APG Joins with Air Support to Integrate PPS Flight Planning into iPreFlight
A long-awaited feature on the Aircraft Performance Group iPreFlight iPad app–in-flight analysis–is now available for preview during EBACE. Previous versions of the APG app have had the capability to provide runway analysis (RWA) and Weight and Balance (WB) calculations on the iPad without the need for Internet connectivity, but lacked an integrated flight planning module (FPL). The latest version now integrates the Air Support PPS Flight Planning system with these functions. The integration of the PPS Flight Planning module brings all of their advanced flight planning features into one complete software package–from generating an ATC-compliant route to determining an optimum solution, the PPS module now makes iPreFlight a “one stop” solution for preflight planning.
“It’s a complete integration of runway analysis, weight and balance, and flight planning,” said APG co-founder Rogers Hemphill of iPreFlight Version 3.08 Beta.
The iPreFlight app is designed to be used by individual pilots in small flight departments, as well as by large departments and fleet operators that employ dispatchers (using the Windows-based iPreFlight dashboard software running on their computers). Both use iPreFlight to generate a complete package for each flight, called the Flight Book, that consolidates the RWA, WB, FPL and weather/NOTAM data for the flight. Dispatchers can prepare Flight Books well ahead of a flight, then just update the package as information changes. Closer to the departure time, the pilot or dispatcher creates a flight release with the runway analysis, weight and balance, flight plan, and latest weather/NOTAMs. The Adobe pdf Flight Releases can be emailed, shared with other crew members, and stored on the iPads. Pilots will also be able to make last-minute updates to an existing Flight Book and generate a new release.
A very useful APG feature is its Max Payload Estimator (MPE), which allows users to input all the parameters for a planned departure–including payload, weather, and runway characteristics–and calculate the maximum payload that can be carried.
For operators of large fleets, APG can work with third-party flight support and flight planning providers, integrating their systems with the iPreFlight Windows dashboard software. Companies that APG is working with include Air Support, ARINC Direct/Rockwell Collins, Honeywell GDC, and Universal Aviation.
The APG apps are free, but users need to have an APG account to use the app. Data for each customer is specific to each aircraft entered into the system, and it takes APG about a week to set up a new customer aircraft with the aircraft-specific weight and balance data.