February 4, 2013
By Ian J. Twombly
Foreflight recently released version 4.8, and among the many changes is an improved user interface for the application’s iPhone version.
According to Foreflight CEO Tyson Weihs, the new iPhone interface “reflects a more modern user interface style which improves the ability for pilots to switch between different views and see weather information at a glance.” Subscribers who typically use Foreflight on the iPad can also access it via iPhone for free.
The other update that will apply to most general aviation users is background chart downloading. This means that once a user begins downloading a chart in the application, the chart will continue downloading, even after leaving Foreflight.
Although most users won’t use the final update in version 4.8, it could bring big things for the developer. Military Flight Information Publications (or D-FLIP) are now available. Any user with digital access to D-FLIP can get them through the application for no additional cost.
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.
For all its regulations and costs, there are options out there to make the dream of aircraft ownership a reality for most pilots.
Piper and Continental have teamed to produce a diesel-powered Archer designed for the international flight training market. The first Archer DX has been flying in Germany since February.
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