All iFlightPlanner.com maps, including the VFR and IFR charts available at iFlightPlanner.com/AviationCharts and those found in the Flight Wizard, now feature vertical airspace profiles and a redesigned mapping interface with full-screen viewing capability.
If you’ve resisted using the ForeFlight app fearing a steep learning curve, Sporty’s has a new training program that’s full of basic how-to.
Lockheed Martin has released new updates to its Flight Services automation system and Pilot Web Portal.
The Surveillance-Enhanced Search and Rescue service (SE-SAR) allows Lockheed Martin to automatically monitor flights and determine if aircraft stop moving, stop reporting their position, or transmit an emergency signal.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has just made the FlyQ EFB (electronic flight bag), an in-cockpit iPad application, smarter with the release of version 1.1.
New features include Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) in-flight weather with support for the new Dual XGPS 170 ADS-B + WAAS GPS receiver. When paired with the Dual ADS-B receiver, FlyQ EFB automatically begins downloading free weather from ADS-B stations around the country.
FlyQ 1.1 also now offers CSC DUATS support (in addition to existing DTC DUAT support) for weather information and flight plan filing, as well as new flight planning enhancements, including “Direct To” and “Add to Plan” buttons everywhere airports and navigational aids are listed.
There are also streamlined methods to access instrument approach procedures in FlyQ’s IFR version, including the ability to view an approach plate in full screen quickly and efficiently from the split-screen mode and a button to switch airports by entering a new identifier without leaving the “Procedures” tab. FlyQ now also offers rental car booking through Enterprise Rental Cars.
Version 1.1 retains FlyQ’s most popular features, including multiple auto-routing options based on forecast winds aloft; split-screen; moving map; airport information and diagrams; approach procedures; Track Up/ North Up views; 3D synthetic vision and flight simulator; and FlyQ’s patent-pending graphical wind optimizer displays.
Pilots with existing FlyQ subscriptions can upgrade to version 1.1 for free by accessing FlyQ on the iTunes App Store. First-time FlyQ users are eligible for a free, 30-day trial subscription.
AOPA members are eligible for discounted FlyQ subscriptions. To explore special FlyQ pricing for AOPA members, visit AOPA.org/FlyQEFB. FlyQ EFB is built for the iPad 2 or newer, including iPad mini. It is not compatible with iPad 1.
AOPA developed FlyQ EFB with Seattle Avionics.
The Flight Guide iEFB (v5.0.4) has added ADS-B in-flight weather via Sky Radar single and dual band units from Radenna. Larry Garcia, owner of Airguide Publications said, “Flight Guide iEFB now displays live color coded weather and data such as NEXRAD, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, TFRs and Winds Aloft as an overlay on any VFR or IFR chart, providing increased situational awareness and flight safety.”
The IMC Club and iFlightPlanner have formed a new strategic partnership that will result in the availability of “enhanced resources for pilots who are committed to maintaining the highest standards of instrument flying proficiency,” according to officials.
Garmin has released its European VFR and IFR charts for the aera 795/796 aviation portable GPS, with VFR data sourced directly from Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS).
As NFL teams prepare for the final push to the playoffs, pilots, air traffic control officials, and airport operators are making their own Super Bowl XLVII plans. According to a report at AOPA.org, airports in and around New Orleans are expecting a huge boost in activity from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, and the FAA has issued a notice detailing special procedures that will be in effect.
TRI-NAV Aviation Chart Co. has expanded its line of bound flight planning atlases to cover both IFR and VFR flights for the continental U.S. and the Islands of the Bahamas & Caribbean.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has released the FlyQ Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) for the iPad, the latest addition to its family of digital flight planning products.