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Beta 4.0.882 beta (26FEB2021) - Audio airspace notifications


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What's new with today's update?

Today's beta update is all about audio! We took the parts from EasyVFR 3.97 that were working good and made some improvements to them. We have tested it in many use cases and regions, but of course, there are plenty of things we can still improve on. So more iterations are expected based on your input. If you find any issues or have a suggestion, feel free to write them in the comments below.

NEW - Audio (Voice and Sound) Airspace Notifications

EasyVFR 4 can now give audio notifications about airspaces 2 minutes ahead and when you entered them. The audio notification is linked to the Airspace Warning Popup and the yellow Airspace Outline on the map and in the VPV. The audio notification will be played only once every two minutes for the same airspace.

As with all airspace warnings in EasyVFR 4, the audio notifications for airspaces come in two styles: Informational and Alerts.

Informational airspace notification

  • Example 1: "Bliem - Advisory Information. Entering Squawk area. Squawk 4676 in two minutes. Listen to Langen Information on 131.330"
  • Example 2: "Advisory Information. Entering airspace in two minutes. Contact Scottish Information on 119.875"

Alert airspace notification

  • Example 3: "WieuwWieuw - Warning. Entering Class Charlie airspace in two minutes. Contact Bremen Information on 125.100"
  • Example 4: "Warning. Entering Class Delta airspace in two minutes. Contact Prestwick Approach on 129.450"

Entered airspace notification
When entering airspace, EasyVFR 4 will inform you with a Vocal notification.

  • Example 5: "Advisory information. Entered class Charlie airspace. Contact Bremen Information on 125.100"

     

Bluetooth headset
The audio notifications are natively integrated into the operating systems audio output, similar to when you play video or music. Meaning that when you have a speaker or headset connected via Bluetooth to your EasyVFR 4 device, it will just work.

Tip: Some older Bluetooth versions need an extra two seconds to waking-up when a new sound plays. In those cases, you can delay the audio by enabling [Bluetooth Audio wake-up delay] via:
EasyVFR 4 menu -> Alarms and Warnings -> Voice Settings.

Voice Settings

You can adjust for which airspace warning style you receive voice notifications.
EasyVFR 4 menu -> Alarms and Warnings -> Voice Settings.

Voice Settings

Airspace Settings
You can also adjust the warning styles per airspace class and type.
EasyVFR 4 menu -> Moving Map -> Airspace Settings.

Airspace Settings 1

 NEW - Auto-suppress airspace warnings close to departure and arrival

When you are departing or arriving at your planned airfield you don't want to get distracted by your navigational device, bleeping and screaming for attention to warning you for airspaces nearby. With this new version, by default, EasyVFR 4 will suppress warnings when you are within 5 nautical miles of your planned departure or arrival airfield.

You can adjust the settings via EasyVFR 4 menu -> Alarms and Warnings -> Auto-suppress.

Alarms and Warnings

 

Release notes

  • NEW: Sound and Voice Airspace Warnings are added to the 2 minutes ahead airspace warning popup and airspace high-lite.
  • NEW: EasyVFR 4 menu -> Alarms and Warnings now has the option to auto-suppress airspace warnings when within a given distance of departure or arrival airfield of your planned route.
  • IMPROVED: Scalebar on the moving map now uses a more logical division
  • IMPROVED: Airspacewarning popup now gives remark text also if applicable
  • IMPROVED: If an airspace warning is about a TMZ or Squawk area where its recommended or required to set a listening squawk then the airspace warning will show this more explicitly.
  • IMPROVED: VPV Two-finger pinch-zooming on the VPV
  • FIXED: Android11 now integrates with external PDF viewers correctly again
  • FIXED: Luxembourg plates get now downloaded when Belgium is selected
  • FIXED: When using a GDL90 source (SkyEcho2, Stratux etc) for traffic information but using the internal GPS as ownership location then when the GDL90 source internal GPS was inoperative or did not have a fix then received traffic would be displayed at the wrong location.
  • FIXED: When an airspace warning was snoozed then the next airspace warning in the queue was not shown if its alert level was less then the level of the airspace snoozed.
  • FIXED: Sometimes remarks on the Airfield Info page of the QuickInfo wheel got corrupted.

All previous release notes are listed here.

 

Current development challenges

Improving performance and simplifying functionalities
We ask your help for the optimization hunt. If you encounter any bugs or issues or have some suggestions, it would be helpful if you would post them here in this forum topic, or send an email to [email protected].
Best is to include with your message a screen-recording and or some sketches along with some contextual information.

macOS Big Sur
The issue with Android 11 seems to be solved. Please share any issue you encounter. macOS Big Sur is not supported.

 

Downloads

Apple iOS & iPadOS

  • Minimum requirements:
    • 64-bit and 2GB RAM. Effectively:
      • iPad Air 2 and higher.
      • iPad Mini 4 and higher.
      • iPhone 6S and higher.
    • The iPad Mini 5 and iPad Pro perform extremely well.
  • Download
    1. Install the Apple TestFlight app via the Apple AppStore.

    2. Go to the following URL to download the latest version of EasyVFR4 via TestFlight:
    https://testflight.apple.com/join/Zxbi0Hof

Android

  • IMPORTANT
  • Minimum requirements:
    • 64-bit, +3GB RAM. Android 7.0 and higher is advised.
    • Android 11 is not yet stable.
  • We have good results with:
    • Huawei MediaPad M5.
    • Xiaomi Mi Pad 4.
    • Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 and S6.
    • Most modern smartphones.
  • Download:
    • To install you must enable the option: "Allow the installation of apps from sources other than Play store" in Android Settings, Lock screen and Security. Some Android devices require you to tap&hold the link below, then choose [Download link] to store the APK on your device from where you then can install this downloaded APK.
      https://members.pocketfms.com/WebProgramDownloads/EasyVFR4/EasyVFR4_4.0.882.apk

Windows desktop

macOS High Sierra, Mojave and Catalina

    • IMPORTANT:
      • Apple macOS (Runs up to Catalina, Big Sur is NOT supported!).
    • Minimum requirements:
      • Most 64-bit macOS versions. E.g. High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina.
      • Anything with the new M1 chipset (beta).
    • Download:
    • Installation instructions:
      • After downloading the DMG, open it and drag the EasyVFR 4 icon into the Applications folder. EasyVFR 4 is now available via Launchpad.
      • When you get the message "EasyVFR4.app can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store" choose [Open in Finder] from that popup, then right-click on EasyVFR4.app and choose open. Now the same popup will appear, now with a [Open] button.
      • From there on you can launch EasyVFR 4 from the launchpad without this warning.
This topic was modified 8 months ago 7 times by Tim Peter

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That is great! Will be testing for sure this Sunday on my flight EHTE - EHMZ - EHTE.


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Re audio notifications, nothing when following a route, and it would be nice, if like Pilot Aware, relative altitude is added to the report of conflicting aircraft.   


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Hi Terry,

Thx for the remarks! Consider them implemented ASAP.


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