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Bulletin: April 30 Data Updates

By ForeFlight Data Team

Data updates are now available to download for the April 30, 2015 – May 28, 2015 and April 30, 2015 – June 28, 2015 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams
  • North American Obstacles
  • Documents, including the EAA AirVenture 2015 NOTAM

From the FAA:

  • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • World Area Charts
  • High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • Caribbean High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • Ocean Planning Charts
  • Taxi Diagrams
  • Terminal Procedures
  • Airport/Facility Diagrams
  • Documents

An updated Terminal Procedures download for New York is also available for the April 2, 2015 – April 30, 2015 period to address a safety alert.

For our ForeFlight Mobile Pro Canada customers:

  • Taxi Diagrams
  • Terminal Procedures
  • High and Low Enroutes
  • Canada Flight Supplement
  • Documents

For our Military Flight Bag customers:

  • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures
  • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams
  • CSA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • PAA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • D-FLIP Publications such as Planning Change Notices, Area Planning Documents,
  • Chart Supplements, Enroute Change Notices, and Terminal Change Notices.
  • Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) diagrams
  • Airfield Suitability and Restrictions Report (Giant Report)
  • Airport/Facility Directory

All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile.


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Sun ‘n Fun iPad presentations now available

By Bret Koebbe The iPad was again a hot topic at Sun 'n Fun this past week and the subject of many seminars and forums. You can view the detailed slides from several of the presentations here.


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Arkansas Passes Flyaway and Maintenance Tax Exemption

To promote the state as a center of aviation and aerospace manufacturing, Arkansas' legislature recently passed a sales and use-tax exemption for aircraft maintenance, as well as a flyaway exemption for aircraft sales. The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, was sponsored by Rep. Joe Jett, himself a pilot and the co-chair of the Aviation Caucus in the state's General Assembly. "There's an aerospace industry here in Arkansas that is first-class, but needs to be promoted beyond the state," said Jett. "We've got to do anything we can to make Arkansas more friendly to business aviation."

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Arkansas Passes Flyaway and Maintenance Tax Exemption

To promote the state as a center of aviation and aerospace manufacturing, Arkansas' legislature recently passed a sales and use-tax exemption for aircraft maintenance, as well as a flyaway exemption for aircraft sales. The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, was sponsored by Rep. Joe Jett, himself a pilot and the co-chair of the Aviation Caucus in the state's General Assembly. "There's an aerospace industry here in Arkansas that is first-class, but needs to be promoted beyond the state," said Jett. "We've got to do anything we can to make Arkansas more friendly to business aviation."

Read more here:: Arkansas Passes Flyaway and Maintenance Tax Exemption

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Editors’ Briefing: The Fortnight In Aerospace And Defense

Our roundup of the top stories in aerospace and defense from the last two weeks.

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FAA Releases Air Traffic Procedures NOTAM for Kentucky Derby

The FAA has released an air traffic procedures notice to airmen for the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY on May 2. There will be no FAA managed air traffic slot reservation program in place, however, there will be required departure routes out of the Louisville-area airports, as well as possible traffic management initiatives for arriving traffic between April 30 and May 3.

Read more here:: FAA Releases Air Traffic Procedures NOTAM for Kentucky Derby

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A Layered Approach In ForeFlight

By Scott Dennstaedt

Multiple Overlays on Map View

In addition to all of the other great features introduced in ForeFlight Mobile 6.8, we also enhanced the app to allow more layers to be displayed simultaneously on the Map view. Many of these layers are mutually exclusive of one another. That is, when you select a new layer, it will replace the current layer (if any) that was previously selected. For instance, the app will not allow the Radar and Satellite layer to be displayed at the same time. Therefore, with the Radar layer on, selecting the Satellite layer will deselect and hide Radar layer.

Having this dependency certainly makes sense when selecting between many of the airport-specific layers such as Flight Category, Temperature and Ceiling just to name a few. That dependency hasn't changed. However, the Pilot Weather Reports (PIREPs) and Lightning layers are not tied to an airport and can now be overlaid individually or together with any of the other Map layers.

When viewing the Satellite layer, be sure to select Sky Coverage, PIREPs and Lightning for the most complete picture.

This was primarily done to allow users to select the satellite layer while also displaying Sky Coverage along with Lightning as discussed in this earlier blog post. Adding on the PIREPs layer will provide an even greater situational awareness of the weather occurring at any particular location as shown above. If you were to visit the Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, Missouri, you will notice on the image below that they also make heavy use of overlays.

Forecasters often overlay sky coverage and AIRMETs over the visible satellite image.

But if you really want to go crazy, you can select up to seven layers to be displayed at the same time as shown below. But let's not go crazy.

Everything Selected

Adding too many layers can render the Map view unreadable.


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FAA Studying Possible Updates to Noise Policy, NBAA Advocates for Science-Based Approach

The FAA is updating the scientific evidence it uses to measure aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports, and will conduct a national survey around selected U.S. airports, with results to determine whether changes to the FAAâ??s current noise metrics are necessary, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. â??It is essential that any potential changes to FAAâ??s noise policies are based on the latest scientific findings regarding noise and its effects, and not as a reaction to one or two communities that are escalating the debate based on emotions and perceived, rather than actual, noise effects,â?? said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

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ForeFlight shows off new online flight planner

By John Zimmerman ForeFlight is known for producing aviation's top app for iPad and iPhone, so the company is often considered to be exclusively focused on iOS software. At the 2015 Sun 'n Fun Fly-in, they proved that...


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Four States, Two Cities Show Support for General Aviation

Governors of Florida, Missouri, Tennessee and Utah, and mayors of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Jefferson City, MO, all recently issued proclamations acknowledging the importance of general aviation (GA), including business aviation. Since the launch of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in 2009, all 50 states have issued similar statements.

Read more here:: Four States, Two Cities Show Support for General Aviation

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