Pilot input helped AOPA and iFlightPlanner software engineers tune the flight planning engine with additional capability and improvements to temporary flight restriction representations, route rubberbanding functionality, Leidos Flight Service briefings, and airway waypoints.
Pending TFR depictions will be colored orange to alert pilots to TFRs that will become effective in the near future. Current TFRs are indicated in red and pilots are encouraged to check the latest notams.
Plain language briefings are now available from the interface with Leidos Flight Service or 800/WX-BRIEF. In addition, flight service recently introduced an update to the flight briefing service that allows users to request an initial briefing from Leidos Flight Service and then—prior to takeoff—receive an updated briefing with the latest flight conditions without duplicating the data you already have. The option is now available, provided you’ve authorized iFlightPlanner to retrieve weather briefs and file flight plans via your Flight Service account.
Another new function of iFlightPlanner for AOPA is the option to reduce the number of waypoints along airways when route planning through a customizable setting in your flight planner settings.
The iFlightPlanner became active April 22 and operates slightly differently from the previous AOPA flight planner interface.
Since the introduction a month ago, AOPA Pilot Information Center specialists noted a few common questions and provided answers.
AOPA Director of Product Development Eric Rush said that iFlightPlanner improvements will continue to evolve in the weeks ahead.
“We sincerely appreciate the feedback we continue to receive from AOPA members who planned with iFlightPlanner for AOPA since its launch last month, and I’m excited by how quickly our team responded to those conversations to introduce several enhancements that will improve the planning experience for everyone,” said Andy Matthews, iFlightPlanner director of business development.