No matter how sophisticated your avionics are, latitude and longitude still have a central place in aviation. As we've mentioned before, sometimes there's no substitute for the good old lat/lon coordinates: for filing flight plans, creating user waypoints or programming an FMS. A new app, GPS Coordinate Converter, aims to make GPS coordinates easier to manage.
ForeFlight released the much-anticipated version 8 this week, which among other things enables a new dynamic, data-driven aeronautical map layer for pilots. To coincide with this release Sporty's also updated their ForeFlight training course app with new video training segments showing how to use all the new features added to the app over the past 12 months.
ForeFlight received at lot of attention at Oshkosh this year when it previewed version 8 of its industry-leading app. That update, a major release, is now available in the App Store and it adds a number of new features and refinements. Let's explore what's changed and go over a few tips to take advantage of the latest tools.
This is the time of year when 2017 FAR/AIM books are released, incorporating all the changes in the last 12 months. That makes it a great time to consider an app - for less than the price of one new book, you can have an app that never expires.
A new weather app called Weekend Flyer provides an interactive map that allows you to view the aviation weather forecast for airports across the U.S. for up to 3 days out. This is a great resource when heading out for a weekend trip to get a feel for what the weather will be like on the flight back home.