The Graphical Area Forecast interface works in two modes; Overview Mode and Interactive Mode. Zoom in or out to move between the two different modes. Interactive mode is identified by the individual subdivisions dynamically appearing. This is still the same data as is in the GAF document, however the raw information is gathered by AvPlan EFB and drawn dynamically.
Tapping on the map within a region results in two different outcomes; depending on which mode you are currently operating in:
- Overview Mode
- Tap within a forecast region to view the original Graphical Area Forecast file exactly as supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology.
- You can pan around this document, and pinch to zoom.
- Tap the Close button to go back to the map.
- Interactive Mode
- Tap within a division region (for example, Area ‘A’) to view a pop-up containing the text pertaining to that area only.
- If you’ve tapped within a subdivision (for example, Area ‘A1’), any reference(s) to A1 within the text are highlighted.
- AvPlan EFB extracts data from the text and depicts them on the map. For example, if the text references an individual airport/waypoint, or if a line between various airports/waypoints is referenced, they will automatically be depicted on the map so you don’t have to go searching for them.
- Any current AIRMETs will also be depicted on the map as a purple shape. If you tap within the AIRMET, the AIRMET text will be appended at the bottom of the pop-up window’s list.
In both modes, you can select between the first forecast period and the second by tapping the 0-6 HR or 6-12 HR buttons.
Copying text from a GAF
If you need to copy text from a GAF, zoom in so that you are in Interactive Mode and simply tap and hold in the desired text box. There will not be any visual feedback, but the text in the tapped box will be copied to the clipboard. Note that this feature does not work while in Overview mode
Printing a GAF
All “whole” GAF pages now have a dedicated Print button in the top menu bar. You can print the GAFs directly from there. Please note, however, that you cannot print the sub-GAF displays generated by AvPlan.
GAF’s are also part of an SPFIB, and are included toward the end of the report, so if you print your SPFIBs there may be no need to print directly from the GAF pages.
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