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Friday, February 03, 2017

iFlightPlanner for UAS Operations

Friday, February 03, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner’s freely accessible aviation charts interface is the perfect resource for UAS operators to pinpoint lat/lon coordinates, identify the nearest airport, view airspace details, and prepare their description of the proposed operation when requesting a waiver and/or airspace authorization under Title 14 CFR Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR).

The iFlightPlanner Crew has created a tutorial (PDF) to help bridge the gap between the features of iFlightPlanner currently designed for manned flight and how they can be leveraged by unmanned operators. 

The tutorial is a step-by-step guide to gathering the information necessary to complete the online or print version of Form FAA 7711-2.  It is important to also review the Waiver/Airspace Authorization Instructions and Performance Based Standards as published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before requesting a waiver and/or airspace authorization.

» iFlightPlanner for UAS Operations (PDF)

If you have questions specific to planning your UAS operations with iFlightPlanner that were not addressed in the tutorial, please send us a messagel!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 2/2 Cycle

Thursday, February 02, 2017 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day cycle beginning 2/2/17 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, January 30, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 2/2 Cycle

Monday, January 30, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on February 2, 2017.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on January 5.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 1/5 Cycle

Thursday, January 05, 2017 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 56-day cycle beginning 1/5/17 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, January 02, 2017

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 1/5 Cycle

Monday, January 02, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on January 5, 2017.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on January 5.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

FAA Pushes ICAO Flight Plan Mandate from January 2017 to Early Spring

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

The FAA has again pushed the implementation of the international flight plan form (ICAO) for all civil domestic flights.  The FAA previously delayed the mandate until January 2017, and will now plan to eliminate the use of the domestic format flight plan to "early spring" of 2017.  

Formal testing of the operating systems will begin in mid-January. Upon successful completion of testing, the specific implementation date will be announced at least 30 days in advance.

ICAO flight plans contain specific information relating to the proposed flight of an aircraft and controllers use them to provide air traffic services based on the capabilities of each aircraft. Today pilots file flight plans in the U.S. under either the domestic or ICAO format, and the use of one format will simplify the process and align U.S. flight plans with ICAO standards.

This flight planning QuickTip will show you how to easily update your iFlightPlanner aircraft profiles and enjoy a seamless transition to the new ICAO flight plan format when creating and filing flight plans with iFlightPlanner.  iFlightPlanner is, and has been ready since this change was first proposed in 2012!

As referenced in the video, there is a lot of aircraft-specific information required to file the ICAO flight plans.  However, if you are only flying domestically the FAA requires less ICAO data.

The FAA has issued an informal guidance document that highlights changes specific to the international flight plan form that pertain exclusively to flight within the National Airspace System.

Should you have any questions specific to filing ICAO flight plans in iFlightPlanner, please don't hesitate to contact us!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 12/8 Cycle

Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day cycle beginning 12/8/16 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, December 05, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 12/8 Cycle

Monday, December 05, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on December 8, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on December 8.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Election's Conclusion Means Return of 'Other VIP TFRs'

Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

Following a presidential election, business aviation operators can expect a series of special temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) related to the activities of the president-elect and vice president-elect.

Presidential TFRs are always the most restrictive, while vice presidential TFRs tend to be more relaxed. For instance, instead of restricting all traffic, operators that are communicating, or "squawking and talking," can often enter airspace covered by a VP TFR. Ground restrictions for these types of TFRs are often limited to short durations tied to when the VP is moving on or near the airfield.

» Read more at NBAA.org

Thursday, November 10, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 11/10 Cycle

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 56-day cycle beginning 11/10/16 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, November 07, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 11/10 Cycle

Monday, November 07, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on November 10, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on November 10.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 10/13 Cycle

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day cycle beginning 10/13/16 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, October 10, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 10/13 Cycle

Monday, October 10, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on October 13, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on October 13.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 9/15 Cycle

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 56-day cycle beginning 9/15/16 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, September 12, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 9/15 Cycle

Monday, September 12, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on September 15, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on September 15.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 8/18 Cycle

Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day cycle beginning 8/18/16 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FAA Pushes ICAO Flight Plan Mandate to January 2017

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

The FAA has again delayed the implementation of the international flight plan form (ICAO) for all civil domestic flights.  Barring another postponement, the FAA will eliminate use of the domestic format flight plan and make the transition to ICAO format in January 2017.

ICAO flight plans contain specific information relating to the proposed flight of an aircraft and controllers use them to provide air traffic services based on the capabilities of each aircraft. Today pilots file flight plans in the U.S. under either the domestic or ICAO format, and the use of one format will simplify the process and align U.S. flight plans with ICAO standards.

This flight planning QuickTip will show you how to easily update your iFlightPlanner aircraft profiles and enjoy a seamless transition to the new ICAO flight plan format when creating and filing flight plans with iFlightPlanner.  iFlightPlanner is, and has been ready since this change was first proposed in 2012!

As referenced in the video, there is a lot of aircraft-specific information required to file the ICAO flight plans.  However, if you are only flying domestically the FAA requires less ICAO data.

The FAA has issued an informal guidance document that highlights changes specific to the international flight plan form that pertain exclusively to flight within the National Airspace System.

Should you have any questions specific to filing ICAO flight plans in iFlightPlanner, please don't hesitate to contact us!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, August 15, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 8/18 Cycle

Monday, August 15, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on August 18, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on August 18.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 7/21 Cycle

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 56-day cycle beginning 7/21/16 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, July 18, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 7/21 Cycle

Monday, July 18, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on July 21, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on July 21.

Monday, June 20, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 6/23 Cycle

Monday, June 20, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on June 23, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on June 23.

Monday, May 23, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 5/26 Cycle

Monday, May 23, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on May 26, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on May 26.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 4/28 Cycle

Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day cycle beginning 4/28/16 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, April 25, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 4/28 Cycle

Monday, April 25, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on April 28, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on April 28.

Friday, April 08, 2016

4 Tools to Help Burn Less Fuel and Fly Faster

Friday, April 08, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

Not planning with an iFlightPlanner Premium or iFlightPlanner Premium Plus membership is likely costing you - using these four simple planning tools will help save you fuel, time, and money every time you fly!

Detailed Aircraft Performance Profiles

iFlightPlanner offers the most detailed aircraft performance profiles of any flight planning solution.  Not only can you input performance data by altitude, but as an iFlightPlanner Premium or iFlightPlanner Premium Plus member, you're able to create and plan usingmultiple performance profiles that will maximize your aircraft's range or cruise speed.  The flight planner is so robust that it interpolates aircraft performance based on all available data, and gets more precise as you add details to the profile for each altitude. 

Do you have performance profiles that you've perfected for your aircraft?  Let us know, the iFlightPlanner Crew will be happy to help add it to your account!



Altitude Efficiency Comparison Tool

Leveraging your detailed aircraft performance profiles, iFlightPlanner can compare every altitude (up to your aircraft's maximum) to identify the quickest, and most fuel-efficient altitudes for your flight.  Simply click the Compare Altitudes button in the online Flight Wizard or in iFlightPlanner for iPad to discover the fuel savings waiting for you enroute!



Aircraft Fuel Range Mapping

Instantly see if you can reach your destination non-stop, or know when you'll begin burning your predetermined reserve fuel with our fuel range identifiers.  The orange marker shows where you'll tap into your reserve, while the red marker indicates the maximum range of your aircraft given your route, aircraft performance, and forecasted winds.  Each fuel setting is available when editing an aircraft from your My Aircraft list, allowing the markers to appear on the map automatically for iFlightPlanner Premium and iFlightPlanner Premium Plus members.

 

Graphical Fuel Price Map Layers

Turn on the fuel price layers in any of our interactive maps, including iFlightPlanner for iPad, to get a look at the most recently reported fuel prices across the country.  Each fuel price links to our comprehensive Airport/Facility Directory for each airport, complete with FBO details, runway information, and printable airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures.


Using another EFB but want to switch to iFlightPlanner and take advantage of these great features?  Our Competitive Upgrade Program allows you to trade-in your existing subscription and have the time remaining on it added to your new iFlightPlanner Premium or Premium Plus membership.

If you have any questions, please send us a message.  We are always happy to help and want you to get the most out of your iFlightPlanner experience!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 3/31 Cycle

Thursday, March 31, 2016 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 56-day cycle beginning 3/31/16 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, March 28, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 3/31 Cycle

Monday, March 28, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on March 31, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on March 31.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 3/3 Cycle

Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day cycle beginning 3/3/16 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, February 29, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 3/3 Cycle

Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on March 3, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on March 3.

Monday, February 01, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 2/4 Cycle

Monday, February 01, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on February 4, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on February 4.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 1/7 Cycle

Thursday, January 07, 2016 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day cycle beginning 1/7/16 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, January 04, 2016

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 1/7 Cycle

Monday, January 04, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on January 7, 2016.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on January 7.

Monday, December 21, 2015

iFlightPlanner to Fully Support Bad Elf ADS-B Receivers

Monday, December 21, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

The iFlightPlanner Crew is excited to announce that we will be fully supporting the Bad Elf ADS-B receivers at product launch!

In 2010, Bad Elf brought aviation-grade GPS to the iPad.  The Bad Elf GPS receivers became the best selling Apple approved external GPS accessory providing high performance GPS data to location-based iOS applications.  Now Bad Elf is announcing their affordable ADS-B weather and traffic receiver with support from Kickstarter.

After five years of portable ADS-B receivers being on the market, less than 10% of pilots are flying with real-time, subscription-free weather and traffic in the cockpit.  They cite high price and restricted compatibility as the two main reasons that they have not yet purchased an ADS-B receiver.  

With Bad Elf taking a fresh approach and building their ADS-B receiver around open standards, iFlightPlanner is fully on board.  We’ve never been a fan of exclusivity and we absolutely love the path that Bad Elf and others are forging with ADS-B device interoperability.  Together we recognize that pilots want a choice, and a chance to find the solution that best suits their needs.

The next version of iFlightPlanner for iPad is in the final stages of testing, and we've pushed its release back to include this new opportunity with Bad Elf.  Including the to-be-released Bad Elf ADS-B device, iFlightPlanner for iPad will support ADS-B connectivity for nine different manufacturers and at least thirteen different receivers, including both portable devices and certified ADS-B installations.

Be sure to keep an eye on the iFlightPlanner Blog for the latest updates on iFlightPlanner, as well as Kickstarter to learn more about the Bad Elf campaign!

 

 

Monday, December 07, 2015

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 12/10 Cycle

Monday, December 07, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on December 10, 2015.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on December 10.

Monday, November 09, 2015

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 11/12 Cycle

Monday, November 09, 2015 @ 4:01 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on November 12, 2015.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on November 12.

Monday, October 12, 2015

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 10/15 Cycle

Monday, October 12, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad users may now download airport and navigation data as well as aeronautical charts, georeferenced airport diagrams and terminal procedures for the FAA Data Cycle that goes into effect on October 15, 2015.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com from their smartphones will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on October 15.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Risk Without Fear: How U-M Alum Andy Matthews Jumped from Links to Aviation

Friday, October 09, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

Andy Matthews is a competitive innovator who is not afraid of following his passion. He’s not afraid of heights either, and has the pilot’s license to prove it.  After spending nine years as a professional golfer, Andy co-founded iFlightPlanner, an Ann Arbor-based company that provides aviation weather and cloud-based flight planning resources for private and corporate pilots. He recently met with the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship’s Eric Bacyinski to talk about how taking risks has taken him around the world, and why he turned his passion for aviation into a startup.

» Risk Without Fear: How U-M Alum Andy Matthews Jumped from Links to Aviation

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New Online, Free VFR/IFR Chart Functionality

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

Celebrate National Aviation Day with a number of all-new planning functions you'll find on our freely accessible aviation charts interface, iFlightPlanner.com/AviationCharts!

 

  • Pressing enter key when the cursor is in route box plans the route
  • Added "GS" parameter for groundspeed in the Permalink
  • Clicking a waypoint ID in the Nav Log will zoom to that location on the map
  • Clicking Total Distance or Total Time in the Nav Log zooms out to the full route
  • Mousing over a route line now highlights the corresponding Nav Log segment
  • Waypoints may be reordered in the Nav Log by dragging and dropping
  • Most changes now result in an immediate route recalculation
  • Previous map type, route and groundspeed are now restored via cookies

All of these upgrades came as the direct result of feedback we received from pilots all across the country, and they have helped set the foundation for an exciting new partnership that we will be announcing very soon, so stay tuned!

Monday, August 03, 2015

New Location Menu for Online Aviation Charts, Route Rubberbanding

Monday, August 03, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

On July 31 we launched the latest enhancements to iFlightPlanner.com.  As part of this update, we introduced updated maps functionality that is part of our ongoing effort to unify the user experiences found online and in iFlightPlanner for iPad.  The most noticeable feature change is the Location menu that is revealed when clicking anywhere on the map, allowing a lat/lon, airport, navaid or custom location to be added to a route with a single click.  This same menu will also allow you to access iFlightPlanner's graphical airspace functionality by clicking the adjacent Airspace button.

The nearby airports, navaids and custom locations can also be accessed by rubberbanding any existing waypoint or route segment to a new location.  This new flight planning functionality, aside from mirroring the usability of iFlightPlanner for iPad, is aimed at making the flight planning processes simpler and more efficient.

Should you have any questions about using this, or any other feature found in iFlightPlanner, please don't hesitate to contact us!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Free Aviation Charts Now With 1-Click Brief & File Functionality

Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner's freely accessible Aviation Charts now feature the ability to quickly retrieve a certified weather brief and file a flight plan.  Tasks previously reserved for our Flight Wizard are now a single click away!

Thanks to a recent feature request in the iFlightPlanner Forums we were able to enhance one of our most frequented online resources and improve the experience of planning with iFlightPlanner.  As always, should you have any questions or would like to share an idea for a new feature, please don't hesitate to contact us!  We look forward to hearing from you.

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, June 29, 2015

iFlightPlanner Aviation Charts now on LiveATC.net

Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

With the most recent update to LiveATC.net, web-based listeners now have direct access to iFlightPlanner's free online aviation charts and weather overlays.  Simply click through to the Airport Info, VFR Sectional or IFR Low Enroute charts in the facility details.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

iOS 8.4 Expected to Launch by June 30 with GPS Fixes

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

During Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote yesterday, Apple announced iOS 8.4 which is expected to be available by June 30th and include a fix for the bug affecting external GPS receiver accessories.


Although everyone, including the elves at Bad Elf, had hoped for a 8.3.1 update or 8.4 release to launch much sooner there is confidence in the fact that a firm date has finally been announced.

» More at BadElf.com

Monday, April 20, 2015

LiveATC.net at SUN 'n FUN 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

It's going to be a busy week at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL) for SUN 'n FUN!  Be sure to tune in to LiveATC.net for ten (10) great audio streams, including SUN 'n FUN Radio and the USAF Thunderbirds!

LiveATC.net provides a quick and easy way to listen in on live conversations between pilots and air traffic controllers near many airports around the world.  It lets you easily browse by U.S. state, Canadian province, or by country to find an airport of interest.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

FREE Hi-Res Sectional, TAC and IFR Low/High Charts Online!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

In need of a great resource to get a quick look at a route and the weather and charts along the way?  Check out the freely accessible Aviation Charts resource available at iFlightPlanner.com/AviationCharts!  No joke.  There you'll find the complete set of U.S. Sectional, TAC and IFR Low/High Enroute Charts in the familiar Google Maps interface, updated every 28-days with data direct from the FAA!

It includes the same Map Layers menu used in our Flight Planning Wizard (upper-left corner) to allow you to overlay hi-resolution RADAR and satellite imagery, as well as fuel prices, enroute conditions, graphical AIRMETs, SIGMETs, and features interactive layers for all Special Use Airspace (SUA).  You can even share routes with your fellow pilots via email or your favorite social media outlet using the 'Permalink' button!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Connecting X-Plane to iFlightPlanner for iPad, The Details

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

As described in an earlier iFlightPlanner Blog post, you have the ability to connect connect your iPad to your favorite flight simulator and make iFlightPlanner for iPad behave as if it were flying in the virtual skies with you!

The iFlightPlanner Installation & Setup Guide available in that post was a little soft on the details on how to connect with X-Plane so we're here to offer some clarification for our iFlightPlanner Premium members who are taking advantage of this functionality that's included in their memberships. Know that you will only need to refer to the step-by-step instructions starting on on Page 3, beginning with Step 8, as X-Plane does not require the FSXFlight Plugin.

In X-Plane you will want to go to Settings > Net Connections > iPhone/iPad Tab and select "send AHRS data to ForeFlight, WingX Pro, SkyDemon or FlyQ on ONE iPad or iPhone" or "send AHRS data to ForeFlight, WingX Pro, SkyDemon or FlyQ on ALL iPads or iPhones" (see additional screenshot).  If you select "ONE iPad or iPhone, be sure and note the IP address shown in the virtual GPS setting within iFlightPlanner for iPad for the correct IP address.  Once in iFlightPlanner for iPad simply select the Simulator GPS setting from the Settings menu and you'll be on your way!

As always, please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.  There is a thread in the iFlightPlanner Forums with some great conversation and feedback on how pilots are using iFlightPlanner in the virtual cockpit and we invite you to join in!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Logbook Customization Features & Water Landings Tracker

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

Did you know that you can now customize your logbook categories in iFlightPlanner?  We know that every pilot flies differently and that's why we created a new feature that allows you to set custom names for the Other 1, Other 2 and Other 3 fields in your iFlightPlanner Logbook.  A permanent field to log water landings has also been added thanks to some great feedback we received from one of our newest members!

These settings are available to all members in the Logbook Settings section of your Aviation Profile,.  Simply type the name you would like to use for each category and click the green, "Save My Profile" button at the bottom of the screen.  These names will be immediately avialable on iFlightPlanner.com and will be pushed to iFlightPlanner for iPad with the release of v2.3, coming soon!

Should you have any questions about these, or any of the other features available on iFlightPlanner, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

iFlightPlanner QuickTip : Your Preferred Chart & Routing Method

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

Not only can you choose your default auto-routing method, iFlightPlanner now allows you to customize your flight planning experience with your preferred type of aviation chart!  Each time you access iFlightPlanner the chart you use most in your flight planning - VFR Sectional, TAC, IFR Low, IFR High, Street Map, Satellite or Hybrid will automatically be displayed.

These settings are available to all members in the Flight Wizard Options section of your Aviation Profile.  There you will also be able to format how latitude/longitude is displayed throughout iFlightPlanner as well as default settings for your Digital Logbook and Weight & Balance Calculator.

Should you have any questions about these, or any of the other features available on iFlightPlanner, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Synchronized RADAR, Infrared & Visible Satellite Imagery

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

The iFlightPlanner Crew recently expanded our implementation of Velocity WEATHER by Baron to include the freely accessible aviation charts available online at iFlightPlanner.com/AviationCharts and those found as part of the iFlightPlanner Airport Weather Center and Flight Wizard for registered members.

Available map layers now include hi-resolution RADAR, Infrared and Visible Satellite imagery, all of which can be synchronized for a comprehensive visual representation of current meteorological conditions and match the presentation found in iFlightPlanner for iPad.  Use the Map Layers menu in the upper-left corner of the Google Maps interface to access these great new mapping features!

Should you have any questions about this, or any of the features available to you as a Free, Premium or Premium Plus member, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Friday, January 09, 2015

ATC Route Change Notifications for IFR Flight Plans

Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

Pilots who indicate they would like to receive confirmation that their IFR flight plan has been filed will now also receive notifications of any route modifications made by ATC.  

This enhancement, made possible by CSC DUATS, is available to all iFlightPlanner members regardless of one's membership type!  Simply check the appropriate box on the flight plan filing screen in iFlightPlanner for iPad or iFlightPlanner.com (shown) and messages will be sent via email or text accordingly.

The route change notifications expands on the existing functionality pilots have to easily search for and plan any route issued by ATC within the past thirty (30) days.  Choosing "Recent ATC Route" as your routing method will produce a list of routes that you are likely to receive clearance for between your departure and destination airports.  In addition to the exact routing, you'll see the number of times that route has been issued, the date and time of last issuance and the altitude(s) for which it was cleared.  Selecting a route will automatically populate the details of that route into the online Flight Wizard or Planning Console in iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Stay tuned as we will be introducing a number of great new features in the coming weeks!  As always, please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about your iFlightPlanner experience...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition

Monday, December 15, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

Dovetail Games gave flight sim fans a lift for the holiday season with the announcement that Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition will launch on December 18 at a spectacular introductory price.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition delivers an authentically accurate aerial experience for simulation enthusiasts and those with a passion for all things flight.  Pilots can climb into the cockpits of over twenty aircraft, from commercial and fighter jets to single-engine private planes and helicopters. More than 80 missions will test players in a variety of ways, including search and rescue challenges, test pilot scenarios, races and more. The game features updated multiplayer functionality, Windows 8.1 support and over 24,000 airports, delivering a beautiful, connected world and vast horizon begging to be explored.

» iFlightPlanner Integration with Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane