October 2016 Issue

ForeFlight 8: New Maps, Logbook, Web Planning

The tablet app used by a majority of pilots gets a new mapping system, but we think it’s more potential than practical for now.

One of the major announcements from AirVenture 2016 was ForeFlight’s version 8. At least it was major in the eyes of the company. ForeFlight CEO Tyson Weihs told us it “might be our biggest release since 2011.” That year marked ForeFlight’s first release designed specifically for the iPad, which one could argue changed GA cockpit information forever. ForeFlight 8 didn’t actually release until late August, but we’ve logged time with a preview version since this summer and only half agree with Weihs. The new version lays the groundwork for huge changes. However, we doubt the day-to-day use of the app will change for most pilots. Not yet anyway. Check out the sidebar on page 19 for more on that. For what’s actually new in the app, read on.

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