Aviation headset manufacturer Sennheiser and online flight-planning provider iFlightPlanner.com have formed a partnership and announced here at NBAA the formal launch of an integrated flight-planning application specifically designed for use with the iPad and iPad 2.
The app was originally previewed this past summer at EAA AirVenture 2011 in July and is being demonstrated here at the AOPA Aviation Summit booth (No. 439) and at the Sennheiser booth (No. N6113), where the company’s pilot headsets—including the new S1 Digital–and passenger audio headphones are on display. The app is integrated with iFlightPlanner.com and is expected to become available this month as a free download in the Apple App Store.
“The iFlightPlanner.com for iPad app is part of a comprehensive flight-planning solution, which enables pilots to plan their flights independent of where they are and what [electronic] device they’re using,” explained Christian Plum, who is serving as director of strategic planning for both iFlightPlanner.com and Sennheiser.
“With on one touch, iFlightPlanner.com enables pilots not only plan to their flights but to sync all data seamlessly from their iFlightPlanner.com account,” said Plum. “This integrated app approach provides pilots the ability to plan flights from a home desktop, laptop or any web browser and instantly access flight information from an iPad.”
Once downloaded, pilots may view flight details, including navigation logs, VFR and IFR charts, as well as approach plates while in flight and without a data connection. After landing, it allows pilots to electronically close their flight plans and automatically log the flight details in the iFlightPlanner.com log.
In addition to route planning, certified weather briefings, weight-and-balance calculations and filing of VFR and IFR flight plans, iFlightPlanner.com also offers pilots:
- seamless VFR and IFR charts and high-resolution imagery on Google maps;
- detailed navigation logs containing forecast winds, temperatures, fuel burn and ETAs;
- airport/facility directory with airport diagrams, procedure charts and business listings;
- an integrated digital logbook that permits pilots to maintain online records of flights;
- a searchable flight instructor directory, providing CFIs opportunities to build their student base.
“What it comes down to,” said Plum, “is that with the app, we’re offering the portability of the iPad with the ease of online flight planning. It really is the best of both worlds.”