ForeFlight Mobile users flying on IFR flight plans can now receive their Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) and Digital Automated Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS) via text and email thanks to a partnership with Satcom Direct to provide this service at 76 of the busiest airports in North America.
The PDC feature replaces clearance delivery via radio, speeding IFR departures, ForeFlight co-founder and CEO Tyson Weihs said in a news release. The text-based (or emailed) clearances include the filed route, cleared altitude, transponder code, departure frequency, and any special instructions that may apply. A PDC eliminates the need for a verbal clearance from air traffic control.
Current users will need to register to take advantage of the new feature. Details on that process, along with a video, and a list of 76 airports where the service is now available, are posted online. The PDC and D-ATIS services are included with ForeFlight’s Performance Plus (a $299 annual subscription) and Business Performance subscription plans.