Update February 10, 2014: Advisory Circular (AC) 00-62, Internet Communications of Aviation Weather and NOTAMs was canceled effective August 15, 2013. FAA Flight Standards Service (AFS) no longer requires operators to utilize vendors that are approved Qualified Internet Communications Providers.
ForeFlight repackages aviation weather data from various sources including the National Weather Service and Weather Decision Technologies. Our servers continue to meet the previously defined performance criteria established under the QICP program.
We are happy to announce that ForeFlight has earned certification as an FAA Qualified Internet Communication Provider (QICP)! We received the FAA approval letter on Monday of this week. This means that Part 121 and 135 operators may now list ForeFlight as their approved QICP and as an official source for weather information. A small number of companies – most of them substantially larger in size than ForeFlight – hold the QICP designation. We’re thrilled to be on the list.
The FAA’s QICP certification process was established to allow vendors the ability to provide meteorological and NOTAM data to pilots and operators via the public internet. The QICP standards require that ForeFlight’s servers meet a set FAA defined performance criteria. Together, our web team and our weather partner – Weather Decision Technologies – have worked quite hard over the past months to ensure ForeFlight’s services meet these standards, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.