ForeFlight Offers New ADS-B In Device
ForeFlight is now offering an ADS-B In device that’s compatible with its flight-planning app for $199, the company said this week. The unit, developed in collaboration with uAvionix, is small (about 3 inches by 1 inch and weighing less than an ounce), easy to set up and use and provides weather and air-to-air traffic data. However, “Customers should keep in mind that if their aircraft is not equipped with ADS-B Out, then they will have a limited view of traffic on ForeFlight,” the company says. The product goes on sale next week at EAA AirVenture at the ForeFlight exhibit, or via Amazon starting Saturday.
“We are excited to bring Scout to market in collaboration with uAvionix,” said Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight co-founder and CEO. "We want every pilot flying with the benefits of ADS-B In. The combination of an ADS-B In solution with ForeFlight makes flying safer and we believe has led to a meaningful reduction in weather-related incidents and accidents. We are delighted to now offer – for those pilots and operators on a limited budget – a low-cost option that will increase the number of pilots who can fly with this essential safety-enhancing capability. Inflight weather and traffic delivers better situational awareness and leads to better decision-making."
The device won’t help those pilots hoping to comply with the FAA’s ADS-B rules, which mandate that airplanes using certain airspace must be equipped with ADS-B Out by 2020.