Jeppesen introduced at AirVenture a new version of its FliteStar flight planning program that includes enhanced global weather data services. Jeppesen FliteStar users will now be able to improve situational awareness through receiving continually updated weather information, Jeppesen officials said, noting weather data is presented through multiple customized graphical formats displayed according to FliteStar coverage area, user preference and flight plan.
The ground-based Jeppesen FliteStar version 9.5 presents users with a graphical view of the weather environment in both enroute and profile views and reduces the need to switch between enroute and weather displays, company officials added. Jeppesen weather data now aligns with the FliteStar coverage area purchased and weather download overlay displays are presented on enroute charts and are updated automatically through an Internet connection.
The new version of the FliteStar program provides a new tool to view current weather at or near time of departure plus forecast weather along a route and at a user’s planned destination. The Jeppesen weather service combines current data from the National Weather Service and other sources, including NEXRAD mosaic data and includes critical icing and turbulence information.
Weather elements included in the new FliteStar version includes AIRMETs, SIGMETs, radar, lighting, surface analysis, METARs, icing, turbulence and wind data. A new weather toolbar gives users the ability to display or close these graphical elements, according to user preference. A new “chart time slider” feature allows users to view current weather for the flight plan and a new “weather legend” graphical element shows all currently displayed weather elements. An “icing” display bar allows users to formulate an ice-avoidance strategy and flight plan before leaving the ground.
The enhanced Jeppesen weather data service is now available automatically through three time, 56-day or 28-day revision FliteStar service. Cost depends on areas of coverage included. A one-time FliteStar version 9.5 update is available for those subscribers without revision services, starting at $69.
For more information: Jeppesen.com.