NOTAMs in Procedure Advisor, new Route Constraints, and More in our February Release

ForeFlight 12.1 includes NOTAMs in Procedure Advisor, new Route Constraints for the Recommended Route, and Auto Mode for the Altitude Slider on the Maps view. 

NOTAMs in Procedure Advisor

Procedure Advisor warns you of runway closures and other NOTAMs affecting airports in your route, giving you easier access to critical flight planning information. 

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After planning a route in the Flight Plan Editor (FPL button at the top of the Maps view), tap Procedure to access the Procedure Advisor. When viewing a list of runways for departures, approaches, arrivals, or traffic patterns, ForeFlight will add a “See NOTAM” or “Rwy Closed” tag to any runway that is closed or partially closed by NOTAM. 

Tap the View Alert NOTAM banner at the top of the runway list to view the relevant runway NOTAMs affecting that airport. 

Note that the NOTAM warnings shown in Procedure Advisor may not represent all applicable NOTAMs for your flight. 

 

New Route Constraints for the Recommended Route

Route Advisor now supports additional constraint types for the Recommended Route, giving you more flexibility to tailor routes to your own needs. Route Constraints and the Recommended route are available with ForeFlight Performance plans. 

IMG_0947 2.pngAfter entering departure and destination airports, selecting the aircraft and cruise profile, and setting an ETD, tap Routes on the right to open Route Advisor. Access the Route Constraint options by tapping the button in the top-right corner of Route Advisor. The new constraints allow you to specify any waypoint, navaid, or airport that you want to be included in or excluded from your route. 

 

In the Include Waypoints field, type in one or more waypoints, navaids, or airports separated by commas or spaces to ensure that the regenerated Recommended Route includes them. Do the same for the Avoid Waypoints field to ensure that the new route doesn’t include the specified waypoints.

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The Avoid FIR field allows you to select FIRs that you don’t want to fly over, allowing you to avoid potentially dangerous or costly airspace. The list of global FIRs is grouped by country and sorted alphabetically, with any FIRs overflown by your current route conveniently displayed at the top. Use the search bar to filter the list by country, FIR name, or FIR ICAO codes. Tap on any FIRs that you want to avoid and tap back to see them listed in the Avoid FIR field.

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Tap the Reset button in the top right of the Constraints view to reset all of the constraints to their default values. 

Tap the back button and Route Advisor will attempt to generate a new Recommended Route that complies with your constraints, while hiding any other routes that don’t comply with your constraints. ForeFlight lists the current constraints above the Route Advisor map, and you can tap on this list to return to the Constraints view.

 

Altitude Slider Inflight Auto Mode

Reduce your inflight workload by having ForeFlight automatically move the altitude slider for altitude-based weather layers to match your current altitude. 

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After takeoff, an Auto button appears above the altitude slider when any altitude-based weather layer is displayed. The slider will appear for all US, global, and ADS-B weather options for the Winds Aloft, Icing and Turbulence, and Cloud Tops weather layers. 

Tap the Auto button to enable Auto Mode, which sets the slider to whichever altitude setting is the closest to your current GPS altitude. The slider will continuously adjust to match your altitude as you climb or descend, showing you the most relevant weather information when you need it. 

To disable Auto Mode, tap the Auto button again or manually adjust the slider and it will leave the slider where you left it. Tap the slider above or below the slider to make it move one unit up or down.