Tuesday, July 21, 2020

iFlightPlanner Launches “Bring Your Own EFB” for iOS, Android Apps

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

A new program for iFlightPlanner Core and iFlightPlanner Premium members to push flights planned with iFlightPlanner to their preferred Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) was launched today as part of the second major upgrade to iFlightPlanner since the introduction of iFlightPlanner for AOPA in April.

Members with access to iFlightPlanner for iPad and iFlightPlanner for iPhone will see a new “Bring Your Own EFB” setting to identify their preferred EFB.  When selected, any flight planned with iFlightPlanner may be exported to ForeFlight, FltPlan Go, FlyQ, Garmin Pilot, Jeppessen, or WingX running on Apple devices.  For pilots flying with Android, iFlightPlanner is currently working with several developers to integrate with their applications, and iFlightPlanner welcomes others to do the same by emailing appsupport@iflightplanner.com.

“iFlightPlanner was first to market with a synchronized, cloud-based platform that combined the versatility of the web with the portability our apps for iPad and iPhone, and we’re excited to extend a variation of these powerful capabilities to other flight planning platforms,” said Andy Matthews, Director of Business Development for iFlightPlanner.

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This end-to-end flight planning experience has been further extended to AOPA members who carry an iFlightPlanner Core or iFlightPlanner Premium membership, allowing access to their enhanced feature sets directly through iFlightPlanner for AOPA – including multi-leg trip and fuel stop planning for iFlightPlanner Premium members.

Previously, members who upgraded from iFlightPlanner for AOPA were required to sign into iFlightPlanner.com to access their Core or Premium features.

“This change creates a seamless upgrade experience that builds on the familiarity AOPA members now have with iFlightPlanner for AOPA, eliminating the need to adjust their sign in process,” said John Burnside, Director of Technology.  “Upgraded members may now plan flights online with iFlightPlanner for AOPA, then open iFlightPlanner on their iPad or iPhone where their data is automatically synchronized for in-flight reference with GPS moving map, ADS-B In capabilities, and more.”

iFlightPlanner also enhanced the handling of dates, times, and time zones for all members, where the local time zone and UTC for the departure airport will now be calculated automatically based on more than 500 unique time zone variations.  Times can be further customized in the member’s Settings to be displayed in a preferred “Time Format” to allow for easy interpretation during flight planning across time zones.

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For AOPA members who desire to upgrade, special discounted pricing is available for iFlightPlanner Core and Premium memberships. Both levels include feature-rich electronic flight bag functionality, with iFlightPlanner Premium adding advanced features such as multi-leg trip planning, a weight & balance calculator, ADS-B In capabilities, georeferenced airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures, and a digital pilot logbook. AOPA members save 20% on each upgraded membership, which are detailed at iFlightPlanner.com/AOPA.

The new features included in this release, as well as a live Q&A with viewers, will be featured in a livestream hosted by AOPA on their YouTube channel at 8pm EDT tonight (July 21).

Monday, July 20, 2020

Major Sporting & Entertainment Events in July 16 Notices

Monday, July 20, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

In anticipation of the large number of aircraft operating to and from areas hosting major sporting and entertainment events, the FAA has published updated procedures in its Domestic Notices to enhance safety and minimize air traffic delays.


Thursday, July 16, 2020

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Current for July 16 Cycle

Thursday, July 16, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 56-day AIRAC cycle beginning 7/16/2020 became current today as of 09:01Z.  This includes updated georeferenced data for airport diagrams and instrument approach procedures available in iFlightPlanner for iPad and iFlightPlanner for iPhone.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner or iFlightPlanner for AOPA from your desktop, laptop, or smartphone browser you can be confident you're seeing the most current and accurate data available. 

To ensure iFlightPlanner is current on your iPhone or iPad, simply tap "Check for Updates" in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab.  Each app will quickly tell you which packages need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew

Monday, July 13, 2020

Caribbean VFR Sectional Charts added to iFlightPlanner

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 9:00 AM

iFlightPlanner has added VFR Sectional charts for the Caribbean to its web and mobile platforms, which includes iFlightPlanner for iPad, iFlightPlanner for iPhone, and iFlightPlanner for AOPA.

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In addition to the new charts being available free to AOPA members as part of their member benefit through iFlightPlanner for AOPA, the Caribbean charts are also available in iFlightPlanner's freely accessible charting and weather interface at iFlightPlanner.com/AviationCharts.

iFlightPlanner for iPad and iFlightPlanner for iPhone users may download the region using the "United States - All" option in Download > Settings within either app, wheres pilots using iFlightPlanner for AOPA or iFlightPlanner on their desktop, laptop, or smartphone will see the the charts appear automatically when the Sectional base layer is selected.

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Available for July 16 Cycle

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

iFlightPlanner for iPad and iFlightPlanner for iPhone 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 16, 2020.  Simply tap the button in the upper-left corner of the Downloads tab to "Check For Updates".

Pilots using iFlightPlanner for AOPA or iFlightPlanner on their desktop, laptop, or smartphone will see the iFlightPlanner Cloud automatically make the transition to the new data at 9:01Z on July 16.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

How to access iFlightPlanner for AOPA

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

To access iFlightPlanner for AOPA as part of your member benefit you do not need separate credentials for iFlightPlanner – simply head to https://www.aopa.org/iflightplanner.

1.  When logged in to your AOPA account you'll see two options to access iFlightPlanner, like this:

2.  Click the "Flight Planner Home" button, and when you access iFlightPlanner for AOPA for the first time you'll be guided through the New Member Setup process which can be previewed here:

Click the red PLAY button to watch the YouTube clip.

Questions about iFlightPlanner for AOPA?

» iFlightPlanner for AOPA User Guide
» iFlightPlanner for AOPA Support Request Form

If you are an existing iFlightPlanner member and would like your account consolidated with your iFlightPlanner for AOPA membership, please contact iFlightPlanner directly and a member of our crew will be happy to help!