ForeFlight released a big update this week, adding an upgraded Procedure Advisor tool for IFR pilots, a new Delta Download feature to reduce chart download times, a chart legend feature, support for the Apple Watch and a new online web-based flight planning tool.
ForeFlight is known for producing aviation's top app for iPad and iPhone, so the company is often considered to be exclusively focused on iOS software. At the 2015 Sun 'n Fun Fly-in, they proved that to be an incomplete picture, with the introduction of ForeFlight Web, a powerful online flight planning tool.
ForeFlight recently published a behind the scenes video on their new Synthetic Vision feature that provides some insight on how this feature was created. The video features an interview with Malcolm Toon, ForeFlight's lead developer for Synthetic Vision, to describe the development process and technical challenges faced along the way.
The iOS 8.3 software update from Apple last week disables the location services provided by several Bluetooth GPS receivers. For now we strongly recommend holding off on updating the iOS software on your iPhone or iPad until Apple issues another update.
The latest update to ForeFlight adds 3 helpful new features: over 1600 new custom airport diagrams, FBO locations on taxiway diagrams and a new setting for large airplane operators to configure when the ownship is displayed on moving maps.
Appareo, the developer behind the popular Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver, released more details today on their new Stratus ESG 1090ES transponder. This affordable device includes a WAAS GPS, is designed to be simple to install, and connects directly to the Stratus 2 portable receiver for an improved user experience in the cockpit.