For pilots, time is always of the essence. We are always looking for ways to streamline our planning and pre-flight processes, while maintaining an overall focus on safety. In staying with these principles, we have enhanced Garmin Pilot by leveraging modernized Lockheed Martin Flight Services to provide more timely, accurate and detailed flight plan filing capabilities.
When filing an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) or Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight plan within Garmin Pilot, on iOS and Android devices, the app conveniently files the flight plan directly with Lockheed Martin to ensure precise delivery in the standard International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) format. Flight plans may be filed without credentials and are immediately available to air traffic control. Pilots may also select an FAA domestic flight plan filing option within the app, depending on preference and location. Pilots also receive preferred routing, which presents a summary of similar routes that have been cleared by ATC to other aircraft flying the same departure/destination airport pair.
Additionally, Garmin Pilot for iOS devices has incorporated a redesigned Trip Planning page, which includes a few additional features that provide convenient access to pertinent flight plan information. Within Trip Planning, pilots may view specific details regarding their flight plan and display details pertaining to their flight in a navigation log format. The addition of a weather brief icon within the Trip Planning page allows pilots to conveniently receive a legal weather briefing via Garmin Pilot, which displays testual weather products including: SIGMETs, AIRMETs, METARs, TAFs, PIREPs and more.
To download Garmin Pilot visit the Apple App or Google Play stores. For additional information, visit www.garmin.com/aviation.