Educational Licensing Program Expands, Embry-Riddle and University of North Dakota Join

Late last year, we launched the ForeFlight Educational License Program (or “ELP”). Today, we’re happy to announce the expansion of ELP features and services and the addition of both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace (UND).

ERAU and UND join other ForeFlight ELP members that are adopting technology such as the iPad to enhance their aviation curricula and provide faculty and students more efficient access to apps that improve flight planning, simplify access to electronic charting and aviation documents, and enhance situational awareness.

We’re truly humbled and grateful to be working with two of the world’s leading academic aviation programs. Having both ERAU and UND as ELP members is a significant milestone in the evolution of iPad in aviation. Both institutions are on the leading edge of aerospace research and study. We are also looking forward to collaborating with both institutions on mobile device related studies – from the human factors affects of iPads in the cockpit to the use of NextGen ADS-B traffic information to safely display traffic data provided by portable receivers. Ultimately, we will be jointly looking for ways to continue to improve planning, decision making, situational awareness and operations using iPad and mobile technologies.

Embry-Riddle will use ForeFlight technology at its two residential campuses in Prescott, AZ, and Daytona Beach, FL. Here’s what Ken Byrnes, Chair of the Flight Department at the Daytona Beach Campus has to say about ERAU and ForeFlight:

We use the most technically advanced NextGen training fleet in the industry. The addition of an electronic flight bag and the ForeFlight app is a natural next step in increasing technology on our flight decks while meeting the training needs of our students as they prepare for entry into the workforce.

Here’s what Antoina Bergman, Lead Flight Instructor at UND has to say about UND joining the ELP program:

Our mission at the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is to provide the highest standard of aviation education at a reasonable cost to our students.  ForeFlight Mobile and the ForeFlight Educational Licensing Program helps the University of North Dakota achieve this mission. ForeFlight Mobile is a robust application that allows our students to have quicker access to more information than ever before.  Additionally, the Educational Licensing Program allows our students and instructors to stay at the front of a quickly changing and evolving industry!

ELP Program Enhancements

In working with ERAU and UND, we enhanced the ELP systems to support the size and scale of both institutions. We added an auto-enrollment capability as well as an version of ForeFlight Documents tailored specifically for ELP program members.  The new auto-enrollment capability allows any student with a university issued email address to obtain access to program benefits without burdening a university account administrator. ForeFlight Documents – ForeFlight’s cloud-based document distribution and control system – provides ELP members the option of using a secured cloud folder to elegantly and efficiently deliver current editions of publications and manuals to faculty and staff.

More Info

Interested in joining the ForeFlight ELP? Here’s how:

  • Visit http://www.foreflight.com/education for a program overview and download the ELP program brochure.
  • Send an email to team@foreflight.com with your institution’s name, enrollment size, and accreditation information.
  • Complete and submit the ELP agreement provided by ForeFlight’s Pilot Support Team in response to your inquiry.
  • Follow the getting started instructions provided by ForeFlight’ ELP Implementation Manager.

A new school year is coming up, and now is a perfect time to consider enrolling in ForeFlight’s Educational License Program.

Press Release

A PDF version of the press release is downloadable here.

Making a Presentation on iPad and ForeFlight? Helpful Resources Now Available

We frequently get requests for materials in support of presentations customers or instructors are making to clients or fellow pilots. Below are links to documents we assembled to help out.  Listed below are links to a simple presentation in two formats (PDF and MOV) and helpful proficiency and operating checklists.

  1. ForeFlight Mobile Presentation (.mov format)
  2. ForeFlight Mobile Presentation (.pdf format)
  3. ForeFlight Pilot Proficiency and Operating Checklist (.pdf format)

If you need anything else, let us know! High resolution screenshots that you can freely use in your presentations or other materials are available at http://www.foreflight.com/media. Enjoy!

Are EFBs Legal for Use? Are they safe?

We receive a lot of email inquiries asking about the legality of using an iPad in aviation and as an EFB in cockpit to replace paper plates and charts. We typically point to the relevant advisory circulars and publications by experts to help customers determine for themselves if the type of flying they do allows legal use of the iPad as a replacement for paper charts and terminal procedures (we’re not lawyers). This month, we get some additional guidance from an FAA editor in answering the question.

Susan Parson – a flight instructor, pilot, and Editor of FAA Aviation News magazine  – penned an article in this month’s FAA News Magazine titled “Flying Paperless Airplanes“.  It provides more guidance for Part 91 pilots:

Other part 91 operations—including those of us who fly light general aviation aircraft for business or pleasure—do not require any specific authorization for EFB operations, as long as the EFB does not replace any system or equipment required by the regulations. Yet, even if the EFB conditions and restrictions outlined in the AC don’t apply to the kind of flying you currently do, it is still useful to know how the FAA defines and classifies these devices.

So, can or should you fly with an iPad (running, ForeFlight of course) as an EFB? The bottom line:

The bottom line: EFB technology is available here and now, and proper use of any class of EFB system can improve efficiency and safety while eliminating considerable weight in paper. Sounds like I need to shop for my next gadget.

We think this article is a good thing for iPad aviation and helps ForeFlight customers make some more sense of the regulations. Download the article here: Flying Paperless Airplanes’.

The Finer Points of Flying Launches Flight Training iPhone App

Always committed to employing the latest technologies to further improve ease and access to practical flight training, The Finer Points of Flying (www.TheFinerPoints.net) has joined forces with ForeFlight (www.ForeFlight.com) to develop the iPhone app, VFR Communications.
This five‐chapter instructional course available for the iPhone and iPod touch contains an hour of high‐definition video, computer animation and instruction from Jason Miller, recently nominated FAA flight instructor of the year. Each video provides in‐depth coverage of airspace, including dimensions, charting, airspace entry requirements, and real‐world cockpit footage demonstrating how a proficient pilot communicates efficiently and effectively in complex airspace. This instructional course is perfect for private pilots brushing up before a biennial flight review or check‐out, student pilots that desire a learning tool that goes beyond the content normally presented in a standard instructional flight lesson, or enthusiasts wanting to learn how pilots really communicate when navigating simple and complex airspace. Like nothing you’ve seen before. Filmed in stunning 1080i High Definition and completed with Computer Graphic Imaging and a fresh personality. It’s virtually all the instruction you’ll need. VFR Communications is available at Apple’s App Store at iTunes. The DVD version of the course is also available for purchase at TheFinerPoints.net.
Preview the content of both at http://www.thefinerpoints.myshopify.com. Click on VFR Communications DVD for a sneak peek. For members of the press: Press evaluation copies of the iPhone app, VFR Communications are available at the compliments of The Finer Points of Flying. The promo code to be used at the App Store checkout will be sent to you in a separate email with instructions on using it. Please evaluate and enjoy!
About The Finer Points of Flying: The Finer Points of Flying produces mobile media programs hosted by accomplished flight instructor and professional musician, Jason Miller. The Finer Points blends straight‐forward fundamentals of flight instruction with the charm and levity injected by on‐point storytelling and music. The series has won critical acclaim from viewers and many of the nation’s aviation luminaries alike for its use of captivating
video, motion graphics, and computer animation to convey concepts from a wide and varied range of aeronautical subjects in an enjoyable and easily comprehended way.

The Finer Points of Flying (TFP) and ForeFlight are excited to announce the launch of VFR Communications, a new flight training iPhone and iPod touch app for pilots. The new app, designed and developed by ForeFlight, is available for download today on the iTunes App Store. VFR Communications is the first app to provide pilots access to full-length educational video content on an iPhone or iPod touch.

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This five‐chapter instructional course contains an hour of  video filmed entirely in 1080i High Definition, computer animation, and charismatic instruction from Jason Miller, recently nominated FAA flight instructor of the year. Each video provides in‐depth coverage of airspace dimensions, charting, airspace entry requirements, and real‐world cockpit footage that demonstrates how a proficient pilot communicates efficiently and effectively in complex airspace. This instructional course is perfect for  student pilots that desire a learning tool that goes beyond the content normally presented in a standard instructional flight lesson, for private pilots brushing up before a biennial flight review or check‐out, or for enthusiasts wanting to learn how pilots really communicate when navigating simple and complex airspace.

VFR Communications is available for purchase today for $19.99 on the iTunes App Store. A DVD version of the course and a preview is available online at TheFinerPoints.net.

If you haven’t yet discovered Jason Miller, run – don’t walk – over to TheFinerPoints.net and walk through his collection of audio and video training sessions. If you like what you see, support his efforts through the purchase of his new app or a DVD. He is a fresh, talented, charismatic, and hard working educator that brings something magical and unique to flight training.

About The Finer Points of Flying

The Finer Points of Flying produces mobile media programs hosted by accomplished flight instructor and professional musician, Jason Miller. The Finer Points blends straight‐forward fundamentals of flight instruction with the charm and levity injected by on‐point storytelling and music. The series has won critical acclaim from viewers and many of the nation’s aviation luminaries alike for its use of captivating video, motion graphics, and computer animation to convey concepts from a wide and varied range of aeronautical subjects in an enjoyable and easily comprehended way.

Videos are Worth a Thousand Words

Explaining how a software application works is a challenge.  So often, the core differences between one application and another can only be revealed by experiencing both applications. We were craving a way to help pilots experience ForeFlight, and one of the most talented crews in aviation video production helped us out.  So, sit back, relax and enjoy our first ForeFlight commercial!

 Thanks to Jason Miller and the OnTheFlightLine crew!