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randylervold
randylervold
Posts: 2

2/24/2015
New guy here so please bear with me if I'm being dense...
1. When I plan a flight on the computer it routes me directly as I have established in my preferences, but when I plan the same flight on the iPad it routes me via VORs, don't my preferences transfer?
2. Why isn't the featureset the same on the desktop vs. the iPad version? For example I can't edit an aircraft profile on iPad. Just curious why.
As I struggle to get to know iFP will your videos help? Sorry, haven't taken the time to dive in yet.
Thanks!
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John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 215

2/24/2015
Hi Randy,

Thanks for your post!

1. We just recently released the Default Routing Type setting on iFlightPlanner.com. However, this setting is not yet available in iFlightPlanner for iPad. It will be included in the next version of the app, v2.3, which is in final testing. In the app, simply tap the routing type on the black Planner box to change it to your desired type. The simple truth is that it's very easy to release new features to iFlightPlanner.com. However, any new versions of the app have to pass Apple's review team, so there is sometimes a delay between new features introduced on iFlightPlanner.com vs. in the app.

2. We try to keep the feature set as close as possible between iFlightPlanner.com and iFlightPlanner for iPad, however, there are a couple differences, aircraft editing being the major one. Because the vast majority of our members setup their aircraft profiles once and then rarely modify them thereafter, we chose to forego this functionality in the app for the time being in favor of focusing on developing other features. It will ultimately be included in the app, it's just a matter of time!

There are many ways to learn more about using iFlightPlanner, including our Quick Tip videos. Beyond that, the iFlightPlanner blog and this forum contain great info. Finally, we always welcome your direct contact messages as well. We're here to help!

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John Burnside
Co-Founder, Director of Technology
iFlightPlanner.com
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randylervold
randylervold
Posts: 2

2/24/2015
Thanks John, all makes sense. Couple of additional questions?

a) Darn, no METAR conversion?

b) When I plan a flight I like to see the winds aloft forecast at various so I can select where I want to fly. I can't find any way to do that in iFP, rather it asks me for my planned altitude. How do I know that when I can't see the winds aloft? Is there and I'm just not seeing it?

Thanks,
Randy
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John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 215

2/24/2015
Hi Randy,

a) We convert METARs to plain language in all of our software and interfaces except for the certified weather briefs. This is because we receive the certified weather briefs from the FAA as one giant block of text with no delimeters as to where one piece of data ends and the next begins. However, the enroute METAR section in the certified weather briefs will correspond very closely to the Enroute Conditions display on the map (the color-coded circles and squares you see along a planned route). Simply click on a circle (station that reports a METAR only) or square (left half is current conditions, right half is worst conditions over the course of the TAF) to see the converted METARs and TAFs.

b) We do offer an altitude comparison feature in both iFlightPlanner.com and iFlightPlanner for iPad. On iFlightPlanner.com, simply click the "Compare" button next to the Altitude field to find the best altitude for flight. You may compare up to 4 altitudes at once, which will take into account your departure date, route, aircraft performance and winds aloft to indicate the time and fuel burn. You may do the same in iFlightPlanner for iPad by tapping on the altitude in the black Planner box.

Let us know if we can answer any further questions!

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John Burnside
Co-Founder, Director of Technology
iFlightPlanner.com
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