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In the IFD wifi setup, change the names that indicate what wifi mode the IFD is programmed for.  

In wifi setup, change the name "local" to "internal wifi" or just "internal," and change "remote" to "external wifi" or just "external."

I think that nomenclature is more intuitive, and will be less likely to require digging into the manual to figure out what the settings mean, and to make sure it's set correctly.  As I find myself changing the wifi setting from time to time as I experiment and troubleshoot with different portable devices, it does get easier to remember.  But I think it's better not to be quite so puzzled about what "local" and "remote" indicate in the first place.
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I was reminded in flight today of one minor nit pick I'd love to see fixed in 10.3.  When you use the righthand knob to scroll your flight plan all the way to the bottom, the tabs along the bottom of the screen still cover up part of your last waypoint.  You have you use your finger to drag the flight plan upward the last little bit, if you want to click on any of the fields towards the bottom of that last waypoint box.  Seems like a bug to me, and no I don't want to enable auto-hide of the tabs.  I like them there all the time. :)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LarryPetro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jul 2018 at 10:16am
Jimmyz80, you could set the user preference that makes the tabs retract after, say, 5 seconds.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote teeth6 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jul 2018 at 10:33am
I think Jimmy said he likes the tabs there all the time 
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Here are some suggestions for features I'm presently missing:

1. A Present position Hold.

If you want to program a hold at the Present Position, this cannot be reasonably achieved. It does not happen often that this occurs, certainly not in the USA, but it does happen sometimes as I experienced.
Most bigger plane FMS's can do this.
First a Waypoint has to be defined at the Present Position after which it is possible to program a holding at that point. By the time you fill in the box with the holding data and then execute it, the aircraft will make a 180 back to the point where the waypoint was created.
The right procedure would be to provide an option "PPHOLD" after which a box should open to enter data (a standard hold as default), then after entering and verifying the data the holding waypoint can be created and executed immediately. This would be also great for orbiting.

2. Oceanic waypoint entry.

Kind of same problem here. When trying to enter for example N50W035 as a waypoint, the box comes back with "please enter a valid identifier or value", because after entering a few digits it cannot find something in the database. In an oceanic database there are nowadays preprogrammed waypoints like "H5250" (= N52.30W050), but if it is desired to enter the point N50W035, first a waypoint has to be defined, where after the coordinates can be entered and only then that waypoint can be used.
This is of course very time consuming in flight. On top of that the defined waypoint can have any given name and therefore has no direct indication for what it stands for.
The solution is to have it accept coordinates and then provide a software generated identifier, which must not collide with predefined waypoints, this in line with other FMS systems

3. Abeam Points

Suppose you are flying a flightplan with multiple points to a destination: a-b-c-d-e-f-g
Flying from "b" to "c" ATC clears direct to "f" so direct to "f" is entered and executed. The IFD then shows a direct line to "f", but the intermediate points "c" "d" and "e" are lost (they are still visible on the FMS page by scrolling back). What really is wanted by the pilot is a perpendicular projection of the previous waypoints on the now direct track to "f", with software generated points on that direct track with names like "Cxxxx" and "Dxxxx" where the x's stand for a distance from the original fix or another value. Now it's possible to follow the progress of the flight better with fuel consumption and time over waypoint. Suggest to program a "soft default" when entering a direct in the flight plan if there will be waypoints skipped, which says "ABM points?". If not touched or pressed, but the 'ENTR" button is pressed, then a direct without abeam points will be executed, otherwise the abeam points will show up after pressing "ENTR".

I am aware that these options are not so interesting for VFR use, but as these IFD's are so well designed they can and will be used for advanced operations.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ansond Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 hours 52 minutes ago at 3:53pm
+1 on the Present Position Hold... neat idea. 

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Originally posted by palmjet palmjet wrote:

Here are some suggestions for features I'm presently missing:

1. A Present position Hold.
2. Oceanic waypoint entry.
3. Abeam Points


Present position holds have been on my short list for a while.  As you say, oceanic Lat/Lon waypoint entries and abeam points are more big iron features.  We are aware of them but we have quite a few other features that would be implemented before those.
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Originally posted by AviSteve AviSteve wrote:

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Present position holds have been on my short list for a while. 

Present Postion would be a great waypoint to have on the fly. To that, let me refresh an idea from a post I made back in 2014 ...

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Feature request: special waypoints

Yes, you can use the "create user waypoint" dialog to first create all of the below format waypoints, before using them, but when entering a flightplan it would be much faster if you didn't have to sidetrack to that function. Why not just allow them to be entered directly in a special format.

Fairly typical in an FMS is the below approach:

Crossing radials:
JFK190/CYN100

rad/dist:
JFK190/25

5nm before a waypoint (eg. HOPCE) already in the flightplan:
HOPCE/-5

lat/long, N 47.0, W 080.0
N470W0800


Lat/long in flightplans is becoming more common, especially out west. Being able to enter them directly on the fly, would be much more efficient. Really, the same with all the above.

Using the above construct, you also wouldn't litter the user waypoint list with obscure waypoints.




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There there is this one, would really like to see this. This is from 2012!

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Feature Request: What about a FIX page?

This is a "big boy" feature that allows you to draw on screen radials and circumferences from a waypoint. They are persistent, and not specifically related to your flight plan. (there were several on the MFD page, in my post asking about the BB)

Superb for spatial orientation, especially in busy airspace, or on final approach. At a glance you know you should be close to the OM, or when to drop your speed, or gear or whatever. 

Also excellent when performing complicated SIDs by hand. You can draw in a DME x.x nm circle where you might need to start a turn as you ascend, and then draw in a VOR radial (like an OBS display, but not linked to the flightplan) that you need to intercept. 

I routinely draw in a 10nm and 20nm circle around my destination aiport, and then I think 6000 AGL at 20, and 3 at 10, makes sure you are on track. Just add 3000 ft AGL for an approach to an airport in the opposite direction from the active runway. 


"Fix" circles have been drawn in at 10nm & 20nm, centered on KSEA (737 MFD) 

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Very simple user interface, you just specify a radial (optionally), a distance, and the reference waypoint.


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A vertical offset to the computed VNav path would be very handy.

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Feature Request: add a VNav path indicator

This is entirely akin to a glideslope/glidepath indicator, but would instead reflect your relative position as compared to your desired descent (or ascent) profile as reflected in the specified vertical constrains and your specified default VSR.

From the graphic of the FIX page request above, note the white linear graphic with the magenta diamond on the right side of the graphic. This is depicting the aircraft "on" VNav path. Besides floating the diamond up/down as this changes, you could also display the number of feet high/low, in comparison to the computed vertical path.

This would be a very cool "big boy" feature to add to the IFDs, in concert of course with the Boeing Banana, which we finally have & love!

* Orest




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OK, I'm a little out of control, but here is another one, from 2014.

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Feature Request: ADD TOD to flightplan list

Subject says it. 
Why? Well it provides time of arrival at, and time until to, the TOD. 

Of course, it would be a special non-editable point. 


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Here is another oldie request ...

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Feature Request: better highlight of next waypoint

I am often left straining to see the precise location of the next waypoint on the screen, especially on approach when the screen starts to become busier. Sure there are datablocks, but I like to be able to visually gauge my position.

As such, I'd like to request two simple things that would go a long way to this, or if you have any other bright ideas!

1)  increase the NEXT waypoint indicator size by say 50%, and give it a slightly stronger border

2)  reverse the order of the "barber pole" magenta/white striping, so that the first stripe past the NEXT waypoint is WHITE, instead of MAGENTA, that helps give further contrast.

I have done a little editing in the image below to show what I mean. And although I don't depict it, changing the barber pole to something like 75% white/25% magenta would make it even stronger and less visually confusing.

And for that matter, you might wish to slightly increase the size of the other waypoint marks too.

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And one more, this should be easy ...

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Feature Request: FAF annunciation 

Say five seconds before passing the FAF, have an aural annunciation &CAS alert of "FAF AHEAD" or something like that. 
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I added the above topics over the years, always using the Feature Request: xkxkxkxkxkx thread title format, so they are easy to find. Some have been added, including the famous Boeing Banana, but most have not.

Jake has added at least some of these to the old request database. Don't know if that is still active. But, perhaps it is time to brush the cobwebs off on these.

* Orest



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