"Using ForeFlight PRO & SV as a Transition Training Tool"
Ray Hecker – AE / CFII, MEI, AGI & IGI / FAA Safety Team Representative / EAA Flight Advisor
Ray holds an Aeronautical Engineering (AE) degree from the University of Illinois and has over 5,500 hours of instruction given, including 2,950 hours of flight instruction given in airplanes. He is a Past President of EAA Chapter 92 and an active Flight Advisor and Aviation Safety Counselor. Ray’s FAA ratings include: COM – Instrument: ASEL/ASEL/AMEL with Flight Instructor as CFII (ASEL, ASES) and MEI as well as Advanced Ground (AGI) and Instrument Ground Instructor (IGI) ratings.
Ray is currently in transition training to attain his COM G (glider/sailplane) and is also working toward his CFI-G. Ray has flown over 65 make and models of airplanes and gliders and has continuously flown in our SoCal airspace (SNA, CNO, AJO) for over 30 years; as a NAFI (National Association of Flight Instructors) member. He has been exercising his Flight Instructor ratings for over 22 years.
Ray owns and operates a Sequoia Aircraft Falco F.8L, he affectionately code named “Sophia” - the predecessor to the SIAI Marchetti SF-260 light attack aircraft, for nearly ten (10) years and specializes in transition training and currency in experiment airplanes – including all TAA/glass panel cockpits and “pocket rockets”. In his spare time, Ray maintains the Falco and occasionally flies RC airplanes and gliders. Ray also has high-altitude and tail-wheel endorsements and puts the tail-wheel training to good use in a pristine 1941 Piper J-3 Cub.
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Presented on March 3, 2015
The ubiquitous Apple iPad and its derivatives along with the Apple iPhone/iPad Operating System (iOS) have been the biggest boon to the computer industry since the advent of the IBM PC and the Microsoft Disc Operating System (DOS) of the 1980s. More Apps have been written for the iPhone/iPad than any other similar platform (Android).
With the flexibility of touch-screen and rubber-band navigation, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi interfaces, and the NACO’s (US Government’s National Aviation Charting Office) desire to eliminate the burden of printing paper charts, we have a technology intersection that is prefect for applications such as Adobe PDF, ASOS/AWOS reporting, SkyVector, Flight Aware, ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot, Synthetic Vision (SV), Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSF), Google Maps and a host of others. With the FAA’s ADS-B Out mandate on the books for full implementation on 01 JAN 2020, we now have personal palm-computer hardware and driver software to put entire libraries of aeronautical information at our ready disposal. No more excuses for not obtaining a proper and thorough briefing (VFR or IFR).
Low cost WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) GPS chips and remarkably fast computer processing speeds with optimization algorithms have put more computer processing capability literally in the palm of our hand than NASA’s first space missions. “Affordable” glass-panel displays (computers) have put state-of-the-art technology in the cockpit of even light-sport airplanes thanks to Dynon, Grand Rapids Technology (GRT), Garmin, Bendix-King/Honeywell and many more.
With the initial acquisition and eventual overhauling costs of traditional analog “steam gauge” instrumentation approaching $3,000 + per gyro, many homebuilders (E-AB) are opting for low cost and reliable glass-panel technology. A Dynon SkyView D1000 (10” display), full instrumentation and radio stack can be acquired in the ballpark of $10 - $12 K for single panel display and under $20 K for dual panel redundancy. You don’t have to worry about “gyro precession” with solid-state electronics and accelerometers. Want to change your view of certain instrumentation and moving maps with a full panel horizon? – hit a “select button” and configure the screen(s) to meet your needs.
The FAA has also accepted EFBs (Electronic Flight Bags) as approved “charting” alternatives, provided key Advisory Circulars (ACs) are consulted and you are in compliance. This presentation touches on those AC and what it takes to go “paperless”, or for all practical and prudent operations “mostly paperless”.
Ray also discusses his decision to go “mostly paperless” with a recap of a “before in-cockpit EFB” long cross-country flight from Chino, CA (KCNO) to Cody, WY (KCOD) and back in September, 2014. After all it was an IFR flight, which consisted of a two (2) segment IFR Flight Plan (hop) and of course flying Interstates 15 and 80 to Rock Springs, WY (OCS) and then north to Cody. With a Jeppesen subscription for the SW-USA pared down for the flight and all of the AFD and VFR Sectional and Terminal Charts along the route, Ray’s paper chart flight bag weighed in at about 25 lbs, plus the regular flight equipment such as flashlights, Tx/Rx (Transceiver) handheld and headsets.
While tools like ForeFlight, SkyVector, 100LL, Any AWOS, Lockheed-Martin’s AFSS, DUAT/DUATS, FAA/NACO and many others have been around to get us through the pre-flight operations stage, we have a lot of independent homework to do. ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot, the current industry leaders for piston GA, have migrated into the cockpit. There are some tricks and traps when using them in “paperless” flight mode. These caveats are discussed in the presentation.
These electronic tools, now with SV added, help us with orientation to all glass-cockpit panels such as Avidyne, Dynon, GRT, Garmin, etc. The glass-panel instrument tape presentations are standardized and you can usually work yourself around one system to another after a thorough orientation program. So, with all of this technology comes homework and lots of it. Getting used to an iPad takes as much time as getting used to a new high-tech glass panel display. While these apps can give you the near complete world of aeronautical information, it can be over whelming and just plain dangerous if you are not on top of your game in understanding your information system and how to rapidly obtain the content/display you need while maintaining your visual scan for traffic (VFR) and your panel (IFR). Flying with a safety-pilot while you become thoroughly acquainted with your “new technology beast” is highly recommended.
The topics covered in the presentation are:
· Electronic Flight Bags (EFB)
· FAA Advisory Circulars for EFB
· Electronic Charts & Back-up
· Synthetic Vision and HUD Display formats
· Flight Planning (IFR and VFR)
· ForeFlight Mobile App, Dynon SkyView Glass Cockpit and Garmin GTN 750
· Tricks and Traps
· Q & A Session
If you are up for the challenge and the opportunity to use the latest information technology, or want to learn more about EFBs and real-world flying, this is a presentation you don’t want to miss. ForeFlight PRO + SV and the STRATUS II ADS-B In, with AHRS displayed on the iPad Mini Retina Screen and battery autonomy time management are discussed. If you have a current ForeFlight subscription on an iPad, bring it along to add to the discussion.
We hope to see you at EAA Chapter 92’s FAA WINGS Safety Program on March 3, 2015, Irvine, CA USA.
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Presented on March 3, 2015