We are excited to share that ForeFlight’s development team recently deployed technology that can recognize missing or corrupted graphical TFRs that are delivered via the NOTAM system. The new tool alerts ForeFlight’s TFR Desk team members, who then take immediate action to correct the TFR graphic and distribute it quickly to ForeFlight customers.
As a pilot, you rely on web, mobile, and data-link apps and services to display accurate and up-to-date TFR information. And, as Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight’s co-founder and CEO, explains: “From time-to-time, the NOTAM system publishes TFRs without the shape information necessary to depict them. We built the monitoring systems and established the TFR Desk so that pilots can have the highest-quality TFR information as quickly as possible. TFR incursions are still an important issue for the aviation community, and we are doing our part to help.”
In addition to identifying and creating or correcting TFR information, ForeFlight notifies the AOPA’s regulatory affairs team of the discrepancy, who then works with the FAA to correct the information in the NOTAM system. These corrections then make their way back to users via other channels, such as the ADS-B data link system.
The team will continue to improve the tool’s capability to also recognize misshapen TFR files. This effort helps us to quickly distribute the most accurate information and minimize the risk that a pilot will violate a TFR area.
Do you know what to do if you are intercepted by NORAD? No one plans to bust a TFR or wander into Restricted Airspace unannounced, but as PIC you should be familiar with intercept procedures just in case it happens to you. AOPA created a helpful Safety Card which provides flight planning tips for TFR avoidance and a quick reference guide on how to safely comply with standard NORAD / FAA intercept procedures. You can download the guide in the ForeFlight Mobile Documents view:
Or you can also download the guide here.
Spring is in the air and so are we—this weekend ForeFlight team members are flying to Salinas, California for AOPA’s opening fly-in and Batavia, Ohio for Sporty’s annual event.
We’re proud to support AOPA’s second year of events that celebrate grassroots aviation. Visit with Josh and Thomas at booth #57 and experience new ForeFlight Mobile features like Procedure Preview, FBOs on Taxi Charts, and Synthetic Vision.
The Clermont County Airport may be small, but this fly-in is big. Education seminars, a hot dog lunch, the RV-12 sweepstakes winner announcement, and more make this a fun day for all. ForeFlight team members Susan and Jason will be on hand to demonstrate the latest ForeFlight features. In addition, Jason (ForeFlight co-founder and CTO) presents “The Latest from ForeFlight” at 1:30 pm.
We hope to see you there!
We’re on the ground at AOPA Summit in Tampa and wanted to spread the word about the ForeFlight Meetup later today. Visit us in Booth 1045 or watch the live video online.
Friday, November 6th
1:30pm EST – ForeFlight Meetup
2:30pm EST – AOPA Airports for iPhone
Meet the ForeFlight team, exchange ideas, and learn tips and tricks about the apps.
Even if you’re not at AOPA Summit, we still want you to participate! Watch the live streaming video online at our web site starting at 1:30pm EST.
Please submit a question beforehand by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @ForeFlight.