Apple iOS 11 and ForeFlight

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We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 11. Given the scope of this iOS release, we recommend that you do not yet update devices that you regularly use for flight planning or flying. We will update this post with an “all clear” as soon as 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: Graphical Route Advisor, Performance-based Step Climb, Flight Notifications, and More

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ForeFlight Mobile version 9.3 is now available on the App Store.

Plan Faster with Graphical Route Advisor

The Route Advisor tool now gives you a visual preview of all route options on an interactive map. Tap through the list to highlight each route on the map, then tap “Select Route” to add it to your flight plan. Simple and easy. The interactive Route Preview map also appears in the Flights view form-based planner to provide a quick visual reference of your route. Your departure and destination airports are shown overlaid on a simple basemap.

Performance-based Step Climb Legs in Navlog

ForeFlight’s performance planning now supports step-climbs. The flight planning engine calculates the highest possible initial altitude, then automatically creates step-climb legs as the aircraft weight decreases. Step-climb information is detailed in the printable Navlog, accessible from the Flights view by tapping the Navlog button. The step climb leg information is available in Performance Plus, Business Performance, and MFB Performance plans.Learn more about ForeFlight Performance planning.

Flight Notifications

After filing your flight plan in ForeFlight, you will receive a push notification to your device when ATC issues a revised expected route and when adverse weather conditions arise that may affect your flight.

Flight Notification adverse weather

Access weather alerts in the Messages tab in the Flights view. Flight Notifications are available to customers on all ForeFlight plan levels who file flight plans via ForeFlight.

 

 

 

Flight Planning Workflow Enhancements

The “Add Next Flight” button in the Flights view makes it faster and easier to plan multi-leg flights by carrying forward departure, aircraft details, payload, fuel policy, and more. In addition, you can now export your flight plan in the official ICAO format and print, email, share via AirDrop, or save a copy in ForeFlight Documents.

Faster, Sharper, Data-Driven Basemap & New Shaded Terrain Display

The ForeFlight map engine has a significantly upgraded basemap, which now renders more quickly, smoothly, and with sharper depiction of features such as major roads, railways, national parks, and state and national boundaries.

In the Map Settings menu, choose from multiple terrain presentations: Colored, Shaded, or None. Shaded Terrain uses grayscale shading to depict terrain, providing the same level of detail as the colored terrain option with less visual distraction.

Scheduled Flight Search in Maps View

Enter a tail number, aircraft call sign, or commercial flight number into the Maps view search box to see recently filed flight plans. ForeFlight displays filed flight plans for aircraft that are either currently enroute or depart in the next 24 hours. Simply tap on a result to load the route into the Flight Plan Editor. Great for commercial pilots who want to quickly load an upcoming flight, or for passengers who want to follow along in the air!

Weather Layer Time Slider

A new interactive Time Slider control provides frame-by-frame control over playback of Radar and Satellite weather layers. Use the familiar play button to automatically play through each frame. To manually control playback, tap-hold on the Time Slider and drag left or right to move between frames, or tap on the line to the left or right of the slider marker to advance it one frame at a time in either direction.

New for SiriusXM SXAR1: Turbulence, Icing, and Surface Analysis Weather Layers

SiriusXM SXAR1 turbulence layerFor customers flying with the SiriusXM SXAR1 aviation receiver, you will now see Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis layers as part of your SiriusXM Pilot for ForeFlight subscription.

For a fast analysis of Icing and Turbulence conditions at each altitude, you can quickly scrub between altitudes using the Altitude Slider in the lower right corner of the Maps view. In addition, the Icing layer is enhanced with small red dots to indicate dangerous regions of supercooled large droplets. Refer to the Pilot’s Guide or the ForeFlight Mobile Legends Guide for more details on interpreting these new weather layers.

Better Logbook Workflow with Next Entry Button

Logbook Add Next Flight

Like the new “Add Next Flight” capability for the Flights view, the “Add Next Entry” button in Logbook allows you to quickly add a follow-up entry for any existing flight in your logbook.

The new entry uses the same aircraft as the previous flight, and auto-fills the departure airport and Hobbs/Tach time based on the details of the previous flight. The button is available at the bottom of every flight entry.

And a Few Updates to ForeFlight on the Web…

We continue to enhance our web planning experience with:

  • Detailed, printable Navlog syncs between web and mobile
  • Improved Navlog interface that expands for better viewing
  • Just like in ForeFlight Mobile, the Add Next Flight button improves multi-leg flight planning
  • Faster radar loading

Bulletin: Sep 14th – Oct 12th Data Posted

Data updates are now available to download for the Sep 14th 2017 thru Oct 12th 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
    • 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
  • 78 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.

Hurricane Harvey Update from ForeFlight

Over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast. In a 24-hour period, an estimated 419,000,000,000 gallons (yes, billions) of rainfall in just Houston – and more than 9 trillion gallons in Southeast Texas over the weekend – created the worst flooding the region has ever experienced. Some areas are experiencing an “800-year flood event”.

As of this writing the rain continues to fall and flood waters in many areas are still rising as bayous and rivers overflow their banks at record levels. It was frightening to ride out and it is gut wrenching to now see the images of fellow Texans in distress.

The Houston-based ForeFlight team is fortunate: everyone has checked in as being safe and no significant injury or flood damage to our homes has been reported. Many in the Houston area have fared far worse, and our thoughts are with them.

Emergency management resources are overwhelmed and have been asking anyone with equipment  to come forward and help rescue operations. Texans are responding in force, deploying boats and other assets to assist. In last night’s press conference, the United States Coast Guard reported they have more than 20 helicopters deployed in conjunction with Customs & Border Protection and Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as three flood response teams that arrived from Paducah, KY and Memphis, TN. In addition, the good samaritans of the “Cajun Navy” activated and sent forces from Louisiana.

Thank you to all our friends, family, partners, and competitors for sending thoughtful notes and well wishes throughout the event. We’ll be back to full strength soon.

-Tyson

Bulletin: Aug 17 – Sep 14 Data Cycle

Data updates are now available to download for the August 17, 2017 – September 14, 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
  • 114 updated or new ForeFlight Taxi diagrams

All customers will be prompted with new available downloads.

Apple iOS 10.3.3 and ForeFlight

UPDATE July 26, 2017: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 10.3.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to upgrade at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST July 19, 2017: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 10.3.3 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.

Bulletin: July 20th Data Downloads

Data updates are now available to download for the July 20th, 2017 – Aug 17th, 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
  • 152 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.

Global Jeppesen Charts Now Available on ForeFlight

Jeppesen charts are here!  And we are proud to say that our strategic alliance with Jeppesen continues to deliver more value for our customers. Here’s the rest of our media release on this exciting announcement:

Jeppesen’s world-class library of standard chart coverages are now available as an option with the current release of ForeFlight Mobile, making it the premier all-in-one mobile solution for planning, briefing, filing, flying, and logging flights across aviation. Customers can purchase Jeppesen charts directly on foreflight.com in a matter of seconds. They can choose from thirteen coverages that span the globe and include departure, arrival, and terminal procedures, airport charts, and Jeppesen Airway Manuals.

“We’re thrilled about our partnership with Jeppesen and finally being able to deliver their best-in-class charts to our customers,” said Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight. “This integration offers aviators the most powerful combination of Jeppesen charts and EFB functionality available on the market today.”

Jeppesen charts are now seamlessly integrated into ForeFlight’s innovative plates on map feature that allows pilots to view their aircraft position on geo-referenced departures, arrival, or approach plates along with weather overlays in one seamless moving map view. Jeppesen charts are also enabled for color inversion, reducing screen glare when flying at night. For business customers, account administrators can easily manage how Jeppesen coverages are distributed to, swapped among users, and shared across devices. Jeppesen charts combined with ForeFlight’s next-generation performance flight planning capabilities provides a compelling solution for operators and pilots worldwide.

ForeFlight individual subscribers can link their existing Jeppesen license in ForeFlight Mobile or purchase standard worldwide Jeppesen charts for use inside the app through a simple e-commerce experience on foreflight.com. ForeFlight business aviation customers can purchase chart coverages through Jeppesen and then link them to their ForeFlight subscription for use inside the ForeFlight Mobile app. Customers can access Jeppesen charts in the app in the same, familiar way they reference government charts.

With this latest release of ForeFlight, Jeppesen’s high-quality NavData® also comes standard in every plan, improving data consistency between the mobile device and installed avionics, enhancing features like data-driven Aeronautical Maps (available in Plus plans), and expanding Procedure Advisor for all customers to airports around the world. Customers should take note that the Jeppesen NavData® on ForeFlight is separate from Jeppesen NavData® for installed avionics, which requires a separate subscription from Jeppesen.

Global high-resolution terrain and obstacle data, powered by Jeppesen, already comes standard in every ForeFlight subscription plan, making ForeFlight’s hazard awareness features better than ever. Customers flying with advanced features like Synthetic Vision, Hazard Advisor, and Profile View now see a clear picture of terrain and obstacle hazards anywhere in the world.

A follow-on release later this summer will bring the display of Jeppesen’s data-driven IFR Enroute charts, which is automatically included for subscribers who have purchased or linked Jeppesen charts on ForeFlight.

In addition to the integration of Jeppesen charts into ForeFlight Mobile, the strategic alliance between the two companies also spans the commercial airline market and users of Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro, the leading EFB solution for airlines and large-scale operators. Jeppesen and ForeFlight are working together on a next-generation release of FliteDeck Pro for both iOS and Windows that will deliver a combination of the familiar capabilities in FliteDeck Pro and significant features and functionality from ForeFlight Mobile.

To view more information on combined Jeppesen and ForeFlight products, please see foreflight.com/jeppesen and jeppesen.com/foreflight.

Videos and additional content for the latest ForeFlight release are available at foreflight.com/9-2.

Plan your 2017 solar eclipse experience using ForeFlight custom content features

On August 21, 2017, the day will briefly turn into night as the sun will disappear behind the moon during a total solar eclipse over the United States. ForeFlight has several options for viewing custom content, helping you pinpoint the path of this rare event (the last total solar eclipse was in 1991!) and fly to an ideal spot to catch this once in a lifetime experience from the best vantage point.

You can easily import custom content like User Waypoints or User Map Layers from the Apple Mail app, your browser, the Dropbox app, or send directly to your iPad or iPhone via AirDrop. NASA’s eclipse website has several shapefiles and eclipse coordinates available for download at no cost. After you import your custom data, select your file either from the User Content tab available in the More view or from the bottom right of the layer selector in the Maps view.

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As eclipse day approaches, see where the weather will be clearest using ForeFlight’s industry-leading imagery collection, and remember to add the proper eye protection to your flight bag!

Learn more about importing User Map Layers with our helpful video tutorial:

Bulletin: June 22 – July 20 Downloads

Data updates are now available to download for the June 22 2017 – July 20 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.