Get out your iPad and connect to WiFi – it’s time to update your digital charts. The new cycle starts Thursday, January 8, and will be valid for 28 to 56 days depending on chart type. We strongly recommend that you plug your iPad into a power source before starting the update since it can take several hours to download all the data.
ForeFlight users: select More at the bottom right, then Downloads at the top left. One press of the green Download button at the bottom of the screen will download all the queued chart updates for your selected regions. Once finished you can verify the data by noting the green check mark for the charts listed with January 8 – February 5.
WingX Pro users: select Databases & Subscriptions from the main menu, and then select Download Databases from the top left. The updates will immediately begin downloading for your selected chart regions. You can verify the effective dates of the charts by selecting Status at the bottom left of the screen.
Garmin Pilot users: select the home button at the top left of the screen and select Downloads from the menu. One press of the blue Update All button at the top of the screen will download all the new charts. You can verify the new data by noting the message ‘Up to date’ under each chart type on the main downloads page
And it’s more than ok to update before January 8th; these apps will continue to display the current set of charts and switch over to the new data automatically at 09:01Z on the 8th.
Also remember that if you want to add or remove areas of coverage, you’ll need to make those changes before you download the new charts.
For more information on verifying the downloads before flight, check out this post.