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Old 16th Jul 2019, 12:28
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SkyDemon vs. Foreflight

For about 5 years I've been running ForeFlight on a cellular iPad 128 gB for my 4 weeks or so in the USA and SkyDemon on the same device for all the rest of the time in the UK. My flying is VFR in DA-40, PA-28 and 172 in various bits of the USA and at Redhill.

ForeFlight has some useful additions like the numbers of weather charts that can be imposed and the synthetic terrain (useful in the mountains of Colorado) but the charts have not been good for UK VFR & I don't believe they do UK NOTAMS.

Now ForeFlight have started doing European charts, could I realistically go over to it full time in the UK as well ? and abandon SkyDemon

My SkyDemon has a Pooley's subscription with it, which I also find useful, what does ForeFlight have as an equivalent ?

All comments on the relative pros and cons gratefully received.
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Old 16th Jul 2019, 13:01
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Originally Posted by Dave Gittins View Post
For about 5 years I've been running ForeFlight on a cellular iPad 128 gB for my 4 weeks or so in the USA and SkyDemon on the same device for all the rest of the time in the UK. My flying is VFR in DA-40, PA-28 and 172 in various bits of the USA and at Redhill.

ForeFlight has some useful additions like the numbers of weather charts that can be imposed and the synthetic terrain (useful in the mountains of Colorado) but the charts have not been good for UK VFR & I don't believe they do UK NOTAMS.

Now ForeFlight have started doing European charts, could I realistically go over to it full time in the UK as well ? and abandon SkyDemon

My SkyDemon has a Pooley's subscription with it, which I also find useful, what does ForeFlight have as an equivalent ?

All comments on the relative pros and cons gratefully received.
Most of my flying was in the US, so I got very comfortable with ForeFlight for a number of years. I'm now mainly based in the UK so I didn't re-new my ForeFight subs. and took out a subscription with Sky Demon, which I must say I'm very happy with, I received an email from ForeFlight offering a 30 day free trial for Europe, which is a market they are obviously keen to get into. I've taken up the 30 day deal and downloaded the UK charts, but on initial viewing the format doesn't appear to be as user friendly as the US VFR charts, and also does not currently offer the same level of information that Sky Demon does. I'll fly with it and see how it goes, but for me personally I doubt if I'll re-new my subscription, at least for the UK Sky Demon does everything I need for now.
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Old 17th Jul 2019, 11:52
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IMHO Skydemon does a better job for VFR flying where there is coverage. The maps are much clearer.
Foreflight comes into its own for IFR and outside SD coverage.
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Old 6th Sep 2019, 12:40
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My choice is Sky Demon, since FF is iOS only.
Hate the fact that aviation in general is so much in favor of iOS.
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Old 8th Sep 2019, 07:59
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I abandoned Skydemon a while ago, because I don't trust Skydemon any more.
We all fly quite addicted along Magenta Lines, so charts have to be precise.
So, i.e. why are NOTAMS not shown correct in Skydemon? Example:

This 'Center' is not centered and maybe the planned flights corridor does not exist in reality!?
I realized the discrepancies when using a trial of ForeFlight Europe with the graphical NOTAMs update.
Taking some random NOTAM circles and inserting the center it seems Skydemon is sloppy in processing data.
Added this i.e. to the discussion on why they use rhumb lines instead of great circle and other behavior.
Decided I am out of Skydemon for now, too potentially dangerous for me flying.
I do like the charts representation clear structure, but cannot live with wrong data.
My 2 pennies.

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Old 8th Sep 2019, 11:53
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Originally Posted by ChickenHouse View Post
I abandoned Skydemon a while ago, because I don't trust them any more.
We all fly quite addicted along Magenta Lines, so charts have to be precise.
So, i.e. why are NOTAMS not shown correct in Skydemon? Example:

This 'Center' is not centered and maybe the planned flights corridor does not exist in reality!?
I realized the discrepancies when using a trial of ForeFlight Europe with the graphical NOTAMs update.
Taking some random NOTAM circles and inserting the center it seems Skydemon is sloppy in processing data.
Added this i.e. to the discussion on why they use rhumb lines instead of great circle and other behavior.
Decided I am out of Skydemon for now, too potentially dangerous for me flying.
I do like the charts representation clear structure, but cannot live with wrong data.
My 2 pennies.
Hmmm if you are using 51°53'00''N 0°16'00'' instead of 51.42'59''N 0°15'41''W it fits. I can see a pattern ;-)
It seems it's not better than 0.5NM at least for this type of shape.
Definetly not good. However I would sugget to keep clear more than 1NM of places where you should not be. You wouldn't fly that course with a 1:500.000 map either.
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Old 8th Sep 2019, 17:40
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@BDAttitude: yes, all I saw was Skydemon using only the Q-line of the NOTAM, or ‚the area of interest‘ in aviation terms, and not the real coordinates of it. This is really real bad tinkering and a German friend forwarded me PN with clear evidence Skydemon states ‚pilots have to read the NOTAM anyways‘ - so they know their chart representation is definitely wrong and don‘t do about! No, we don‘t talk half a nautical, we may talk any charts points are wrong up to 1.5 nauticals in Skydemon.

Everybody may be free to take hisherit own facts out of it, I decided to take that serious for me. I switched my VFR flying, US and Europe, to ForeFlight - much better feelings, not to speak of also much better feelings of being treated as a real valued customer in support, something I did miss sometimes in Skydemon discussions.

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Old 8th Sep 2019, 19:14
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Currently the vector map of SD is so much superior that I will not change yet. However when FF gets a proper map that will change very fast and they will have to do something, also with their ”choice” mehr of approach charts. I'm not sure if they will be able to counter that for a long time.
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Old 10th Sep 2019, 11:21
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One major defect with the NOTAM system is that there is no central body who makes sure that NOTAMs are formatted in a standard way. What this means is that the main text of the NOTAM is not fit for any parsing system that demands good machine readable data.

In some cases (usually where airspace is created by NOTAM) we take the extra steps to go through the NOTAM text and properly draw the true lateral limits of that created airspace. Unfortunately, this cant be a fully automatic process (yet) and so broadly we will fall back on the Q-line, since that is the one part of the NOTAM which is consistently formatted.

Obviously ChickenHouse is entitled to choose their flight planning tools based on whatever metrics they choose, but to say that we knowingly present incorrect data is false and misleading. Not only do we work very hard to present a correct picture as per the official data, but we also help AIS units to present their official data in a more streamlined way that benefits users of all products. If anyone sees anything that causes them to question our accuracy I would implore them to draw our attention to it - we may be able to immediately resolve the matter within the SkyDemon code, and if not we will address it to the relevant authorities.

Rob | SkyDemon
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Old 10th Sep 2019, 12:36
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Since my original post and 6 hours in a 172 in Colorado, I have no early intention of abandoning Foreflight in the USA, nor SkyDemon in the UK and Europe. Any GPS system needs to be used with the caveat that if you are using it for VFR don't try and go where you couldn't using a 1:500 chart.

Still open to views and comments and if Foreflight start using CAA charts, that'll open up a whole new question.
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Old 10th Sep 2019, 12:48
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Others get it right, I don’t care whether manual or by more precise parsing. My philosophy is to buy precise instead of cheap, others are free to object to for their own. NOTAMs are written in almost free format, which I like and welcome, and I expect them to follow natural language, not computer speak.
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Old 10th Sep 2019, 13:46
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Originally Posted by Dave Gittins View Post
Since my original post and 6 hours in a 172 in Colorado, I have no early intention of abandoning Foreflight in the USA, nor SkyDemon in the UK and Europe. Any GPS system needs to be used with the caveat that if you are using it for VFR don't try and go where you couldn't using a 1:500 chart.

Still open to views and comments and if Foreflight start using CAA charts, that'll open up a whole new question.
So for FF you can get a DFS Europe package (which does not include western france and GB for some reason) for 140 quid plus 27 for France IGN + 58 for UK Nats and you are pretty much all set.
The same scenario with Rogers Data (austrian official provider) is a bit more expensive but you have one style for all european charts. I'll have to get one paper chart and try if it works good for me.
Those are no vector charts though, so it'll get coarse if you zoom in. However that might prevent you from going into the trap of overzooming we have both mentioned.

I still can't understand it that no company is able to give me me a reasonable flat rate offer for the 30 hours/year I fly with a radius of 400nm around my home base. 500€/year is not acceptable.

Edit:
I also do not understand why no one produces a proper aeronautical base maps without the airdata. Airdata can and should be added by the apps.
From certain examples (roads, city shapes) I can see that the vector base map from SD isn't excactly up to date. The shape of my home town is pre Y2K.

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