I decided to branch out a little on the website after a few requests. I will occasionally review products that I use in everyday life, that make general aviation more enjoyable. I decided to make my first review Foreflight. Not only does Foreflight make my general aviation flying more enjoyable, it is a priceless addition to the cockpit. There are plenty of technical reviews and in depth videos on how to use it so I’ll focus on why I use Foreflight on every flight.
I began using Foreflight about 5 years ago when I purchased my first Ipad, I’ve had it on every flight since. When I teach people to fly, including in the Phenom 100 jet, I tell people “if my Ipad battery dies, I’m declaring an emergency”. Though this may be a slight exaggeration of the truth, it’s not far off. Foreflight gives me so much information, I have no idea how I ever flew without it. I use it as my primary means for situational awareness, it is my primary means for IFR enroute charts, all VFR charts and airport information. It is the first thing I open when I need to check weather across the valley or across the country. When flying across the country, I use the available fuel prices to plan my stops. I can’t say enough positive things about Foreflight, it is my favorite airplane accessory.
Saving My Bacon
About 3 years ago, Foreflight saved me from an almost certain loss of my pilots license. I was flying an airplane back from the Cessna factory in Independence Kansas to Los Angeles, a trip I have taken over a dozen times. The weather was blue skies and calm winds and I was very familiar with the route. I know you’re supposed to check weather an Notams before every flight but I was very comfortable with this route and the weather was perfect. As I was flying along I glanced down at my Ipad and I was within 20 miles of busting a presidential TFR (temporary flight restriction). For non pilots reading this, it happens all of the time and it usually ends in at least temporary revocation of the offending pilots license. A TFR happens when the president shows up to raise money or something and closes down or heavily restricts approximately 700 square miles of airspace and sometimes many times that amount. If you inadvertently fly into this airspace, you’re in big trouble. Now you can’t legally use any portable GPS, including the Ipad, as the sole means for avoiding such airspace, but with the information Foreflight provided me I was able to get on the radio to confirm the location and size of the flight restriction (Foreflight was exactly correct). So needless to say, if I keep my subscription active for the remainder of my flying career, I could never pay the men and women of Foreflight back for covering my @**, when I failed to follow procedures.
I give Foreflight 100 percent. They nailed it. And they just keep making it better.