ForeFlight released version 12.11 this week in what will likely be the app's last major update for 2020. This includes new features and improvements in several different sections in the app, including maps, airport diagrams, weather, and the pack/download function.
If you're like most pilots, you look up to the sky every time you hear a plane flying above and try to guess the type and where it's heading. Now you can use the new PlaneWatcher app for Apple Watch to quickly identify all the details of the flight and see where it's heading.
Garmin Pilot's latest update improves the visibility of important flight data by displaying airspace and obstacles NOTAMs graphically on the moving map. The latest version also adds new shortcut controls to the Flight Profile view to quickly configure the weather and airspace layers.
ForeFlight's 11th major release of 2020 continues the trend from previous updates: sophisticated new weather features for Pro Plus and Performance Plus subscribers, but some helpful tweaks for Basic subscribers too. Here's a look at the latest additions.
Sporty's Pilot Training app for iPhone/iPad, Android and TV just received a major update, adding new test prep features, a checkride prep section, document annotations, a flight sim guide and much more.
Digital scratchpads have become an integral part of the paperless cockpit experience for many pilots, providing space to jot down notes, clearances and other important data needed during a flight. The latest ForeFlight update expands the app's Scratchpad functionality with 3 new templates: takeoff briefing, landing briefing and IFR holding clearance. Here's a quick look at each.
Last year we reviewed Plane English, an interesting app that used voice recognition to help pilots improve their VFR communication skills. We liked the interactive nature of this app, which means that pilots can get graded on simulated transmissions instead of just listening to recordings. Now there's a new option for IFR pilots.
A new app called METAR Widgets is one of the first aviation apps to offer new customizable iOS 14 widgets. This handy new feature allows you to display your favorite airport's METAR right on you iPad or iPhone's home screen.
The latest ForeFlight update is relatively minor but includes some important additions to the logbook and aeronautical map screens. It also adds Pre-Departure Clearance support for pilots using Honeywell datalink services. Here's a quick review of how to use each feature after you update to ForeFlight 12.8.