SocialFlight, the app and website that shows pilots what events are near them on any given day, will launch a new release, Version 5, on May 1 with features that will let users become even more social, founder Jeff Simon said April 7.
Users will be able to upload photos of their aircraft and even tell stories, Simon said at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida.
“One photo will be selected each day that will get featured” on the app and website, Simon said.
Another new feature, prompted by user feedback, incorporates destinations in addition to specific events. This lets pilots know of airports they might want to visit because of on-site or nearby attractions, Simon said. Users will be able to upload photos of those destinations and add to the information supplied by the app and website, he said.
A new Points of Interest dashboard will let users search aviation businesses, attractions, restaurants, lodging, transportation, or camping options near airports. This feature is useful not only for pilots but for people traveling by car, Simon said. Choosing a Point of Interest will bring the user all the way to a Yelp listing if desired, he said.
Launched in 2012, SocialFlight now has nearly 50,000 registered users. In addition to a searchable database and social media features, SocialFlight sends an email every Wednesday to members based on preferences they have set to alert them of events in the coming week they may be interested in attending.
The app, which has been developed for the iPad, iPhone, Android tablet and smartphone, and Web, is free to download and use to post or search events or connect with other pilots.