Arinc Direct recently released Version 2.3 of its iPad flight-planning app, a major upgrade designed to help users eliminate paper from their cockpits and including a new note-taking annotation feature on flight plans.
With the annotation feature, users can add notes on flight plans by clicking on the action arrow at the bottom of the screen, then clicking anywhere on the flight plan and adding text. The notes can be emailed along with the flight plan. Two pilots using the app on their own iPads can see each other’s notes via Bluetooth communication between the iPads. Shared notes appear in green, while a user’s own notes are blue.
Another new feature that pilots will like is own-ship position display on en route charts, which can be switched off to satisfy the FAA. Arinc Direct has also added the ability to filter leg lists by tail number and number of days, pre-departure clearances sent directly to the iPad for data-link-capable aircraft, a brightness control and support for adding trips to Apple’s iCal calendar via iCloud, so they can be seen on all of a user’s Apple devices.