ForeFlight Mobile Version 6.3.2 is Ready for iOS 8

ForeFlight Mobile version 6.3.2 is now available on the App Store. This update brings performance improvements, a few bug fixes, and most importantly support for iOS 8 landing today, and iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus available on September 19. We recommend all Stratus customers download this update as it improves app performance while connected.

Preparing for iOS 8

We want ForeFlight apps to work well with the new operating system on the day it is released. Customers upgrade to new app and iOS versions quickly, so to prepare as much as possible we began testing with iOS 8 in June when Apple made the beta builds available to developers.

Since many pilots rely on apps like ForeFlight Mobile as a primary source of charts and maps, we prescribe conservatism when it comes to software upgrades. If you rely heavily on apps for your daily flying, we recommend waiting for the first Apple iOS 8 maintenance update. iOS is a remarkably stable platform and Apple has a track record of quickly releasing minor updates to address any major issues that are uncovered. However, all new operating systems have undiscovered bugs that need fixing and may cause unexpected device or app issues.

If you are anxious to explore the new iOS, then go ahead and update. However, be prepared for light to moderate chop from apps not yet optimized for iOS 8 or from unexpected operating system bugs. We recommend a test flight or two with iOS 8 and any apps you depend on before launching into IMC.

Click here to read more about our iOS 8 preflight briefing.

One More Thing

Apple’s automatic app update feature is convenient, however we encourage pilots to disable this feature. When enabled, this feature can create a situation where the apps you rely upon to fly safely update automatically before you have a chance to review and ground test the changes prior to flight. To disable, go to Settings, scroll down to iTunes and App Store on the left, and turn the switch OFF for Automatic Downloads – Updates.

ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.2 is a free update from the App Store and is available to all current customers. Click here for instructions on updating to the latest version.

Bulletin: September 18 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the September 18, 2014 – October 16, 2014 and September 18, 2014 – November 13, 2014 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including over 100 new diagrams on September 18
  • North American Obstacles

From the FAA:

  • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • Caribbean High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • Ocean Planning Charts
  • Taxi Diagrams
  • Terminal Procedures
  • Airport/Facility Diagrams
  • Documents

For our ForeFlight Mobile Pro Canada customers:

  • Georeferenced 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)
  • Airport/Facility Directory

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

ForeFlight’s iOS 8 Preflight Briefing

Yesterday, Apple announced updates to iPhone, a new payment system called Apple Pay, the new Apple Watch, and the release date for iOS 8. We love new opportunities to build elegant apps – running on great hardware – that deliver exceptional experiences for pilots. Apple’s news makes more of this possible.

Focusing on iOS 8 for a moment, Apple’s operating system releases typically generate some discussion in the aviation community – everything from ‘the sky is falling’ to ‘it is amazing, do it’. Here is our take.

We want ForeFlight apps to work well with the new operating system on the day it is released. Customers upgrade to new app and iOS versions very quickly due to Apple’s automatic app update system (which most pilots have enabled) and over-the-air iOS update capabilities. To make sure we are as prepared as possible, we have tested early beta builds of iOS 8 on our developer and quality assurance devices since Apple announced it in June.

The days between Apple’s special events and release day – 10 days in this case – are a mad, mad rush. We re-test the app on the final iOS release version, fix any issues uncovered, run updates through our internal quality reviews, then submit an update to Apple. On the day the new iPhones land, we run to the Apple store, stand in line (or camp if necessary), buy new devices, then run back to the office to test in order to fix any additional issues uncovered running on the new devices. Developers get hardware the same time customers do, so it is ‘game on’ when it comes to getting new devices in hand.

Should you update to iOS 8? Ultimately, yes. In the near term, expect light to moderate chop from apps that have not yet optimized for iOS 8 or from unexpected operating system bugs. We recommend waiting for the first Apple iOS 8 update and until the apps you rely upon to fly safely are updated to support iOS 8. All new operating systems have undiscovered bugs that need fixing and may cause unexpected device or app issues. iOS is a very stable platform, however, and Apple has a track record of quickly releasing minor updates to address any major issues that are uncovered.

We will be at our stations on September 17th, ready to make any enhancements needed to make your first flight with iOS 8, ForeFlight Mobile, and any new hardware you purchase a safe and fun one. Fly safe, and drop us a note at team@foreflight.com if you hit any unexpected turbulence. We are here and ready to help!

ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.1 Is Now Available On The App Store

ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.1 is now available for download on the App Store. As a follow-up to our 6.3 release, this minor update focuses on performance improvements and a few bug squashes for a better app experience.

ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.1 is a free update from the App Store and is available to all current subscribers. Click here for instructions on updating to the latest version.

Bulletin: August 21 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the August 21, 2014 – September 18, 2014 period:

  • Airport and Navigation Database.
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, with a total of more than 1,000 diagrams on August 21.
  • North American Obstacles.
  • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts.

Data updates are also available 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.
  • AFR High Enroutes, Area Charts
  • EEA High Enroutes, Area Charts
  • ENAME High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) diagrams.
  • Airfield Suitability and Restrictions Report (Giant Report)
  • Airport/Facility Directory

Document updates will be available for download later in the week. All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile.

Update: FAA and NAV CANADA documents are now available to download.

ForeFlight Lands in Portland, Maine

Hello, Portland!

Hello, Portland!

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new office in Portland, Maine. Between the world-renowned seafood, active arts and cultural community, tech-friendly environment, and home to current ForeFlight engineers, Portland is a great place for a technology company to have a presence. With support from the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and the Casco Bay Tech Hub, Portland is emerging as an up and coming ‘under the radar’ technology hub.

We are looking for iOS OpenGL and GIS professionals interested in building innovative mapping and graphics technologies for aviation to join us. The ForeFlight Portland office is located on Union Street in the Historic Old Port area.

Check out these related links for additional information:

ForeFlight Careers
PortlandMaine.com
Portland makes top five of “under the radar” tech cities
America’s Top 5 Under-the-Radar Tech Hubs

Track Log, Weight & Balance Now Available in ForeFlight Mobile 6.3

ForeFlight Mobile version 6.3 is now available for download on the App Store.

Track Log

With ForeFlight Mobile 6.3 we introduce Track Log, a cloud-enabled flight recorder that allows you to record and share your flight track and altitude data right from the ForeFlight Mobile app. Track Log is a great way to share your flying with friends and family, as well as a helpful tool for instructors and students to debrief flight lessons.

ForeFlight Mobile Track Log shown on Google Earth

ForeFlight Mobile Track Log shown on Google Earth.

Record

ForeFlight Mobile’s Track Log will record flight track information using any compatible GPS device, including the Stratus 1, Stratus 2, Bad Elf, and the built-in GPS on Wi-Fi + Cellular iOS devices. In addition, Track Log can continue to record your flight data while the ForeFlight Mobile app is running in the background (Please note that background GPS is currently not available for Stratus 1 or 2).

Enable Track Log in More > Settings by turning the Track Log switch ON.

Toggle Track Log record button ON and OFF in the More > Settings view.

Toggle Track Log record button ON and OFF in the More > Settings view.

Recording is easy using the start/stop record button on the Maps view. When you are ready to start recording your flight simply tap the REC button on the lower left edge of the Maps page. The button will highlight and the timer will begin to count up indicating that recording is underway.

The Track Log record button is located in the lower left of the Maps view.

The Track Log record button is located in the lower left of the Maps view.

To stop recording tap the REC button again. The blue highlight will disappear and the timer will stop counting. The flight data is automatically added to the track log list in the More > Track Logs view.

Manage

Each flight you record is listed in the Track Logs view. Tapping on an entry reveals the details of your track.

Recorded flights are automatically logged in the More > Track Logs view.

Recorded flights are automatically logged in the More > Track Logs view.

On the detail view you can further customize the entry by adding a track log name, pilot name, tail number or other notes.

In the track log detail view you can modify flight details and access share options.

In the track log detail view you can modify flight details and access share options.

To share your flight via email or social platforms, or access it via your online ForeFlight Manage account, you’ll first need to upload the track log to the cloud. To do this, tap on the cloud symbol in the Track Log list view for each flight you would like to upload.

Tap the cloud upload button to enable your track log to be shared.

Tap the cloud upload button to enable your track log to be shared.

Once in the cloud, your track information becomes available to share via a web link or access in your ForeFlight.com/Manage web app account.

Log in to foreflight.com/manage to view and export Track Log files.

Log in to foreflight.com/manage to view and export Track Log files.

Share

Each track log can be exported to a sharable web link for posting to Twitter, Facebook, or sending in an email or text message.

Tap on the Send To button in the upper right for sharing and export options.

Tap on the Send To button in the upper right for share and export options.

For example, tap on Twitter to generate a post directly from the app:

This view shows a Track Log in preparation to share on Twitter.

This view shows a Track Log in preparation to share on Twitter.

The sharable link generates a snapshot of the flight overlaid on a base map view.

Track Log sharable web link view.

Track Log sharable web link view.

Your flight track can also be sent to and viewed by compatible apps that you have installed on your iOS device, like Google Earth and CloudAhoy.

Tap the Send To > Open in.. option to access compatible apps.

Tap the Send To > Open in.. option to access compatible apps.

Track Log is also integrated with ForeFlight Mobile’s Sync feature, so flight track information recorded on one device becomes available on the other devices signed-in to your ForeFlight Mobile account.

Analyze

Login to your ForeFlight.com/manage account to export your flight track as a KML or GPX file, a common file type that can be imported by third-party applications like Google Maps, Google Earth, and other mapping engines.

For operators, Track Log has additional capability that allows them to aggregate track logs and analyze them in support of AC 120-76C, which provides guidance for authorization of airport moving map and requires collection analysis of GPS data for presentation to the FAA.

Track Log can be used on the iPad and iPhone and is a ForeFlight Mobile Standard feature.

Weight & Balance

ForeFlight Mobile version 6.3 introduces an in-app weight & balance solution. Weight & Balance comes pre-loaded with over 100 aircraft models for easier setup. ForeFlight Mobile’s smart interview wizard prompts you through the setup based on FAA Type Certificate Data Sheet and Service Bulletin records. We continue to add more aircraft to the library.

Customize aircraft setup and loading with ForeFlight Mobile’s in-app weight and balance.

Customize aircraft setup and loading with ForeFlight Mobile’s in-app weight and balance.

You can maintain an unlimited number of weight & balance profiles, including multiple configurations for the same aircraft. Weight & Balance allows you to quickly analyze last minute loading changes and will color highlight any parameters that are outside the aircraft’s envelope. Operators can also export load summaries for required reporting.

Weight & Balance is accessible on both the iPad and the iPhone and is a ForeFlight Mobile Pro feature.

Here’s a snapshot of what Weight & Balance can do:

  • Multiple fixed-arm fuel stations
  • One variable-arm fuel station (i.e. a single fuel moment table)
  • Station specific weight limit checks
  • Weight limit checks for ramp, takeoff, landing, as well as zero fuel weight
  • Forward and aft CG limit checks
  • Audible out-of-balance alert
  • Add any number of stations in each aircraft
  • Add any number of loads at each station
  • Drag a load between stations
  • Name aircraft, stations, and loads
  • View audit output for comparison with other weight and balance calculations
  • Choose avgas, mogas, or jet fuel
  • Change fuel density
  • Set initial fuel
  • Set start/taxi fuel consumption
  • Set inflight fuel consumption
  • Edit fuel weight
  • Edit fuel volume
  • Email PDF Loading Summary
  • Print PDF Loading Summary via AirPrint

Refer to our ForeFlight Mobile Weight & Balance Guide for complete how-to on this new feature.

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.