By Thomas Court Software Development, LLC
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Weekend Flyer is the easy way to plan your flights around the weather up to several days into the future. Now when you leave your home airport on Friday evening you’ll be able to ‘see’ what the weather will most likely be on Sunday afternoon for your trip home. By drawing a picture of the future weather your pilot’s license and your plane suddenly become more useful.
THE PROBLEM -
Weather information for flight planning is sparse. Prog charts go out less than 24 hours into the future and lack detail. TAF’s are only available at select airports and only go 24-30 hours into the future. Predicting the flying weather further into the future or at non-TAF airports require you to become a meteorologist, interpreting fronts and pressure systems. Even then the local conditions will often mess with you.
THE SOLUTION -
Fortunately NOAA provides forecast data for more than 2½ days into the future and for nearly every airport with a weather station on it (more than 1500). But until now its never been presented to pilots as a clear picture of the flying weather. Other apps only let you view one airport at a time whereas Weekend Flyer draws a clear picture of your whole flight.
- The map is a high resolution scan of the VFR Wall Planner you often see at airports.
- Stations are color coded for flight category VFR, MVFR, IFR, LIFR.
- Thunderstorms and high winds at the airports are also shown. No need to switch between several screens to get the information you need.
- Cloud coverage is also shown.
- Even precipitation is shown (but subtly to keep the map from becoming busy).
- Surface winds and winds aloft shown with wind barbs.
- Map optionally shows night and day.
- The unique ‘time slider’ allows you to quickly and easily show the weather for any time in the forecast range.
- Smooth, interactive interface allows you to see the ‘flow’ of the weather.
- Tap on any station for detailed weather information.
- See the weather trend for a single station.
- Easily create and edit routes by tapping on airports on the map. All public airports are included, not just those shown on the map.
- Routes use winds aloft to determine estimated time en route. Just slide the altitude control up and down to quickly find the optimal cruise altitude.
- Simulate a flight at your expected departure time. Ideal for finding a route when you want to leave at a specific time.
- Or have the whole route’s weather shown based on your departure time and ground speed. Weather is shown for the time you’ll pass each weather station. Ideal for finding a departure time when you want to fly a specific route.
- Free to try for a month. After that another month is $0.99. Or pay $19.99 for lifetime weather forecast data.
- Contiguous United States (lower 48 states) only - Sorry Alaska and Hawaii.
- Not a replacement for an Electronic Flight Bag app nor for an FAA weather briefing. Some weather information like icing or turbulence just isn’t provided.
- Optimized for iPad’s, iPhone’s 6 and bigger are nice too. Works on other iPhones also, it’s just ‘cramped’.
What's New in Version 1.4.7
New Features - Surface winds and winds aloft shown with wind barbs on map.
Route trip time now uses winds aloft forecast. Allows you to quickly find the best cruise altitude.
Simplified setting departure time.
Updated - Airports, VORs, weather stations
Bug fixes - Crash fixes.
Now works better with older devices.
Extremely useful and still getting better
Each update brings solid improvements to what was already a very useful app. The visual depiction of weather forecasts is super handy and a quick way to pay attention to route planning and takeoff times. The app provides a functionality that is almost like "future radar" found on some local TV weather forecasts. Using the time slider, you can easily see how weather is forecast to trend and what the implications are for your planned trip/route. Scanning METARs is something we're supposed to do, and should do, but this is an outstanding way to really SEE what those METARs are trying to tell us. The one time fee vs. subscription is welcome. I already have lots of subscription based apps, happy to pay for this once and be done.
Best app for quick visual VFR weather picture
All aspects are quick. Time slider gives unique and clear view of the day's flight conditions. New winds aloft altitude slider can't be beat for planing flight altitudes.
Clean and easy to use
Compared to complex aviation apps like Foreflight, this app is a breath of fresh air. And it's been getting better, really happy they added winds aloft.
- Category: Weather
- Updated: Jan 11, 2017
- Version: 1.4.7
- Size: 153 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Thomas Court Software Development, LLC
- © 2016 Thomas Court Software Development, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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