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 Web replicates much of the look and feel of the iOS app’s Maps page, making it useful and intuitive for preflight planning. You can view the map layers you’re used to from the app, including IFR and VFR charts, street maps and aerial imagery. Overlay that with weather radar, METARs, TFRs and satellite for a complete look at the weather. The desktop environment is a really great way to review complex weather systems, with easy panning and zooming. There’s also the familiar search box to help you find airports and plan routes.
When you’re done planning a flight, your route is automatically synced with your iPad, so you can plan your flight at home and be ready to go as soon as you get in the airplane. This will also be a very popular feature with fleet operators, since a dispatcher can plan the flight and then send important route information to each pilot’s iPad.
Seeing this new tool in action makes clear that ForeFlight’s aggressive expansion of its sync technology (with automatically synchronizes aircraft profiles, routes, favorites and more across devices) has bigger aims.
ForeFlight Web is in beta right now, and will initially be available to existing ForeFlight customers – so it’s not a finished product. But the company promises a “collaborative product development process” that quickly adds new features based on pilot feedback. Overall, we were impressed by its design, features and speed.
To sign up for the beta program, visit foreflight.com/web.