Files in Flights, enhanced Approach Procedure Markers, and more in ForeFlight’s December release.

Our last major release of 2019 includes Files in Flights, enhanced Approach Procedure Markers, NOTAM warnings in Route Editor, and more! ForeFlight 11.11 is available for download now on the App Store.

Files in Flights

ForeFlight allows you to associate files, documents, and photos with flight plans using the Files in Flights feature, helping you keep important flight resources organized and easily accessible. Files in Flights is included in ForeFlight Performance plans.

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Tap the Files button near the top of a flight plan to open the Files view, where you can see any attached files and add new ones. Tap the plus button in the top-right to select the source of the file you want to add. Photos allows you to attach an image from the iOS Photos app or take a new photo using your device’s camera. You can then crop or rotate the photo before attaching it. 

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The second option allows you to browse ForeFlight Documents on your device and select downloaded files to attach to the flight. Tap the download button to the right of any files that you haven’t downloaded to download and attach them. 

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Lastly, you can browse and select files from your device’s internal storage using the Files button.

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There are other ways to attach files to flights as well. When viewing a Document or Scratchpad in ForeFlight, tap the Send To button and tap Attach to Flights to select one or more flights that will receive the file.

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When you import a file to ForeFlight via AirDrop, iTunes, or from other apps, tap Flights in the import modal to select which flights will receive the file. 

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Any files that you add to flights are independent copies of the originals, so deleting the original files won’t delete them from flights, and deleting or annotating files in flights won’t impact the originals either. Tap the button to the right of the Back button to toggle between a list and tile view, and tap the Edit button to delete files. Tap on a file to view it and tap the pencil button at the top of the file to access the same full-featured annotation capabilities as in Documents. You can also tap the magnifying glass when viewing a PDF to access document search and the table of contents. Tap Edit within a file to rename it, or to delete it from that flight and tap the Send To button to open the iOS share sheet, allowing you to share the file via AirDrop, Mail and other apps, or take actions like copying, printing, and saving the file to the iOS Files app. You can also edit a .txt file directly in the Files view.

Files in Flights are included in ForeFlight Sync, so any files you add or change on one mobile device will also be available on your other signed-in devices. A red dot on the Files button indicates that one or more new files are available on that device. ForeFlight automatically downloads newly-added files over Wi-Fi, as well as syncing changes like annotations or renamed files in seconds.

 

Enhanced Approach Procedure Markers

Approach procedures loaded in your route on the Maps view can now show Jeppesen-sourced speed, altitude, and IAF/FAF information for each waypoint marker in the procedure, even when the procedure plate isn’t displayed. Enhanced Approach Procedure Markers are included in ForeFlight Performance plans. 

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Add an approach procedure to your route in the Maps view by tapping the Procedure Advisor button in the top right of the Flight Plan Editor and then tapping into Approach. Select an approach and add it to your route. Each approach marker’s label shows associated altitude and/or speed limits in addition to the waypoint name. Additionally, the markers for an approach’s initial approach fix and final approach fix use unique icons for faster identification. 

They are available for most, but not all approach procedures in ForeFlight.

 

NOTAM Warnings in Route Editor

The Route Editor on the Maps view will now warn you of airport or runway closure NOTAMs affecting airports in your route.

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When creating a route on the Maps view, ForeFlight will alert you of any closure NOTAMs by displaying a red warning icon on the airport’s route bubble. To see the NOTAM or NOTAMs producing the alert, tap the route bubble and tap “View Alert NOTAM” in the list of options.

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Tap “Show All NOTAMs” to view other NOTAMs at that airport using the tabs at the top of the window.

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NOTAM warnings in the Route Editor are only available on iPad, not on iPhone or on ForeFlight Web.

 

Georeferenced SIDs/STARs in Procedure Advisors

Procedure Advisor will now show Departure and Arrival procedure plates in the Procedure Preview when you select a procedure with a georeferenced plate, just like with Approach procedures. 

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With at least one airport entered in your route on the Maps view, tap the Procedure button in the top right of the Flight Plan Editor to open Procedure Advisor. Tap into Departures or Arrivals to choose from a list of available options. Selecting a procedure will overlay the georeferenced plate right in the interactive map window. 

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Georeferenced SID/STAR plates for airports in the U.S. and Canada are currently only available from Jeppesen, and viewing georeferenced charts on the map or in Procedure Advisor is available with ForeFlight’s Pro Plus subscription plan and above.

 

NAV CANADA Flight Plan Fields

Pilots filing flight plans to, from, or within Canada can now access new fields in the filing form to better comply with NAV CANADA requirements. 

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With a flight plan loaded on the Flights view, tap Proceed to File to bring up the flight plan filing form. Any flight plan that includes a Canadian departure or destination shows the NAV CANADA section at the bottom of the flight plan form, with fields for specifying your aircraft’s undercarriage type, the flight’s arrival report (used to indicate which FIC you plan to close your VFR flight plan with), and your aircraft’s emergency locator transmitter (ELT) type. 

Blog post NAV CANADA Place NameIn addition, the flight plan form now includes “Place Name” fields in the departure and destination sections to help ATC identify either location when you file with lat/long coordinates instead of airport identifiers. 

The Aircraft Detail view also includes a new NAV CANADA section with Undercarriage and ELT Type fields, allowing you to independently configure these for each of your aircraft.