08 February 2019

Air Navigation Pro Monthly Inbox - January 2019


This year again, we will continue to provide our users the answers on how to make navigation smooth and convenient with Air Navigation Pro. If you are new to Air Navigation Pro, you can look into this blog and find some of the frequently asked questions in our 2018 Monthly Inbox.

As we kick start the year, we would like to thank all of you for reaching out to us, and helping us making Air Navigation Pro a better application.

Here are the top questions for the month of January:

1. How to delete a saved VFR route on my flight planning application?

Air Navigation Pro allows you to create your own data through custom waypoint, and saved routes. If you want to delete a saved route within the app, swipe from right to left under Route module on your iOS device. 


Click the Route icon to see the list of routes. 



Then, select the route that you want to remove. Swipe from right to left in order to delete it. 


For Routes saved on your account, you can delete it via the Services website. 

Login using your services account then go to Routes. 


Select the Route that you want to delete and click the delete button. 


Go back to the app and check the deleted route. 


In your Android device, under route module, tap X from each route to delete.





2. How to use the Obstacles database for my VFR flights? 

VFR flights require pilots to constantly keep their eyes outside the cockpit to navigate, control the aircraft's altitude, and to avoid obstacles and other aircrafts.

With Air Navigation Pro, you can acquire the Obstacles Database if you purchase the Premium Country Package in selected countries like France, Switzerland, Norway and Finland or, you can purchase it as an individual product in our Store. Once installed, toggle on the button "Obstacles" under Map options.




For more information about the Obstacles feature, you can refer to this post - Air Navigation Pro Obstacle Database

3. How can I import airspace files to my Air Navigation Pro app?

For the meantime, importing airspace files is only available in Air Navigation Pro iOS version. You can import airspaces files through the embedded Webserver, in the <Airspace> tab. To access the Webserver, enable it in on your Air navigation Pro device.

Go to Configuration >> Settings >> scroll down to see "Data import/export over http" 


Enable the Data import/export setting then copy the website URL.



To access the embedded web server, type the address in the URL bar. After that, Air Navigation website should appear in your browser. To import a file, press the file icon with the blue arrow on the right side of the Airspaces row.  


A popup will appear on top of the page. Chose the file that you want to import. Air Navigation is compatible with two well known Airspace file formats: OpenAir and Tim Newport-Peace. OpenAir files must have a ".txt" file extension. While Tim Newport-Peace must have an "air" file extension. Make sure not to include special characters in the file name.


After importing, the chosen file will automatically appear in the Webserver. 


You can check the imported airspace file on your Air Navigation Pro app.



4. How can I remove the imported airspace file from the app?

Same with importing, in order to remove the imported files from the app, delete them via the Webserver. Once deleted, it will no longer display both in the Webserver and in the app.




At the moment, special characters in the file name are not yet supported. As workaround, before importing airspace files, rename them first with an alphanumeric characters so that airspace files will no longer appear from the app when imported files are deleted via Webserver.

For more information about the Embedded Webserver, please read the user manual here.

5. "I have already subscribed to Air Navigation Pro Aeronautical Database and I currently have more than 3 months left within my subscription. I want to purchase the country package in PlayStore, could you explain how your pricing works for this?"

Answer: Since you still have more than 3 months left in your first subscription, then the expiration date of the country package will be carried over to your first subscription, giving you the same expiration date. 

"I have already subscribed to Air Navigation Pro Aeronautical Database and I currently have less than 3 months remaining from my subscription. I want to purchase the country package in PlayStore, could you explain how your pricing works for this?"

Answer: The remaining months left from your first subscription (Aeronautical Database) will be added on top of the whole year of the new package (Country Package) expiration date. 


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 center .

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 charlyne@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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28 January 2019

Air Navigation Pro Feature: Elevation Graph


The Elevation Graph is one of the features that you can get with our Premium Country Packages. You also get this feature individually in our Services site and in the Store in the Air Navigation Pro app. To get the updated Elevation Graph feature, make sure you're logged on to your Air Navigation Pro account. If you do not have the updated Elevation Graph, the app will inform you that you need to download the missing data. 



Once you have this feature, every time you add a route on edit mode, the elevation graph will show you the terrain on the route. You can also see the terrain below the route displayed in green. Air Navigation Pro scans along a corridor wider than the route then displays the terrains it finds in red.



The great thing about this feature, you will receive a warning if your route collides with the ground. If you want to climb or descend too fast, the Elevation feature will also give you a warning.

This feature is also limited to one country only.


Are you a pilot with cool travel stories and you want to be featured on our blog? Send us a message on our social media accounts Facebook , Instragram or send us an e-mail to charlyne@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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21 January 2019

Air Navigation Pro Pilot Feature: Christofer Rossi from Sweden



Christofer Rossi is a 26 year-old helicopter pilot from Sandviken, Sweden. Before he started flying, he used to compete in cross country skiing and biathlon. Now, he works for Arctic Air and spends his free time going on sightseeing flights usually in a Swedish ski resort. He and his dad shared the same passion for flying.


What do you love most about flying?

There are a lot of things I love about flying, but the best part for me is all the magical moments you get to experience. To be able to land pretty much anywhere you want and see places that would be difficult to reach on the ground is just incredible. Sometimes I have to pinch myself while flying just to see if I am dreaming or if it's real.



What is your favorite aircraft?

It's hard to say because it usually depends on its purpose. For the type of flying that I've been doing so far, I just love the Bell 206 Jet and Long Ranger that we have in our fleet. It's really impressive because somehow it still flies like a dream even though those aircrafts are almost 40 years old (thanks to the awesome maintenance guys who keep it that way). 

Aside from that, I'm also a huge fan of the Cherry Red Bell 429 WLG with the white/red MAG interior Bell that has displays around the world, despite the fact that I'd rather be a bush pilot than flying VIP. It's such a gorgeous aircraft!

The Airbus H130 is a true favorite as well. I've never flown any of them though, so who knows if I would feel the same if I got the chance.


What is your favorite destination so far?

Since I just started my flying career, I haven't gotten the chance to see many places yet but so far my favorite (without a doubt) is Vuoggatjalme in the northern parts of Sweden where I spent more than two months this past summer. With only 8 permanent residents and about 100 km to the closet urban area, it's not for everyone, but the surroundings is just wow.




What is your dream travel destination?

There are so many places that I dream about that I can't possibly choose just one. To name a few; flying safari lights and transfers in Botswana, scenic flights in South Africa, air tours in the Grand Canyon, USA and heli-skiing in BC, Canada.

How did you come across Air Navigation Pro?

I came across Air Navigation Pro when I was in flight school. When I was a student, we were taught how to use regular paper charts but sometimes our teachers let us use the app for training purposes.

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

- A user friendly interface that is well made and easy to understand, and lots of simple but very handy tools like the 2,5,10 min marks on the heading line.

- The possibility to share your flights so your family can keep track of you and follow your journey.

- Being able to see other Air Navigation Pro users on the map when they're flying, which increases your situational awareness.

- A good selection of aeronautical charts and databases

- The automatic logbook and flight recorder



Have you tried other navigating apps?

I have taken a look at Sky Demon which seems to have some handy features as well but I didn't like their layout and charts, so the decision to stick with Air Navigation Pro was an easy one. It has a much cleaner look and its easier to understand, together with better features overall.

Can you please tell me a story of the best times you have had with our app?

The best one yet has to be me and my friend's trip from Sweden to the Czech Republic in a MD500 last November 2017. My friend is a flight instructor and I joined him in his flight, I was in-charge of  the navigation and radio communication.

Unfortunately, due to some bad weather, our trip was delayed and it lasted longer than planned although it was still worth it.

Prior to that trip, I only had one day to plan for it and I was really happy that I have my Air Navigation Pro app available. With it, I could try out different routes in an instant and save the best ones as separate legs. While flying, it also gave me all the information I needed and made my task a lot easier.

This was also the first time I got to try out the flights sharing feature. On our way back I shared our flight with my mother and uncle, so they could keep track of us all the way from the Czech Republic to Sweden, via Germany and Denmark.



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

I would tell them about Air Navigation Pro's clean look and user friendly interface, all the great features that it has, and also give them a quick demonstration on my iPad. It makes flight planning a breeze and increases your situational awareness in the sky. Go give it a try!

What do you do when you're not flying?

At the moment, I only fly during summer. If I'm not in the sky, I rent out skis, I work as a customer support agent for an airline and a caretaker/janitor. In my spare time I like to go skiing/snowboarding, snowmobiling during the winter, riding my mountain bike during the summer, and photograph all year-round.

What do you see yourself doing three years from now?

Staying healthy and flying full time somewhere in the  world, whether it be here in Sweden or in another country.




What is your favorite flying memory?

One I will always remember is when I got the chance to follow a reindeer herding in the Norwegian side of the border. Our helicopter had a 50-hour inspection and we took off at 17:40 from home base. The herding was estimated to take 3-5 hours, but due to warm temperatures it took us the whole night and we eventually shut the helicopter down at 08:41 in the morning, clocking 14:8 hours on the engine. I was awake and on the ground all night and only flew when we had to get more fuel, but with blue skies and a sun that never really set, I couldn't complain.

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

Flying is something everyone should try at least once if they have the chance to do it. I've been dreaming about it since I was young and my dad, who also had a dream of becoming a helicopter pilot, took me with him on a few sightseeing flights.

I always thought that it would be fun to be able to fly myself, but at the same time it felt so out of reach for me that maybe I didn't have what it takes to do it.

Fast forward 10-15 years and look at me now. Still have a massive amount of things to learn and experience to gain, but with enough will and determination, it's definitely possible. Being up in the air is such a liberating feeling, you get to see places you probably wouldn't otherwise and there will always be something new to learn.

You also get to meet amazing people along the way! So keep on dreaming, never doubt yourself and fly safe out there! It's the best office in the world!


Find out more about Christofer's journey in Instagram.




If you're interested to read more about our users in the aviation industry, you can check out our other pilot features:
- Air Navigation Pro Pilot Feature: Thierry Gaucher from Paris
- Arnaud of Latécoère Aircraft Rally 2018
- Marcelo Riegel from Brazil
- Kirsten Augustyn from Norway
- Stanislav Klajban from The Canary Islands

We've got other articles for you to know more about our other features and highlights:
- Air Navigation Pro Offers The Standard Worldwide Package
- Air Navigation Pro Subscription Packages are now available on iOS with a 2-week free trial!
 
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 charlyne@airnavigation.aero.



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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15 January 2019

Air Navigation Pro Monthly Inbox December 2018


While we're continuously working on developing the Air Navigation Pro app to be the flight assistant that you need, our support team gathers all your questions and feedback. After that they compile it into a list so that it can be easier for you, our users, to navigate through Air Navigation Pro.

Here are the top questions for the month of December:

1. How to create custom waypoints?

For iOS, by adding the exact coordinates or using your current position, go to Tools >> Customer Waypoints Editor >> Add a new waypoint.





For Android, go to Tools >> Custom waypoints editor >> and tap the icon "+" then indicate the waypoint information.




Another way to do this is when or when you're not in Edit mode. All you have to do is long press the exact location from the map then select "Save Waypoint". After that, a waypoint editor will pop up and you have to fill out and edit the information needed. This is applicable to both iOS and Android.




2. Why can't I see the Elevation View?

The Elevation Graph is one of the features that you can get with our Country Packages subscription.You can download this data for free and once you already have it installed in your region, the elevation graph will display terrain information.

In order to display the Elevation View, enable the "Profile View" from "Map Options".



3. The charts look like some parts are missing.




After purchasing charts from different countries, these set of charts will automatically display on the map that will cause it to Overlay. Different layers of the map will display and it will look like some parts are missing but they're not. To avoid the charts from overlaying, simply move it up or down, placing the specific chart that you want to use on top of the list. Go to Map Options >> Long press the line-marks and drag it up or down depending where you want to place it.




Another way is to select one chart that you want to be displayed on the map and turn off the rest.


4. Is 3D Data required for Terrain Awareness?
The 3D Data is another feature of terrain awareness that displays a layer on the moving map showing terrain that is or at above current altitude. Red-colored terrains are zones that are above current altitude while yellow terrains are below the current position which is up to 50m. It requires the 3D Data of a particular region for this feature to work. After purchasing, install it on your device and then enable "Terrain Awareness" from Map options to display.




5. Can I import a list of waypoints using an iOS device?
Yes, you can. Importing a list of waypoints can be done through an embedded Web-server. Make a  spreadsheet and encode all the information needed by following the file structure. After encoding, save it as UTF8 format to support special characters. Then, you just need to turn on a few settings on your device.


Go to Configuration >> Settings >> scroll down to see "Data import/export over http"


Enable the Data import/export setting then copy the website URL 


To access the embedded web server, type the address in the URL bar. After that, Air Navigation web site should appear in your navigator. To import  a file, press the file icon with the blue arrow on the right side of the group name.  


A popup will appear on top of the page. Chose the file that you want to import. 


After a file is selected, it will automatically upload in the webserver. 


To check the imported file, go to Tools >> Custom Waypoints Editor. The imported files will automatically appear. 



For more information about the Embedded Webserver, please read the user's manual from this link below: www.manual.arinavigation.aero 


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 center .

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 charlyne@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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