Category: News

Release 2.5 now available, adds turn radius/diameter calculations

Dear Crew,

We are happy to announce the release of the latest version of E6BJet. It will become available during the course of today on the App Store.

You will now see, on the Speeds tab, turn radius (or diameter, or circumference), turn rate, and also load factor. These will be continuously updated as speed changes occur.

You can vary the bank angle to see the effect on turn radius and rate. You can also modify the turn rate and see the required bank angle to maintain the given rate. Turn radius can be displayed in Nautical miles, Kilometres, feet, metres or Statute miles.

We also got rid of some unexpected display clipping on iPads, which occurred at first launch until it was rotated to landscape mode.

There were other changes to the app, of the “under the hood” type, to prepare for the future addition of other navigation calculations that are useful, but impractical to do using slide rules. Stay tuned!

Thank you for your purchase and your feedback, and many happy landings ahead to all!

NOTAM – “E6BJet needs to be updated” error when launching the app.

Dear Crewmembers,

Some of you have encountered a dialog box stating ‘The developer of this app needs to update it to work with this version of iOS’, when trying to launch E6BJet. This has been reported to occur on some iPads with iOS version 15.2.

If you encounter this dialog box, simply reinstall E6BJet from the App Store. To do so, using your iPhone or iPad, tap on the ‘Available on App Store’ button below, and when the E6BJet icon is displayed, tap the cloud download symbol next to it to re-download and install the app.
You can also launch Apple’s App Store App, search for the app by its name, E6BJet, and then tap the cloud download symbol.

E6BJet in its current version (2.10) is designed to work with all versions of iOS starting with iOS 12.4, and tested with the latest version – as of today, 15.2.1 for iPhones and iPads. The cause of the error, which is intermittent, is mysterious at the moment, as there have been no recent updates to E6BJet. We are still working on new features, and hope to have a new version available by April 2022.

Cheers and as always happy landings!

Release 2.10 is live on the App Store

This version changes the thumbwheels/sliders, making them much more responsive. Otherwise there is no change to the functions already provided.

When turning a thumbwheel/dragging a slider slowly, reaction is more natural and more sensitive to even small changes in speed.

If the thumbwheels/sliders are flicked, response is now much faster, allowing you to get to a desired value quicker.

We hope you like this change. Do let us know your thoughts on it.


App Store Search

E6BJet can currently be purchased in all countries where the Apple App Store is available. It has come to our attention that in some places, searching for E6BJet by its name will not work. The search term will be substituted by something else, and the search results will list a number of Apps that have no relation to E6BJet, nor to the functions our App provides.

Apple are investigating this at the moment, and we certainly hope that a solution will be found that will cause E6BJet to appear in the search results when its full name is used.

Update (04 June): Search issue has been resolved.

If you are encountering difficulties finding E6BJet on the App Store, you can:

a) From your device, tap on the ‘Download on the App Store’ button below, or,

b) Use ‘E6B’ as a search term in the App Store app. E6BJet will then appear in the list of Apps that match this keyword.


Cheers and Happy Landings!

Release 2.0 brings sunrise/set and twilight calculations

Dear Crewmembers,

We’re happy to announce that we’ve just made our latest release (2.0) available on the App Store. It should become visible during the course of the day. For existing customers, the update will appear automatically in the App Store app.

It adds calculation of sunrise, sunset and civil twilight times for any geographic location on Earth (except directly at the North and South poles), for dates ranging from January 1, 1900 to December 31, 2999.

Locations can be given an identifier of up to 5 characters/digits, and stored for quick retrieval. A number of aerodrome locations, with coordinates from publicly-available sources, are already provided (one location per ICAO region and country, plus a few extra). You can edit these, and add your own.

All the details can be found here.

We also significantly expanded the offline help text (to view, tap the ‘question mark’ button on each tab), and fixed the pagination dots issue I mentioned in my previous post.

We used the last months to not only develop this new functionality, but to make under-the-hood changes to pave the way for more upcoming features. Very shortly (before the end of May) we are releasing another update that provides a significant improvement to how the thumbwheels respond to touch. We’ve been looking to fix that for quite some time, and are very pleased with the results in our tests.

There is more in the works. The app now has 5 feature tabs (Wind, Speeds, Altitudes, Fuel and Sunrise), and for the next major feature (and the sixth and subsequent tabs), we need to do some more behind-the-scenes preparations. On the way there, we’ll continue to roll out improvements which you have suggested.

Thank you very much for your custom, and for your feedback, and as always happy landings!

NOTAM – Help displays missing pagination dots in iOS 14.0 and later.

Dear Crewmembers,

Seems a gremlin has gotten into the help displays (which you can access by tapping the ‘?’ button on the various tabs).

The Speeds, Altitudes and Fuel W/V help displays have two pages of text. To move from one page to the other, swipe left (or right). To dismiss the help display, tap the amber ‘X’ button that also shows.

Help displays with more than one page show pagination dots (also in amber) near the bottom of the tab on iOS 12.x and 13.x. However, starting with iOS 14.0, the dots have gone missing, although swiping left & right works just fine.

Thanks for pointing this out. A fix will be included with the upcoming release of version 2.0.

Please be sure to view the User Guide pages here on the website for details on all the functions, and of course keep your feedback coming!

Thank you, happy landings and cheers!

Release 1.5 available

We made improvements on the Wind tab.

Thanks to your suggestions, we made the following changes.

  1. The time thumbwheel now works as one would expect.
    Previously, when solving for groundspeed (and heading or track), the time thumbwheel would not update time values unless time was also “locked” for groundspeed changes. The same went for the distance thumbwheel.
  2. The maximum limit for wind speed, 350 knots, is now consistently applied. When solving for wind (direction and speed), combinations of TAS and groundspeed are now limited to those which give a wind speed of 350 knots or less.
    Previously it was possible to solve for wind and obtain results of more than 350 knots. But then switching to solve for any other values would prevent any inputs unless the wind speed was first reduced to 350 knots or less.

A note on thumbwheel behaviour.

Most values have hard limits. For example, TAS must be from 0 (or 1) to 2 500 knots, throughout E6BJet. If you attempt to turn the TAS thumbwheel to a value outside this range, it will stop rotating any further, as one would expect, and thereby provide a visual indication that the limit has been reached.

But if you are changing altitude, and doing so might cause the calculated TAS to exceed its limits, then the Altitude thumbwheel will continue to rotate – since the altitude limit has not been reached. But the altitude value will not change anymore, due to the limit on TAS.

In summary, if a thumbwheel can still be turned but its associated value no longer changes, it is because another, related value has reached its limit. If a thumbwheel doesn’t turn anymore, its associated value is now at its limit.

For details, see Calculation limits in the User Guides section.

Cheers!

E6BJet and Apple Silicon Macs

Dear Crewmembers,

As you know, Mac OS 11 Big Sur is being released today, bringing the ability to run iOS apps to the new Macs featuring Apple Silicon.

We have opted to make E6BJet available for Apple Silicon Macs in the Mac App Store.

E6BJet meets Apple’s requirements for this, since it does not use any features of iOS that would prevent it from running correctly on a Mac. (The altimeter function will not be available, since the Macs do not have a built-in barometric sensor, the same as with some early iPhones/iPads.)

However, since we have not yet received our Apple Silicon Macs, we have not been able to test E6BJet on this new platform. Until this is done, per Apple requirements, it will be shown in the Mac App Store with the mention “Not verified for MacOS”. As far as functionality is concerned, at this point we can only say that we are not expecting any problems.

For the future, we will keep E6BJet available for Macs, unless the user experience on Apple Silicon Macs becomes deeply unsatisfactory. Our roadmap already includes enhancements that will adopt Mac features for interacting with E6BJet, such as keyboard input.

Thank you for your continued feedback, and we look forward to hearing more from you, via

s u p p o r t @ e 6 b j e t . c o m

Happy landings!

Version 1.4 is available on the App Store

This update enlarges the size of the thumbwheels for magnetic variation, and for fuel density.

Previously these two thumbwheels were sometimes difficult to turn because of their small size.

Thank you for your feedback, and stay tuned for a larger update with useful new features.

Cheers!

Release 1.3 now published

Wind speed is now also displayed in feet per minute.
Wide-cut fuel types are now labeled as such.

Minor visual tweaks to ensure all values are properly displayed even when Accessibility – Bold text is enabled.

The previous release was numbered 1.01. We just changed the numbering system, you didn’t miss anything.

Cheers!