Hotspots on Airport Diagrams, Multimode Timer, Offline Address Searching, and More in ForeFlight’s June Release.

ForeFlight 12.5 includes Hotspots on Airport Diagrams, a Multimode Timer in More, the ability to search for U.S. addresses without an internet connection, and more.

Hotspots on Airport Diagrams

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ForeFlight’s embedded airport diagrams on Maps now display published hotspots for improved situational awareness on the ground. These are the same hotspots that you can find in ForeFlight’s PDF airport diagrams.

Embedded airport diagrams are part of ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map layer, and are available for most U.S. airports and may other airports around the world. With the Aeronautical Map Layer turned on, zoom in to an airport to view the airport diagram.

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Hotspots on airport diagrams appear as orange highlighting on top of runways, taxiways, and aprons. Each hotspot also includes a label similar to the ones found in ForeFlight’s PDF airport diagrams.

Multimode Timer in More

Keep track of time in a variety of ways using the new Multimode Timer located at the bottom of ForeFlight’s slide-out More menu.

Tap the More tab to the right of the navigation bar to open the slide-out More menu. Locate the Timer at the bottom of the More tab.

Tap the up/down arrow to the right of the timer to switch between Count Up and Count Down modes. Count Up mode allows you to start a timer that continuously counts up until stopped, while Count Down mode allows you to select a time to initiate a countdown.

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In Count Up mode, tap the timer to start it. Tap it again to stop the timer, and tap it a third time to reset the timer to zero.

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In Count Down mode, tap the timer to set a length in hours, minutes, and seconds.  Select whether the timer will repeat, and set the number of repetitions after the initial countdown. The number of repetitions reflects the number of times the timer will repeat after the initial countdown, so setting it to repeat 3 times will cause the timer to play 4 total times. Tap the timer to start the countdown, and tap it again to stop. Tap the stopped timer once more to clear the count.

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ForeFlight displays an in-app audio and visual alert whenever the timer reaches zero in Count Down mode, and states whether or not the timer will repeat. If ForeFlight is in the background or closed when the timer expires your device will display an iOS notification with the same information if you’ve allowed ForeFlight to display notifications.

Offline Address Database & Search

Download address databases for U.S. states so you can search for and route to street addresses without an internet connection during a flight.

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Enable the new Street Addresses download setting in More > Downloads > United States to download address databases for all selected U.S. states and territories.

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Tap on a search result to locate it on the map with the address’s coordinates and magnetic variation. Add the address to your route or save it as a user waypoint with the ability to add notes and change its name or location.

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Offline Search supports the standard format for street addresses, specifically the address number, street name, street suffix (including contractions), town/city name, two-letter state identifier, and zip code.

ForeFlight only requires the first two terms to begin searching and returning matches,  and prioritizes matches that are closer to your position. Providing the two-letter state identifier and zip code in particular is the easiest way to quickly narrow the search results for addresses that are far away, especially those in other states.

The Pack feature will also download address databases for any states in your route that you haven’t already downloaded.

Offline Address Search is available with ForeFlight Performance subscription plans and currently supported for U.S. states and territories only.

PDF Form Support in Documents

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The Documents and Files in Flights views now provide better support for PDF files that contain editable form fields. Closing and reopening an edited document will retain all previous edits, while also still allowing you to access the edited fields to make additional changes.

Other Improvements

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On iPads and large iPhones, swiping in from the left side of the screen on the Airports view will open the Favorites/Recents/Browse sidebar.

Weather stations now support the same style of popup window the Maps view as airports, with tabs for basic information and different kinds of available weather information. You can access weather station information from the Search bar or by tapping one on the map with a suitable weather layer enabled.