Today we launched a new mobile ﬂight plan ﬁling feature for the iPhone called File! This is the ﬁrst iPhone-optimized mobile ﬂight plan ﬁling application to hit the market. It is integrated with ForeFlight’s existing suite of popular iPhone and iPod touch mobile Preﬂight Intelligence™ tools.
File! allows pilots to create, save, edit, and ﬁle ﬂight plans with the FAA. It keeps track of every ﬂight plan a user ﬁles so that they can use any historical ﬂight as a template for a new one. Most importantly, though, is that ForeFlight File! is being made available free of charge. “Pilots have expressed incredible frustration with the public-to-private transition of ﬂight service and have experienced substantial hold times and lost productivity navigating the new ﬂight service voice response system”, said Tyson Weihs, co-founder of ForeFlight. “Making File! available for free ensures that all pilots can quickly and conveniently ﬁle ﬂight plans directly from their iPhones.”
Eric Hake, President of Sabre Aviation Services, Inc., who beta-tested File! says, “The most powerful aspect of File! for me is the updated status display showing within seconds if my ﬂight plan was accepted and ﬁled. In the past, before I started using File!, I found myself more than once, stuck on the ramp with Clearance Delivery saying that my ﬂight plan did not make it into the system. I ﬂy all over the country, ﬁling an average of 15 ﬂight plans a week, and since I switched to File! I haven’t lost a single ﬂight plan.”
“We’re especially proud of how easy it is to use – it works hard so that you can ﬁle plans on-the-go with minimal fuss,” said Jason Miller, co-founder of ForeFlight. “No more waiting on hold with ﬂight service for 15 minutes – just tap and File!”
Read the full press release in PDF form.