FlightBriefer – WebOS

FlightBriefer for WebOS

FlightBriefer is a WebOS® application for aviators that provides partial NOAA ADDS® aviation data service access, simple flight leg planning, a “nearest” airport function integrated with Google Maps®, DUATS® flight briefing and flightplan filling, and flight logging:

Latest Release – v1.0.14:

  • Updated with new image URLs per NOAA/ADDS site changes.
  • All features depending on the navdata DB have been turned off UFN (See below) due to the navdata DB no longer being available. After a new DB is designed and built,  the features will be restored.  The removed features are: “nearest” airport lookup, Flight Planner (leg planner), and the DB download function. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

FlightBriefer is NOT a certified flight tool and cannot be used for actual flight briefings as a certified source of flight weather information.

FlightBriefer comes with no warranty or claims of accuracy or correctness. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. By the act of downloading, installing, and running FlightBriefer, you agree to irrevocably release its author and ansonworks.com/flightbriefer.net from ALL liability forever.

Email Support: palm_support@flightbriefer.net

Aviation WX Information – Quickly!

Flightbriefer provides access to several NOAA ADDS aviation data services for aviation-related weather information:

  • METARS
  • TAFS
  • PIREPS
  • AIRMETS/SIGMETS
  • Prog Charts
  • Winds Aloft
  • Composite Tops
  • Freeze Levels
  • Icing CIP/SIP

Flightbriefer also supports launching external “radar” applications.  In order for the “Radar” button to function, the user must download and install one of the following additional applications:

  • WxRad  (precentral.net homebrew site)
  • Weather.com app (free version only!)
  • Weatherbug app (free version only!)
  • AccuWeather app (free version only!)


FAA N-Number Lookup

FlightBriefer provides the ability to lookup Nnumbers and also has a local database of available US airport locations. The local database must be “pulled down” before the “nearest” feature can be used:


APPLICATION NOTE:When the “Pull Data” feature
of FlightBriefer is pressed, the user must not allow the Palm device to enter a sleep state… this can be easily accomplished by just tapping the screen often while the download is occurring. This is a known bug in the application.

Leg Calculator (TURNED OFF – UFN)

Flightbriefer has  a simple flight planning leg calculator that integrates with the local US airport locations database. Simple leg calculation is a snap!

Flight Log

Flightbriefer contains a simple flight log that can be used to record and keep track of flight time:

DUATS Integration

Flightbriefer integrates with the DUATS weather briefing and flight planning functionality. With your DUATS ID, you can request flight briefings and file flight plans:

The Pilot in Command isalways responsible for assuring that any data utilized for the purposes of flight information is accurate and correct and that the information is certified for flight considerations.

FlightBriefer is NOT a certified flight tool and cannot be used for actual flight briefings as a certified source of flight weather information.

FlightBriefer comes with no warranty or claims of accuracy or correctness. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. By the act of downloading, installing, and running FlightBriefer, you agree to irrevocably release its author and ansonworks.com/flightbriefer.net from ALL liability forever.

See the DUATSwebsite for additional information regarding DUATS accounts.

Nearest Airport (TURNED OFF – UFN)

FlightBriefer’s ”nearest” feature provides a great little tool that can be used to locate the nearest airport to your location. Users can choose to see only Public airports or all aiports (public, private, etc…) in their query.The GPS within the WebOS tools is “queried” by giving the device a little gentle “shake”.  The device will then re-query its location via its GPS and will report the new “nearest” airport.

Additionally, Flightbriefer allows users to utilize Google Maps to get directions to the nearest airport found by this feature:

Backing up and Restoring your Flight logs

Below are some sample instructions on backing up and restoring your flightlog database. For sake of example, the instructions are based upon the following task:

  • I am going to backup my flightlog database from the FlightBriefer application
  • I am going to restore my flightlog database into the FlightLog application

Also, for the sake of example, I am using Windows on my PC. Linux and Mac should also work.

First, I recommend you download and install the Firefox browser – that is what I start with. You will also download and install a plug-in into your Firefox browser called “SQLite Manager”. SQLite Manager will be the tool that is used to perform the actual database backup and restore.

Let’s get started. To Backup:

  1. Download and install the SQLite Manager plug-in for the Firefox browser
  2. Connect your Pre to your desktop via USB –select “USB Drive” mode • In this
    example, I assume the Pre as a USB drive gets mounted as “E:” (again, for
    Windows)
  3. Launch the SQLite Manager from within Firefox (Its under the Tools menu)
  4. From the SQLite Manager top menu, select: Database->Connect Database
  5. Navigate to something like this: “E:\.appstorage\file_.var.usr.palm.applications.com.ansonworks.flightbriefer-palm_0”
  6. Select “All Files” in the lower right hand corner of the current window you
    are navigating in
  7. You may see 2 files (for FlightBriefer, you *may* see 2 files – a one big
    and a one small one) – open the *small* one
  8. If successfully opened, you should see a “Tables” drop down on the left with
    3 tables – one of them is called “flightlog” • If you don’t see that table,
    go back to 7) and open the “other” file…
  9. Select “flightlog” and go to Table->Export Table from the top menu
  10. Choose “SQL” and leave both check boxes unchecked
  11. Make sure the top of the Export wizard says something like this: “Database:
    Main Name of the table: flightlog”
  12. Press the OK button – The next window should allow you to choose a location
    on your PC and give you the option to name your export file.
  13. Select a location *on your PC* and name the file something like
    “flightbriefer-flightlog-backup-11_25.sql” (suffix is important –make sure
    its “.sql”)
  14. Press Save.
  15. Back at the SQLite Manger top level menu, select “Database->Close Database”

Your Flightlog database should now be backed up.

To Restore:

  1. Follow steps 1), 2), 3) and 4) as in the Backup section (again, in this
    example, I assume my Pre gets mounted as “E:” for Windows)
  2. Navigate to something like this:
    “E:\.app-storage\.app-storage\file_.var.usr.palm.applications.com.ansonworks.flightlog-palm_0”
  3. You should see 1 file (for the Flightlog app there is only one – a small
    one) – open the small one
  4. From the left hand “Tables” dropdown, select “flightlog”
  5. Now, from the SQLite Manager top menu, select “Database->Import”
  6. Press “Select File” and choose the backup file that you saved above (i.e.
    “flightbriefer-flightlog-backup-11_25.sql”)
  7. Select the SQL tab and ensure the checkbox is unchecked.
  8. Press the OK button – you should get a confirmation dialog – confirm that as
    well
  9. If the import succeeded, you should get a notice on the import wizard that
    your entries were successfully imported into the flightlog table.
  10. Back at the SQLite Manger top level menu, select “Database->Close Database”
  11. Launch FlightLog and confirm that your log entries are now visible there and
    can be manipulated.

Your Flightlog database is now restored.

For more information about FlightLog, visit the PalmWebOS App Store

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