ForeFlight Mobile Update Expands Enroute Chart Coverage and Adds Enhanced Document Syncing

The last update of the year – ForeFlight Mobile 5.5 – is now available for download from App Store. This is our twentieth software release this year and a great cap to a year full of ForeFlight Mobile improvements.

ForeFlight Mobile 5.5 expands planning chart coverage and also improves our popular cloud document syncing feature. The new charts are available to USA Standard and Pro subscribers. Document syncing requires a Pro subscription, available here.

Caribbean and Mexico Enroute charts added

For those of you flying to the Caribbean or Mexico, ForeFlight now supports the entire FAA library of Low and High Enroute charts and Area charts for these regions. Coverage includes all of Mexico from Baja to Panama, as well as the Caribbean from the Bahamas to Barbados. Here are some screen shots of the new Caribbean and Mexico chart options:

Oceanic, Planning charts added

In addition, ForeFlight Mobile now includes the North Atlantic (NARC), Western Atlantic (WATRS), and North Pacific (PORC) transoceanic route planning charts. These charts show control areas, established intercontinental air routes, coastal navigation aids, and reporting points. Here are some screenshots of the new transoceanic coverage:

The US Enroute chart coverage is also complete with the East and West coast IFR Planning charts:

US IFR Planning charts

US IFR Planning charts

The chart legends for all of the new charts are accessible via a Maps setting:

Chart legends map view setting with legend shown on low enroute chart

Chart legends map view setting with legend shown on low enroute chart

Document syncing enhanced

The document syncing enhancements deliver two new capabilities frequently requested by flight departments, flight schools, and power-users storing a large number of documents in the cloud:

  1. Ensure that any documents added to the cloud are delivered to ForeFlight Mobile, and
  2. Ensure that any documents removed from the cloud are removed from every device.

Document syncing makes it easier to keep pilot iPads loaded with current documents, and the documents that are no longer needed are intelligently removed.

A common use for this feature is delivering an updated operations manual or aircraft flight manual to all pilots. Often times, these documents are renamed to reflect when they were last updated, for example “Diamond DA40 AFM 2013-12-25.pdf”. With document syncing, the new aircraft manual is delivered to all pilot or customer iPads and the old manual is automatically removed the next time ForeFlight Mobile connects to the Internet. This reduces the chances old documents hang around on pilot iPads.

We made it easier to see all the cloud documents stored on your iPad through a feature we call Smart Binders. When you connect your ForeFlight account to your Dropbox cloud folder, a Smart Binder is automatically added to Documents. When selected, the Smart Binder shows all of your Dropbox documents in a single view, making it easier to browse the entire collection of cloud documents.

Document syncing benefits flight departments managing compliance, flight schools that want to share documents with their customers, and Pro users that store flight manuals, checklists, power setting references, or any other document needed when flying.

You can read about the enhanced document syncing features in the ForeFlight Mobile Pilot’s guide. If you’d like to use the cloud Document system, you can upgrade to ForeFlight Mobile Pro here.

ForeFlight Mobile 5.5 is a free update for current subscribers. Click here for instructions on updating to the latest version.

ForeFlight Hack Week

A couple of weeks ago we held our biggest Hack Week yet at our co-headquarters in Austin, TX. All of the ForeFlight developers gathered to brainstorm, to plan future features, and to finish out existing features. And what would any self-respecting Hack Week be without a little food, fun, and fellowship (ok, a lot of food and fun).

Hack Weeks are an integral part of our culture of innovation. Many of our development team members are virtual workers, and so everyone together face-to-face brings a whole new energy and dynamic to the collaboration.

The Austin office, located in the heart of 6th Street, is an open workspace. Basically one big room where desks are spread throughout – no cubicle walls here. There is a comfortable seating area with a couch and chairs so folks can gather there for watching presentations or for ad hoc brainstorming. An evergreen kitchen is maintained with a steady flow of caffeine and snacks.

hack week food

Will code for food

And there is a ping pong table for recess.

ForeFlight-hack-week-ping-pong

Ping pong action

Each Hack day begins with a presentation by team members who are chosen to share their area of expertise with the rest of the team. After the presentation, everyone breaks into smaller groups to work on individual projects or to test out new ideas.

Hack Week also included our company holiday party. Our entire fabulous and fanatical Pilot Support Team (PST) was brought to Austin for the celebration. For all of you that have emailed team@foreflight.com, here are the faces behind that great support:

ForeFlight-hack-week-PST

Your PST (L to R): Pete, Adrian, Janessa, Josh, Susan, Mark, Stanley (and Tyson).

The end of Hack Week signals a period of heads-down work as developers continue to prepare for the next big release of ForeFlight Mobile. Go forth and code!

Here at ForeFlight we are keeping our speed up and have lots more planned for 2014.

Bulletin: December 12, 2013 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the Dec 12, 2013 – Jan 9, 2014 and Dec 12, 2013 – Feb 6, 2013 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • FAA VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • FAA High and Low Enroutes, Area 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

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

Bulletin: Airport Database (Nov 27 Update)

A new Airport and Navigation Database (Nov 27) is available for the Nov 14–Dec 12 2013 period. This includes several minor updates including:

  • Corrected the latitude and longitude of CFG3 and CCY4.
  • Corrected the elevation of weather stations.
  • Removed a closed runway at KBXM.
  • Removed duplicated Canadian navaids.

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

Bulletin: November 14 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the Nov 14, 2013 – Dec 12, 2013 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.

ForeFlight Mobile 5.4.3 is now available at the App Store

ForeFlight Mobile 5.4.3 is now available for download from the App Store. While this release does not have any major new features, it does focus on keeping things tidy. The 5.4.3 release includes several important behind-the-scenes items that improve the overall user experience. Here is a brief recap of the updates:

  • Improved connectivity with Bad Elf GPS.
  • Improved popover sizing for airport thumbnail diagrams.
  • Removed un-used traffic audio alert setting and set traffic alerts to off by default.
  • A fix to keep the iPhone list launcher in better sync with the airport shown in the airport view.
  • Bug fixes for iOS 7.

ForeFlight Mobile 5.4.3 is a free update for current subscribers. Click here for instructions on updating to the latest version.

ForeFlight Mobile 5.4.2 with Cockpit Sharing

ForeFlight Mobile 5.4.2 is now available for download from the App Store.  The big feature in this release is Cockpit Sharing. Cockpit Sharing allows for easy route sharing between pilot and co-pilot.  Just connect both devices to the same wifi and use the route “send to” button to send a route to another member of the crew.

Other improvements in this release:

  • Redesigned the route edit bubble action menu.
  • Fixes for DUAL 160.
  • Unsubscribing from document updates after deletion.
  • Improved city/state searches.
  • Updated aircraft equipment codes for flight plan filing.
  • DFLIP PAA region support for Military Flight Bag 2.0 customers.

ForeFlight Mobile 5.4.2 is a free update for current subscribers. Click here for instructions on updating to the latest version.

Bulletin: Airport Database, Taxi Diagrams and A/FD, Terminal Procedures and Documents (Oct 24 Update)

A new Airport and Navigation Database (Oct 24) is available for the Oct 17–Nov 14 2013 period. This update removes duplicated navaids near the Canadian border and addresses the following safety alerts issued by the FAA:

  • The airport diagram for Chicago O’Hare (ORD) has been updated to reflect runway 10C/28C as complete and open.
  • The Hot Spot information for Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) has been corrected.
  • The A/FD page for Kalaeloa (John Rodger Field) (PHJR) has been corrected.
  • The East Central A/FD Supplemental has been updated in our Document Catalog.

We have also updated the Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide to the 12th edition in our Document Catalog.

All customers will be prompted to download the Airport and Navigation Database inside of ForeFlight Mobile. The diagram, procedure, and document updates will appear for customers who have previously selected those downloads.