from the field.

We would still love to have some more dedicated people to test our app. Sign up for the latest beta edition here: http://bit.ly/fbWBvb

Printing

Printing support via AirPrint has been added to AvPlan. Wirelessly from your device AvPlan will print your flight plan in the standard Australian Domestic format, and additionally print all departure and approach airport information from the ERSA and DAP publications. These can then be carried during flight as a paper backup.

See osxdaily.com for tips to enable AirPrint for Windows or OSX.

BOM Radars

The ability to display current routing on BoM radar images as now been added to AvPlan. The current route and present position is overlaid on all BoM radar images at ranges of 128, 256 or 512 km.

With a 3G connection these images can be updated inflight and used as an additional tool for situational awareness and weather avoidance.

Beta Testing

Good news everyone!

Beta testing has begun. At this stage we are looking for feedback on the user interface, the layout of the flight plans and the way in which the NAIPS interface works (seamlessly in the background).

Anyone wishing to access the AvPlan beta access it here. Once you apply on this site and approved you can run the application.

http://www.testflightapp.com/install/ca00dd0a8ebe47e77aa331247fe3a984-Mjc5Nzg/

User Interface

IMG_0028We have been putting in a bit of effort designing a user interface on the app which simple to understand and intuitive but at the same time enables you to quickly navigate through the reams of information pilots need to have at their  fingertips.

To this end we have the following features to navigate through the ERSA and DAP procedures.

  • Tapping on a flight plan point brings up a detail view of the NOTAMS and weather for that location.
  • Scrolling left and right displays the ERSA and DAP plates for that location
  • For faster access (which for some aerodromes is a must) a single tap on the view displays thumbnails of all pages, which can be selected to take you quickly to that page.
  • Pages can then be bookmarked to save for later referral.