HOUSTON, 14 Oct. 2013. Officials at Frontier Airlines, a commercial airline in Denver, have approved Frontier crews to use Apple iPads with the ForeFlight Mobile, flight planning and navigation app for pilots from ForeFlight in Houston, in all phases of flight as part of the airline’s electronic flight bag (EFB) program.
ForeFlight Mobile provides Frontier crews with instant access to critical flight information, including hazard and weather map overlays, electronic enroute charts, approach plates, and airport diagrams. FAA safety publications and documents are also available within the app.
“The iPad approval is a critical component in our efforts to reduce costs and our carbon footprint while improving reliability and safety,” affirms Scott Gould, Frontier’s vice president of flight operations. “We are very excited for the opportunity to offer our flight crews this electronic flight bag solution. The unique map overlay features of ForeFlight supports great inflight decision making and helps ensure safe and smooth Frontier flights every day.”
Frontier Airlines is the first Part 121 carrier to announce approval for the use of ForeFlight Mobile under FAA OpSpec A061. At the same time, “ForeFlight is the first independent flight planning and electronic charting app developer to have received full approval for use on a Part 121 flight deck,” according to Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight’s co-founder and CEO.
“This is a significant milestone for ForeFlight and Frontier, who have ushered in a new era of choice, efficiency, and productivity for commercial operators and pilots,” Weihs adds. “ForeFlight Mobile delights pilots, makes them more productive before and during flights, helps them quickly assess weather conditions, and facilitates more collaboration with dispatch to ensure the safest and most economical routes are flown.”
For more information about gaining OpSpec approval for the Apple iPad as an EFB, visit www.foreflight.com/approved.