On this episode of Between Two Wings, hear FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker talk about what inspired him to start the company, learn about their new tracking product for piston aircraft, and more!
On this special episode of Between Two Wings recorded at #OSH21, ForeFlight CEO and Co-Founder Tyson Weihs talks about ForeFlight’s history, what’s next for the app and aviation industry, and more!
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 14.7.1 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.
Aviation Youtuber and long-time ForeFlighter Flight Chops (@FlightChops) shares a bit about how the app helps him fly such a diverse range of aircraft confidently and safely.
As a relatively low time private / instrument-rated pilot, I’m lucky to be in the position to have access to many types of aircraft. I’m currently flying a T6 / Harvard regularly, but find myself in anything from a PA-32 Cherokee Six, to a DHC-2 Beaver, or a Van’s Aircraft RV-14. Systems, procedures, and performance vary wildly between these platforms, but the one thing that doesn’t change is ForeFlight, the EFB that is onboard with me regardless of what I am flying.
The peace of mind that consistency affords in an otherwise unfamiliar cockpit environment is significant. Everything I need is within one app, from planning, to briefing, to filing and executing the mission, and even my multiple aircraft-specific checklists; it is all there.
Lately, most of my flying has been low altitude in warbirds with poor forward visibility and no modern avionics to speak of. Enroute I enjoy reviewing ForeFlight’s Synthetic Vision with the Hazard Advisor showing me terrain and obstacles such as radio towers that I might otherwise have a hard time spotting. And of course, weather layers make it easy to avoid getting into unfavourable conditions.
As I get into more high speed, high altitude IFR flying in the newly built RV-14, ForeFlight will help me assess wind, turbulence, and icing risk in the easy to visualize Profile View.
The Glide Advisor removes all doubt about where I can go in the event of an engine failure. In some cases it is not pretty as it accounts for wind and terrain making it super clear if you are boxing yourself in; I like to use that to remind myself to keep my options open.
Another feature I look forward to using as I expand my cross country mission flying is the Takeoff and Landing Distances capability for pistons – this too is of course specific to your aircraft performance and weather conditions, so it truly makes the whole process of assessing go / no go decisions almost too easy.
Our July release features obstacles in our 3D View suite, editing recorded Track Logs, new VFR charts for several European countries, optimized downloads in Pack, and much more.
Obstacles in 3D View
Identify potential hazards along your route and establish a mental picture of final approach with the new Obstacles layer in 3D View.
Every view within the 3D suite (3D Airports, 3D Anywhere, 3D Preview, and 3D Review) supports three types of obstacles: buildings (shaped like rectangles), towers (shaped like cylinders), and windmills. All other obstacle types use the tower model by default.
3D Preview helps you identify potentially hazardous obstacles within 1 nautical mile of your route. Obstacles within 1000′ vertically will appear with yellow stripes and obstacles within 100′ vertically will appear with red stripes.
3D View with Obstacles and more is included in ForeFlight Performance subscription plans.
Track Log Editing
Edit recorded Track Logs to more accurately line them up with the beginning and end of your flights and automatically update draft Logbook entries.
Tap the Edit button on the bottom-right corner of the Track Log Graph, then drag the blue bars to the left and right to move the track log’s start and end points.
Track Log editing is non-destructive, so you can revert your changes or make additional edits by tapping the Edit button and adjusting the blue bars again.
New Rogers VFR Chart Coverages
New Rogers Data VFR 500k charts for Serbia and the Baltics are now available as add-ons to any European ForeFlight subscription.
All of the new charts are included at no additional cost in the Rogers Data Full Europe chart combo add-on. Serbia is included in the existing Southeast Europe chart combo. The Baltics are available by themselves in a new chart combo.
Learn more about the European charts and data available in ForeFlight here.
Jeppesen Chart Index Numbers
View the chart index number along with a chart’s name for linked or purchased Jeppesen coverages to quickly find the right procedure. You can find these chart index numbers in Airport Procedures, the Maps Sidebar, and the Plates view.
To display chart index numbers, enable the new setting switch at the bottom of More > Jeppesen.
Optimized Downloads in Pack
Packing before your flight now requires a smaller download for weather by only downloading the Icing, Turbulence, and Cloud Coverage layers for areas that overlap with your route.
Both the U.S.-only and Global versions of each layer are packed for flights within the U.S., giving you more forecast information for inflight reference while drastically cutting down the download size.
Background Downloads Setting
Optionally disable background downloads to prevent them from being interrupted due to a slow or spotty internet connection. Find this option in More > Settings > Downloads.
Opt in to receive notifications about new feature releases, special offers on subscriptions, events, training, and more by enabling Marketing Push Notifications in More > Account > Notifications.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 14.7 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.
On this episode of Between Two Wings we talk with ForeFlight Pilot Support Team member Emily Rhudy! Tune in to hear about her experience volunteering with the Commemorative Air Force, giving back to the aviation community, and a few things she wishes all ForeFlight users knew.
On this episode of Between Two Wings we talk with Competition Aerobatic Pilot Susan Bell about all things aerobatics, and why every pilot should practice spin and upset recovery training.
Our June release answered a long-time customer request with Hold Advisor, advanced the state of the art in digital charts with Augmented ProceduresTM, introduced a map-based preview of engine-out procedures as part of our advanced Runway Analysis product, and more.
Easily insert a holding pattern anywhere in your route with Hold Advisor two ways: by using Procedure Advisor at the top right of the FPL Editor or by tapping any waypoint in your route or elsewhere on the map.
Through Procedure Advisor, the fix defaults to the final waypoint in your route but you can change it to any waypoint in your route, or any other named waypoint.
Hold Advisor provides parameters for inbound or outbound legs, the pattern’s length (defined by either time or distance), left or right turns, and additional options such as altitude and speed.
ForeFlight does not yet support sending holding patterns to connected avionics via Flight Plan Transfer.
Hold Advisor is included in ForeFlight Pro Plus and Business Pro subscription plans and above.
Quickly find the appropriate minimum for an approach procedure and display it as part of your route to supplement the plate and reduce the risk of errors.
Powered by high-quality procedure data from Jeppesen, Augmented Procedures uses your aircraft’s approach category and any relevant equipment outages to instantly determine the appropriate minimum for a given procedure and approach type. Once selected, the minimum appears as a prominent magenta marker on top of the plate at the missed approach point, serving as a quick and easy reference during one of the most stressful parts of any IFR flight.
Augmented ProceduresTM is available with ForeFlight Performance Plus and Business Performance subscription plans.
Runway Analysis: New Aircraft
ForeFlight’s runway and obstacle analysis capability for jets now supports several new aircraft types, with more on the way.
Runway Analysis: EOP Visualization
Preview ground tracks and textual instructions for available engine-out procedures (EOPs) in Runway Analysis.
Tap on the Engine Out Procedure line in the Takeoff Analysis page to open the EOP selector.
The list of available EOPs appears below a map centered on the departure airport.
Not all EOPs support visualization, including VOR-based EOPs from Jeppesen, but the textual instructions for these still appear in the list below the map.
Military Flight Bag: Select Multiple MTR Types
Government and military pilots using ForeFlight Military Flight Bag can now view multiple types of Military Training Routes on the map at once. Pilots can choose any combination of Instrument, Visual, and Slow Routes to better support mission requirements.
With the Aeronautical Map enabled, open the Map Settings menu and tap Military Training Routes to select the type(s) of MTR to display.
On this episode of Between Two Wings, we talk with UK pilot Travis Ludlow, who is currently en route to become the youngest person ever to fly solo around the world!