I know I haven’t posted lately, but life has been insanely busy. I thought I would get back into working on my blogs.
I thought with this entry I would make a post about some aviation software I have been using lately. One of my passions is flying general aviation, and I have recently gotten an apple iPad. One of the first pieces of software I found was called ForeFlight Mobile.
Using this app, I am able to do all my pre-flight planning, as well as simplify and keep things more organized in the cockpit. ForeFlight allows me to leave my paper charts in the bag (as a backup in case the battery dies). The app allows you to download your charts so that you can have all your VFR Sectionals, IFR High & Low enroute charts, as well as your approach plates, all at the touch of your fingers.
Below is an example of a screen shot from the A/FD part of the app. This is nice when you have to divert to an airport. No more flipping through pages of the A/FD or Approach Plates looking for the airport.
Looking at a charts are nice and easy, with being able to zoom in or drag it around and pan. No more folding charts, no flipping the chart around trying to find where you are.
Same thing with the High and Low Enroute Charts.
When you get to your destination, dealing with your approach plates has never been easier.
Just like with the enroute charts you can zoo. In on your plates, making them easier, plus no worry about them flipping closed by accident.
When gathering your pre-flight planning you are able to get all kinds of imagery and other weather information as well as NOTAMs and TFR’s. Granted you need an Internet connection, but considering how many FBOs these days have free wifi, I have never had an issue getting an Internet connection.
The software does require a subscription which is either a three months or one year at a time.
The three month plan is $24.99 and the one year plan is $74.99 a year. Every time there are new chart updates put out, you are notified when you start the app, allowing you to keep the most up to date charts, without having to remember when to get new charts.
For some who don’t fly very often this may seem expensive, but for me I fly a couple times a month, and to me, beats some of the more expensive paper based subscription services.
Over all, I think that ForeFlight makes a great package that turns an iPad into a very versatile Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)