More than 18 months in the making, the next major release of the AOPA Internet Flight Planner (AIFP) is now available to members as a beta. When released, version 2.0 will include many new features pilots have been asking for, along with being faster, easier to use, and iPad-compatible. Members can try it now (you may be prompted to log in). If you are not a member, you can sign up for a free introductory AOPA Flight Training membership to get access.
The beta version, 1.9, is still missing some help and documentation and has not been tested as extensively as the 1.5 version pilots have been using.
Here are some highlights of what's new in AIFP 2.0 ( complete list):
Members on the AOPA Forums have been testing the new version for several weeks, and feedback has been largely positive (please note that forum access is for logged-in AOPA members only):
Very very much improved since the original. I'm impressed. DPK1NBA
I find the new version is ideal for pre-planning as you suggest… The rubber banding mode is great, and I am simply having no issues with it on my 3 year old machine. Loads fast, zooms fine, easy to change overlays and remembers your settings. loubetti
If you would like to give feedback, look up known issues, or report an issue with the new version, the best place to go is the AIFP beta testing forum.
The AIFP team is working diligently to finish the product, coordinate with testers, train staff, and update all the help files so that AIFP 2.0 can launch before the end of March 2011. Look for an article in the March edition of AOPA Pilot magazine with more information.