Additional Aeronautical Map Waypoints, Commercial Progress Reports, and more in ForeFlight 12.8

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ForeFlight 12.8 includes additional Aeronautical Map Waypoints, Commercial Progress Reports in Logbook, the ability to designate Technically Advanced Aircraft in Logbook, and more.

Additional Aeronautical Map Waypoints

ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map now displays many types of waypoints not associated with any airway, including off-route intersections, oceanic waypoints, and others.

The new waypoints are included in both the High and Low Airspace layers in Map Settings (cog button in the Maps View) > Airways, and appear when either layer is enabled.

Disabling all airways from the Map Settings menu or the Quick Toggle bar on the left will also hide all off-airway waypoints.

Commercial Progress Report in Logbook

Track your progress towards your Commercial ASEL checkride with this auto-filled PDF report based on the FAA’s requirements outlined in FAR Part 61.

ForeFlight uses details from your logged flights in different aircraft to indicate your progress in each of the requirements, adding a green check mark to each once you complete it. Tap the Send To button while viewing the report to email or print it. Access the new report in Logbook > Reports.

TAA Setting for Logbook Aircraft

Designate “Technically Advanced Aircraft” in ForeFlight’s Logbook to log time in these aircraft in accordance with the FAA’s newly-widened definition. Flights in a TAA-designated aircraft may be logged in lieu of, or in combination with, flights in a complex or turbine-powered airplane to satisfy certain training requirements.

Access the TAA switch for any aircraft in Logbook > Aircraft. Generate a Commercial Progress report in Logbook to view your logged TAA hours.

This article from AOPA has more information on Technically Advanced Aircraft.

PDC via Honeywell

If you are a customer of Honeywell datalink services you can now receive mobile pre-departure clearances (PDC) for your filed flight plans via email and text. Mobile PDC is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

Mobile PDC delivery is available at over 70 major U.S. airports, allowing you to skip the clearance calls and get the runway faster.

Visit plan.foreflight.com/aircraft to enable mobile PDC via ForeFlight for any aircraft on your account. Visit our support page for frequently asked questions about PDC as well as a list of airports that support PDC.

iOS/iPadOS 14.0.1 and ForeFlight

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iOS/iPadOS 14.0.1 is all clear with ForeFlight 12.8 and above, released Monday September 28, 2020. Feel free to update to the new iOS and ForeFlight versions at your convenience.

This all-clear does not apply to ForeFlight Military Flight Bag on the NGA’s GEOINT App Store until ForeFlight MFB 12.8 is available from that store.

Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future 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.

iOS/iPadOS 14 and ForeFlight

Note: Apple released iOS 14.0.1 before we could complete testing of iOS 14, therefore we will not issue any all-clear for iOS 14.

We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS/iPadOS 14 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.

iOS/iPadOS 13.7 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.7 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future 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 Makes Document Management Easy

ForeFlight’s integrated document distribution and management capability provides incredible value for flight departments of any size. Easily upload all your documents in one place, distribute documents to crew members as needed, and manage pilots with ForeFlight’s compliance tracking, all saving your flight department time and money.

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Cloud Documents
ForeFlight Cloud Documents is the fast, easy, affordable way to distribute company documents to every flight crew member. Administrators can control the distribution of every new or revised flight manual, operating handbook, or special procedures to every pilot’s iPad or iPhone – delivered from the cloud of your choice: Dropbox, Amazon S3, and Box.

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Extensive File Type Support
Import documents anytime or anywhere via AirDrop, iTunes, email, or Cloud Documents, then access them or add them to Nested Folders from the Imported drive. ForeFlight supports a wide range of file types for importing and viewing in Documents: pdf, tiff, tif, jpg, jpeg, gif, png, bmp, bmpf, txt, doc, docx, xlsx, xls, pptx, ppt, csv, pages, key, and numbers. Learn how to import documents.

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Compartmentalize documents for different groups by adding nested folders within your Cloud Document drive for even more flexibility. ForeFlight will automatically keep that folder or drive up to date when new or updated documents become available, allowing crew members to download and receive automatic updates to whichever folders they select. Nested folders are ideal for multi-pilot accounts where not all users need to download the same set of documents.

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ForeFlight’s cloud integration also allows administrators to quickly distribute Content Packs with custom charts, procedures, map layers, and waypoints with linked documents or images. Putting your flight department’s specialized content directly in ForeFlight provides easy access for pilots and creates endless possibilities for customizing the app to better suit your operation. Content Packs with support for cloud importing are included in Business Performance Plans.

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ForeFlight’s Sync system allows pilots to effortlessly keep their documents organized when moving between devices and backs up manually-imported documents to the ForeFlight Cloud. Any annotations or bookmarks added to a document on one device will also appear on the pilot’s other devices while connected to the internet.

 

 

Compliance Tracking
Easily view which pilots have outdated documents so you can take action and ensure pilots are flying with the latest charts, data, and documents. The Compliance view on ForeFlight Web provides a detailed list of every pilot on your account, breaking down the different types of data and software versions (both iOS and ForeFlight) for each one and coloring expired data red for easy identification.

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Attach Documents to a Flight Plan with ForeFlight Dispatch
Flight planners can attach documents, photos, or other files to specific flight plans in ForeFlight Dispatch to deliver them to assigned crew members in seconds! Attach PDFs, images, Microsoft Word documents, and many other file types to make them accessible right in ForeFlight for viewing and printing before the flight. Learn more about ForeFlight Dispatch and contact our Sales team here.

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Click here to get started with connecting your cloud storage account.

Buy or upgrade to Business Performance here.

Watch our Integrated Document Management for Business Aviation webinar to learn more:

Weather in 3D Preview, Visual Approaches and Traffic Pattern Altitude, Internet Traffic Search, and more in ForeFlight 12.7

ForeFlight 12.7 includes Weather in 3D Preview, Visual Approaches and Traffic Pattern Altitude, Internet Traffic Search, and more.

Weather in 3D Preview

Enhance your preflight weather planning with interactive Icing and Turbulence forecast layers in 3D Preview. Weather in 3D Preview is available with ForeFlight’s Performance Plus and Business Performance subscription plans.

Access 3D Preview by loading a planned route onto the Maps or Flights views and tapping the 3D button in the Flight Plan Editor. 

Tap the layer selector in the bottom left to access forecast weather layers in 3D Preview. 3D Preview supports US and Global Icing and US and Global Turbulence. All four weather layers use the same data as their corresponding layers on the overhead map, and are depicted in 3D as colored tiles along your route. 

Enabling any layer will add an altitude slider on the right to control which altitude weather is displayed at. Enable the RTE button at the top of the altitude slider to only show weather at the same altitude as your route, which creates a stair step effect if weather is present during your climb and descent.

From the outside, forecast weather appears as solid rectangular blocks, colored to indicate severity. When the aircraft is inside these blocks they become transparent except for the edges to provide better visibility. Moving the 3D camera outside the blocks preserves a window of transparency around the aircraft. When the edge of the window is sharp it means the aircraft is within the blocks at that altitude, and when the edge is soft it means the aircraft is outside the blocks on the other side, which you can confirm by moving the camera.

In addition to the color of the blocks, the severity of forecast weather is also indicated by the color at the very top of the route line, as well as in the info panel in the top-left. These allow you to easily compare the severity of weather at your planned altitude with other nearby altitudes by adjusting the altitude slider.

Like Profile View, 3D Preview combines all forecast periods that will be active during your flight in one seamless display. If a portion of your route’s planned active time lies beyond the selected weather layer’s forecast range, ForeFlight will display a hatch pattern in place of the colored blocks to indicate where data is not available. It will also provide a tappable warning below the altitude slider letting you know that forecast data is not available for some or all of your flight.

Visual Approaches with TPA

Specify the pattern altitude for a new visual approach or traffic pattern entry in Procedure Advisor to add a prominent waypoint with the TPA in your route.

Access visual approaches in Procedure Advisor’s Traffic Pattern or Approaches menu. Enter a custom traffic pattern altitude in either MSL or AGL formats, or tap the Select button to choose from a list of recommended pattern altitudes.

Select the type of traffic pattern entry or a straight in approach and tap Add to Route to insert the pattern entry with marked TPA waypoint into your route. Tap the pattern entry in the FPL Bubble Editor and tap Set Pattern Altitude to change the selected altitude and update the TPA waypoint.

Internet Traffic Search

Find active Internet Traffic targets anywhere in the world by typing a tail number or call sign into the Search bar. ForeFlight displays matches for partial and complete search terms under an “Internet Traffic” header in the Search results list. Tap on any traffic result in the list to reposition the map and highlight the aircraft, which will also enable the Traffic layer if it isn’t already.

You must have an internet connection and be on the ground to search for Internet Traffic. Searching for aircraft while connected to an ADS-B In receiver will only show traffic targets received by that device.

FBO Detail View Enhancements

The FBO detail view now displays self- and full-service fuel prices for both 100LL and Jet-A or Jet-A+ in a more compact table. Information about contract Jet-A pricing via your JetFuelX fuel cards is also now available above the retail fuel prices at the top of the Information tab, rather than in a separate tab. Integrating your JetFuelX fuel cards into ForeFlight is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

iOS/iPadOS 13.6.1 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.6.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future 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.

Weather in Profile View, Overheat Alerts, and More in ForeFlight’s 12.6 Release.

ForeFlight 12.6 includes weather in Profile View, iPad/iPhone Overheat Alerts, additional Internet Traffic details, and more.

Weather in Profile view

ForeFlight’s Profile View includes selectable Icing and Turbulence forecast layers, providing a cross-section of weather in addition to terrain, obstacles, and airspace along your route. Icing and Turbulence in Profile View are included in ForeFlight’s Performance Plus and Business Performance subscription plans.

Create a route on the Maps view then tap Profile in the bottom-right to open Profile View. Profile View shows a side-on view of your route in relation to terrain, obstacles, airspace, and now weather.

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One major change to Profile is the addition of a layer selector that allows you to toggle different layers within Profile View, including Airspace, US or Global Icing, and US or Global Turbulence. Profile View uses the same color scales as the overhead map to depict varying intensities for each layer at multiple altitudes in relation to your route line.

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Tap the Profile Layer Selector, and tap a weather layer to display it in Profile. In addition to Airspace, Profile View can display one Icing layer and one Turbulence layer simultaneously. Each selected layer shows how long ago the current forecast data was issued. All four weather layers use the same data as their corresponding layers on the overhead map, providing multiple perspectives of a single forecast. ADS-B, XM, and military Icing and Turbulence layers are not supported in Profile View.

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Rather than using a time slider to show different forecast periods like the overhead map, Profile View combines any forecast periods that will be active during your flight into one seamless display. The waypoint markers in Profile View include estimated crossing times, allowing you to easily determine the forecast period shown at each waypoint and view the same forecast on the overhead map. Changing the selected aircraft or performance profile will display different icing and turbulence data in Profile view based on the route’s new enroute time.

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If a portion of your route’s planned active time lies beyond a weather layer’s forecast range, Profile View will display a hatch pattern to indicate where data is not available (visible on the right side of the screenshots below). It will also provide warnings letting you know which forecast data is not available for some or all of your flight. This hatching also appears if you disconnect from the internet without downloading weather data via Pack. With the data downloaded, Profile view’s inflight mode also supports all four weather layers, allowing you to view current and future forecast periods in relation to your current altitude and heading.

Another way to use Profile View with or without a route entered is by placing two fingers on the overhead map to bring up the Ruler, then move your fingers to reposition it. Using the Ruler with Profile View provides a cross-section of the terrain, obstacles, airspace, and selected weather layers at the Ruler’s current position. Profile View shows only the current forecast period for Icing and Turbulence layers when using the Ruler.

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Overheat Alerts

ForeFlight warns you if your iPad or iPhone is in danger of overheating with a prominent visual and audible alert, allowing you to take steps to cool the device and potentially avert a shutdown during a flight.

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Manage all alerts in ForeFlight in More > Settings > Alerts. The alert is triggered when ForeFlight detects that your device is dangerously hot and at risk of overheating and shutting down. If your device heats up too quickly, your iPad or iPhone may still overheat and shut down before ForeFlight can display the alert. The alert will not sound more than once per hour, even if your device returns to a high-temperature state after initially cooling down.

Removing the iPad or iPhone from direct sunlight and turning an air vent towards it are the best ways to quickly cool it down. Other ways you can cool your device down include removing your device from its case, closing unused apps, and unplugging it from its charging cable. A number of powered cases that cool the iPad using fans are also available from Sporty’s and other vendors. 

Additional Internet Traffic Details

ForeFlight’s Internet Traffic layer provides additional information for aircraft markers, including its expanded call sign, ETA, departure, and destination if available.

Turn on Internet Traffic in the layer selector in the Maps view. Tap on any aircraft marker to view a popup with information about that aircraft.

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The popups for most aircraft on IFR flight plans show the departure and destination airports and filed ETA, while many aircraft on VFR flights provide only the departure airport. Some traffic targets provide no route details. If an aircraft is using a call sign, the popup will show its expanded name in most cases. Internet Traffic targets with blocked tail numbers will not report any route or call sign information.

Learn more about Internet Traffic here.

High-Resolution Basemap Improvements

ForeFlight’s High Resolution Basemap received some improvements to mountain peaks and passes. The Basemap identifies mountain peaks using a small triangle icon in place of the previous dot icon. The Basemap also displays many additional U.S. mountain passes with their associated elevations.

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Download the High Resolution Basemap in More > Downloads > Download Settings. Turn on mountain peaks and passes in Map Settings (cog button on the Maps view) > Terrain > Peaks, Passes, and Cables.

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You can also change the size of the icons by turning on the Aeronautical Map in the layer selector, and adjusting the text size slider in Map Settings.

Y/Z Filing in Canada

Customers flying in Canada can now file flight plans under Y or Z flight rules through ForeFlight. Since these flight rules both include VFR portions, certain fields in the flight plan form that are required for Canadian VFR flights are also required for Y and Z flights, including Undercarriage, ELT, Arrival Report, and more. Cross-border flights from Canada to the U.S. or to airspace delegated to the U.S. by Canada for ATC traffic purposes do not support Y/Z flight rules.

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iOS/iPadOS 13.6 and iOS 12.4.8 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.6 and iOS 12.4.8 (for older devices) is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future 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.

Hotspots on Airport Diagrams, Multimode Timer, Offline Address Searching, and More in ForeFlight’s June Release.

ForeFlight 12.5 includes Hotspots on Airport Diagrams, a Multimode Timer in More, the ability to search for U.S. addresses without an internet connection, and more.

Hotspots on Airport Diagrams

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ForeFlight’s embedded airport diagrams on Maps now display published hotspots for improved situational awareness on the ground. These are the same hotspots that you can find in ForeFlight’s PDF airport diagrams.

Embedded airport diagrams are part of ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map layer, and are available for most U.S. airports and may other airports around the world. With the Aeronautical Map Layer turned on, zoom in to an airport to view the airport diagram.

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Hotspots on airport diagrams appear as orange highlighting on top of runways, taxiways, and aprons. Each hotspot also includes a label similar to the ones found in ForeFlight’s PDF airport diagrams.

Multimode Timer in More

Keep track of time in a variety of ways using the new Multimode Timer located at the bottom of ForeFlight’s slide-out More menu.

Tap the More tab to the right of the navigation bar to open the slide-out More menu. Locate the Timer at the bottom of the More tab.

Tap the up/down arrow to the right of the timer to switch between Count Up and Count Down modes. Count Up mode allows you to start a timer that continuously counts up until stopped, while Count Down mode allows you to select a time to initiate a countdown.

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In Count Up mode, tap the timer to start it. Tap it again to stop the timer, and tap it a third time to reset the timer to zero.

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In Count Down mode, tap the timer to set a length in hours, minutes, and seconds.  Select whether the timer will repeat, and set the number of repetitions after the initial countdown. The number of repetitions reflects the number of times the timer will repeat after the initial countdown, so setting it to repeat 3 times will cause the timer to play 4 total times. Tap the timer to start the countdown, and tap it again to stop. Tap the stopped timer once more to clear the count.

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ForeFlight displays an in-app audio and visual alert whenever the timer reaches zero in Count Down mode, and states whether or not the timer will repeat. If ForeFlight is in the background or closed when the timer expires your device will display an iOS notification with the same information if you’ve allowed ForeFlight to display notifications.

Offline Address Database & Search

Download address databases for U.S. states so you can search for and route to street addresses without an internet connection during a flight.

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Enable the new Street Addresses download setting in More > Downloads > United States to download address databases for all selected U.S. states and territories.

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Tap on a search result to locate it on the map with the address’s coordinates and magnetic variation. Add the address to your route or save it as a user waypoint with the ability to add notes and change its name or location.

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Offline Search supports the standard format for street addresses, specifically the address number, street name, street suffix (including contractions), town/city name, two-letter state identifier, and zip code.

ForeFlight only requires the first two terms to begin searching and returning matches,  and prioritizes matches that are closer to your position. Providing the two-letter state identifier and zip code in particular is the easiest way to quickly narrow the search results for addresses that are far away, especially those in other states.

The Pack feature will also download address databases for any states in your route that you haven’t already downloaded.

Offline Address Search is available with ForeFlight Performance subscription plans and currently supported for U.S. states and territories only.

PDF Form Support in Documents

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The Documents and Files in Flights views now provide better support for PDF files that contain editable form fields. Closing and reopening an edited document will retain all previous edits, while also still allowing you to access the edited fields to make additional changes.

Other Improvements

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On iPads and large iPhones, swiping in from the left side of the screen on the Airports view will open the Favorites/Recents/Browse sidebar.

Weather stations now support the same style of popup window the Maps view as airports, with tabs for basic information and different kinds of available weather information. You can access weather station information from the Search bar or by tapping one on the map with a suitable weather layer enabled.