Track Log Review, Alternate Advisor, and More in ForeFlight 11.5

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.

Alternate Advisor

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

IMG_0409You 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.IMG_0410

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.

 

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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

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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.

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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.