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Old 18th Jul 2011, 08:58   #161 (permalink)
 
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Doesn't need to affect the data; just make it so people can comment, and other people can give thumbs up/down on it. Order by thumbs count! Also include daily fuel prices etc.

WRT carrying met/notams, I believe the AIP says along the lines of performing an accurate study of met/notams for the applicable route on preflight. Can't ever remember seeing that you actually have to carry them, although good Airmanship would dictate that you can reference it airborne, especially on longer flights if you have the room.

Regulation 139 of CAR 1988 says you need to carry:
- Certificate of registration
- Certificate of Airworthiness
- Maintenance release (unless CASA says you don't need to)
- Licences/Medicals of crew (unless CASA says you don't need to)
- Flight manual (if any)
- Any licence WRT radio equipment
- List of passenger names, dep & destination.
- If Cargo, bills of loading and manifests.
- If international, the company AOC.
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Old 18th Jul 2011, 10:12   #162 (permalink)
 
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That data is from AsA. You know the encode/decode-only ALAs in ERSA? We get coordinates for them too.
Baswell,

did you guys consider using the AOPA aerdrome index for airfield coordinate information? It would be useful to have these supplement ASA data.

Also, I am particularily interested in the "breadcrumb" feature but can hardly distinguish the breadcrumb colour against most of the background maps - same goes with the aeroplane symbol. Anybody else prefer to have a choice in colour & symbols?

Great APP!
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Old 18th Jul 2011, 11:00   #163 (permalink)
 
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Talking iPad purchase

Shagwell, Baspile, you are naughty boys. Now I've had to get another fecking tool to clutter up the cockpit!'
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Old 19th Jul 2011, 13:48   #164 (permalink)
 
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Version 2.0.1 out now.

Good updates.

Just one question please.

Custom waypoints have both a name AND an ID. Why do you need both? What's the difference between them?
When you display the custom waypoints on your map it shows both names above and below this waypoint, cluttering the display a little.
Surely I only need to see the waypoint name and I don't need to see it's ID.

Otherwise a good update.

p.s. Could you align the TAC charts so they appear straight on the page please? The MEL TAC3 chart is cocked off to the side a bit and it's annoying!!
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Old 19th Jul 2011, 22:02   #165 (permalink)
 
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Yep you can leave the name or description blank if you wish...

Normally airports will have 2 descriptions: Code (e.g. YSSY) and name (e.g. Sydney).
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Old 20th Jul 2011, 11:23   #166 (permalink)
 
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Ok, after a bit more playing it appears you can only leave the name blank.
The ID will default back to User.. and you can't leave it blank.


Can you straighten out the TAC3 chart?
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Old 21st Jul 2011, 12:33   #167 (permalink)
 
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Hoy, Baswell or Shagpile....


Can you please straighten out the TAC 3

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Old 21st Jul 2011, 21:41   #168 (permalink)
 
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Nitpicker,
TAC3 TAC4 TAC5 are all skewed to North up. Have a look at the physical maps. If Se E Aus was aligned N-S you could have a straight map. Do you hold maps North up or Track up?
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Old 22nd Jul 2011, 02:28   #169 (permalink)
 
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With that kind of map ( IFR TAC chart ) you generally hold it North up so you can read all the data off the page ( LSALT, TRK, DIST, FREQ, CTA STEPS etc etc ) You are not relating it map to ground to visually navigate ( as with a WAC chart ) so it helps if the page is straight!!

I Haven't looked at this real paper map to know what it looks like for quite a while ( I use Jepp En Rte charts for Hi Alt mostly ) but I don't remember the page and all the writing being twisted off by 20 deg?

Yes I worked out that it was North up, but surely they could fix it so the names and all the writing were straight? The whole thing is cocked off about 20 deg and I'm sure it needn't be. Zoom out to look at the whole map, it's not straight on the page. Surely an easy fix?

If you compare it to the ERC Low for Vic, I realise the scale is different but aren't they both Lambert Conformal Conic Projections? The ERC Low Vic chart is straight on the screen so I don't see why Ozrunways can't straighten out the TAC 3 as well.

Oh well, it would be nice if they at the very least responded to my question and put to bed a reason why they cannot straighten it.

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Old 27th Jul 2011, 21:46   #170 (permalink)
 
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From the CASA newsletter.

New standards and guidance on the way for electronic flight bags

CASA is looking to develop new guidance material for pilots, as well as standards for air transport operators, on the use of portable electronic flight bags during flights. For air transport operators the standards will address the requirements for operational approvals for the use of portable electronic flight bags. The need for guidance material and standards is being driven by the rapid growth of purpose designed aviation software for electronic tablets, such as the Apple Ipad, that could enable these devices to be used as electronic flight bags. The issue has been identified at the global level with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) having recently reconvened an electronic flight bag working group. ICAO has recognised that current standards and recommended practices, as well as guidance material, on electronic flight bags are being made obsolete by new tablet technology. CASA is playing a key role in the ICAO working group, having recently taken part in a meeting at ICAO headquarters in Montreal. The ICAO working group is aiming to have new high-level standards and recommended practices developed for electronic flight bags by mid 2012.

A number of safety issues have already been identified in relation to the widespread use of electronic flight bags. In the first instance the pace of evolving technology makes the development of new standards and guidance material a challenge. Data connectivity between portable devices and aircraft systems must also be addressed. In addition, there is a need for software assurance and operator quality control systems to manage the integrity of safety critical navigational and performance data. While electronic flight bags have obvious value in the cockpit, human factors issues must be examined. There is a risk of information overload for pilots, which can divert attention away from the fundamental tasks of flying.
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Old 30th Jul 2011, 03:05   #171 (permalink)
 
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The Sydney TAC chart is naturally skewed 20 degrees or so off so they can fit more of the major airports into a square shape.

In order to display GPS position on the maps, we have to convert them to Mercator which makes the lat/long lines run vertical & horizontal. This will rotate and slightly stretch the map however you probably won't notice the warping as it is subtle but necessary for the gps points to line up correctly on the map. Sydney TAC is obviously the most rotated map.

We're doing track-up in an update soon so you should be able to get the best of both worlds.
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Old 30th Jul 2011, 04:28   #172 (permalink)
 
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iPad KABOOM! A Success iPad 2 Rapid Decompression Certification Available for Download

iPad2 passed a community funded rapid decompression testing to 51,000ft (DO-160F testing). Testing regime was:

- Stabilised at 8000ft for 2 hours
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No battery venting, shards of glass etc. iPad2 continued operating the whole time! Well done Apple I'd say...marvellous piece of engineering.
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Old 30th Jul 2011, 08:49   #173 (permalink)
 
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We're doing track-up in an update soon so you should be able to get the best of both worlds.
Awesome, this will be a big improvement and will probably make my trusty Garmin redundant
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Old 30th Jul 2011, 09:13   #174 (permalink)
 
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I seriously don't know how anyone can fly with track up! North up aids situation awareness with radio calls and the like. I thought it was women that needed track up because of the way that their brains work
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Old 30th Jul 2011, 18:55   #175 (permalink)
 
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Personally I use north-up although everybody has asked for track-up so I've gotta do it! Seems personal preference - most people probably get taught to hold (and fold) their maps track-up while they are learning to help with orientation of stuff on track.

I agree you do lose situational awareness about which way North is when doing track-up. Much easier to make radio calls etc and see that your "north-west" of some airfield.
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Old 30th Jul 2011, 21:25   #176 (permalink)
 
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I was couch flying Ozrunways last night and it seemed quite unstable, it closed down several times and sometimes the page would change for no apparent reason, always happened when I touched the screen somewhere but nowhere near a button. What gives here? Anyone else got glitches?
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Old 31st Jul 2011, 13:21   #177 (permalink)
 
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Must say after the recent update I got a couple of uncommanded shutdowns, and the DAPS tab browser was half an inch too far down the screen.

Then after a couple of days, all good again. Very odd.
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Old 31st Jul 2011, 22:10   #178 (permalink)
 
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Performance Tip!

When using OzRunways make sure you have shut down all the other programmes. Even though they are asleep in the background some, use a lot more resources than others.

To do this, "Double Click" the button and a row of open apps will appear on the bottom of the screen. Press and hold on any one of these apps and a little red circle with a - sign appears over each app icon. ap the red dot on each one and it will be closed down. Some folk I have seen have had dozens open and it seems to slow down the high resource users like mapping apps.

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Old 31st Jul 2011, 22:44   #179 (permalink)
 
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Live and learn Jabawocky, thanks for that!

I did it and found that every program I have was running. Now to see if there is a difference ...
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Old 1st Aug 2011, 03:08   #180 (permalink)
 
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When using OzRunways make sure you have shut down all the other programmes. Even though they are asleep in the background some, use a lot more resources than others.
When your iThingie gets short of memory it signals the foreground app to reduce memory usage. If it is still short of memory it then kills background apps (starting at the biggest) until there is enough free memory. If there is still not enough memory then the foreground app is also killed.

Manually killing background apps wont make a difference - they will be killed anyway, to keep the foreground app running.

You will still see these killed background apps in the task switcher though. If you press on them a killed background app will do a full restart. Its just fooling you into thinking that they are still running.

The joys of coding on a memory constrained device...

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