See What’s New in ForeFlight Military Flight Bag

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Welcome to our quarterly military blog update to keep you informed and updated on the latest features in ForeFlight MFB and Dispatch.

Dispatch Updates for MFB

ForeFlight Dispatch continues to grow in functionality with dozens of new features to enable more complex and collaborative flight planning, including several only available to MFB customers.

MTRs & ARs in Dispatch
Easily plan with and file Military Training Routes and Aerial Refueling tracks as part of your flight plans in Dispatch. You can view MTRs and ARs on the flight plan map by enabling them in the Map Settings dropdown, and insert them into your route at any point using the new By-Leg Adjustment feature on the Route Builder page. To incorporate these tracks into a flight plan, enter the Route Builder and scroll down to the list of waypoints. Click the + button to the right of the waypoint where you want to begin or end a track and click Add Adjustment, then select Insert Track from the list. You can now select the type of track to add (MTR or AR), whether to insert the track before or after the selected waypoint, and specify the track identifier. Start typing in the Track field to view and select from a list of matching tracks. Click Preview in the bottom-left to open a preview map showing how the track will be inserted into the route. Click Apply Adjustments to insert the track into your route.

By-Leg Route Adjustments
Additional types of by-leg adjustments are also available to support planning with MTRs/ARs and other specialized mission profiles. New options for by-leg adjustments include:
   • Cruise Profile Change – Change the cruise profile used to calculate performance results starting at the selected waypoint.
   • Add Delay/STAY – Specify a delay at the selected waypoint by entering the time in hours and minutes.
   • Add Point – Specify a waypoint to be inserted into the route before or after the selected waypoint.
   • MFB only: Insert Track – Insert an aerial refueling track or military training route before or after the selected waypoint (full details above).
   • MFB only: Add/Remove Fuel – Specify a quantity of fuel in pounds to be added or removed from the aircraft at the specified waypoint to more accurately calculate performance results for flights involving aerial refueling. You can also enter Notes to be displayed for the specified waypoint in the Navlog’s waypoint table.
   • MFB only: Add/Remove Payload – Specify a payload weight in pounds to be added or removed from the aircraft at the specified waypoint to more accurately calculate performance results. You can also enter Notes to be displayed for the specified waypoint in the Navlog’s waypoint table.

New Route Constraint: Avoid Country
Direct ForeFlight’s Recommended Route to avoid certain countries as it generates an optimized route for your flight. As with all other route constraints, you can access Avoid Country near the top of the Route Builder page. Like the existing Avoid FIR constraint, selected countries to avoid are highlighted on the map.

Airspace Crossing Report
Easily review your planned Country and FIR crossings with our exportable report. To view, click on the Route Builder tool when planning your next flight. A new option is shown at the top: Route Tools. Select the Airspace Crossing option, then note the ability to toggle between FIRs or Countries. You can then export the report into CSV or Excel format.

Rubberbanding on Route Map
Manually adjust your route line simply by clicking and dragging it in Dispatch’s route map. Click and drag existing waypoints in your route to substitute them with other waypoints, or click and drag between waypoints to insert a new one. After releasing the line, a popup displaying a list of nearby airports, waypoints, and more allows you to select the new route element.

.CRD Route Import
Cut down on planning time by creating a new flight in Dispatch directly from a .CRD file import. Select your aircraft type and Dispatch will recognize and auto-fill other attributes such as Departure and Destination Airports, Departure Date and Time, Transitions and Intents, Waypoints, Altitude Values, and more.

ForeFlight MFB Updates

Dispatch isn’t the only product receiving powerful new features for Military Flight Bag customers:

Hazard Advisor Altitude Slider
Manually control Hazard Advisor’s altitude before and during a flight to evaluate routes through hazardous terrain and visualize your options at different altitudes. As a ForeFlight MFB customer, you have access to additional settings such as defining custom hazard altitudes beyond the four default options.

Looking for more? Check out these other recent additions to ForeFlight Mobile.

  • Obstacles in 3D: Identify potential hazards along your route and establish a mental picture of a final approach with a toggleable Obstacles layer in 3D View.
  • GeoTIFF Support: Easily import charts, maps, and other mission assets from current and legacy military mapping software, like FalconView, with new support for GeoTIFF custom content.
  • AutoZoom to Custom Content: Choose whether or not ForeFlight will auto-zoom into custom charts and map layers when you enable them from the layer selector.
  • Prioritize Jeppesen Plates: Choose to prioritize Jeppesen plates over DOD/FAA plates, causing Jeppesen plates to be listed first anywhere you access plates in ForeFlight.
  • Easy DD-1801 Filing on the Web: Generate a DD-1801 PDF with your flight plan details, digitally sign it, and email it to Base Ops through the ForeFlight Web interface.

You can see all of ForeFlight’s latest releases here.

Expanded Operational Notes and more in ForeFlight 14.3

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Our April release includes expanded Operational Notes, Delay/STAY planning and New Runway Analysis aircraft support.

Expanded Operational Notes

Access Jeppesen-sourced Operational Notes describing comms frequencies, restrictions, and more for airways, waypoints, and navaids in addition to airspace.

Tap any map element on the Aeronautical Map or Jeppesen enroute charts to view its details and Operational Notes, if it has any, or tap-hold on the map to see a list of nearby elements and tap Details to access the same information.

Delay/STAY Planning

Easily incorporate enroute delays into your flight plan and file them with automatic formatting appropriate to your region.

To add a delay to your route at a specific waypoint, tap the waypoint’s bubble in the FPL Editor and tap Set Altitude/Speed/Time.

Then tap the Duration field under DELAY/STAY to set a Delay duration in hours and minutes, after which you can also add remarks below. Remarks are only required when filing with STAYs in Europe and are optional elsewhere. 

Another way to access Delay/STAY planning is to tap directly on the waypoint on the map and tap “More >” in the top right to access the same menu.

Once your delay is added, ForeFlight will incorporate the delay into your performance calculations to accurately reflect the delay’s impact on fuel consumption and flight time.

To file a flight with a Delay/STAY, just send the route containing the delay to the Flights view. ForeFlight will automatically format the delay in both the filed route string and remarks field with the appropriate notation for your region.

Delay/STAY planning is currently limited to flights within the same administrative airspace (e.g. FAA, EUROCONTROL, etc.), and is available with ForeFlight Performance subscription plans.

New Runway Analysis Aircraft Support

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis product for jets now supports the Hawker 750, 800XP, and 850XP.

Runway Analysis is available for a growing list of aircraft types and can be purchased alongside a ForeFlight Performance subscription plan.

iOS/iPadOS 15.4.1 and ForeFlight

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Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS and iPadOS 15.4.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Please also stay tuned to our company newsFacebook 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.

Between Two Wings with Steven Curry – CFI and U.S. Army Veteran

On this episode of Between Two Wings we talk with Steven Curry, a CFI and U.S. Army Veteran. Despite losing his leg in combat while deployed, Steven still achieved his dream of becoming a pilot with the help of the non-profit organization Able Flight. Hear about the challenges Steven has faced and how Able Flight helps pilots like him take to the skies.

Between Two Wings with Chelsea Smith – A&P mechanic and pilot

On this episode of Between Two Wings we talk with Chelsea Smith, an A&P mechanic and commercial-rated pilot who strives to bridge the gap between pilots and mechanics. Hear why she thinks every pilot should actively participate in their own aircraft’s annuals and about her journey as one of the few female mechanics in the industry.

Enhanced and Integrated Weight & Balance, Hazard Advisor Altitude Preview, and more in ForeFlight 14.2

Our March release includes a major upgrade to our Weight & Balance capability, an altitude slider for terrain planning with Hazard Advisor, Organized Track Systems on Jeppesen Enroute Charts, and New Runway Analysis aircraft support.

Enhanced Weight & Balance

Individual customers now have access to our Enhanced Weight & Balance to simplify your preflight workflow. Currently, the new paradigm is optional so you can migrate your aircraft profiles when it is most convenient for you and still revert to the old paradigm if you want. However, the new paradigm will fully replace the old one later this year.

Start by going to More > Account > ForeFlight Labs and tapping the Enhanced Weight & Balance toggle to enable it. If you need to go back to the old Weight & Balance view at any time, just disable this setting.

To start migrating your existing W&B profiles, go to More > Weight & Balance and use the drop-down in the top left to select a profile. ForeFlight’s Migration Assistant will then walk you through a 4-step process to set them up with the new system.

Enhanced W&B profiles are tied directly to the aircraft profiles you use for flight planning to create a more robust and unified aircraft profile, so start by choosing an aircraft to associate with the Weight & Balance profile. Connecting the two will ensure that your current aircraft details are merged with your new W&B profile.

If your aircraft details differ from your Weight & Balance profiles, you will need to select the correct one to move to the next step.

The third step is to verify station details. Tap on any station to view and edit its name, arm length, and station type.

The final step in the migration process is to verify the number of seats per station. The Migration Assistant assumes two seats per station by default, so it’s especially important to review and correct any discrepancies for rows with a different number of seats. Tap Done to complete the profile migration.

You can always edit these numbers in the future by tapping Edit next to the Profile Selector in the new W&B view.

You can also add new Weight & Balance profiles if you don’t have any to migrate. ForeFlight provides hundreds of pre-built templates to choose from, and they are easy to add to an existing Aircraft. Go to More > Aircraft, select the aircraft you want to edit, and tap Weight & Balance Profile halfway down the page. If a template is available for your aircraft type it will be listed at the top, or you can select Blank Template to create your own.

Next, add or edit the profile’s name, specify your aircraft’s basic empty CG and weight, verify or add station details and forward and aft CG limits, and enable the  %MAC setting at the bottom of the page if applicable to your aircraft. ForeFlight has five station types to choose from and edit: Single Seat, Row of Seats, Cargo, Fuel, and Aircraft Items.

Once you’ve migrated or set up your Enhanced Weight & Balance profiles, you can use the new W&B view in the same way as before. The new W&B is very similar to the previous paradigm but allows for more flexibility when inputting calculations for each seat and station.

Manually input the weight for each seat with an optional description or choose from Standard Weights or Saved Loads. Standard Weights default to Male: 205 lbs, Female: 184 lbs, and Child: 87 lbs; however, you can change those values by visiting More > Settings > Standard Weights (at the very bottom of the page). Saved Weights include any weights you added manually with a description or loads migrated from your legacy profiles.

You will need to adjust fuel and cargo and can do so by scrolling down a little further.

Weight & Balance Integrated with Flights

Additionally, ForeFlight Performance customers can integrate these W&B calculations into an existing flight plan to streamline the preflight workflow even further.

Select a flight plan in the Flights tab, and under the Payloads section tap Weight & Balance.

Ensure the right W&B profile is selected at the top and scroll down to enter passenger and payload details just like you would in the W&B view. The integration with flights saves you time in the flight planning process by having all requirements in one convenient location.

You can also access an updated copy of your Load Manifest by tapping Summary in the top right corner, sign it directly in the ForeFlight app, and then attach it to your flight files for easy access.

Hazard Advisor Altitude Preview

Planning flights around terrain just got a lot easier with a major upgrade to Hazard Advisor. Pro Plus subscribers can use the new Hazard Advisor Altitude Preview to find the safest route around hazardous terrain at different altitudes before or during a flight.

Manually control Hazard Advisor’s altitude using the new altitude slider which ranges from 100’ to 30,000’ MSL. The slider moves in increments of 100’ followed by increments of 500’ above 4,000’ MSL. 

By default, terrain and obstacles within 100′ are colored red, and hazards within 1,000′ of your planned altitude are colored yellow. You can change these altitudes by tapping the gear button to the right of the map legend at the bottom of the screen and tapping Hazard Altitudes. You can also access other Hazard Settings here such as Corridor Width and Activation Speed, which determines how fast you need to be moving to enable Auto Hazard Advisor – more on that below.

ForeFlight Military Flight Bag Customers can access additional options under Hazard Settings to provide more flexibility with critical mission requirements. Other options include locking the altitude slider step size to 100’ increments for the entire altitude range and defining custom Hazard Altitudes beyond the four default options.

When planning in the Flight Plan Editor, the Hazard Altitude slider will automatically adjust to match your planned altitude anytime you change it using Altitude Advisor, Route Advisor, Profile View, or choose an aircraft with a different default altitude. And with Profile View open, moving the altitude slider will show hazardous terrain at the new altitude within Profile, but without changing your planned altitude, allowing you to simultaneously compare both altitudes in the same view.

When you exceed the set Activation Speed (30kts by default), Hazard Advisor enters Auto mode and automatically matches the altitude of your aircraft. Moving the slider up or down will show you terrain hazards at other altitudes before automatically reverting back to your current altitude shortly after releasing it, or you can tap the Auto button to immediately revert to your current altitude.

Organized Track Systems on Jeppesen Enroute Charts

Performance customers with Jeppesen chart coverages can now view Organized Track Systems on Jeppesen’s IFR enroute map layers in addition to the Aeronautical Map.

Enable one of the Jeppesen IFR layers to view Organized Track Systems, which are enabled by default. To separately toggle eastbound and westbound tracks, or disable all tracks, tap the Map Settings button just to the right of the FPL button and tap Organized Tracks at the bottom of the Jeppesen settings.

You can also access Organized Tracks with the Aeronautical Map. Tap Map settings > Airways & Waypoints. You can toggle the tracks on and off in the same way you can with Jeppesen charts.

New Runway Analysis Aircraft Support

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis product for jets now supports the following new aircraft models:

  • Gulfstream G150
  • Textron 525 Citation M2 with Tamarack Winglets

Runway Analysis is available for a growing list of aircraft types and can be purchased alongside a ForeFlight Performance subscription plan.

iOS/iPadOS 15.4 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS and iPadOS 15.4 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Please also stay tuned to our company newsFacebook 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.

New Auto-Zoom to Custom Content setting and more in ForeFlight 14.1

Our February release includes a new Auto-Zoom to Custom Content setting and Takeoff Trim support in Runway Analysis.

Auto-Zoom to Custom Content

Choose whether or not ForeFlight will auto-zoom into custom charts and map layers when you enable them from the layer selector. 

This setting is enabled by default to match ForeFlight’s previous behavior of automatically zooming and panning to focus on custom charts and map layers each time you enable them. However, if you find this behavior disruptive to your inflight workflow, disable the new setting to prevent the map from moving as you toggle custom content layers.

This setting does not affect the map’s behavior when you tap on custom charts or map layers in More > Custom Content to display them on the map, which will still pan and zoom to focus on the newly-enabled content.

You can access this setting in More > Settings > Auto-Zoom to Custom Content.

Takeoff Trim Support in Runway Analysis

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis capability now calculates and displays the required Takeoff Trim setting at a given %MAC for supported aircraft. 

Takeoff Trim Support requires integrated Weight & Balance in Flights, which is currently available for Business Performance and MFB Performance customers only, but will become available for individual customers later this year.

The following aircraft now support Takeoff Trim, with more coming soon:

  • Pilatus PC-24
  • Bombardier Challenger 604/605/650/Global Express/XRS/5000/6000
  • Textron 680 Citation Sovereign/Sovereign+/Latitude
  • Embraer Phenom 300/300E

After calculating W&B results for the flight on Flights view and selecting a runway in the Takeoff Analysis page, scroll down to the Performance section to find the required Takeoff Trim.

If your %MAC setting is not enabled, your Takeoff Trim will show CG Unavailable.

To enable the %MAC setting for an aircraft’s W&B profile, start by tapping Weight & Balance in the Flights view and then tapping Edit next to the selected W&B Profile at the top.

Scroll to the bottom of the W&B Profile Edit view to find the %MAC setting. After enabling it, make sure the LEMAC and MAC values are properly entered. NOTE: ForeFlight Weight & Balance templates are recommended to ensure all the MAC/LEMAC details are accurate.

You can now return to the Takeoff Analysis page to see the required Takeoff Trim setting for the flight you are planning.