Video: ForeFlight introduces integrated Pilot Logbook app

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ForeFlight reports the ForeFlight Logbook is now available.

Logbook is integrated into the ForeFlight app, making it easy for pilots to manually and automatically log flights, track hours, review currency, record certificates and ratings, receive electronic instructor endorsements, and generate experience reports, according to company officials.

Area-forecast-discussion-airport-view“With ForeFlight Logbook, we wanted to deliver an app for pilots that makes recording flights simple, provides currency information at a glance, simplifies experience reporting, and never loses a logbook entry,” says Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight’s cofounder and CEO. “ForeFlight Logbook goes well beyond the basics, with automation for flight entries based on our automatic flight logging system, encrypted instructor signatures and endorsements, real-time syncing across iPhone and iPad, and automatic backups that regularly snapshot your logbook.”

Area-forecast-discussion-maps-viewForeFlight Logbook automatically uses recorded Track Logs, ForeFlight’s built-in flight data recorder, to create draft logbook entries, eliminating the need to manually enter basic flight information like date, total flight time, and route. Pilots review the entry, add desired details, and then tap to save the flight to the digital logbook. Custom fields offer flexibility to capture and track any additional information the pilot needs, company officials note.

ForeFlight-Logbook-dashboard-viewA color-coded dashboard includes a recent flight experience summary where pilots can see their activity at-a-glance. For example, they can check if they are current for IFR flight or for carrying passengers at night. Pilots can export a flight experience report that can be used for completing annual insurance forms, rental applications, job applications, and more.

ForeFlight Logbook also supports digital endorsements allowing instructors and examiners to sign endorsements in the app using their finger or a stylus. A database of more than 60 endorsement templates derived from FAA Advisory Circular 61-65E eliminates the need to type endorsement text, while still allowing the customizations necessary to complete an endorsement, according to company officials. Logbook endorsements and digital signatures are locked and stored in the ForeFlight Cloud for safekeeping.

Logbook is available with ForeFlight 7.5 as part of ForeFlight’s new Basic Plus and Pro Plus plans, or as an upgrade to the Business Pro plan for multi-pilot accounts.

A how-to video is now on YouTube:

 

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Aeronca C-2: Small plane, big records

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Introduced in February 1930 at the St. Louis Air Show, the Aeronca C-2 was the first lightweight aircraft to be type certificated for production.

Coming as it did during a time of economic distress that affected everyone in aviation, the low-cost, low-upkeep Aeronca C-2 put flying within the reach of many. It was available for $1,245 in 1931, at a time when the average car sold for $670.

Flying time could be had for $5 an hour, so many could afford to now and then do a few turns around the airfield.

Despite its low power, the C-2 was a capable aircraft and its performance spurred many to set flight records in this minimal machine. Soon this lightplane held title to many official and unofficial records.

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The appearance of new competition in the market led Aeronca to declare its leadership in this advertisement that appeared in the April, 1931 issue of Western Flying. (Photo courtesy Dennis Parks)

Records set included an altitude record of 19,425 feet, an altitude record for junior pilots of 10,525 feet, a 500 km speed record of 70.49 mph, and a single-seat seaplane altitude record of 15,082 feet.

By 1936, 12 of the 33 lightplane class records held by Aeroncas were recognized by the National Aeronautics Association. By the time production ended in 1937, that number was up to 19.

Perhaps the greatest demonstration of the plane’s capabilities came when an English owner flew his Aeronca on a 10,000 mile trip from London to Cape Town, South Africa.

LIGHT WEIGHT VISION

The Aeronca C-2 first built in 1929 was a refined version of the 1924 homebuilt design of Jean Roche, a senior aeronautical engineer of the U.S. Army at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio. Roche later joined Aeronautical Corporation of America (Aeronca) to develop a production version of his design.

The single-seat, steel-tube, three longeron fuselage was in a triangular form, which lead to the nickname “Razorback.” Because of its lumpy design, it was also nicknamed the “Flying Bathtub.” The wings were of wood construction with wire bracing to a pylon at the top of the wing.

Basic instrumentation included an altimeter, tachometer, and oil and pressure gauges. The plane was powered by a 26-hp Aeronca E-107A horizontally opposed engine.

It had a length of 20 feet and a span of 36 feet. It had an empty weight of 398 pounds and a useful load of 274 pounds. It cruised at 65 mph and landed at 32 mph.

An Aeronca C-2N Scout De luxe at NASA Langley Research Center. Photo courtesy NASA

An Aeronca C-2N Scout De luxe at NASA Langley Research Center. Photo courtesy NASA

FRESH FROM THE FACTORY RECORD

Only a few C-2s had been manufactured when Stanley Huffman, a partner in the Vermilya-Huffman Flying Service in Kentucky, decided to put one of the new machines to the test. At the break of dawn on April 9, 1930, he took off from Lunken Airport and flew non-stop to Roosevelt Field in New York.

The flight took 10 hours and 10 minutes. Huffman said he enjoyed the entire trip and that he had complete confidence in the little ship.

The C-2 only held eight gallons of gas and, even though it only burned 2 gallons per hour, it was only enough to get half way to New York. Huffman carried extra cans of gasoline along and used an inflight refueling system to keep the gas tank full. The New York Times reported the flight cost only $9.60 in gas.

The flight was covered by other newspapers and trade journals, which provided publicity for the new airplane.

RANGE RECORDS

Pushing range records became a challenge for Aeronca owners. Edward Stitts flew his C-2 from Toledo, Ohio, to Lawrenceville, Virginia, for a distance of 529 miles. Later he flew from Columbus, Ohio, to Des Moines, Iowa, for a new record of 584 miles.

Later Robert Bryant flew from Rock Hill, South Carolina, to Miami for a distance of 635 miles.

TEEN AGE RECORD BREAKER

One of the more interesting of the Aeronca record breakers was Paul Clough, a 16-year-old Garden City High School student, who flew an Aeronca C-2 to a height of 10,525 feet to break the junior altitude record.

When Clough was in the eighth grade he had his first close-up view of an airplane at Roosevelt Field on Long Island. As he watched the planes take off and land, the flying bug hit him hard and all other interests faded away. Clough would take aviation by storm, making a solo flight after three and a half hours instruction, obtaining three pilot’s licenses and establishing an altitude record before he became a junior in high school.

On the afternoon of Oct. 26, 1930, Clough took off from Roosevelt Field in an Aeronca C-2 of 30 horsepower. After a climb of nearly two hours, the plane stopped climbing with the altimeter indicating 11,000 feet. After landing the official barometer carried on the plane demonstrated that Paul had broken the junior pilot altitude record.

Clough received his transport license at the age of 18 and later became a captain for American Air Lines.

NOW THAT THERE ARE OTHERS

The Aeronca C-2 was very successful in the market, with 164 sold the first two years of production. This was during the height of the Great Depression. And then came the competition.

The C-2’s cost and performance inspired others, with more than 20 new lightplanes entering the market. The appearance of all these new lightplanes was termed the “flivver-plane movement.”

An Aeronca advertisement from 1931 headed “Now…that there are others” refers to the “scores of light airplanes being hurried to the market” and that these airplanes “are tributes to the epoch making accomplishments of the Aeroncas.”

Among the new flivvers were the Buhl Pup, American Eaglet, Cessna EC-2, and the Taylor Cub. The appearance of these new planes collectively took away from Aeronca its dominance of the lightplane field.

In an era of the open-cockpit biplane, the Aeronca C-2 sparked the growth of the light cabin monoplane, which helped spark the rise of general aviation in the United States.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comAeronca C-2: Small plane, big records

ForeFlight 7.5 adds new logbook, area forecast discussions

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Logbook-draft-entryForeFlight took another step forward today in its goal to be an all-in-one aviation app for iPad pilots. The latest update adds a full-featured logbook, making it easy for pilots to manually and automatically log flights, track hours, review currency, and record certificates and ratings.

Many iPad pilots may be reluctant to give up their trusty paper logbook in favor of an electronic version, citing concerns over ease of use, reliability and hassles with transferring previous entries. We feel, however, that ForeFlight’s logbook has addressed these issues with their implementation and think this new addition will be a big hit with pilots.

Setting up the Logbook

The new Logbook feature is located in the More section of ForeFlight and is included as part of the new “Plus” subscription tiers (more on this in a minute). The logbook’s home screen displays an overview of all your flight time, along with a summary that shows the status of things like night and IFR currency. Below the time summaries you’ll see a basic menu to set up aircraft, pilot info and add your certificates and ratings.

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Start out by adding the details of the aircraft you fly most often, which will save you time down the road when adding new entries. After selecting Aircraft, ForeFlight automatically displays the aircraft you already entered in the performance data section, saving you time. You’ll just need to specify some additional attributes for each aircraft, like fixed vs. retractable, engine type, high-performance, etc. This will be used to help break down your flight times into different classifications when viewing reports.

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After setting up your aircraft, select the People option from the logbook menu, and start out by adding your name to the list as a PIC. You can then add the names of other people you regularly fly with, including your instructor, passengers, copilot or students. This will allow you to include them in future logbook entries.

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Next select the Qualifications option and add your certificates and ratings. This is a convenient place to keep track of all your pilot credentials, and is where you’ll keep track of routine checks like Flight Reviews and IPCs. You’ll find that just about every endorsement needed from the start of flight training through CFI is available here, and each includes the appropriate wording from AC 61-65 to save you the hassle of looking it up. You just need to add pertinent info like names and dates, and make if official with your CFI’s signature drawn right in the app.

Logging flights

The main benefit of having the logbook integrated directly into ForeFlight is that you can take advantage of automatic logging when flying with a GPS source. ForeFlight added automatic track logging in last month’s update, which ensures the app captures all pertinent flight data for each trip. Now after you land, ForeFlight uses this logged data to create a Draft logbook entry in the logbook section of the app.

You just need to review the info, add any supplemental info like approaches flown or flight training received, and approve the entry. This is a huge time saver and makes sure that you don’t forget to log any flights. You can also send previously recorded track logs right to the logbook from the Track Logs section of the app if they were captured from the Stratus 2S ADS-B receiver.

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You can also manually add logbook entries with the “+” button at the top right of the logbook home screen. Quick Fill buttons are displayed for many of the fields that anticipate the data you want to enter. The app displays all possible fields by default, but you can choose to hide unneeded ones in the main logbook settings, accessed at the bottom of the logbook home screen. You can also add custom fields to your logbook from this settings screen.

Transitioning to the ForeFlight Logbook

The automatic logging feature solves the ease-of-use problem, but how do you make the leap from your current logbook method to ForeFlight’s new solution? If you’ve already been using an electronic logbook, you can export a data file from your program (.csv, .tsv, and other logbook formats) and use ForeFlight’s web tool to format and import all your entries. There is nothing particularly difficult about this process, but it is all manual and will take a little time to get the data organized into ForeFlight’s set layout.

Logbook import

If you’re transitioning from paper, you’ll have to decide which approach works best based on your type of flying. If you want to start from scratch, consider adding one main “catch up” entry in ForeFlight with all your previous times and use that as the starting point. If you want a better feel for your currency and recent experience, consider going back 3 to 6 months and adding that “catch up entry” at one of those time intervals, and then manually add in each of the flights from that date up through today. ForeFlight has a great blog post with some additional tips on making this transition.

Remember too that this should be a transition process–you don’t need to abruptly cut off one method and start up the other. As you start using the ForeFlight logbook consider continuing to log each flight in your paper logbook simultaneously. This is the same approach used when transitioning from paper charts to digital charts in the cockpit, and will make you feel a lot more comfortable about the process.

All the logbook entries are synced to the cloud in real time, so you don’t have to worry about backing up your info or “what-if” scenarios if you were to lose or damage your iPad. You can add or edit entries on both the iPad and iPhone version of the app, and ForeFlight’s servers automatically backup your logbook when changes or additions are made. You can also view all your logbook entries and flight times from any computer web browser in the ForeFlight web tool for the times you may not have your iPad handy.

What else is new in 7.5

In addition to the new logbook feature, ForeFlight 7.5 also adds a new weather tool called Area Forecast Discussions (AFD). The AFD is provided for all U.S. airports alongside their associated TAFs. These are issued by forecasters at the National Weather Service and provide important insights into forecast conditions, acting as a complement and explanation for recently issued TAFs.

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The AFDs can be found in ForeFlight by tapping on a station in the Maps view, then tap Forecast in the pop-over. Also in the Airport view, tap the Weather tab then Forecast Discussion. As ForeFlight’s weather scientist Scott Dennstaedt puts it, “you’ll have the ability to peer into the minds of forecasters.” You can learn more about AFDs from Scott is his recent article on the topic.

New subscription plans

To help simplify the subscription process, ForeFlight now offers 2 new plans that allow you to choose the premium features that are right for you. The new Basic Plus plan includes all the core ForeFlight features, plus the Logbook and Weight and Balance tools for $99.95/yr. The Pro Plus builds on the Basic Plus plan and adds Synthetic Vision, Geo-referenced plates, among other additional features. These new plans help eliminate the process of adding a la carte features to the original subscriptions. Here’s a helpful breakdown comparing the plans:

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