Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.6 and iOS 12.4.8 (for older devices) is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enable the new Street Addresses download setting in More > Downloads > United States to download address databases for all selected U.S. states and territories.
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.
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
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.
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.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.5.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.
ForeFlight’s May 2020 release introduces Internet Traffic. Powered by FlightAware’s industry-leading data fusion platform and the world’s largest ADS-B network, the Traffic map layer that is already familiar to users of ADS-B In receivers now doubles as a means of displaying global traffic targets within ForeFlight when connected to the internet. The best part? This feature is available to all ForeFlight customers.
Internet Traffic is a great supplement to traffic received directly from an ADS-B receiver, as its intended use is entirely different. An ADS-B receiver shows aircraft position in real time with high-frequency position reports, but only displays a limited volume of traffic targets in relative close proximity to your aircraft. For those reasons, it often doesn’t do you much good on the ground or when looking to see how traffic is flowing along your flight path or at your destination airport.
Internet Traffic, on the other hand, streams traffic targets from all around the world. There is some delay in transmission and, with the majority of the traffic targets coming from ADS-B receivers on the ground, there are gaps in coverage that vary by altitude and distance from ground receivers. As such, Internet Traffic should never be used for navigation or collision avoidance and is intended to be used solely for reference and situational awareness. As a result, you will not find Internet Traffic targets in Synthetic Vision and will not receive aural alerts for nearby targets. The Hide Distant Traffic setting also will not impact Internet Traffic.
Internet Traffic is a great tool for checking which runways are being used at your departure and arrival airports before you set off to plan your taxi, departure, and arrival procedures. You might check to see if aircraft are making it around or above weather systems to enhance your go/no-go decision-making. It’s also simply a lot of fun to see what’s going on at your local airport from the comfort of your own home and with all the familiar map features available in ForeFlight.
Internet Traffic can be enabled via the Traffic layer, which is now always available when connected to the internet. Compatible ADS-B or FLARM devices and connected flight simulators will utilize the same layer, disabling internet traffic until you disconnect from the device. Only one source of traffic information is allowed at once, with priority given to traffic from connected receivers and flight simulators. When you’re flying without an ADS-B receiver, the traffic layer selector will be hidden and Internet Traffic will not be displayed, even if you have a working cellular connection. However, connecting to inflight Wi-Fi networks from Gogo or Satcom Direct will allow Internet Traffic to be reactivated. When the Internet Traffic is enabled, a white “Internet Traffic” label in the upper-left corner of the map will be displayed to help you understand your active source of traffic information.
We’ve optimized Internet Traffic to use roughly 10 megabytes of data per hour, but this will vary based on the position and zoom level of the map and the number of onscreen traffic targets – viewing the middle of the Pacific ocean will require far less bandwidth than Florida on a sunny weekend. If inflight bandwidth is a concern, ForeFlight Performance customers have the option to prevent ForeFlight from streaming internet data while connected to a Gogo or Satcom Direct inflight router. Deactivating the Traffic layer in the layer selector will also prevent ForeFlight from streaming traffic data.
Airborne Internet Traffic targets appear in ForeFlight as cyan chevrons pointed in the direction of motion. Zooming in far enough will display the target call sign or tail number and altitude. In contrast to traffic received directly from an ADS-B receiver, a course vector is not displayed for each traffic target, and each target’s pressure altitude is displayed directly, rather than its altitude relative to your own. Tapping a target will display a popover with additional information about the target, including distance in nautical miles and cardinal direction from your position, ground track in degrees, groundspeed in knots, aircraft type, and the age of the last reported position in seconds. Blocked tails do not display registration or call sign information.
Traffic targets are streamed based on the current map position and zoom level. Two-axis filtering will effectively show you all available traffic targets within the rectangular area of the map. If your map is only displaying the state of Texas, you will only stream traffic targets in the state of Texas. Pan to Oklahoma, and you’ll stream targets there. Intuitive zoom-level filtering prevents clutter by filtering traffic at various altitudes. When you’re zoomed out to show more than the state of Texas, the map will only show targets above 39,000 feet. When you’re zoomed in such that you can see most of Texas, you’ll see traffic above 12,000 feet. With Houston, Austin, and Dallas within view, you’ll see targets as low as 6,000 feet. Looking at the whole of the Houston metro area and you’ll see all available traffic targets. Zoom in such that ForeFlight’s embedded airport diagrams appear and you’ll lose traffic above 15,000 feet so that you don’t experience high-altitude traffic zip through at 500 knots while you’re checking out what’s going on near the ground with comparatively slower movement.
Aircraft on the ground will show up as tan chevrons at thousands of airports worldwide when zoomed into the airport environment. Properly equipped ground vehicles may show in similar fashion. In addition to color, ground traffic can be differentiated from airborne traffic by the SFC and Ground tags in the popover and their lack of an altitude value above the marker.
Ground positions stream in quickly and frequently – typically every second or two – and thus are not smoothly animated from point to point. Conversely, airborne positions are often updated less frequently and are smoothly animated between actual reported positions by interpolating their movement. You’ll note the age of the target’s last reported position in the on-tap popover. The larger the number, the larger the potential discrepancy between the aircraft’s actual current position and where it is displayed on the map. This counter never quite resets to 0, as ForeFlight takes the difference between the time of the aircraft’s last known position and the current time. There is some natural latency in streaming traffic positions from around the globe, which means the positions are typically between five and ten seconds old by the time they reach your device. In cases where an aircraft has landed or has otherwise departed the coverage area, ForeFlight will age out markers after 120 seconds.
The majority of traffic positions are derived from ADS-B receivers, but positions may be reported by other means. ASDE-X is installed at 35 of the busiest airports in the United States and provides enhanced coverage in the airport environment. Some non-ADS-B equipped aircraft will be displayed via multilateration (MLAT) if the aircraft is within proximity of four or more ADS-B ground stations. FlightAware may also provide estimated positions for aircraft in some larger areas of limited ADS-B coverage, such as for aircraft transiting the North Atlantic. When FlightAware is receiving overlapping data from multiple sources, FlightAware’s feed interpreter will choose the position from the most reliable available source that also allows positions to be evenly spaced in time.
Internet Traffic brings a whole new perspective to your preflight planning with live global traffic that you can access anywhere. We are enthusiastically using this new map layer every day and we think it’s going to bring a lot of joy and excitement to your experience with ForeFlight like it has ours.
ForeFlight 12.4 includes Internet Traffic, Multitasking support on iPad, major design enhancements, and more.
Internet Traffic Via FlightAware
Stream live global aircraft traffic directly in ForeFlight with the Internet Traffic feature. In partnership with FlightAware, ForeFlight allows you to view airborne traffic around the globe, and ground traffic at thousands of airports worldwide, to help you gauge airport activity like active arrivals and runways, see how ATC vectors traffic around weather, or assist with plane spotting on the ground.
Turn on the Traffic layer by tapping Map layer selector (button in the top left corner) > Traffic. Internet Traffic is associated with the same map layer as ADS-B traffic and is selectable when connected to the internet on the ground or via inflight Wi-Fi like Gogo and Satcom Direct. When you connect to an ADS-B receiver, the Traffic layer will automatically switch to displaying only ADS-B traffic received from the device and stop showing Internet Traffic unless you’re connected to inflight Wi-Fi. The timestamp in the top-left of the map displays the source of traffic any time the Traffic layer is enabled.
Like ADS-B traffic, Internet Traffic displays both airborne and ground targets with at-a-glance altitude and tail number or callsign, if available. Unlike ADS-B traffic, which shows each target’s altitude relative to your own, Internet Traffic shows each target’s pressure altitude directly. Tap on any traffic target to view more information about it, including its distance and bearing from your position, its heading, speed, aircraft type, the source of the aircraft’s position report, and a timer indicating the age of the last report.
Position reports for Internet Traffic are less frequent compared to ADS-B traffic, so ForeFlight uses the last-reported position, heading, and speed of airborne traffic to interpolate its movement and smoothly animate it on the map. Aircraft that are turning or changing speed causes the icons to race to catch up to the actual position from the expected position. For this reason, Internet Traffic should not be used for inflight traffic avoidance or tactical decision making.
ForeFlight filters out what traffic it displays to minimize clutter and excessive data usage. Zoom far out to only show the highest-altitude traffic, and zoom in to view progressively lower altitude traffic. Ground traffic fades into view with ForeFlight’s embedded airport diagrams, while high-altitude traffic is hidden at this level. Position reports for ground traffic are delivered more frequently than for airborne traffic, so ForeFlight doesn’t animate movement on the ground.
With the ability to stream live global traffic from your home, hangar, or FBO, Internet Traffic opens new avenues for enhancing your flight planning, checking on airport activity, or simply enjoying the view of what’s going on overhead. Internet Traffic is included in all ForeFlight subscription plans.
View our in-depth blog post for more information about Internet Traffic.
Multitasking Support on iPad
ForeFlight Mobile supports iOS Multitasking on iPad, allowing you to use ForeFlight in Split Screen or Slide Over view with other apps at the same time.
To open ForeFlight in Split Screen, first open either ForeFlight or another app that supports iOS multitasking. Swipe up slowly from the bottom of the screen to reveal the iOS dock that houses apps that you use most frequently or have used recently. Drag the other app’s icon from the dock to either side of the screen and the open app will move over to make room for it. If an app doesn’t respond this way, it likely means that one or both of the apps you’re trying to use don’t support multitasking. Release the app and your iPad will display both apps simultaneously side by side.
Drag the separator between the two apps to change their relative sizes, dismiss one app by dragging the separator all the way to one side of the screen, or switch the app’s positions by dragging the top of one app to the other side of the screen.
You can also open other apps on top of ForeFlight and vice-versa via Slide Over view. Like Split Screen, start by opening ForeFlight or another app that supports iOS multitasking, then drag the other app’s icon from the iOS dock to the center of the screen instead of the side. You can then tap and drag the top of the app to reposition it on the screen, or swipe it to the side of the screen to dismiss it.
You can disable iOS Multitasking in your Device Settings > Home Screen & Dock > Multitasking > Allow Multiple Apps. Multitasking requires at least iOS 11 and is available for all ForeFlight users.
Slide-Out More Menu, Edit Tab Order, and “Dynamic” Tab
The More tab in ForeFlight Mobile now displays a compact menu on the right side of the screen so you can view it without leaving the tab you’re on.
Tap More to open the menu over any tab you currently have open. Downloads and Settings are now at the top of the More menu and appear as modals that you can quickly dismiss by swiping down from the top. Below Downloads and Settings are a list of views that now open in full screen, with new double-column layouts on iPad that better utilize the available space.
Tap Edit Tab Order and drag the three lines next to each view to organize the tabs. Tap Save to keep the changes, Reset to Default Order to revert back to the original organization, or tap Cancel to exit without saving the order. The order set here will be reflected in the tab bar, and you can find additional views in the More menu. Changing your iPad’s orientation or using ForeFlight in Split Screen will change how many tabs are available at once and the rightmost tabs are pushed into the More menu as available space shrinks. Tab order does not sync between devices, allowing you to have different setups on iPad and iPhone to match how you use them.
The last tab you opened from the More menu is always available just to the left of More with a new “Dynamic” tab that allows you to quickly jump between that and your other tabs.
The Slide-Out More menu, the ability to edit your tab order, and the new “Dynamic” tab allow you to quickly switch between your most used views, and utilize more screen space for all of your views.
Other Notable Enhancements
ForeFlight on iPhone
- Now supports the FPL “Bubble Editor” on Maps
- Dedicated Plate and Scratchpad views
- All other previously iPad-only features (with the exception of Profile View)
- Looks and functions exactly like the iPad 1/3rd view in Split Screen
- Frequencies, Services, A/FD, and More tabs have been combined into a single “Info” tab.
- Forecast Discussion is now under the TAF section which opens up in a much larger view for easier reading.
- The cells in the Runway tab and the airport header contain more details than before.
- Airport popup on Maps now uses the same layout as the Airports view, providing faster access to Procedures, Runways, and more.
- The Edit, Navlog, and Profile buttons are on the right edge of the FPL editor
- Hide or show the Aeronautical Map’s quick filter buttons on the left side of the screen by tapping Map Settings (cog button on the Maps view) > Quick Filters.
- A support tab is available just above About in the More menu, with links to support resources on ForeFlight’s website and the in-app Pilot’s Guide.
Aircraft Type Restrictions in Procedure Advisor
Procedure Advisor displays aircraft type restrictions for SIDs and STARs so you can quickly identify suitable procedures for your aircraft. Colored tags for Piston, Turboprop, and Jet aircraft appear beneath procedures that are restricted to the aircraft types shown.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.5 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.
We’ve continued updating Dispatch since the last post to expand its capabilities even further, with new highly-requested features like Custom Airports, global RAIM prediction, expanded map layers, and more.
Unlock flight planning to and from any location you want by defining your own custom airports that can be used just like regular airports. Account admins can access the Custom Airports page in Dispatch Settings. From here you can view the details of all custom airports on your account so far, delete any of them, and create new custom airports.
Every custom airport is defined simply by a unique four-letter identifier, a name, and a set of lat/long coordinates. When adding a new custom airport you can either enter or paste these coordinates into the proper text field manually, or use the built-in map to zoom in on the airport’s location and right click to mark the coordinates.
In addition to the admin-only Custom Airports view, any flight planner or pilot in Dispatch can add a custom airport right from the Flight Edit view. Start typing in any of the airport fields to see the “Add a custom airport” button appear at the bottom of the drop-down, and click it to add the new airport’s remaining details and save it to the account. You can then immediately use that custom airport for the flight plan. When you file a flight plan to or from a custom airport, Dispatch automatically provides the airport’s coordinates and name in the proper fields of the ICAO filing form, allowing you to file the flight plan as easily as you would with known airports.
Global RAIM Prediction
Dispatch now supports receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM) analysis for flight plans anywhere in the world, not just in the U.S. A new setting switch in the Dispatch Settings menu allows you to set RAIM to be U.S.-only or Worldwide. With Worldwide RAIM enabled, the Dispatch briefing package includes a new page containing details about the calculation and any predicted outages for both your departure and destination airports.
Route Map Improvements
Dispatch’s Route Map includes new map layers that provide information about airport-specific weather like Surface Winds, Visibility, Ceiling, and more. These layers are all derived from each airport’s latest METAR, so they’re available for any airport reporting METARs anywhere in the world.
The Route Map also includes new government chart layers for the U.S., Canada, and Europe, based on which regions are included in your ForeFlight subscription. Both VFR and IFR High/Low charts are included for each region, bringing Dispatch’s Route Map more in line with the capability of the mobile app.
Lastly, you can now collapse the Performance table just above the Route Map in the Flight Edit view by clicking the caret button on the left. The Route Map then expands upward to fill the space, allowing flight planners to work with a larger map.
New Operational Rules: Type of Flight & Avoid FIR
Dispatch supports two new types of Operational Rules to give account administrators more centralized control over flights planned in Dispatch. The “Type of Flight” rule allows you to determine what flight category certain flights must be filed under. Options include G – General Aviation, N – Non-scheduled, S – Scheduled, M – Military, and X – Other. Any flights matching the rule’s criteria (departure airport, destination airport, and/or aircraft tail number) will automatically use the selected flight type, but flight planners can manually change it if needed.
The second new rule is adapted from the “Avoid FIR” route constraint used to generate a Recommended Route that avoids certain airspace. Click the Airspaces dropdown on the right and scroll through the list of FIRs, or search by FIR name, identifier, or country, selecting all the FIRs you want to include in the rule. After defining the rule’s criteria and saving it, any flights matching the criteria will automatically adopt the Avoid FIR route constraint for all the FIRs you defined.
ForeFlight 12.3 includes Marked Positions, Arrival Time Planning on the Flights view, the ability to tap Extended Runways for information, and more.
Drop markers along your route during a flight to mark points of interest or comply with position plotting requirements, then view or share the marked position after the flight.
Enable Marked Positions in the Map Settings menu (cog button on the Maps view) under Map Overlays. This adds a Marker button on the left side of the screen that you can tap to drop a marker at your current GPS position. Each new marker automatically captures the current time, your coordinates, GPS altitude, and ground speed, and allows you to add notes, rename the marker, or change any of the preset values besides time. Tap Save to add the marker to the map. If you don’t specify a name for the marker, it will be named for the time that it was dropped.
Tap on any saved marker to view its information, and tap Edit to change any of the values, save it as a user waypoint, or delete the marker. Marked Positions can’t be added to your route, so saving one as a user waypoint is useful if you need to route to a previously-marked position.
Marked Positions automatically disappear from the map 15 minutes after landing, but any marked positions made during a recorded flight will be included in the flight’s Track Log. Tap Info in the top-right of the track log view to find a list of all the Marked Positions made during the flight. Exporting a Track Log as a KML file will include the Marked Positions, allowing you to view them in other apps along with your recorded flight.
You can also view previously-marked positions in the Flights view if any Marked Positions were created between the planned departure and arrival times of a flight. This applies retroactively as well, so you can associate a new flight plan with old Marked Positions simply by moving back the ETD to the flight’s actual departure time. Marked Positions appear in the flight plan’s route map, which you can tap to expand and view information about each marker. View a list of all the flight’s Marked Positions by scrolling to the bottom of Flights and tapping Marked Positions under Flight Log. Using the Send To button from this view will export only the Marked Positions, not the Track Log, allowing you to create a clean record for documentation purposes. Use the KML option to view the exported file in other mapping apps, and use the CSV option to view the list of Marked Positions in a spreadsheet program.
Marked Positions offers a convenient and flexible means of recording and sharing position data for any flight. Marked Positions are available with ForeFlight Performance plans.
Arrival Time Planning on Flights
Plan a flight based on a desired Arrival Time, rather than a Departure Time, using the new Arrival Time Planning feature. Just select a target arrival time and ForeFlight will work backwards to compute the required departure time.
On the Flights view, look for the new ETD/ETA toggle to the left of the date/time selector, which is now the first line of the flight plan form. Switch between ETD/ETA to change the date and time of either. Change the date/time of your arrival and ForeFlight will display your new departure time at the top of the flight, and in the Flight Summary on the left.
The Flight Summary now displays each flight’s ETD, ETE, and ETA for quick reference. Flight Summaries also display a paperclip icon when a flight has an associated file.
Arrival time Planning is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.
Tap Extended Centerlines for Runway Information
Quickly access runway information for any airport in your route by tapping the labels at the ends of Extended Centerlines when they are enabled.
Access Extended Centerlines in the Map Settings menu (cog button on the Maps view) under the Map Overlays section. Tap the Extended Centerline marker and ForeFlight will display a popup window with information about the runway.
Tap “Select Runway” in the information popup to add that runway to your route and highlight it, and tap “Straight In” for any runway at your destination airport to both highlight it and add a straight-in 2nm final to your route, which you can also add using the Traffic Pattern option in Procedure Advisor.
SID/STAR Aircraft Type Restrictions
Easily identify aircraft type restrictions for departure and arrival procedures with new colored tags. Tags for Piston, Turboprop, and Jet aircraft appear in the list of procedure plates when viewing an airport’s information on the Airports or Maps views. The presence of one or more tags indicates that the procedure is restricted to the aircraft types shown.
ForeFlight Airport Info Documents
Access helpful information about many airports in Europe with new “Airport Info” documents found in the ForeFlight section of Airport Procedures. These documents include the same Jeppesen-sourced information previously available in Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR, including airport-specific notes for ground movement, general aviation access, VFR and helicopter procedures, and more.
The documents are included in the “Aerodrome Charts & AIP” download option for countries in Europe, and appear in the Downloads list as (for example) “Germany (ForeFlight).”
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.4.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.4.6 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.