Android Release 2.4.0
With the dynamic airspace display, you can focus on the ones that really matter!
The version 2.4.0 of the mobile application brings dynamic filtering and display of airspaces.
This means airspaces can be filtered based on their actual activation schedule (extracted from the official AIP) and your current altitude.
You can then focus on those airspaces that really matter to your real time situation.
Note: the dynamic filtering of airspaces require ground elevation data and airspace schedule data which are part of the Advanced subscription plan or above.
Let’s now see more in details how it changes things.
The general concept
On the map, a filtered airspace (due to its schedule or your altitude) will appear as a grey line.
It is sill “clickable” though, this means you can “tap” an inactive airspace and still get information about it.
On the moving map information panel and on the airspace details page we have added some flags to state the status of the airspace with regards to the current context:
- A grey flag means that you do not need to worry about the airspace.
It is either not active at this time or outside the altitude range you have chosen (see below).
- An orange flag means that the airspace might be relevant to you.
This means that the airspace is possibly active (for example some airspaces are activable H24 to meet operational requirement. Such airspace would have an orange flag as it is not active for sure, but can be active.
It can as well mean that the airspace is actually active, but thought your altitude is close to its ceiling or floor, you are not actually in between its floor and ceiling.
- A red flag (color is actually “fire brick” 😉 ) means that this airspace et totally relevant to your current situation and you need to take care of it.
It is a active for sure and you are currently in between its floor and its ceiling.
1 – the inactive airspaces are drawn in grey on the map.
2 – the “current airspaces” list (the airspaces you are currently in) shows an activity indicator.
Here we belong to “R 191 C” but it is not currently active.
The airspace details page
The airspace details page now shows all the elements of the airspace activation status.
When we consider the airspace activation status, we combine its activation schedule (plus a 5mn margin) with your relative altitude, including a tolerance that you can chose.
1 – Airspace activation schedule as extracted from the AIP data. Beware that in some situation it could conflict with the text note below. But the text note is just that: a free text note.
2 – Airspace status considering only the activation schedule.
When the schedule involves time (actual time or event like sunset or sunrise) the time range is extended by 5 minutes both ways to make sure you consider it early enough to make a radio call (in the case of the first line, the application will consider the airspace active between 5:25 and 21:35)
In this case the airspace is active as we are a working day, between 05:30 and 21:30 UTC.
3 – Airspace status with regard to altitude. We include a tolerance (that you can set).
In this case, we are not strictly between the floor and ceiling of the airspace, but close enough (maybe we are at 2700ft and have selected a 1000ft tolerance).
4 – Combined airspace status.
In this case, the airspace is active, but we are not strictly within its altitude range.
NB: Flags 3 & 4 are only active and meaningful when flying and with a 3D GPS fix.
The map information view
When tapping on the map, we have as well modified the information view so that you can see at a glance what airspaces are active here.
We have as well added an indicator that shows if there are additional information for this airspace.
1 – Airspace activation status
2 – Airspace additional information indicator
Impact on alerts and warning
You can chose if you want to be alerted and warned on inactive airspaces (based on activation schedule).
If you select to be alerted on inactive airspaces, the warning/alert view will make it clear that it is about and inactive airspace.
1 – This warning is about an inactive airspace
2 – Access to additional information
Flight Assistant always gives you the freedom to use the application as it best fits your habits.
There are 2 places where you can chose how you want to use this new feature.
First, in the moving map layers (go to Cockpit, when on the moving map unfold the action bar, select Overlays, got to objects.
You can select to filter airspaces on the map based on activation schedule, or based on altitude, or both.
Then you can you can chose to be alerted on inactive airspaces or not.
Still on the moving map, go to settings, the “Airspaces display & alert”.
here you will be able to select if you want to be alerted on inactive airspaces or not and to chose the altitude tolerance that the application will add (subtract) the airspace ceiling (floor) when considering your altitude.