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Old 02-08-2010, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ForeFlight: Something Every Pilot should have

So the other day I downloaded the ForeFlight. An IPhone/ITouch application free to try for 30 days and than you can buy a subscription ($70/yr). Let me tell you -- i think I am going to get the subscription. The application is really awesome, mainly for USA though. All kind of aviation charts are available for download, VFRs, Low Altitude IFR, High Altitude IFR (USA & Canada), Airports (diagrams, taxi charts, approach plates). Then -- weather reports (radar images, progressive radar outlooks, EVERYTHING). Basic flight planning (along with search with existing pre approved ifr/vfr flight plans, filing, DUAT integration. Ability to obtain flight briefing. Oh and THE MOST Important: you can use the data offline. You can have all the charts downloaded and saved and use it in flight. Flew to Catalina yesterday and used it all along the flight. The only thing I found it lacks, are the Class B crossing VFR special rules.

With the new IPad launch insight(i mean the larger and more readable screen) this seems the be a GREAT and affordable tool. I've seen some airline pilots use their laptops (or special Jeppesen pad) for the charts, but I know the cost for Jeppesen is not low. This IPad could be the chance for eliminating the need for digging in papers in the cockpit..



I won't post any links. If you are interested just search ForeFlight and check out the links.


Have guys tried this program?


Oh one thing I really liked too -->> Having my position depicted on the sectional. This won't be a need if you have a GPS or a glass cockpit but heck not everybody gets to fly those.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestion. As an avid iPod Touch (2nd Gen) user, I don't think I'd want to fumble around with it's small display while flying. Perhaps it would be alright, but in my head it would be marginal. You're spot on with the iPad though. I'd rather have that in the cockpit vs. a bulky laptop. It seems like it would be just the right size.

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Old 02-09-2010, 02:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmmmph ... with all them new-fangled electronical type goodies available today, a flashlight isn't the only place anymore where pilots store dead batteries for those occasions when the electrical system fails.
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Haha I am with you Zing!

I just carry a trusty torch and a spare set of batteries... Works everytime and get me to where I need to go

Its just "easier" to have everything electronic, having said that you still need to carry a hardcopy of your charts and approach plates onboard (and with reach)

Time spent looking at screen and fiddling with settings etc, less time flying the plane!
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I just received my 64G iPad Mini & have downloaded ForeFlight & ForeFlight Canada. Also got a Garmin GLO for Aviation GPS (gets GLONASS as well)

I haven't flown with this yet & am still reading "the book", but it DOES look GREAT!
I haven't figured out what sort of mount I'm going to use. Probably a RAM mount of some type. Mooneys have a "bifocal cockpit"!
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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ForeFlight for iPad Mini

Anyone using ForeFlight with the iPad Mini?
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I just got a 64G iPad Mini & have purchased ForeFlight basic & Canadian app ($ 224.00/yr subscription)
I haven't flown with it yet. I also picked up a Garmin GLO for Aviation as a GPS.
Just reviewing the features on the ground have me sold!

BTW the Garmin Pilot app is only good in the USA. I spent several emails & phone calls with the nice people at Garmin. They were very helpful, but Canadian coverage is still a time off.

The Stratus receiver looks like the "cat's MEOOOOWWW" if you are living in the US.

Also, a iPad Mini product specific bracket will be coming out from RAM Mounts in January.

Mooney Flyer magazine recently did a review of the Mini using a generic RAM 7" tablet mount.
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Nice. The Mini is a better size for yoke mounting than the full size iPad. How much more accurate is that Garmin receiver than the native GPS?
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The Garmin people claim that the 24 extra GLASNOSS sats give you faster fixes and better accuracy.
But the iPad so far has only shown 10 m resolution.
There is mention of more sats eliminating blind spots, but this would be more if you are using it to drive in a city with very tall buildings.

It uses Bluetooth to communicate with the iPad where the Stratus uses WiFi.

I think if I was in the USA, Stratus would be my first choice.

Re: native GPS; after reading a review I opted for a 64G iPad Mini without the 4G gear. I have heard that the internal GPS is not that hot and the remote one is up on the glare shield wher reception is better.
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Just to put a good word in for ForeFlight, their service is really good.
I had a settings issue with iPad & Garmin GLO.

They were right there on the email...on Christmas Day!!!!

They solved the issue by suggesting rebooting the pad after a couple of setting changes.

These guys are GREAT!!!
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Old 12-25-2012, 05:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I like ForeFlight, and as soon as my mini arrives this week, I will have it on there as well.
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We're looking at using the iPad with Foreflight in our planes, but I haven't seen anything by way of a mount that looks like it'll work. Good news is that as of October they just got the Canadian charts (for an additional fee of course!). I actually prefer the CAP over Jepp charts anyway (I suppose because I don't use Jepp and so am not familiar with their layout, etc).

To be able to get rid of the paper means two iPads, though, so we want to make sure everything works well before we take the leap

And would you believe that the subscriptions to the Canadian and American plates and charts is a lot cheaper electronically?
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Blue, what vintage iPads are you using?
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Blue - there are a lot of mounts out there. Are you looking for a yoke mount; pedestal? separate base attached to cockpit sidewall?

I am using a yoke mounted mount from RAM Mounts and have found it very effective.

I do carry two iPads (a 1 and a 2), as you plan to do (or are likely required to do). I do use Foreflight on both as well as JeppTC for approach plates and Jepp manuals (it's a really poor interface for manuals) - because I have used Jepp for many years in hardcopy and now have Jepp data on the MFDs.
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Just got an iPad Mini w/ ForeFlight ... Very excited to put it to work.
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*feels so good posting here again after these years*

I actually bought IPad just for foreflight, have been with the App since the first day it launched and I have full subscription.
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RAM has a product specific holder for the iPad mini coming out this month.
The Sporty's model is generic just now.

I have a backorder for mine fron Aircraft Spruce. Estimate is 04 February for Aircraft Spruce (Canada)
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New Foreflight 4.9 is out.

New map orientation options are GREAT!
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New Foreflight 4.9 is out.

New map orientation options are GREAT!
Yep!!!!
There is only one thing left I want from foreflight - a timer to be used for timed operations (like approaches. etc.)
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My understanding is the new release has terrain avoidance!? I've been using it for VFR flight in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast and it's a gamechanger. I'm hooked.
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