[an error occurred while processing this directive]
SITE MENU

FLIGHT PLANNING
Airport Directories
A very popular and clean website with a wealth of information and a large database of airports.
Similar to Airnav, but I prefer this service because it produces better and easier to read results.
Very cool and slick looking website that provides a comprehensive amount of information about airports and FBO's.
The official FAA Online Digital Airport Facility Directory. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the product link to access the current directory.
Comparible to Airnav and Global Air, good amount of information in an easy to read format.
Excellent source of information, also includes a flight planner, weather, notams and much more. Some services however require a paid membership.
Weather Sources
One of the most comprehensive weather planning tools available that provides METAR, TAF, AIRMETS, SIGMETS, NOTAMS, and much more. Requires you to register for a free membership using your FAA pilot's license.
Great source for METAR and TAF briefings, Radar, AIRMETS, SIGMETS, Icing, PIRETPS, Turbulence, Winds, and a lot more.
Helicopter Emergency Medical Services, or HEMS, is a new service that provides graphical images over a map overlay. The service will show ceiling and visibility charted over a predesignated area. The program is very custimizable and can be an extremely usefull tool to support a no-go weather decision.
Their Aviation Sentry program is the single most usefull planning tool I have ever seen. The service requires a paid membership, but you get lots more than what you pay for in this incredible program. It features a map that can be customized to the region you need, and you can have your choice between hundreds of different types of information to include TAF, METAR, TFR, Wind, Radar, PIREPS, and much much more.
Free weather reporting website that has an excellent resource of stationary and animated radar map data.
Pretty good source of radar forecast data.
The Weather Channel's online website, similar to intellicast but their maps and radar depiction are not as sophisticated as what you would get with intellicast.
Route Planning
One of my favorite free websites for flight planning. You can enter your waypoints and this service will plot your route on a variety of overlays to include VFR Sectionals, WAC, and Enroute Lo/Hi Altitude Charts. You will be provided information about your route such as distance, bearing, and ETE. Another nice feature is you can right click anywhere on the map and choose to plan your route directly to that point.
This website provides a decent route planning system, however you are required to purchase a membership.
Approach Plates
The official FAA Online Digital Terminal Procedures Publication / Airport Diagrams. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the product link to access the current directory.
Resource where you can download the entire current terminal approach chart database.
Along with the ability to access information about an airport, Airnav also provides the downloadable approach plates for that facility.
Along with the ability to access information about an airport, Global Air also provides the downloadable approach plates for that facility.
Miscellaneous Information
The Defense Internet NOTAM Service is the number one source for NOTAMS anywhere.
List of current Terminal Flight Restrictions, which can be viewed in a complete list, list by state, or graphical formats.
Lunar data provided by the US Naval Meteorology and Oceanography department.
A one stop shop for any kind of conversion you can think of. There is also a great E6-B emulator tool that allows you to make quick flight planning calculations with digital accuracy.
Official FAA domestic and international flight plan forms.
The official U.S. local and UTC time.
Planning On Mobile Applications
Extremely usefull mobile flight planning application for the iPhone, Driod, Blackberry, and iPad. Features METAR, TAF, PIREP, and NOTAM information for the airports you setup as your favorites. This application also provides weather chart data as well as a built in E6-B. Only bad part about this App is it is not free, however the one time cost of $6.99 is well worth the investment. Just search for "Air Wx" in your App store.
Mobile application which depicts the current TFRs. A bit pricey at $9.99, but if you are constantly on the go, this may be a handy backup to have available in addition to other official sources for TFRs. http://www.gravityride.com Just search for "TFR" in your App store.
Simple and easy to use quick reference to the current sunrise, sunset, and EENT times. Available on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Just search for "Sunrise Sunset" in your App store.
AOPA mobile application for a comprehensive airport directory. You can view airport information, charts, diagrams, frequencies, and much more. Requires a membership with AOPA. Available on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Just search for "AOPA" in your App store.
Aeroweather is a free application which provides for a great source of METAR and TAF data for airports you can setup as your favorites. Available on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Just search for "Aero Weather" in your App store.
Mobile E6-B which provides Weight and Balance, Fuel calculations, Holding Patterns, Crosswinds, Weather Decoding and Route Planning. Available on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Just search for "Pilot Wizz" in your App store.
If you would like to provide a link to a resource you believe should be included in the above list, please contact us with the information and a link.

 

 

 

[an error occurred while processing this directive]