Apple iOS 12.1.1 and ForeFlight

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We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 12.1.1 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

ForeFlight First Flight Deck App to Support New Apple iPad Pro

We are excited to report that ForeFlight is the first flight deck app to support native resolution for the new 11-in Apple iPad Pro. ForeFlight is optimized to take advantage of the iPad Pro’s new A12X Bionic processor, powerful new graphics processor, and larger edge-to-edge 11-inch diagonal Liquid Retina display.

ForeFlight shown on 11-inch Apple iPad Pro

Our co-founder and CEO, Tyson Weihs, had this field report to share:

“The new iPads look beautiful. We just flew with it and the brightness is amazing, Face ID unlocked with glasses and headset on, tap to wake is great, Apple Pencil is now table stakes on the flight deck.”

 

The new iPads are supported in ForeFlight’s latest release, version 10.4.4, available now on the Apple App Store.

Also be sure to check out this Sporty’s iPad Pilot News report on the new iPads.

Apple iOS 12.1 and ForeFlight

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UPDATE November 7, 2018: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST October 30, 2018: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.1 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

Recent Aeronautical Map Updates You Might Have Missed

One of the great benefits of our data-driven Aeronautical Map layer is that we can make significant updates and improvements to it without needing a whole new app release. Instead, we can just issue updates as part of our regular data-cycle releases, and the changes become visible after you download the new “Airport & Nav Database” at the top of the Downloads list. Over the past couple months we’ve made a number of major enhancements to the Aeronautical Map this way, so read on to learn about what those are and where you can find them.

Airway Label Improvements

One of the most prominent recent changes to the Aeronautical Map is that airway labels are now more prominent, and look similar to what you’d findon an IFR enroute chart. And like on an enroute chart, black and white labels indicate traditional, VOR airways, while blue and white labels indicate RNAV airways. One other improvement that pilots flying in Europe will appreciate: the Aeronautical Map now depicts directional airways using arrow-shaped labels.

The new airway labels mimic the familiar style found on IFR enroute charts 

 

 

 

The new airways also depict directionality

New KSFO Bravo Structure

Bay Area pilots are probably already familiar with the new Class B airspace structure enveloping KSFO. Even a massive change like this is very simple to make with the Aeronautical Map – we released an update to the Airport & Nav Database containing the new airspace structure about a week before it become effective. When the data-cycle turnover happened at 0901 UTC, August 16, 2018, ForeFlight swapped out the old database for the new one and updated the map instantly.

San Fransisco's new Class B structure was recently updated with a new data cycle

Most of the other recent updates we’ve made to the Aeronautical Map have been directly in response to feedback from our new customers in Europe. Europe has many types of airspace, airways, and VFR navigation features that are rare or nonexistent in North America, so we had to find new ways to depict all of this information to ensure that the Aeronautical Map would be useful to all of our customers.

New Airspace Styles

Control Zones (CTR), Radio Mandatory Zones (RMZ), different types of civilian Traffic Zones (ATZ/TIZ/TIA), and Military Aerodrome Traffic Zones (MATZ) were formerly depicted using a single style. Now there are four separate styles to help differentiate these airspaces. As with most of the features on the Aeronautical Map, we incorporated elements from ICAO charts when designing these styles so they would be familiar to pilots, while also ensuring that they fit within the Aeronautical Map’s overall design style.

Different types of airspace are now depicted differently on the Aeronautical Map

Different types of airspace are now depicted differently on the Aeronautical Map

Frequency Labels on FIS Boundaries

To make finding the right frequencies easier for pilots in Europe, we added prominent labels to all FIS boundaries providing the name and information frequency of each coverage area. You can find other frequencies by tap-holding on the map and tapping Details > Communication Details for the relevant airspace, or by tapping on an airport marker to access the frequency list, which often includes frequencies for the surrounding airspace.

FIS boundaries now have frequency labels to help pilots locate them

New Styles for VFR Navigation Data

All ForeFlight subscriptions that include the Europe region come with Jeppesen’s high-quality VFR navigation and airport data built directly into the Aeronautical Map, providing a valuable resource for VFR pilots across most of Europe. We’ve also recently made some styling changes to this VFR data, exposing data that wasn’t depicted before and improving the styling of existing data to provide more information at a glance. Conveniently, the screenshot below illustrates all of these changes.

A number of different VFR features are now depicted on the Aeronautical Map

In the bottom-right you can see a VFR Transit Route, which ATC uses to direct pilots through Controlled Airspace to minimize separation issues with IFR traffic. VFR Transit Routes have labels conveying important information about the route, including the type of transit route (Helicopter in this case, but other types are VFR and Military), the route’s altitude boundaries, the distance of each route leg (8nm), and the magnetic bearing in one or both directions. We styled VFR Transit Routes on the Aeronautical Map to match the color of VFR Waypoints so it’s easier to differentiate them from airspace boundaries and other route types.

Intersecting the Helicopter route in the screenshot and extending to the north of the airport are VFR Flight Corridors. These provide safe corridors for VFR traffic on approach and departure, and include labels indicating each corridor’s name and minimum altitude. The Aeronautical Map also displays IFR Flight Corridors, which can help VFR pilots avoid IFR traffic.

Lastly, the airport in the screenshot has two kinds of traffic circuits – a standard non-directional circuit in solid white, and the newly supported directional traffic circuit made up of white arrows. Both circuits show the traffic pattern altitude of 2,700 feet.

Get familiar with these changes to the Aeronautical Map so you can maximize your use of ForeFlight for planning and flying, and look forward to additional updates in the future. If you have any feedback or suggestions on how to make the Aeronautical Map, and ForeFlight in general, better suited to where and how you fly, feel free to email them to team@foreflight.com – we’re all ears.

Apple iOS 12.0.1 and ForeFlight

UPDATE October 11, 2018: ForeFlight is ready for iOS 12.0.1 on all supported devices with a newly-released app version (10.4.1). We recommend that all customers first update to the new ForeFlight version, available now in the Apple App Store, and then update to the new iOS version if you haven’t already.

You can check what version of ForeFlight you have by opening the app and going to More > About, then looking at the top of the page to see the version number. Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

UPDATE September 28, 2018: We have discovered a compatibility issue between ForeFlight and iOS 12 affecting the iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, and older devices. These devices may experience persistent app crashes while running ForeFlight on iOS 12.

We have notified Apple of this issue and our team is working on finding and implementing a fix, but for now we recommend that all customers “hold short” on updating to iOS 12 on any iPad Minis, iPad Airs, iPhone 6, and older devices used in flight. We will notify you as soon as a fix is available.

Newer devices are not impacted by this issue and are clear to update to iOS 12. These include any iPad Pro, iPad 5th generation and above, and iPhone 6S and above.

If you’re not sure which iPad or iPhone model you have, visit this page to check your iPad model and this page to check your iPhone model. Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

ORIGINAL POST September 17, 2018: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 12 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

ForeFlight Trip Assistant, a Door-to-Door Flight and Fuel Stop Planner

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From owner operators to large charter operations – trip planners will wonder how they ever lived without Trip Assistant

ForeFlight now offers customers Trip Assistant, a simple-to-use planning tool for anyone involved in mission planning that quickly computes door-to-door trip time. Trip Assistant is an enhancement to ForeFlight’s advanced web-based flight planning toolset.

Trip Assistant computes total trip time, factoring in drive time, flight times using historical and forecast winds, and fuel stops to create a detailed itinerary showing exactly when to leave in order to arrive on time at the final destination.

“Trip Assistant started as an internal project to help our flight department and executive assistants more quickly answer a question we ask on every flight: when do we need to leave our homes or offices to get somewhere on time,” said Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight. “Powered by our best-in-class flight planning engine, Trip Assistant is a tool that any aircraft user – assistants, flight support staff, passengers, and pilots – can use to quickly compute total trip time, even when fuel stops are required.”

Trip Assistant allows for forward and backward planning by setting a desired departure time or arrival time. Customers can enter the departure and destination location by using business names, place names, or street addresses, and Trip Assistant searches for and displays the nearest suitable airports.

Additionally, Trip Assistant features a built-in Fuel Stop Advisor that factors in the aircraft’s performance and automatically suggest a number of proposed stopovers to help minimize trip time and fuel costs. Fuel Stop Advisor allows the planner to select the criteria for determining the best stops such as max aircraft range, max leg time or max leg distance. With a configured account, pilots can also view their personal contract jet fuel prices at each stop.

ForeFlight customers who subscribe to Performance Flight Planning services can access Trip Assistant by logging in to the ForeFlight website using their existing ForeFlight credentials.

Trip Assistant is included – at no additional charge – in ForeFlight’s Performance Plus and Business Performance plans. To learn more about Performance Flight Planning, visit www.foreflight.com/performance.

To learn more about Trip Assistant, visit foreflight.com/tripassistant.

Mobile Pre-Departure Clearance and Digital ATIS Available in ForeFlight

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ForeFlight now offers customers mobile Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) and Digital Automated Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS). The PDC service, in partnership with Satcom Direct, automatically delivers, via text and email, departure clearance information at over 70 of the busiest airports in North America, simplifying operations and reducing frequency congestion.

PDCs are official text clearances issued for US IFR flight plans, and include the filed route, the cleared altitude, transponder code, departure frequency, and any special instructions. A PDC replaces (and is the same as) receiving a verbal clearance from Clearance Delivery.

Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight, is a PDC convert and speaks from first-hand experience: “Customers who have flown with the new PDC and D-ATIS features don’t want to fly without them. These two valuable tools make flight and avionics setup efficient by eliminating a set of radio communications, they reduce controller workload, and help get the aircraft to the runway faster, which improves on-time performance. These are powerful new additions to what has become one of the industry’s most technically advanced, fast, and accurate flight planning services available.”

Satcom Direct Founder and CEO, Jim Jensen, also commented: “SD is proud to partner with ForeFlight to provide this capability within their platform. We look forward to a continued relationship focused on our shared goal of improving the customer experience and creating better tools for business aviation operators.”

ForeFlight customers who subscribe to Performance Flight Planning services and file flight plans via ForeFlight can start the PDC activation process for their aircraft by contacting success@foreflight.com. Once activated, customers that file via ForeFlight will begin receiving PDC and D-ATIS messages as early as 30 minutes before departure, reducing preflight preparation time and reducing the risk of delays.

To learn more about PDC through ForeFlight and to see the list of more than 70 airports where PDC is available, visit www.foreflight.com/pdc.

PDC and D-ATIS are included – at no additional charge – in ForeFlight’s Performance Plus and Business Performance plans. To learn more about Performance Flight Planning, visit www.foreflight.com/performance.

ForeFlight Releases 200+ Refinements, Final Approach Alert, Logbook-Track Log Links

ForeFlight 10.3 is available now for download on the App Store. This release includes 200+ refinements and performance enhancements, with a couple nice touches like a Runway Final Approach Alert and Logbook – Track Log links.

Performance Refinements ForeFlight 10.3 Available Now

With the first half of 2018 (and Oshkosh) behind us, we decided to take a short break from major feature additions and focus instead on improvements, refinements, and fixes. Each team found ways to optimize their respective piece of the app, increasing speed, reducing processor and memory usage, conserving battery, and improving overall app performance. The result is over 200 behind-the-scenes changes that will keep ForeFlight running smoothly so we can get back to doing what we love most – building awesome features that make flying easier, safer, and more enjoyable.

Runway Final Approach Alert

ForeFlight Runway Final Alert

ForeFlight Runway Final Approach Alert

The new alert provides added situational awareness on final approach by calling out the runway name and your distance from it. The alert triggers for any runway that you are approaching based on your altitude, vertical speed, track, and distance from the runway threshold. The Runway Final Approach Alert is available for all subscribers in More > Settings > Alerts.

Logbook – Track Log Links

ForeFlight Logbook-Track Log Links

Top: Logbook link to the associated Track Log. Bottom: Link to the Track Log connected to the Logbook entry.

Logbook entries and recorded Track Logs that are associated with each other now include links to view the details of the other, making it easier to tie them to the same flight. The link is automatically created when the Track Log auto-record and Logbook auto-log settings are enabled, but you can also use the Send To > Logbook option when viewing a Track Log to manually link the two. Track Logs associated with multiple Logbook entries show the number of linked entries, so you can see if you’ve already created a Logbook entry from a given Track Log.

New Airport Resources

ForeFlight Additional Airport Information Resources

New Airport Information Resource Links

The list of miscellaneous airport details in Airports > More > Features or in the airport popup on Maps now includes links to view the airport in the Apple Maps app or the airport’s Wikipedia page.

Be sure to visit our video library for additional support and information.

ForeFlight Introduces Sentry™: A Compact, Powerful, Next-Generation Portable ADS-B Receiver

Sentry™ is sure to impress – offering inflight weather and traffic on ForeFlight, AHRS, internal WAAS GPS, longer battery life, onboard storage for weather replay, and a CO sensor and alarm system for added safety.

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HOUSTON, TX | July 10, 2018: ForeFlight, creator of the widely used ForeFlight Mobile Integrated Flight App, today announced the availability of Sentry™, a next-generation portable ADS-B In receiver. In addition to essential FIS-B weather, flight information, traffic, and backup attitude, Sentry adds a Carbon Monoxide monitor and alarm, a 12-hour battery, and a high-capacity data card for Weather Replay™ and storage. Sentry is packaged in the smallest form factor yet for a device this capable.

Retailing at $499 USD, Sentry is the most affordable full-featured off-the-shelf portable ADS-B In solution available on the market.

“Sentry™ is a compact, powerful, next-generation portable ADS-B receiver made possible by new technology and engineering ingenuity. Purpose-built ADS-B integrated circuits, for example, have made it possible to shrink the size, reduce power consumption, extend the battery life, add new capabilities, and lower the cost. We’ve streamlined and compressed the communications between ForeFlight Mobile and Sentry™, which results in the more efficient use of Sentry’s™ processors and extended battery life,” said Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight co-founder and CEO. “We want every ForeFlight pilot flying with the benefits ADS-B has to offer. With Sentry™, ForeFlight pilots have a powerful suite of capabilities available at a compelling price that will improve situational awareness and safety in the cockpit.”

ForeFlight and Palo Alto-based uAvionix teamed up to design and manufacture Sentry.

“With Sentry™, uAvionix and ForeFlight have created the most advanced portable flight safety device on the market, enabling in-flight traffic and weather, synthetic vision, and toxic CO detection all for the equivalent cost to a couple of hours of flight time,” says uAvionix CEO Paul Beard, “We continue to be proud partners with ForeFlight on such an important advancement in the next generation of ADS-B In portables.”

A first for portable ADS-B receivers, Sentry provides a cockpit carbon monoxide sensor and alerting system. When CO concentration reaches a hazardous level, Sentry emits a loud, distinctive alarm. In addition, within the ForeFlight app an audio alert can be heard through compatible headsets, and an alert message is displayed on the screen. The middle LED indicator on Sentry also provides a visual indication of the CO level.
Sentry supports the full range of FIS-B weather and data, including animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, PIREPs, winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information. Sentry can also receive air-to-air traffic information from ADS-B Out equipped aircraft and re-broadcast traffic information (ADS-R and TIS-B) from FAA ground towers. As they become available, Sentry will also support the new FIS-B weather products to include icing, turbulence, cloud tops, lightning, G-AIRMETs, and CWAs in a future ForeFlight Mobile release.
Sentry has onboard memory to support Weather Replay™ which provides automatic storage of up to 30-minutes of FIS-B data. Sleep the iPad and then receive a burst of updates when the iPad wakes. If there is more than one iPad connected, each iPad will be synced to have the same data replayed. ForeFlight will also animate ADS-B radar, looping up to 30-minutes of radar while in flight.

Sentry has a compact form factor at 57mm x 83mm x 36mm (2.2in x 3.3in x 1.4in) and weighs in at 119 grams (0.26 lbs). The dual ADS-B antennas are optimized for 978 MHz and 1090 MHz frequencies and are integrated into the device. The traffic awareness capability functions worldwide.

Sentry is easy to setup and use – there’s no hardware to assemble, no software to download. Simply position the sturdy RAM® mount on any window surface and snap Sentry into place. Sentry’s internal Lithium-ion battery offers over 12-hours of continuous use so you can fly all day without recharging.

Customers can connect their iPad or iPhone directly to Sentry’s integrated Wi-Fi network and receive inflight subscription-free ADS-B weather and traffic information, GPS data, backup attitude, and pressure altitude displayed in the ForeFlight Mobile app.

Sentry supports up to five devices as well as Cockpit Sharing, a feature that enables users to share routes easily between all devices on Sentry’s network. It’s perfect for a co-pilot or CFI to follow-along and monitor weather and traffic.
Over-the-air firmware updates are delivered through ForeFlight Mobile and completed in a matter of seconds, future-proofing Sentry and ensuring it remains a cockpit resource for a long time to come.

All ForeFlight subscription plans support connectivity with Sentry. Customers can purchase Sentry at the ForeFlight exhibit (Hangar C) at this year’s EAA AirVenture or online at Amazon.

To view more information about Scout, visit www.flywithsentry.com.

Sentry Feature Overview:

Dual-Band ADS-B In Receiver
Displays weather and traffic in ForeFlight Mobile.

Built-in WAAS GPS
Displays your GPS position in ForeFlight Mobile.

Backup Attitude (AHRS)
Enhances Synthetic Vision in ForeFlight Mobile.

Rechargeable Extended Use Lithium-Ion Battery
12-hours of continuous operation for long flights.

Carbon Monoxide Monitor and Alarm
Warns you of dangerous CO levels in the cabin.

Barometer for Pressure Altitude
Displays pressure altitude and cabin pressure in ForeFlight Mobile.

Weather Replay
Onboard memory for animated radar replay in ForeFlight Mobile.

Connect Up To 5 Devices
Share routes in ForeFlight between connected devices with Cockpit Sharing.

Easy Updates
Convenient over-the-air firmware updates via ForeFlight Mobile.

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About ForeFlight
ForeFlight was founded in 2007 by software developers and aviation entrepreneurs – inspired by the introduction of the Apple iPhone – to develop elegant, high-performing integrated flight applications for pilots. ForeFlight is a four-time recipient of the Flying Magazine Editor’s Choice award and has become the leading application for individual pilots and professional crews in personal, business, and military aviation. Through our partnership with Jeppesen, ForeFlight is building the next generation of integrated flight applications for the commercial aviation market. In addition, the company’s Fanatical Pilot Support™ Team delivers amazingly fast and friendly customer service. Learn more at foreflight.com.

About uAvionix
uAvionix develops the world’s smallest, lightest and most affordable ADS-B transceivers, transponders, and GPS receivers. Based in Palo Alto, uAvionix has gathered a cross-disciplinary team of experts in embedded RF engineering, sUAS operations, avionics, hardware, software, and cloud services. For more information, visit www.uavionix.com and follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/uAvionix.

Apple iOS 11.4.1 and ForeFlight

UPDATE July 16, 2018: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 11.4.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST July 10, 2018: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.4.1 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.