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Monday, June 12, 2017

Managing Data Stored in iFlightPlanner

Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Did you know the Settings menu found on the Downloads tab in iFlightPlanner for iPad gives you the ability to control the regions or states, and the types of aviation data stored on your device when you're in flight and without an internet connection?

Here are a few tips from the iFlightPlanner Crew to help you manage data storage in iFlightPlanner:

Download Types & Region Selections

1. From the Downloads tab, tap Settings in the upper-right corner.

2. In the right column of the Download Settings menu, you may select the regions or states for which you would like to download data.  You may choose the entire United States or the specific states in which you fly.

3. In the left colum, select the data types to automatically download when you tap "Download Updates" in the upper-right corner of the Downloads tab.

4. Tap Done in the upper-right corner to have the selected regions and data types added to the Downloads tab.

Delete Downloaded Data

You may delete all downloaded data and cached airport diagrams, approach plates, and chart tiles from your device.  Tap the red, Delete Airport Documents & Chart Data from the Download Settings menu accessible via the Downloads tab and confirm that you would like remove all downloaded and cached data.

Download All Updates

When new aviation data is available for download, tapping the green "Download Updates" button in the upper-right corner will download only your preferred data types for the regions you've chosen on the Download Settings menu, detailed above.

Should you have any questions about the procedures detailed here, please contact us.  A member of our crew will be more than happy to help!

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!

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, May 18, 2015

Changes To The Private Pilot Written Test

Monday, May 18, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

In this video, Jason Schappert from MzeroA.com shares with you the changes that have already taken effect for the private pilot written test under the new Airman Certification Standards (previously the PTS), and what you can expect if you have a written test coming up!

Monday, March 09, 2015

Flight Planning QuickTip: ICAO Flight Plan Filing

Monday, March 09, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

Beginning on October 1, 2015, the FAA will implement flight plan filing for all civil aircraft exclusively under the format used by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as described in Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) Section 1, Paragraph 5-1-9. These 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.

There are several changes to the FAA's Flight Service program expected this year, and 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.

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.

» Simplified Guidance for United States Domestic Flights Using the ICAO Flight Plan Format

For more information you may reference the 2012 ICAO Flight Plan Implementation InFO and the Operational Approval Guidance Table to ensure the accuracy of your aircraft profiles.  Should you have any further questions specific to the ICAO flight plans, the FAA has made itself available via email at 9-AJE-FlightPlanQuestions@faa.gov.

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!

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, November 17, 2014

iFlightPlanner Integration with Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane

Monday, November 17, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

With iFlightPlanner for iPad you now have the ability to connect your iPad to your favorite flight simulator and unleash the best flight planning and in-flight simulation experience anywhere!

Combining iFlightPlanner, FSXFlight and Lockheed Martin Prepar3D, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, Microsoft Flight Simulator X or the Steam Edition, pilots of all realms can plan flights using iFlightPlanner and view those routes in iFlightPlanner for iPad for use in their flight simulator.  Once in the virtual cockpit, FSXFlight will push all simulated GPS data to iFlightPlanner for iPad via networked WiFi connection and force the iPad to behave as if it were flying in the same airplane!

If you fly with X-Plane, the FSXFlight plugin(s) are not required and you may connect iFlightPlanner for iPad directly to X-Plane over the same wireless network.

» iFlightPlanner Installation & Setup Guide for FSXFlight

» Connecting X-Plane to iFlightPlanner for iPad, The Details

This feature is already available to all iFlightPlanner Premium members and you can upgrade today for as little as $9.99 per month and experience all that iFlightPlanner has to offer!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

QuickTip: iFlightPlanner's Competitive Upgrade Program

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

Brought to you by MyGoFlight, this video shows you how to take advantage of a discount that is available through IMC Club's relationship with iFlightPlanner.  It is also designed to get pilots to think about redundancy concerning their iPad EFB.  A pilot should always have a plan B for the unexpected.

  

Future Quick Tips will focus on ways pilots can fly more safely using today's technology.  For more information on the IMC Clubs and their mission of helping pilots master the art of instrument navigation, visit their website at http://www.IMCclubs.org.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Show, Hide Planner & NavLog

Friday, October 03, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

With iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.0 being one of the first comprehensive flight planning apps to fully comply with Apple's iOS 7+ Human Interface Guidelines, some button functionality became less obvious.  This Flight Planning Quick Tip shows you how to show and hide the Planner and NavLog consoles on the Flights tab in iFlightPlanner for iPad.  

  

Know that the Planner and NavLog is accessible from all views within the Flights Tab; Map, Certified Weather Brief, Weight & Balance, File and Log views.  Full details are available in the iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.0 User Guide or via the Help tab within the app.  Should you have any additional questions please don't hesitate to contact us, we're always happy to help!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN.FLY.LOG.

Friday, August 08, 2014

VFR Flight Plan Filing for IFR Pilots

Friday, August 08, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

Here's a time-saving trick from FLYING for IFR pilots who want to depart their home airport VFR and then have the option of easily picking up an IFR routing midflight.

To do it, simply fill out an IFR flight plan form as you normally would, but input a VFR cruising altitude (for example, 8,500 feet) in the altitude block, with "VFR flight following" written in the remarks section.

This will hold your flight plan with ATC rather than Flight Service. Now you can depart VFR and pick up flight following from ATC, with the benefit being the controller will see your planned routing in the system and won't have to ask a bunch questions about your intentions.

If you later decide you need to pick up an IFR flight plan because of cloud cover, it's easier at this point for the controller to convert your VFR flight plan to an IFR routing because your basic information and planned route are already in the system.

» FLYING Magazine

Monday, June 23, 2014

Import & Export .GPX Flight Plan Files With iFlightPlanner

Monday, June 23, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner Premium Members now have the ability to import .GPX flight plan files into iFlightPlanner to assist in the planning of flight routes.  This new functionality compliments the already popular feature of being able to save routes planned on iFlightPlanner to the .GPX and Garmin .FPL flight plan file formats for use in compatible avionics packages.

The Import GPX Flight Plan feature is found under your Favorite Routes List.  If you're not yet an iFlightPlanner Premium member you can upgrade today for as little as $9.99 per month!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Free Aviation Charts

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 @ 8:00 AM

This iFlightPlanner Quick Tip show you how to access iFlightPlanner's freely accessible chart resource available at:

http://www.iFlightPlanner.com/AviationCharts

Simply enter your desired route in the "Route" field and click the green, "Show on Map" button to see the waypoints instantly depicted over a Google Map, Sectional, IFR Low or IFR High chart.  You may change the map type using the options in the upper-right corner of the maps view at anytime and can be confident you're always seeing the most up-to-date chart and navigation data available.

The same "Map Layers" menu that is available to all members using the intuitive Flight Wizard is available in the upper-left corner, and routes can be easily copied and shared using the link icon on the right side of the page!

Should you have any questions about how to use the iFlightPlanner Aviation Charts please don't hesitate to contact us!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN.FLY.LOG.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Export, Import Flight Plans to Garmin 430/530

Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

This flight planning Quick Tip highlights the iFlightPlanner Premium feature that allows you to export flight plans from iFlightPlanner and import them into your Garmin 430/530 GPS as a FPL file.  Garmin G1000 and newer units do not require the steps shown with the Garmin Flight Plan Migrator™ software, but rather just a standard SD card reader/writer though the Microsoft Windows file system.

  

» Garmin Flight Plan Migrator™ Quick Start Guide

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Flight Planning Quick Tip: iOS 6 Bluetooth GPS Connectivity

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

Several iFlightPlanner for iPad members approached us last week in Oshkosh regarding a perceived connectivity issue between their Bluetooth GPS decive and iPads running iOS 6, specifically versions 6.1.2 and 6.1.3.  Know that this bug lies within the iOS 6 software and not iFlightPlanner for iPad or your third-party GPS and we expect  it to be fixed with the release of iOS 7 later this year.  In the meantime, here's a Quick Tip that walks you through the process of unparing your GPS, closing any open applications that utilize the GPS data and rebooting your iPad.

  1. Power off your Bluetooth GPS device.
  2. On your iPad go to Settings > Bluetooth and locate your GPS device.
  3. Tap the blue arrow to the right of your device, select "Forget this Device" and then "Ok".
  4. Double-click the Home Button to display your list of recently used apps.
  5. From within that list only, touch and hold on iFlightPlanner until all the icons start to jiggle.
  6. Tap the red,  icon to force-close each app.
  7. Once all the apps are closed, touch anywhere above the now empty list to close it.
  8. Press and hold the power button on the top-right corner until "slide to power off" appears.
  9. Move the slider to power off your iPad.
  10. Once the iPad as completely shut down, wait a few seconds, and power it back on.
  11. Power on your Bluetooth GPS Device and activate its pairing mode
  12. On your iPad go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap on the name of your GPS device to reconnect.

Should you continue to have connectivity issues betwen your iPad and Bluetooth GPS device, the iFlightPlanner Crew recommends contacting the respective device's customer support department.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Your iFlightPlanner Profile

Monday, August 05, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

Did you know that your iFlightPlanner Profile allows flight plan forms to be automatically filled with the personal details that are required by the FAA?  

Simply verify that your information at https://www.iflightplanner.com/My/MyProfile.aspx is correct on the "Addresses" tab.  The Flight Wizard™ will then use your Primary address to complete any future flight plan forms!

» Quick Tip: Filing FAA Flight Plans

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Customizing iFlightPlanner

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

This week's flight planning Quick Tip shows you how to modify your profile and customize your flight planning experience with iFlightPlanner.

  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Flight Planning Quick Tip: SUA & Class B, C, D and E Airspace

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

This week's flight planning Quick Tip shows you how to use the Special Use Airspace (SUA) and Class B, C, D and E Airspace functionality with maps and charts in iFlightPlanner.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Close & Log Flight Plans

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

This week's flight planning Quick Tip shows you how to close your flight plan and log your flight into your electronic logbook using iFlightPlanner.com or iFlightPlanner for iPad.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Flight Planning Quick Tip: SIDs & STARs

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

This week's flight planning Quick Tip shows you how iFlightPlanner can help you incorporate SIDs and STARs into your low altitude and jet route flight planning. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Weight & Balance

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

This week's flight planning Quick Tip highlights iFlightPlanner's integrated weight & balance calculator and demonstrates how easy it is to email or text your CG results to yourself or a friend.

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Flight Planning Quick Tip: New Member Setup

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

This week's Quick Tip shows you how quick and easy it is to complete the New Member Setup Wizard and ensure that you get the most out of your iFlightPlanner experience!

Once you've completed the New Member Setup Wizard you're ready to plan your first flight or download iFlightPlanner for iPad presented by Sennheiser.  Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions along the way!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.™

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Custom Departures & Destinations

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

This week's flight planning Quick Tip shows you how to use custom locations or latitude/longitude coordinates as a departure or destination, a feature specifically designed for pilots who fly seaplanes or helicopters.

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Rubberbanding Flight Routes

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @ 1:22 PM

This week's flight planning Quick Tip shows you how easy it is to drag, drop and rubberband your flight routes with iFlightPlanner and the iFlightPlanner Flight Wizard.

iFlightPlanner's interactive and freely accessible secional and IFR charts can be found at http://www.iFlightPlanner.com/AviationCharts.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Exporting Flight Plans to .GPX and .FPL

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

One of the most exciting new features available to iFlightPlanner Premium member is the ability to export flight plans.  This flight planning Quick Tip, featuring the Dynon Skyview avionics package, shows you how to save .FPL and .GPX files using the iFlightPlanner Flight Wizard, and import them directly into your avionics.

Upgrade your account to iFlightPlanner Premium and experience all that iFlightPlanner has to offer!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Graphical AIRMETs, SIGMETs & TFRs

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

This flight planning Quick Tip shows you how to use iFlightPlanner's graphical AIRMETs, SIGMETs and TFRs depicted along your route.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Color-Coded METARs & TAFs

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

This flight planning Quick Tip shows you how to use iFlightPlanner's color-coded METARs and TAFs that are depicted along your route.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Favorite Routes

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

This flight planning Quick Tip shows you how to save a favorite route for future use with the iFlightPlanner Flight Wizard.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Altitude Efficiency

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

This flight planning Quick Tip shows you how to find and use the quickest or most efficient altitude for your flight using the iFlightPlanner Flight Wizard.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Print a Flyer, Help Share iFlightPlanner!

Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

We have created a new, printer-friendly flyer to help spread the word about iFlightPlanner!

If you think your fellow pilots would appreciate knowing more about iFlightPlanner.com, mobile.iFlightPlanner.com and iFlightPlanner for iPad presented by Sennheiser, print a copy and post it at your local airport or share the following short link via email or in your favorite online forum!

http://bit.ly/iFP-Flyer

The highest compliment we can ever receive is a personal recommendation from our members based on their experience with us.  We thank you for your continued support and encourage you to stay tuned - we have some exciting new features in the works thanks to your feedback!

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.™

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Coded Departure Routes

Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

This flight planning Quick Tip shows you how to find and use FAA coded departure routes with the iFlightPlanner Flight Wizard.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Flight Planning Quick Tip: FAA Preferred Routes

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

This flight planning Quick Tip shows you how to find and use FAA preferred routes with the iFlightPlanner Flight Wizard.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Flight Planning Quick Tip: Custom & Auto Routing

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

This flight planning Quick Tip shows you how to use the custom and auto-routing features available in the iFlightPlanner Flight Wizard.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Flight Planning Quick Tip: How to find an airport using iFlightPlanner

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

See just how easy it is to search and find airports in the Airport/Facility Directory in this iFlightPlanner Quick Tip.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Flight Planning Quick Tip: How to find an alternate airport

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 @ 10:45 AM

See just how easy and efficient it is to find an alternate airport for your flight using the Flight Wizard in this iFlightPlanner Quick Tip.