While the big electronic flight bag (EFB) apps like ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot are loaded with weather tools, a new app is taking a different approach to help pilots make smarter preflight decisions. WeatherSpork is not an EFB app, but rather an easy-to-use app that focuses on smarter preflight weather briefings. Here's a hands-on review.
When ForeFlight first launched over 10 years ago, the app was designed for one device: the iPhone, with its 3.5" screen. Now the app can be found on a huge variety of Apple devices, from 4" iPhones to 13" iPads. Making one app look good on all those devices is a serious challenge, but it's on that ForeFlight has tackled in a big way with version 9.5.
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.
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.
The latest update from ForeFlight (version 5.4.2) was released today, and while it isn't a major one, there are a few improvements that are worth noting. Let's review the highlights.
More and more aviation app developers are starting to include Apple Watch apps along with their primary iPad/iPhone app, allowing you to access bite-size pieces of aviation data from your wrist. Here's our list of the top 10 aviation watch apps to get you started.
A new update to the GoPro iPhone and iPad app allows you to wirelessly preview and transfer your videos to your iOS device for easy sharing.