Changes to ForeFlight’s Checklist Pro App

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With the release of ForeFlight 9.0, checklists have been redesigned and integrated into the ForeFlight Mobile app, and are offered as part of our Basic Plus and Pro Plus plans. Beginning April 10, 2017, Checklist Pro app customers will no longer be able to access checklist.foreflight.com to add or modify checklists online.

Will I be able to access my Checklist Pro checklists in ForeFlight Mobile? Yes! Here is the checklist migration plan:

ForeFlight Basic Plus or Pro Plus Subscribers
If your Checklist Pro account email matches your ForeFlight Mobile account email, then your checklists have already been migrated to the ForeFlight Mobile app.

ForeFlight Basic or Pro Subscribers (legacy plans)
ForeFlight Checklist is a part of our Basic Plus and Pro Plus plans. If your Checklist Pro account email matches your ForeFlight Mobile account email, your checklists will migrate to the ForeFlight Mobile app when you upgrade to a Basic Plus or Pro Plus plan.

Checklist Pro Customer Only
Take full advantage of our digital checklist templates and create and edit your own when you purchase a Basic Plus or Pro Plus ForeFlight subscription. We recommend subscribing with the same email you currently use to access the Checklist Pro app. After purchase, your existing checklists will migrate to your ForeFlight Mobile account. In addition to checklists, a subscription to ForeFlight gives you access to an all-in-one electronic flight bag solution with an industry-leading collection of features that make planning, flying, and record-keeping a joy.

After April 10, you can still access your checklists in the Checklist Pro app on your devices. There will be no change in functionality of the Checklist Pro app and checklists will continue to sync from your devices to the server and back, however, please note that checklists will not sync between Checklist Pro and ForeFlight Mobile.

Watch the video below to see ForeFlight Checklist in action. To take a deeper look at ForeFlight’s features, visit our online Video Library.

Our support team is always on frequency at team@foreflight.com if you have any questions.

ForeFlight 9.0.1 Now Available on the App Store

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ForeFlight version 9.0.1 improves the User Map Shapes feature by no longer requiring you to enter the extension “.ffkml” to your filename. Additionally, you don’t need to restart the app for new shapefiles to appear in the layer selector – ForeFlight automatically detects when you add them and updates the list. In case you missed it, we have a helpful video for getting started with importing and displaying KML files, and our dedicated KML support page provides guidance on supported shapes and other data types.

This release also fixes an issue that disabled ForeFlight’s Apple Watch extension and includes additional bug fixes and improvements. As always, we’re on frequency at team@foreflight.com if you experience any issues with the update.

ForeFlight 9 is full of features that enhance every phase of flying: integrated ForeFlight Checklist, Glide Advisor™, App Color Themes, and more. Click here to explore all of the new features available in 9.

Apple iOS 10.3.1 and ForeFlight

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UPDATE April 7, 2017: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 10.3.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to upgrade at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST April 3, 2017: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 10.3.1 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.

New in ForeFlight: Checklist, Glide Advisor™️, Light & Dark App Themes, SiriusXM Audio, and More

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ForeFlight 9 is full of features that enhance every phase of flying. Run through checklists with ease and reduce cockpit clutter with ForeFlight Checklist. Glide Advisor™️ helps you locate a safe place to land in the event of engine failure, choose from Light & Dark App Themes for day or night flight, helpful enhancements to Logbook, new SXAR1 integration features, and more. Read on for all the details of the ForeFlight 9 release, now on the App Store!

Consolidate Your Toolset with ForeFlight Checklist

ForeFlight’s integrated checklists keep important safety procedures organized and easily accessible. Your familiar paper checklists are transformed into customizable digital templates allowing you to reduce cockpit clutter and spend less time heads down searching for a particular checklist item. Checklists for every phase of flight are laid out in an interactive, intelligent interface that fits naturally into your flying workflow.

Select from one of the predefined templates derived from aircraft POH manuals or create and edit your own customized collection of checklists. Templates are provided for a variety of fixed-wing and rotorcraft models. A template for the IMSAFE pilot checklist is also available, allowing you to efficiently conduct a personal preflight health assessment.

To run through a checklist, simply tap an item and a green check mark appears. This visual feedback provides an easy way to pick up exactly where you left off with a quick glance. Tap “Skip” to move past an item; this is especially useful if you don’t move through a checklist from A to Z. If you experience an inflight emergency, tap the emergency button to jump immediately to emergency checklist procedures, saving you time and sparing you the hassle of flipping through a stack of paper procedures.

ForeFlight Checklist is a feature of our Basic Plus and Pro Plus subscription plans.

Learn more about ForeFlight Checklist at foreflight.com/checklist.

New Glide Advisor™️ Helps You Quickly Locate a Safe Landing Space

Using terrain, GPS data, winds aloft, and your aircraft’s best glide speed and ratio, ForeFlight shapes a glide range ring around your ownship icon on the moving map display. If you lose engine power, Glide Advisor helps you quickly assess your options. Enable Glide Advisor in the Map Settings menu. To enter your aircraft’s glide ratio and best glide speed, tap the Glide Settings field under Glide Performance. Pro Tip: Pair Glide Advisor with Distance Rings to quickly report your position to ATC. For the ultimate inflight situational awareness experience, combine Glide Advisor with ForeFlight’s Synthetic Vision and Hazard Advisor.

 

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The Ultimate in Situational Awareness: Glide Advisor, Synthetic Vision, Distance Rings, and Hazard Advisor

 

Reduce Screen Glare with New Dark App Color Theme

We continue to make flying at night easier on your vision with the addition of a new Dark App Color Theme. Turn on the Dark App Color Theme in More > Settings to convert the background color throughout the app from white to dark blue. Important information remains easily visible through the use of highlight colors and prominent white text. Combine the Dark App Color Theme with Color Inversion and a Dark Map Theme for a powerful night setting.

 

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A Powerful Night Setting with ForeFlight’s Dark App Color Theme and Color Inversion

 

Logbook Enhancements: Helpful Aircraft List Details and CFI Currency Tracking

When viewing your Aircraft list in Logbook, you will now see details including aircraft make/model, category/class, gear type, and total hours in that aircraft. It’s a helpful design detail that provides more visibility into your logbook data and also makes it easier to select the correct aircraft for your flight entry. Tap on any Aircraft to modify profile information or to view and edit any associated entries.

Logbook’s color-coded recency tracking now includes support for Certified Flight Instructors. To track your CFI currency, enter your instructor certificate number and expiration date in Logbook’s Qualifications section. You can view or edit your instructor certificate at any time by tapping on the summary in the main Logbook view. Recency tracking in ForeFlight Logbook is the fastest way to visually check the status of all of your currencies in a single spot.

Learn more about ForeFlight Logbook at foreflight.com/logbook.

New SiriusXM SXAR1 Features are Music to Your Ears

ForeFlight’s integration with the SXAR1 Aviation Receiver now includes support for streaming SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Pair your Bluetooth headset or audio device (like your aircraft’s built-in Bluetooth audio system) to the SXAR1 and use the ForeFlight interface to browse and select radio stations. The SXAR1 provides audio to one Bluetooth audio device at a time. The video above will get you started with setup.

In addition, SiriusXM’s Surface Wind weather layer is now available. To dive deeper into this new SXAR1 layer, check out this article written by our in-house Weather Scientist, Scott Dennstaedt.

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Learn more about the SXAR1 and purchase information by visiting foreflight.com/siriusxm.

Create Custom Overlays With New User Map Shapes

Now you can import custom KML files into ForeFlight. KML (Keyhole Markup Language) is a file format used for geographic data that allows you to import shapes such as points, lines, and polygons into ForeFlight’s Maps view. User Map Shapes are more versatile than simple user waypoints, allowing you to designate specific areas on the map for your custom, navigation needs; flight schools or flying clubs can use User Map Shapes to delineate designated training areas or route lines on the map.

Import your KML files into ForeFlight via iTunes sideloading, then display them on the map by enabling them in the layer selector, just like with other map overlays. Watch our video tutorial above to learn more about importing KML files into ForeFlight.

Helpful New Device Disconnect Alert

In a perfect flying world, the wireless connections we use in the cockpit would never experience issues. But whether from a dead battery, connection issues, or human error, both portable and installed equipment can unexpectedly disconnect. ForeFlight’s new Device Disconnect Alert provides a prominent visual and audio alert that allows you to quickly troubleshoot and restore connection or switch to an alternative data source. This helpful new alert monitors both portable and panel-mounted avionics.

You can manage all alerts in ForeFlight in More > Settings > Alerts.

More Document Support: View Word, Powerpoint, and Excel Files in ForeFlight

ForeFlight Documents now includes support for Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files. Import and save your POH, local procedures, common radio frequencies, or any other .docx, .pptx, or .xlsx file for easy access in ForeFlight’s Documents view. Connect your Amazon S3, Dropbox, or Box account to securely deliver document files and updates via the cloud.

Import your Microsoft Office documents into ForeFlight via iTunes sideloading, and easily share documents with your friends or fellow pilots with the Send To button.

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Learn more about ForeFlight Documents at foreflight.com/documents.

Bulletin: April 27th Data Downloads

Data updates are now available to download for the April 27, 2017 – May 25, 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

All customers will be prompted with new available downloads.

Surface Wind Analysis Now Available with SiriusXM

In ForeFlight Mobile 9.0 we’ve added a high resolution surface wind analysis to the list of map layers you can display through the SiriusXM satellite weather broadcast. This new product includes both windspeed and direction presented as wind barbs similar to the winds aloft layer. Tapping on any wind barb will show the specific details.

The surface wind analysis layer broadcast by SiriusXM will provide an overview of the general circulation of the prevailing wind about 10 meters above the surface. Tapping on any wind barb will display the valid time as well as the windspeed and direction at that location.

Two surface wind layers?

Yes, there will be two surface wind layers when connected to the SXAR1. The layer you have been using in prior releases and the one you can view when connected to the Internet is strictly based on surface observations from the various weather reporting stations around the world (typically airports). This depicts the actual wind reported in the routine observation (METAR) or special observation (SPECI). The surface wind layer is depicted at weather stations as colored wind barbs; at this point in time the wind markers shown include the gust factor.

The surface wind layer that is based on observations is shown as wind barbs color-coded based on the observed wind speed at weather stations.

The new surface wind analysis layer is not observed data from weather stations, but instead is generated by a forecast model, and therefore, completely automated. It’s only available when connected to the SXAR1 and shows an analysis of the prevailing wind at 10 meters above the surface; it does not include the gust factor. Unlike the observed data that is updated when new observations are taken, the surface wind analysis is updated once every hour.  When refreshed, this will provide wind data that will be valid at the top of the previous hour.

The surface wind analysis broadcast by SiriusXM shows low level atmospheric circulations very well as seen here as a Nor’easter deepens over the Delmarva Peninsula.

The primary value of this new layer is to show low level circulations at the synoptic scale level. This will point out high (clockwise) and low pressure (counter-clockwise) circulations as well as lines of convergence in the vicinity of strong frontal boundaries. This is difficult to see with the coarse network of observing sites throughout the U.S. But with the high resolution surface wind barb analysis, these circulations and convergence zones show up nicely.

 

Apple iOS 10.3 and ForeFlight

UPDATE March 31, 2017: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 10.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to upgrade at your convenience.

Also, ForeFlight 9 is now available for download on the App Store, with Checklist, Glide Advisor, light and dark App Themes, and other great features. Visit foreflight.com/9 for more details and feature videos.

ORIGINAL POST March 27, 2017: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 10.3 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.

Bulletin: March 30th Data Downloads

Data updates are now available to download for the March 30, 2017 – April 27, 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

ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including new diagrams and updates for the following airports:

05C 14G 28J 29D 2G4 2I0
35C 38D 39N 3CK 3GV 4G4
4R3 57C 5M9 5T6 C65 KABR
KACV KADF KADH KAEJ KALI KBMI
KCRG KCRP KCRQ KCSG KCSM KCVH
KCVS KCZL KDCY KDEC KDED KDET
KDHN KDKB KDKK KDLH KDLN KDLS
KDLZ KDMN KDPA KDPG KDUH KDVT
KDWU KEAR KEAU KEBG KECG KECP
KEDE KEDU KEHR KEWN KEWR KEYQ
KEZM KFAM KFAR KFAY KFHU KFLG
KFLP KFLV KFMM KFMN KFMY KFNL
KFNT KFOE KFOK KFRG KFSM KFTG
KFTY KFUL KFWS KGAD KGBD KGCC
KGFL KGSP KHLR KHOU KHRL KHST
KIAD KLBB KLWC KMCD KMCI KMKL
KMLU KMSO KMTC KMYV KNQI KRTN
KSJX KVNY L65 MSLP PAUN SBAN
SBBR SBJR SKBO TDPD TFFR YBCS

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

Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) will become operational in April

Effective April 13, 2017, the experimental Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) produced by the NWS Aviation Weather Center (AWC) will transition to operational status. As you may have heard, the GFA was created in response to a formal request by the FAA to discontinue production of the textual Area Forecasts (FA). According to the NWS headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, “the requirements for the underlying meteorological information in the FA have not changed. The FAA recognizes that, given modern advances within the NWS, the legacy text FA is no longer the best source of en route flight planning weather information.”

The new graphical forecasts are designed to provide meteorological information equivalent to the textual FA. The GFA product includes observations and forecasts for the continental United States that provide data critical for aviation safety. The data is overlaid on high-resolution base maps that you can test drive here. Given this will be the replacement for the FA, it means that all of the forecasts will terminate at the U.S. borders. FAs for Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico will not be affected at this point in time.

For the time being, the legacy FA will continue to be generated in parallel with the GFA. The GFA is automated whereas the legacy FA is issued by forecasters at the AWC. At some point in the future, forecasters at the AWC will discontinue issuing this textual forecast. And don’t be surprised if the two forecasts contradict one another – let’s look at an example:

Below is the GFA valid at 23Z (issued at 2102Z) for cloud coverage along with tops and bases for the Northeast and Great Lakes. Notice that it forecasts just high cirrus clouds over a majority of Maine.

The GFA cloud forecast shows cloud coverage (color contours) as well as bases and tops. (click for larger image)

However, the legacy FA for this area shown below suggests a totally different forecast. This area forecast was amended by the FA forecaster for the eastern region at 1935Z. This forecast (highlighted below) suggests that after 21Z NW Maine is expected to have overcast clouds with bases at 2,000 – 3000 feet MSL. And NERN Maine is expected to have overcast cloud bases of 1,500 feet MSL. The forecaster also issued an AIRMET for IFR conditions covering most of the northeastern U.S.

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FAUS41 KKCI 141935 AAA
FA1W  
BOSC FA 141935 AMD
SYNOPSIS AND VFR CLDS/WX
SYNOPSIS VALID UNTIL 151200
CLDS/WX VALID UNTIL 150600...OTLK VALID 150600-151200
ME NH VT MA RI CT NY LO NJ PA OH LE WV MD DC DE VA AND CSTL WTRS
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SEE AIRMET SIERRA FOR IFR CONDS AND MTN OBSCN.
TS IMPLY SEV OR GTR TURB SEV ICE LLWS AND IFR CONDS.
NON MSL HGTS DENOTED BY AGL OR CIG.
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SYNOPSIS...SEE MIA FA FOR SYNOPSIS.
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ME NH VT
NW ME/NRN-SW NH/VT...OVC020-030 TOP FL250. VIS 3SM -SN BR. 21Z
OVC020-030. VIS 3SM -SN BLSN. WND N 20G30KT. OTLK...IFR CIG SN
BLSN WND.
NERN ME...OVC030 TOP FL250. VIS 3-5SM -SN. 21Z OVC015. VIS 3SM
-SN BR. 03Z OVC015. VIS 3SM -SN BLSN. WND NELY G25KT. OTLK...IFR
CIG SN BLSN WND.

Notice the Synopsis section simply says “SEE MIA FA FOR SYNOPSIS.” Most pilots were probably not taught that the FA has a 3,000 character limit. So, with a raging Nor’easter occurring in the Northeast, they didn’t have enough characters available for the Boston FA to provide a complete synopsis. In that case, the forecaster opted to place the Boston synopsis in the Miami FA.

For the potential of clouds in Maine, the legacy FA proved to be much more accurate than the new GFA. Most of Maine was experiencing IFR conditions as denoted by AIRMET Sierra shown here.

At this point in time, the AWC is not providing public access to some of the underlying data you may see on the webpage mentioned above. We are busy at ForeFlight trying to determine how to best incorporate these forecasts from the GFA once they become available. So stay tuned.

Bulletin: March 2nd Data Updates

 

 

 

Data updates are now available to download for the March 2, 2017 – March 30, 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

ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including new diagrams and updates for the following airports:

02A 17N 1G4 1H2 64PN 74P
94K 9G2 9L2 C29 C65 C80
C81 C89 CSY3 CYCG CYDQ CYEE
CYGE CYHS CYPA CYQV CYSE CZBB
E01 EFHF GA62 I17 I73 KABQ
KAFJ KAGC KASD KASH KAXH KBOI
KBQR KEPM KEUG KEVW KGRN KIEN
KMCZ KPCD KRAW KREG KTKC L71
MDCY MO8 MROC MRPV MUBR MUSC
MYAM MYBS NFFN NTTO ORSU PAVA
SACO SAWG SBKP SC99 SCDA SELT
SOCA SPTU TJRV TQPF UUBW W29
Y31

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