Sunday, March 16, 2014

Chart Updates

In preparation for the new FAA VFR charts we've added a new format to our supported list. We now support MBTiles format. So we now support single file downloads for most apps(MBTiles can be used on Orux instead of the native Orux format we need to provide as a zip)

So: MBTiles: Orux Maps, Locus, Galileo Offline Maps, Gaia GPS(Android Only).

RMAPSSqlite: Locus, Galileo Offline Maps, BackCountry Navigator.

We've also added documentation for BackCountry Navigator and Gaia GPS for custom tile based(Online, or in-app downloads) to our main charts page.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

22 August 2013 and Dropbox

We've finished all our 22 August 2013 updates(Sectional, TAC, WAC, Enroute, A/FD and Approach Plates) In addition, on the page where you can click to download your file, there's now a button to send to Dropbox. So, if you're a Dropbox user, you now have another option to get our files to your devices.

Monday, May 27, 2013

30 May 2013 and new SAR Grid Downloads

The 30 May 2013 VFR charts, and approach plates are all updated. Additionally, we've added SAR grids as an option for our downloadable charts. This is the CAP(Conventional) and Cell Grid system we have available on our CONUS on-line charts now available for download. You can find them by going here: Chart Download choosing a format to download in the left box(KML/KMZ, OruxMaps, RMaps, or PDF) and the chart type on the right side, the gridded versions are at the bottom of the list for the 3 VFR chart types. And then click the 'Show Charts' button. For non-cropped charts the grids will extend into the margins due to limitations of our system. Like all of our charts these are created from the up to date versions currently loaded on our system. Grids are currently only available for the lower 48 states.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

iPad Mini Power Use

After seeing several discussions of power use on tablets, I decided to start measuring some of mine. I have a 32GB iPad Mini WiFi only.

Testing Methodolgy:
Waited for iPad to charge fully when powered off to mostly remove battery charging impact. Used Garmin GLO and house WiFi access point(2.4GHz) for testing.

Result Summary:
Highest power user was the backlight, tripling the idle power when changed from minimum to maximum. Next highest was when CPU was at high load(moving screen quickly). WiFi and BT used minimal power except during large transfers(some of that was probably CPU not directly WiFi).

Mode Wireless Amps Watts
Min Backlight/Home Screen Off 0.20 1.03
Max Backlight/Home Screen Off 0.59 3.04
Home Screen Wifi On 0.59 3.04
WiFi Download WiFi On 0.68 3.50
BT Settings Screen BT On, Discoverable 0.61 3.14
Home Screen BT On, No Devices 0.59 3.04
Home Screen Garmin GLO BT On 0.59 3.04
WingX Garmin GLO, Stationary BT On 0.62 3.17
WingX Garmin GLO, Moving Map quickly by hand BT On 0.78 3.98
WingX Sim via WiFi, Stationary WiFi On 0.62 3.18
WingX Sim via WiFi, 170 Kts, Zoomed In WiFi On 0.62 3.19

Notes: After Minimum Backlight test all were done with Backlight on Maximum. 'Sim via WiFi' is driving WingX via WiFi data from X-Plane.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

02 May 2013 Everything

All the charts, plates, AFD, etc for the 02 May 2013 cycle are now live.

This includes: a few updated Sectionals, Terminal Area and World Aeronautical Charts. All IFR Enroute(High Low and Area) charts. Approach Plates and the Airport Facility Directory.

Friday, March 29, 2013

April 4, 2013 VFR Charts

The updates for the April 4th VFR charts are now live(Sectional, TAC and WAC)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

04 April 2013

The 04 April 2013 Approach plates are loaded.

In addition some issues with full chart downloads have been fixed.