February 17, 2015

Dynon Avionics and ForeFlight Connect via Wi-Fi

Recently, mobile flight planning and in-cockpit tablet connectivity have been two of the most-requested SkyView features. Today, we’re excited to announce that SkyView can now connect to ForeFlight Mobile via Wi-Fi. This connectivity makes flight planning and preparation easier and more efficient for those of you who fly with ForeFlight, and also allows your ForeFlight device to benefit from SkyView’s GPS position and attitude indication.

Seamless Flight Planning

Plan your flights at home using ForeFlight Mobile’s comprehensive flight planning features. Once at the airplane, save time by sending the planned route to your SkyView system via Wi-Fi. Flight plans sent from ForeFlight can be edited on SkyView and flown by the SkyView Autopilot. You can transfer updated flight plans between the devices at any time. 

Transfer Flight Plans between SkyView and ForeFlight Mobile

Wi-Fi Adapter for SkyView and SkyView 12.0

SkyView to ForeFlight connectivity is enabled by a new Wi-Fi Adapter for SkyView that is installed in any of SkyView’s USB ports. The Wi-Fi Adapter costs $35 and can be purchased from Dynon Avionics dealers or Dynon directly. One is required for each SkyView display installed in an aircraft, maintaining system redundancy. Once configured, ForeFlight connects to SkyView through a secure WPA2-protected Wi-Fi link.

Wi-Fi Adapter for SkyView
Support for the Wi-Fi Adapter is already built into the recently-released SkyView 12.0 Software. In addition to Wi-Fi and ForeFlight connectivity, SkyView 12.0 has over 40 new features and improvements, including Autopilot Auto-Trim, OBS Mode, customizable aircraft icons, and a new optional in-air magnetic heading calibration.

WAAS GPS and SkyView Attitude for ForeFlight

Customers also benefit from SkyView’s built-in WAAS GPS, which can drive aircraft position in ForeFlight. This is great for those with Wi-Fi-only iPads, and provides an additional high-availability GPS source for GPS-equipped devices. When connected to SkyView, ForeFlight’s attitude indicator is driven by the same IFR-capable ADAHRS installed in every SkyView aircraft. This allows your ForeFlight attitude indication and Synthetic Vision display to show the same depiction for the best possible in-flight situational awareness.

Send SkyView's GPS Position and Attitude to ForeFlight

Getting Started

Wireless connectivity between Dynon SkyView and ForeFlight requires SkyView 12.0 Software, a Wi-Fi Adapter for each SkyView display, and a ForeFlight Mobile (basic and higher) subscription. Instructions for configuring and using these features are in the updated SkyView System Installation Guide and Pilot’s User Guide.

For additional information, visit the Dynon Avionics website and this ForeFlight "how to" page

Frequently-Asked Questions

Do I need more than one Wi-Fi Adapter in my airplane?
Each SkyView display in the aircraft must be equipped with a Wi-Fi adapter. If you have two displays, you need two adapters. A benefit of having two adapters is that it maintains system redundancy, just like our redundant data and power lines in the SkyView Network.

How Secure is the connection between ForeFlight and SkyView?
The link between SkyView and your iOS device is protected with secure, password-protected WPA2 encryption. This ensures that only iOS devices that you specifically authorize can communicate with your SkyView system.

Besides flight plans, what SkyView information is sent to ForeFlight?
As of ForeFlight 6.7, SkyView attitude and GPS information is used by ForeFlight Mobile.

What level ForeFlight Mobile subscription do I need?
You will need a ForeFlight Mobile (basic and higher) subscription in order to access the Wi-Fi connectivity with Dynon SkyView.

What do I need to connect SkyView to ForeFlight?

You’ll need:
  • A "Wi-Fi Adapter for SkyView" for each SkyView screen you have installed
  • SkyView version 12.0 or later
  • ForeFlight Mobile (basic and higher) version 6.7 or later

Are other devices or apps supported?
At this time, SkyView’s Wi-Fi only works with ForeFlight Mobile on Apple iOS devices.