iFlightPlanner Adds Graphical SUA & Class Airspace, Full-Screen Maps, Online Forums
June 12, 2013, Ann Arbor, MI – iFlightPlanner officially announced today that all iFlightPlanner.com maps, namely the VFR and IFR charts available at iFlightPlanner.com/AviationCharts and those found in the Flight Wizard™, now feature
vertical airspace profiles and a completely redesigned mapping interface with full-screen viewing capability.
Special Use Airspace (NSA, MOA, Alert, Warning, Prohibited & Restricted Areas) as well as Class B, C, D and E airspace information is accessible by an intuitive point-and-click method that provides access to a direct data feed from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through iFlightPlanner, which includes distinct airspace shapes, vertical altitude limits, times of use and contact information for each. Previously available graphical AIRMETs, SIGMETs and TFRs were also integrated into the upgraded airspace and mapping functionality.
To view the airspace information, simply left or right click anywhere on a map and select the “View Airspace Info” option. When the airspace pop-up window appears on the right side of the screen, pilots can then hover over the “Area” or “Base Area” line item to see that specific airspace highlighted on the map or click the page icon to access the area’s full text definition.
The new features, like all those now developed for iFlightPlanner.com, mobile.iFlightPlanner.com and iFlightPlanner for iPad presented by Sennheiser, were the direct result of feedback from a vocal group of new members.
“We’ve made it known since the beginning that our members have a direct line of communication with the iFlightPlanner Crew to help shape the future of our products,” said Andy Matthews, iFlightPlanner’s Co-Founder & Director of Business Development. “We received a significant number of suggestions over the past few months for SUA and class airspace functionality to be added to our mapping technology on iFlightPlanner.com. That functionality, combined with the ability to view our online maps in a full-screen mode, have been delivered in a very short period of time with an overwhelmingly positive response!”
With the addition of the new SUA and Class Airspace layers iFlightPlanner has launched an initiative where new iFlightPlanner Premium features will be available to all iFlightPlanner members, Free and Premium, at no cost for a 60- day comment and feedback period before they are moved into iFlightPlanner Premium. The trials will revolve around the new iFlightPlanner Forums that were launched in conjunction with this update, and the iFlightPlanner Crew is
encouraging its members to “kick the tires and put each new feature through the ringer,” said iFlightPlanner’s Co-Founder & Director of Technology, John Burnside. “Let us know what you like, what needs to be tweaked and what we can continue to do to make iFlightPlanner the best and most comprehensive resource for you!”
The iFlightPlanner forums can be accessed by visiting www.iFlightPlanner.com/Forum and the current Premium Trial period, which will run through AirVenture 2013, ends the middle of August.
For more information or to join iFlightPlanner if you’re not yet a member, head to www.iFlightPlanner.com/Join. Premium memberships start at $9.95/month, $24.95/quarter and $89.95 annually and include access to iFlightPlanner’s cloud-based flight planning solution featuring iFlightPlanner for iPad presented by Sennheiser.
iFlightPlanner was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Built on a foundation of safety, usability, and flight planning efficiency, iFlightPlanner.com, mobile.iFlightPlanner.com and iFlightPlanner for iPad presented by Sennheiser are designed to reach out to the resources that pilots typically access and aggregate that data in such a way that pilots are able to intuitively and confidently make sound flying decisions. With continued feedback from the aviation community, iFlightPlanner’s integrated approach to flight planning has made it the premier flight planning solution for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike!
"You can never have too much information while planning a flight and the number of places needed to gather this info can be overwhelming. I now have it all in one location. This is one powerful tool that provides airline quality dispatch services to every pilot, even while on the go. Others have tried to offer this, but none have had it as easy to use as iFlightPlanner!" - Tim W., Private IFR Pilot