Start planning your Oshkosh experience with the 2018 AirVenture app

The world’s largest airshow starts next week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with over 10,000 airplanes descending on Wittman Airport for a week of flying demonstrations, new product announcements and plenty of hands-on learning. Right on cue, EAA recently released the 2018 AirVenture app for iOS and Android to help you plan your trip and make the most of your visit to Oshkosh this summer.

The app builds on the redesign from last year and uses a simple, clean design and allows you to easily browse air show schedules, forums, exhibitor lists and services available on the airport grounds. And you can view your location right on a large moving map, in relation to your selected events and exhibits.

You can browse the main Schedule section of the app by viewing categories of events taking place each day. The listing includes a detailed description of the event along with the ability to add it to your personal My EAA schedule. You can filter each listing by day of the week, or use the top search bar to find specific events based on event name, keywords or the name of the presenter. This works really well since it searches the event descriptions too, allowing you to find exactly what you’re looking for.

As you’d expect there’s a full list of exhibitors, which is searchable and displays the location of the company’s exhibit on the map. You can also add any of the exhibitors or venues to your My EAA list to help you stay organized. While the app doesn’t include an indoor map of each exhibit hangar, you can tap on the pin location of a selected exhibitor on the map and view the location on Apple Maps, or Google Maps if you have that app installed.

The Interests section of the app organizes many of the events by category, like Aviation Specialities (e.g. Warbirds), Collegiate, Family, Female Aviators, Innovation, and Military. This is a great way to explore the variety of AirVenture offerings from a different perspective and find some new experiences for your visit this year.

The most powerful feature in the app is the global search function, accessed from the Map and Search button on the main menu. This presents a full-screen map view with a search bar at the top. You can enter anything here, including a forum name, airplane type, restroom, food, etc., and the app will pinpoint its exact location on the map. Simply tap the pin marker on the map and the AirVenture app will automatically open Apple or Google Maps and provide step-by-step walking directions to the exact spot on the showgrounds.

There are a couple things to keep in mind after downloading the app:

  • You won’t find the AirVenture Fly-In NOTAM in the app, but you can download it here: Oshkosh 2018 NOTAM. It’s also available in the Documents section of the ForeFlight app.
  • You’ll notice an empty blue space on the right side of the iPad version of the app, and this is intentional. Once the event kicks off, the app will present EAA’s AirVenture photo feed in this space.

EAA AirVenture runs from July 23 through July 29, and is located at the Oshkosh Airport in Wisconsin.

Download the app for iPhone and iPad: 2018 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Download the app for Android devices: 2018 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

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How to quickly scan documents into ForeFlight

More and more pilots are going completely paperless in the cockpit, but that requires some paper documents to be scanned first. Fortunately, Apple made some significant improvements to the Notes app in iOS 11, including the addition of a powerful scanner utility. This can be used to scan just about any type of physical document or receipt, and save or share it using the traditional iOS methods. The scanned images can even be sent to apps that support document viewing, like ForeFlight or FltPlan Go. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Notes app

2. Tap the icon in the upper right corner to make a new note

3. Tap the “+” button in the at the top of the keyboard (this button will be in the bottom right corner of the screen if the keyboard is not in view), and select Scan Documents

4. The camera will activate, allowing you to take a snapshot of the document. Use the button with three circles to choose color, grayscale or black and white.

5. Make sure the yellow box is lined up with your document, and press the white circle camera button to take the picture.

6. Adjust the edges using the small corner buttons around the document to refine the edges of the scan.

7. Press the Keep Scan button in the bottom right corner. If you’d like to add more pages to the document (to create a multipage PDF for example), scan additional pages using the same steps listed above. When finished, press the Save button in the lower right corner.

8. The scanned document will now be saved in the new note, and you can use the share button in the upper right corner to create a PDF, share it or send it to another app. Selecting the “Copy to ForeFlight” option will send it right to Documents, where it’ll be stored with your other aviation resources.

We’ve used the Notes scanner for all kinds of things: checklists, pilot’s operating handbook pages, avionics supplements, non-aviation maps, insurance information, fly-in procedures, and even restaurant menus. Once you get the hang of it, the process is fast and reliable – and the app is included on every iPhone and iPad.

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FAA Says Avoid Drone Registration Schemes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to warn drone owners especially hobbyistsabout people offering to help register their drones with the agency. The FAA Drone Zone is all you need and it costs only $5.00.

There are a number of entities that offer to help drone owners and operators file an application for a registration number. Some attempt to mimic the look of the FAAs website with similar graphic design and even the FAA logo, or suggest they are somehow approved by the agency. They arent and you could be wasting your money.

The FAA neither regulates these entitites nor will speculate on their legitimacy. However, we have recently received reports of vendors charging exorbitant fees up to $150.00 for this service. The actual FAA registration fee is $5.00. For that charge, hobbyists receive one identification number for all the drones they own. All others pay the registration fee for each drone they intend to operate.

We strongly advise you to avoid registering your unmanned aircraft anywhere but at the FAA Drone Zone. Its the only way to make sure your drone is legally registered and that youve gotten your moneys worth.

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Pilot’s guide to the new features in ForeFlight 10.2

The summer flying season is in full swing, and like in years past, that means lots of new aviation app updates are hitting the app store. Less than a month after their last major update, ForeFlight released version 10.2 earlier this week bringing a collection of new features you’ll want to check out. These include flight planning enhancements, day/night app themes, a new synthetic vision view, 3D traffic, jet logbook currency, international planning and improved interaction with Jepp charts.

Day/Night App Themes

Over the last few years, ForeFlight has added several settings throughout the app to modify the appearance of various screens and charts. For example, you could select a dark or light aeronautical map theme, invert the color of approach charts and toggle the overall appearance of the app’s menus and text between a dark and light theme. The goal here was to allow you to customize the app to make it easier to view based on the ambient lighting in the cockpit and time of day.

The problem though was that you had to toggle 5 different settings to fully transition the app from a light color (day view) to a darker color (night view), which took some effort. Fortunately, the latest update makes this process much easier by adding a new global app theme setting, to switch all the respective views to dark or light. You’ll find this at the top of the main Settings screen, with options for Day, Night and Auto. When Auto is selected, the app will automatically transition between Day and Night at sunrise and sunset.

Directly under the new App Theme toggle are individual settings for Day and Night, allowing you to select individual preferences for either theme option: app color, aeronautical map theme, invert plates, invert charts, invert document and Jeppesen map theme.

It’s also worth noting that if you change one of the settings in its original location (like invert plate colors in the Plates view), the app will automatically update that preference in the main settings for whichever theme is currently active.

Synthetic Vision Glance Mode

You’ll find synthetic vision in most aviation apps today, which provides a 3D view of the topography, terrain, and environment around you. This is typically presented in a look-ahead view, showing the same perspective if you were looking out the front of the airplane. To make this 3D view even more useful, you can now pan around and zoom in the synthetic vision display, allowing you to explore a full 360° around your present position.

ForeFlight calls this feature Glance Mode, and is activated by swiping in any direction across the synthetic vision display. Once activated, the flight instruments temporarily disappear, providing a more open view. A small circle will also appear towards the bottom of the screen, showing the camera orientation relative to your ground track. You can tilt up and down, pan left or right, and use two fingers to pinch to zoom. An automatic timer will return to the default synthetic vision view after six seconds, or you can tap the indicator circle to return back at any time.

Synthetic Vision and Glance Mode require a Pro Plus subscription or higher, along with the high-resolution terrain data to be saved from the Downloads section of the app.

Traffic in Synthetic Vision

Thanks to ADS-B and the iPad, more pilots than ever are flying with a real-time traffic display in the cockpit. To make it even easier to spot traffic, ForeFlight now displays 3D traffic targets in synthetic vision for helpful at-a-glance information. Targets will display when within 11 NM of your current location, and scale up and down as you zoom in using the Glance Mode gestures.

You’ll see a new data block next to each target that displays its distance from your present position to help get a better feel for the target’s proximity, and like with the 2D traffic view, the target will turn yellow when in close range.

Traffic requires a compatible ADS-B receiver and synthetic vision requires a Pro Plus subscription.

Jet Currency in Logbook

Pilots flying aircraft that require more than one pilot flight crewmember or turbojet aircraft must adhere to additional currency requirements spelled out in FAR 61.58. ForeFlight added the option to track this for you and provides at-a-glance status in the Currency Summary. To add the 61.58 option here, tap the Add Currency Summary button, select Aircraft Currency Type and then tap the “+” button in the upper right corner of the window.

To set this currency from a previously completed 61.58 PIC check, go to that specific logbook entry in the ForeFlight logbook, tap the Flight Tags row and select the option for FAA 61.58.

Additional Flight Planning Enhancements

  • Customers planning oceanic flights can now view organized track systems published daily for the North Atlantic, North Pacific, and Australasia regions directly in ForeFlight. The tracks are color-coded based on direction and have labels showing each track’s name and component waypoints. Organized Tracks are available with Performance Plus or Business Performance subscription plans.

  • Jeppesen enroute charts now support the single-tap gesture to bring up additional information about airports, waypoints, navaids, airways and more, allowing you to quickly add them to your route. Jeppesen’s global enroute charts are automatically included with any Jeppesen IFR chart coverage purchased through ForeFlight or linked from an existing account.

  • You can now enter multiple comma separated email addresses into the Email field at the bottom of the filing form to send flight plan information and updates from ATC, like expected route notifications, to fellow pilots or crew members.

  • ForeFlight now sends SMS text messages in addition to emails and push notifications to provide updates regarding your flight plan, such as ATC rejections and flight delay notices, slot allocation messages, and overdue VFR flight plan reminders.
  • Use the new INFO button on Flights to view detailed information about your departure, destination, and alternate airports.

  • Tap-hold on the FILED and EXPECTED route strings in the flight plan filing form to copy them to your device’s clipboard and share them with others.

ForeFlight version 10.2 is available as a free upgrade in the iTunes App Store.

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