Domestic Flight Plan Form to be Discontinued This Year

Last year the FAA announced plans to remove support for the familiar domestic flight plan form that most pilots use for filing within the US. The move will require all civil aircraft to file both VFR and IFR flight plans using the ICAO format. The transition is currently slated to occur October 1st of this year (see page 2 of the linked newsletter).

Although it’s a few months away, we encourage you to take time now to become familiar with the ICAO format. When October comes, you’ll be ready! ForeFlight makes it easy as the app already supports ICAO. All you need to do is fill in a few additional fields on your aircraft profile. This four-minute video walks you through how to do that.

For a more in-depth view of ICAO codes, Field 18, and other helpful ICAO flight plan fields, dive into Filing ICAO Flight Plans in ForeFlight written by John Collins, ForeFlight consultant and aviation writer.

Our “Filing with ForeFlight Mobile” guide is also available in the ForeFlight app under Documents > Catalog > ForeFlight or on the web here. Official FAA guidance on ICAO filing is available here and here.

New SIDs Published for KATL

The FAA recently approved a set of new departure procedures for KATL, and we included these in ForeFlight’s most recent data cycle update. The new SIDs are designed to make use of existing Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) technology, and will fully replace 16 of the current SIDs later this year. For now, however, these new SIDs are only to be assigned by ATC; flights out of Atlanta should continue to be filed with the current SIDs until the implementation is completed. A NOTAM to this effect has been published for KATL.

The new SIDs will fully replace the current ones later this year

In addition to these replacement SIDs, a new WIGLE1 SID was published for use during special events, and is also ATC assigned only.

A flight plan using one of the new SIDs may be accepted by ForeFlight, but will likely be rejected once it reaches the ATC computer, and even if accepted, will only cause coordination problems for both ATC and the pilot, so be sure to review the NOTAM before filing so you don’t accidentally use the wrong SID and have your clearance rejected. Of course, if ATC assigns you one of the new SIDs, you can use ForeFlight’s Procedure Advisor to load the route information onto the Maps view.

FAA Releases Advisory Ahead of Super Bowl 50

In preparation for the large amount of air traffic expected around San Francisco before and after Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, the FAA has released a set of guidelines for aircraft operating in the area. These include a requirement that pilots obtain ramp reservations at numerous nearby airports, as well as restrictions on what routes can be filed to or from those airports.

The notice from the FAA can be found in Documents > Catalog > FAA

For your convenience, the latest data release includes a document detailing these guidelines, which can be found in the FAA section of the ForeFlight Documents Catalog. The document outlines special traffic management procedures, and guidance on the NOTAMs and TFRs that will be in place prior to the event. This information can also be found online at the FAA’s website. We encourage any pilots who plan to fly in or out of Northern California over the next week to review this information before planning a flight.

Bulletin: February 4 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the February 4, 2016 – March 3, 2016 and February 4, 2016 – March 31, 2016 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including updates to the following airports:
01M 1A5 E11 KAAS KAAT KADC
KAGC KAVP KBDR KBED KBFI KBFL
KBJC KBKF KBMI KBNA KBOI KBOS
KBQK KBTR KBWI KBXA KBYH KCFJ
KCLK KCMI KCOU KCWV KCYO KDEW
KDFW KDTW KEDW KEKN KELD KEOS
KEVU KFAR KFES KFFA KFFC KFFL
KFIG KFIN KFLY KFPK KFTK KGCK
KGED KGEO KGFK KGGI KGGP KGIC
KGNT KGRD KGVT KGYR KHIF KHLN
KHOC KIIB KIKG KJFZ KJMR KLAX
KMAC KMDD KMGE KMHE KMQJ KMQY
KMRY KMSL KMSP KMSS KOKH KOLF
KORD KOSC KOSU KPGV KPIA KPNM
KPTN KRCM KRDM KRIF KROA KROS
KRPJ KRWI KRWL KSAA KSAF KSAR
KSEA KSER KSLB KSTK KSTL KSUO
KSUS KSZT KTCL KTOI KTTF KTVI
KTYL PADQ TJSJ

From the FAA:

  • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • World Area Charts
  • High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • Caribbean High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • Ocean Planning Charts
  • Heli Gulf VFR Charts
  • Taxi Diagrams
  • Terminal Procedures
  • Airport/Facility Diagrams
  • Documents, including the Super Bowl 50 Flight Advisory and NOTAMs.

For Canada region customers:

  • Taxi Diagrams
  • Terminal Procedures
  • Visual Navigation Charts
  • High and Low Enroutes
  • Canada Flight Supplement
  • Documents

For our Military Flight Bag customers:

  • 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.

Bulletin: January 22 Data Updates

Data updates are available for the the January 7, 2016 – February 4, 2015 period:

  • Airport and Navigation Database (Jan 22 Update), including improved airways and corrected Runway Procedure Advisor areas for KMSN and KSGO.
  • The Pilot’s Guide to ForeFlight Mobile has been updated in the Documents Catalog.
  • For our Military Flight Bag customers, corrections to some CTAF and UNICOM frequencies.

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

Bulletin: January 7 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the January 7, 2016 – February 4, 2015 period:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • Documents
  • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • Taxi Diagrams
  • Terminal Procedures
  • Airport/Facility Diagrams
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including new diagrams and updates for the following airports:
0B8 89TE KAAF KABQ KACQ KACV
KACY KADH KADS KADW KAEL KAGS
KAHN KAIK KAJO KAJZ KALM KALW
KALX KAMG KAMN KAPA KAPF KAPN
KARA KART KARV KASD KASG KAST
KATS KATW KATY KAZO KBBW KBML
KBUM KCAG KCMR KCUT KDAA KDTO
KDTW KDYT KEAU KEZS KFAR KFKR
KGDV KGFK KHBV KHKA KHUT KHYI
KJSV KLOL KLZZ KMCF KMKN KMLD
KMLI KMUO KOZA KPAE KPVJ KROA
KROG KRVL KSCR KSLC KTCY KTEX
KTHM KTKI KTRI KTVC KTYS KVSF
KWAY MHTG MMAA MMSD MMTM MTPP
TNCM

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
  • Documents

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

Bulletin: December 10 Terminal Procedure and VNC Updates

Updated Terminal Procedure downloads are available for Kentucky for the December 10, 2015 – January 7, 2016 period. This update reverts the RNAV (GPS) RWY 18 and RNAV (GPS) RWY 36 approaches at I39 to previous amendments and addresses an FAA Safety Alert.

Updated Visual Navigation Charts are also available for current Canada region customers:

  • Baker Lake
  • Bathurst Inlet
  • Cumberland Peninsula
  • Foxe Basin
  • Klondike

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

Bulletin: December 10 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the December 10, 2015 – January 7, 2016 and December 10, 2015 – February 4, 2016 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including updates to the following airports:
07FA 2R2 4M1 71J CYCD E41
E98 KADG KAFN KAFP KAFW KAKQ
KANJ KAQX KAUH KAUO KAVL KAXX
KAZE KBEH KBFA KBKT KBLU KBRO
KBTF KBTY KBWC KBXK KBYL KCBE
KCBG KCEC KCHN KCLT KCNO KCOM
KCPM KDAW KDDH KDEH KDLO KDMA
KDVO KDYA KEBA KECU KEED KEKS
KEMV KEOE KEPM KFGX KFLO KFME
KFSK KFZG KGAS KGLW KGNG KGSP
KGUS KGZS KHAB KHIG KHLX KHMZ
KHRI KHRU KHVS KHYR KIBM KIDL
KJAQ KKNB KLHB KLKV KLUA KMFE
KMHP KMIB KMKL KMLF KMNZ KMPJ
KMPR KMSS KMZH KNQX KOGS KORE
KOUN KOYM KPEX KPHT KPIE KPLD
KPLU KPNA KPPQ KPRS KPSX KPTT
KPVG KRIR KRNP KROA KSAZ KSDF
KSEM KSHN KSJS KSNK KSUN KSZL
KTAN KTEW KTLR KTZT KUBX KUIL
KUYF KVNW KWDG KYIP MBGT MBSC
MGSJ MHLC MHSC MKKJ MKTP MMCO
MMCT MMCY MMHC MMJA MMMT MMNG
MMPA MMPN MMTB MMTG MPCE MPCH
MPEJ MPPA MPSA MPSM MRGF MRLM
MRPM MTCH MUBA MUBR MUBY MUCF
MUCL MUCM MUGT MUKW MUMO MUMZ
MUNG MUVR MYNN PAEN PASC PATK
PAUO PHHI TJVQ TLPC TVSV W75
Y72

From the FAA:

  • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • World 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:

  • Taxi Diagrams
  • Terminal Procedures
  • High and Low Enroutes
  • Canada Flight Supplement
  • Documents

For our Military Flight Bag customers:

  • 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.

VFR Arrival/Departure Routes Documents Available in Military Flight Bag

VFR Arrival/Departure Routes for Europe and Korea are now available to our Military Flight Bag customers. These documents include general and regional information as well as detailed procedures for many airports and heliports. Specific airport information was previously available in the Airport and Plates views, but now regional and supplemental information is available inside our Documents Catalog.

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To download these new documents, tap the Catalog button inside the Documents view of ForeFlight Mobile. Select the DOD catalog and scroll to the Supplements section.