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Aerovie
Pilots Guide

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Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started
  2. Aircraft Profiles
  3. Creating a Route
  4. Base Maps
  5. Synthetic Vision
  6. Vertical Weather Profile
  7. Terrain Profile
  8. Checklists
  9. Nearby PIREP Alerting
  10. Settings
  11. New PIREP (Pilot Report)
  12. Briefing
  13. Filing
  14. Map Instrument Bar
  15. Procedures
  16. Alternate Planning Tool
  17. Preview Departure / Arrival Procedures
  18. GPS Following / Track Up
  19. Route Rubberbanding
  20. Overlays
  21. Airports
  22. Plates

Table of Contents (cont)

  1. Downloads
  2. Portable TAWS & flight monitoring
  3. ADS-B Weather & Traffic
  4. Apple Watch
  5. Troubleshooting

Preface

Aerovie has an intuitive user interface that encourages learning by exploration. This guide is designed for both new users and advanced users. You will find many definitions, symbols, and colors relevant to Aerovie features found in this guide. This is a living document that will be frequently modified, so check back frequently for current versions. We encourage you to submit recommendations, clarifications, and suggestions to us at: aero_info@aerovie.com. 

Thank you for choosing Aerovie.


Getting Started

When first opening Aerovie, it may ask you for access to your GPS. We recommend you enable this to show your current aircraft position on the moving map. If you select ‘no’, and later change your mind, please visit the iPhone or iPad Settings → Privacy Settings → Location Services and tap on ‘Aerovie’. This will be required to use Portable TAWS.

If you do not already have an Aerovie account, tap CREATE ACCOUNT to start a new Aerovie account.

Let’s take a look at the buttons in the header as you view Aerovie for the first time:

If you do not see the full list of icons, such as the case on a iPhone, you may need to tap the arrow to see them as indicated on the right:


Aircraft Profile


If you intend to use Aerovie to the maximum potential as an full EFB, and for flight-plan filing, or just weather briefings you will need to create at least one aircraft profile. Let’s get started by opening the flight plan page:

iPad

Tap anywhere in the blue box.


iPhone

Tap on the Flight Plan Tab then anywhere in the blue box.


After tapping on the blue box you will see the flight plan editing page. This is a scrollable list with various flight plan options. If you intend to file using Aerovie this information will need to be filled out once, much will remain the same from flight to flight. For now we’re creating a aircraft profile so let’s tap on the the first row as indicated below (left). Next find the list of available aircraft profiles. To select a different profile, just tap on the row. Let’s add a new aircraft profile by tapping the button marked on the right with a +.

Tapping anywhere on the map page may close this modal, if this happens just tap the blue box again.

Fill out the below information to create a aircraft profile. For ICAO type it must be a valid ICAO identifier. Use the below link if you’re not sure what your aircraft ICAO type is:

http://www.icao.int/publications/DOC8643/Pages/Search.aspx

We recommend entering the highest altitude you’re willing to fly or your aircraft is capable of in feet. The fuel rate can be expressed in GPH (Gallons Per Hour) or PPH (Pounds Per Hour). For high performance aircraft it may be advantageous to create a performance profile table. If you create a performance table, Aerovie will place a marker on your mapped route showing top of climb and beginning of descent. Then Aerovie will calculate more accurate enroute times and fuel burn. Aerovie then uses the predicted winds aloft to calculate the most efficient altitude.

Aircraft Profile : Performance Table

Enter each altitude in which a significant change in performance is expected in your type aircraft. Aerovie will use linear interpolation between altitudes listed.

Aerovie cannot use a table entry in which any field is zero. When all fields are non-zero, the red background changes to white.

The first field offered is 1,000 msl. The values entered in this field are carried forward when 'Add Altitude' is touched.

TIP: Altitudes are in 1,000 foot increments. If you want larger altitude increments, tap past the altitudes you don't care to use, then go back and remove unwanted intermediate altitudes by swiping the altitude to the left, then touch 'Delete'. You may also just tap the altitude and change it.

 Note some of the data is indicated for cruise and some for climb. Cruise TAS & fuel burn is only calculated after reaching this altitude. When finished it’s very important you tap SAVE. 


Creating a route

Before preparing to create a route it’s important we enter the correct departure date/time. Aerovie can plan winds and weather up to 8 days in advance, but the closer to the time of departure the more accurate the data becomes.

To set the date/time, tap on the blue box from the FPL tab as discussed in Aircraft Profile. We also recommend setting the flight plan rules you intend to use and fuel aboard for planning. The fuel and flight rules will be saved from flight to flight unless you change them.


Creating a route : Search Box

Tap in the search box below and enter a route. For example: KMKC KMDW (hitting enter) will replace your existing route. Airport identifiers, waypoint names, VORs, and airways can all be entered. In addition a cruising altitude can be entered.

Here are a few examples:

KMKC TOP V4 GLD KDEN

The victor 4 entry point is TOP and the exit point is GLD. It is essential to enter entry and exit points on airways.

KMKC TCM/040/20 KDEN

Identifier/RADIAL/DISTANCE can be entered as a waypoint. In this case it’s the 040 degree radial from the TCM VOR at 20 nautical miles.

KMKC ROYAL7.TONCE.RW19 KDSM

Departure and arrival procedures may be entered in the following format: DP-IDENT.TRANSITION.RWY

KTOP

Entering a single airport identifier in the search box will open the airport information page. This can be used for quick retrieval of a specific airport information without adding or editing your flight route.

KMKC LEXIN V10 V586 MCM KMBY

Airway to airway routing is possible (w/o entry/exit points) if the airways intersect even if there is no designated intermediate crossing waypoint. A Lat/Long will be calculated to make the transition.


Creating a route : Waypoint Editor

To start entering a route using the waypoint editor make sure you’re on the editing tab as indicated below for iPad. For iPhone see below:

iPad

iPhone

Tapping in the areas indicated above will open the keyboard to begin entering waypoints and airports. Start with entering the first airport or identifier:


When entering waypoints you will notice a search box will appear to assist you in entering waypoints, airports, and VORs. Based on your present GPS position an ordered list will appear. If you find the item you’re looking for just tap on the item to add it. Sometimes a single character is enough to find what you’re looking for.

Once you’ve entered the full name/identifier hitting the spacebar will sequence to the next waypoint entry.

Hitting return will add the waypoint and close the keyboard

Creating a route : Waypoint Management

Repositioning

You may hold down on a waypoint and then reposition the order in your flight route by dragging it to a different position. A gap will appear to indicate where you’re dropping the waypoint.

Deleting

Holding down an item and dragging it off of the editing area will show a trashcan icon, releasing the item will delete the waypoint.

Tapping on a single item will reveal additional controls.

DELETE WAYPOINT = delete item

D-> = Add GPS present position direct to waypoint

MAKE ACTIVE LEG = make this the active leg segment of the route

ADD WAYPOINT = add a single waypoint/VOR/airport before or after this item.


Creating a route : Deleting route

Tapping on CLEAR FPL on the editing tool will delete the entire route on both iPad and iPhone.

Tapping the Waypoint List tab of FPL gives individual route segment distances, fuel, time, and headings.

Recently Filed = Recently cleared ATC routes (presently around 24 hours), TEC & preferred routes. If the list is empty, try bigger airport city-pairs nearby.

Reverse route = Reverse the route order.


Creating a route : Weather Awareness

Aerovie’s route editor offers incredible situational awareness all calculated automatically. Up to 8 days in advance forecast weather is used based on the time of departure & time enroute (based on aircraft speed). Let’s take a look at a few of these:

  1. Airport identifier color code: VFR (green), MVFR (blue), IFR (red), and LIFR (magenta)
  2. ICE = Based on route, time of departure, and cruising altitude somewhere along this point ice may be encountered based on Skew-T sounding saturation levels and temperatures.
  3. IMC = Based on route, time of departure, and cruising altitude somewhere along this point IMC may be encountered based on Skew-T soundings.
  4. TER = Based on altitude selected somewhere along the flight the altitude may be very close to terrain.
  5. ALT = Alternate airport may be required based on the 1, 2, 3 rule.
  6. Moon symbol = Based on the dept/arrival time night passenger currency may be required.
  7. Sun symbol = Dept/arrival time is close to sunset, use caution for glare
  8. Caution symbol = Dept/arrival time may present a sun glare hazard based on forecast winds & sky conditions.
  9. Distance, Time enroute (with HW/TW component) and fuel required is indicated in the bottom row.


Creating a route : Altitude Selector Tool

Tapping the flight plan editor (blue box) as discussed in creating a aircraft profile. Then tapping on the (+) icon next to the proposed altitude, will open the Altitude Selector Tool. This Tool shows the conditions forecast for each altitude in 2K increments (odd if eastbound, even if westbound) up to your declared service ceiling. Based on winds aloft, it shows ETE, the HW/TW component, VMC/IMC conditions, ice, and expected fuel consumption (based on your entered burn). Note that the first-hour fuel consumption rate that you entered is not adjusted to cruise burn rate after the calculated end of climb, which is different to each altitude. Bear this in mind when estimating your average first-hour fuel burn.

The left circle allow for easy identification of potential hazards such as:

Red = Hazard such as terrain or ice.

Blue = Headwind or IMC

Missing = No significant hazard but no significant tailwind

Green = Free of IMC/ICE & tailwind

Green highlighted row = The fastest time enroute free of ICE

To change altitudes just tap on the row you desire.


Base Maps

A base map is the foundation of your globe and Aerovie provides many different options for you. Let’s go through them, highlighted in red requires a data connection, green is available offline.

VFR charts = VFR raster sectional charts from the FAA viewable with a data connection.

VFR Charts (Offline) = VFR charts that have been downloaded to this device only. This is for in-flight.

AeroVector Map = Aerovie data driven vector based charts. This simply requires current databases downloaded and useful for in-flight.

IFR Low = Low-altitude raster IFR enroute charts requiring a data connection.

IFR Low (offline) = Downloaded Low-altitude IFR charts for in-flight.

IFR High = High altitude raster IFR enroute charts requiring a data connection.

IFR High (offline) = Downloaded High altitude IFR charts for in-flight.

Terrain = Downloaded raster terrain basemap

Street = Online street maps, requires a data connection

Satellite = Online satellite maps, requires a data connection.

Synthetic Vision

Synthetic Vision is a great way to follow along on your route of flight as a forward view of terrain, obstacles, airports, and glidepath. Synthetic Vision is not a replacement for a primary or suitable backup artificial horizon. Use this tool for situational awareness only.

Synthetic vision may be used with a valid AHRS source. If AHRS data is not provided SynVis is still useful but the attitude will report level pitch and roll.

Compatible AHRS sources:

For Cockpit:

OpenFlightSolutions FlightBox with AHRS

iLevil devices

Dual XPGS190

Simulators

X-Plane

Infinite Flight

MS Flight Simulator/Prepar3D with FSXFlight

Synthetic Vision : Awareness

Here is a great example of Aerovie’s synthetic vision in-use at Palm Springs. Notice the elevation and airport identifier are clearly identifiable. To the left of the HSI the airport, runway aligned with, runway length, distance to runway, and higher of published visual slope degrees or user set angle. Highway in the sky boxes are provided for slope alignment. Terrain highlighting is visible in the distance with red = below or near terrain, yellow = within ~1,000’ of terrain.

On the right side find the SynVis settings. You may change heading source between GPS track or MAG source. If MAG is selected but none provided to Aerovie, GPS track will be used instead. You may also change altitude sources between the internal BARO or GPS altitude sensors, set the glideslope for highway in the sky boxes, and finally the bottom icon will sync the current attitude as 0 degrees pitch, and 0 degrees roll. This is useful to mount a portable AHRS device in any position.

Synthetic Vision : Takeoff & landing roll

Once you’ve crossed the threshold of the runway the distance remaining will be indicated on the left side of the screen along with the runway you’re currently on.

Example of obstacles in SynVis. Refer to 'Obstacle Overlays', page 83-84, for a description of each obstacle icon.


Vertical Weather Profile

A vertical weather profile is your route in the vertical slice from departure to destination. Weather information is time smeared based on your aircraft speed upon reaching each intermediate nearby airport. This tool provides information out 8 days. However, certain information such as advisories (AIRMETs & SIGMETs) are only available if departing within the next few hours. AIRMETs are shown when they are valid as a G-AIRMET and not current.

Aerovie can calculate a vertical profile only after you choose a route and departure time. Then touch the puffy-cloud icon in the upper-right menu bar to raise or suppress the vertical profile.


Vertical Weather Profile : Details

Aerovie analyzes dozens of Skew-T (soundings) based on the time your aircraft will cross certain points along your route of flight. If your flight is departing within the next hours Aerovie will analyze radar imagery to find nearby precipitation which will be shown as follows:

Rain = Lower dbZ values and no lightning detected as rain mosaic.

Thunderstorm = High dbZ values OR lightning detected as thunderstorm mosaic

Snow = Snow showers detected as snow mosaic

Freezing Rain = Freezing Rain Detected as FZRN mosaic

The vertical extent to precipitation is the highest detected cloud or if no clouds exist then all altitudes. It is important to note the precipitation types are those received at the surface, different precipitation types may be encountered at altitude than depicted.

Soundings detect clouds accurately, but sounding forecasts are just predictions. In addition, neither soundings nor sounding forecasts can predict the timing or extent of cumulus clouds or thunderstorms.


Vertical Weather Profile : Icing

You may turn on/off various features of the vertical weather tool in OVERLAYs menu in vertical weather profile. One item is CIP & FIP (Icing Product). This is the AWC icing model. Aerovie shows you the icing charts in the vertical slice based again upon the time of crossing a specific station. The colors are identical to those provided by the AWC.

The colors in the vertical tool may appear just slightly lighter in color as they contain some alpha component to see the cloud layers behind them. For SLD on the vertical tool, solid red is indicated instead of a hatched area. It’s important to note if your planned departure time is exceeding the FIP icing model time (18 hours) the absence of icing in the vertical is not an indication icing may not be present. We recommend looking at the top down map as well as a part of a complete briefing.

Terrain Profile

To view the vertical terrain profile across your route of flight tap the terrain profile icon in the header menu. You will see a Terrain Profile at the bottom of the screen showing terrain clearance of <1000’ in yellow and below or near terrain in red. This is simply based on your cruise altitude and does not account for climb or descent. If your cruise altitude will eventually impact terrain the distance to strike is indicated as well as the worst case clearance.

To change cruise altitudes hold down on the altitude button and move vertically.


Checklists

Electronic checklists connected to a avionics input or headset via bluetooth is a great way to perform common tasks while keeping your head outside.

To open checklists tap on the checklist icon in the header:

Although you can load your entire checklist set for Normal, Abnormal, and Emergency procedures we recommend loading only the most frequently used items or the most important emergency items to reduce clutter. It's tedious to save checklists, but once you have added them they will be saved as you upgrade Aerovie versions.


Checklists : Editing

When editing a checklist the name is set at the top followed by the category. Next is the checklist items. You may swipe to delete, or hold down on a row and re-order it by dragging.

You may delay automatic sequencing between checklist items based on the delay slider depicted on the right. To pause between checklist items drag the slider all the way to the left.

Playing a checklist (tap on the checklist item). Tapping on the item will manually sequence or hit START to play audible recording.

Nearby PIREP Push Notifications

Aerovie can alert you to new pilot reports as they come in that did not exist at the time you started the notification. To enable this feature tap on the PIREP notification button, select the # of hours to notify you, the nautical miles from current GPS position and maximum altitude of the pilot report. Aerovie will run in the background and send you push notifications until you’ve manually stopped it or the hours has expired. NOTE: This feature is designed for preflight planning purposes for non ADSB PIREPs (LTE/cel. data)

Recent Flights

Recently created routes will show up in a auto expiring list. To quickly retrieve passed routes simply tap on the recent flights icon and tap on the item you’d like to add. Doing so will replace your existing route with the item you select.


Settings

The settings area accessed by the gear icon in the header of Aerovie accesses many user definable configuration settings to make your user experience personalized.

In addition the Settings area features the username you’ve logged in with, version # and build #. Settings also allow you to manage your current subscription with Aerovie.

Map Instrument Bar = This is the toolbar at the bottom.

Range Rings = Various range rings expressed graphically on the map in NM based on zoom level.

Extended Centerlines = Runway information for airports in your flight route.

Disable app auto-lock = To prevent app from going to sleep, you can keep the screen on until you close app or manually lock iPad.

Show offline taxi maps zooming = Automatically display taxi chart when zooming in.

Detect alternates in FPL = Automatically apply the 1,2, 3 rule to your flight route and display ALT icon if necessary.

Settings (cont)

Detect fuel stops in FPL = Automatically display fuel symbol in flight route when a fuel stop may be necessary.

FPL Climb/Descent Markers = If a performance profile has been created then display top of climb and beginning of descent markers on the map.

Suppress Distant Traffic = If this is turned on then only relevant traffic nearby position is displayed. This declutters the map.

Pre-landing briefing = Automatically play a landing briefing when approaching an airport heard over headset or bluetooth. (requires a connection)

Auto T/O/Landing Timer = This is the groundspeed (in knots) threshold to indicate in-flight. For most aircraft setting this to the rotation speed or stall is sufficient. High enough to prevent triggering when driving a car is ideal.

Annunciations, these are visual and aural alerts Aerovie monitors while in-flight.

Obstacles

Runways = approaching a runway or entering

GPS Unavail = If GPS signal is lost to device

Terrain = Enable Portable TAWS

Depressurization = Monitor high baro climb rate

Heartbeat = For Apple Watch users on iPhone monitor heartbeat with active flight timer on watch

Beats/min alert: Threshold for heart alarm

Changing Altitudes = Automatically report leaving an altitude.

Traffic Alert: Aural alerts for nearby traffic.

Settings (cont)

Annunciation Sensor = Use GPS Altitude Barometric Altitude Sensor =

NOTE: Using a barometric altitude requires setting local altimeter setting. If connected to an ADS-B receiver then the nearby barometric altitude is automatically updated.

Listen for Flight Simulators = Listen for X-Plane, FSXFlight, or FreeFlight.

LOGOUT = Logout of this account.

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Settings: Altitude Callouts

Altitude Callouts (see button on previous page)

Set custom climb and descent aural callouts heard over headset and/or bluetooth if connected.

These are in feet AGL taking into consideration runway elevation.

New PIREP (Pilot Report)

Tapping on the New Report icon in the upper right corner of the header will present the ADD REPORT page. You may select as many or as few items to report as you would like. The current GPS position and altitude is automatically entered as well as your CALLSIGN and ICAO TYPE. It’s a good idea to verify this information is correct. Pilot reports are transmitted over LTE/DATA or wifi. If you submit a pilot report in-flight and you do not have a data connection it will automatically attempt to re-transmit to LEIDOS Flight Services to be submitted into the national airspace system.  Transmission to LEIDOS must occur within one hour of pilot report creation currently. If you do enter a icing pilot report, a temperature is required.

New PIREP (Pilot Report) (cont)

It is only possible to enter in one cloud layer at a time. If you need to report another layer it’s a good idea to add this to the textual remarks or wait a few miles and submit another pilot report.

During an instrument approach or other busy time it’s a good idea to submit a pilot report when workload permits, such as after taxi and shutdown. To submit a historical pilot report find the location on the map you were at, approximately. Then hold down on the map until this screen appears on the left. Enter the report as you normally would but move the time slider to the approximate # of minutes the pilot report was observed. See right image for time slider.

The number of untransmitted pilot reports will be shown next to the new report icon.

New PIREP : Receipt

Upon receipt of pilot report by LEIDOS Flight Service you will receive a PUSH notification when it’s received:

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Briefing

Getting a full route briefing from Leidos Flight Services is as simple as tapping the BRIEF button. You will see a notice that the briefing is being retrieved from flight service and when it’s available it will be displayed:


Briefing : Continued

Once the textual briefing is available it will be displayed on the screen. Aerovie transmits your route, flight route, departure and destination, time of departure, and callsign information to Leidos for recording. In addition a copy of the briefing is emailed to you for your convenience.


Filing

Aerovie flight plans are filed via Leidos Flight Services. All flight plans are ICAO standard as per FAA requirements as of fall 2017. The first time you file a flight plan with Aerovie will require some filling out of required information on the ICAO flight plan form. Once you’ve added this information it’s fairly straightforward to file a new plan.

Let’s tap on the blue box in the FPL tab (as discussed in creating a aircraft profile)

On the left: Verify route of flight, rules, altitude, departure time, and fuel on board

On the right: Verify time enroute, fuel on board, # of people, any remarks, number of aircraft, and any ICAO STS special handling codes.

Filing (cont)

On the left verify the equipment ICAO type, ICAO Aircraft equipment, color, surveillance equipment, wake turbulence category, and home base. Tapping on A/C Equipment reveals a list of equipment options. Just tap the items that match your aircraft equipment and tap SAVE.

On the left you will need to enter pilot information once, this will be saved for future flight plans.

Finally let’s close the flight plan editing window by tapping on the map or the X in the upper right corner. Now let’s tap FILE and verify the information on this page on the right.


Filing (cont)

When you’re ready tap the FILE button in the upper right corner.

The preflight checklist is provided for your convenience to make sure you got a full briefing. It’s purely optional if you would like to use this. Tap the switch to verify you’ve reviewed the item. When you’re ready tap FILE NOW.

You should receive this message if the filing was successful. If an error was encountered with the data entered the error message will appear here. In this case, fix the error and re-submit.

IFR Flight Plans can be amended or cancelled up to 30 minutes prior to proposed departure time. Cancellation is only possible with an UNOPENED flight plan, cancellation of opened IFR flight plans is currently not possible. After filing, your FILE button should look the image depicted below. Tap EDIT/FILE to cancel or amend an existing flight plan following on-screen prompts. Example cancellation prompt on the right below.

Filing : VFR Considerations

If you’ve filed a VFR flight plan you may both ACTIVATE and CLOSE your VFR flight plan with Leidos Flight Services. Upon filing VFR you will receive as follows, notice the FILE button is changed to OPEN/EDIT. Tapping this button and following the on-screen prompts will allow you to ACTIVATE and CLOSE your plan.

See examples below:


Map Instrument Bar

The toolbar at the bottom of Aerovie is designed to give you various instruments and tools for in-cockpit use. It can be found at the bottom of the screen and toggled off in Settings.

The toolbar is horizontally scrollable to fit custom screen sizes of various devices. Each tool is separated by a vertical line and the order of the tools can be customized via Settings:

The order of the tools can be changed by holding down on a row and dragging the tool location. The tools are organized from left to right in this list. To turn off an instrument, just single tap to toggle the checkmark (on) or no checkmark (off).

Map Instrument Bar

Baro MSL

This tool shows the barometric pressure altimeter (supported in most iOS devices). Tapping the + button reveals the settings for this tool including the local altimeter setting and target altitude. The target altitude upon reaching a climb or descent is shown on the map, green = BARO sensor, magenta = GPS sensor

Monitor Status

This tool is useful for connecting a device to a headset or bluetooth audio. This lists the monitoring status of Portable TAWS and other awareness features. Pressing TEST will play over your headset or bluetooth a test message of the status to verify connectivity.

AGL

Above Ground Level of current elevation database. There are two databases, a low-res version shipped inside Aerovie and a HD version available for download for increased resolution.

GPS FPM

GPS Altitude change rate in feet per minute + or -

Baro FPM

Barometric Pressure Altitude change rate in feet per minute + or -

GPS MSL

GPS Altitude with target altitude indicated below. Hitting the + will allow you to set the target altitude. For more information see BARO MSL above.

GPS map marker will show as magenta.

Flight Time

The flight timer is automatically started upon the GPS speed triggered in setting. It can also be manually started by tapping START. This feature is critical for Aerovie to background the app and alert you to runway awareness and portable TAWS. If the timer detects an in-flight condition it will automatically stop if the GPS speed falls below flying thresholds for a few minutes.

GPS G.S.

GPS Groundspeed

Actual Track

The ground track of the aircraft.

Next Wpt

Time and distance to next waypoint

Destination

Time and distance to destination if each segment of the route is flown as planned.

Fuel

ESTIMATED fuel consumed based on time enroute (active flight timer) and planned fuel burn rates.

Timer

Generic timer with START, STOP, RESET functions.


Procedures

Tapping on the PRC button will open the Procedures page. A tab bar across the top will list each airport in your flight route for quick reference to procedures at each of those airports.

Geo-referenced procedures available at the airports listed are organized by runway. If you would like to view a procedure at a different airport then enter the identifier in the search box.

To change the opacity of the approach plate overlay on the nav chart, use the slider. To remove the procedure from the map just tap REMOVE APPROACH OVERLAY.

Procedures (cont)

The PRC button turns white to indicate a plate is overlaid on the map.Tapping it again will allow you to remove the chart.


IFR Alternate Planning Tool

When planning your route of flight you may find an ALT button appears in your flight route as indicated on the right. This suggests based on the 1,2, 3 IFR rule that an alternate may be required. Tapping on this will open the alternate planning tool which assists you in finding the weather conditions at the time you would get to the alternate, runways, and approaches. This tool does not analyze whether an airport can be legally used as an alternate due to data limitations. The PIC must verify the alternate selection.

On the right you will see a gray highlighted area, this is your NBAA no-wind fuel range ring. Exceeding this distance would cut into 1 hour reserves.

Notice the proposed alternates, wx at time of arrival, and other info.

Colors match that of METAR color codes:

Magenta = LIFR

Red = IFR

Blue = MVFR

Green = VFR

Tapping on any possible alternate choice will reveal the alert on the left. To open the airport info just tap “AIRPORT INFO” as shown on the right. Here you can look at the A/FD, and look at PROC to view approaches, minimums, including non-standard alternate minimums. When you’re ready to add this airport to your alternate just tap on the map or hit the X. Next tap on the airport again and tap “ADD XXXX TO ROUTE”

The airport is now added as an alternate as indicated in RED in the flight route. The airport is also shown on the map with a red airport icon:

Opening your flight plan information box (as discussed in creating a aircraft profile) will reveal the alternate airport was added to your flight plan for filing.

To choose a new alternate just drag the waypoint off the editor tool and 'ALT' will once again appear.

If you do not like the results you were given in your alternate selection you may add additional airports to your alternate search. Note this may take some additional processing time.


Preview Departure / Arrival Procedures

Aerovie has the capability to preview departure and arrival procedures to find out which procedure makes the most sense for your direction of flight. To use this feature just tap on an airport in your flight route (as discussed previously). Next, tap on Preview Departures or Preview Arrivals

Each procedure is highlighted on the right. Find the one that matches your route of flight and tap anywhere on the procedure. Close button will remove the preview.


We’ve selected the RACER5 departure procedure from KMKC. Now tap on the transition for this procedure or hit the BACK button if we’ve selected the wrong procedure.

Some procedures require a runway selection, tap on the active runway.

Finally the route is added to the route. To delete this, just hold down and drag it off the route editor window as previously discussed.

GPS Following / Track Up

Tapping on the GPS tracking button as indicated on the right will toggle between north-up map follow mode or track-up. North-up will be indicated with a icon in the lower left image. Track-up will be indicated in the lower right icon.

Tapping on this icon again will disable tracking. During tracking mode you may zoom in and out of the map w/o stopping tracking. Panning the map will disable tracking and orient the map back to north.

Measuring Distances

Holding down on the map with two fingers for a moment will display the measuring tool.

This tool shows the distance between two points, degrees between points, and no-wind time based upon cruise flight.

If you’re using this tool to view very small distances, it will convert from nautical miles to feet.


Route Rubberbanding

Holding down on the route and dragging it will allow dynamic route rubberbanding. Upon releasing the route you will be presented with nearby airports, waypoints, or VORs to add to your route. You may also just tap on the X or tap on the map to revert back to the previous route.

You may drag a route between waypoints as indicated on the right.

You may also drag a specific waypoint as well as indicated on the right. This will replace a waypoint already in your route instead of creating an intermediate waypoint.


Overlays

Overlays in Aerovie are powerful and comprehensive. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the basic concepts of overlays and how they’re used in general before diving into each specific overlay. Overlays are found in the dropdown menu from the header:

Here is an example of the overlays dropdown menu and where to find it. Notice various overlays you may add on top of your basemaps. Many items can be overlaid on top of one another as you add them. On the right side you will find a heart icon. Tapping this icon will simply add the item to your favorites list shown on the left. They are added to the favorites list in the order in which you add them to your favorites. To reorder the list just tap on the heart icon again to remove the favorite and be sure to add them in the order you desire.

To open an overlay, tap on the text, not the heart.

Let’s start with radar.

After adding an overlay in most cases a new play icon will appear as indicated on the right. This is a critical component to overlays that will give you the valid time of whatever product you’ve displayed on the screen.

To the right of this icon find the overlay settings icon. Tapping on this icon will reveal individual settings pertinent to the overlay on the screen.


Tapping on the play icon will reveal each overlay valid time and in most cases you may change the valid time by moving the slider, tapping on the Play+1 button to move ahead one time cycle, or loop the product with the Play button. Each valid time is converted to local time for you in the time zone in which the iPad or iPhone is currently set to.

If you’ve added more than one overlay to the screen then each overlay is provided in a vertically scrollable list. Tapping on the play icon again will hide the list to make more room available on the screen.

Tapping on the overlay settings icon as indicated on the right will reveal various settings that are applicable to your overlay on the screen. Each overlay setting is indicated at the top of each section, in this case Radar.

To change the settings just tap on each item you’d like to add/edit of your overlay. In some cases multiple selections may be made, in other cases only one item can be added to avoid user confusion. This list is vertically scrollable and you may swipe left to close a particular overlay product.


Tapping on the overlays menu again will reveal a highlighted item and checkmark next to each overlay on the screen. We highly recommend decluttering your screen as you move from product to product.  For older iPads or iPhones keeping unneeded items on the screen will degrade performance and in some cases cause the operating system to close the application due to memory exhaustion.

To remove a overlay just tap on the text again or to clear all overlays hit the Clear All button.


Icing Overlay

Aerovie’s icing overlay is produced directly from the Aviation Weather Centers Current & Forecast icing product. Aerovie provides them to you combined into one product called: Icing. Using the time slider a user can start with the CIP or Current Icing Product and move out over the valid times of the product which is currently 18 hours.

Adding the icing overlay will add another set of controls, the vertical altitude slider. Notice the knob control located at the bottom right. When set to the bottom, the default, the icing overlay is set to: MAX. MAX gives you all altitudes on one overlay presenting the worst case scenario to you at a specific valid time. The up and down arrows as well as dragging the knob will change the altitude for the icing product shown on the screen.

The recommended use is to start with MAX, then step through each altitude you will be using up to cruise flight. It’s a good idea to step above and below a few altitudes to get a good picture of the icing on any given day. Use the time slider as previously discussed to look both at and around your time you may be flying.

The icing overlay has 3 options

Icing Severity (default): The icing severity forecast uses the Aviation Weather Center’s CIP & FIP model.

Icing Probability: The icing probability forecast uses the Aviation Weather Center’s CIP & FIP model.

Global Severity: This is based on GFS model data out to 3 days for the entire globe. The logic is based on AWC model data but it’s produced in the GFS model. It’s important to note GFS model data DOES NOT FORECAST SLD (supercooled large droplet icing, shown with red hatches)


Icing Severity & Global Severity (excluding SLD) colors

Icing Probability color representing the % chance.


Radar Overlay

The radar overlay features the following options:

Radar Bases = Iowa State University provided lowest tilt radar mosaic + enhanced with vector data.

Composite Radar = Weather Decision Technologies provided composite radar mosaic + enhanced with vector data. Composite radar data is color coded based on precipitation falling at the surface:

Blue = Snow

Magenta = Freezing Rain

Green = Rain


Worldwide Lightning = Worldwide lightning strikes

24 Hour Precipitation = Colored map of the previous 24 hours precipitation.

Radar Vector Symbols

Radar vector symbols are visible when zoomed into the map and hidden when zoomed out to declutter.

One hour storm track vector, each arrow is 20 minutes.

Non-severe hail (<1 inch)

Severe hail marker (>= 1 inch)

Lightning Strike

30dbZ echo tops, the highest 30dbZ or greater echo top.

TVS Marker (tornadic vortex signature)

Pulse-Doppler radar weather radar detected rotation algorithm that indicates the likely presence of a strong mesocyclone that is in some stage of tornadogenesis

Composite Radar NEXRAD color map

dBZ

Color

5

10

15

20

25

30

35

40

50

55

60

65

70

75

95


Radar Forecast

Aerovie’s radar forecast feature include two computer models to provide you with a simulated version of what the radar might look like at a future time.

On the right find the NAM model, the NAM model is updated every 6 hours and is usually valid for about 3 days.

Aerovie’s NAM is color coded with surface based precipitation type, green = rain, blue = snow, magenta = freezing rain.

To change the model as always use the overlay settings feature.

HRRR is the other type of radar forecast model available in aerovie. HRRR is updated once a hour and is valid between 18 to 36 hours. They use slightly different physics between models but the HRRR has a distinct advantage of being updated more frequently but is not available as long-term as the NAM.

Precipitation types are not color indicated on the HRRR.


Satellite

Aerovie has several different satellite imagery options for you. Satellite imagery has the distinct advantage of being available generally around the globe and is immune to blind spots radars can have due to terrain, availability, etc and satellites can show clouds vs water droplets. The disadvantage is the update frequency compared to radar but this may change as GOES-R becomes available.

Visible Satellite,

Think of this as a black and white photograph from space. At night, your photo will be blank.

Enhanced Infrared

Infrared imagery is measuring the temperature of the highest object such as a cloud or the surface of the earth. Cold temperatures are color enhanced to make them easy to spot. Colder temperatures can sometimes be associated with thunderstorms due to the height of the clouds.

Infrared Satellite

This is a color-enhanced image from the GOES-EAST and GOES-WEST. See temperature key at the bottom. This is available to CONUS only.

Global Infrared

This is a global infrared product is based on the same colored infrared key indicated below.

Water Vapor imagery

Water vapor imagery is used to analyze the presence and movement of water vapor moisture in the upper and middle levels of the atmosphere. The wavelength spectrum used to detect water vapor is in the 6.7 to 7.3 micrometer wavelength range.

Infrared colored temp key

        


METARs

METAR observational surface data is available in a variety of formats. Each item you’d like to view on the map can be selected to see at the same time. Be aware if you add too many items the METAR text will become very long on the map.

The METAR background color is coded as follows

GREEN = VFR

BLUE = MVFR

RED = IFR

MAGENTA = LIFR

As you zoom in more METAR stations will become visible. To see less items just zoom out.

Historical METAR observations are also available using the time slider.

Ceiling, here is a example of red background color = IFR, OVC = sky, 8 = 800’. Normally this would read: OVC008 but it’s shortened to save text.

In the case of SCT for scattered or FEW for few clouds, this will also show up here even though it’s not a official ceiling.

Visibility, here is an example of visibility 10SM but the station is MVFR, tapping on the item reveals the ceiling is causing the MVFR conditions.

Flight Category If you would only like to see the color coded category of the airport then select this option. The colored circles will only appear if this is the only METAR selection turned on.

Surface Wind This turns on a wind barb for the surface based sustained wind. Open the METAR by tapping on the item to see gusts.

Precipitation If a METAR station is reporting precipitation then it will be reported here using standard METAR precipitation abbreviations.

Temperature The reported temperature in fahrenheit and celsius.

Dewpoint The reported dewpoint in fahrenheit and celsius.

Altimeter The reported altimeter setting.

Dewpoint Spread The delta between temperature and dewpoint values.


AIRMETs & SIGMETS

Aviation Weather Center issued AIRMETs & SIGMETs & ARTCC Center Weather Advisories (CWA) are available in a variety of ways in Aerovie. To enable these various products just tap on each you would like to see on the screen. To declutter consider reducing the amount of items on the screen at a time. Tapping on any of these items will reveal more detail about the advisory including altitude ranges.

AIRMETs in Aerovie are G-AIRMETs and you may use the time slider to see how the AIRMETs effect the time you will be enroute. NOTE however moving the time slider will only impact AIRMETs as SIGMETs, CWA, and Convective Outlooks will always be shown on the screen if they’re enabled.

AIRMET Zulu (ICE)

Blue shaded area.

AIRMET IFR & Mountain Obscuration

Magenta shaded area.

Airmet Tango (Turbulence, low and high)

Orange shaded area.

SIGMET including Convective Sigmets and Center Weather Advisories

Red shaded area.

Convective Outlook, conditions are favorable for issuance of a Convective SIGMET.

Yellow shaded area.


Watches & Warnings

Watches & Warnings in Aerovie show county based NWS issued watches & warnings.

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Storm Watch

Winter Storm Warning

Thunderstorm Watch

Thunderstorm Warning

Tornado Watch

Tornado Warning

Mesoscale Discussions

Think of a mesoscale discussion as occurring before a watch is issued. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK issues a mesoscale discussion while various metrologists collaborate over the exact size and basis for issuing a watch. They can be for:

Thunderstorm Watches

Tornado Watches

Winter Storm Watches

etc.


PIREPs

The PIREPs overlay adds a new tool to your screen for filtering of PIREPs. Tapping the filter will allow you to control the altitude base and top of PIREPs you’d like displayed on your map.

You may also change the time cutoff for the age of a PIREP to be shown on the screen.

At any time you may tap ALL ALT and NOW buttons to reset to default settings.

PIREPs use standardized symbols for all icons.

The altitude of the PIREP is indicated at the bottom.

PIREPs are colored with a border for severe and moderate conditions as follows:

Red = SEVERE

Orange = MODERATE

To get a PIREP description just tap on the item.


Surface Prognostic Charts

Aerovie surface prognostic charts begin with the next upcoming prognostic chart and using the timer slider you may view the prog charts over time up to 7 days. After about 72 hours the precipitation types are not displayed.


Winds Aloft

Winds aloft gives you the wind direction, speed, and temperature at various altitudes and times.

To see the valid time or view the winds aloft at a particular time just use the time slider.

To change altitudes use the vertical altitude selector as shown below.

The altitude is shown at the top of the altitude selector on the right. To change altitudes tap the up or down arrow or drag the knob as shown on the bottom of the image on the right.


Upper Air

Looking at upper air charts is a great way to get a complete briefing and look at macro weather over the next several days or week. Knowing a upper level trough might exist over your route or good ridging will help drive what you might need to look at in other products. Aerovie has several options in upper air charts as shown on the right.

These upper air charts are based on the GFS model.

Wind barbs are added and color coded for your convenience.

GFS 850MB

GFS 700MB

GFS 500MB Absolute Vorticity

GFS 300MB


T-storm Outlook (SPC)

The storm prediction center (SPC) in Norman, OK publishes a 24 hour outlook for thunderstorm activity across the U.S. Using the time slider you may view day 1, day 2, day 3, and day4-7 24 hour outlooks for thunderstorms.

To view the text of the SPC Outlook just tap on the attachment icon in the upper right corner of the time slider as shown on the right.


Surface Maps

Shaded maps representing humidity, winds, or temperature.

Surface Humidity

Surface Winds

Surface Temperatures

TFRs

Visual representation of TFRs is available from TFR overlay from http://tfr.faa.gov.

Remember stadium and published TFRs are not depicted and this is not a substitute for a briefing.


Obstacles

Obstacles are provided from the FAA obstacle database. The database for offline use may be downloaded from the Downloads area. The symbols will show up in three colors:

Red = Current GPS altitude is at or below the elevation of the obstacle <200’

Yellow = Current GPS altitude is nearby the elevation of the obstacle <1000’

White = Current GPS altitude is well above obstacle elevation. >1000’

Lighted tall tower

Bridge

Stack

Lighted small tower

Multiple small lighted towers

Tank (water tower)

Catenary

Windmill & Multiple Windmills

Elevator

Building with tower

Pole

Unlighted small tower

Crane

Cooling tower

Rig

Building

TAWS

TAWS provides a 2d overlay of shaded areas of terrain relative to GPS altitude.

TAWS

Notice this overlay is a submenu, to go back to the main overlays list just tap the back arrow in the upper left corner.

TAWS Ownship

This option will use the current GPS altitude to shade the TAWS overlay. (use this in flight)

TAWS Planning

This option will highlight areas relative to your planned cruise altitude to highlight areas for preflight planning. (use this on the ground)

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Fuel

This tool is used for fuel stop planning with a list of fuel prices on the map. You can choose between avgas and Jet-A pricing from the overlay settings menu.

Note the first time the fuel database is loaded it may take a couple of minutes to download.

Here is a look at the fuel prices on the map.

As a reference higher prices are shown as follows:

Green = Lowest priced

Blue = Moderately priced

Red = Highest priced

AeroVector Layer & AeroVector Basemap

AeroVector Layer is  vector-based data driven charts including airspace, airways, VORs, and airports. As a layer you can overlay it on top of any base map. For example here is the vector layer applied on top of the street map. Many symbols, colors, and references are modeled after FAA VFR sectional charts.

As you zoom into the map more objects will become visible and in more detail. To see information simply zoom out.

Vector Symbols

Zoomed out the ARTCC sector boundaries will be visible, see the white boundary line indicated on the right and center name: ZDV (Denver Center)

As you zoom in a bit further towered airports will begin to show up. See a towered airport indicated in blue on the right with services.

Zooming in a bit further special use airspace will begin to appear such as a MOA on the right.

Zooming more airspace begins to become visible.

Dashed blue in the upper left is class D airspace.

The blue solid circles are class B airspace

Dashed magenta is class E airspace

Class C airspace in solid magenta

Water & urban areas are highlighted as indicated

Airways

Waypoints

Tap on airways to see MEA

Tap on airspace to see vertical boundaries

VOR names & radials of airways

Runway centerlines, airport name, CTAF & ASOS/ATIS with runway elevation.

Zooming into airport reveals taxiway diagram via FAA chart or vector


AeroVector Settings

Tapping the overlay settings reveals various AeroVector map settings to customize your experience.

At the top you may enable Low or High airways or disable airways to declutter.

When adding as a base map you may have a light or dark theme.

Text size is customizable on the screen.

Minimum runway length may be applied to airports shown.

Airspace boundaries can be disabled to declutter.

SUA (Special Use Airspace) can be disabled to declutter.

Lat/Lon Grid may be added as a reference similar to the VFR sectional chart.

Private Airports can be disabled to declutter.

Heliports can be added if needed.

Paved runways only, if enabled only paved runways will be shown.

Show Obstacles, obstacles will be shown when AeroVector is turned on instead of turning on the obstacles as a separate overlay.


Airports

The airport information window comes in a couple of varieties and accessed a number of different ways. For iPhone users the page will look similar to the right screenshot.

For iPad users you may access this smaller airport window or a large dedicated airport page.

One of the ways to load a airport is enter a single identifier in the search box at the top as indicated on the right.

Other methods include:

Tapping on a METAR or airport on the AeroVectors layer.

Tapping on an airport in your flight plan.

The small airport window features common frequencies and information presented on the screen including sunset and sunrise times, and airport name.

A airport thumbnail is provided and you may tap on this to see a larger image.

Across the top find buttons for various features within the airport window. Including:

WX = Weather Information

FREQ = Other Frequencies

RWY = Detailed runway information

PROC = Procedures such as approaches

NTM = NOTAMs

FBO = FBO contact information and fuel pricing

Here is a look at the weather tab within the airport window.  Tapping on any of these will reveal the information for this airport:

METAR = Current decoded and raw METAR obs. and nearby METAR observations with rewind capability.

TAF = Decoded & raw versions of TAF and/or nearby TAFs

TAF Discussion = A plain english version from the forecaster discussing the TAF.

GFS MOS = A computer model forecast for the airport for 3 days, similar to a TAF but not generated by a forecaster.

NAM MOS = A computer model forecast for the airport for 3 days, similar to a TAF but not generated by a forecaster.

Here is a look at the TAF discussion for KMKC. It comes in two varieties, Aviation and Full Discussion. Aviation discussion discusses the current TAF period in plain english.

Full Discussions is written for all NWS users, such as the general public. The advantage to the full discussion is that often a description of weather 3-7 days in advance is typical in plain english.

Keywords are shown in bold red such as:

  • Snow
  • Ice
  • Tornado
  • Thunderstorm
  • Etc.

To go back to a previous menu tap the back arrow in the upper left corner.

The procedure tab includes each runway and the procedures for each. To add the chart to the map tap Map, to view the chart only tap View.

To remove the chart once added to the screen you must use the PRC button from the FPL menu as discussed previously.

To go back to a previous menu tap the back arrow in the upper left corner.

Example on the right of viewing a approach chart. Tap the zoom icon to re-center the zoom location.

These charts are geo-referenced with a moving aircraft shown on the plate. To close this plate tap the X in the upper right corner.

NOTAMs are shown organized by type in the following format:

NOTAM TYPE(# total NOTAMs) (RED: # unread NOTAMs)

Tapping on the NOTAMs highlighted in red will mark the NOTAM as read. This is useful if planning ahead a particular airport, checking NOTAMs again will highlight the new NOTAMs published since last read.

To go back to a previous menu tap the back arrow in the upper left corner.

Here is a look at the FBO list, prices, and comments. We encourage you to update prices as you encounter them in the field to make sure other users have the most up to date information. Any comments associated with the FBO we also encourage.

Tapping on the upper left corner will reveal additional navigation options. Tap here and tap airports to reveal the iPad full sized Airport page.

Here is a look at the full size airports page with the same information as the small window.

By tapping the heart icon on the main airport page will add the airport to your favorites list. To view your favorites list just tap the heart icon dropdown. This will show you the weather of your favorite airports. To open the airport just tap on the item.

To browse airports by state just tap browse and select the state and city.

Nearby airports dropdown show weather and airports near your current position.


Plates

The dedicated plates page of Aerovie is a great way to keep charts organized for frequent use and access them quickly. To access Plates tap on the upper left navigation button and then the Plates icon as shown.

The first time you load the plates tab it will look like the right section. To add plates see below.

The upper right corner search for city names or airport identifiers. When you find the airport you would like to see plates from just tap on it.

Once you’ve selected the airport identifier you will be presented with a list of approaches and procedures for each runway. To add the items just tap on them.

To close the list tap the X in the search box.

Here is a look at plates that will show up in your binder once you’ve added them.

To favorite a plate, just tap the heart button.

To delete a plate just tap the X button.

You may pinch the plates tab to change the size of the plates on the screen.

To view your favorite plates across all binders just tap on the favorites dropdown. Tap to open the plate.

To change the binder you have open just tap the binders drop down and tap the binder you’d like to view.

You may also add a new binder here or hit the + button on the main screen next to the binder name.


Downloads

To access downloads, just tap the navigation button in the upper left corner and then downloads icon on the left.

Downloads control databases, charts, and other information needed for the app to use in-flight (offline).

Below you will find the downloads page. You will want to tap on the rows you would like to maintain offline. When complete just tap download selected or download each individual item. It’s recommended downloads be made using wifi. The downloads area requires a wifi connection to avoid data fees unless you tap Wifi or Cell Data. To pause all downloads just tap Pause. Green row = downloaded and current, Yellow = downloaded but expired, Red = Selected but not downloaded yet, White = not selected or downloaded.


Downloads (cont)

The quickest way to make sure your charts are downloaded and ready for offline is to use the download flight check feature in the FPL menu.

Each time you enter a flight route Aerovie will do a systems check to make sure your entire route is covered by charts already downloaded. The # of items remaining and not downloaded will appear in a red # next to the downloads icon. Tap on it to reveal what is missing.

On the right see the downloads flight check window. Items missing will show up with a download icon. You may download individual items by tapping the download button. To download all of the items just tap Download All.  By default all downloads are restricted to wifi only to prevent expensive data overages. To download over LTE as well tap Wifi/LTE.

Portable TAWS & Flight Monitoring

Aerovie has several various features of both aural and visual warnings. In order for this to be effective the iPhone or iPad must be plugged into the headset jack or connected via bluetooth to a headset or avionics panel input port. It’s highly recommended you use the TEST button in the navigation bar as previously discussed in this manual to test the volume and connectivity to your panel.

Airport Surface Monitoring

During ground operations aerovie will monitor your taxi to the runway and will alert you as you approach a runway. This is based on time in seconds to entering the runway environment. In certain cases a fast taxi with a vector towards the runway could create a false positive alarm. As you enter the runway another alert is heard.

Examples:

“Approaching runway 1, 19”

“Entering runway 1, 19”

Altitude Descent and Climb from runway environment

Aerovie will alert you to altitudes during your descent or climb-out in AGL from the runway environment. The default option is to alert at 500’ above ground level during the descent to the runway. Customized altitudes can be set as discussed in the Settings area of this manual.

Example:

“Five Hundred”

Altitude Leaving

When you level off at a certain altitude for a few minutes Aerovie will detect automatically this altitude. When you have deviated from this altitude by a couple hundred feet Aerovie will alert you to leaving this altitude. This serves as a reminder that you’re drifting off altitude or a reminder you’re changing altitudes as desired.

Examples:

“Leaving flight level 1 8 0”

“Leaving 13 thousand, five hundred”

Obstacle Alerting

Based on a 3D trajectory of the aircraft obstacles will be monitored for potential conflicts if it looks like the clearing and proximity to the obstacle will be very close. Based on certain criteria a obstacle alert will be heard:

Example:

“Obstacle, pole, 4.2 miles, 595 feet”

A visual alert will also be shown around the obstacle with the height.


Portable TAWS

EDR

A 3D trajectory is monitored of the aircraft at all times. Based on the aircraft's altitude in AGL, speed, and descent rate a excessive descent rate algorithm may be triggered during a high descent.

“Sink Rate”

PDA

Based on the runway we’re approaching if we’re at a very low glideslope angle, in other words very low approach angle, a alert will be generated.

“Too low, terrain!”

Terrain

Based on the 3D trajectory of the aircraft and conflict with terrain a alert will be created.

“Terrain, Terrain”

Heartbeat

If we’ve connected a Apple Watch and enabled a flight timer from the watch the pilots heartbeat will be monitored and if it exceeds a threshold value an alert will be created. The default is 120 but may be increased for individual fitness level in the Settings area of the iPhone.

A heart rate in some cases can be a symptom of hypoxia. For best results a pulse-oximeter should be used to verify.

Example:

“Heart rate high, check oxygen, 123 beats per minute”

Depressurization

Most modern iPhones and iPads feature a barometric pressure sensor in the device. For pressurized aircraft the “depressurization” feature should be turned on in Settings. A high cabin climb rate will trigger this alert.

Example:

“Check Pressurization”

Traffic Alerting via Predicted Path

With a compatible ADS-B receiver Aerovie will monitor nearby traffic to your aircraft and continuously monitor the 3D position of your aircraft and potential targets to look for conflicts.

Based on a 2 minute vector Aerovie will predict your path in space based on altitude, climb, or descent. If your path and the predicted path of nearby traffic will intercept an imaginary bubble around your aircraft an alert will be created with a visual indication and aural alert.

The general caution (yellow caution) bubble limits are: 1.5NM and 1,200’ +/- with a aural alert: “TRAFFIC, 3 O’CLOCK, 3 MILES, SAME ALTITUDE”

For particularly close encounters of less than a mile and less than 500’ a warning (red warning) will be displayed with a aural: “TRAFFIC ALERT”

To the right is an excellent example of path trending. At the time of the alert the aircraft target was 2,500’ above current altitude but it was trending down at 1,800’FPM presenting a potential conflict.

The aural alert is based on the current position at the time of the alert and not the predicted position.

The altitude sensor is using GPS or BARO based on the current settings.

Limitations

There are many situations that may cause traffic to not be displayed or alerted including:

Traffic Aural Alerting is automatically inhibited when aircraft is below 800’ AGL from airport elevation. This is to prevent distractions during takeoff and landing. A visual alert will still be present.

Ground based targets are ignored.

Selected aircraft tail # is ignored.

A formula is used to detect ownship target based on path & proximity to GPS. In rare situations a real target could be falsely ignored.

ADS-B Weather & Traffic

Aerovie supports a number of commercially available portable ADSB receivers and in-panel ADSB solutions. Receivers connect via wifi or bluetooth, refer to each manufacturer for setup instructions.

Open Flight Solutions FlightBox

www.openflightsolutions.com

Powered by STRATUX

FlightBox is a full featured portable ADSB receiver supporting 978Mhz UAT and 1090MhZ ADSB-IN, traffic, weather, TISB, and optional backup AHRS

FreeFlight

In-panel ADSB receiver

Dual XGPS 170, 190

Portable ADSB receiver supporting 978Mhz UAT in

XPGS190, also supports 1090 traffic.

To verify Aerovie has successfully connected to your receiver please look for this icon on the map page of Aerovie.

Tapping on the ADSB receiver icon will reveal various status information for your receiver including firmware version and GPS received data.

The GPS in use by the app can be toggled between the Receiver or Internal. This will only be effective if valid information is received from your ADSB device.

Tapping on the ? button will reveal additional status information about your receiver.

For FlightBox or STRATUX users Aerovie can manage your firmware for you. As new firmware versions are released you may receive a prompt to download and install the new software.

For FlightBox and STRATUX users after downloading and the device is connected you will be prompted to INSTALL the new firmware to the device.

Overlay menu

Once your ADSB receiver is connected you will notice a new menu in OVERLAYs labeled: “ADSB”. Tapping on this item will enter a ADSB submenu of products available.

ADSB submenu

To go back to the previous menu just tap the back button in the upper left corner.

As usual these items can also be added to your quick access favorites list.

Most of these products are similar to the non ADSB counterparts with a few new items.

As you receive data over ADSB Aerovie will log this data internally where it can be accessed a number of different ways such as the airports informational tab for METARs, TAFs, and NOTAMs.

Traffic

Traffic over ADSB comes in a variety of ways all of which will make no difference to how they’re displayed in Aerovie. Here are a few of them:

1090Mhz direct air to air

978Mhz UAT air to air

978Mhz UAT TIS-B in

Depending upon your aircraft capability you may or may not receive the TIS-B feed.

Traffic display includes direction of travel, altitude in 100’s or feet + or - from your current GPS altitude and a two minute trend vector.

Tapping on the item reveals additional details.

Example of ground based ADSB traffic.

If the aircraft is climbing or descending the FPM and direction of traffic is indicated.

METARs

Accessing the ADSB METARs submenu will allow you to turn on various METAR observational items on the top down map.

METAR data can also be accessed in the airports informational tab.

Received METAR information is also used to automatically update the BARO MSL sensor local altimeter setting.

PIREPs

PIREPs received over ADSB can be accessed from the Overlays / ADSB menu using the same format as non ADSB PIREPs. Tapping on the item will reveal the raw received PIREP.

Radar Local

Radar imagery from ADSB comes in two varieties. For local radar, every 5 minutes (with a duplicate received at 2.5 minutes) a local (a few hundred miles around your aircraft) radar image will be uploaded.

Here is a example on the right and notice some areas were not received are hatched out with a gray diagonal line. This means these areas may contain radar imagery or may not but was not received in this cycle from ADSB.

Use the time slider to loop the product over time.

Radar National

Radar imagery from ADSB comes in two varieties.

For national radar, every 15 minutes a national CONUS radar image is received in lower resolution than local.

ADSB Radar Imagery Colors

Intensity

dBz

Color

2

20-30 dBz

3

30-40 dBz

4

40-45 dBz

5

45-50 dBz

6

50-55 dBz

7

>= 55 dBz

NOTAMs

In the airports information under NOTAMs you will see a new category for ADSB Received NOTAMs with a list of all over the air received NOTAMs for the airport.


Apple Watch

The Aerovie app on the Apple Watch is a great way to stay connected to nearby airport weather, access nearby radar imagery on your watch, start your flight timer, monitor your heartbeat, and much more.

The first time you load the Aerovie watch application it will need to connect to your iPhone companion app to download your session information. If you receive a error message make sure the iPhone is nearby and restart the Aerovie app on the phone and watch.

The Aerovie watch app is organized into a series of pages you can access by swiping left and right. The current page is indicated at the bottom of the page. The digital crown (wheel on the side) can be rotated to scroll down to see more information on individual pages or simply swipe up and down on the screen.

On certain pages additional settings can be accessed by using a DEEP PRESS, or push hard on the screen.

See the flight timer page on the right, to start a timer just tap on one of them, tap again to pause.

The flight timer page contains several features critical for use in-flight.

By viewing the page the current flight timer status is indicated with the time on top. The colors of the text indicate as follows:

  • Red = Communication received from iPhone and timer is stopped
  • Yellow = Communication is pending with iPhone, not yet received.
  • Green = Communication received from iPhone and timer is started.

Tap START FLIGHT or the timer to toggle between active/inactive timer. A active flight timer will begin backgrounding monitoring on iPhone for portable TAWS and other awareness features.

TEST SPEAKER will test the aural alerts from your iPhone to test avionics or headset connectivity.

The landing briefing button will manually play the landing briefing at the next airport in the waypoint list.

Pressing the checklist button will reveal the digital checklist as setup on the iPhone companion app.

The list of checklists from your companion iPhone app will be displayed in this list. Use the digital crown or wheel on the side to scroll through various checklist items and tap on them to start a checklist.

Tap back to go back to the flight timer.

On the right is a individual checklist. To start playing the checklist over your iPhone headset or bluetooth connection tap the speaker icon. To restart the checklist tap the recycle icon.

Tap back to go back to the list of checklists.

The instruments page displays a top and bottom instrument in which you may customize.

To change the displayed instrument simply tap on it and select the new instrument from the available list.

The radar tab will show the current VFR sectional and radar imagery nearby your location. The valid time is indicated at the top of the radar image.

Using the digital crown or wheel on the side you can rotate between various zoom levels.

The departure & destination airport pages show a airport thumbnail, the current METAR weather conditions (VFR, MVFR, IFR, LIFR).

Scrolling down the page will show elevation and frequencies for the airport.

Deep pressing on this page will toggle between airport information and additional METAR, TAF, and TAF discussion information.

The favorites tab will show airports you have favorited on the iPhone companion app by tapping the heart icon in the airport information page.

Deep press on this page to display detailed weather information.

Display nearby airports on this page including METAR color code or deep press on this page to display detailed weather information for each airport.

Deep pressing on any page and tapping on Settings will allow you to customize your Aerovie watch experience by selecting only the pages you would like displayed.

Tap reset, then select the pages in the order you’d like them displayed.

Tap back when complete.

Apple Watch Complications

Apple watch complications allow you to create widgets on your standard watch face to include the nearest major airport METAR, TAF, and GFS MOS. You may set these up using your iPhone Watch application or using the watch itself.

In this example the top line reads as follows:

<IDENT> <WX_CONDITIONS> <time-of-observation>

<Current Conditions>

<Current conditions expanded or next significant weather

Chang event>

+FCST = Indicates a fair weather forecast in TAF.

Deep pressing on the main watch screen will reveal a customize button.

Tapping customize and using the digital crown (wheel on the side) you can rotate between complications. Find Aerovie for the complications you’d like to add it to.

We highly recommend the modular face with the large middle area for the most content available.

Using the watch app on the iPhone we highly recommend turning on time travel inside the clock area of the watch.

Find the time travel setting in clock to turn it on.

Time travel allows you to use the digital crown to see weather at a certain date & time such as the TAF or GFS MOS valid at a future date.

Example of time travel indicated on the right.


Troubleshooting

If you’re having some trouble using Aerovie feel free to contact us at: aero_info@aerovie.com for additional help. Here are a few common things to check if you’re having some troubles:

GPS Location is not shown using Aerovie

Check iPhone or iPad Settings under Privacy → Location Services → Aerovie to make sure GPS access is turned on for Aerovie.

Application is running slow

Try reducing the number of items on the screen at the same time by only turning on overlays you absolutely need.


We recommend iPad Air 2 or newer & iPhone 6 or newer.

ADS-B products are not displaying.

Check to make sure your ADS-B receiver is connected to Aerovie by seeing this icon on the map:

Tapping on this icon will reveal status information such as # of towers heard from. Make sure you have turned on the ADSB products in the overlay menu for the items you’d like to display.

Maps get blurry as I zoom in

Most likely your base map is set to a online chart and not an offline chart while enroute without a data connection. Check your base maps menu is using a chart labeled (offline).

I cannot remove a procedure (approach chart) from my screen.

To remove tap the PRC button in the FPL menu of the maps section and then REMOVE APPROACH CHART.

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