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.

Flight Plan Acknowledgment Notifications From ATC

In our continued integration with Lockheed Martin AFSS services (LMFS), ForeFlight Mobile now sends an acknowledgment notification when ATC accepts your flight plan.

The acknowledgment is sent after your plan is filed and within the 3-hours to ETD window.

The acknowledgment notification is in addition to the existing “Filing succeeded: Your flight plan was filed” message that appears upon filing your flight plan, and is additional assurance that your flight plan has been accepted by ATC.

The filing succeeded message appears after tapping the File button, when your flight plan is successfully transmitted to Lockheed Martin.

The filing succeeded message appears after tapping the File button, when your flight plan is successfully transmitted to Lockheed Martin.

Push Notifications must be turned ON for ForeFlight in order to receive the ATC acknowledgment message. You can manage this in your iOS Settings by navigating to your Settings app, then Notification Center.

Within the Settings app on your iOS device, tap on ForeFlight in your Notification Center list, then select your preferences.

Here’s what you’ll see when you file your flight plan through ForeFlight Mobile using LMFS:

  • When your ETD is less than 3 hours, you will see the filing succeeded message after tapping the ‘File’ button, followed shortly by the ATC acknowledgment notification.
  • When your ETD is more than 3 hours, you will receive the filing succeeded message after tapping the ‘File’ button. The ATC acknowledgment will be sent at around the 3 hours to departure point.

IMPORTANT TIP: To set your filing preference to Lockheed Martin, you will need to sign out of your DUATS account from within the ForeFlight Mobile app. Navigate to More > Accounts > Account Logins. Tap on the CSC DUATS line and sign out if you have your DUATS account linked to ForeFlight. Please note that you will still receive your DUATS route briefing in the app.

Navigate to More > Accounts > Account logins to sign out of your DUATS account.

Navigate to More > Accounts > Account logins to sign out of your DUATS account.

ForeFlight Mobile automatically files all ICAO type flight plans through LMFS. FAA/Domestic flight plans are filed through DUATS if you have DUATS credentials entered on the Accounts screen.

The ATC acknowledgment notifications are available to both Standard and Pro subscribers.

ForeFlight Teams With EAA To Fund Two Flight Training Scholarships

We at ForeFlight are pleased to announce the availability of two $7500 flight training scholarships for individuals seeking their Private Pilot License.Learn to fly

Being a company made up of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, we value the Experimental Aircraft Association’s mission to share and promote the spirit of aviation. We appreciate our customers too, who remind us everyday of all the unique and wonderful opportunities that the aviation industry provides. We are happy to share our success by teaming up with the EAA to offer these scholarships. Apply today and tell us about the unique and wonderful ways you will use your license to fly!

We are looking for a remarkable 500-word written essay or video on the topic of “How I Will Use My License To Fly.” Submissions will be accepted starting May 8 through June 30, 2014 and the winners will be announced at the 2014 EAA AirVenture.

Full application requirements and submission instructions are available on the EAA website. Happy (future) flying!

Bulletin: May 1, 2014 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the May 1, 2014 – May 29, 2014 period:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including over 100 new diagrams on May 1.
  • FAA VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • FAA Taxi Diagrams
  • FAA Terminal Procedures
  • FAA Documents, including four new handbooks: Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators, Glider Flying Handbook, Helicopter Instructor’s Handbook and the Sea or Skiplane and Float or Ski Heli Handbook.

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

ForeFlight Mobile 6.0.1 Is Now Available At The App Store

ForeFlight Mobile version 6.0.1 is now available to download at the App Store. As a  follow-up to our major 6.0 release, this minor update fixes:
  • An issue where map markers (flight rules, ceiling, etc.) could stay hidden,
  • An issue on iPhone 5 that would cause the app to exit,
  • An issue with flight rules display within the NavLog,
  • And we removed ‘Direct Connect’ features for external GPS accessories that could cause the app to exit.

We also included several performance improvements for a better app experience.

ForeFlight Mobile 6.0.1 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: April 24 Data Updates and NOTAMS

New US VFR chart downloads are available for Arizona, California, and Utah for the April 3 – May 1 2014 period. These downloads add the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area to the US VFR sectional chart, omitted by the FAA in the original version. All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile.

We have also added the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 NOTAM and the AOPA Fly-In San Marcos NOTAM to the ForeFlight Document Catalog. 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.

New Airport Diagrams from ForeFlight

Last week we launched over 400 ForeFlight-generated, geo-referenced airport diagrams as part of a mid-cycle 1404 data update. These new diagrams provide situational awareness at airports that would not otherwise have this type of information available. At unfamiliar destinations, large or small, we find it helpful to have ownship position as a tool for navigating on the ground. Especially at night.

ForeFlight airport diagrams are geo-referenced for position overlay, a ForeFlight Mobile Pro feature.

ForeFlight airport diagrams are geo-referenced for position overlay, a ForeFlight Mobile Pro feature.

In addition to geo-referencing, the diagrams integrate with all of the existing ForeFlight features like plates on maps, annotations, runway proximity advisor alerts, and the auto-display of the diagram upon landing.

The locations in this first batch were chosen based on a combination of airport operation count and frequency of flight plans filed to the airport; excluded are those airports for which the FAA already has a diagram. Here is the current list of airports for which ForeFlight has created a diagram, as well as the locations that are on deck for the next data update:

Here is the current ForeFlight Airport Diagram list. Locations in blue are slated for the upcoming May 1 data cycle (1405).

Here is the current ForeFlight Airport Diagram list. Locations in blue are slated for the upcoming May 1 data cycle (1405).

The order of creating diagrams for locations is modified if we have a reason to bump up the priority such as lots of requests for a specific airport or an upcoming fly-in. If you don’t see your airport listed, be sure to tell us to #ForeFlightMyAirport on Twitter or Facebook and we will adjust its priority for upcoming database updates (don’t forget to include the airport identifier).

Lots of improvements are planned and we’ll be sweeping back through each location to add taxi labels where applicable and other layers of information.

Please note that ForeFlight Airport Diagrams require ForeFlight Mobile 6 or higher.

As always, we encourage your feedback at team@foreflight.com.

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.