3D Review, Map Annotations, Instructor Tools, and more in ForeFlight 11.6

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

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.

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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.

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

Map Annotations

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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. 

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

 

Checklist Speak

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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. 

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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

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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. 

 

GAFOR

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.

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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.

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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 

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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.