If there was ONE sponsor I fantasized about getting when I started a YouTube channel about flying… ForeFlight was IT!
I got my license in the mid 90’s, eons before the era of tablets, and heck, the internet wasn’t even “a thing” yet.
Flight planning on paper was never something I felt good about, but as many of us did, I tolerated it as a necessary pain point to over come, before being able to enjoy what I really loved about being a pilot – and that was simply flying!
There was a period where I lost my currency after “life got in the way”:
I met my wife, bought the house, had the baby, and BAM! Almost 5 years had gone by since my last log book entry.The significant thing though, was the era in which this happened…
It was 2006 when I stopped flying… and 2007 marked the dawn of the iPad… and ForeFlight.
And I watched paper flight planning become a thing of the past! Just. Like. That.!
I got a 1st Gen iPad mini for xmas from my wife in 2009 and the first thing I installed was ForeFlight. I was flying again with in early 2010!
Getting recurrent and looking for “missions” as a weekend warrior private pilot, created the motivation for the “Flight Chops” project…
ForeFlight was the first to come on board as a Flight Chops Sponsor, and helped legitimize the channel which paved the way for other industry-leading sponsors to take the plunge and sponsor a YouTube channel, which had not happened yet in Aviation.