To create or edit an aircraft type:

  • Tap Settings > Aircraft Type Database to enter the Aircraft Type Database.
  • To create a new aircraft type, press + at the top right hand side of the window.
  • Tap on a type to edit an existing type.
    A window is displayed with two sections: Basic Aircraft Details and Advanced Details.
    Rows are displayed as: Basic Performance, Weight and Balance, Detailed Performance.

Basic performance

Basic type information example

The Basic Information window allows you to enter information such as:

Type information
Type Name e.g. C182T or P2002
ICAO Type Identifier e.g. PA44 or EC30. Required when submitting a plan to NAIPS/IFIS. The ICAO type identifier for your aircraft can be found at: NOTE: If your aircraft has no ICAO type code, enter ZZZZ
Description e.g. Cessna 182T or Tecnam Sierra
Performance category Select whichever reflects the normal speed in approach configuration (Note: this is NOT cruise speed)
Wake turbulence category Select most appropriate from a list of MTOW levels.
Pilots Operating Handbook .PDF URL e.g. This will make that document available for easy download and viewing in the POH option within the Text tab
Is this aircraft a helicopter? If the aircraft is specified as a helicopter, then the Nearest Items view will display nearby helicopter landing sites. If this setting is set to NO, then HLSs are hidden.
Aircraft icon Select from the various icon options. This icon will be displayed on the map when this particular aircraft type is selected in an open flight plan. To change the icon displayed when no flight plan is open, you’ll need to change the Default Icon in “:
Weight Units The units used for passengers, baggage or cargo to be loaded in the aircraft
Fuel Units The units used by the fuel calculations – both in filling the fuel tanks and the fuel burn calculations
Fuel Type Select between AVGAS, AVTUR, MOGAS or OTHER
Fuel Specific Gravity Used by AvPlan to calculate the weight of the fuel load. This will be entered automatically when a Fuel Type is selected. Only adjust if you know what you’re doing
Fuel Cost Will allow flight costings in the flight plan or stage summary
Arm Units Used in the weight and balance setup, select between mm or inches
Basic Performance
Cruise TAS Planned cruise true airspeed in knots
Climbing IAS Cruise climb indicated airspeed
Climb fuel flow Aircraft’s fuel flow during an enroute climb
Cruise fuel flow Aircraft’s basic fuel flow at cruise
Holding fuel flow Aircraft’s fuel flow when at endurance power settings
Fixed reserve fuel flow Fuel flow for fixed reserve fuel component
Rate of climb Average rate of climb for an enroute climb in feet per minute
Rate of descent Cruise descent average rate in feet per minute
Total fuel Total amount of fuel capacity for the aircraft
Service ceiling Important for app performance during wind/altitude calculations, the app won’t calculate winds above the service ceiling
Glide Ratio The :1 is assumed. e.g. if the glide ratio is 10:1, enter the figure 10. If it’s 12.7:1, enter 12.7
Glide IAS The best glide indicated airspeed – assume the worst-case scenario: i.e. at MTOW
Minimum Runway Length Used in the Pro feature Glide Planning, where appropriate airfields are pointed out on the map in flight. Any with runways below this length will not be displayed
Some extra features for Pro subscribers
Plan Using High Level Routes Switching this on forces AvPlan’s IFR auto-route function to select high air routes over low ones – good for turbine aircraft
Reduced TAS For CP Calculations Specifying values here will allow AvPlan to calculate up to three Critical Points along the route; a default CP corresponding to normal cruise TAS and two optional CPs at reduced TAS values corresponding, for example, to single engine flight in a multi engined aircraft, or depressurised flight at lower than optimum levels. The default CP is labelled simply ‘CP’ when displayed on the en-route chart and in the Flight Plan Table. The two optional CPs can be given short custom names such as, for example, ‘1INOP’ or ‘DEPR’. The custom names will display on the enroute chart and Flight Plan Table if optionally enabled
Reduced TAS fuel flow for CP Calculations Allows AvPlan to calculate the fuel burn at the the reduced TAS values specified for each CP

Editing an existing profile

If you’re wishing to change the details of an aircraft profile already installed on your device:

  • Tap Settings > Aircraft Type Database > [your type] > Basic Performance.
  • Scroll down to the Basic Performance section:
    Basic performance details
  • Edit the figure(s) required. When editing a figure, only the number needs to be entered then tap the return key – no need to enter kt or lt/hr for example.
  • If some of the figures are greyed out (see below), it indicates that a Detailed Performance Profile is associated with this aircraft.
    Detailed performance profile active
  • If you don’t require a detailed profile on this particular aircraft and would rather use the Basic Performance details, tap Settings > Aircraft Type Database > [your type] > Detailed Performance, then tap the Delete Profile button at the bottom of the screen.

Saving your changes

Once you’ve created or updated your profile, you’ll need to tap the back button . It appears up in the top-left corner of the editing screen. Each time, the text next to it will display the page you’re returning to.

  • Tap the back button two or three times, until the app prompts you to save or discard your changes. Tap Save changes.

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