Value Added: ForeFlight Mobile App for Europe

Value Added: ForeFlight Mobile App for Europe

ForeFlight is introducing a European region sub­scription option for its electronic flight bag app this summer, using Germany as its gateway.

The company says the app will be a single-point solution for European pilots – they can review airport information and maps, review NOTAMS, plan and brief flights, validate and file flight plans with Eurocontrol, navigate complex airspace, avoid terrain and obstacles with hazard alerts and synthetic vision, and access weather and traffic in flight. All European coverage plans will include Jeppesen’s digital VFR data directly on the ForeFlight aeronautical map.

Customers can file flight plans directly from the mobile app or on the web. ForeFlight’s global, redundant AFTN connection provides direct and unlimited access to filing flight plans with Eurocontrol at no additional cost or account configuration. Routes from the Graphical Route Advisor can be filtered based on IFR, VFR, YFR, or ZFR flight rules.

The app connects to select Garmin avionics via a Flight Stream 110 or 210 Bluetooth wireless gateway, enabling two-way flight plan transfer and, where available, the display of ADS-B weather, traffic, backup attitude, and GPS position on an iPad or iPhone running ForeFlight Mobile. ForeFlight connects to Garmin’s GTX 345 ADS-B Out transponders via Bluetooth to receive GPS, AHRS, pressure altitude, and ADS-B weather and traffic information with select models. The app can also connect via Wi-Fi to Avidyne’s IFD 540/440 avionics to receive GPS position and flight plan information.

The company is offering three plan levels with individual subscriptions on the new app: Basic Plus, Pro Plus, and Performance Plus, which range in cost from $89.99 through $269.99, plus additional fees for specific add-ons. Those add-on options include Jeppesen VFR terminal procedures (formerly Bottlang charts), Jeppesen IFR global chart coverages (which is already available), and host nation VFR data packages such as charts and procedures from DFS, the company in charge of air traffic control for Germany. The new European subscription is also a result of ForeFlight’s partnership with Jeppesen and makes extensive use of Jeppesen aeronautical data.

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