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Sammy
Sammy
Posts: 23

7/7/2015
I am trying to plan a family vacation to Yellowston later this month and have been using the Explore Maps feature a lot! It is very clear and easy to use. It allows me to play with various stopping points, routes, fuel prices,etc. After figuring out different stops, I have to open a separate window to create flight plans and manually enter airports and routes. Wouldn't it be great if one could create a flight plan right from the explore maps.

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Steven Yampolsky aka "Sammy"
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Andy Matthews
Andy Matthews
Posts: 54

7/7/2015
Hi Sammy,

If you are referring to the Explore Maps function in iFlightPlanner for iPad, tap "Planner" from the header to show/hide the planning console. The route that you're currently planning will be shown as a Custom Route there and should not require you to manually enter the route again. Here is a quick YouTube video that shows the Planner and NavLog functionality:



If it's our freely accessible Aviation Charts we're talking about, and you're wanting to take the route that's displayed in the simple Nav Log (like the one shown below) and create a flight plan from there, we're aware of the disconnect and are looking at how best to handle that!



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Andy Matthews
Co-Founder, Director of Business Development
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Sammy
Sammy
Posts: 23

7/8/2015
Thank you Andy for the reply. I was talking about Aviation Charts on the web. In the typical, iFlightPlanner way, the Aviation Charts web function has very clean, fast and super simple user interface! It's become my #1 flight planning tool.

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Steven Yampolsky aka "Sammy"
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Andy Matthews
Andy Matthews
Posts: 54

7/9/2015
Great, thank you for the clarification Sammy! We'll keep you posted as we work towards a solution there... As always, we appreciate your feedback!

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Andy Matthews
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John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 215

7/9/2015
Thanks for your feature request, Sammy! We took a quick look at this and not only did it make a lot of sense, but was fairly easy to implement, so it's now available on the site.

Simply go to the Aviation Charts page and enter a route. You'll see the new "Retrieve Wx Brief & File" button at the bottom of the nav log. If you don't see the button right away, hit refresh on your browser. Sometimes this is necessary to get web browsers to pick up new versions of the "behind-the-scenes" files that make everything work.

This button will take you to the Flight Wizard with your route info pre-populated. Enter your departure date and altitude to finish planning the route, then retrieve your weather brief and file!

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John Burnside
Co-Founder, Director of Technology
iFlightPlanner.com
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Sammy
Sammy
Posts: 23

7/9/2015
Oh, this is just SO COOL! It works perfectly. Thank you guys!!!

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Steven Yampolsky aka "Sammy"
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John Burnside
John Burnside
Posts: 215

7/9/2015
No problem, Sammy! Glad we could help!

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John Burnside
Co-Founder, Director of Technology
iFlightPlanner.com
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Sammy
Sammy
Posts: 23

9/23/2015
It's been several month's since my last post on this topic. I would like to report that thanks to this seemingly simple feature, I have gone completely over to the "Explore Maps" way of flight planning. Thank you!

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Steven Yampolsky aka "Sammy"
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Andy Matthews
Andy Matthews
Posts: 54

9/24/2015
Thanks for the update, Sammy! That's great to hear...

With your feedback, and additional input from a number of pilots in the Pilots of America Forums, we added even more functionality! We posted the enhancements on the iFlightPlanner Blog last month. You know that we're always interested in hearing how pilots are using iFlightPlanner, so don't ever hesitate to reach out!

Best,
Andy

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Andy Matthews
Co-Founder, Director of Business Development
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