Weekend Flyer is the easy way to plan your flights around the weather up to several days into the future. Now when you leave your home airport on Friday you’ll be able to plan for the weather on Sunday afternoon for your trip home. By drawing a picture of the weather much further into the future flying suddenly become more practical.
THE PROBLEM -
Weather information for flight planning even a day in the future is sparse. Prog charts go out less than 24 hours into the future and lack detail. TAF’s are only available at select airports and only go 24-30 hours into the future. Predicting the flying weather further into the future or at non-TAF airports require you to become a meteorologist, interpreting fronts and pressure systems. Even then the local conditions will often mess with you.
THE SOLUTION -
NOAA does provides forecast data for more than 2½ days into the future and for nearly every airport with an automated weather station on it (more than 1500). But until now its never been presented to pilots as a clear picture of the flying weather. Other apps only let you view one airport at a time whereas Weekend Flyer draws a clear picture of your whole flight.
- The base map is a high resolution scan of the VFR Wall Planner you often see at airports.
- The weather stations (more than 1500) are color coded for flight category VFR, MVFR, IFR, LIFR.
- Thunderstorms and high winds at the airports are also shown. No need to switch between several screens to get the information you need.
- Cloud coverage is also shown.
- Even precipitation is shown (but subtly to keep the map from becoming busy).
- Surface winds and winds aloft shown with wind barbs.
- Map shows all public use airports when zoomed in.
- Map optionally shows night and day.
- A unique ‘time slider’ allows you to quickly and easily show the weather for any time in the forecast range.
- The smooth interactive interface allows you to see the ‘flow’ of the weather.
- Tap on any station for detailed weather information.
- See the weather trend for a single station.
- Easily create and edit routes by long pressing on airports on the map.
- Send the route to ForeFlight (Weekend Flyer is not associated with the Foreflight app or company)
- Routes use winds aloft to determine estimated time en route. Just slide the altitude control up and down to quickly find the optimal cruise altitude.
- Simulate a flight at your expected departure time. Ideal for finding a route when you want to leave at a specific time.
- Or have the whole route’s weather shown based on your departure time and ground speed. Weather is shown for the time you’ll pass each weather station. Ideal for finding a departure time when you want to fly a specific route.
- Extensive help available in the app (press the ? on the toolbar).
- Contiguous United States (lower 48 states) only - Sorry Alaska and Hawaii.
- Not a replacement for an Electronic Flight Bag app nor for an FAA weather briefing. Some weather information like icing or turbulence just isn’t provided.
Once again fixes NOAA website change. No longer need to manually update URL's to download weather.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
I tried to fix this with the repair tool which didn’t work so I deleted it and reinstalled it but that didn’t work either. The app is useless unless you can get it to update!
Such a killer app!!!
It’s about the bigger picture when flying XC and this app is the only one that can help you make quick decisions when it comes to aviation weather!
App not updating
This was a great tool but it now fails to update weather in spite of what their website indicates. Effectively useless until they fix the link to NWS.
- Thomas Court Software Development, LLC
- 65.6 MB
Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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- © 2019 Thomas Court Software Development, LLC
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.