Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sony Reader... v0.0003(b)

Ok, the Terminal Procedures(approach plates) for the Sony Reader are up now. They also look pretty decent using Foxit Reader on my Samsung Q1. No photos of that yet.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sony Reader... v0.00003

The AFD has finally been parsed, mutilated, reparsed, blended, modified, blended some more and finally uploaded.

All current cycle(27 August 2009) Airport Facility Directory PDFs for the Sony Reader have been uploaded.

Check out the gallery: Chartblob Gallery and then if they look decent, try a download.

(Free, no registration required.)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sony Reader... v0.00002

Ok, the Approach plates have been updated to version _2 with a better rendering. They look to be readable now.

Also, the AFD for SW has been uploaded too. at the bottom.

These should also render acceptably on some other 800x600 devices like UMPCs. But I've not actually tried them.

Sony Reader Plates... v0.00001

The first version of the Sony Reader plates for SW-2 are on the website, mostly as a technology demo.
Photos of them on the PRS-505 are here: Gallery
The actual download: at the bottom.

The rest of the plates can be generated, but I switched to working on the AFD first, then I'll try and generate the full set.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sony Reader and Approach Plates

So, I picked up a Sony Reader(PRS-505) to use as a backup to the tablet PC. The nice thing about it is that the chartblob approach plates and Airport Facility Directory work fine out of the box, just mount it via USB and copy. I do still need to finish up the Java creator for the assembled PDFs so I can generate a closer cropped version which should be more readable, as they're a little small now and would be difficult to use in flight.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

New Cycle Data Uploaded

02 JULY 2009 - 30 JULY 2009 Approach Plates finally uploaded.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Approach Plates

The first approach plates are done and posted. Just in time for the next DVD to arrive(any day now) so I can process those.

Luckily the database is ready, so the interface to generate custom chart blobs should be 'easy'.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

FliteDeck in Flight

I did the first flight with Jeppesen's FliteDeck on my Samsung Q1-EL the other day. Left the Sacramento area and went down to Marina(OAR).

The software performed as expected, good location tracking on the charts, nice view of upcoming terrain, not too difficult to enter new waypoints and change things on the fly. The FliteDeck keyboard sometimes was interfered with by the Windows Touch Pointer, so since the Samsung has hard L+R buttons I may turn it off.

The Q1 has Windows 2007 loaded and all worked fine, including my change to make the AVS Now button show the desktop, so then I can choose the PDF AFD or other things from the desktop. The Samsung menu button went away about halfway through and stopped showing the control panel. I may need an update for 2007 or just to find a replacement. That control panel also gave me grief in Vista before I wiped and reinstalled the system from the factory build.

I need to work on the mount geometry some more(RAM yoke mount) and get the cable for the GPS situated better(Garmin Emap with a USB cable so it's powered directly) as it's a little unwieldy.

Otherwise a good flight, didn't need to refer to any paper except the AFD, which I forgot to just switch to the PDF.

Monday, May 4, 2009

AFD Ready to go.

Ok, the PDF for the Airport Facility Directory for the cycle starting May 7 is up. Full books for each region as well as broken down by state.

The indexes look mostly correct, I'm not totally sure about the Pacific and Alaska Supplement parsing though.

Next steps, TPP and making the software to assemble a PDF on the fly. Hopefully all live by the next cycle.

Saturday, May 2, 2009


I've gotten ChartBlob setup, all that's missing is charts.

I have A/FD data in-house and am working to get it indexed and blobbed to have on-line by May 7 for the start of the cycle.

I should have TPP data ready to go by the next charting cycle after that.