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Notes on Avidyne Software Version 10.2
The following is a summary of the changes in the book’s lessons and exercises caused by the release of version 10.2 of the IFD’s software.
For more information refer to the appropriate Avidyne IFD Pilot’s Guide.
Lesson 2 Changes
The installation process for the iPad version of the IFD simulator has changed significantly. You are now asked if you want to download a current set of databases from Jeppesen. Proceed as follows:
If you DO want to install current databases, enter your Jeppesen user ID and password when you are prompted to do so.
If you DO NOT want to install current databases, you can use a set of “generic” databases that do not change. When prompted, leave the Jeppesen user ID and password fields blank and press Login in the lower right corner of the screen, then Exit on the next screen.
NOTE: All the exercises in the book are performed with the generic version of the Jeppesen navigation database. This database does not change with time. The waypoints and procedures in a different database may not match those shown in the exercises.
Both the Windows and iPad versions of the IFD simulator now include several startup screens that are displayed when the simulation begins. They are the same as the screens that are presented when a real IFD starts up. In each case, press ENTR, Proceed, or Confirm, as prompted. When the Wifi/Bluetooth screen appears you can press either ALLOW or IGNORE. It makes no difference to the simulation.
HOME Key in PC Simulator
Most of the exercises start with the instruction to press the HOME key when you are using the Windows version of the IFD Simulator. This stops the simulation and was intended to prevent the simulated aircraft from moving while you are reading the lesson and setting up the scenario.
The HOME key now causes the Windows version of the simulator to freeze up entirely. None of the front buttons will work. This makes it impossible to continue the lesson.
The only known work-around is to press the DELETE key several times to slow down the simulated aircraft. Its airspeed is reduced by about 10 knots for each press of the key.
When you are ready to resume the simulation, press the INSERT key to increase the airspeed. Each press of the key increases the airspeed by about 10 knots.
Lesson 6 Changes
The iPad simulator now includes the ZIMBRO6 departure. The previous version only had the ZIMBRO4. The note in the text that says to use ZIMBRO4 can be disregarded.
Runways and Standard Departures and Arrivals
If you select a standard departure or arrival that has different transition routes for different runways you will now be prompted for the runway.
If you change the departure or arrival runway, the runway-specific transition part of the departure or arrival procedure will change automatically to reflect the new runway.
Lesson 8 Changes
In addition to holding at a waypoint, the IFD now offers you the option of orbiting a waypoint at a fixed radius. Both the radius distance and the direction of the turn can be programmed into the IFD.
After you program the orbit the IFD will navigate directly to the specified waypoint and will intercept the orbit circle the first time it crosses it. If you specify a radius that is larger than the aircraft’s current distance from the waypoint, the IFD will navigate to the opposite side of the circle and intercept it there. (Since you have already crossed the near side of the circle, the opposite side is the first point of intercept.)
When you delete the orbit, the IFD will navigate directly to the waypoint and proceed on course from there. You may also leave the orbit by going direct to any other waypoint in your flight plan.
If a hold is published at a waypoint, the IFD will automatically use the published radial, turn direction, and leg distance. Sometimes there can be several published holds at the same waypoint. For example, there could be one hold published on an en-route chart and another published on an approach plate. In this case, the IFD will present a menu which allows you to select which of the published holds you would like to use.
Once the hold has been added to the flight plan a new line select option will be presented if you change any of the holding pattern’s parameters. This option allows you to select between a standard hold and any holds that are published for that waypoint.
Lesson 10 Changes
Departure Time Replaced by Event Times
The Departure Time caption is no longer displayed on the AUX-UTIL-TIMERS page. It has been replaced by Event Times, which displays the same information.
User names can now include spaces and periods as well as letters. But only the first letter is capitalized.