Bulletin: Airport Database (April 18 Update)

A new Airport and Navigation Database (April 18) is available for the April 3–May 1 2014 period. This updated database includes over 400 new georeferenced ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, available for customers who have upgraded to ForeFlight Mobile 6.0.

All customers will be prompted to download the Airport and Navigation Database inside of ForeFlight Mobile 6.0.

New Data Cycle, New Improved FAA Digital VFR Charts

The FAA has greatly improved its digital-Visual Chart (d-VC) production process and we are pleased to incorporate the new style of charts into ForeFlight Mobile with data cycle 1404 effective April 3. Previously, the digital raster files were produced by scanning a printed chart. The new style Sectional and Terminal Area Charts are created directly from digital files, resulting in a crisper, brighter image, improved geo-referencing, and slightly smaller file sizes. Here are some examples of the before and after shown in the ForeFlight Mobile maps view. These look especially nice on the iPad Retina display:

Bulletin: April 3, 2014 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the Apr 3, 2014 – May 1, 2014 and Apr 3, 2014 – May 29, 2014 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • FAA VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts – using the FAA’s new digital charts for improved clarity and readability.
  • FAA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • FAA Ocean Planning Charts
  • FAA Taxi Diagrams
  • FAA Terminal Procedures
  • FAA Documents
  • NAV CANADA Instrument Procedures from the CAP and RCAP
  • NAV CANADA High and Low Enroutes
  • NAV CANADA Documents – now including the Water Aerodrome Supplement (WAS) in English and French.

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

If you’re heading to the 40th Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, stop by and say hello. We are in Hangar C-092, 093 and will be giving presentations Tuesday, April 1 at 9:00 am in Room 1, Thursday, April 3 at 1:00 pm in Room 2, and Friday, April 4 at 1:00 pm in Room 4.

Bulletin: SUN ‘n FUN NOTAM and Obstacles update

The 2014 SUN 'n FUN NOTAM is brought to you by ForeFlight

The NOTAM for the 2014 SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In is now available for download in the ForeFlight Document Catalog. We’re happy to be the official sponsor of this year’s NOTAM!

An updated U.S. Obstacles database is also available. This update removes some dismantled towers that were previously included. All customers will be prompted to download this update inside of ForeFlight Mobile.

Bulletin: March 6, 2014 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the March 6, 2014 – April 3, 2014 period:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • FAA VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • FAA Taxi Diagrams
  • FAA Terminal Procedures
  • FAA Documents

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

Bulletin: Feb 6 FAA Arrivals

We discovered errors in the digital terminal procedures data files the FAA published for the Feb. 6 data cycle. The FAA omitted arrival procedure information for some airports. We alerted the FAA as soon as this error was discovered.

The FAA has published corrected files, and we have issued a new Airport Database to correct this issue.  Please open ForeFlight Mobile on your iPad or iPhone, tap on More -> Downloads, and download “Airport Database (Feb 6 Update)”.  It is not necessary to download any new terminal procedures, as they were all included in the per-state plate downloads.

The FAA also issued a new version of the KGUS (Gunnion-Crested Butte) VOR/GPS-A approach plate. If you have selected Colorado in your download settings, you will automatically be prompted to download the new “Colorado (Feb 6 Update)” terminal procedures.

Please email us at team@foreflight.com with any questions.

Bulletin: February 6, 2014 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the Feb 6, 2014 – Mar 6, 2014 and Feb 6, 2014 – Apr 3, 2014 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • FAA VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • FAA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • FAA Ocean Planning Charts
  • FAA Taxi Diagrams
  • FAA Terminal Procedures
  • FAA Documents – including new Advisory Circulars on Icing Conditions and Laser Illumination of Aircraft.
  • NAV CANADA Instrument Procedures from the CAP and RCAP
  • NAV CANADA High and Low Enroutes
  • NAV CANADA Documents – now including the French CAP GEN and new ICAO Flight Plan Document.

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

iOS 6 Required Starting February 1

Apple is introducing iOS development changes soon and we want to make sure you are aware of them. Starting in February, updates submitted to App Store by all app developers will require iOS 6 as a minimum version. After February 1, any app updates we submit to App Store will require iOS 6. Customers running older versions of iOS will continue to be able to download the last supported version of any app for their iOS version, but they will not be able to download new updates with new features. All customers will continue to receive data updates and support for existing features, but new features will only be available on iOS 6 or above.

iOS 6 is supported by iPad 2 and above, and iPhone 3GS and above.  However, iPad 1 isn’t able to upgrade to iOS 6. For those of you on iPad 1, we encourage you to consider an upgrade. The newest iPad hardware is up to 50x faster than the original iPad introduced in 2010. Technology has evolved very rapidly since then, bringing better screens, more efficient processors, 64-bit mobile computing power, improved wireless performance, wireless sharing of data, and fast cloud backups.

In addition, Apple’s release of iOS 7 was the most significant iOS operating system update in years. It brings a slate of new functionality that developers like ForeFlight can access to make app experiences better. We have seen a remarkable adoption rate as 75% of active devices utilizing ForeFlight Mobile now run iOS 7.0 or greater. We have put together an iPad and accessory buying guide for your reference here.

We are on frequency at team@foreflight.com to answer any questions you may have about ForeFlight Mobile or the coming changes to iOS development.

Bulletin: January 9, 2014 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the Jan 9, 2014 – Feb 6, 2014 period:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • FAA VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • FAA Taxi Diagrams
  • FAA Terminal Procedures
  • FAA Documents – including a new Touchdown Zone Elevation document. This addresses a recent FAA Safety Alert by providing missing TDZE information for some procedures.
  • ForeFlight Documents – including an updated version of our Pilot’s Guide that covers the latest features introduced in ForeFlight 5.5.

Canadian customers: the new database includes general Flight Service information in the Frequencies section of the Airports view.  For full Flight Service information, please refer to the airport’s CFS page. A list of all Flight Information Centres can be found in the Canada Flight Supplement in our Documents Catalog.

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