ForeFlight 9 Released

Yesterday, ForeFlight released version 9 of their popular EFB app. Lots of new stuff is packed into this release, but here are my favorites:

  1. Integrated Checklists – My airplane is simple, but I always use a checklist. ForeFlight 9 introduces a checklist feature that allows users to build out custom checklists for their aircraft. Watch this blog for a more in-depth review/how-to on this feature, or check out ForeFlight’s intro.
  2. Glide Advisor – I’m not sure anyone expected a feature like this, but it’s very nice. The Glide Advisor depicts your glide options in the event of an engine failure. It’s based on GPS data, terrain information and even winds aloft, with the right equipment.

Additional feature enhancements include logbook tweaks, Microsoft Office document support and an advanced feature allowing users to create customer overlays on maps.

For full release details, check out ForeFlight’s official release page.

ForeFlight Releases 8.3, Adds Epic Feature

A new release of ForeFlight has brought many new enhancements, but one caught my eye.

From the ForeFlight blog:

Checking the weather report at your destination airport is an important step in your landing checklist. Like a good co-pilot, ForeFlight anticipates your needs and automatically displays the weather frequency approximately 20 nautical miles from your destination airport.

This is an example of why I always end up using ForeFlight, despite trying other apps. These simple feature additions show how their team can identify a common pain point and include a simple solution that just works. I’m looking forward to using this very soon. (Update: I’ve flown several times since this original post and this feature is as good as I had hoped!)

Other notable features in ForeFlight 8.3 include color inversion for charts and documents, new logbook features and some additional XM weather enhancements.

The new version is available now in the App Store.

DIY ADS-B: Building the Stratux

Stratux ADS-B Receiver

I always seem to be in the market for a good DIY project. I’ve been eyeballing the Stratux ADS-B receiver for some time, but finally pulled the trigger this past December.

After you’re done collecting the basic parts and putting everything together, you’ll have an ADS-B receiver capable of overlaying traffic and weather in your favorite electronic flight bag app. And you really can’t beat the price: $130.

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