24 April 2018

Air Navigation Pro Offers The Standard Worldwide Package!



The team here at Air Navigation Pro is constantly working on the app, and studying the changing needs of each of our users. We've come up with the Standard Worldwide Package for the rest of the world so that we can cater to our users globally, and our users can use the Standard Worldwide Package with a 2-week free trial!

Here's a quick run through of the inclusions of the Standard Worldwide Package:

Aeronautic Database

We have a great team of analysts that checks and publishes updates for each AIRAC cycle, which is every 28 days. Our team also gets information from different data sources, including Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP) published by the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA), as well as data from our local partners all around the world to make sure that we are providing you, our users, with the correct information.

We also have a global aeronautical database created for private, commercial and military pilots, with worldwide coverage for VFR and IFR with over 200,000 waypoints, and 50,000 airspaces. The waypoints inclueds Aerodomes, Reporting Points, Helipads, Sea Plane Bases, Glider Ports, Balloon Ports, IFR Waypoints, DMEs and NDBs, VORs, VORTA Cs, TACANS, VOR/DMEs.

Those updates make our database a unique tool to help our users manage, and assure in-flight safety at all times. Air Navigation Pro has a team of experienced pilots who work closely with our skilled engineers and developers. They build the best possible database in terms of data access, monitoring, control and quality assurance over the entire dataset. We manage a large part of our database through automatic processes and continuously analyze thousands of data change, updates and creations, and removals for all countries in our coverage.

Interactive NOTAMs

We've included interactive NOTAMs to our packages! Since NOTAMs are highly important information released by aviation authority to increase the safety of your flight to help you avert from any potential issues to your future flights.

Those Smart NOTAMs by SkyGuide are updated NOTAMs tailed for your fight only so that you don't need to absorb information that is not needed in your flight!

Interactive NOTAMs include specific airport closures and alternative, special event hazards, obstructions and FIR information. You would need to create and enable the NOTAMs briefing in the 'Tools' section of the menu. The information and NOTAMs will be displayed directly on the moving map. By simply tapping on the highly visible small triangle icons, a pop-up notification will display NOTAM information for a selected waypoint or region.

Air Navigation Pro NOTAMs service includes Worldwide NOTAMs Series "A", European NOTAM serie "A" and "C", and Smart NOTAM for France, Germany and Switzerland.



Add free and paid Charts

Air Navigation Pro also offers free charts from public domain and we also have a wide selection of Aeronautical/Official Charts. You can go to our Store and purchase ICAO aviation charts for European countries, FAA charts for the US, Flyermap charts for South America, Airways NZ Aviation charts for New Zealand. Air Navigation Pro also has Visual Approach charts as geo refence documents and PDFs for many countries in Europe, South America, USA and New Zealand.

Learn more about our charts on the Store.



For a more details and tips about our different features, go to our website or check out the Software Updates tab or you can read our other blog posts regarding our features:
-9 Key Features of the Air Navigation Pro iOS Pilots Love
-The Best Aeronautical Database Features You Should Use on Your Next Flight
-Air Navigation Pro Android 2.2 Updates and Features

Need help? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have questions that are not found in our FAQ, please don't hesitate to reach out and contact us here.


to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team

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17 April 2018

Air Navigation Pro Subscription Packages are now available on iOS with a 2-week Free Trial



Air Navigation Pro has always aimed to be the most useful and reliable pilot assistant to our cherished users around the globe. One of the main purposes of the app is to give assurance, flight safety, and to understand and anticipate the needs of our fellow pilots to make flight planning, and navigation easier.

We've always been up on taking the challenge that technology is constantly changing. With this constant change, it has allowed us to make it an advantage on our end and to show to our users, as well as the aviation and navigation industry, that we are innovative.

Before, our users were based on pay-per-product and would need to go to the Store, and browse for what they need to purchase, and pay multiple times.

It has always been our goal to give fair service to all of our users, and to welcome new users to be part of the Air Navigation Pro family as well. After the success of the launching, and with the great feedback from our iOS users. Our team has been working continuously and did another set of thorough research which made the next developments to our app possible.

The news doesn't stop there. We are very much excited to announce that you can now download the iOS version of the app for free! Yes! You read that right, and you can use it with a 2-week free trial for a selection of counties. So you can check out our cool new features and fly with less worry!



Here's how the new update of Air Navigation Pro app works. It's just very easy! Just download the app in the App Store. Another thing that we've enhanced is that we've also updated the new start screen of our app so that our users can navigate through it better. Once you've installed the app, just tap on 'Start Now' to begin a brand new flight planning experience with Air Navigation Pro.
 

Then you would need to sign up and create an account with us, users can click on 'Later', but its recommended to have an account created. Once your account is set up, after that, you're good to go and ready to use Air Navigation Pro app with the 2-week free trial. If you already have an account with us, no need to sign up again, you're all set.

We also have packages for your convenience. Here's a quick break down on what the inclusions of the packages are, and how they work:

Each country and location has a custom set of charts to help users get useful data with each of the different kinds of subscriptions. While we're still working on it here at Air Navigation Pro, to have the country package option available and ready for the other countries, for the meantime, we have these options available for Switzerland, France, Norway, Germany, Argentina, Italy, South Africa and Brazil.



For the country package subscriptions, we've introduced these offers: The Essential, The Standard and The Premium.

The Essential package includes the Aeronautical Database Subscription, which will allow our users to get access to the monthly app updates and to purchase pay-per-product items from the store.

The Standard package has inclusions that grant our users access to the Aeronautical Database, the ICACO charts, Visual Approach Charts, Interactive NOTAMs, and Elevation Data of each of their chosen countries.

The Premium package, like the Standard subscription, users have the same access to the features, the Aeronautical Database, add free and paid Charts from the store,the ICAO charts, Visual Approach Chart, and the Elevation Data and it has a plus! Our premium subscription has discounted access to the Street and Places Search. For Switzerland, Norway and France, Premium Subscription also has discounts and gives the the user access to the Obstacle Database. For further inquires, check out our Country Packages.

For our other user in other parts of the world, we've come up with the Worldwide Package, just for you! The Worldwide package includes the Aeronautical Database Subscription and a subscription to NOTAM.

*pricing not included; the image above and below are
 based on the Switzerland country package



The subscriptions are created to maximize the app's function for the advantage and ease of each of the users. The subscriptions are strictly for one user only, and it is not sharable to other users. Although your package is usable on other devices, you can just synchronize your devices on our website to use the subscription on both iOS and Android versions of the app (once Android will be available in May 2018.)

For you to avail the subscription packages, look for these icons in the in-app purchases:


So now that you're all done setting up and choosing which country package you want, you're ready for take off! You can now use the top features of our app for your flight planning and you can concentrate on your flights more! Here's a couple of our user-favorite features:

 Our Widget feature is perfect for identifying runways,
extending track lines and more!

 Our 3D view feature let's you see the terrain
beneath your route of flight.

Our Instrument feature allows you to read the
different instruments using actual navigational aids
 
Our Alerts feature allows you customize which alert
you want to receive, among these are
ground proximity, airspace alerts and much more alerts!

Our Night Vision feature is perfect for
evening flights and low light conditions

 Traffic Awareness displays traffic information on your moving map, 
and you can now perfect your flying formation with friends!


For a more details and tips about our different features, go to our website or check out the Software Updates tab or you can read our other blog posts regarding our features:
-9 Key Features of the Air Navigation Pro iOS Pilots Love
-Air Navigation Pro Subscription Packages Now Available for Selected Countries Around the World

Need help? For more information on our subscription packages, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have questions that are not found in our FAQ, please don't hesitate to reach out and contact us here.


to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.


Do you have a cool Air Navigation Pro story you want to share? Send us a message in one of our social media accounts FacebookInstagram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.

Blue Skies,
The Air Navigation Team

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12 April 2018

Air Navigation Pro Pilot Story Highlight: Marcelo Riegel of Brazil


The Air Navigation Pro team has been actively collecting stories from pilots around the world and featuring them in our blog. This year, we're honored to have met a 54-year-old pilot and businessman from Brazil, with a life-long pleasure of flight and travel. He has shown our team photos of amazing views in South Brazil and we look forward in seeing them for real in the future!

Q: Hello, please introduce yourself and tell us about your experiences.

Firstly I would like to thank the Air Navigation team for inviting me to share my flying experiences. My name is Marcelo Riegel, I'm 54 years old, Brazilian and a businessman on the construction industry. I have dreamed of being a pilot since I was a child, but life led me on a different path. However, five years ago I became a private pilot after studying on Novo Hamburgo's Aeroclube, located on Brazil and founded on 1947.


There is a famous Da Vinci's quote that explains what fascinates me about aviation, which says "for once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return".

Q: What is your favorite aircraft?

My favorite plane would be the Cirrus SR 22 T, although I currently own a RV9 which makes me very happy during our flights together.

Q: Favorite destination?

If I had to choose a favorite location, it would have to be wonderful beaches on the coast of Santa Catarina, a state in the south of my Country. Bombinhas is a beach that holds a special place in my heart, because 25 years ago I built a house there with my father, where I spend my vacations ever since. Seeing it from above was a special moment.

Q: How did you come across Air Navigation PRO?

I started using Air Navigation PRO on my early navigation, after the app was presented to me by a fellow pilot.

Q: What are the 5 best things you like about our app?

In my opinion the highlights of the app are:
  1. The easy way to use it, from the simplest to the more complex navigations;
  2. The convenience of preparing navigations in the comfort of your home or leisure time;
  3. The possibility of personalizing the airspaces or control areas that you believe important on your region;
  4. Being able to use the app on more than one device at the same time, for example your phone and tablet;
  5. And of course the technical support which is efficient and fast on responding to every question.
Q: Have you tried other navigating apps?

I did use other navigation apps, but the graphics and user friendly characteristic of the Air Navigation has always captivated me more.


Q: Can you please tell me a story of the best times you have had with our app? If you can name more than one instance, that would be awesome!

There are two unforgettable flights I took with my wife while using Air Navigation PRO that I would like to share. The first would be a flight to Parque Nacional da Lagoa do Peixe (of Fish Lagoon's National Park in English), distant 255 NM from my hometown, which is in Rio Grande do Sul, the further south state in Brazil. This lagoon is beautiful place where it's possible to observe several species of migrating birds, such as flamingos and ducks.

The other wonderful experience was the beaches of the coast of Santa Catarina that I mentioned earlier. They distance 240 NM from my hometown, and are geographically breathtaking, with beautiful terrain and crystal clear waters. Being able to fly from my home to this wonderful location is something that will stay on my memory forever, and I believe also on the minds of everyone who is able to make this flight.

Q: If you could talk to non-users about our product, what would you tell them?

To those still not using Air Navigation PRO I would say they do not know what they are missing, for this app makes our flights easiest and safe. I have introduced the app to many friends who, with no exception, started using it.

Q: What do you do when you're not flying?

In the times I'm not flying, I'm usually spending time with my family or working in the construction of buildings. Also whenever I get a chance I work on the cleaning and maintenance of my RV9 - my daughters say it is my favorite child.

Q: What do you see yourself doing three years from now?

If given the choice, in three years I would like to cut back on my working hours and dedicate more time to flying, which is clearly my favorite hobby.

Q: What would you tell non-pilots about the joy of flying?

I could tell them that it is a joy better experienced than explained, for the Earth has so many amazing landscapes and while flying you are able to see it in an unforgettable and unique way, and to experience amazing times. I would also suggest that even if you do not have the desire to be a pilot, if opportunity presents, get a ride with someone else, for I think it is an experience that will dazzle you.

Brazil now has its own subscription package! Learn more about it here.

You can find out more about Marcelo Riegel in Facebook, and Instagram.

If you're interested to read more about our users and some interesting persons in the aviation industry, you can check out our other highlights:

- Bruno Temporetti of Argentina
- Pilot Queens from Around the World 
- Lio Mougel French Pilot for Air Race 1
- Aviation Painter André Eisele
- Mirko Ragni of Italy
- Kirsten Augustyn of Norway
- Stanislav Klajban of the Canary Islands

Are you a pilot with cool travel stories and you want to be featured on our blog?

Send us a message in one of our social media accounts Facebook, Instragram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.

to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team
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05 April 2018

Quick Reminders for Pilots During an Emergency in Flight

 

The sun was settling behind Maryland’s rolling hills when I started my walk around on the rented Cessna 172. Although feeling the stress that comes with being behind schedule, I pushed down the desire to rush through the necessary preflight checks. My plans to grab ‘the hundred dollar hamburger’ somewhere with a view could wait, but I lifted off into the night sky by the light of a quarter moon.

At 2800 feet, just outside of the Frederick municipal, I switched to Potomac approach and received clearance through Baltimore’s class B. I let out a victory yelp, and thought, I’ll be on the beach in an hour! Only moments later the “low voltage light” clicked on. 
  My stomach dropped, and for an instant I froze running the situation in my head. My thoughts spiraled, why is the low voltage light on? It could be a light malfunction or bad wire. What if the alternator failed? I’m running on battery and don’t know how much time is left. In a moment more I recognized the severity of the situation. I was in night flight, completely dependent on the electrically powered avionics for navigation, communication, and visibility. 
  Without further hesitation, I began a turn back to Frederick and keyed the mic. “Potomac approach, Skyhawk is returning to Frederick, I have a low voltage indication.” The controller approved my deviation from the cleared flight path and asked if I needed assistance. With lack of confidence I said no, and whispered a quiet prayer that I had enough juice to get on the ground without incident. 
  Now, writing this piece about what could have been a real emergency, I can clearly see the potentially hazardous errors I made in those first moments. The immediate effects of stress experienced in these moments, started affecting my judgement before I recognized it.
  If I had responded according to my training, for example, my first action would have been setting the best airspeed (best glide or the upper limit as appropriate). Then I would have turned to the closest airfield rather than the one I departed from. Finally, I would have communicated and dug into troubleshooting the issue. I got my ABCs out of order, and all for an indication light.
  Stress makes thinking through even the smallest of tasks challenging, and every aviator knows the necessary movements of flight is in itself a challenge. As I approached Frederick Municipal I was in a cold sweat, searching with growing anxiety for lights which would indicate I had a runway ahead. The very real fear of losing the little light I had and ability to communicate was weighing heavy on my conscious. My situational awareness was narrowed and the traffic alerts that continued to be provided by Potomac approach added more strain on my thoughts.

Not to spoil the story, I did safely land back at the airport shaken but without the loss of any critical electrical items. The big lesson in this situation was something I’d learned long ago but became complacent with over years of easy and uneventful flights. Practice not only makes perfect, practice until you respond from muscle memory has saved many pilot’s life. 

  This concept is taught to military aviators with such passion and urgency that every pilot graduates from initial training capable of immediately listing every critical action item (bold face) of every checklist for any aircraft they have had the privilege of flying. 
  While this depth of training has evaded most general aviation pilots, who do not have the same advantage of focusing on flying as their only job, we can share in the lesson. Just a few minutes before each flight visualizing yourself taking the actions needed in an emergency can be the difference in a smooth landing or expensive repair. 
 
Or, to take technique out of the Air Force’s training, before you begin to consider possible causes, to trouble shoot, or even step to your aircraft to preflight think through this mantra:
I will maintain aircraft control, analyze the situation, take appropriate action, and land as soon as conditions permit.” If you follow this one checklist, you will always do the immediate right thing.



  1. Maintain Aircraft Control
    Pitch to best glide, recover from and unusual attitude, or whatever the situation may be, fly the air plane first and preferably toward the best and nearest landing site. 
       



     
  1. Analyze the Situation:
    Only after you have stabled your aircraft do you begin working your way through the problem. Did the primer come out? Is fuel or oxygen being deprived from the engine for any reason? What is the cause of the trouble? Have you gone through all what you're supposed to do in your checklist? AeroChecklist is an app that gives you instant access to a selection of checklists, designed for your safety, especially for emergency situations.
      


  1. Take proper action:
    Sometimes the best option is minimizing damage. Recently a friend shared a video of an aircraft landing gear up (the cause of a terrible malfunction). I was awed by the skill of the individual that spared worse damage to his aircraft achieving as perfect of a landing I’d ever seen, gear or no gear. No matter the action, use your resources and time as available to find the best one.



  1. Land!
     Similar to the ABCs (Airspeed, Best Landing, Check list) your nearest surface to land should be in your mind in all phases of flight. Making it back to the departing airport, your destination, or an alternate field are all great choices because each of them means flying again another day.




To read more of Jo Tracker’s blog posts visit www.wingedflyin.com, or to watch her comedy stylings paired with her flare for flying all of the United States visit www.youtube.com/c/jotracker 

Are you an Air Navigation Pro user? What are the best things you like about ANP? Let us know in the comments below!


to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Do you have a cool Air Navigation Pro story you want to share? Send us a message in one of our social media accounts FacebookInstagram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team





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30 March 2018

Air Navigation Pro takes us to Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines


One of the best things about Air Navigation Pro is that it was created by a man who loved adventure. He loves going on great journeys and sharing the stories of his trips to inspire the people around him.

Last month, Johann Huguenin, the brains behind Air Navigation Pro, went on a journey to fly in the skies above the small but beautiful island of Mactan, located in Cebu, Philippines.


He even met a couple of pilots who uses (and loves!) Air Navigation Pro.


Using Air Nav Pro, Johann was confident to fly above this island and see its wonderful sight.


Johann was able to take pictures of the island from bird's eye view.





This photo had our team slightly confused whether it was on wet soil or really high above the ground. They looked at the picture closely and realize there were houses on the upper right side of the picture. The photo was actually taken above a a bunch of mangroves!


This adventure with Johann Huguenin shows us that with the right tools like Air Navigation Pro, to give us assistance, even in an unfamiliar place, we can always explore freely!

If you're interested to read more about our users and some interesting persons in the aviation industry, you can check out our other highlights:

- Bruno Temporetti of Argentina
- Pilot Queens from Around the World 
- Lio Mougel French Pilot for Air Race 1
- Aviation Painter André Eisele
- Mirko Ragni of Italy
- Kirsten Augustyn of Norway
- Stanislav Klajban of the Canary Islands


Are you a pilot with cool travel stories and you want to be featured on our blog?

Send us a message in one of our social media accounts Facebook, Instragram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.

to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team
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19 March 2018

Air Navigation Pro Android 2.2 Updates and Features!




Aviators who fly with their Android mobile devices are sure to enjoy this Air Navigation Pro update at the start of the year. With our never-ending quest to provide better service with each update, we have improved user experience to match some features that can be found in the iOS version.

The 3 main features such as Traffic Awareness, Situational Alerts, and Night Vision are some of the most well-loved functions in the app that pilots have come to appreciate in and out of the cockpit. These enhanced functions even help pilots who do solo flights  Anyone who has flown with a support pilot, who watches for traffic and enhances your understanding of Air Traffic Control instructions, knows the feeling of relaxation that occurs when sharing the work load. With all of its advancements, Air Navigation Pro has become this helpful trusted co-pilot in the cockpit while also being the friend that practically does the flight planning for you.

Here are the Android 2.2 feature highlights:

1. Traffic Awareness




Air Navigation Pro iOS and Android improve your situational awareness by displaying the traffic around you. With your network connection activated, enable the traffic awareness feature and broadcast your position via the Air Navigation Pro traffic server. This feature displays traffic information on your moving map, and alerts you if a risk of collision is detected.

To enable this feature go to Maps > Maps Options > Traffic Awareness > and enable the "Show Traffic On Map" button. Various icons representing aircraft nearby will appear on your moving map with distinct alerts whose appearance is a quick indication on the proximity or range. White indicates the safe distance zone, Yellow for the warning zone, and Red when a risk of collision is detected.

Flying in formation or coordinating a rendezvous with a friend? Simply tap on an aircraft to tag it as favorite. The color will automatically change to yellow. In addition tapping on a flight icon will display additional information such as the aircraft call sign, speed, vertical speed and altitude.

Traffic awareness enhances safety while flying, while also offering the benefit of being a member of Air Navigation Pro pilot's network. Pilots can use the app to broadcast their location via the Air Navigation Pro traffic server while simultaneously viewing fellow pilots in the same area. Once again, not only being a practical feature but a fun one that allows us aviators to experience the fun with our flying friends.

2. Alerts



Situational Alerts are invaluable for pilots in the critical phases of flight, (take off, approach, and landing). It alleviates pilot workload and mental strain incurred while searching for the necessary information in the busiest flight times. Alerts allow us to focus on flying the plane, while pilot assistant notifies you when necessary.

Air Navigation Pro has personalized this feature to your preference, allowing you to receive either ground proximity or airspace alerts. What’s more is that the Cruising Altitude alert can be sent to prompt you when you reach your target altitude (no more blowing through an altitude and receiving an embarrassing call from ATC reminding you of the altimeter setting).

To enable Situational Alerts: tap on Flight > Flight Parameters > Alert, to display the alert menu on your app. The cruise altitude alert notifies you when the target altitude is reached. Enable this feature and select your target altitude in feet to receive an alert when the target altitude is reached or abandoned. Ground Proximity Alert notifies you when the flying altitude decreases to below 500 feet. A smart move, as to not distract us pilots in the final landing phase since this alert will automatically disable near airports.

Airspace Ahead Alert will notify you when an airspace is 5 minutes ahead of your current course and you can customize the class of airspace you wish to receive alerts for. This is for both assisting pilots in locating airports and to avoid airspace we’re not cleared into.

3. Night Vision





Night Mode has been invaluable for all my late evening flights. It takes 30 minutes for the rods of the eyes to adjust in the low light setting. Thanks to the advancements of Air Navigation Pro, we no longer have to worry about ruining our vision and being blind while waiting for our eyes to adjust back from a too bright tablet back light.

Air Navigation Pro iOS and Android now allows you to switch to a night vision theme for the entire app. Set up night mode from Map Option Settings by tapping on Night Mode at the top which toggles the switch on. Routes and airspaces remain red, while purple and blue highlight colors, as well as important text so essential information is easily visible.

The night vision feature is great for use in low light condition or, if you’re like me who prefers the black back display in day time too. The night vision also converts the colors for approach charts and documents to create a whole new experience with Air Navigation Pro new theme.

4. Streets and Places





One final bonus feature now available on Android is the Streets and Places search. This is clearly valuable for anyone flying visually to locate their destination or trying to over fly Mom's house to wave or stop by for a story.

Easily access the Open Street Map. Streets and Places search database via a yearly subscription and while you’re there, check out Air Navigation Pro subscription options on services.xample.ch. Both iPad and Android users can appreciate the team at Air Navigation Pro who keep the Android version and iOS versions updated with the best and latest options for pilots. It’s so good, you’d think you were flying with a full crew of supportive flight assistants and co-pilots. 


What is your favorite Android 2.2 feature? Let us know in the comments below!

to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro Android, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Do you have a cool Air Navigation Pro story you want to share? Send us a message in one of our social media accounts Facebook, Instagram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team


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