Bulletin: October 16, 2014 Server Maintenance – COMPLETE

Update – this server maintenance was completed.  All systems are back online.

We will be performing upgrades on our servers during the night of Thursday, October 16, 2014 between 11:30pm CT – 1:30am CT.  Services including flight plan filing, weather retrieval, and data downloads will be intermittently available between during this period.

We will post an update to this bulletin once the upgrades have been completed.

Bulletin: Alaska High Resolution Terrain Data Update

New High Resolution Terrain downloads are available for Alaska. This update addresses an issue where terrain heights could be displayed lower than their actual values in areas north of 59 degrees latitude.

All customers who have selected Alaska High Resolution Terrain will be prompted to download this update inside of ForeFlight Mobile and should do so immediately.

Bulletin: October 18 and September 18 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the October 16, 2014 – November 13, 2014 period:

  • Airport and Navigation Database.
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, with a total of more than 1,200 diagrams on October 16.
  • 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.

Data updates are also available for the September 18, 2014 – November 13, 2014 period:

  • Canada IFR Low Charts have been updated to include Terminal Area Charts for our ForeFlight Canada customers.
  • The North Central A/FD Supplemental document has been updated to correct Airport Diagrams at KBIS and KFAR.

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

Bulletin: Terrain in Alaska and Canada

We have determined that there are areas in Alaska and Canada north of 59 degrees latitude where ForeFlight Mobile can display a lower terrain height than the actual value. This terrain information is used inside ForeFlight Mobile in the Terrain Map, Hazard Advisor, Terrain Profile, and the AGL and MSA cockpit instruments. This impacts geographical areas north of 59 degrees latitude, which includes the majority of Alaska and northern areas of Canada.

We are investigating the issue and will release a fix as soon as possible.

ForeFlight and Comply365 Collaborate on Customer Solutions

This week ForeFlight team members are participating in the Comply365 Third Annual Connections365 education and networking conference in Dallas, Texas. Comply365 serves many industries, including aviation, as a leader in mobile enterprise optimization software. We are pleased to announce two integrations with Comply365 that simplify operations for flight departments.

Comply365 dashboard with ForeFlight quick link.

Comply365 dashboard with quick link to ForeFlight Mobile.

Comply365 Connector for ForeFlight Mobile is a software solution that enables a seamless first time sign-on and authentication capability for ForeFlight Mobile via Comply365’s MyMobile365 dashboard. The solution simplifies deployment of ForeFlight Mobile to large enterprise pilot groups. Customers using the Comply365 Connector tap a ForeFlight icon on the MyMobile365 dashboard and pilots are immediately authorized to use ForeFlight Mobile without additional setup steps.

Ownship position shown with ForeFlight Mobile's runway proximity advisor.

Ownship position shown with ForeFlight Mobile’s runway proximity advisor.

In addition to the Connector, ForeFlight and Comply365 collaborated on a solution to simplify the processes required to obtain FAA authorization for the display of aircraft Ownship position on airport maps. ForeFlight’s Taxi Data Recorder (built upon the Track Log platform) collects GPS taxi data from many pilots within an operation, uploads the data to the cloud, and exports it into the Comply365 MyMobile365 dashboard. The Taxi Data Recorder dashboard makes it easy to start workflows and support analysis for Airport Moving Map Ownship approvals.

At ForeFlight, we are always excited about finding ways to make a pilot’s work simpler and to make flight operations safer. Expanding the capability of our Taxi Data Recorder to Comply365 customers gives those operators a powerful solution to simplify the data collection and analysis work required to support Ownship authorization. The ability to have Ownship position for ground operations increases situational awareness and could lead to reduced runway incursions. We look forward to more innovations with Comply365 to make customers more productive and efficient.

If you are interested in using the ForeFlight Mobile Taxi Data Recorder to pursue Ownship position authorization, contact us at team@foreflight.com.

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.