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Foreflight keeps innovating

July 28, 2010

Stopped by the Foreflight booth here at Osh and was wildly impressed with their ‘touch screen’ planning feature announced Monday.

I’m an avid fan of the Foreflight iPad app, specifically on the 3G (because of the GPS chip). The app makes filing, briefing a snap, and the ‘killer app’ for me is the approach plates, which are incredibly easy to download and access. The other killer app is georeferencing on normal charting, which shows the aircraft position on VFR maps or IFR high and low enroute charts this works incredibly well aloft.

As long as the charts have been previously downloaded onto the ipad, once in flight
(and therefore not connected to the web), the aircraft is displayed on the charts. I used it yesterday at FL410, and last week at 210, and georeferencing worked flawlessly.

The newest feature is called ‘touch screen flight planning’ and it works like it sounds. On any map, simply press on a waypoint (airports or IFR intersections), and this becomes part of your flight plan. To change a mid-flight waypoint, simply drag the magenta line (what’s called ‘rubber band’ movement) over another waypoint to add it to your flightplan. This is valuable in planning any flight, but it makes airway routing much easier. Simply touch all of the intermediate waypoints and they get added to the plan. Simply awesome.

When you’ve selected a route that looks good, hit the brief/file button to get a full briefing and sent it to ATC for filing. I also like the option of “favoriting” a route.

I’d encourage you to check them out at www.foreflight.com

Cost for full charting is $6.00/mo.

One missing feature is georeferencing on approach plates. The company says this is currently disabled due to the inaccuracies of the iPad GPS chip. Clearly being even slightly off on an approach is a much bigger deal than enroute, so I believe and respect their thinking here. My guess is something allows this to improve within the next 12mos or so.

Even so, digital georeferenced charts, touch screen planning, Wx briefing all make this is a killer app for the cockpit and the iPad.