ForeFlight improves climb and descent performance planning

ForeFlight recently improved the performance planning features in the app by adding new climb/descent profile adjustment controls for Performance Plus aircraft profiles. Here's a quick look at where to find them and how they work.

FlightAware adds subscription option for piston airplane owners

At the 2021 EAA AirVenture show, FlightAware introduced a new paid service, called Aviator, which offers premium tracking features specifically targeted at piston airplanes. We've been using it for a week now and while we wouldn't call it a must-have, there are some nice features for active pilots and fleet managers.

ForeFlight adds 3D obstacle feature in latest update

After returning from a busy week at Oshkosh, ForeFlight rolled out its latest update to the app this week. The standout feature in this release is the addition of obstacles in the various 3D views in the app. The update also includes several smaller updates focused on improving the performance and usability of download features in the app.
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CloudAhoy adds multitasking, flight path vector

CloudAhoy, the flight logging and debrief app that has found a loyal following over the past eight years, continues to roll out new features. The latest version, out this month, adds a few notable improvements that should make it easier for pilots and flight instructors to improve their flying performance.

Garmin Pilot adds visual NOTAMs in latest update

The latest update to the Garmin Pilot app adds a set of new smart features that highlight important information when planning a flight. This includes visual runway closures, contextual instrument approach NOTAMs, flight planning alerts, and TAF overlays on the map. Here's a quick look at each.

New FAA test prep features added to Sporty’s Pilot Training apps

The latest update to Sporty's Pilot Training app brings Sporty's signature FAA test preparation features to the Android version for the Private, Instrument and Commercial Pilot Courses. This includes the same advanced study modes and performance analysis features released for the iPhone, iPad and online versions of Sporty's courses earlier this year.

Free performance planning app adds new airplane model support

POH Performance offers free apps recently added model support for the Piper PA28 and Daher Kodiak airplanes, bringing the total number of airplane support to seven. These free apps can assist with trip planning, weight and balance, takeoff/landing performance and IFR calculations.

ForeFlight version 13.5 adds powerful IFR procedure tools

IFR pilots have some new toys to play with in the latest version of ForeFlight, version 13.5, which is available now. In particular, the long-awaited holding pattern tool has arrived, plus full instrument approach minima and some new runway analysis tools for jets.

ARSim communications training app adds online version

As any student or rusty pilot will tell you, staying sharp on communications is not easy. It's not enough to read a book; by definition, talking to ATC requires a back-and-forth dynamic. That's why ARSim (previously called Plane English) has proven to be such a helpful app over the last few years. More than just static text, this colorful and interactive app offers step-by-step lessons and practice sessions that allow you to speak to your mobile device and get feedback.

iPad Apps for Turbine Pilots

There are a wide variety of iPad apps available designed for pilots flying turbine airplanes, including performance planning, support directories and international trip support. Check them out here in this comprehensive listing.

Latest ForeFlight update focuses on visual enhancements

2021 has been another busy year at ForeFlight, with the company consistently delivering a major update at least once per month. While this month's release contains a few new features, it mostly focuses on visual updates for existing features in the app.

New Commercial Pilot Video Training Course app available

Training for the Commercial Pilot certificate requires a lot more than learning new maneuvers and passing a test. Sporty's recently released a new Commercial Pilot Training Video Course for iOS, Android and TV to help pilots learn all about aerodynamics, high-peformance flight operations, commercial pilot regulations and much more.