hi, thanks for the reply.
regarding points 1) and 2) (night VFR routes and SD custom datas)
I did not know about SD custom datas. We're always learning
I'm looking at it since an hour, and I must say that it is not very user-friendly (but it gives a minimum solution, so I take it) : the manual doesn't help much with the format of custom routes and states that trial-and-error if the way to go (a complete sample of what's can be done would be appreciated !).
Sometimes, once data is put in every field, the screen doesn't allow you to validate it (ok button is still greyed), even if data is valid.
I prefer to manualy edit the custom routes files with a text editor.
I understood that it take coordonates, with lowest/highest altitude and routes width, but I did not managed to have a valid file with more that one segment. I have to create as many routes as I have segments (hu, homeworks !).
Something that is painful is that it takes only latitude/longitude coordonates, and no waypoint (even standard ones like VORs).
Some other thoughts :
- I can't see any way to differentiate mandatory waypoints (solid triangle on official charts) from non-mandatory ones (simple empty triangle). Any idea ?
- The route is depicted (and considered) by SD the same way than day VFR routes (green) with a custom label and that's fine for me (maybe a custom color could be an idea to identify them easely). However, you can only toggle ALL routes on/off, and no specificaly night ones (nor custom ones). During day VFR flights, I do not wan't to mess with night routes and vice-versa. All in all, a specific 'night routes' (NVFR) toggle button would be the simpliest way to do it.
as a conclusion, I would add that I would feel more confortable if those Night routes come from SD datas (not custom routes), as the official source is French AIPs and I would feel safer in case those routes are amended.
regarding point 3) (SD night mode)
I was refering to 'high contrast' (alias 'inverted colors') fonctionnality on the Ipad (which is for me mapped to a 3-clicks on the home-button).
As many of people, I consider that this 'High contrast' is too bright (even at lower setting) and colors do not feel very standard compared to any map navigation night mode (eg tomtom for car navigation, I do not want to speak about other aviation app's here).
This would be something very usefull for night fliers.
Have some nice and secure flights,