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iPhone app by ForeFlight now provides georeferencing

March 4, 2011, 09:45 pm

ForeFlight has teamed up with Seattle Avionics to offer fully georeferenced approach plates and airport taxi diagrams to its users, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

The app, which can be used on iPhones, iPods and iPads, uses the same Seattle Avionics' ChartData program that is used in major FAA-approved primary flight displays, the source said.

"We share ForeFlight's commitment to quality and attention to details, which is why we were successful in achieving FAA certification of our ChartData for use in approach certified avionics. The combination of ForeFlight Mobile HD and our ChartData is a great step forward for pilots using iOS devices," Seattle Avionics CEO Steve Podradchik said.

The company also made a number of changes that may make the app safer to use and enhance pilot security while in flight. These other improvements to the app include more frequent reporting of weather conditions, improved controls for display brightness and updated airway support, among other enhancements, according to the source.

The improvements may help enhance in-flight safety in relation to the program. However, pilots may still encounter any one of a number of hazards that are beyond their control. Life insurance for pilots is important for them to be able to provide for their families if they are involved in a fatal plane accident.

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