Last night we released an update to our airway routing suggestion in Route Advisor by replacing our previous route provider, DUATS, with our integration partner Lockheed Martin. This enhancement brings quicker response times and more accurate and direct routing for user-provided origin and destination pairs.
Lockheed Martin provides proper entries and exits onto and off of the airways so that clicking on the suggested route and loading it as a flight plan should be a seamless process. Previously this was not always the case with DUATS and some routes failed to load properly.
Below is a screenshot of an airway routing between KAXH and KLAL in preparation for our flights to Sun ‘n Fun 2015, as computed by the new router:
In addition to leveraging Lockheed Martin’s routing engine, we implemented server-side caching on routes that will provide an instant response for routes that have been recently searched by other users. Give it a try for some of your favorite routes and let us know about your experience – it is fast!
We are always working to improve our infrastructure to provide the most utility for your flight planning goals, and this is another great step forward!
DUATS Support Deprecated
With this release, we are also deprecating our support for DUATs based services in favor of the modernized web services technologies provided by Lockheed Martin. For those customers who still have DUATS credentials configured in ForeFlight Mobile, we recommend removing those credentials to take full advantage of the more advanced capabilities.
Sign out instructions are provided on page 153 of the ForeFlight Mobile Pilots guide and as follows:
- Tap More > Accounts.
- Tap on the “CSC DUATS” field.
- Tap the red “Sign Out” button on the next page.
As always, we are on frequency at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer any questions you have.