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    Posted: 15 hours 6 minutes ago at 10:22pm
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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+1 on the Present Position Hold... neat idea. 

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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.

Regards,

Andre


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I think Jimmy said he likes the tabs there all the time 
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Jimmyz80, you could set the user preference that makes the tabs retract after, say, 5 seconds.
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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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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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Garmin has had the G5’s on version 5.2 of software for a while, but in some circumstances depending on how an install is done they get a "communication error" annunciation in v5.2. They are aware of these errors, and the only way to solve them short of an entire avionics re-wire for CAN BUS start and end points is to upgrade the G5's to v5.3 software. At the time of this writing, that software is already available for experimental. I have spoken with Garmin reps about 5.3, and that same software should be available for certified aircraft by the end of this month.

There is a problem that occurs when 5.3 is installed that was not there in 5.2 on the Avidyne IFD itself, and that is that once I upgrade to 5.3 on the G5’s (and I suppose the update that it then installs into the GAD 29), the Avidyne then seems to popup an AUX warning that states the "GAD 42 needs servicing". The kicker here is I do not have a GAD 42, and despite the error things work as they should…except now I have a very annoying bright blue light shining in my eyes that I cannot dismiss.

My theory on what’s happening here is that Garmin has basically recycled some of their software and hardware components/principals from the GAD 42 and made the GAD 29B with the same concepts, so the IFD thinks it’s there when it’s not.

It would be great if we could have a config option where we select if a GAD 42 is present, and if we select no then this warning will simply be ignored and my AUX will stay nice and white.

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Suggestion:
Early in the development of the IFD's, it was recognised that the Map Compass Rose significantly contributed to map clutter and was of mixed benefit.
This resulted in the option to turn off the Compass Rose. However this option also results in the loss of the "Projected Track Line", a valuable instantaneous track vector, which has many useful functions independent of the Compass Rose eg intercepting the DTK etc. Therefore I (and others I've talked to) believe that it would be advantageous to separate these two items, ie the option to turn off the Compass Rose, thus significantly decluttering the map, but keeping the "Projected Track Line".

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+1 on RF legs

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I only had IFD440 for a short while so these suggestions might already be in 10.2 if so please excuse my ignorance.

1) When tune for radio by turning the left large knob, can you add an additional tab called "Saved" that lists out the frequency saved in AUX page?
2) options to select and deselect warnings. I have found myself constantly needing to press clear for messages. 

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+1 - I know of at least several of us with Aspens, IFDs, and Skytrax units who would like to see interoperability - but suspect that topic is dead given that Navworx is.

Only hope would be that Avi makes reasonable allowance for that and recognizes its Skytrax adopters with its follow on product - and that they make that product interoperable with our Aspens.
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"I would REALLY like to see some compatibility from my IFD540 / Skytrax to my Aspen so I can see ADS-B weather/traffic on it."



I agree with the "cubed root" above, I would like my Aspen system to be able to take advantage of the great stuff my 540 has....JMO   
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I would REALLY like to see some compatibility from my IFD540 / Skytrax to my Aspen so I can see ADS-B weather/traffic on it.   
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Please add a User Selectable FIRST Chart View to 10.3.  Right now, the ALL view comes up last requiring me to push the VIEW button 4 times, which is annoying.  Given the great slewing features of the 540, I'd prefer to see the whole chart (ALL) as the FIRST view that comes up so I can quickly  look at what I want to see, be it the minimums sections, or the profile, etc.  After the ALL view, then, you can rotate through the other options.  If this is user selectable, then everyone is happy.  
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Originally posted by jhbehrens jhbehrens wrote:

Traffic and obstacles look too similar on the map with the same blue colour and the same font for altitude. Close to airports they often overlap and I can’t see which is which.  Can the fonts be made thinner/smaller? Can the colours be made even slightly different?
We have a limited allowable color pallette in that arena.  We can take a look, but it would likely be in the lower half of the priority list.
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Traffic and obstacles look too similar on the map with the same blue colour and the same font for altitude. Close to airports they often overlap and I can’t see which is which.  Can the fonts be made thinner/smaller? Can the colours be made even slightly different?
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I don't use the BTKB.  For me using the IFD is easy enough (except for the fact that I have to tap inside the already active text field to bring up the onscreen keyboard), and my yoke is occupied by my iPad.  From the first time I saw the IFD, way back before it was certified, I've thought the onscreen keyboard is one of the many things that set it apart from the knob twisting on G's products.  I use the knob twisting when necessary in turbulence, but the onscreen keyboard is my first preference.  I just wish it would automatically come up when I'm in a text entry field so I don't have to tap the screen to get it. 
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I discovered this quick KB waypoint entry as well, quite by accident, and love it. Use it all the time.

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Originally posted by 94S 94S wrote:

I would like that when you enter into a popup that is expecting text that the keyboard would auto-popup as well.  For example, currently when entering a waypoint I push Enter which pops up the list of choices, in which Waypoint is the first.  So I push enter again to select Waypoint entry.  That's all good.  Then, it pops up the waypoint entry text box with a best guess at a waypoint that I might want.  That best guess is most often not the waypoint I want, so then I have to tap on the text box to bring up the keyboard.  Which is the step I'd like to see eliminated.  Make it so that when the text box pops up, it could still have the best guess waypoint suggested, but also open the keyboard so it's immediately available to change the text.  Then I can start typing out the new text, or hit enter to select the best guess if in fact that's what I'm looking for.  I would suggest this for any and all text or number fields, that when the entry field is opened, that the appropriate keyboard opens as well.
Thanks,
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There is a neat way to sort of solve this today, using the KB. I've discovered (I can't find this anywhere in the manual), that if you start typing a waypoint on the KB, the first key struck opens the new waypoint entry mode along with the entry text box (and the on-screen keyboard). So 1 single keystroke on the KB gets you to where you want to be as you describe above, with the first letter of the waypoint you want already entered ..... really neat!!

Like Orest, I also have my KB mounted on the yoke, so this is super simple with one hand without even removing it from the yoke or having to reach over to the IFD. If the proposed waypoint happens to be the desired one, then the 2nd keystroke on the KB is the enter key. Two strokes and done. Multiple waypoints can be entered very quickly this way.


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Originally posted by oskrypuch oskrypuch wrote:

I use the remote keyboard for 95% of my entries. I'm surprised more folks don't use it. I have it mounted on my yoke.
Too many gizmos, not enough room.  I don't need the keyboard frequently enough to mount it somewhere where it's always handy--there just isn't a spot for it that wouldn't displace something else I use more frequently.  The yoke is reserved for a tablet that gets far more frequent use.  

I do use the keyboard, but generally only at the start of a flight when I'm building the flight plan.  After that, it gets tucked in a pocket and mostly isn't used again until the next flight starts.  (But I do really like having it for that usage.)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HenryM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2018 at 9:27pm
I got the keyboard for the IFD-540 last October. I had to register the IFD, which the previous owner had not done. I was not an early adopter.  I think the IFD-440might have required a separate Bluetooth unlock. 
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Only the early adopters got the Bluetooth unlock with their unit.
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Originally posted by oskrypuch oskrypuch wrote:

I even use the remote keyboard for freq flips.

COM 2 7 ^

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Totally agree.  I love the remote keyboard and use it almost exclusively on my top 540.  I believe, however, that bluetooth is an option and not everyone has the use of the remote keyboard.  Is this right?   On my botton 540, I change frequencies on the IFD 100.  Really easy.
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I did. I put the iPad in airplane mode, so had no cellular connection at all. I then turned on Bluetooth and WiFi manually. That didn’t help. 

It just occurred to me writing this that there is also a cellular data switch. I will try that one next time. Wouldn’t being in airplane mode without a cellular connection do the same thing?
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Originally posted by HenryM HenryM wrote:

I still haven’t been able to get my IFD 100 to work with my cellular iPad Pro. The iPad connects to the IFD-540 network. I can even transfer flight plans to ForeFlight. However, the IFD-100 doesn’t seem to connect. I’ve tried putting the iPad in airplane mode and manually turning on WiFi and Bluetooth, then starting the IFD-100 with no other apps running. The app says it is not connected to the com radios and doesn’t get a GPS position. The GPS on the upper right is yellow. 

The NavData and Obstacles databases are the same in the IFD-540 and IFD-100. However, the IFD-540 has an older charts database that I can’t get rid of or get a copy for the IFD-100. 

The IFD-100 has NAmerica and Europe terrain databases that aren’t explicitly listed on the IFD-540. It also lists Worldwide MapData that is not listed on the 540. 

Any ideas what I can try to get this working?
Try turning off cellular data.
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I still haven’t been able to get my IFD 100 to work with my cellular iPad Pro. The iPad connects to the IFD-540 network. I can even transfer flight plans to ForeFlight. However, the IFD-100 doesn’t seem to connect. I’ve tried putting the iPad in airplane mode and manually turning on WiFi and Bluetooth, then starting the IFD-100 with no other apps running. The app says it is not connected to the com radios and doesn’t get a GPS position. The GPS on the upper right is yellow. 

The NavData and Obstacles databases are the same in the IFD-540 and IFD-100. However, the IFD-540 has an older charts database that I can’t get rid of or get a copy for the IFD-100. 

The IFD-100 has NAmerica and Europe terrain databases that aren’t explicitly listed on the IFD-540. It also lists Worldwide MapData that is not listed on the 540. 

Any ideas what I can try to get this working?
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For those using the bluetooth keyboard, are you also using the IFD100? 

I have Garmin pilot on my Ipad mini yoke mount, and the IFD100 on my Ipad pro, mounted on the seat rail mount. I almost always use the IFD100 for everything other than swapping frequencies. I can't seem to find a good use for my bluetooth keyboard. 
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I even use the remote keyboard for freq flips.

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Granted you need a spot to put it, but I think it is one of the most underutilized advantages of the IFDs. 

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I have my keyboard mounted, by using a piece of velcro, it allows me to put it in different places based on my flight parameters. On the ground it is mounted near my elevator trim by my knee, during cruise I keep it on the yoke. Just my technique, but it works well for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PA20Pacer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2018 at 8:31am
Hi Orest-

Interesting comment about the use of the keyboard. I also mounted mine on the yoke, but I am finding that I use it mainly for entering a flight plan on the ground. I think that if the 540 was over to my right in the radio stack I might use the keyboard more, but I have gotten used to using the knobs, as that seems easier in turbulence. I suspect that the more I used the keyboard, the more useful I would find it.

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I find the keyboard auto-popup annoying (like when touching the freq indicator), would not want it as default behavior, it obstructs the screen.

I use the remote keyboard for 95% of my entries. I'm surprised more folks don't use it. I have it mounted on my yoke. 

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or...  one twist of the knob and the keyboard goes away -- just saying.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HenryM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2018 at 10:47am
You can use the knobs exactly as before to change the waypoint name, but the waypoint block is obscured, so you can't just use the knobs or tap on one of the options (like an arrival or approach procedure) to enter it. 

I am in the camp where I prefer the knob interface first. I do use the keyboard, but only in calm air or on the ground. If there is even a little turbulence, I find using the knobs easier. If I have to use the knobs because of turbulence, dismissing the keyboard would be harder than opening the keyboard in smooth conditions. Thus defaulting to knobs first makes sense to me. I open the keyboard when I want it. Of course a user option lets everyone set up their preferred way, so that would work for me too.
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Bob,

I guess I don't see where having the keyboard displayed on the screen would affect the use of the knobs, but like you say maybe it could be a user option.

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Originally posted by 94S 94S wrote:

I would like that when you enter into a popup that is expecting text that the keyboard would auto-popup as well.  For example, currently when entering a waypoint I push Enter which pops up the list of choices, in which Waypoint is the first.  So I push enter again to select Waypoint entry.  That's all good.  Then, it pops up the waypoint entry text box with a best guess at a waypoint that I might want.  That best guess is most often not the waypoint I want, so then I have to tap on the text box to bring up the keyboard.  Which is the step I'd like to see eliminated.  Make it so that when the text box pops up, it could still have the best guess waypoint suggested, but also open the keyboard so it's immediately available to change the text.  Then I can start typing out the new text, or hit enter to select the best guess if in fact that's what I'm looking for.  I would suggest this for any and all text or number fields, that when the entry field is opened, that the appropriate keyboard opens as well.
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Hi David-

I can see your suggestion as being very convenient for someone that typically uses the touch screen for text entry. However, that behavior would be somewhat annoying for those of us that typically use the knobs to enter text. Perhaps an automatic pop-up keyboard could be a user-selectable option. I guess flexibility breeds complexity.

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I would like that when you enter into a popup that is expecting text that the keyboard would auto-popup as well.  For example, currently when entering a waypoint I push Enter which pops up the list of choices, in which Waypoint is the first.  So I push enter again to select Waypoint entry.  That's all good.  Then, it pops up the waypoint entry text box with a best guess at a waypoint that I might want.  That best guess is most often not the waypoint I want, so then I have to tap on the text box to bring up the keyboard.  Which is the step I'd like to see eliminated.  Make it so that when the text box pops up, it could still have the best guess waypoint suggested, but also open the keyboard so it's immediately available to change the text.  Then I can start typing out the new text, or hit enter to select the best guess if in fact that's what I'm looking for.  I would suggest this for any and all text or number fields, that when the entry field is opened, that the appropriate keyboard opens as well.
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I posted this before, but I think the server issue deleted/lost it.

Never going to happen in 10.3, but since the IFD550 has an ARS, I want it to act as an autopilot.  :-)
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Here are a couple more suggestions, or perhaps there is a way of doing this but I just don't know how.

1) For ILS/LOC approaches, either default or have a user setup option that changes nav source guidance from GPS to VLOC as soon as VTF is activated for an approach, provided VLOC is armed (blue).
- I did 2 practice ILS approaches today, both using VTF. One switched from GPS to VLOC quite early, which changed the HSI source from GPS to VHF LOC so I had an ILS CDI quite some time before intercept. On the other VTF approach, VLOC was armed (blue) but the HSI CDI source remained on GPS until I was actually on the localizer. This was quite disconcerting. I know the criteria for the switch from GPS to VLOC guidance as described in the PG, but the GPS guidance doesn't have any glideslope so I have no indication the glideslope is alive until the GPS->VLOC swap takes place.

2) IF one wants to add a new approach after the missed holding fix, the new wpt block that appears at the cursor following ENTER / Waypoint is mostly concealed by the FMS/MAP/AUX soft buttons at the bottom. The wpt entry field is not visible. This wpt entry field can easily propose a wpt which is not the airport that one wants. While it is true that any tap on the screen will bring up the keyboard, I would suggest that in a case like this, the FPL be shifted up far enough to show the entire block and not just the very top edge. In this case, I pushed ENTER Waypoint and the block was created to allow wpt name entry. However only the top edge of the block is visible. This is a bit unnerving in flight. If one touches ENTER again or the soft key on the left, then the default/proposed wpt is created which may not be the one wanted as in this case where an airfield right under the hold was chosen.

P.S. I tried to upload a screenshot of an example, but it seems that the image upload isn't working.



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Originally posted by OliverBucher OliverBucher wrote:

RF leg’s for approach


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Since per Steve the capability is already there and this just needs the flight tests to get FAA signoff on the paperwork so it can be turned on, this could even be a candidate for a 10.2.2 rather than waiting a year for 10.3.

2 of 3 RNAV approaches where I fly home have RF legs that substantially shorten and lower the approach (4000') vs the 3rd RNAV or ILS being the current choices (6000'). They can do this by avoiding a mountain on the straight in that keep the IAF/IF on the currently flyable approaches up high.
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Originally posted by Royski Royski wrote:

I'd like the ability for the IFD to receive and display ADS-B weather (and possibly traffic) via WiFi from a portable device like the Stratus.  At Oshkosh last year I mentioned this to an Avidyne rep who said that it was a possibility but might be a paid software unlock.  Perhaps Avidyne would want to assess interest?  I'd be willing to pay a certain amount for this feature.

I don't think that's ever going to happen. You would be taking weather from an uncertified device and putting it on a certified device. I'm just happy that they let us take weather from the IFD and put it on an iPad.
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Originally posted by PA20Pacer PA20Pacer wrote:

Garmin has the ability to load two databases in the 650/750 series....

Don't believe the GTNs do that. Correct me if I'm wrong, but although you can have more than one database on the SD card, you have to take the unit out of service briefly to select, load and swap over to the new database.

So that is not any different than taking an IFD out of service briefly, and sliding in the USB key and doing an update.

The old CNX80 would allow you to upload the new upcoming database, keep the old database still active, and then it would switch over automatically for you -- but what didn't the CNX80 do?!

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Originally posted by bneub111 bneub111 wrote:

Originally posted by PA20Pacer PA20Pacer wrote:

Garmin has the ability to load two databases in the 650/750 series. That is, a new database can be loaded prior to its effective date. The old database is still used until the database rollover time, at which time the unit automatically switches to the new database.

That’s an awesome idea!
I agree, and would love to see this.  However, I remember it being discussed before, and at that time I think it was AviJake who said it would be a significant amount of work to implement and was essentially a non-starter.
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