Since formally releasing the app on March 1, we’ve gotten a ton of feedback that the app is awesome. First, we’d like to thank you for giving it a try! Many of you requested several new features that we’re working to implement right now. We are really just in the beginning stages of development, so you will see many implemented over the next few months. Keep in mind, it may appear we’re just throwing more weather guidance at you like many of the other apps have done in the past and continue to do; please understand this is all part of the foundation of building a simpler approach to deciphering the weather along your route. While I can’t provide gory details or the date of release of these new features at this time, here are a few that are on the top of the list.
- Radar mosaic. Yes, we’re in the process of building one of the most technologically advanced radar depictions available online.
- Android support. At the moment we have done our own internal testing and it works very well on Android devices. At some point in the near future we will be releasing the app to Google Play. For now, WeatherSpork is designed to be highly responsive and compatible with most versions of the common Internet browsers on many portable Android devices. Give it a try!
- More robust airport and navigation database. We started with a database consisting of primarily sites that contained a Model Output Statistics (MOS) forecast. So that limits what airports you can explore within the app. Soon, you will have a more complete database of airports to choose from and you will be able to view METARs and TAFs from the map view. Moreover, we will eventually be providing sites in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
- More robust planning. At this point you are limited to just four airports that include your departure and destination airports. We are looking to expand this database to allow for other waypoints such as VORs. We are also looking to expand the number of waypoints that can be added to the route.
- Support for profile view and meteograms in the flight levels. Currently the app stops at 20,000 feet, but we are looking to expand this to FL450.
- Syncing of the Wheels Up Departure Advisor. In order to provide consistency between the route, grid and map view with respect to time, the Wheels Up Departure Advisor will be synced between these views.
These are just a few of the improvements we’re currently working to build. There’s even more features planned on the horizon, so stay tuned.
“Most pilots are weatherwise, but some are otherwise.”
Weather Systems Engineer