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16 days ago
Topic:
Disconnect between METAR & NAVLOG winds

John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 207
Thanks for your post! We're always happy to answer questions.

The wind data used depends on the date/time of your flight. The National Weather Service produces wind forecasts at many different altitudes in six hour forecast increments and updates these forecasts four times per day. When producing a navigation log, the flight planning engine determines the best wind forecast to use for each part of your route. When your scheduled departure date is outside the timeframe of current wind forecasts, historical wind data will be used.

For example, if you perform initial planning for a flight five days from now, historical winds would be used. As you get closer to the flight day/time, we recommend generating a new nav log to utilize currently forecasted winds.

METARs are not used in generating nav logs because the wind data in a METAR is an observation from the past (typically within the last hour) rather than a forecast looking ahead to the actual time of your flight. TAFs would be more helpful as a forecast mechanism but don't include winds aloft data.

We're happy to investigate odd scenarios like the one you described in your post if you can provide further details, especially the departure, destination, route, departure date, and cruise airspeed. It can sometimes be difficult to reconstruct the result, though, as the forecasts may have changed.
16 days ago
Topic:
Disconnect between METAR & NAVLOG winds

Flyhound
Flyhound
Posts: 2
I love flight planning with iFlightPlanner overall. My biggest problem is a big disconnect between the METAR data shown on the graphic map for my flight, and the winds in the NAVLOG. Just this morning, I'm planning a flight to KAWO and the METAR data on the chart shows the winds at KAWO to be 020 degrees at 5 knots. The NAVLOG produces for my flight shows the winds at KAWO to be 104 degrees at 14 knots. That's a BIG difference. It can't be explained by altitude because my flight is just at 1500' and the winds aloft shows the winds at KAWO to only be 149 degrees at 4 knots at 3,000'. So, where does the wind data for the NAVLOG come from?
10/18/2019
Topic:
A few questions from a new user.

randalforbes
randalforbes
Posts: 7
Thanks, I will prob fly this weekend, and check out the instructions.
Will advise on any issues.
Regards,
Randy
(take the rest of the day off... You've earned it. In fact.. You can have the whole weekend off. )
10/18/2019
Topic:
A few questions from a new user.

John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 207
No problem!

3) To show the waypoint popup info, use just a single light tap on the waypoint icon ("V" for VOR, "X" for a fix, etc.). If you hold down on the icon, it will jump up 1/2 inch to allow you to perform route rubberbanding. It jumps up by design so the icon is not directly under your finger, but rather above your finger to help see where you are moving the waypoint. Once you let go, the popup menu allows you to a) "Save As" - save the new location as a custom waypoint or b) leave the waypoint as a custom lat/lon location in the route or c) snap to a known waypoint from the list. If you unintentionally activate the rubberbanding feature, tap "Cancel" at the top right of the popup menu to snap back to your original waypoint. You can also tap and hold anywhere on a route line to insert an entirely new waypoint.

Now, the "Direct To" behavior changes depending on which route segment is currently activated, as indicated by the route segment highlighted in magenta. On the map (or in the nav log) tap on any segment to activate that segment. As you pass waypoints, the app will automatically activate the next segment. The active segment determines the instrument data, such "Distance to Next Waypoint", etc.

When the current segment is activated and you "Direct To" the next waypoint, it will insert a lat/lon waypoint for your current location, then create and activate a route segment to your next waypoint. I believe this is the behavior you were after. I believe you likely didn't have the current route segment activated. When you "Direct To" a previous route segment, it will change the flight destination as it assumes it is a diversion entirely from your intended route and destination.

4) Let us know if the "track up" mode, via the arrow icon on the left side of the map, achieves the desired behavior on your next flight!

We'll hold you to that promise on months! smile
10/18/2019
Topic:
A few questions from a new user.

randalforbes
randalforbes
Posts: 7
Good morning.
Thanks for the quick response.
1. Yes, you are correct. sigmets. I dont remember "clicking" on it, but I just did, and the area, along with the western usa was highlighted. Problem solved.
2. LOL.. Yep. I did not see the "box" above the line, showing dist / direction. How could I miss that?
3. This one is a little more difficult. Is it a "tap and hold", just a "tap", or a "double tap". I plan a flight, with the planner, origin, destination, and a couple of fixes.
the route shows as planned. (Ktus- Klou, routing is abq stl)
I attempt to tap on stl, as if to fly direct. It zooms the map in, or the "v" jumps away, and up about 1/2 inch., then when lifting of finger, it shows the "location save as / cancel box. No direct seen.
Then going back to planner box, the new destination is stl, with the routing as ktus stl routing as abq stl and a lat long description degrees minutes, etc.
It is as if, I have made stl the new destination. What am I doing wrong?
Update. I finally got the direct box to show up, however, the new "direct too" fix is the destination. (the tap area seems to be very sensitive, and may pose a problem in turbs.)
When tapping on the fix to perform the direct to, it takes a number of tries to get what I want. It gives me the ability / option of a number of fixes / airports /etc around what I want, and sometimes the one that I do want.
HELP! (LOL)
I know I am doing something incorrect here, please let me know what it is.
4. Still unable to rotate chart., and did not see the "arrow to rotate chart"., will check that out next flight.
5. I assumed so. Thank you/
6.Ok, understood. Thank you.
Until I get a good handle on this, you will prob put me on "ignore".
Please don't do that. I promise to only ask questions in months that have an "R" in them.
Regards,
Randy
10/18/2019
Topic:
A few questions from a new user.

John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 207
Hi Randy,

Happy to help with these questions:

1) Please do send a picture so we may confirm. However, it sounds like you may have had the Convective SIGMETs layer turned on for the map. Those appear as yellow shapes on the map and there is currently one that matches the description. You may toggle map layers using the menu at the top right of the map (the layers icon in the black toolbar).

2) The green line is distance measuring tool. If you hold two fingers on the map for a moment, it will appear and you may move your fingers around to see distance and heading between the two points. Zooming with two fingers works fine, but if you initially hold your two fingers in the same spot, the green line will appear.

3) Yes, there is a way! Once you're airborne and off track a bit, simply tap on the next waypoint you want to head towards, which will open a small popup with the waypoint name. In that popup, tap the "Direct To" symbol (the D with the arrow through it).

4) We will check on this! You should be able to rotate the chart. Also, if you are rotating the chart to achieve "track up" rather than "north up", you may also do so by tapping the arrow symbol on the left side of the map. Tap once to have it center on your position (and stay centered), then tap again to go to "track up" mode. Your aircraft will stay centered and the map will rotate according to your heading.

5) Yes, the Notepad on the main tab bar and the Notepad within Flights > Bottom/Side View are different from each other.

6) The "Delete Downloaded Data" on the Download Settings menu will delete any airport diagrams, approach plates, and Sectional/TAC/IFR Low/High chart data downloaded, whether via the downloads page or while viewing charts and documents on the map or in the Airport tab. You probably won't need to use that button very often. But say you took a long cross-country trip for which you pre-downloaded data for a number of states (or the entire US) and you wanted to delete that data to free space up on your iPad, you could tap that button, then download just the states you need going forward.

Please don't hesitate at all to post questions here! They're always welcome and are helpful for us to determine if any features are confusing, while also helping other members who may have similar questions.
edited by John Burnside on 10/18/2019
10/17/2019
Topic:
A few questions from a new user.

randalforbes
randalforbes
Posts: 7
update on the item 1. above. After turning on wifi, logging on to house wifi, and restarting program. Yellow area is now gone. I have no clue as to why.
Regards,
Randy
10/17/2019
Topic:
A few questions from a new user.

randalforbes
randalforbes
Posts: 7
Ipad pro software version 13.1.3 wifi and bluetooth only.
IFligthplanner 3.3.1 downloaded and installed Aug 9, 2019
Iflightplanner on windows 10

Current location. Tucson Arizona On the ground. (Unknown if this happens in flight.)
1. With the ipad planner zoomed out to continental usa....... the central portion of the lower 48 is highlighted in yellow, the line is just west of KLRU, north to canadian border, then follows border, (with minn "jog" ), to the great lakes, and I am unable to zoom in close enough to find location, then it goes south into what looks like the FIR boundry, and then back west again. It is very distinct. (pic available on request)

2. I am unable to duplicate this next item with any degree of accuracy. When zooming or extending the map, a green line, sometimes appears. This green line is of an unknown length, unknown direction, and unknown "WHY". What does this line represent? (it will disappear after a few seconds)

3. In flight today, I was unable to adjust the track to a DIRECT to a waypoint. I flight planned from airport to fix to destination airport, and after take off given a heading for traffic, taking me off the track by a distance. I was unable to perform a DIRECT TO the fix I wanted to fly to.
Is there a way to do this?

4. The user guide, (version 2.2 for ipad), explains that with ios 10 or greater, one can pinch and rotate chart. I am unable to perform this.

I hesitate to put these questions up here, since I am a newbie, and do NOT want to be "that guy" who complains... BUT...
I would really like to be an expert on this program, and as of now, feel way behind the power curve.
Two last items / requests.... and this maybe by design.. the notepad on the menu bar, bottom of main page, does not carry over to the notepad, map page, view settings, bottom or side view.
Menu bar, bottom of ipad. Downloads, settings, Delete downloaded data, delete airport documents and chart data.. does this delete all of the downloaded data, as in clean slate program, or just the data that has been viewed, reviewed during the flights?
Thank you for your time.
I look forward to being "schooled" on this program.
Regards,
Randy
10/16/2019
Topic:
ADS-B Ghosts

John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 207
No problem, Randy! We're always happy to help. Welcome aboard as an iFlightPlanner Premium member!
10/16/2019
Topic:
ADS-B Ghosts

randalforbes
randalforbes
Posts: 7
Outstanding support. I didnt expect all of that so quickly.
I just purchased a 3 month subscription. Will check and report back all of the settings, and if there are any setbacks.
Thank you again for your quick reply.
Regards,
Randy
10/16/2019
Topic:
ADS-B Ghosts

John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 207
Ah, yes, I had forgotten about the NavWorx situation. We have researched your setup further and quickly communicated with Avidyne. Best we can tell, the Avidyne device communications via the same channel as the L-3 Lynx. If you enable the L-3 Lynx device in the iFlightPlanner for iPad Settings, that should process the GPS and ADS-B data being broadcast by your IFD 440.

Make sure to first connect to the WiFi network created by your IFD 440. Once you've connected and selected the L-3 Lynx setting in iFlightPlanner, the device will show up on the right side of the Home view. Tap on the device to view connectivity info and data statistics. Please let us know if that is successful! We'll continue to work with Avidyne to officially integrate their device family into our apps.
10/16/2019
Topic:
ADS-B Ghosts

randalforbes
randalforbes
Posts: 7
John Burnside wrote:
randalforbes wrote:
Mr. Burnside,
I too am interested in this setup. I have the avidyne IFD440 / axp340 transponder / and the avidyne (navworx) uat.
I am at a loss as to what I would use in the setup for gps, and adsb.
Thank you for your reply.
I am not yet a subscriber, but the more I use the program, the more I like it.
Regards,
Randy


Hi Randy,

Thanks for your post!

We have integrated NavWorx devices into iFlightPlanner for iPad. You may enable it by tapping "Settings" at the top of the Home view, then selecting NavWorx under ADS-B devices. However, you'll want to confirm with Avidyne or NavWorx that the device will broadcasting GPS and ADS-B data. If you can provide us the device model number, we can also touch base with NavWorx.

If the NavWorx device does not broadcast data, we would recommend a solution similar to what Cal has, which is using an external device, such as the Stratux, to provide GPS and ADS-B data to your iPad.


Mr. Burnside,
Thank you for your reply.
I hope you are aware that Navworx was shutdown due to FAA input. (Not sure what happened, but the news is out there.)
The ADS-b box, that I have, is an MLB-100, from Avidyne, (it has Navworx on the box, but evidently was not subject to the AD the FAA put out.)
It recieves traffic from the 1090 towers, and sends / recieves gps data to the Avidyne IFD 440, thru what I think is 429 code, hardwired.
The IFD 440 has wifi and bluetooth, to repeat the data to the Avidyne IFD 100, (an IPAD based reciever, for both position, and ads-b traffic / weather.)
The drawback to the IFD 100, is it does not "flight plan", with weather, etc., but only is used for connection to the IFD 440.
I do notice that IFLIGHT planner will show posiition from my wifi at the house, and I am assuming that it will connect to the IFD 440 wifi, and repeat WX ADS-b traffic, and of course follow the course from the flight plan. (I do not know that for a fact.)
I am unable to give you any information about what, or how the MLB-100 operates, but I assume that it is the Navworx protocol.
The transponder is involved in all of this, as it is both 1090 and 978 transmitter.
Sorry if this is confusing, but I really like your program, and hope that it will fit what I need it to do.
Regards,
Randy
10/16/2019
Topic:
ADS-B Ghosts

John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 207
clocklin wrote:
For whatever it's worth, all of our members have been finding ghosts on our ADS-B traffic regardless of which app is being used. We believe it's because we are in an area that also has TIS-A traffic. The TIS-A has a different delay time which - we think - is causing the ghosts.

TIS-A is supposed to be going away as older radar systems are replaced and we'll find out for sure once that happens here.



Hi Cal,

Any chance you can snap a screenshot the next time the ghosting occurs? Also, are you able to tap on the ghosted target to see details? Seeing a visual often helps us identify any potential issues and/or solutions. Thanks!
10/16/2019
Topic:
ADS-B Ghosts

John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 207
randalforbes wrote:
Mr. Burnside,
I too am interested in this setup. I have the avidyne IFD440 / axp340 transponder / and the avidyne (navworx) uat.
I am at a loss as to what I would use in the setup for gps, and adsb.
Thank you for your reply.
I am not yet a subscriber, but the more I use the program, the more I like it.
Regards,
Randy


Hi Randy,

Thanks for your post!

We have integrated NavWorx devices into iFlightPlanner for iPad. You may enable it by tapping "Settings" at the top of the Home view, then selecting NavWorx under ADS-B devices. However, you'll want to confirm with Avidyne or NavWorx that the device will broadcasting GPS and ADS-B data. If you can provide us the device model number, we can also touch base with NavWorx.

If the NavWorx device does not broadcast data, we would recommend a solution similar to what Cal has, which is using an external device, such as the Stratux, to provide GPS and ADS-B data to your iPad.
10/14/2019
Topic:
ADS-B Ghosts

clocklin
clocklin
Posts: 12
For whatever it's worth, all of our members have been finding ghosts on our ADS-B traffic regardless of which app is being used. We believe it's because we are in an area that also has TIS-A traffic. The TIS-A has a different delay time which - we think - is causing the ghosts.

TIS-A is supposed to be going away as older radar systems are replaced and we'll find out for sure once that happens here.
10/11/2019
Topic:
ADS-B Ghosts

randalforbes
randalforbes
Posts: 7
Mr. Burnside,
I too am interested in this setup. I have the avidyne IFD440 / axp340 transponder / and the avidyne (navworx) uat.
I am at a loss as to what I would use in the setup for gps, and adsb.
Thank you for your reply.
I am not yet a subscriber, but the more I use the program, the more I like it.
Regards,
Randy
7/12/2019
Topic:
Freq's instead of Lat/long for Airpts and VOR's

John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 207
Hi Mark,

Thanks for your post! Yes, this feature did change a bit last year when the FAA discontinued the DUATS program and we switched to using Leidos/1800WxBrief.com for some of our underlying aviation data services.

We will review and work to restore the VOR frequency data into the navigation log!
7/12/2019
Topic:
Freq's instead of Lat/long for Airpts and VOR's

Mark
Mark
Posts: 1
Did this feature get changed since 2014? I planned a flight with a VOR waypoint and the NavLog only shows the VOR ID, Name, and Lat/Long.
7/8/2019
Topic:
Android app

anthony.stout
anthony.stout
Posts: 1
+1 on the Android bandwagon! Thanks.
6/3/2019
Topic:
Chart annotations

John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 207
Hi Dave,

Unfortunately we don't have any updates on this feature at this time. It's certainly on our long term list of features to add!

John