Apple iOS 12.1.1 and ForeFlight

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We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 12.1.1 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.

Apple iOS 12.1 and ForeFlight

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UPDATE November 7, 2018: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST October 30, 2018: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.1 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, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

ForeFlight Trip Assistant, a Door-to-Door Flight and Fuel Stop Planner

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From owner operators to large charter operations – trip planners will wonder how they ever lived without Trip Assistant

ForeFlight now offers customers Trip Assistant, a simple-to-use planning tool for anyone involved in mission planning that quickly computes door-to-door trip time. Trip Assistant is an enhancement to ForeFlight’s advanced web-based flight planning toolset.

Trip Assistant computes total trip time, factoring in drive time, flight times using historical and forecast winds, and fuel stops to create a detailed itinerary showing exactly when to leave in order to arrive on time at the final destination.

“Trip Assistant started as an internal project to help our flight department and executive assistants more quickly answer a question we ask on every flight: when do we need to leave our homes or offices to get somewhere on time,” said Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight. “Powered by our best-in-class flight planning engine, Trip Assistant is a tool that any aircraft user – assistants, flight support staff, passengers, and pilots – can use to quickly compute total trip time, even when fuel stops are required.”

Trip Assistant allows for forward and backward planning by setting a desired departure time or arrival time. Customers can enter the departure and destination location by using business names, place names, or street addresses, and Trip Assistant searches for and displays the nearest suitable airports.

Additionally, Trip Assistant features a built-in Fuel Stop Advisor that factors in the aircraft’s performance and automatically suggest a number of proposed stopovers to help minimize trip time and fuel costs. Fuel Stop Advisor allows the planner to select the criteria for determining the best stops such as max aircraft range, max leg time or max leg distance. With a configured account, pilots can also view their personal contract jet fuel prices at each stop.

ForeFlight customers who subscribe to Performance Flight Planning services can access Trip Assistant by logging in to the ForeFlight website using their existing ForeFlight credentials.

Trip Assistant is included – at no additional charge – in ForeFlight’s Performance Plus and Business Performance plans. To learn more about Performance Flight Planning, visit www.foreflight.com/performance.

To learn more about Trip Assistant, visit foreflight.com/tripassistant.

Mobile Pre-Departure Clearance and Digital ATIS Available in ForeFlight

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ForeFlight now offers customers mobile Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) and Digital Automated Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS). The PDC service, in partnership with Satcom Direct, automatically delivers, via text and email, departure clearance information at over 70 of the busiest airports in North America, simplifying operations and reducing frequency congestion.

PDCs are official text clearances issued for US IFR flight plans, and include the filed route, the cleared altitude, transponder code, departure frequency, and any special instructions. A PDC replaces (and is the same as) receiving a verbal clearance from Clearance Delivery.

Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight, is a PDC convert and speaks from first-hand experience: “Customers who have flown with the new PDC and D-ATIS features don’t want to fly without them. These two valuable tools make flight and avionics setup efficient by eliminating a set of radio communications, they reduce controller workload, and help get the aircraft to the runway faster, which improves on-time performance. These are powerful new additions to what has become one of the industry’s most technically advanced, fast, and accurate flight planning services available.”

Satcom Direct Founder and CEO, Jim Jensen, also commented: “SD is proud to partner with ForeFlight to provide this capability within their platform. We look forward to a continued relationship focused on our shared goal of improving the customer experience and creating better tools for business aviation operators.”

ForeFlight customers who subscribe to Performance Flight Planning services and file flight plans via ForeFlight can start the PDC activation process for their aircraft by contacting success@foreflight.com. Once activated, customers that file via ForeFlight will begin receiving PDC and D-ATIS messages as early as 30 minutes before departure, reducing preflight preparation time and reducing the risk of delays.

To learn more about PDC through ForeFlight and to see the list of more than 70 airports where PDC is available, visit www.foreflight.com/pdc.

PDC and D-ATIS are included – at no additional charge – in ForeFlight’s Performance Plus and Business Performance plans. To learn more about Performance Flight Planning, visit www.foreflight.com/performance.

Bulletin: Data Cycle Dec 6th – Jan 3rd Posted

Data updates are now available to download for the December 6th, 2018 through January 3rd, 2019 data cycle:

  • 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
    • AFR 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

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

ForeFlight First Flight Deck App to Support New Apple iPad Pro

We are excited to report that ForeFlight is the first flight deck app to support native resolution for the new 11-in Apple iPad Pro. ForeFlight is optimized to take advantage of the iPad Pro’s new A12X Bionic processor, powerful new graphics processor, and larger edge-to-edge 11-inch diagonal Liquid Retina display.

ForeFlight shown on 11-inch Apple iPad Pro

Our co-founder and CEO, Tyson Weihs, had this field report to share:

“The new iPads look beautiful. We just flew with it and the brightness is amazing, Face ID unlocked with glasses and headset on, tap to wake is great, Apple Pencil is now table stakes on the flight deck.”

 

The new iPads are supported in ForeFlight’s latest release, version 10.4.4, available now on the Apple App Store.

Also be sure to check out this Sporty’s iPad Pilot News report on the new iPads.

Bulletin: Data Cycle Nov 8th – Dec 6th Posted

Data updates are now available to download for the November 8th through December 6th 2018 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 Enroute, 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
  • New and updated ForeFlight Taxi diagrams

All customers will be prompted with new available downloads.

Recent Aeronautical Map Updates You Might Have Missed

One of the great benefits of our data-driven Aeronautical Map layer is that we can make significant updates and improvements to it without needing a whole new app release. Instead, we can just issue updates as part of our regular data-cycle releases, and the changes become visible after you download the new “Airport & Nav Database” at the top of the Downloads list. Over the past couple months we’ve made a number of major enhancements to the Aeronautical Map this way, so read on to learn about what those are and where you can find them.

Airway Label Improvements

One of the most prominent recent changes to the Aeronautical Map is that airway labels are now more prominent, and look similar to what you’d findon an IFR enroute chart. And like on an enroute chart, black and white labels indicate traditional, VOR airways, while blue and white labels indicate RNAV airways. One other improvement that pilots flying in Europe will appreciate: the Aeronautical Map now depicts directional airways using arrow-shaped labels.

The new airway labels mimic the familiar style found on IFR enroute charts 

 

 

 

The new airways also depict directionality

New KSFO Bravo Structure

Bay Area pilots are probably already familiar with the new Class B airspace structure enveloping KSFO. Even a massive change like this is very simple to make with the Aeronautical Map – we released an update to the Airport & Nav Database containing the new airspace structure about a week before it become effective. When the data-cycle turnover happened at 0901 UTC, August 16, 2018, ForeFlight swapped out the old database for the new one and updated the map instantly.

San Fransisco's new Class B structure was recently updated with a new data cycle

Most of the other recent updates we’ve made to the Aeronautical Map have been directly in response to feedback from our new customers in Europe. Europe has many types of airspace, airways, and VFR navigation features that are rare or nonexistent in North America, so we had to find new ways to depict all of this information to ensure that the Aeronautical Map would be useful to all of our customers.

New Airspace Styles

Control Zones (CTR), Radio Mandatory Zones (RMZ), different types of civilian Traffic Zones (ATZ/TIZ/TIA), and Military Aerodrome Traffic Zones (MATZ) were formerly depicted using a single style. Now there are four separate styles to help differentiate these airspaces. As with most of the features on the Aeronautical Map, we incorporated elements from ICAO charts when designing these styles so they would be familiar to pilots, while also ensuring that they fit within the Aeronautical Map’s overall design style.

Different types of airspace are now depicted differently on the Aeronautical Map

Different types of airspace are now depicted differently on the Aeronautical Map

Frequency Labels on FIS Boundaries

To make finding the right frequencies easier for pilots in Europe, we added prominent labels to all FIS boundaries providing the name and information frequency of each coverage area. You can find other frequencies by tap-holding on the map and tapping Details > Communication Details for the relevant airspace, or by tapping on an airport marker to access the frequency list, which often includes frequencies for the surrounding airspace.

FIS boundaries now have frequency labels to help pilots locate them

New Styles for VFR Navigation Data

All ForeFlight subscriptions that include the Europe region come with Jeppesen’s high-quality VFR navigation and airport data built directly into the Aeronautical Map, providing a valuable resource for VFR pilots across most of Europe. We’ve also recently made some styling changes to this VFR data, exposing data that wasn’t depicted before and improving the styling of existing data to provide more information at a glance. Conveniently, the screenshot below illustrates all of these changes.

A number of different VFR features are now depicted on the Aeronautical Map

In the bottom-right you can see a VFR Transit Route, which ATC uses to direct pilots through Controlled Airspace to minimize separation issues with IFR traffic. VFR Transit Routes have labels conveying important information about the route, including the type of transit route (Helicopter in this case, but other types are VFR and Military), the route’s altitude boundaries, the distance of each route leg (8nm), and the magnetic bearing in one or both directions. We styled VFR Transit Routes on the Aeronautical Map to match the color of VFR Waypoints so it’s easier to differentiate them from airspace boundaries and other route types.

Intersecting the Helicopter route in the screenshot and extending to the north of the airport are VFR Flight Corridors. These provide safe corridors for VFR traffic on approach and departure, and include labels indicating each corridor’s name and minimum altitude. The Aeronautical Map also displays IFR Flight Corridors, which can help VFR pilots avoid IFR traffic.

Lastly, the airport in the screenshot has two kinds of traffic circuits – a standard non-directional circuit in solid white, and the newly supported directional traffic circuit made up of white arrows. Both circuits show the traffic pattern altitude of 2,700 feet.

Get familiar with these changes to the Aeronautical Map so you can maximize your use of ForeFlight for planning and flying, and look forward to additional updates in the future. If you have any feedback or suggestions on how to make the Aeronautical Map, and ForeFlight in general, better suited to where and how you fly, feel free to email them to team@foreflight.com – we’re all ears.

Bulletin: Data Cycle Oct 11th – Nov 8th Posted

Data updates are now available to download for the October 11th through November 8th data cycle:

  • 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

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

Apple iOS 12.0.1 and ForeFlight

UPDATE October 11, 2018: ForeFlight is ready for iOS 12.0.1 on all supported devices with a newly-released app version (10.4.1). We recommend that all customers first update to the new ForeFlight version, available now in the Apple App Store, and then update to the new iOS version if you haven’t already.

You can check what version of ForeFlight you have by opening the app and going to More > About, then looking at the top of the page to see the version number. Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

UPDATE September 28, 2018: We have discovered a compatibility issue between ForeFlight and iOS 12 affecting the iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, and older devices. These devices may experience persistent app crashes while running ForeFlight on iOS 12.

We have notified Apple of this issue and our team is working on finding and implementing a fix, but for now we recommend that all customers “hold short” on updating to iOS 12 on any iPad Minis, iPad Airs, iPhone 6, and older devices used in flight. We will notify you as soon as a fix is available.

Newer devices are not impacted by this issue and are clear to update to iOS 12. These include any iPad Pro, iPad 5th generation and above, and iPhone 6S and above.

If you’re not sure which iPad or iPhone model you have, visit this page to check your iPad model and this page to check your iPhone model. Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

ORIGINAL POST September 17, 2018: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 12 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: September 16 Data Updates

A new Airport and Nav Database (Sep 16 Update) is now available to download for the September 13th, 2018 – October 11th, 2018 period. This update adds procedures to CYYE. Aerodrome Charts and Terminal Procedures downloads for the province of British Columbia are also available.

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