07 November 2019

Air Navigation Pro v3.5 for Android New Release: New Local Data Sync Tool and Coordinates Support





Air Navigation Pro v3.5 for Android New Release: New Local Data Sync Tool and Coordinates Support

With Air Navigation Pro v3.5 for Android, pilots can now enjoy some additional useful features to match the functionality of Air Navigation Pro iOS. We have made it even easier for you to export and import data with improved support of data formats. Additionally, this new release includes the support of different varieties of coordinate formats for your waypoints.


Here are the Air Navigation Pro 3.5 highlights explained:

LOCAL DATA SYNC

Air Navigation Pro introduces a new Local Data Sync tool. The key benefit is a simple way of managing the data on your device and adding new data easily. This feature allows pilots to export and import data like routes, waypoints, flights, etc. into Air Navigation Pro through a web interface. This is a useful function when it comes to sharing information with a friend, copying the data for use across multiple devices or for doing a backup before reinstalling the app. The webserver view represents the actual data on the device. Any changes via the webserver is directly changing the device data immediately.

Here's a guide to Local Data Sync:

You can enable Local Data Sync via Configuration menu. A green indicator will appear once the toggle button is enabled and you will find a web URL below the tool's name.


In order to access the web URL, launch a web browser on your computer or device and type this address in the URL bar. Both the Android device running your application and your computer or device must be connected on the same wifi network. 



On the web interface, here are the different types of data on the left sidebar menu:





Routes

Want to copy your saved routes across devices?  This menu displays a list of routes created in Air Navigation Pro. Export your saved routes from one device and import them to another device through Local Data Sync. This data supports text and GPX format files.



If you have multiple routes with the same route legs, each route will be displayed per row.





To import routes, tap the upload button and browse your file of interest to add it in the list of routes on your device.




Clicking on Delete will immediately erase the data from Air Navigation Pro.



Waypoints

Are your waypoints updated? Air Navigation Pro takes care in updating the database. In order to get these monthly updates, subscribe to our subscription package available in our Store.

Air Navigation Pro allows you to create and import your collected user waypoints at your convenience. Ideally, it will save you time when you have hundreds or even thousands of them. Text and GPX format files are supported on exporting and importing waypoints. Simply tap the upload button to start importing. 


Once waypoints are imported, you will find them in the Air Navigation Pro under User waypoints.



An alert dialog will appear when duplicating waypoints with the same existing waypoints identifier.



Tap Download to export waypoints.  To remove, tap Delete.



Flights

Want to store your recorded flights? Air Navigation Pro allows you to record your flight. When your recorded flights are saved on the device, they are also shown on this menu as a list of flights. You don't want to lose them when you install your app on another device. Saving your recorded flights is just a click away. Download the KML file and it can be shared with other Air Navigation Pro users or in third-party apps such as Google Earth.


Your list of recorded flights can be found under Flight Tracking in the app.





Logbook

Want to share your flight logs with friends? One of the essential features in Air Navigation Pro is the ability to keep a track of your flight time. This menu displays your total flight logs per month, organised from your oldest flight entries to the latest ones. Tap Download to export a text format file.




Please note that logbook in text format can be imported via Local Data Sync only.



Airspaces

Flying with old airspaces? Pilots must know the rules of the air to ensure safety in flying. Aside from waypoints, you can customise airspaces with Air Navigation Pro following the two well-known Airspace file formats - OpenAir and Tim Newport-Peace. 

OpenAir file extensions are .txt and .oar.
Tim Newport-Peace file extensions are .sua and .air.



Tap the upload button to import your airspaces and they will be displayed on the moving map in Air Navigation Pro.






Approach Charts

Still flying with paper charts? Available via our country subscription, Air Navigation Pro offers georeferenced approach charts.

When installing an approach charts in Air Navigation Pro, data will display on this menu. 
Moreover, you can import your own PDF document and associate it to a specific waypoint. Make sure to add the 4-letter ICAO code of an airport at the beginning of the file name followed by an underscore and alphanumeric characters where you want the PDF to appear. For your user waypoints, enter the waypoint identifier, followed by the underscore and alphanumeric characters.  

Example of a file naming:  LSGY_appcharts.pdf



In order to open the imported PDF document in Air Navigation Pro, tap the waypoint on the moving map and select the document from the popover.





You can also view and manage files via the Documents tool. Go directly to the Documents menu and under User Documents tap each document.


If Air Navigation Pro cannot find a match airfield with an existing waypoint ID, a dialog will appear to check if your document name is correct.





Import/Export via 3rd Party


But wait, there's more! Air Navigation Pro has updated new methods for your data file types. You may want to consider sending your routes, airspaces, approach charts, and waypoints into the app through email or other external apps like File Manager and other locations such as Google Drive.

To import via email, send your compatible file via email to your account configured on your device.
Open the message received on your device, tap on the file and select Open with Air Navigation. 



To load via direct file import, tap the file where it is stored and select Air Navigation





COORDINATES SUPPORT

Air Navigation Pro for Android has now fully implemented the coordinates system to make your flight planning and navigation easier.

In order to get the desired waypoints by entering coordinates, go to Configuration >> Settings >> Coordinates.




 A yellow check mark will display against the select format or grid.




From the Quick Search, enter the coordinates following the format or grid. To avoid confusion between grids, enter the two-letter code of the selected country. 




After tapping the search result, it displays on the moving map.




On a side note, along with this release are various bug fixes. We have also removed the strong alerts in compliance with the new aeronautical standards. With these enhanced features, we hope to make your experience even better and will find Air Navigation Pro a time-saving application. 




If you have questions that are not listed above, feel free to leave a comment below or message us on Facebook or visit our FAQ page and support centre .



Are you a pilot with cool travel stories that you want to share? Send us a message on our social media accounts Facebook , Instragram or send us an e-mail at irish.ann@airnavigation.aero.




to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro in iOS and Android, 
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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27 September 2019

Air Navigation Pro v3.4 for Android is here! New ScratchPad tool plus Import KML files




Air Navigation Pro v3.4 for Android is here!
New ScratchPad tool plus Import KML files


The latest Air Navigation Pro v3.4 for Android contains two great new features, as requested by some of our users.

Users can now use the new ScratchPad tool for capturing information, especially useful during flight.  The application also allows the importing of external KML files so that you can see the KML data overlaid directly on the moving map.  Additionally included are some visual improvements for a better EFB compliance, as well as native support of your 64bit Android device.

With these key advancements, here are the Air Navigation Pro v3.4 feature highlights:

ScratchPad 

One of the most useful tools in an EFB is a way to quickly capture notes during a flight.
With the Air Navigation Pro, we wanted to ensure such a tool met most pilots needs. 

The challenges to address:
  • Easily accessible and quick to dismiss
  • Simple to use at a glance
  • Doesn’t impact the visual information on the moving map
  • Support for saving your most commonly used labels
  • Maintaining your scratchpad data into your flight log

The Air Navigation Pro v3.4 ScratchPad feature is the result and it is now available on both tablet and phone devices.  To help you get the most out of this exciting feature, we have broken down some common usage information below.

Easily Accessible and quick to dismiss

To access the ScratchPad, just two taps is required.  

On your tablet, tap Tools then ScratchPad.  


On your phone, tap Configuration, then under the Tools section, tap ScratchPad.



This opens the scratchpad as a distinguishable but unobtrusive transparent layer above the moving map.  Both phone and tablet versions work exactly the same way.

To dismiss, simply tap the (x) in the top right corner and return to the moving map.  When reopened, it automatically opens to the last scratch page you were using.


Simple to use at a glance

We realise that flying the plane is the most important task and anything that takes away from that is not helpful.  So any in-flight feature needs to be simple, clear and easy to use.

Want to erase what you have written?  Tap the eraser icon in the bottom right hand corner.






Quickly navigate through your created pages. Use the page navigation icons to go forward and backwards in your scratchpad.




Create a new page?  Open a new scratch page with the (+) icon in the bottom right hand corner.  The scratchpad is dynamic, so you can create the right number of pages for your needs.



The quick settings for the page will open.  Simply make any changes you need and tap Done.  Your new page is ready to use.





Change page settings?  Tap the page number in the page navigation to open its specific settings.  Update as required and tap Done to apply and close.




Enable or disable a background grid guide.  When enabled, a helpful grid is shown.  Perfect if you need to draw accurate lines or directions, or just want a guide for better writing.

Enable labels. Select from one of the system defined or your own predefined labels, or even create a Custom label on the fly.  

Create your custom label on the fly.  Just select Custom... and type your comma separated text into the field below.  Need to update it?  Just edit.  When Done, the updated labels will appear on your page.



Delete a page?  If you want to permanently remove a page, tap the bin icon in the top left hand corner.  If this is the only page in your scratchpad, the scratchpad will close.  A blank, new page the next time you start the scratchpad.


Doesn’t impact the visual information on the moving map

The moving map and associated information such as alerts continue to show and update below the transparent scratchpad, meaning you don’t take your eyes off key information.


Support for saving your most commonly used labels

Predefine those commonly used labels so they are ready whenever you need them.

Tap Config, then Settings then tap ScratchPad.




The ScratchPad settings will open.




Choose if you prefer the background grid to be on or off by default.  Of course you can always override this on any specific page.

To create a label is easy.  Tap + Label to create a new label and simply type the text in the open window, using commas to separate the label content.  Tap Back to apply.

All your existing predefined labels are shown for you to manage.  These will show up as Label options available for you to select from in every Scratch page.  

To edit your existing label, tap the specific label.  Slide to Delete if no longer required.




Maintaining your scratchpad data into your flight log

Once your flight is over, any scratch pages created during the flight are automatically saved to the flight log.  To access, just open the Logbook under Tools and select the saved flight.

Any flights with a scratchpad attached have a yellow paper clip icon in the Notes section.  Just tap to open your saved scratchpad in a read only view.  A grey paper clip just indicates no scratchpad attached to the flight.  Tap close to return to your flight log.





Import KML Files

We know that sometimes you will have information from external sources that you wish to portray on the moving map.  Now Air Navigation Pro for Android supports the import of standard KML format files.  To make life easier, you can even directly import KML and KMZ files from email or from your files, such as Google Drive and on device.  KMZ files are compressed (zipped) KML files, so they are automatically unpacked in the app.

Simply choose Air Navigation Pro as the application to open the file with and the file will be imported directly and visible on the moving map.



To see the files imported and select which one(s) to make visible on the moving map, select Imported KML files in the Tools menu.




Each KML file is shown.  Simply tap to select or deselect.  A check mark will show to indicate which is selected and the data will be visible in the moving map.  Select or deselect all that you require.



To delete the data permanently from the application, simply swipe to the left to Delete.




 EFB Compliance


To ensure our application is not only serving your needs but adhering to the common standards for Electronic Flight Bag applications, we have done some minor updates to be more compliant with accepted international standards.

These also bring a benefit in the flight experience.  As some examples, we have now coloured the runway information in the waypoint to reflect the surface, so a visual glance seeing a green runway and you can know it is grass.  Any sign of red in the application and you know to pay attention as it reflects an emergency situation.





With these noted features as well as minor bug fixes and full support of Google’s native 64 bit devices, we hope our users will enjoy these improvements in Air Navigation Pro v3.4 for Android.  May blue skies flying with Air Navigation Pro will be an even easier and better experience.  

Check out this video highlighting the key features in Air Navigation Pro version 3.4 for Android.  Watch the video on our YouTube channel.




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