Apple iOS 12.1.4 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.1.4 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Follow our Facebook page or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future 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.

ForeFlight Goes to 11!

ForeFlight 11 is available now and features an immersive Airport 3D View to help you get familiar with new airports , inflight tracking with Breadcrumbs, Graphical AIRMETs via ADS-B, and more!

Explore Airports From a New Perspective with Airport 3D View

This 3-dimensional preview of the airport environment combines terrain data and aerial imagery to help you get familiar with new airports, whether you’re preparing for your next flight or exploring new places to fly. This feature is available with Performance Plus and Business Performance subscription plans.

You can access any airport’s 3D View by tapping the “3D View” button on Airports or in the airport popup on Maps. ForeFlight combines high-resolution terrain and streamed aerial imagery to create a realistic representation of the airport environment. Rotate and zoom the camera in or out to access every perspective, and watch the metrics in the top-left of the view update as you move the camera. Tap the runway button in the top-right to position the camera along the published glideslope for that runway, or at an angle of 6° if the runway doesn’t have any published approaches. Check the compass and airport diagram in the bottom-left of the view to see the wind direction relative to the selected runway.

Follow Your Flight with Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs are an extension of ForeFlight’s Track Log capability allowing you to see the track log as it’s recorded, leaving a continuous line that you can reference for maneuvers, Search and Rescue and survey work, or just to see where you’ve been. At any time during or up to 30 minutes after the flight you can tap on the breadcrumb trail to see information about it, including the total recorded time, the distance traveled, and your average ground speed. Being able to see your flight’s path directly on the map can assist with specific tasks, maneuvers, missions, and improve your situational awareness.

Breadcrumbs are available with all ForeFlight subscription plans, so give it a try and see how it can help your flying!

G-AIRMETS via ADS-B

Connect to an ADS-B In receiver and stay aware of potentially dangerous weather as it develops with the FAA’s new Graphical AIRMETs in ForeFlight. G-AIRMETs appear just like regular AIRMETs in ForeFlight as part of the AIR/SIGMET/CWAs map layer and can be filtered by hazard type. Unlike regular AIRMETs and SIGMETs, G-AIRMETs include a new time slider so you can filter them based on their effective times. One type of G-AIRMET, Freezing Levels, appears as its own layer, using colored lines to indicate where freezing occurs at different altitudes for the contiguous U.S.

Logbook Enhancements

ForeFlight Logbook received a few quality-of-life improvements that make searching for logbook entries easier and faster. Search for entries based on comments, flight tasks, or aircraft equipment type in a few seconds. View a person’s details in Logbook > People to see all entries they are associated with, whether they’re a frequent passenger or a CFI. Lastly, creating a new entry with the Add Next Flight button at the bottom of an entry, will automatically carry over any passengers on the previous flight onto the new flight.

Settings Filter

There are so many ways to customize your ForeFlight experience, and now there’s an easier way to find just the App Setting you are looking for. Go to the More > Settings view and use the “Filter” text box at the top to quickly search and find Settings by name.

Coverage for the Netherlands, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands

Our Europe coverage takes another step forward with AIPs for three new countries:; the Netherlands, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands. Optional VFR add-ons, such as DFS Visual 500 charts that provide seamless depiction from country to country, and Jeppesen VFR procedure charts are also available for the Netherlands and Denmark.

We now support airport diagrams, IFR and VFR procedure charts, VFR ICAO charts, IFR enroute charts, and optional VFR add-ons for 12 European countries!

Learn more about our European Chart and Data coverage.

KMZ Support

ForeFlight now supports importing and displaying KMZ files as Custom Map Layers or in Content Packs. KMZ files are similar to KML files but provide greater flexibility with support for custom icons, bundled KML layers in a single KMZ file, and support rich text formatting within a placemark’s description. Visit our Content Packs support page to learn more about importing custom content.

Apple iOS 12.1.3 and ForeFlight

UPDATE February 6, 2019: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.1.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST January 23, 2019: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 12.1.3 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.

Apple iOS 12.1.2 and ForeFlight

UPDATE January 7, 2019: We are holding short on clearing iOS 12.1.2 due to Wi-Fi issues seen in our testing and reported by others. Once iOS 12.1.3 is released we will test it to confirm that the issues are resolved and issue an all-clear at that time.

ORIGINAL POST December 17, 2018: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 12.1.2 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.

Apple iOS 12.1.1 and ForeFlight

UPDATE December 12, 2018: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.1.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST December 5, 2018: 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

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.