Apple iOS 11.1.2 and ForeFlight

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We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.1.2 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

Global Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis layers, Data-driven Jeppesen Enroutes, Easy Aircraft Manager for Group Accounts

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Jeppesen Data-driven Enroute Charts Have Arrived

Jeppesen’s global, data-driven enroute charts are now available in ForeFlight for all customers who have purchased or linked a Jeppesen chart subscription. The global dataset of IFR High, IFR Low, and VFR enroute charts are available as a single download, at no additional cost and with no setup or configuration required.

Jeppesen enroute charts are dynamic, responsive, full paper-replacement capable, and seamlessly integrated into the ForeFlight app. Because the charts render using data-driven technology, you have the flexibility to customize what aeronautical data to show or hide on each map type or choose between a light and dark theme.

Similar to ForeFlight’s data-driven Aeronautical Maps, the Jeppesen charts also automatically change what information is shown based on zoom level and the ‘always-up’ label capability rotates text and information to make it easier to read the map in any orientation. And just like any other chart layer in ForeFlight, you can overlay weather, hazard, fuel, and custom content layers, as well as geo-referenced terminal charts and airport diagrams if you have a Pro subscription or above.

Global Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis Forecasts on Maps

ForeFlight’s industry-leading weather visualization capabilities are now better than ever. Five new dynamic Map layers graphically depict global icing, turbulence, and surface analysis forecasts, giving you the tools you need for more informed flight planning. Check out this article for a deeper dive into these new weather features.

The Icing and Turbulence layers each have U.S. and global options, while the Surface Analysis layer provides global isobar and pressure forecasts with detailed weather features for the U.S.

Each layer has a Time Slider to loop animation or manually rock back and forth between forecast frames. The Icing and Turbulence layers allow you to quickly scrub through the available altitudes using the Altitude Slider. In addition, these layers are included in the weather data downloaded with Pack so you can view offline. For the cross-platform planners out there, all the new weather layers are available in ForeFlight Mobile and on the web.

We are introducing these five new forecast-based graphical weather Map layers to customers on Pro Plus, Performance Plus, and Business Performance plans.

Centrally Managed Aircraft for Multi-Pilot Accounts

Multi-pilot accounts are now easier to manage using the new Aircraft Manager. This capability enables account administrators to set up their ForeFlight account faster and ensure every pilot has access to the aircraft profiles they need for more accurate and consistent flight planning. For ongoing account maintenance, updating pilot iPads when there are fleet changes is easier than ever.

Using ForeFlight’s web application, account administrators can create and “publish” company aircraft profiles, including performance data and ICAO filing codes, to all pilots on the account, who can then use the shared aircraft for flight planning. This feature is available in the Business Performance plan.

U.S. RAIM Prediction in Navlog

For Performance Plus and Business Performance subscribers, ForeFlight’s detailed Navlog now includes RAIM prediction to alert pilots if GPS outages are expected along the route. The alert indicates the affected portion of the flight (departure, destination, or enroute) so pilots can modify the flight plan accordingly prior to filing. RAIM service coverage currently includes flights within Continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Smart Airport Search on Flights + Route Preview Enhancements

The airport fields at the top of the Flights view now sport the same “Smart Search” capability that we previously introduced for Logbook. Start typing to see suggestions based on airport names, city names, and airport identifiers, as well as your recent and favorite airports.

The recently-introduced Route Preview map on Flights also now shows composite radar overlaid on the map, and allows you to enter an interactive “split-screen” mode by tapping on it.

More Detailed Time-Entry Fields in Logbook

New fields are available in Logbook for Time Out, Time Off, Time On, and Time In

For the most accurate flight logging, ForeFlight Logbook now has the option to use Time Out/Off/On/In fields. These fields are standard for most professional pilots and operators flying larger aircraft, and allows you to easily capture crew block time and aircraft air time. You can show or hide these fields on flight entry forms using a single toggle switch in the Logbook Settings menu.

Avidyne 550 AHRS Support

If you fly with Avidyne’s IFD 550 FMS you can now receive AHRS pitch and roll data in ForeFlight to power the built-in attitude indicator. Combine this with Synthetic Vision (available with Pro Plus and Performance Plus subscription plans) for a powerful backup attitude and terrain awareness solution.

Enhanced Data Pipeline for Satcom Direct Router

Performance Plus and Business Performance customers flying with the inflight Wi-Fi Satcom Direct Router (SDR) can now receive GPS and indicated altitude data for display in ForeFlight Mobile. The SDR connection can also deliver internet-based weather and enable other ForeFlight features that require internet connection. ForeFlight uses GPS latitude and longitude and ground speed to display your aircraft ownship position, and barometric altitude from the router to power the Pressure Altitude instrument (which is now a separate instrument from the Cabin Pressure).

Support for uAvionix Transceivers

Customers flying with uAvionix’s SkyEcho and EchoUAT ADS-B transceivers can now connect to them via Wi-Fi to receive inflight data in ForeFlight. SkyEcho provides dual-band ADS-B weather and traffic in ForeFlight for pilots flying in the U.K. EchoUAT provides dual-band ADS-B weather and traffic and GPS position in ForeFlight for light sport and experimental aircraft that have the device installed. Learn more about uAvionix.

Some New Features to Look for on the Web:

  • Global Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis layers for Pro Plus, Performance Plus, and Business Performance subscribers
  • On small windows, the Flights view includes an inset Route Preview just like on mobile, allowing you to click on it to expand to a “split-screen” mode
  • Also like on mobile, Route Advisor on the web shows all route options on the map at once; mouse over each option in the list to highlight it on the map

Apple iOS 11.1.1 and ForeFlight

We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.1.1 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

Bulletin: Nov 9th – Dec 7th Data Cycle Posted

Data updates are now available to download for the Nov 9th 2017 thru Dec 7th 2017 period:

  • From the FAA:
    • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
    • Taxi Diagrams
    • Terminal Procedures
    • Documents
  • For our Military Flight Bag customers:
    • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures
    • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams
    • ENAME High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
    • EEA Enroute 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
    • Airport/Facility Directory
  • For our Canadian customers:
    • Update to the VTPC coverage to include more airports
  • 119 New and updated ForeFlight Taxi Diagrams will be sent to all customers.

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

Apple iOS 11.1 and ForeFlight

UPDATE November 8, 2017: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 11.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Additionally, we believe that this update solves the issue involving GPS receivers used in high-speed aircraft that we found in previous versions of iOS 11. See our post about iOS 11 for details about that issue.

ORIGINAL POST October 31, 2017: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.1 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

Historical Winds and Longer Range Forecast Winds Now in ForeFlight

ForeFlight customers now have access to more winds aloft data for more accurate long term flight planning.

Seven Day Winds Forecast
The winds aloft forecast data in ForeFlight now extends up to seven days in the future (previously 30 hours), giving you more accurate route performance calculations for flight plans within that timeframe, anywhere in the world. The additional high-resolution Global Forecast System (GFS) data is available now for all ForeFlight customers and is automatically incorporated into route performance calculations.

Historical Winds
When your flight is more than seven days away, ForeFlight now gives you the advantage of historical winds aloft data. Historical winds are derived from monthly average winds over the past 40 years. This means that when you plan a flight that uses historical winds, ForeFlight assumes the same wind speed, direction, and temperature for every day and time within a given month; move the departure time to a different month and ForeFlight automatically adjusts the value based on the average for that month. You’ll know when ForeFlight is using historical winds by the yellow banner across the top of the Flights view.

ForeFlight historical winds alert

It is worth noting here that, unlike the seven day wind forecast, currently only the Flights view uses historical winds. When planning in the Maps view, ForeFlight will assume zero winds if you’re planning a flight more than seven days in advance. However, you can easily send your route plan from the Flight Plan Editor in the Maps view to the Flights view and ForeFlight will automatically re-calculate route performance using historical winds. In addition, ForeFlight on the web uses historical winds for flight planning beyond seven days in the future.

ForeFlight use the Send To feature

Use the Send To button to move your route plan from Maps to Flights.

Seamlessly integrating the GFS seven day wind forecast and monthly historical winds provides ForeFlight customers with more accurate data for planning a flight, whether it’s next week, next month, or next year.

New Cuba Routes Effective October 12

Miami ARTCC and Havana ACC have cooperated to revise the existing routes between Florida and Cuba in an effort to improve efficiency and safety. The most significant change is the removal of the G448 airway, which until now has been the primary route between Miami ARTCC and Havana ACC. Replacing it are two RNAV airways: Y442 (southbound only) and Y183 (northbound only).The new RNAV routes will replace the existing G448 airway.

Accompanying these changes are modifications to overflight routes and existing Cuba SIDs and STARs. If you frequently fly this corridor or plan to in the future, we recommend you download and review the full presentation from Miami ARTCC (linked here) to familiarize yourself with the changes, which went into effect at 0400Z on October 12, 2017.

New Atlanta STARs Published

The FAA is publishing ten new RNAV STARs for the Atlanta Metroplex, eight for KATL and two for nearby satellite airports, to replace existing procedures. All ten of the new STARs will appear in ForeFlight as part of the October 12 chart data cycle, however, the eight KATL STARs will not become active until the 17th. Attempting to file with those procedures before the 17th will likely result in a rejection from ATC, so you should wait until after the 17th to file them as part of a flight plan. You can begin filing with the two satellite STARs on the October 12 effective date.

These are the eight new KATL STARs and the existing procedures that they are replacing (the last four are our favorites):

The new STARs for KATL will become active on October 17.

These are the two new satellite STARs and the existing procedures that they are replacing:

The new Atlanta satellite STARs became active on October 12.

Apple iOS 11.0.3 and ForeFlight

UPDATE October 17, 2017: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 11.0.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. However, we believe that the issue involving GPS receivers used in high-speed aircraft is still present in iOS 11.0.3, so we advise customers who may be affected to continue holding on updating. See our post about iOS 11 for more details.

ORIGINAL POST October 11, 2017: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.0.3 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

ForeFlight and Satcom Direct Announce SDR Flight Data Integration

ForeFlight and Satcom Direct (SD), the business aviation connectivity provider, announced today a new integrated data solution for joint Satcom Direct Router (SDR®) and ForeFlight Performance customers.

Customers can now use the SDR as a GPS data source to accurately depict aircraft “ownship” position on ForeFlight’s dynamic moving map display without the need for additional GPS hardware. With GPS location, ground speed, and indicated altitude information, passengers and crew flying with their iPad or iPhone can track the flight’s progress on the map, and see real-time information like time to destination, distance to destination, and local time of arrival.ForeFlight and SDR connectivity

When connected to the SDR’s Wi-Fi internet, ForeFlight customers can also receive and display high-resolution radar, icing, turbulence, winds aloft, and over a dozen other graphical weather layers. With access to all the latest weather, pilots can quickly and accurately change flight plans while in the air.

“Pilots rely on accurate, timely delivery of essential information to maintain secure operations. Integrating these solutions provides pilots with a clear, unimpeded view of their real-time situation,” said Jim Jensen, SD chairman and founder. “ForeFlight and SD are committed to improving the aviator’s professional experience, and we anticipate this development will be welcomed by business aviation pilots around the world.”

“We are excited to work with Satcom Direct and we look forward to future features that unlock more value from on-board connectivity,” said Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight’s co-founder and CEO.

The SDR is a business aviation connectivity platform that allows customers to connect to on-board systems, make and receive calls, text, email, connect to the internet and stream data on the ground or in the air, anywhere in the world. The router automatically senses and selects the best connection available, either satellite network or 3G cellular, and uses cutting-edge technology to compress and cache data, ensuring the most efficient and cost effective transmission of information.

ForeFlight gives pilots everything they need to plan, file, and fly the safest, most efficient route, including up-to-the-minute weather, airport and FBO information, advanced terrain and obstacle visualization, and automatic safety alerts. The current SDR integration is available to ForeFlight customers on Performance Plus and Business Performance plans.

Bulletin: Oct 12th Data Update

Data updates are now available to download for the Oct 12, 2017 – November 9th, 2017 period:

  • 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 Canada region customers:
    • Taxi Diagrams
    • Terminal Procedures
    • High and Low Enroutes
    • Canada Flight Supplement
    • Documents
  • 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
    • Airport/Facility Directory
  • 163 updated or new ForeFlight Taxi diagrams

All customers will be prompted with new available downloads.