Flight planning apps

February 11, 2013

As pilots, we all know that myriad steps need to be taken in the flight planning and checklist process. This week, we look at member recommendations of five favorites: ForeFlight Checklist Pro, iFlightPlanner, FlashPass, Flightintel, and Aviation Pocketknife. These are not endorsements of any app.

  1. Foreflight Checklist Pro ($19.99 in iTunes)—A member said he uses the app on his iPhone and iPod Touch for easy access to checklists. This electronic version gives users the ability to add custom entries relating to specific airframes and procedures. And the app makes it simple to enter data via the Web as well as share the checklist with others.
  2. iFlightPlanner (free in iTunes)—This app by Sennheiser allows users to plan their flights on the Web and sync the data to an iPad. It provides access to things including routing, weather, and airport information. It also allows users to close their flight plans and make an entry in a digital logbook.
  3. FlashPass (30-day free trial, then $60 a year, in iTunes)—This iPhone/iPad app, recommended by several members, makes the international customs requirements of eAPIS much simpler and friendly. It stores a reusable database of crews, aircraft, companies, manifests, and passengers that can be filed in less than 30 seconds.
  4. Flightintel (free on Google Play)—Created by a pilot, this location-aware smartphone app uses FAA data to provide information on airports, runways, communication, and navaids. It includes weather images, user comments on airports, airport diagrams, and an E6B calculator.
  5. Aviation Pocketknife (free in Google Play)—This smartphone app is a pilot’s equivalent of a Swiss army knife, with tools including a unit converter, crosswind calculator, fuel calculator, airport information, weather, a navigation calculator, and a flight time calculator.

Are you an aviation/pilot apps developer? Please feel free to send in your apps to be included in a future column! And I thank everyone who continues to pass along Google Play and iTunes app recommendations. Keep sending them to me here. The complete list of apps I’ve reviewed since October 2012 is in AOPA’s online archive.