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FlightBriefer for Android

New Optimizations in v2.2.11+

1). In my continued research in performance improvements of Flightbriefer, I have discovered that, on the android platform, the system’s application preference database (used to store and recall preferences like your DUATS settings…)  seems to slow down the application after some time. I have seen significant improvements in launching Flightbriefer by first un-installing it, then re-installing the application. Give that a try if you find that launching Flightbriefer takes too long for you.

2). Additionally, in v2.2.11 and beyond, an additional option was added into the Config menu. The “No DB Update Check” is an option to prevent FlightBriefer from checking its webservice for new airport database updates. This option, along with QuickQuery (described below) can be used by users who just want the absolute fastest possible FlightBriefer experience:

  1. Remove and re-install Flightbriefer
  2. Do not download and install the airport DB
  3. Check the “QuickQuery” and “No DB Update Check” options in the config menu

Please note that the “Nearest” function, however, will no longer work as it depends on having an airport database installed. Simply installing the database rectifies the function.

TFRs and QuickQuery

In FlightBriefer V2, geospatial queries with the downloadable airport database were introduced.  This new feature enables FlightBriefer to “look around” airports for weather information – in case the requested airport does not publish weather information. For example, the airport F17 (Center Muni) does not report METARS. However, with v2 Flightbriefer, you can look “near F17” for airports that have METARS.

Unfortunately, this geospatial query feature is fairly compute-extensive.  Several users requested  speed improvements (thanks for the input!). Thus “QuickQuery” is born. You can enable “QuickQuery” by going to the “Config” panel.

Once “QuickQuery” is enabled, FlightBriefer will find text weather a good bit faster – albeit without any sort of geospatial lookups to find nearby airports that might offer weather information. So, this means that you should enter airport IDs that you know publish the weather information you are looking for.

Additionally,  you should use the “Points of Interest” (PoI) text boxes when you want to input multiple airport identifiers. New validation checking in Flightbriefer restricts the “Departure” and “Destination” text boxes to a single airport ID each. This is required as the DUATS feature utilizes the “Departure” and “Destination” values which must be a single ICAOID each.

What is FlightBriefer?

FlightBriefer for Android allows quick and easy access to aviation information:

  • DUATS Integration
  • NOTAMS
  • TFRs including reports, raw text, graphics
  • METARS
  • TAFS
  • PIREPS
  • Prog Chart Images
  • AIRMET & SIGMET chart Images
  • Winds Aloft forecast images
  • G-AIRMETs for: IFR, Turbulence, Icing, FreezeLevels
  • US Composite Radar with Tops
  • Forecast Freezelevels
  • Expanded SIGWX images for all ICAO regions
  • Color and B/W satellite images for all ICAO regions
  • CIP/FIP Icing Information
  • FAA N-Number Lookup feature

Additional New Features in v2

  • TFRs!  See detail below. 
  • New “QuickQuery” option to speed up lookups where geo-spatial searching (airports nearby…) is not required or desired.
  • “No DB Update Check” for those who wish to run Flightbriefer without the airport database and don’t want to be bothered with update notifications
  • Ability to perform ad-hoc searches on the airport database
  • Updated User Interface/Theme
  • Downloadable airport database that enables geospatial-based searches/queries. 
  • Configuration menu for search customization and airport database download
  • Text Winds
  • “Nearest” airport search function
  • Airport details – perform a “long-press” on any list item or text box that contains one or more airport ICAOIDs
  • Updated CIP/FIP Icing image coverage
  • Updated text weather panels with the ability to quickly change departure, destination, and Points of Interest values without having to go back to the main window.
  • New “QuickQuery” feature to bypass geospatial queries for rapid text weather acquisition.
  • Improved input validation to the destination and departure text boxes – ONLY ONE ICAOID is permitted in each. Please use the Points of Interest text box to input a list of ICAOIDs that you are interested in. 
  • Bug fixes and improvements

Attention Motorola Droid-X users:
Need to change button color?

  • From the main menu (see below), press the menu button on your droid. You should now see “Set Button Text Color”
  • Select a new color for your buttons
  • Now, go back go the main menu.
  • Press the “Exit Application” button
  • Re-launch the application
  • The button color should now be changed to your newly selected color.

FlightBriefer is NOT a certified source of flight information and cannot be used as such. FlightBriefer is not a substitute for a certified flight briefing.

FlightBriefer is for educational uses only.

FlightBriefer comes with no warranty or claims of accuracy or correctness. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. By the act of downloading, installing, and running FlightBriefer, you agree to irrevocably release its author and ansonworks.com/flightbriefer.net from ALL liability forever.

Email Support: android_support@flightbriefer.net

 

Text Weather

Text weather can be easily retrieved from a list of airport identifiers (i.e. KAUS) by entering the list (use spaces to separate each airport identifier) in the upper left hand text area.

You can then select to retrieve METARS, TAFS, PIREPS or choose to retrieve all of them.

You can also change the number of historical “hours” you want to retrieve as well as setting the PIREP path width information:

TFRs

With v2.2.x, Flightbriefer adds TFRs as
a new feature:

Users can select a textual report detail:

Additionally, the “raw text” detail is available:

In addition, a FAA graphic of the TFR  is also available:

Airport database search

Users can now perform airport searches quickly and
easily by  performing a “long press” on any text box
that contains an ICAO ID.

Performing the “long press” on a given ICAOID text box
(i.e. the “Destination” text box) provides two options:

– Show Details: provides the details to the
ICAOIDs present in the selected text box.

– Search Database: this new feature allows
you to search for airports in an ad-hoc manner:

Users can select a single airport from the list of airports found and the selected airport’s ICAOID will be inserted into the text box that the user had initially performed the “long press” on.

Static Image Weather

 

Static Image based weather information is also available from FlightBriefer. Prog Charts, Composite Radar Images, and more:



Winds Forecasts

Wind forecasts are available – just select the forecast time frame and the desired altitude.

NOTE: occasionally, theforecast timeframe listed in FlightBriefer may be “out of sync” with the actual images retrievedfrom NOAA. In this case, the timeframe listed in the image from NOAAshould be considered valid over FlightBriefer.

The Pilot in Command is always responsible for assuring that any data utilized for the purposes of flight information is accurate and correct and that the information is certified for flight considerations. FlightBriefer is NOT a certified source of flight information and cannot be used as such. FlightBriefer is not a substitute for a certified flight briefing. FlightBriefer is for educational uses only.

FCIP/FIP Icing Data

FlightBriefer provides access to the NOAA CIP/FIP Icing Information:

 

FAA N-Number Lookup

FlightBriefer provides quick and easy online access to the FAA N-Number database:



NOTAMs

FlightBriefer provides quick and easy access to NOTAMS for airports of interest. Enter a list of ICAO IDs for the airports of interest:

 

Airport Database &
Nearest Airport Function

Flightbriefer now provides a downloadable database of airport information that can be searched.  The airport database is used in queries that may involve radius-based searches for nearby airports to a given airport.

The airport database is downloaded from the config menu:

In addition to downloading the airport database, search parameters can be “tweaked” to suite.

A “nearest” feature allows users to query the database and find airports (configurable to include heliports, seaplane bases, facilities with fuel, etc…)  to either his/herself, a given destination, or a given departure airport:

By performing a “long-press” on any of the result airports (i.e. KLNC above…), you will see a new page summarizing data about that airport:

Be sure to try pressing the menu button to view the airport from within Google Maps!

DUATS Integration

FlightBriefer provides DUATS access for briefings and flight plan filing.  Note: This feature requires a valid DUATS ID. Please see http://www.duats.com for more information.

The Pilot in Command is always responsible for assuring that any data utilized for the purposes of flight information is accurate and correct and that the information is certified for flight considerations

FlightBriefer is NOT a certified source of flight information and cannot be used as such. FlightBriefer is not a substitute for a certified flight briefing. FlightBriefer is for educational uses only.

FlightBriefer comes with no warranty or claims of accuracy or correctness. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. By the act of downloading, installing, and running FlightBriefer, you agree to irrevocably release its author and ansonworks.com/flightbriefer.net from ALL liability forever.

Duats results are presented in an easy to navigate fashion:

DUATS also permits flightplan filing:


Email support for FlightBriefer on Android: android_support@flightbriefer.net

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