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ForeFlight’s August release includes new charts for both U.S. and European pilots, enhanced single-tap and map layer functionality on the Maps view, easy aircraft sharing, and more!
Enhanced single-tap and map layer functionality
A number of improvements allow you to do more with ForeFlight’s map layers and the single-tap gesture.
You can now enable multiple shape-based map layers like TFRs, AIR/SIGMET/CWAs, and GAFOR (if you are a European subscriber) simultaneously. Viewing multiple map layers at once can make flight planning easier and heighten inflight awareness. Due to the increased likelihood of multiple map layers overlapping, we have added more functionality to the single-tap gesture on the Map.
Tapping on overlapping shapes will bring up a “Map Info” popup that shows a list of elements at that location, with some quick information about them including the type, active times and altitudes, and more. Tap on any element in this list to view more information about each one.
The Map Info popup also allows you to select elements from icon-based map layers like winds aloft barbs, PIREPS, lightning, obstacles, and Aeronautical Map elements like waypoints and airways.
The single-tap improvements also allow you to tap on FBO markers on airport diagrams that are built into ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map to quickly access information about them. From this FBO marker popup, you can contact, get directions to it, see and update fuel prices, view/add comments, and more.
US Flyway Charts
Newly georeferenced U.S. VFR Flyway Charts from the FAA are now available for download and viewing directly on ForeFlight’s map using the VFR Flyway map layer.
Previously available only in the Documents view, these planning charts depict potential VFR routes through and around major metropolitan areas to help VFR pilots avoid Class B airspace and commercial traffic flows.
Normally printed on the back of TACs, VFR Flyway Charts are available for Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver/Colorado Springs, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, New Orleans, Phoenix, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. The charts are drawn at a scale of 1:250,000.
VFR Flyway charts appear as a new layer at the bottom of the left-hand column in the layer selector on the Maps view. They are also associated with a new configurable download switch in More > Downloads > Download Settings > United States. Make sure you have this switch turned on and your desired states selected and downloaded below to see the Flyway charts offline.
European Graphical NOTAMs
Access graphical depictions of European enroute NOTAMs directly on ForeFlight’s map for improved flight planning and inflight situational awareness. Graphical NOTAMs are supported for all of Europe.
Enable the NOTAMs layer in ForeFlight’s layer selector to display graphical NOTAMs on the map (this layer may also show as “TFRs” based on your iPad’s region setting).
ForeFlight shows active and inactive NOTAMs and provides the times they will be active. NOTAMs are color-coded based on type and severity, with airspace and obstacles notices in gray, scheduled exercises in orange, and restricted/danger areas in red.
Tap on multiple overlapping NOTAMs to bring up a “Map Info” popup that shows a list of the elements selected with some quick information about them including the type, time active, elevation, and more. You can choose from this list of elements to view more information about each one.
ForeFlight uses geographic data contained in NOTAM descriptions to draw their actual shapes whenever possible, giving you a better sense of the NOTAM’s actual effective areas.
Like TFRs, ForeFlight will automatically download graphical NOTAMs when you pack for a flight so you can access them without an internet connection.
Share your aircraft profiles in ForeFlight with other pilots for easy collaboration when flight planning. Tap the Send To button while viewing an aircraft to share it via Airdrop, email, text, or any other messaging app. The recipient can then tap the link on their iPad or iPhone to accept the share. Shared aircraft are read-only, so recipients can’t change any of the aircraft’s details, but any changes made by the original owner are automatically synced to any recipients.
Aircraft Sharing can be paired with Flight Sharing, making it easier to plan and coordinate flights with others.
Recipients must be running ForeFlight version 11.7 or above to accept shared aircraft. Aircraft shared from a Performance Plus account to a non-Performance account will not include the ForeFlight Performance Profiles, as these are only available with Performance Plus.
Logbook Night Times
Create draft Logbook entries from planned or filed flight plans and ForeFlight will automatically calculate how much of each flight may be logged as Night Time.
You can enable draft Logbook entries from filed flight plans in More > Logbook > Settings > Draft Entry Creation > Filed Flight Plan.
New Document Types
You can now import comma-separated value files (CSV), and Apple Pages, Keynote, and Number files into ForeFlight’s Documents view. You can import these files via AirDrop, email, iTunes, or via a connected cloud storage account if you have a Pro Plus subscription or above.
Our full list of supported document types include pdf, tiff, tif, jpg, jpeg, gif, png, bmp, bmpf, txt, doc, docx, xlsx, xls, pptx, ppt, csv, pages, key, and numbers.
Additionally, the Documents view now separates your personal drives from the rest so you can more easily access your imported documents and any linked cloud storage account. Learn more about ForeFlight’s Documents view here.
Expanded European Coverage
All European subscribers can now download AIPs for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Moldova, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, and Turkey.
The AIPs include IFR High and Low enroute charts for all countries other than Turkey, VFR procedure charts for all countries other than North Macedonia, IFR procedure charts, and documents.
Learn more about what data is available for Europe through ForeFlight here.
FLARM NMEA Support
Third-party devices that deliver FLARM traffic information via the NMEA protocol can now display that traffic within ForeFlight. ForeFlight also supports FLARM traffic from third-party devices using our extended GDL90 protocol, as well as via uAVionix’s SkyECho 2 ADS-B and FLARM transceiver. Click here to learn more.
ForeFlight 11.6 is packed with great new features and enhancements including 3D Review for better flight planning and debriefing, Map Annotations to keep your notes where you need them, Instructor Tools with the ability to send remote endorsements, and more.
3D Review is a flight planning and debriefing tool that allows you to review and preview planned and recorded flights with immersive 3D terrain and aerial imagery. Prepare for an upcoming flight by familiarizing yourself with landmarks and ground features along your planned route, and replay a past flight with pitch and bank data to evaluate your maneuvers.
You can access 3D Review by tapping the 3D button in the Flight Plan Editor in the Maps view, in a Logbook entry, in the Flights view, or above the graph within a Track Log.
Tap the Play button to start playing through the flight automatically, and tap the button to its right to cycle through the different speed options. You can watch a flight at 1x, 3x, 5x, 10x, or 20x speed and you can manually scrub or swipe within the timeline to advance or rewind the flight. You can also use two fingers to zoom within the timeline for finer moment-by-moment adjustments.
Swipe or zoom within the 3D view to enter Glance Mode for a full 360° perspective of the environment along your route. After swiping or zooming in Glance Mode, you can quickly return to a forward-facing view by tapping the circle at the bottom of the screen, or wait for it to automatically exit after five seconds without input.
Using 3D Review on the Maps or Flights views will play through each leg of the planned flight and show the route’s waypoints on the timeline below. The current altitude is shown in the top-left corner. ForeFlight uses your aircraft’s performance information to depict the flight’s climb and descent profiles to and from your selected cruise altitude, which you can also see using Profile view. Using 3D Review with a recorded flight, whether a Track Log or an associated Logbook entry, will show your actual flight path and altitude, along with your GPS-derived groundspeed in the top-left corner. If you recorded the flight with an AHRS-capable device then 3D Review also shows changes in pitch and bank throughout the flight. You can disable this setting by tapping the AHRS button in the top-right.
Take notes on the fly using ForeFlight’s Map Annotations feature. Take notes, draw holding patterns, highlight relevant parts of a map or layer, and more. Map Annotations show up over any chart or map layer so you can see your notes above any weather or plates.
Tap the Annotations button on the left of the Maps view to enter Drawing Mode, and use one finger or a stylus to draw on the map. The Annotation Toolbar at the top of the screen allows you to change the ink opacity, line thickness and color, as well as undo, redo, and clear your annotations. While in Drawing Mode you can use two fingers to zoom and move around the map without adding new annotations. When you are finished adding annotations, tap Done to exit Drawing Mode and lock them in place. Your annotations will stay where they are until you clear them, and are visible no matter what charts or map layers you enable. The Undo button also applies to the action of clearing annotations, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally deleting important notes and not being able to bring them back.
You can also use an Apple Pencil to enter Drawing Mode automatically. Enable the Auto Apple Pencil Drawing setting in More > Settings, then when you touch the Pencil to the screen it will automatically enter Drawing Mode. When drawing with an Apple Pencil ForeFlight disables drawing with a finger, so you can interact with the map like you normally would without adding new annotations. When Drawing Mode is activated by an Apple Pencil it will automatically exit after 10 seconds, but you can adjust this time or disable it entirely using the Drawing Mode Reset menu in More > Settings.
Logbook Instructor Tools (Remote Endorsements)
ForeFlight Logbook now allows flight instructors to save their information and easily issue and track student endorsements using the Instructor Tools feature.
You can access the Instructor Tools section of Logbook from the Logbook menu. The Digital Signature page allows you to add and save your instructor information and signature so you can quickly apply it to student endorsements. The Endorsement Records page shows a list of all the endorsements you’ve issued through Logbook.
To send a remote endorsement, open the Endorsement Records page and tap the plus button in the top right-corner to create a new endorsement. ForeFlight automatically adds your signature if you already saved it in the Digital Signature section, but you can tap Edit Signature to make any changes to it. Tap the Student Name line to select the student from your list of contacts added to Logbook. If you haven’t added the student’s email address then ForeFlight will prompt you for it. You can manually enter the endorsement title and description in each field, but ForeFlight also provides a convenient Lookup feature to quickly find the relevant endorsement type and autofill its title and description. Tap on any gray placeholder text in the description to fill in the relevant details.
With the details filled in and your signature applied, tap Send Endorsement. The student will receive a notification and email letting them know that you sent an endorsement, and the endorsement will appear at the top of their Logbook under Drafts & Requests. They can then review the endorsement and decline or accept it to add it to their Logbook. Once they accept it, the endorsement will also show as Accepted in your endorsement records. If the student doesn’t use ForeFlight then the email sent to them will include the endorsement as a PDF attachment, allowing them to save and print it. If an endorsement is deleted from the student’s device, it will still show up for the instructor and vice-versa.
Learn more about ForeFlight’s Logbook.
Logbook Auto-Calculates Night Times & Landings
Logbook now automatically calculates Night Time and Night Landings and populates these values in your Logbook entry. Out/Off/On/In times from Track Log data or that you enter manually are used to determine how much of the flight occurred at night, and any landings that ForeFlight detects as part of a Track Log are also added as Night Landings. Logbook considers Night Time as starting 30 minutes after sunset and ending 30 minutes before sunrise.
Learn more about ForeFlight’s Logbook.
Complete your checklists more efficiently by having ForeFlight speak them to you. Checklist Speak allows you to view other parts of the app while ForeFlight reads challenge items and responses out loud.
To access Checklist Speak, tap the Speak button when viewing a checklist. In More > Settings you can choose if you want ForeFlight to read each item’s challenge and response, or just the challenge.
When using Checklist Speak, a quick-action bar appears at the bottom of the screen allowing you to pause or exit Speak mode, as well as move faster or slower through the checklist. This bar remains visible throughout the app while ForeFlight is reading a checklist, allowing you to keep an eye on ForeFlight’s map or focus on flying. Pause Checklist Speak if you need more time to complete an item or if you want it repeated.
Checklist Speak will read not only pre-built checklist templates, but also edited checklists and even your own custom checklists. Learn more about ForeFlight Checklist here.
Alternate Airports Included in Pack
The Pack feature on the Flights view now includes airport, weather, and chart information between your destination and your selected alternate airport.
The interactive map that you can access with Pack open extends the gray “Pack Corridor” to loop around your departure, destination, and alternate airports.
ForeFlight provides General Aviation Forecasts, or GAFOR, in an interactive map layer to help pilots flying in Europe better assess upcoming weather and prepare for their flights.
You can access GAFOR in ForeFlight’s layer selector, near the middle of the right column. This layer displays GAFOR regions for France and Germany, and GAFOR routes for Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia. Zoom in to see color-coded markers representing the forecast periods for that region or route, with the current forecast period outlined in purple. The color and letter of each marker indicates the GAFOR Index for that forecast period, ranging from Clear and Open, to Difficult, Marginal, and Closed. If forecasts are unavailable for some period then the GAFOR Index will show a gray slash.
Tap on a marker to see more information about each forecast period, including the reference altitude for that region or route, the GAFOR Index, the Cloud Base height in feet, and the Visibility in kilometers. Information about specific weather phenomena, like thunderstorms, fog, snow, and others are sometimes also shown for countries that provide this data.
ForeFlight checks for GAFOR updates frequently to ensure that any new or changed forecasts are quickly reflected in the app. When you use the Pack feature for a flight in Europe, ForeFlight saves the latest GAFOR data so you can access it during the flight.
Learn more about ForeFlight for Europe at foreflight.com/europe.
Expanded European Coverage
All European subscribers can now download AIPs for Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine, which include IFR High and Low enroute charts, IFR procedure charts, and documents for all five countries, as well as VFR procedure charts for all countries except Ukraine, and integrated Jeppesen VFR data for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
Visit our Europe Data page to learn more about what data is available for Europe and compare coverage for different countries.
ForeFlight 11.5 brings more great features and enhancements including a graphical Track Log Review for better postflight analysis, Alternate Advisor to help you quickly find a good alternate airport, the ability to select runways on the Maps view, and more.
Track Log Review
Track Log Review in ForeFlight is an integrated flight debriefing tool that allows you to simultaneously view and compare multiple types of data throughout the flight, making it easy to assess maneuvers and other aspects of flights. This new graphical Track Log view provides detailed metrics for better postflight debrief, an interactive graph that allows you to better analyze your Track Logs, and a timeline to review every step of your flight.
Tap the Hide/Show Graph button in the lower-right corner to show the Track Log graph or view the map in fullscreen. You can pan and zoom around the map and tap the Fit to Route button in the lower-left corner to recenter the map on the route.
Track Log Graph shows changes in a flight’s altitude and speed based on GPS data, as well as pitch and bank if you recorded the track log with an AHRS-capable device like Sentry. This allows you to view two types of data streams at once and cycle through different data combinations to fully assess your flight data. The graph values on the left and right vertical axes correspond to the order of the selected buttons, e.g. if you have Speed and Pitch selected, the left axis will display speed values and the right axis will display pitch values.
Tap the Play button in the bottom-left of the view to replay your flight in fast-forward mode. Tap-hold on the moving time marker to manually scrub through the timeline and highlight flight data at different points, while the airplane marker follows the flight path on the overhead map. Use two fingers to pinch-zoom within the graph to see any part of the flight in more detail, then scrub with one finger to move the window to other parts of the flight. While zoomed in, the visible portion of the route is denoted on the overhead map in blue, while parts of the flight not in the view are shown in orange. The blue section of the route moves with the graph window as you zoom or pan within the graph.
Access additional Track Log information by tapping the Info button in the top right of the Track Log Review page. View textual information about the track log, including the flight summary; distance, time, and speed metrics; out, off, on, and in times; an associated Logbook entry if one exists, and add or view your notes for the Track Log.
Tap the Send To button in the top right to share the Track Log, create a new Logbook entry, open it in other apps like Google Earth, and more.
ForeFlight’s Alternate Advisor simplifies the process of choosing a good alternate airport by providing a list of suggestions to help you narrow your options. Alternate Advisor uses a similar interface to the Route Advisor with a popup window that has a map and a list of airports to choose from.
You can access Alternate Advisor on the Flights view by tapping on the Alternate line near the top of the page. Alternate Advisor’s interactive map shows your arrival at the destination airport, with gray lines connecting the airport to each of the proposed alternates, which are listed below. Tap on each airport in the list to highlight its line on the map.
Each suggestion includes information about the airport and your aircraft’s performance if you select it as your alternate. Wind and visibility information from a METAR, TAF, or MOS forecast is shown on the first line under the airport name, followed by tower and runway information, followed by the list of instrument approach types supported at that airport. To the right of each suggestion are performance results showing how much extra time and fuel would be required to reach that airport from your destination.
ForeFlight uses a number of criteria to narrow the list of suggested alternatives, including distance and fuel range considerations, whether the airport is closed by NOTAM, the presence of available instrument approaches, and forecast weather conditions. Additionally, ForeFlight will prioritize any airport that you’ve previously used as an alternate on flights with the same destination.
You can manually search for an airport not shown in the list by typing its identifier into the Alternate field to add it to the map and display its information above the airport list. Once you’ve decided which airport to use, tap the button at the bottom of the window to add that airport as your alternate. ForeFlight will still alert you if your chosen alternate exceeds your max usable fuel.
Select Runway on Maps
You can now highlight your intended runways for any airports in your flight plan on the Maps view. Tap on the airport bubbles in the Maps view Route Editor to select a runway. A list of runways for that airport will drop down with “Best Wind” indicating which runways have a headwind.
When selected, the destination runway is highlighted on the map with a blue line and both runways will show chevrons making it easier to quickly identify the correct runway before landing.
Selecting runways in the Route Editor automatically selects those runways in the Takeoff & Landing Performance views after you send the route to the Flights view. Selecting runways in the Flights view and sending it to the Maps view will also highlight the selected runways with chevrons.
Organized Track Systems (OTS) Filtering
A new Maps setting lets you filter oceanic tracks on the Aeronautical map by direction so you can declutter the map and only see the tracks relevant to your current flight.
Under Map Settings > Airways, select Easterly tracks, Westerly tracks, or all tracks. Organized Track Systems are included in ForeFlight Performance plans.
Expanded European Coverage
All European subscribers can now download AIPs for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Greenland, which include IFR procedure charts and airport diagrams for all countries; VFR procedure charts for the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland; IFR High and Low enroute charts for the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia; and documents for all countries. Jeppesen’s IFR and VFR aeronautical data is also included for all countries except Greenland (IFR data only).
A wide range of new optional add-ons from DFS and Rogers Data are also available to enhance your visual flying.
- DFS VFR 500 Charts covering the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland, along with an “All Europe” VFR/Visual 500 Chart combo that provides access to all DFS VFR charts available through ForeFlight.
- Rogers Data VFR 500k charts covering Italy, Great Britain and Ireland, Spain and Portugal, France and Corsica, VFR 200k charts covering Austria and Slovenia, and Rogers Data VFR 500k Charts Combo covering most of central, southern, and eastern Europe.
SkyEcho 2 FLARM Support
ForeFlight can now decode and display FLARM traffic data from uAvionix’s SkyEcho 2 portable GPS and ADS-B transceiver. FLARM traffic appears on ForeFlight’s map just like ADS-B traffic, with basic information about each traffic target.
ForeFlight requires a FLARM Decoding License to display FLARM traffic when connected to a SkyEcho 2. You can purchase a FLARM Decoding License on ForeFlight’s website.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.3.1 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.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.4 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.
With ForeFlight’s introduction of Takeoff and Landing Performance in version 11.4, it’s a good time to revisit your Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) and get reacquainted with the runway performance data in it. It’s important to understand that the runway performance results provided by ForeFlight are based on the published data in the POH. ForeFlight’s calculations are only as good as the data provided by your aircraft’s POH. Since we support aircraft models spanning multiple decades, POH data content and variation is large.
Take, for example, single-engine Cessna pistons. Looking at Section 5 (Performance) of the POH, you will see the takeoff and landing distance tables provided are titled Short Field, meaning the short field takeoff and landing techniques need to be applied to achieve the published distance numbers. This often involves rotating or approaching at a slightly slower airspeed, often with non-zero flap setting.
But many of us take off and land using the Normal procedure, outlined in Section 4 of the POH. The Normal procedure often advises different (faster) speeds and with flaps up. But few POHs provide any guidance on how takeoff or landing distances change when using the Normal procedure vs the Short Field procedure. When using one of these aircraft, it is critical to be aware that you are seeing Short Field distances in the ForeFlight results, which are shorter than what you will experience if you fly the Normal procedure takeoff and landing.
To help you recognize this, ForeFlight adds a “(Short Field)” note after the Flaps setting under Aircraft Configuration when using an aircraft that only provides Short Field distances. You can also review our list of Takeoff & Landing Performance supported aircraft here to see which ones only provide Short Field distances.
Another factor you must consider is the lack of certain corrections. Many piston POHs do not provide runway slope or non-paved runway corrections to the distances. All data are published for paved and level runways, which is what ForeFlight uses. Even though ForeFlight provides a user-adjustable runway slope input, changing this value does not affect the resulting distances. This is because such POHs lacks correction values for the runway slope.
It’s a great time to pull out the POH and study its runway performance section closely, so you know exactly what ForeFlight’s takeoff and landing results mean for your own aircraft’s performance.
ForeFlight 11.4 includes the safety-enhancing Takeoff & Landing Performance feature for calculating critical distance and speed metrics for both takeoff and landing, a new way to share flights with other pilots, updates to ForeFlight’s Logbook and Navlog features, and more.
Takeoff & Landing Performance
Takeoff & Landing Performance is a powerful flight planning capability that provides safety-enhancing runway performance calculations for over 200 piston and single-engine turboprop aircraft. Takeoff & Landing Performance incorporates published performance data and current or forecast conditions to calculate important flight metrics and ensure they are within the aircraft’s and runway’s limits. Watch the embedded video below or check out this in-depth walkthrough to learn more about the feature. Takeoff & Landing Performance is included in ForeFlight Performance subscription plans.
Limited Time Offer: Use promo code RUNWAYPERF for new or upgrade purchases of Performance Plus on our website and get 15 months for the price of 12. Ends Tuesday, June 11. Click here to upgrade now.
Share planned and filed flight plans with others via Airdrop, email, or text directly from the Flights view to enable better coordination with fellow pilots and crew.
To share a flight, tap the Send To button in the top-right corner of the Flights view and tap Share Flight. Sharing a flight with someone else adds a read-only version of the flight to their Flights list with a label indicating who shared it. The shared flight stays up to date with any changes you make to the original on your device as long as an internet connection is available.
Because shared flights are tied to the originals, the recipient can’t change any of the flight’s details, but they can view its Navlog and Briefing, load the flight onto the Maps view using the Send To button, or create a copy of the flight that they can edit on their device. Copying a flight will duplicate all of the original flight’s details except for the original aircraft and performance profile, which will instead use your account’s default aircraft and performance profile.
Flights can only be shared once, so you can’t share a flight that was shared with you, but you can share a copy of the flight or ask the owner of the shared flight to share it with someone else. If you try to delete a flight that you’ve shared with others, ForeFlight will warn you that doing so will also delete the flight for everyone you’ve shared it with. Conversely, deleting a flight that was shared with you won’t have any effect on the original or other recipients of the shared flight.
Smart Logbook Photos
ForeFlight can now automatically associate pictures and screenshots you took during a flight with that flight’s logbook entry, greatly simplifying the task of adding photos to a new entry. This feature requires ForeFlight to have access to your photos, so choose to allow when prompted, or change the access level in your iOS device’s settings.
When you create a new logbook entry from a recorded track log, or when ForeFlight automatically creates a draft entry after a flight, photos and screenshots that you took during the flight appear in the Flight Photos section as suggestions, allowing you to select the ones you want to keep and discard the rest.
If you sync your photos to iCloud then photos taken on other devices will appear as suggestions in addition to any photos you took with that device, allowing you to easily add all relevant photos at the same time. Once added to an entry, photos are uploaded to ForeFlight’s Sync system so you can view them on any of your devices.
This feature only works if the logbook entry was created from a track log so make sure to turn on automatic Track Log/Logbook draft creation in More > Logbook > Settings > Draft Entry Creation, or manually send the track logs to the Logbook.
Learn more about Logbook here.
Logbook Night Vision Goggles Support
Logbook also now supports night vision goggles (NVG) currency tracking for both rotorcraft and airplane pilots, with separate currency trackers for NVG operations with and without passengers. Add the new currency trackers using the Add Currency Summary button on Logbook’s overview page.
The new Night Vision Goggles section of each logbook entry allows you to log total NVG time and number of NVG operations, or add an NVG Proficiency tag to the entry after a checkride.
In Logbook > Settings > Configure Fields, make sure the “Night Vision Goggles” switch is turned on so that you can track of your NVG time in each Logbook entry. If you don’t use night vision goggles, toggle the switch off and the field won’t show up in logbook entries.
The Flights view’s detailed Navlog now includes more information and capabilities to help you better prepare for and conduct every flight. The biggest additions to the Navlog include airport diagrams for departure and destination airports when available, average fuel flow per hour in the Summary & Times table (requires a Performance subscription plan), a new “Signature” row in the notes section, and other minor changes to the Summary & Times table.
Unsupported SID/STAR Legs Use Dotted Route Line
ForeFlight will now use a dotted line style for any leg of a SID or STAR that it can’t properly depict in the displayed route, including track, course, or heading from a fix to an altitude, track from a fix for a certain distance, course or heading to a radial or intercept, arc to a fix, etc.
These route style changes replace the warning dialog that previously advised you to check the plate/chart for full info when adding unsupported legs to a route.
Expanded European Coverage
All European subscribers can now download AIPs for Spain and Portugal, which include IFR and VFR procedure charts, airport diagrams, and documents. Jeppesen’s IFR and VFR aeronautical data is included for both countries.
The DFS Visual 500 Charts covering Spain and Portugal are also available as a combined add-on to enhance your visual flying.
ForeFlight 11.4 brings an exciting and safety-enhancing feature to Performance Plus subscribers: Takeoff & Landing Performance calculations for piston and single-engine turboprop aircraft. Give our tutorial video a watch and then read on for more details.
Limited Time Offer: Use promo code RUNWAYPERF for new or upgrade purchases of Performance Plus on our website and get 15 months for the price of 12. Ends Tuesday, June 11. Click here to upgrade now.
Why Takeoff and Landing Performance?
Calculating one’s takeoff and landing performance has always been a task that makes sense to do, but is often not carried out for various reasons. The task typically requires interpolating on tabular data or using graphical runaround charts, or “spaghetti charts”, to find a list of performance parameters for the given conditions. While useful in determining takeoff and landing distances, climb performance, and other critical aircraft performance parameters, the use of such tables and charts are less than appealing to many pilots. It’s also surprisingly easy for human error to sneak into the multi-step process of determining takeoff ground roll or total distance, possibly resulting in a less than safe operation.
Why not let software handle these error-prone tasks accurately, quickly and in a repeatable fashion?
A Fully Integrated Flight Planning Solution
ForeFlight is improving safety of flight by providing a fully integrated takeoff and landing performance solution into the existing flight planning workflow. With version 11.4, you have the ability to accurately and quickly calculate takeoff and landing performance for over 200 popular piston and single-engine turboprop aircraft as part of your flight planning workflow. This powerful combination of accurate runway and flight planning performance calculations provide critical information for your decision making and safety of flight.
For example, a DA40-180 pilot accustomed to flying near sea level knows a fully loaded aircraft on a calm, 95F/35C day can easily take off on a 4000 ft runway, requiring about half of that distance to reach the 50 ft obstacle height point. But if this pilot decides to fly in Denver, Colorado during a trip, it might come as a surprise that the same summer conditions require a full 4000 ft to reach the same 50 ft AGL point. This is the effect a density altitude change from 2600 ft to 9000 ft has on a piston aircraft — significantly reduced aircraft performance.
With ForeFlight’s Takeoff & Landing Performance solution integrated into your flight planning workflow, you will not be caught by surprise when environmental changes negatively affect your runway performance. Ground or inflight (ADS-B) sourced weather data are used to prefill weather inputs for takeoff and landing times. The pilot can always manually override such prefilled data with the latest information from tower or ATIS. Distance results are compared to the available runway length and the pilot is warned if that is exceeded. If a runway has declared distances, the pilot is given this information and has the option to substitute a declared distance in lieu of the available runway length.
Where does the performance data come from? Your aircraft’s Pilot Operating Handbook. Our aircraft performance data team uses the official published takeoff and landing performance data from the POH to build a performance model for your aircraft. ForeFlight takes the error-prone interpolation and chart reading tasks and does them for you, accurately and quickly, whether online or offline.
Let’s take a detailed look at how this works in ForeFlight.
It starts with planning your flight on the Flights view, as you currently do. Once you’ve established route, aircraft, ETD, payload and fuel load (important as they determine takeoff and landing weights), you enter the takeoff or landing performance page by tapping on either button presented in the Departure and Destination fields. We’ll calculate our takeoff here, but the landing calculation is nearly identical in workflow and look.
The top section of the takeoff page is where we pick our departure runway. This is currently a pilot’s choice. Tapping the runway selector, all available runways at the departure airport are presented. Wind component along each runway is provided by green (headwind) or red (tailwind) arrows along with the component magnitude. Grey crosswind arrows and magnitude are also displayed. More information on each runway can be obtained by tapping the Details button. Finally, the current METAR, TAF or MOS (if available) derived weather data is presented for your ETD.
Selecting a runway triggers the performance calculation sequence. At this point, all inputs — selected runway, environmental conditions, and default aircraft configurations — are used to perform the table interpolations and graphical chart readings to find all relevant takeoff performance results for this condition. Note that aircraft configurations (flaps, cowl flap, anti-ice controls, etc) are currently defaulted to a setting.
Above the runway selector, a header shows the most critical takeoff or landing information, typically a total distance and one or more target V speeds. The full output list is found in the Calculations section at the bottom of the page. The length and content of this list is driven by what runway performance data can be calculated per the aircraft’s POH.
To keep the list somewhat consistent, however, the following general output order can be found for every aircraft:
- Takeoff speeds and distances
- Takeoff climb data
- Enroute climb data
And for multi-engine aircraft, one-engine inoperative (OEI) data:
- OEI Max Takeoff Weight
- OEI Takeoff distances
- OEI climb data
Predicted takeoff and landing distances are compared to the available runway length and a warning is provided if the predicted distance exceeds the available length. In the example below, the available runway length input was manually shortened to the runway’s Accelerate-Stop Distance Available (ASDA) declared distance. In this case actual accelerate-stop distance is predicted to slightly exceed the ASDA declared distance. Use of declared distances (versus the physical available runway length) is entirely up to the pilot and any declared distance are provided in the runway section footer.
Takeoff and landing performance integration into ForeFlight’s existing flight planning flow is a significant safety improvement for all pilots. Whether calculating the takeoff performance out of a hot/high/short runway or calculating one’s landing and stopping performance just prior to landing using the latest weather information available, this feature can greatly enhance operational safety. Last second runway change? No problem with the fast and accurate offline takeoff and landing performance calculation ability.
It’s important to realize that the Takeoff and Landing performance integration uses your POH performance data. So all assumptions and input parameters, as well as published limitations — temperature, weight, altitude, wind, runway slope ranges — are modeled exactly as they exist in your POH. If a hot temperature condition at a specific pressure altitude is not published, ForeFlight cannot calculate performance for that condition and will not present results. Now is a good time to re-familiarize yourself with your aircraft’s takeoff and landing performance data in your POH, using ForeFlight’s ability to quickly and accurately calculate these results, while learning about the full capabilities of your aircraft.
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