Avare version 7.2.3 has added a new “virtual reality” 3D view option! Now you can tap the new “3D” tab to view selected chart types (currently intended for Sectionals and IFR charts, with more to possibly be added). In the new 3D view, these charts show ADSB traffic, terrain, and obstructions in the vicinity.
For comparison, here’s a cropped screen capture from a Samsung S4 phone (with GPS Off in Simulation mode) showing the LA Sectional in the familiar basic Map view:
There may be occasions in flight planning, in flight, to spot ADSB-In traffic, inadvertent flight into IMC, or other situations when it could be helpful to tap the new “3D” tab to get a view like this:
This places Avare in “Satellite” view mode as if seen from high altitude, with the chart “stretched” over terrain. ADSB-In traffic and obstructions would also be shown in 3D if those options are active. Returning to Map view is done with a tap on the Map tab button. To see the same area in the 3D “Pilot” view, just long-press the “target” Center button at the bottom of the screen to see something like this:
Note that the Center button turns green to indicate your view mode, and you can long-press it again for a return to Satellite view or tap the Map tab for that view. As you can see, this mode could be helpful for a quick glance (especially on a backup Avare device like a phone) in IMC or a night approach, and will be much more intuitive in motion than in these static screen capture samples.
Another view option now available is “Shaded Relief” if you Download the file for your area in the Terrain section (Shaded Relief SW for my area of SoCA). This gives you more apparent 3D terrain detail without the aviation chart markings. Here are two edited S4 phone KSBA screen capture samples:
See the Help info built into Avare for details on how to use this new 3D feature, and watch for further refinements and additions in future version updates.
Note: You will need to update your elevation file after launching this new version in Map view using Download->Terrain, and you’ll also want to ensure that you have the latest version of the charts you use.
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