WingX updated with new moving map and Stratus 3 support

The developers of the popular aviation app WingX released a new version of the app recently, adding a new faster moving-map, improved chart downloads and AHRS support for Stratus 3. The app also changed names, losing the Pro7 title, and is now simply called WingX. Here’s a quick look at the new features.

Faster Moving Map

The moving map in WingX is all new in Version 9 and is much more responsive. The maps pan and zoom much fluidly and weather layers load quickly and animate without much delay. While you won’t notice any major new features here yet, this lays the groundwork for additional improvements down the road.

Improved Chart Downloads

In previous versions of WingX you had limited control over the regions to download for VFR Sectionals and IFR En Route charts. The latest update allows you to choose specific regions, reducing download times and storage requirements.

Dual Data-Cycle Handling

A new option in the Databases section of the app allows you to store two database cycles (one current and one future), which can really be helpful if you’ll be out on a multi-day trip with limited access to the internet. There’s just one button to tap here to switch between databases.

Stratus 3 AHRS Support

The Stratus 3 ADS-B receiver added support for several apps last summer, including WingX. The latest WingX update allows the app to take advantage of the Stratus AHRS to drive the attitude indicator in both the regular instrument mode and when flying with synthetic vision.

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FAA Changes Environmental Review of CLT Runway

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to convert the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed new runway and other projects at CharlotteDouglas International Airport (CLT) to an Environmental Assessment (EA). A major change to the length of the proposed new runway and the resulting decrease in potential significant environmental impacts prompted the decision.

In October 2018, the FAA completed a Runway Length Analysis as part of the EIS process. The analysis determined that a shorter runway length of 10,000 feet is adequate to accommodate aircraft that will operate at the airport in the future. The original proposed runway length was 12,000 feet.

The EA also will cover other projects including the proposed addition of 12 gates each to Concourses B and C, expansion of the aircraft parking aprons at the concourses, and a new North Parking Garage.

CLTs 2016 Airport Capacity Enhancement Program (ACEP), identified and recommended the projects to meet future airfield and terminal capacity demands. Operational data gathered during the EIS process confirmed the need for the new development.

The proposed shorter runway would allow West Boulevard to be relocated on existing roadways closer to the airports operational area, which would lessen the impact on the community.

The City of Charlotte, which operates the airport, will produce the EA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It can complete the EA in about one year. The public will have the opportunity to review and comment on a draft EA, and comments will be included in the final document. The FAA will issue a final environmental determination and Record of Decision on the EA.

Throughout the environmental process, the airport will keep the public fully informed of and involved in the EA as it moves forward.

The FAA posted a notice in the Federal Register today announcing the decision.

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A look inside the new Jeppesen FlightDeck Pro X app

Like many aspects of aviation, there are two sides to the iPad EFB equation. There are the apps general aviation pilots use, which do not require FAA approval or certification, and then there are those that airline pilots use, which are issued directly by the airline and are tightly regulated.

Most U.S. airlines today rely on Jeppesen’s FlightDeck app, which was initially launched as a digital chart viewer to organize and display Jepp charts in the cockpit. The charts were the main focus here, and the FlightDeck app didn’t include much in the way of flight planning, weather or moving map features that GA pilots had become accustomed to using in apps like ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot and FlyQ.

Up until recently, there was such a large disparity in features between these two classes of apps that we’d regularly hear from airline pilots who liked to “sneak” their personal iPhone or iPad onto the flight deck to run ForeFlight and use its more advanced features alongside the company-issued Jeppesen app.

Jeppesen’s new FlightDeck Pro X incorporates several features from the ForeFlight app and an improved user interface.

Fortunately, the gap in features is beginning to shrink, thanks to the partnership between ForeFlight and Jeppesen that was established back in 2017. In simplified terms, Jeppesen’s focus would be on supplying high-quality data to ForeFlight, in the form of worldwide terminal procedures and data-driven maps, and in return, ForeFlight would help Jeppesen build up its pro-level FlightDeck application with more capable flight planning and moving map features.

This first real benefit of this collaboration appeared shortly after the partnership was announced in the summer of 2017, when ForeFlight added the ability to view Jeppesen charts right in the ForeFlight app. And now with the recent release of FlightDeck X 4.0, airline pilots can now benefit from a much-improved app from Jeppesen, thanks to ForeFlight’s input.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new in the latest release of Jeppesen FlightDeck, giving an inside look at the app today’s pro pilots are using.

New Interface

While the latest version of FlightDeck retains a somewhat similar layout as previous versions, pilots familiar with ForeFlight will instantly recognize the influence in the app. The design and layout feel much more polished, and the app’s buttons and controls are much more intuitive to use. There’s a redesigned Toolbar at the top of the screen, that provides quick access to Flights, Route Info, Publications, GPS Status and Settings.

The updated Flight Drawer is much easier to use now, and is the place to add departure and destination airports, routing and SIDs/STARs. You can save routes, or share them wirelessly to another nearby iPad.

You can tap a route token (the small blue circles with waypoint IDs) to display more info about it or add or remove it from your route. You can also drag and drop the location of the token in the route string to edit your route, just like in ForeFlight. If there is an error associated with a route object, FliteDeck Pro X displays the route token in amber. This color-coding enables you to quickly identify specific errors and identify when there may be more than one error in the route string.

Airport Info and Weather

The new Info/Wx button provides you with easy access to airport information. In addition to displaying general airport info, tapping the Info/Wx button provides you with the ability to:

  • Display METAR and TAF for the selected airport.
  • Add or Remove the airport to your route.
  • Navigate away from your current view to the airport diagram.
  • Display more airport information, including communication, company notes, and NOTAMs specific to the selected airport.
  • Access more runway information, such as heading, displaced threshold, lighting, and TDZ elevation.
  • View Jeppesen Chart Change Notices which highlight significant changes affecting charts at the selected airport.

 

When there is at least one NOTAM associated with a chart, FliteDeck Pro X displays a NOTAMs button at the bottom of the chart display. The number of NOTAMs associated with the chart is indicated on the button.

Enhanced SID and STAR Selection

FlightDeck Pro X provides a more streamlined interaction for selecting SID and STAR procedures from the Flight Drawer. Now, for example, when issued a runway change, instead of cycling through procedure, transition, and runway popovers, you just need to tap the SID or STAR button from Flights and make the necessary changes.

Enhanced Enroute Weather

While the FlightDeck app does not provide support for in-flight ADS-B or SiriusXM weather, the pre-flight weather imagery on the moving map is much easier to use and is more responsive. The weather data is sourced from the Weather Company, and offers Radar, Icing, Turbulence, Echo Tops, Winds/Temps Aloft and Lightning layers. New controls were added to the bottom of the screen to replay radar imagery, or change altitudes and forecast times for the other weather layers.

Improved Data Updates

Data updates are now performed concurrently – minimizing the required time for data updates. No more waiting for Enroute, Terminal Charts, and Manuals to update one at a time. You can also now navigate away from the Updates screen while performing a data update, and the update process will continue in the background. When you navigate away from the Updates screen while performing an update, FliteDeck Pro X displays the update progress from the Settings button.

We’ve talked to several airline pilots who have been using the new app for a few weeks now, and they really like the direction the app is moving. The collaboration between ForeFlight and Jeppesen is a win-win for pilots of all levels, providing iPad pilots to experience the best of both worlds, whether they’re flying a Cessna or a Boeing

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