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Monday, October 5, 2020

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Available for October 8 Cycle

Monday, October 5, 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 October 8, 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 October 8.

Monday, September 7, 2020

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Available for September 10 Cycle

Monday, September 7, 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 September 10, 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 September 10.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

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

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Official airport, navigation and chart data for the FAA's 28-day AIRAC cycle beginning 8/13/2020 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
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Monday, August 10, 2020

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Available for August 13 Cycle

Monday, August 10, 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 August 13, 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 August 13.

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.


Click HERE to view hi-res screenshot.

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 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.


Click HERE for hi-res screenshot.

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!

Monday, June 15, 2020

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Available for June 18 Cycle

Monday, June 15, 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 June 18, 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 June 18.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Scheduled Maintenance for Flight Service/1800wxbrief

Monday, June 8, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Leidos/1800wxbrief.com will be undergoing scheduled maintenance from 0200Z until approximately 1000Z on June 9, 2020.

During this timeframe, certain iFlightPlanner and iFlightPlanner for AOPA capabilities that leverage Leidos/1800wxbrief.com, specifically route planning, weather briefs, and flight plan filing, may be unavailable.

While this is outside of our control, we apologize for any inconvenience and encourage you to contact us with any questions as the Flight Service website is updated.

The iFlightPlanner Crew
PLAN. FLY. LOG.

Friday, May 22, 2020

iFlightPlanner, iFlightPlanner for AOPA 'Tuned for Efficiency'

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Since the launch of iFlightPlanner for AOPA on April 22, the iFlightPlanner Crew and specialists in the AOPA Pilot Information Center used common questions and feedback from pilots to tune this week's release of enhancements to iFlightPlanner's web platforms — which includes iFlightPlanner for AOPA.

  • Improved route rubberbanding to work in one seamless motion rather than first needing to insert a waypoint 
  • Changed how active and future TFRs are depicted on the maps to better inform members 
  • Enhanced fuel price menu to help members quickly locate available fuel and pricing at nearby airports
  • Added plain language weather briefs and setting for members' preferred format in My Settings
  • Created option to reduce the number of reporting points when flying airways
  • Introduced logic to detect changes requiring amendment or refiling of previously filed flight plans 

The new features and common questions were highlighted in a live stream with Eric Rush from AOPA and iFlightPlanner co-founders Andy Matthews and John Burnside, which is available HERE on YouTube.

Monday, May 18, 2020

FAA Airport, Navigation & Chart Data is Available for May 21 Cycle

Monday, May 18, 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 May 21, 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 May 21.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

iFlightPlanner, AOPA Announce Access to New Flight Planner

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 11:05 AM

When AOPA announced that the legacy software powering AOPA’s popular online flight planning tool would be discontinued by the end of April, the associations information technology leaders were already hard at work finding a replacement to meet AOPA members’ needs. That replacement flight planning tool became available on April 22.


iFlightPlanner: Intuitively plan routes over hi-res charts with graphical weather overlays.

As the legacy flight planner sunsets, AOPA leaders expressed deep gratitude to Boeing and its Jeppesen team for their long support of the historic AOPA product and their help in transitioning to a new membership offering.

While working on the transition to a new planner, we listened carefully to feedback about what members value most for flight planning tools in an online or desktop environment. The result is a new partnership with iFlightPlanner that combines a new technology platform with a core set of features that AOPA members have long been asking for. iFlightPlanner, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based firm, is providing a unique version of its flight planning platform exclusively to AOPA members free of charge.

“AOPA is pleased to offer members access to a very capable web-based flight planner, customized with many features especially for AOPA pilots,” said Jiri Marousek, AOPA senior vice president of marketing. “Beginning April 22, members can use a customized version of iFlightPlanner accessible through any web browser on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. We have been working with iFlightPlanner to offer several new features not previously available, including options free to AOPA pilots that are otherwise only included in paid versions of their products.”

The planner combines the newer technology and graphical capabilities of iFlightPlanner with their version of a select set of features that were most commonly used by AOPA members in the legacy system. One of the most important additions will be a powerful web interface with FAA-produced aeronautical charts and other visual displays related to weather, airspace, and airport services designed to provide pilots the most current information to effectively plan their flights. READ MORE »

iFlightPlanner Introduces New Membership Tiers

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

In conjunction with AOPA's announcement of the customized version of iFlightPlanner now available to its members free of charge, iFlightPlanner has revised its available membership tiers.

Most notably is the introduction of iFlightPlanner Core, a set of essential flight planning tools with integrated web and iOS capabilities for $49.99/year.  Pilots flying with iFlightPlanner Core have access to interactive route planning with graphical weather overlays, the ability to retrieve certified weather briefs from Leidos Flight Service/1800WXBRIEF, and flight plan filing from any internet-connected device.  With wireless 2-way sync between iFlightPlanner for iPad and iFlightPlanner for iPhone, iFlightPlanner Core members can take their planning on the go with GPS moving map functionality for a true electronic flight bag (EFB) experience.

 

Enhanced functionality previously available through iFlightPlanner Premium and iFlightPlanner Premium Plus have been combined into a single iFlightPlanner Premium membership for $99.99/year.  Lead by multi-leg flight and fuel planning capabilities, an integrated weight & balance caluculator, pilot logbook, and georeferenced airport diagrams and instrument procedures in iFlightPlanner for iPad and iFlightPlanner for iPhone, iFlightPlanner's top-level membership is now more affordable than ever!

What's happening to my iFlightPlanner membership?

iFlightPlanner Free members now have access to iFlightPlanner Core, free for 60 days!

iFlightPlanner Premium members now have access to features previously reserved for iFlightPlanner Premium Plus members!

iFlightPlanner Premium Plus members now have access to all the features they've come to know and trust for less than $100/year!

iFlightPlanner's freely available charts interface with basic route planning will continue to be available at iFlightPlanner.com/AviationCharts.  Pilots who wish to upgrade their flight planning experience with iFlightPlanner Core or iFlightPlanner Premium may do so HERE, with AOPA members saving 20% on all annual memberships.

Current iFlightPlanner members with questions about their individual membership are encouraged to contact the iFlightPlanner Crew directly by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Flight Service Provider Authorization for iFlightPlanner

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Follow these 4 steps to authorize iFlightPlanner to request regulatory compliant weather briefs and file flight plans on your behalf through Flight Service/1800wxbrief.

1.  Go to https://www.1800wxbrief.com and log in using your Flight Service credentials.
2.  From the Account menu select Service Provider Authorization, shown here:

3.  Click Edit, then enable iFlightPlanner by selecting "Yes" using the available radio button, like this:

4.  Click Save.

Next, ensure the email address you use to access Flight Service/1800wxbrief is the same in the Flight Service Info section within iFlightPlanner.

1.  Navigate to My Settings using the My Account menu in iFlightPlanner or iFlightPlanner for AOPA.
2.  Match the email address you successfully used to log in to Flight Service/1800wxbrief to the address in the Leidos Flight Service Info section.

3.  Click Validate User Name to confirm your iFlightPlanner and Leidos Flight Service accounts are connected.
4.  Click Save Settings in the lower-right corner of your My Settings page to save your settings.

Completing these steps will connect your iFlightPlanner and Flight Service/1800wxbrief accounts, however, please don't hesitate to contact us or the AOPA Pilot Information Center should you have any questions!