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.


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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.

Managing Your Downloads And Pack

To complement the release of Pack, let’s take a closer look at the Downloads view and how to manage chart and data downloads in the app.

The Downloads view (More tab > Downloads) is the primary way to manage the charts, maps, and other information you have on your device.

Pack can be used to supplement your Download Settings to run a preflight check and ensure you have the information you need for a trip downloaded to your device for offline (inflight) use.

The Downloads View

Downloads is the primary interface to manage the charts and data you wish to have stored on your device. The selections you make here will automatically present updates at each data cycle. (Click on images for a larger view)

The Downloads view in ForeFlight Mobile.

The main Downloads view in ForeFlight Mobile.

In the Downloads view, you can:

  • Select the types of charts you need (e.g. IFR high or low enroute, VFR Sectionals, VNC)
  • Select the areas where you normally fly or plan to fly (e.g. US, Canada, Oregon, British Columbia)
  • Download those areas to your iPad or iPhone (and then automatically receive updates to those areas each data cycle)

Keep in mind that data downloads are separate from app software updates, which are delivered via the App Store.

Let’s walk through an example to illustrate how this works. Let’s say you are based in Tulsa, OK, USA and primarily fly IFR in the US midwest. To begin, navigate to More > Downloads.

The first section of the right hand column is labeled Download Settings.

Depending on what subscription service you have (US, Canada, and/or Military Flight Bag), you will have a list of choices similar to this screen shot:

Download Settings is where you will select chart types and States/Provinces for download.

Download Settings is where you will select chart types and States/Provinces for download.

In our example, you want to have offline access to charts and data for the midwest States where you normally fly.

Tap on the United States line, then you will see a screen like this:

In this view, select the chart types and States you want to download to your device.

In the Download Settings view, select the chart types and States you want to download to your device.

On this view, use the toggle switches (blue means the switch is ON) to select the chart types you want for each State, including Terminal Procedures, IFR low enroute charts, and VFR Sectionals for reference:

Toggle switches select chart types for each State

Use the toggle switches in the Download Settings view to select the chart types you want for each State. Blue means the switch is ON.

Next, select the States you want. Flying the midwest you probably want Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, etc.

Keep scrolling and selecting (tap on each line) as many states as you need. To help you better manage the available space on your device, each line displays a file size. The yellow highlight and checkmark means the State has been selected.

State selector in the Download Settings view

Scroll below the toggle switches to select States. Tap on each line you want to download.

Ok, at this point you’re close, but not quite done!

To complete the download process you need to tap the green download button back on the main Downloads view.

Navigate back by tapping on the “Downloads” button on the top bar:

State selector in the Download Settings view

Tap on Downloads to navigate back to the main Downloads view and complete the download process.

On the main Downloads view, tap the green Download button along the bottom bar to begin the download process:

Download button

Tap the green Download button in the main Downloads view to begin downloading charts, maps, and information per your selections in Download Settings.

You will see the progress bar appear for each line item as the downloads occur:

On the main Downloads view, tap the green Download button along the bottom bar to begin the download process:

Here the download status indicators are shown.

Things to keep in mind when managing your chart downloads:

  •  Maps, charts, and data can be accessed over the Internet or from local storage on the device.
  • If you see blurry charts or the “no charts” gray grid where you expect to see a chart while inflight, then the charts have not been downloaded to your device.

The Role of Pack

Think of Pack as a preflight tool for your iPad that ensures you will have the charts and information you need available for offline (inflight) use.

Based on your planned flight, Pack compares the charts and information you will need for your entire route against what you already have downloaded to your device.

The Pack analysis looks at a 50 NM corridor along your planned route (25 NM to the left and 25 NM to the right), as well as a 50 NM radius around your departure and destination, and presents a list of suggested downloads.

Important note: Pack only analyzes the charts along your route based on the chart type selections you made in the Download Settings view. So, for example, if you are planning a flight above 18,000’ be sure you have IFR High Charts turned ON.

Select chart types in Download Settings

Pack only analyzes your route based on the chart type selections in Download Settings.

To keep going with our example, say you need to fly from Tulsa, OK to Portland, OR. You already have some midwest States selected and downloaded so Pack suggests the remaining charts and information you may need to complete your flight (eg Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, etc):

Pack

Tap on the Pack (suitcase) button on the Route Editor to open the Pack analysis window.

Tap on the Pack (suitcase) button on the Route Editor to open the Pack analysis window. Tap the Pack button to begin the additional downloads.

Here are a some things to keep in mind with Pack:

  • Pack data seamlessly integrates with the rest of the data you already have downloaded or are viewing over the Internet. View all of the charts, maps, and data as you would normally.
  • Currently Pack only suggests downloads based on the chart types you have selected in your Download Settings (eg IFR high enroute, VFR Sectionals)
  • For redundancy fans: It is good practice to test that the data you are expecting to be there inflight is there. Before you leave your Internet connection, put your iPad in Airplane Mode and test access to the charts and data you will need.
  • Packed data is downloaded based on the current data cycle and will not automatically update at the next data cycle. In our example trip from Tulsa to Portland, the additional State downloads for Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming will show in the main Downloads view, but not in the State selector.

To illustrate that last one, in these screen shots you’ll see confirmation that Oregon data has been downloaded on the main Downloads view:

Packed Oregon charts in the main Downloads view

In our example, Packed Oregon charts are confirmed as downloaded in the main Downloads view.

But the Oregon data is only temporary for that data cycle, unless you manually select to add the State:

Packed States are not auto-selected in the State selector

In our example, Oregon charts are Packed, but Oregon is not auto-selected in the State selector.

Deleting Data

Hand in hand with downloading data is how to delete it when you no longer need it or when you need to free up some space on your device.

Deleting Pack Data

Maps, charts, and data downloaded by Pack will be saved until the next data cycle. After the new data cycle goes active, you can bulk delete the items you Packed during the last data cycle by tapping More > Downloads > Delete > Delete Expired.

Delete Expired clears out expired data

In the main Downloads view, Delete > Delete Expired clears out expired data on the new effective date.

You can also delete Packed data before the data cycle change over. Swipe right to left on the line to reveal the Delete command:

Use swipe delete to delete a specific State chart type.

Swipe right-to-left to delete a specific State chart type.

Deleting Data From The Downloads View

Going back to our example, let’s say you no longer fly in Arkansas and would like to delete that State’s data off of your device.  To do this, first navigate to the State selector screen and  tap to uncheck Arkansas:

Deselect States in the Downloads view to delete

A State must be deselected in the State selector in order to delete its data from your device.

After deselecting the State, you can delete all of that State’s data after the new data cycle takes effect by tapping Delete > Delete Expired. Or you can delete by line item as illustrated in the Deleting Pack Data section above.

Here are some things to keep in mind with deleting data:

  • If a state is one you have selected for download in More > Downloads > United States, and you try the swipe-delete as described, that chart will immediately show up for re-download. This is your cue to deselect that State in the State selector view.
  • At data cycle changeover time, you will potentially be using twice the space on your device during that 7-10 days prior to the next effective date. Some suggestions for managing space are: perform a Delete > Delete Expired cleanup, if possible wait until the effective date to download the new data, reconsider the States and/or Provinces you really need and deselect as able.

As always, we are on frequency to assist at team@foreflight.com if you need help or have any questions.

ForeFlight Mobile 6.1 Introduces Pack, Now Available on the App Store

Pack Feature Automatically Selects The Data You Need For Your Flight

ForeFlight Mobile 6.1 introduces Pack—a feature that simplifies pre-flight preparation and enhances your safety by ensuring that you have all of the current charts, data, NOTAMS, fuel prices, and the latest pre-departure weather information stored on your device for inflight access. During the flight planning phase, Pack prompts you to download to your iPad or iPhone the relevant information you may need based on your planned flight. Check out our short video that introduces how to use Pack:

 

On the iPad

Enter your desired route in the Route Editor. The Pack icon, or suitcase, is located on the bottom right of the Route Editor.

Pack icon

The Pack icon is located in the lower right of the Route Editor box.

Pack analyzes your planned route against the data you already have downloaded, and then prompts you to download any additional charts, plates, TFRs, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, NOTAMs and fuel price data you may need for offline access.

Pack has a Settings control that toggles Enable Auto-Check on and off. Turning Enable Auto-Check ON enables Pack to automatically start the route analysis process. In the OFF position, you can still trigger Pack manually by tapping on the icon in the Route Editor.

Toggle the auto-enable for Pack in the Settings menu.

Toggle the auto-enable for Pack in the Settings menu.

The red exclamation point badge on the Route Editor icon and on the suitcase icon indicates that you need to pack for your trip.

Pack badges

The red exclamation point badges indicate that you need to pack for your trip.

Tap on the Pack icon to view the download detail for your trip.

Pack view.

View the data you need to download for offline use in the Pack view. Download items individually by tapping the blue download arrows, or trigger the entire set by tapping Pack in the lower right.

Each type of chart or set of data is bundled into a single line item. You can download each line item individually by tapping on the blue arrow(s); or you can trigger the entire set by tapping the Pack button in the lower right corner. To help you manage the available space on your iPad, each line item is labeled with file sizes. The total file size is indicated in the lower left corner.

Modifying your route via typing in the Route Editor in the Maps view; touch planning in the Maps view; typing in the File & Brief view; or accepting expected route notifications (Flight Alerts) triggers a new Pack analysis. The updated route is evaluated and you’ll be presented with any additional data you need to download.

On the iPhone

Pack can be accessed on the iPhone in the Route view. Tap on the Menu button, then scroll to the Routes section. Tap on one of the three recent routes listed, Favorites, Recents, or Create to select the route for which you wish to Pack.

After choosing or entering a route, scroll to the bottom of the Route page to the Pack line. Just like on the iPad, after a few seconds Pack analyzes the route to determine if additional data needs to be downloaded.

Pack is available with version 6.1 of ForeFlight Mobile Standard, Pro, and Canada. ForeFlight Mobile version 6.1 is a free download for subscribers via the Apple Store. For additional information, be sure to review the Pack section of our Pilot’s Guide.

Bulletin: Document Catalog Update

New documents have been added to the ForeFlight Document Catalog, including the May 29 FAA Notices to Airmen, the AOPA Indianapolis Fly-In NOTAM, and updated VFR Class B Enhancement Graphics for Boston and New York.

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.

Bulletin: May 29 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the May 29, 2014 – June 26, 2014 and May 29, 2014 – July 24, 2014 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including over 100 new diagrams on May 29.
  • 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, including updated FAA FARs and the updated Instrument Procedures Handbook

From NAV CANADA for our ForeFlight Canada customers:

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

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
  • 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

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

ForeFlight’s Military Flight Bag Is Ready For Duty

ForeFlight’s Military Flight Bag (MFB) is a service available to US military and government pilots who have approval to access the Department of Defense Flight Information Publications, or FLIP. MFB supports the global flight operations of these pilots by providing a worldwide geo-referenced library of Department of Defense approach plates, airport diagrams, and chart coverage, all fully integrated with the ForeFlight Mobile Pro app.

Plate-on-maps in Military Flight Bag

Plate on Maps view is shown in the moving map mode with a geo-referenced FLIP approach chart.

For even greater situational awareness, pilots can overlay the geo-referenced procedures and diagrams onto IFR enroute charts, VFR sectionals, and other base maps for a seamless moving map view of own ship position along with hazard and weather information.

Military Flight Bag Documents view

Organize Flight Information Publication documents and more into binders. Stay current with Document Syncing.

ForeFlight’s Document manager organizes Flight Information Publications like Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) pages, Planning Change Notices, Area Planning Documents, Chart Supplements, Enroute Change Notices, and Terminal Change Notices.

Customers can also import their own documents and, with Document Syncing, keep all crew members up to date with current procedures and operating manuals. To ensure compliance, administrators can add and remove documents and monitor database currency on each device via a web-based tool.

Keeping MFB data current is easy via the in-app Download manager. This capability eliminates the need for the DVD, and all charts, documents and data are encrypted and delivered via Wi-Fi Internet.

Military Flight Bag can be purchased by qualified individual pilots on the ForeFlight website for $274.99 per year. Customers with an existing ForeFlight Mobile Standard or Pro service, will see a pro-rated credit at checkout for Military Flight Bag. To get started, visit www.foreflight.com/military.

Organizations that are interested in multi-pilot accounts should contact sales@foreflight.com for pricing information. Multi-pilot accounts are great for crews who wish to manage ForeFlight access for two or more pilots in a single administrative interface.