July 31, 2012
By Ian J. Twombly
ForeFlight has had a busy July. The iPad application maker expanded its licensing program for educational purposes, added storm tracks on the radar display, earned a rare certification that allows it to be listed as a weather source for Part 135 and 121 users, and improved and added a host of new features in its latest version 4.6.
Among the many changes in version 4.6, CEO Tyson Weihs said he is most excited about a feature they’re calling Advisors. There is one in place for routing, procedures, and altitude. Each suggests a course of action for the pilot. With routing, the application will suggest certain routes based on what the pilot inputs, including appropriate airways, terminal en route routes, or preferred routes. There’s also a bigger selection of previously assigned and flown routes available for selection.
The procedure and altitude advisory work much the same way, suggesting SIDs, STARs, and the best altitude based on direction of flight.
Other new features include a route editor that enables drag-and-drop waypoints, better and faster search, a Stratus firmware update, and more.
The new version is available for download from the Apple App Store now.
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Calculating weight and balance is an important task for pilots. AOPA members share their personal favorite weight-and-balance apps.
The silence on the approach control frequency is broken as the controller speaks your N number and advises, “Traffic, two o’clock, westbound, type and altitude unknown.”
Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck VFR for iPad has been expanded; iFly GPS is now available on Android platforms; and iFlightPlanner 2.0, FltPlanGo, and FlightPro have all been updated.
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