SkyVector?

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  1. Kynadog

    Kynadog Pre-Flight

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    What do you guys use SkyVector for? Does it have a specific purpose if you subscribe to Foreflight or Garmin Pilot?
     
  2. eman1200

    eman1200 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    quick and easy flight planning. use it all the time before going to GP.
     
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    Nothing ever since the owner dropped an email to me telling to have sexual relations with myself.

    I use 1800wxbrief.com
     
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  4. luvflyin

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    Was it good for you to? And for you to?
     
  5. Pilawt

    Pilawt Final Approach

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    It seems to be the fastest-loading site on the desktop computer just to review a sectional chart, see current NEXRAD radar, or look at one or two METARS or TAFs. I use Foreflight for planning and briefing, but logging in is more involved.
     
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  6. dmspilot

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    Used to use it for hypothetical flight planning (i.e. daydreaming) but stopped using after they added automatic wind corrections that can't be turned off. I tell every one of my students NOT to use it as it only makes things more confusing.
     
  7. idahoflier

    idahoflier Cleared for Takeoff PoA Supporter

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    Easy desktop access to current weather, TFR's, fuel prices, quick what if flight plans. I think it's great!
     
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    Enter 9900 as the departure time and the wind corrections aren’t applied.
     
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    you can disable wind corrections by putting a future date in.
     
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    midlifeflyer Touchdown! Greaser!

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    I probably use it more than my EFB. I use it for initial route selection on future and hypothetical flights and it's my go-to for charts when using a PC simulator. Plus, when someone online asks about a procedure, that's where I go to look it up.
     
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    Punch in flight plan departure and arrival airports, turn on fuel price overlay, then look for a good price fuel stop along the route with minimal deviation and runway somewhat aligned with the prevailing winds.
     
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    It's a great ball park preview flight planner.
    Then do it yourself to make it more accurate.
     
  13. Deelee

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    Do you like it more than ForeFlight Web / plan.foreflight.com (the web based FF tool)?

    I sort of stopped using SkyVector when I made the switch from Garmin Pilot to ForeFlight, so just curious how many like SkyVector to the online FF tools and why.
     
  14. captain_ricky

    captain_ricky Filing Flight Plan

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    FF web interface is clunky and doesn't have plates. I use FF in the cockpit or when filing/getting a briefing on the computer. For quick route planning, procedure lookup etc. I always use Skyvector - it's SO MUCH faster than FFWeb
     
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    FF web does have plates - you can't overlay them and they pop in new tab, but they are available. I guess one of the nice things about FF Web is I can do planning in my office and then save the flight and it transfers to my iPad.

    I used to use SkyVector before I got FF and I did like how they would pop the plate in the little window within the SkyVector page... I may go back to SV for planning now that I think back on it.
     
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    captain_ricky Filing Flight Plan

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    You are correct - FF web does have plates, but it's so hard to get to them and then they open in a new window yatta yatta. If I need a quick lookup Skyvector is unbeatable in my opinion... On the ipad on the other hand, FF is the bomb. SO easy, so intuitive, so fast...
     
  17. eman1200

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    you can also send a flight plan from SV to garmin pilot, probably FF as well but don't quote me.
     
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    I do miss the way SV did that pop-up plate on top of the same window... I'll have to look to see if SV plans can get sent to FF. That would bring me back to SV in a second... FF's web interface sucks.
     
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  19. captain_ricky

    captain_ricky Filing Flight Plan

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    I just tried it - it works but only if you're using SV on the ipad or your phone... which defeats the purpose of using SV in the first place I guess :-(

    I think you can email the flight plan in FF format to yourself though from the computer - haven't tried that. Too many hoops
     
  20. eman1200

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    oh, I only use SV on my laptop, and it sends to GP just fine.
     
  21. SoCalPilot88

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    SkyVector has the easiest interface to use for quick initial planning. Rubber banding works better than other platforms. I use FlyQ for the final planning.
     
  22. RussR

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    I don't do any of my flight planning with SV, except for a longer flight picking a fuel stop. However, I am looking at aeronautical charts literally all day long. I have numerous different ways to pull up charts but SV is by far the quickest and easiest for something I'm doing, as I said, numerous times every day.
     
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    Its great when you are bored and want to imagine flying in different parts of the country.
     
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    I find ipads irritating and feeble devices to use anywhere but in the cockpit of an aircraft I am piloting. Thus most of the reasons already mentioned -- desktop flight planning and summary weather.
     
  25. Rick182

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    I wish Garmin Pilot had a desktop flight planner. So I use skyvector frequently when I dot feel like suing my iPad or iPhone.