EAA ForeFlight Scholarship Winners Announced

We had an overwhelming response to our two flight training scholarships with over 150 applicants! Thank you to everyone who participated. It was inspiring to hear from so many ambitious people who are eager to earn their wings. We are pleased to present the two finalists who will go on to pursue their flight training with a little help from ForeFlight. Here’s a brief snapshot of Jacob and Megan:

Megan Kerstein

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At age fifteen Megan discovered her home in the sky when she flew with an instructor for the first time. Following that experience, Megan participated in the Southern Illinois University Summer Wings program where she logged five hours of flight time. Since then she has dreamt of finishing her primary flight training. Now nineteen years old, Megan wants to be a flight surgeon or aviation medicine physician, a path that will allow her to pursue both of her passions. Being a Naval or Air Force flight surgeon is in her sights, and beyond that Megan would like to use her license to volunteer for Angel Flight and Young Eagles.

Jacob Rasmussen

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Jacob is an active sixteen year old who participates in choir, acting and directing theater productions, tennis, ballroom dancing, and is the youngest member of a numismatic investment and collecting club. Growing up with an Uncle and a Grandfather who were pilots was enough to give Jacob the desire to earn his wings. Jacob would like to become an air medical pilot with the same company for which his Grandfather flew. Helping others in emergency need will fulfill his desire to be a part of something bigger than himself. In addition, Jacob would like to build his own airplane one day. He is currently enrolled in ground school.

Stay tuned as we follow these two on their paths to becoming licensed Private Pilots.

Bulletin: July 24 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the July 24, 2014 – August 21, 2014 and July 24, 2014 – September 18, 2014 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including over 100 new diagrams on July 24
  • North American Obstacles

From the FAA:

  • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts, now with the Grand Canyon VFR Chart
  • High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • Caribbean High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • Ocean Planning Charts
  • Gulf of Mexico Helicopter Charts
  • Taxi Diagrams
  • Terminal Procedures
  • Airport/Facility Diagrams
  • Documents, including new Class B enhancement graphics, FLY charts, and FARs

For our ForeFlight Mobile Pro Canada customers:

  • Instrument Procedures from the CAP and RCAP
  • High and Low Enroutes
  • VNC Charts
  • Canada Flight Supplement
  • Documents

For our Military Flight Bag customers:

  • Global airport, navigation, and airway coverage from the Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File
  • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures
  • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams
  • CSA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • PAA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • D-FLIP Publications such as Planning Change Notices, Area Planning Documents,
  • Chart Supplements, Enroute Change Notices, and Terminal Change Notices.
  • Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) diagrams
  • Airfield Suitability and Restrictions Report (Giant Report)

All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile.

ForeFlight Mobile Receives Operational Suitability Approval on iPad and iPhone

We are pleased to announce that the FAA’s Aircraft Evaluation Group completed an evaluation of ForeFlight Mobile as an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution and found the app to be operationally suitable as a “complete flight deck solution for continuous accessibility for the pilot.”

The approval letter goes on to say: “[The] ForeFlight Mobile application includes airport flight directory information and instrument departure and arrival procedures and charts for all of the US and Canadian IFR National Airspace System. The mobile application was evaluated and found to be operationally suitable.”

The Operational Suitability evaluation was completed on an iPad 2, however the approval covers the iPad 2 or newer, iPad Mini, and iPhone 3GS or newer hardware. In related efforts, the co-developed Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver with Appareo Systems has received approval for use in Part 121 aircraft operations. The Stratus platform enables the display of ADS-B weather on iPad and iPhone running the ForeFlight Mobile app, as well as WAAS-grade GPS positioning for ownship display. Professional operators with access to inflight weather routinely report saving thousands of pounds of gas by being able to see ahead and work with flight operations on inflight re-routes.

In the United States, operators falling under FAR Part 91K, 121, 125, and 135 are required to have formal FAA authorization to use EFB solutions inflight. This letter makes it even easier for operators to obtain approval for use of ForeFlight Mobile on iOS devices. ForeFlight will share copies of the letter to interested customers seeking this approval.

For more information about obtaining ForeFlight Mobile and Stratus approvals, contact ForeFlight at sales@foreflight.com.

Bulletin: July 16 Data Updates

The Pilot’s Guide to ForeFlight Mobile and the Stratus 2nd Generation Pilot’s Guide have both been updated in the ForeFlight Document Catalog. These updates cover the latest features in ForeFlight Mobile 6.2.1 and the most up to date guide to Stratus 2.

These documents are available for download on the iPad version of ForeFlight Mobile. Tap on the Documents view, then tap Catalog in the top-right corner to see the list of available documents. All users who have an existing copy of either document will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile.

A new Airport and Navigation Database is also available to our Military Flight Bag customers for the June 26, 2014 – July 24, 2014  period. This update includes global airport, navigation, and airway coverage from the Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File. All Military Flight Bag customers will be prompted to download this update inside of ForeFlight Mobile.

Seamlessly Sync Favorites, Enjoy Profile View Refinements in ForeFlight Mobile 6.2.1

ForeFlight Mobile version 6.2.1 is now available for download on the App Store.

Seamlessly Sync Favorites and Recents

With ForeFlight Mobile version 6.2.1 we introduce Sync, a fast cloud-based syncing system that seamlessly transfers information between your iPhone and iPad. For example, this capability allows you to plan a flight on your iPhone and that flight will appear in the recent routes list on your iPad, or in your favorites list if you have marked the route as a favorite. There is no special user interaction required as syncing is automatic.

Sync between devices.

Seamlessly sync your favorites and recents between devices.

With this initial release, sync seamlessly synchronizes your recent and favorite: routes, airports, weather imagery, user waypoints, and recent procedures across all devices that share the same ForeFlight Mobile login.

In the next release, we will add sync support for aircraft profiles and flight plans, with more sync-enabled features to follow.

Because sync stores recents and favorites to the cloud, changes made on one device will automatically be delivered to the other device when it next connects to the Internet. In addition, if you are setting up a new device or need to reinstall the app your activity is protected and restored automatically.

You can manage sync in More > Settings > then scroll to Preferences > Synchronize User Data. The toggle will turn Sync ON (blue) or OFF for that device.

Sync Settings

Sync has an ON/OFF switch in the Settings menu.

A note for multi-pilot accounts: sync is disabled by default for multi-pilot accounts with a shared single login.

Sync is available with version 6.2.1 on all ForeFlight Mobile Standard, Pro, and Military service levels. Stay tuned! More to come with sync.

Refinements And Filter Options In Profile View

The Profile view has a new refined look with the highest point, clearance, and first strike figures now presented in a panel on the right-hand side of the view, making that information easier to read. In addition, to best suit each flight Profile now gives you the ability to set hazard altitude and route width parameters for filtering terrain and obstacle alerts.

Refined Profile View

The new Profile layout is easier to read and adds additional capability to filter terrain and obstacle alerts.

A new terrain settings menu allows you to set your flight path corridor width and alert altitudes right from the Profile view. Tap on the cog to reveal the new menu:

New terrain settings menu

Tap on the cog symbol to reveal the new terrain and obstacle settings menu.

Select your desired Corridor Width, or route buffer, to display terrain and obstacle alert coloring only within the chosen corridor along your planned flight path. The corridor width options are: ½, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 20 nautical miles.

Corridor Width Setting

In this example, 2 nautical miles will alert you to terrain and obstacles one nautical mile to the left and one nautical mile to the right of your planned flight path.

The hazard altitude setting gives you flexibility in choosing what relative altitudes from your aircraft are used for presenting the yellow and red alert coloring of terrain and obstacles.

Hazard Altitudes Setting

In this example, selecting Heli-Medium will color hazards yellow within 200’ vertical of the aircraft and red at or less than 25’.

The Hazard Altitude setting is reflected in both the Profile view and the Maps Hazard Advisor layer. This is beneficial for low-altitude flight operations, like helicopters, by giving you options to fly closer to terrain or obstacles before the yellow and red hazard alerting appears.

The inflight toggle between route and aircraft mode is now situated at the top of the new panel layout

Route and Aircraft mode toggle

Toggle between route and aircraft mode while inflight.

Profile view is a ForeFlight Mobile Pro feature.

Refinements To Annotations Toolbar

Our refinement theme continues in the Annotations feature with a refreshed menu bar. The buttons now have higher contrast making them easier to see.

Annotations refinement

Shown here is a comparison of the previous versus current Annotation toolbar.

Access the annotations toolbar in either the Plates view or Documents view by tapping on the pencil in the upper right.

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A tip for using annotations, select your annotation color, thickness, and opacity settings, then select the text or shape option.

Annotations toolbar

A tip for using annotations is to choose your color, then select the annotation type.

Annotations is a ForeFlight Mobile Pro feature.

ForeFlight Mobile Version 6.2.1 Is Available On The App Store

ForeFlight Mobile version 6.2.1 is a free download for subscribers via the App Store. Click here for instructions on how to update the app.

Updated: ForeFlight Mobile 6.2.1 Submitted to App Store

Updated July 11, 2014: 

ForeFlight Mobile 6.2.1 is now available on the App Store and will resolve the app close issue. If you updated to version 6.2 and your user waypoints are missing, please contact us at team@foreflight.com for instructions on how to restore them. If you deleted and reinstalled the app as a workaround, it isn’t possible to recover the user waypoints. We apologize for this happening and we appreciate your patience while we fixed it. If you experience any further issue with 6.2.1, please contact us immediately at team@foreflight.com.


Original post:

Earlier today we released version 6.2 which includes support for our new data sync capability. Some customers are experiencing an app close after updating to 6.2, which is a result of a data migration process when run against large numbers of recent routes and plates.

We jumped on a fix as soon as the issue was detected. A fix for customers experiencing this issue is in version 6.2.1, which is submitted to App Store and pending review. As a workaround, customers can delete and reinstall the app if they need to bypass the issue.

Mark Your Calendar: ForeFlight Education Forums at EAA AirVenture

AirVenture 2014 Education ForumsBe sure to make room in your agenda for one of our scheduled Education Forums at EAA AirVenture 2014. Get a full hour of in-depth training on flying with iPad, ForeFlight Mobile, and Stratus, as well as updates on the latest features. Using real-world flight scenarios we’ll walk you through how to use ForeFlight Mobile during each phase of flight.

 

ForeFlight Education Forums Schedule:

Monday, July 28
11:30 am – 12:45 pm, Forum 8

Thursday, July 31
11:30 am – 12:45 pm, Forum 5

Friday, August 1
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, Forum 11

Saturday, Aug 2
8:30 am – 9:45 am, Forum 9

Also be sure to check out these additional forums presented by our friends from Sporty’s:

Advanced iPad Flying Tips with John Zimmerman
Tuesday, July 29, 8:30 am – 9:45 am, Forum 7

ADS-B and the iPad with John Zimmerman
Thursday, July 31, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, Forum 8

iPad 101 with Bret Koebbe
Saturday, August 2, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm, Forum 11

Click here to view the full schedule of events on the AirVenture website.

The ForeFlight exhibit will be in Hangar A, #1147-1148. See you at AirVenture!

ForeFlight Launches Geo-referenced Approach Plates For Canada

NAV CANADA has recently taken steps to modernize the Canada Air Pilot (CAP) and Restricted Canada Air Pilot (RCAP) publications. One of the six key areas of improvement is making all published procedures to scale, which (we are excited to announce) enables us to geo-reference them for ownship display. The new charts are available in-app now as a late-cycle 1406 data update. Current Canada subscribers will see the new, geo-referenced publications automatically replace the old ones as part of the standard data update process.

Ownship on Vancouver airport diagram

Ownship display shown on Vancouver BC airport diagram.

For improved situational awareness and better decision-making, our Canadian customers can now take full advantage of pre-flight planning and inflight moving map features like Plates on Maps:

ForeFlight Mobile Pro Canada is available for $149.99 per year. For more information and to purchase, visit our Canada web page.

Bulletin: May 29 and June 26 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the June 26, 2014 – July 24, 2014 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database.
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including over 100 new diagrams on June 26.
  • North American Obstacles.
  • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts.
  • Helicopter Charts for Los Angeles.
  • FAA Documents, including updated FLY Charts and FAR Parts 121, 135, 141, and 830.
  • VNC Charts for our ForeFlight Canada customers.

Data updates are also available to download for the May 29, 2014 – July 24, 2014 period, adding georeferencing to almost 1,700 plates and aerodrome charts for ForeFlight Canada customers. Several missing Canada Flight Supplement Pages were also added:

  • Airport and Navigation Database (June 21 Update).
  • Airport/Facility Diagrams (June 21 Update).

All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile.

Data updates are also available for our Military Flight Bag customers:

  • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures.
  • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams.
  • Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) diagrams.

Military Flight Bag customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile.

Stadium TFRs

Updated June 21, 2014

Graphical Stadium TFRs

Graphical Stadium TFRs are displayed on the Maps view.

Stadium TFRs are now graphically represented in the Maps view as part of the TFRs layer, both inflight using Stratus and on the ground over Internet. No additional Settings are required to view them.

ForeFlight monitors event schedules for Major League Baseball, the National Football League, NCAA Football, Indy Car, NASCAR Sprint Cup, and Formula 1 and integrates that information into the TFR layer on the Maps view.

ForeFlight looks forward seven days for events that match this criteria and the default duration for each event is set to six hours. Red TFRs are active or will be active in the next 24 hours. Yellow TFRs are inactive for at least the next 24 hours. As always, we recommend communicating with ATC inflight to steer clear of these areas when they are active.

In the Maps view, tap on the drop down menu in the upper left and select TFRs from the overlay options:

Select TFRs in the Maps overlay options

In the Maps view, select TFRs in the overlay menu.

One other thing to note about TFRs is that if the FAA publishes a TFR without graphical shape information, it may not appear in the Maps overlay. We encourage you to also check the Airports page > NOTAMs > TFRs, as well as with ATC, for any additional TFR information.

NOTAMs in the Airports view

Reference additional TFR information in the Airports view > NOTAMs > TFR.