The free FltPlan.com Go app has seen a steady stream of updates over the past few years, and 2015 is off to a good start as well. The app provides a wealth of resources for pilots, including flight planning tools, digital charts, moving maps, aviation weather and more. Here’s what’s new in the latest release:
- Pencil Tool: This lets you enter shapes, markers, and/or text on the moving maps section. For example you could use the Point tool to place a variety of symbols (like an cross, an X, a square, etc.) on the map to mark traffic pattern entry points, mark your house, or mark a point you fly over. The Draw feature can be used to create lines or shapes on the maps, allowing a flight instructor to define a practice area on the sectional map for their students.. And the Text tool lets you to write text directly on the map, which can be used in conjunction with the other pencil features for making notes along your route. The Pencil Tool can be accessed by clicking on the pencil icon on the top of the Maps page.
Extended Runway Centerline: With this new feature, all the runways for your arrival airport will have a 7 mile extension shown on the maps. This is a great visual aid for identifying the orientation of the available runways at your landing airport and your aircraft position. You can also change the color of the Runway extensions for better contrast on the map background you are using, or you can turn this feature off. The Extended Runway Centerline feature can be accessed from the Maps page, and using Map Option, then Runway Option section.
- Edit Route Using Tokens or Text: the FltPlan Go app now lets you view/enter/modify your route in either tokens or text. Tokens is a simple way of manipulating your route by pressing and moving around a fix or airport in the entry box. However, it may be easier to just type the text waypoints to enter a route. The app now gives you the choice of using either method and the ability to switch back and forth on the same route. This feature can be accessed from the Maps page, and using the Edit button, and then selecting either Tokens or Text.