Thursday, May 28, 2015

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for 5/28 Cycle

Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 4:01 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day cycle beginning 5/28/15 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

Monday, May 25, 2015

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data Available for 5/28 Cycle

Monday, May 25, 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 May 5, 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 May 28.

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!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BREAKING: CSC DUATS, Lockheed Martin Awarded DUATS II Contract

Thursday, May 14, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner has just learned that the Federal Aviation Administration awarded a new contract for the Direct User Access Terminal Service (DUATS) to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Lockheed Martin.  This contract to provide self-serve, automated flight services was previously held by CSC and Data Transformation Corporation (DTC).

Know that we will continue to leverage our connection to the National Airspace System (NAS) through CSC DUATS, however additional functionality offered by Lockheed Martin as a result of the DUATS II contract will be explored.  

» PRESS RELEASE: CSC DUATS, Lockheed Martin Awarded DUATS II Contract

Having built the entirety of iFlightPlanner.com, mobile.iFlightPlanner.com and iFlightPlanner for iPad in-house, we have the ultimate in flexibility when unique situations like this arise.  You can be confident that any functionality enhancements will be communicated to you as soon as they are released.

If you have been away from iFlightPlanner or know of a fellow pilot who is looking for the best free alternative to the services offered on the DUATS platform, look no further than iFlightPlanner.  Our freely-accessible flight planning tools for the web and iPad are simply unmatched!

The iFlightPlanner Crew

Monday, May 11, 2015

iFlightPlanner's Best in Show at SUN 'n FUN 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

While we were in Lakeland, FL for the SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, the iFlightPlanner Crew spent some time soaking up the sights and sounds of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL).  There were a number of products that caught our eye and we wanted to share a few of our favorites for those of you who were not able to make the trip! 

MzeroA.com Written Test Prep

What score do you want to earn on your FAA Written Test?  Share your score with Jason Schappert of MzeroA and that's the price you'll pay for their digital test prep.  If your grade is not within five points of your goal, he'll refund your money!  Jason and his crew boast a 99% student pass rate and they are the only ones currently offering FAA written test prep to the new "Airman Certification Standards" that were just rolled out (previously the PTS).  Their content library has over 3,300 hours of video for private pilots, instrument and commercial ratings as well as CFI prep.  » Learn more about the MzeroA Guarantee!

AvLab Engine Oil Testing

What is your oil telling you about your engine?  For $17.95 you can order a Metal Check test kit that Aviation Laboratories will analyze for signs of metal wear in your engine.  AvLab provides state of the art testing of engine oil, oil filter debris, hydraulic fluid and fuel, and are recommended or authorized by most engine manufacturers.  The oil kits are compatible with both piston and turbine engines, and once analyzed by the lab (typically within 24-48 hours) the results and statistical analyses are made available to you online.  » Order your Metal Check test kit!

Flight Outfitters Bags

SUN 'n FUN 2015 marked the official launch of Flight Outfitters, a new aviation brand rooted in high-end functional bags for law enforcement, fire, EMS and pharmaceutical companies. Their Lift and Thrust bags are intuitively designed to keep everything from your headset, iPad, handheld radio and all of your flying accessories neatly organized, secure, and accessible for when you need them most. The bags are backed with a 3-year warranty and go for $79.95 and $99.95, respectively. Not to be overlooked is the Flight Outfitters Headlamp, a must see LED light designed by pilots for pilots.  » Check out the new bags and LED headlamp!

MiniMax Aircraft Tugs

You don’t have to give up flying simply because you can no longer move your plane by yourself!  MiniMax Aircraft Tugs use a cordless Dewalt 20v drill to power their tugs for use with piston singles and light twins, even tail-draggers.  Each tug includes a drill and support handle, drive shaft, transmission and custom-designed attachment for a variety of aircraft makes and models.  They range between $1,100 and $1,500 depending on the aircraft attachments and we were told can move a Bonanza roughly 100-yards on a single charge.  » Find your customized MiniMax Tug!

SlideDown Tiedowns

Tying a tie-down knot can be downright challenging, and for those of us who struggle with the proper ins-and-outs, you need to check out SlideDown Tiedowns.  This ingenious method of securing an aircraft is super-fast and features 7/16" kernmantle braided rope, a powder-coated aircraft grade aluminum slide, and vinyl coated hooks to prevent any scratching.  They are available as an Aviator's Set of three for less than $70 which includes a SlideDown for each wing and another for the tail.  » Watch SlideDowns in action!

Alpha Systems Angle of Attack Indicators

Every aircraft from the space shuttle to ultralights use the principle of Angle of Attack (AOA) for flight.  Alpha Systems AOA brings this proven military technology to general aviation cockpits to help pilots maximize their aircraft's performance.  Once the system is calibrated it can be used to identify angles of attack related to approach, best angle or rate of climb, best glide performance and all other phases of flight.  Seven (7) different display options are offered to fit your personal flying or panel preferences, and all retail for $1,995 for non-pressurized aircraft.  » Find your ideal AOA kit!