The free FltPlan Go iPad app now works with five ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) receivers: Sagetech Clarity, Dual XGPS170, Flight Data System’s Pathfinder, iLevil AW, and the Sky Radar DX.
The company plans to add the same ADS-B flexibility to its FltPlan Go Android app in the near future, officials noted.
“Why get locked into one ADS-B receiver?” said Sarah Wilson, director of new technologies for FltPlan. “Some apps may lock you into using one brand of ADS-B receiver, our app gives pilots the ability to choose an ADS-B receiver that suits their needs and price range.”
Wilson said that while competitors in the flight planning app arena promote “subscription-free” ADS-B, they require purchase of their app.”It isn’t free in-flight weather when you have to pay for a subscription to an app in order to view the data,” she said.
With ADS-B, aircraft receive weather data and traffic that is transmitted from stations throughout the United States. The information is transmitted free of charge but requires an ADS-B receiver. Using an ADS-B receiver in conjunction with the FltPlan Go app provides access to weather reports, including TAFs, NOTAMs, TFRs, and PIREPS.
FltPlan, now in its 15th year, serves more than 150,000 active pilots. FltPlan offers free services on its website, and the free FltPlan Go app for iPad and Android. In addition to flight plan filing, the company offers FBO/airport information, flight tracking, certified eAPIS submissions, SMS (IS-BAO and ACSF), runway analysis, weight and balance, an eLogbook program, Mexican/Caribbean/Central America handling, Mexican and Cuban overflight services, pre-departure clearances, and FAA-approved certified weather.