Import / Export data#
Air Navigation Pro allows users to import data in the application database and export data created on Air Navigation Pro such as Waypoints, Recorded tracks, Routes, etc. These tools play an important role when it comes to sharing information with a friend, or copying the data to a second device or for doing a backup before reinstalling the app.
The following are tools to import/export data:
Embedded Web server
Open in Air Nav feature
Backup option for user waypoints
KML document support
Embedded Web server#
This service will enable users to import or export data from the ANP app to any device with network access. Both devices must be connected to the same network.
These are the available data in the Web server:
Access web server on a desktop or different device#
In your ANP application, enable Web server in Config > Settings > Exchange data with a browser (Previous name “Local data sync”)
Take note of the Web site URL address shown below Exchange data with a browser option
Open a browser on your desktop/different device
Paste the address on your browser and navigate
Upload or import a file from the web server#
Access web server on a desktop or other devices
Select on the categories on the left side the desired data to be uploaded (Routes/Waypoints/Flights/Logbook/Airspaces/Approach charts)
Tap the ‘Upload’ button. Take note of the supported file format listed below the button.
Choose your file from the popup window and ‘Open’ to upload
To upload a PDF document and associate it to a specific airfield, you must add the ICAO code of the airport where you want the PDF to appear at the beginning of the pdf name (Example: LSGG_Geneva_approach.pdf) and upload it in the Approach chart category.
Download or export a file from the web server#
Access web server on a desktop or other devices
Select on the categories on the left side the desired data to be downloaded/exported (Routes/Waypoints/Flights/Logbook/Airspaces/Approach charts)
Select your desired file and tap the ‘Download’ button beside it.
The file should be successfully downloaded on your local file and can be viewed.
WebDAV is a file server protocol based on the http protocol. It is natively supported by most modern operating systems (Windows, MacOS X, Linux).
It is possible to share and «mount» the «documents» folder of Air Navigation as a network share (server) on your computer by using the WebDAV protocol.
The WebDAV network share is much more practical as it is possible to manipulate files as if they were on a USB key. It is possible to copy several files at the same time and even complete folder structures to Air Navigation.
The WebDAV address will appear in the settings, under the Webserver address.
As we do it with the Webserver, by enabling the option in Config > Settings > Exchange data with a browser (Previous name “Local data sync”), we can get the WebDAV address below that option. Example: http://192.168.1.46:9090
Mounting the “Documents” folder using WebDAV on Windows 7, VISTA, XP#
Open “My Computer” from the Start Menu;
From the Menu select “Map Network Drive” (or right-click on “My Computer” and select “Map Network Drive”)
Use the link on the bottom of the “Map Network Drive box: “Sign up for online storage or connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures”
Choose a name for your iPhone which will appear in the “My Network Places” window later
Open the drive like an external hard disk and use it the same way.
Mounting the “Documents” folder using WebDAV on MacOS X#
Select the “Go” menu from the desktop;
Select “Connect to Server”;
Enter the network IP address according to Air Navigation Pro. Example: http://192.168.1.184:9090;
The iPhone will appear on the desktop as a hard drive symbol.
Content of the “Documents” folder#
Once mounted as a network drive, you can access and manage files used by Air Navigation.
Deleting, renaming or installing unsupported files may cause the application to malfunction.
The “Documents” folder contains installed maps and charts.
The maps can be backed up to a computer and copied to another device. However, commercial maps are protected with a certificate that will only work on the device where it was created. If you try to install maps on a second device, you will have to do it through the section “All my products” located in the “Map Store” module to create the certificates.
If you want to backup the maps on your computer, you should also backup the certificates. The certificates are located in the folder named with the hexadecimal string (first folder in the screenshot on the previous page).
You should NOT change the name of the folder or the files inside.
The “databases” folder currently contains only the user database. In the future, Air Navigation may support more than one user database. The user database file is a SQLite file and can be edited by any SQLite 3 editor. This database contains user waypoints, frequencies and runways. They are linked by the waypoint identifier. It means that if you want to input an airport with a runway and some frequencies.
The relevant records must have the same value in the “waypoint_id” field. The “Documents” subfolder is where user approach charts and user PDF documents are stored. You can create subfolders inside the “Document” folder. They will appear at the top of the “Documents Browser” module in Air Navigation.
The “Airport charts” folder name is reserved for documents linked to an airfield. You can copy documents inside the “Airport charts” folder but they must be grouped in a folder named with the identifier of an airfield, otherwise Air Navigation will ignore them.
The “Elevation” folder is where the free elevation databases are stored. You can backup the elevation files on your computer. You can also copy those files to other devices.
The “Logbook.sql” is a SQLite3 database file where the content of the Air Navigation logbook is stored. It can be edited by any SQLite 3 editor.
The “Navplans” folder is where saved routes are stored. You can backup and/or copy the files to other devices.
Users can send their data through Email as long as they have their account configured within the iPad/iPhone.The following are functions where sending email is available:
Route module (GPX/GPXA format)#
In the Route module > more options […] > Share, you can send via email in your desired format the current route being displayed on the map.
Recorded Flights (KML/GPX format)#
Under Tools > Flight recorder > Recorded flights, tap any recorded flights you want to share via email in your desired format.
Logbook (Text format)#
Under Tools > Logbook > […] more options > Send log by email, you can choose flights to send via email in text format.
Aircraft profile (ACP format)#
Under Flight parameters > Edit aircraft > Share, you can send via email in ACP format the details of your current aircraft.
Backup waypoint options#
Users can use the “backup waypoints” option to keep their created user waypoints in a file that will then be copied from iTunes/file manager at the moment of synchronization. That file can be copied to another device then and the option «restore waypoints» will bring them back.
Backup all created user waypoints#
Under Tools > User Waypoint
Tap More options on the upper right and select ‘Backup waypoints’
All the created user waypoint will be saved in your device’s local storage assigned for ANP
Backup file can be copied from iTunes or file manager app
Restore created user waypoints#
Under Tools > User Waypoint
Tap More options on the upper right and select ‘Restore waypoints’
Warning popup will appear, saying warning users the operation could replace existing user waypoint with the one restored from the backup files, and it cannot be undone.
Tap Replace to proceed with the restoration. Otherwise, tap Cancel.
List of user waypoints is replaced by the user waypoints from the backup file restored.
KML document support#
KML documents can be imported in the Air navigation app via email. ANP only supports the basic use of KML, that is different shapes (e.g. lines or polygons and points) and with colors and names inside the KML. Imported polygons from a KML document are rendered on the moving map and are interactive. Information is displayed when tapping on them.
The following are the accepted markups in Air Navigation Pro for KML:
Manage imported KML files#
Import KML file by opening the file in your email or via iOS Airdrop
From the share option of the file select ‘Copy to Air Navigation’
Will direct and open ANP app to display imported file
In the app go to Tools > Imported KML files
KML files are listed and by default being set as visible on the map with a check mark beside it
Hide the imported KML on the map by tapping to disable check mark (unchecked)
Delete imported KML file by swiping from right to left or tapping ‘Edit’ on the upper right corner.