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AivlaSoft Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)
Looking for the ONE product to make you look like a professional pilot? You found it!
|What I like about AivlaSoft Electronic Flight Bag: I love everything about this fine program, which I got pointed towards by a fellow AVSIM pilot. Makes flight planning and navigating a breeze - including knowing at all times where your plane is whilst on the ground! No more fumbling around for airport charts, procedure charts, airway charts... everything you need is ON-SCREEN in your EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) instead of scattered about your cockpit! Point-and-click frequency bar across your navigation screen makes changing from tower to departure to center and so on as simple as a right-mouse click. Speeds up your flight flows and makes you look like a professional when speaking to ATC. MOVING MAP shows you where your plane is on the ground or in the air - and the software will show other aircraft (TRAFFIC) to you as well, either VATSIM, IVAO or 3rd party Traffic (example Ultimate Traffic2). I changed the online flight planners from their defaults to FlightAware.com and one other site. Using Flight Aware, I can select flight plans that are flown in the real world by an actual airline (Delta, United, etc.) and then cut-and-paste them directly from FlightAware into EFB for flight in FSX and my virtual airline, DeltaVA. This program supports AIRAC updates from Navigraph for those of you who buy the 12-cycle subscription. What this means is for ONE annual subscription from Navigraph, you are entitled at no extra charge to the AIRACs specific to both your airplane and your navigation products (such as EFB, FSBuild, FSCommander, etc.)
While in flight, EFB displays a moving map of your flight progress, and (wait for it...) surrounding TRAFFIC including IVAO/VATSIM Callsign, altitude and destination! Now you can SEE the traffic that's near you, and determine for yourself if they are a concern or not... VERY HANDY - especially when you're flying over uncontrolled AIRSPACE on Unicom 122.8! Another "WOW" feature - included in the product! Other features that can be turned on/off during flight by clicking on an action bar include Distance Ring, Airports, VORs, DMEs, WIND direction, and whether or not your want your plane to be shown 'moving' across the map. (De-select this feature in order to zoom to areas far ahead of or behind your present position). So many features you will be dazzled by them all!
EFB can run NETWORKED (recommended) or on the SAME system as your FSX installation. In NETWORKED mode, you install the DATA PROVIDER on the FSX "parent" machine and the "DISPLAY CLIENT" on the separate networked system.
Bang-for-buck rating: INCREDIBLE!
Incredibly handy and intuitive! Point and click navigation throughout - supports 'touch screen' monitors as well!
This shows a sample screen from EFB. You can click a button and copy all of your routing information to your windows clipboard, then paste your route into IVAO or Squawkbox. Choosing the correct SID/STAR is a total breeze, choose departure then click on a button to select the correct departure or arrival procedure based on current weather (helpful if your airport's online (VATSIM/IVAO) ATC is unavailable. Note the route selected is eastbound, EFB tells you to select ODD flight levels!
The above image displays the famous radio frequency bar across the top of the screen - available all during your flight. When you have VATSIM enabled within Squawkbox, these available frequencies appear and become highlighted as you move from one airspace to the next. If ATC is available for the zone you are currently flying in, a frequency and the name of the control appears as shown. Right click and choose make active on COM1. If you have SQUAWKBOX4 running (see photo), your COM1 radio will automatically tune as you click within EFB. So instant channel-switching is available to you! How cool is that? Pretty COOL!
And when you're trying to figure out your path to your departure runway from your Gate, or from your arrival runway to your Parking spot, how about a moving map of the airport showing PRECISELY where you are and how to get where you want to go? Feast your eyes on the #1 feature that I love most about EFB! Notice the YELLOW vector arrows showing which way to go to get to all the airport runways! How great is that? Pretty GREAT! You can zoom in and out so even those of us with older eyes can easily read the taxiway labels! Imagine seeing this on a secondary screen whilst you are taxiing in FSX! What does this mean to you? No embarrassing wrong-way turns whilst taxiing! No missed taxiways!
What could be better: A new version 2.0 is currently under development. I can't imagine many things that could be better! I guess setting up the program could be easier in a perfect world, but it's not overly-difficult, you need to enable folder sharing on both machines, and once you have done so, if you know how to type a "path statement", you can configure EFB. There support is VERY good and VERY fast (usually within 24 hours of posting a help request). They stay right with you until your issue is resolved! I very occasionally do need a procedure chart from Navigraph, but you can get those same charts online free at AIRNAV.
Features and benefits:
EFB provides all necessary flight information available 'right at your fingertips' in digital format, such as:
You can try out EFB for free for 30 days - fully functional & non-crippled - I don't think most of you will hesitate. If you fly PMDG or other add-on airplanes, this program can export its flight plans directly to FSX folders specific to your plane. Note: PMDG does not allow procedures to be included in saved flight plans, so you will need to add the SID/STAR for your flight manually into your FMC during pre-flight.
The number of features offered by this product is extensive and well thought out. No matter how much I praise it, nothing will convince you like loading it up and running it. There will be a little getting-acquainted period as you get the feel of its controls... and then a smile will burst forth... as you discover what I consider the number 1 add-on for FSX after the PMDG 737NGX- AivlaSoft's EFB! Even though it is a bit pricey - the VALUE is there! It does everything you want it to - and nothing you don't - and makes your flights 10 times more fun start to finish! Can be run on same system as FSX or on a networked PC. I run it networked, along with Squawkbox4, on a separate PC from my main FSX system.
More photos and your free 30 day trial are at AivlaSoft's Website
DeltaVA / Vatsim OLP
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|18 May 2012 - 06:53 PM||Tom Allensworth||The review was approved.|
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posted on 8-23-2012, 7:03 PM by StubbinMyToe
Does it have a built in route generator that supports airways?
posted on 5-21-2012, 5:40 PM by Robert McDonald
Thank you Tom. It's not hard to contribute when you come across a product that is a "game-changer" - you naturally want to share with other pilots so we all can have our cockpit experience "as real as it gets"...
posted on 5-20-2012, 2:59 PM by Tom Allensworth
Excellent review again Robert. Thanks for continuing to contribute!