This week Team ForeFlight heads to the second annual FLYING Aviation Expo in Palm Springs, California. Janessa and Thomas will be on hand in the ForeFlight booth (#715), ready to demonstrate all of the latest ForeFlight features, offer tips and tricks to make you a ForeFlight super-user, and answer any how-to questions you may have.
Thomas is presenting our ForeFlight 201—Advanced Flying with ForeFlight seminar each day of the show. This presentation is an advanced, scenario-based course and you will learn how to use the app to its fullest from planning to inflight navigation.
ForeFlight 201 Seminar Schedule:
Thursday, October 15 at 4:00pm in Room Primrose A
Friday, October 16 at 10:00am in Room Primrose A
Saturday, October 17 at 11:30am in Room Primrose A
Last month we participated in Sporty’s Annual Fly-In and enjoyed free food, fellowship, flying—and a special surprise. Always a highlight of the event is the announcement of the airplane sweepstakes winner. Sporty’s customers are automatically entered into the sweepstakes each time they make a purchase. This year that winner was Rick Okikawa from Sacramento, California. Rick’s winning purchase was a ForeFlight subscription bought on a whim when he ran into his flight instructor one day.
I had the opportunity to chat with Rick about his big win and what his plans are for his new plane:
“I was struggling looking at TFRs and my instructor happened to pass by and asked if he could help. He immediately saw what I was trying to do and said, ‘Wait, you don’t have ForeFlight? Let me show you what you can do’,” explained Rick. “He proceeded to pull out his iPad and started showing me everything from TFRs to airport details in the Directory. I immediately purchased an iPad and called up Sporty’s the same day to order ForeFlight.”
Rick considers himself new to flying, having started part-time about three years ago flying with the Cal-Aggie Flying Farmers out of the University of California Davis. In July of 2014 he sealed the deal, completing his flight training and becoming a licensed pilot.
“I’ve always had the interest and always wanted to fly. You can always make excuses—not enough time, not enough money. Things just fell into place for me; I had the time, I had the money, I didn’t have any more excuses to not fly.”
When I asked him about the winning phone call he received from Sporty’s, he said he thought it was a scam at first. And who could blame him? It’s not every day you get a call from someone trying to give you a new airplane!
What does Rick have planned for his new ride? “Currently my favorite places to fly are along the coast: Mendocino, Little Rivers, Monterrey, and flying the bay tour. I am looking forward to having the freedom to just get out and go when I want and not have to plan ahead to reserve a plane. I’d like to do some cross-country flying, and would even like to start training for mountain flying so I can take a trip to Lake Tahoe through the mountains.”
We thank Sporty’s for another unforgettable fly-in; we had a great time and it’s an event we’re sure Rick won’t forget either. Congratulations, Rick—wishing you blue skies in the new RV-12!
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.
Visit with Team ForeFlight at the San Marcos, TX AOPA Fly-In on Saturday, April 26, 2014. We’ll be in the exhibitor tent ready to show you all the great features in ForeFlight Mobile and answer any questions you may have. Learn about ForeFlight Mobile 6, the Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver, our new airport diagrams, and more. See you there!