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    Posted: 05 Nov 2018 at 4:51pm
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Trust me, I'm as frustrated as you are about RF legs not being allowed in the database.  I've been trying to get the capability into the next release, but some of the other changes are just taking longer than we planned and that's adversely affecting the likelihood that RF legs will be in there.  If I can find any way to get them included, I will.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chflyer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Nov 2018 at 10:23am
Is 10.3 likely to be the next release? That is, no more 10.2 point releases planned after 10.2.2.0?

Reason for the question is that I believe it was you, Steve, who mentioned that RF support only needed some flight testing for FAA signoff and that would seem to fall in the point release category.

It would sure be nice to get those approved in the AFMS and into the navdata so that they can be flown. There are a couple used for getting into my home field and they really shorten the approaches as well as reducing the descent angle. I've read reports that they are actually easier to fly than a DME arc.
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Originally posted by ansond ansond wrote:

New thought on 10.3: Can you make the IFD send out a "current flight plan has changed" ping via WiFi.. such that Foreflight can pick up that "ping" and automatically do a new pull of the current flight plan into its view?

No changes to the "push" (I sort of like that manual "check" as it is)... but I cannot think of a reason why you might not want to keep Foreflight in constant sync with the lastest active flightplan...

Just a thought. 

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There are already several ways to accomplish what you're describing using the existing data that the IFD has available over WiFi.  It's just a matter of how app developers choose to use the data.
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New thought on 10.3: Can you make the IFD send out a "current flight plan has changed" ping via WiFi.. such that Foreflight can pick up that "ping" and automatically do a new pull of the current flight plan into its view?

No changes to the "push" (I sort of like that manual "check" as it is)... but I cannot think of a reason why you might not want to keep Foreflight in constant sync with the lastest active flightplan...

Just a thought. 

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Originally posted by NavajoFlyer NavajoFlyer wrote:

New to the forum. ...

3) Default nav page on the 440 like garmin has on the gtn 650 and gns 430.

-Gary

Welcome Gary,   

You can add all those datablocks (actually more kinds than Garmin has), including a CDI, to the current MAP page.

Are you asking for an additional MAP page, that shows no Map, and only six giant sized blocks like the GNS? Personally, I think that would limit the available information.


As to VTF, the IFD does preserve the FAF and inbound, there are no other waypoints that matter if you are VTF. But, if you prefer to leave the entire approach in the FMS flight plan, just select the IF to FAF leg to be the active leg, you will get the same "VTF" type guidance, but the rest of the approach will be visible. If you are concerned that ATC may reroute back to the IAF, you can just select in the FMC page, and hit direct. Done.

But note, that on the IFD, you can very quickly change from full to VTF and back, or even a different approach with just a few keystrokes, and you don't actually leave the FMS page, so you have the navigation profile and map in view at all times. For these reasons, there isn't the same issue on the IFD, that you have on the Garmins, where many counsel not use Garmin's VTF.

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Originally posted by NavajoFlyer NavajoFlyer wrote:

In 10.3, I'd like to see: 

3) Default nav page on the 440 like garmin has on the gtn 650 and gns 430.

Why?  What do you want that you don’t have with the IFD?  I’m not saying this applies to you, but what I’ve noticed on this forum is that some of the frustration with Avidyne is the transition from Garmin Architecture to Avidyne Architecture.  The Garmin “muscle memory” can be so strong that a different architecture is, at times, considered non-intuitive or even just plain wrong.  Some have even stated that, for some functions, Garmin set the standard and that’s the way it should be done.  I’ve never flown with Garmin, so I’ve never had to unlearn the Garmin Architecture or experience the transition frustration.  Perhaps there is improvement that can be done to the IFD nav page, but please be specific.  Asking that it be “like Garmin” is not specific enough about what needs to be improved.  If I had wanted Garmin, I would have bought Garmin.
Originally posted by NavajoFlyer NavajoFlyer wrote:

4) Data block option showing destination airport, distance from, and cardinal direction from airport. That would make it easy to report 10 miles SE.
Already exists.  Try any of these below.  Designated Waypoint will give you the radial.


Originally posted by NavajoFlyer NavajoFlyer wrote:

5) Ability to activate the already entered approach or VTF from the PROC button.
I hesitate to have hard labeled buttons have different functions depending on configuration or previous actions.  From an ergonomics standpoint, I think it best that the button has a single function.  It is also possible that once an approach is loaded that a different approach may need to be loaded rather than just activated.  It is quite simple now to activate an approach, so just don’t see the need for this additional method.

BTW, Welcome to the Forum!  I am fairly new to the IFD and the folks here are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.  I hope some will pipe in here as others may have a different take on the topics you've raised.

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New to the forum. I have an IFD 540 in my Navajo and adding a 440.

In 10.3, I'd like to see:

1) I'd like data blocks to be able to go to a page. I want to touch a block and be taken to the fuel page or the XM channel page.

2) Visual approaches

3) Default nav page on the 440 like garmin has on the gtn 650 and gns 430.

4) Data block option showing destination airport, distance from, and cardinal direction from airport. That would make it easy to report 10 miles SE.

5) Ability to activate the already entered approach or VTF from the PROC button.

6) Keep all waypoints on final approach course when activating VTF.

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Originally posted by DH82FLYER DH82FLYER wrote:


With Auto Zoom you still have full manual control, but it’s big advantage is that when your busy or distracted it continues to operate in the background to your pre-defined settings. 

Thomas

Yes, you do have manual control, but I prefer not to have to re-exert that control, as it keeps auto-zooms, when I'm busy and distracted.

But, as I say, just my preference. I can see that a semi-intelligent auto-zoom could be useful, as long as it can be turned off.

* Orest



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With Auto Zoom you still have full manual control, but it’s big advantage is that when your busy or distracted it continues to operate in the background to your pre-defined settings. 

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Originally posted by DH82FLYER DH82FLYER wrote:

 I know this has been requested before butttt.....
Map Auto Zoom, when combined with ‘some intelligence’, ...

I very seldom use autozoom, on anything, I prefer to control the visual angle on screen, especially during the approach.

But I could see the value of that, as long as it is optional.

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 I know this has been requested before butttt.....
Map Auto Zoom, when combined with ‘some intelligence’, can be a very useful feature-in my humble opinion.

So what ‘Intelligence’ does it need...
1) Min and Max range values
2) and the option to only apply to the Destination. 

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Please add the ability to finger press the boundary lines of the Airmets displayed on the IFD and have the airmet text information display. The airmet lines as depicted now are not very useful without the text that describes them. Thanks
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Here’s a feature request for a future IFD release: rs232 output format defined to support ADS-B FIS-B products on the EX5000 MFD. Today, that’s difficult in many multi-vendor situations, such as when using a Garmin GTX 345, which has limited capacity to communicate with non-Garmin MFDs. While traffic is sent via ARINC 429, the other ADS-B products are transmitted only via rs422/232.

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Originally posted by chflyer chflyer wrote:

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Unfortunately, this auto-switch back to track-up never happens after start-up, at least not for me. I always need to manually hit the button on each unit to get back to track-up.

Yes, I concur. One click of the right knob while on the MAP page, is a normal step in my pre-takeoff routine.

It may have to do with the IFD booting up before the ASPEN, or something like that, but it is essentially a constant feature.

* Orest



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I have both IFD540 & 440, and have to do this on both boxes after every startup. Very annoying.

I suspect that this is a bug, though. Per a note in the Map section of the manual ... "The map orientation will auto-switch from track-up orientation to north up orientation when GPS is lost. Pilots who leave the map orientation in track-up during shutdown may notice the map will start up in north-up until a GPS position fix is available, at which time the map will auto-switch back to track-up."

Unfortunately, this auto-switch back to track-up never happens after start-up, at least not for me. I always need to manually hit the button on each unit to get back to track-up.
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Originally posted by forkauto forkauto wrote:

I would love to have the ability to keep the IFD550 in Track Up or Track Up centered mode without having to push the lower right button every time at power up. Seems like an easy software fix. Every time its powered up, it goes to North Up mode unless you have a PFD attached.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ansond Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Oct 2018 at 6:46pm
Originally posted by forkauto forkauto wrote:

I would love to have the ability to keep the IFD550 in Track Up or Track Up centered mode without having to push the lower right button every time at power up. Seems like an easy software fix. Every time its powered up, it goes to North Up mode unless you have a PFD attached.

+1 on this... super annoying.  Also, +1 on fixing this in the IFD100 app... same thing seems to happen. 

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I would love to have the ability to keep the IFD550 in Track Up or Track Up centered mode without having to push the lower right button every time at power up. Seems like an easy software fix. Every time its powered up, it goes to North Up mode unless you have a PFD attached.
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Interesting, I know others have complained about this in the past as well.  Mine is connected to my PMA450A.
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Originally posted by tony tony wrote:

Pilots need to decide how their aircraft is configured and behaves, not software engineers.  I think this is a bad idea.  
Agreed!  If I want to monitor 
121.5, I’ll configure it myself.  This requested function is not germane to the IFD’s primary function and it just adds to software bloat.
Originally posted by brou0040 brou0040 wrote:

Originally posted by AZ Flyer AZ Flyer wrote:

I'm fairly certain that the monitor volume can be adjusted under Aux/Audio/Standby Com.
It can, but even with monitor volume maxed out, it is barely audible although not loud enough be understood.  The other volumes work just fine.
Mine is loud and clear.  It is connected to the AUX input of a PMA6000.



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Originally posted by AZ Flyer AZ Flyer wrote:

I'm fairly certain that the monitor volume can be adjusted under Aux/Audio/Standby Com.

It can, but even with monitor volume maxed out, it is barely audible although not loud enough be understood.  The other volumes work just fine.
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Originally posted by MarkZ MarkZ wrote:

How about doing away with the “Allow WiFi” pop up on boot up?

+1 Have wifi/bt automatically enable unless disabled in settings.
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The #1 thing I'd like for 10.3 is a release date.
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I'm assuming that the action when detecting something on the guard frequency would be selected by the user - it could do nothing, or give a visual or audio notification or play what is being received.  Maybe it could even analyze it and behave differently depending on whether it was a voice or static.

Or maybe there's a way to listen to the guard frequency on the standby frequency when it isn't being used for something else that doesn't require pressing many buttons, in which case someone can tell me how to do it.
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How about putting estimate for a enroute intersection on the map beside the name. Too much time looking for things. That is where it is on most fmc😇’s. I am starting to use iPad less and goin* back to just basics. To much clutter.
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Pilots need to decide how their aircraft is configured and behaves, not software engineers.  I think this is a bad idea.  
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I'm fairly certain that the monitor volume can be adjusted under Aux/Audio/Standby Com.
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At least 98% of squelch breaks on 121.5 are bogus, either noise, chewie, wrong freq, what have you.  The IFDs already have a monitor capability (that needs the volume to be MUCH louder), I personally feel that is sufficient.
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Originally posted by Paul Paul wrote:

My understanding from older posts is that the COM/NAV receiver in the IFD is actually a DSP receiver.  Could the software be modified so that it always monitors the guard frequency?  If it detected something it could put up a box that would allow the user to listen (or listen and transmit) on the frequency.

I can see the attraction, but in EU land I think there needs to be an option to turn this off - the majority of transmissions on 121.5 appear to be misdirected cabin PA's, and I don't want to be interrupted on approach with one of those!

(FWIW, my SOP is to hold the flip-flop on #2 after establishing in the climb/cruise to swap the old freq into the standby and allow me to monitor 121.5, and then use #2 as required for VOLMET and ATIS. When on approach I don't need 121.5 any more as a) I'm busy, and b) likely the centre I'm with will be able to hear it. I have the standby freq. on #1 connected to the audio panel, so can potentially listen to three at a time)

However, VOLMET is not in the Jepp database, so I have these programmed up in the frequency list on #2, but still need a paper table to resolve the station to the frequency/stored position (remember - no UAT weather over here), so it would be nice to attach some text to each stored Com frequency
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Bring back aural traffic alerts including cardinal direction and altitude.
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I thought it was recommended to always be monitoring guard on a 2nd radio on cross countries.
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My understanding from older posts is that the COM/NAV receiver in the IFD is actually a DSP receiver.  Could the software be modified so that it always monitors the guard frequency?  If it detected something it could put up a box that would allow the user to listen (or listen and transmit) on the frequency.
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How about doing away with the “Allow WiFi” pop up on boot up?
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+1 from another European user looking for RF legs.

The G* VNAV on VFR approaches looks nice too (even more so if you have a 550 I guess!)
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Originally posted by chflyer chflyer wrote:

Feature Request: RF leg support

...... I am told that the Garmin GTN now supports RF legs...

GTN750 users are now flying approaches with RF legs in Europe, and pireps indicate that it is a piece of cake, easier than a DME arc.

Not sure why Avidyne are dragging their feet on this as Garmin now has a clear competitive advantage in Europe with the increasing number of IAPs with RF legs.

Very little Avidyne input to the forum these days, but it would be nice to hear some explanation. The last input on the subject was that only some flight tests were needed to make it happen and flight time and staff were available for Aviation Consumer. ;-)

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Enable the ifd 440 WAAS  to drive a moving IFR enroute low chart on the ifd100. The ifd 100 needs to be able to use ifr and vfr charts since the ifd440 cannot. This would be the ultimate award-winning nav combo. 
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Develop IFD X40 display capability of TASA 1090-ADSB IN using UAT Format
 - just like with MLB UAT 978-In - with Speed Vectors + all other good info.

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Originally posted by oskrypuch oskrypuch wrote:

Quote - "Along Track" WPT, before or after a named waypoint, and set an Altitude or Level there. So if you are given "...to be level x miles before..."
That has been available for a long time, just select the waypoint, and set so many miles before (after), and an altitude restraint. The additional waypoint, and VNav guidance will appear, together with the Boeing Banana when applicable.

You are completely right of course, just never considered using it for that purpose.

Originally posted by oskrypuch oskrypuch wrote:

Having advisory guidance to any runway would be nice too, but remember that you can set the airport altitude, at the airport, as the next vertical constraint, and then you can use the banana.

This feature really requires a glideslope indication on the Aspen/HSI to be useful - effectively GTNs now allow you to fly quasi LNAV/VNAV approaches to any runway


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AZ Flyer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Sep 2018 at 8:22pm
Thanks.  It would be nice to be able to use the runway fix as the MDA waypoint and have the altitude and miles before options available as with other nonapproach waypoints.  I did get the banana by putting the MDA in the destination airport, so at least that is there.

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Well, the MDA does not appear as a discrete waypoint, so you can't attach a vertical constraint to it.

You would have to create the vertical constraint from the airport fix, and allow for the slightly different distance.

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Originally posted by oskrypuch oskrypuch wrote:

Quote - "Along Track" WPT, before or after a named waypoint, and set an Altitude or Level there. So if you are given "...to be level x miles before..."

That has been available for a long time, just select the waypoint, and set so many miles before (after), and an altitude restraint. The additional waypoint, and VNav guidance will appear, together with the Boeing Banana when applicable.

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Is there any way to do that within a published approach?  For instance, on a GPS-E approach if I want to see guidance to get down to the MDA three miles before the normal MDA fix?
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I would like a new User-Setting. 
We have in our Club in 4 from 9 ac a IFD-540. 2 in a IFR-rated plane. We are about 250 pilots using the planes.
1. I would love to use the IFD100 but I have to give the full credentials from Jeppesen to all the pilots. Thats not what i really do. By the way the IFD100 Setup is connected to one ac, thats also unusable for us.
2. Some pilots fly IFR, the most VFR; and all pilots can change some thing for their own predictions. Would it be possible to install a Default VFR an IFR Layout with "supervisory rights" and became a easy to use "Switch" for every pilot to reset the settings to "Default VFR" or "Default IFR".

I know, that these are big changes, but there is a slight hope for perhaps 10.5.?


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I like #2 a lot too!
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Quote - "Along Track" WPT, before or after a named waypoint, and set an Altitude or Level there. So if you are given "...to be level x miles before..."

That has been available for a long time, just select the waypoint, and set so many miles before (after), and an altitude restraint. The additional waypoint, and VNav guidance will appear, together with the Boeing Banana when applicable.

The enroute VNav guidance with a graphical vertical deviation indicator would be good to have, it would nicely complement the banana and numeric guidance. I did request that some time ago, hopefully it is in the database.

Having advisory guidance to any runway would be nice too, but remember that you can set the airport altitude, at the airport, as the next vertical constraint, and then you can use the banana.

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I most want improvements in VNAV handling - which is already a strength of the 540.

Some of the VNAV features G*** introduced in GTN sw version 6.5 and before are worth looking at;
- Synthetic glideslope provided onto any runway meeting certain criteria - great safety feature
- "Along Track" WPT, before or after a named waypoint, and set an Altitude or Level there. So if you are given "...to be level x miles before..."

Would be cool to work with Aspen to get a glideslope also in enroute and terminal phases based on altitude restrictions and a set rate of descent.

I have noticed also that many waypoints on arrivals, approaches where the plate has an 'at' altitude the 540 by default has it as an 'at or above' altitude so I have to manually change that in the flight plan. Would be good to review whether this is correctly implemented.


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Add seconds to the Waypoint ETE datablock.  It is inefficient to have to switch over to the FMS page to see the seconds, and then the map isn't visible.  There appears to be enough room in the datablock for seconds without expanding the vertical size of the datablock.  That may require that the hours not exceed one digit, but realistically, who flies legs of more than 9 hours and 59 minutes anyway?

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Originally posted by Awful Charlie Awful Charlie wrote:

When in a flight plan on the "Route" tab, add an LSK (4 is free!) to "Activate this route"

So many times I find myself reviewing a plan, then going back to the route list and then think "which plan was that I just reviewed?"

Similarly, when I've found a typo in a text field (typically the "Name" in a waypoint, or a route), the only way to correct it is to re-type the whole thing - open to ideas about how to best address that
I am always an advocate for less is more.  Nothing is “free” when it comes to software.  In regard to reviewing or editing in the Route Tab, there are two things that should help avoid confusion about which route to activate.  One is that the route names should be unique so that there is no confusion about which route has which flight plan waypoints.  The second is that when leaving Route Edit mode and going back to the Route List, the IFD always defaults to the route that was just edited.  So, after editing or reviewing, and then returning to the Route List, just press Activate Route.  Another thing to consider is that the Route Edit page looks very similar to the FPL expanded active flight plan page.  In a high workload situation, it would not be good to have activate LSK’s on almost identical looking screens that resulted in completely different actions.  That could be confusing and disorienting at just the wrong time.
I too have occasionally been annoyed that I have to enter the entire waypoint again.  But what I’ve found is that geo-fill eliminates much of the button pushing to the point that, in most cases, if I could move the cursor, it wouldn’t be any fewer button pushes.  Geo-fill often finds the right waypoint after only two button pushes, maybe three if it's an airport.


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Feature Request: RF leg support

Brushing off the cobwebs on an existing request using the format also suggested by Orest:

We haven't heard anything about whether 10.3 will be out this decade, but I for one would be most disappointed if it doesn't include support for RF legs.

I am told that the Garmin GTN now supports RF legs, and that alone would almost make me consider swapping out my IFD440 for one. These are starting to pop up around Europe now (e.g RNAV 05 @ LFST), and the two RNAV approaches with them at the airport where I fly would be real time-savers. The RF procedures have 3500' at the FAF rather than 6000' on the other approaches, because the final track is joined so much closer to the airport. And they don't require RNAV-1 or RNP-1.

I think it was Steve that said that the capability is present and just needs the flight tests be done to get FAA signoff. If Avidyne doesn't have the time to work that into their testing profiles for 10.3, then I'd be concerned about the future.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Awful Charlie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Sep 2018 at 5:32pm
When in a flight plan on the "Route" tab, add an LSK (4 is free!) to "Activate this route"

So many times I find myself reviewing a plan, then going back to the route list and then think "which plan was that I just reviewed?"

Similarly, when I've found a typo in a text field (typically the "Name" in a waypoint, or a route), the only way to correct it is to re-type the whole thing - open to ideas about how to best address that
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