AvPlan EFB 7.4

AvPlan EFB 7.3.10

AvPlan EFB 7.3.10 is now available from the Apple App Store as a free update for all users. In this release we introduce wireless flight plan beaming from Command Flight Planner to AvPlan EFB! Flight plans can now be prepared in Command Flight Planner and with a touch of a button, the plan is sent to all your devices running AvPlan EFB. Command Flight Planner is supported for Australian pilots only.

Learn more about flight plan beaming at http://www.avplan-efb.com/cfp/cfp-8-5-1-flight-plan-sync/

Additionally we have added support for the Avidyne IFD440/540/550 running software version 10.2. AvPlan EFB can wirelessly upload and download flight plans and user waypoints from these Avidyne panel mount navigators. AvPlan EFB will also use the GPS position from the Avidyne automatically.

Lastly, AvPlan EFB 7.3.10 adds the following changes;

  • The PCA legend is now found under Text
  • The plain text TAF parser now understands winds over 100knots (tropical cyclones)
  • The glide calculator now ignores helicopter landing sites
  • Fix for international briefings and flight plan filing



Command Flight Planner with Flight Plan Beaming

We’re pleased to announce that Command Flight Planner 8.5.1 is now available. This release adds the ability to wirelessly beam flight plans from your desktop computer to your mobile devices running AvPlan EFB. Current customers can update to the new release by opening Command Flight Planner on your computer and downloading the update.

Once installed, there is a new button to beam the flight plan to AvPlan EFB (with the AvPlan EFB icon). Before you start, configure AvPlan EFB on your devices to accept flight plans;

  • Make sure ‘flight plan sync’ is enabled within AvPlan EFB (Settings, User Settings).
  • Make note of your email address under Settings, User Settings, Username.
  • Configure your aircraft details to be the same (callsign etc).

To beam a flight plan to AvPlan EFB from Command Flight Planner;

  1. Create a flight plan in CFP
  2. Tap the AvPlan EFB button
    • You will be prompted to save the flight plan if it isn’t saved
  3. Enter the email address you use with AvPlan EFB.
  4. Click Export.

The flight plan will be wirelessly beamed to all your devices running AvPlan EFB. In a company setting, multiple email addresses can be entered, and plans sent easily to each address as required.

New to Command Flight Planner?

To get started with Command Flight Planner, head to www.commandsoftware.com.au and either download the demonstration edition or purchase the software. For a limited time purchase Command Flight Planner for just $99 for the first year. Use the coupon code SYNC at checkout.

Returning to Command Flight Planner?

If you are a returning Command Flight Planner customer, head to www.commandsoftware.com.au and renew your update service for just $99.

Data updates valid 27th April 2017

Data updates valid from the 27th of April are now available for download. For US pilots there are updated Sectional, IFR High and Low charts, plus approach procedures. For Australian pilots there are updated DAP pages to download (Airservices Australia sent out some charts in black and white and not colour). For New Zealand pilots there is an updated VNC chart which adds Major Island.


AvPlan EFB 7.3.9

AvPlan EFB 7.3.9 is now available in the Apple App Store as a free update for all users.

This release adds support for sending flight plans wirelessly from Command Flight Planner. Users of Command Flight Planner on a Windows PC will soon be able to tap a button and send a completed flight plan into AvPlan EFB on their iPad or iPhone.

Head to www.commandsoftware.com.au to download Command Flight Planner or to update your subscription. A new release of Command Flight Planner will be available in the coming week.

Additionally we have solved the following issues some users had experienced;

  • When you tap on the map with no plan loaded, helicopter landing sites will be an option
  • Fixed a date parsing issue around the beginning of the month
  • European airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures are now geo-referenced and will overlay on the maps.
  • There is a fix for ADSB weather for US pilots.


AvPlan EFB 7.3.8

AvPlan EFB 7.3.8 is now available from the Apple App Store. This release adds;

  • Better support for the Dual XGPS190 and iLevil 3SW (Traffic callsigns).
  • Faster update rate for AvPlan Live traffic (5 seconds, from 15 seconds)
  • Support for TERMA for ADF users

Additionally there are a few fixes for SPFIB briefings for international flight plans.


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.


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/