March 12, 2014
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Jeppesen has upgraded its iPad app for VFR pilots with new features and expanded European coverage. Mobile FliteDeck VFR (available for download from iTunes) renders detailed charts for each phase of flight, with newly added capabilities including a notam "pinning" function that allows the user to create a customized list of relevant notams. The flight track vector function has also been enhanced with the latest release, announced March 10.
Interactive airspace warnings, another newly added feature, help pilots avoid potential airspace infringement, listing general information, time, and distance to approaching airspace, along with relevant radio frequencies.
The application is designed to manage planned, actual, and past flights with simplified data access. The new version also has expanded European coverage to include Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
Mobile FliteDeck VFR is available for free download, and a free 30-day trial subscription. Annual subscriptions cost $49.
FAA Information and Services
The FAA encourages pilots to do a number of things in order to increase safety, but does not require them. Check out these three actions that are recommended.
A ForeFlight update to version 6.4 also updates a connected Stratus ADS-B receiver, enabling a new flight data recording feature.
Especially in northern regions, ‘tis the season when ficons—a notam contraction that translates to" field conditions"—should become a routine preflight item to check.
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