ForeFlight 12.11 adds new weather forecasts, airport hot spots and runway slope

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.

New flight tracking app released for Apple Watch

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 improves display of NOTAMs in latest update

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 12.10 adds forecast cloud layer and 3D internet traffic

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.

Stratus Insight Adds Smart Traffic Filtering

After buying Aerovie in 2019, it took nearly a year for Appareo, maker of the popular Stratus line of ADS-B receivers, to show us what they were working on.  Aerovie had a small but loyal following, and was known for some innovative features.…

Sporty’s 2021 Courses now available in the Pilot Training app

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.

How to use ForeFlight’s new scratchpad templates

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.
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Plane English adds IFR scenarios to communications training app

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.

METAR Widgets app displays aviation weather on your home screen

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.

ForeFlight 12.8 adds advanced map and logbook features

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.

Top 10 apps for student pilots

The iPad is a great tool for pilots of all skill levels, from airline captains to student pilots. In addition to displaying digital charts and navigation data in the cockpit, the iPad is also very good for both organization and as a training resource on the ground. Here are 10 apps for new pilots to consider.

ForeFlight version 12.7 adds more 3D features and visual approaches

ForeFlight has maintained its relentless pace of updates in 2020, with this week bringing the eighth major release of the year. Version 12.7 builds on the 3D weather tools we reviewed earlier this month, plus adds enhancements to internet traffic, and traffic pattern entries. Here's a summary.