iOS/iPadOS 14 and ForeFlight

Note: Apple released iOS 14.0.1 before we could complete testing of iOS 14, therefore we will not issue any all-clear for iOS 14.

We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS/iPadOS 14 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.

iOS/iPadOS 13.7 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.7 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.

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 Makes Document Management Easy

ForeFlight’s integrated document distribution and management capability provides incredible value for flight departments of any size. Easily upload all your documents in one place, distribute documents to crew members as needed, and manage pilots with ForeFlight’s compliance tracking, all saving your flight department time and money.

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Cloud Documents
ForeFlight Cloud Documents is the fast, easy, affordable way to distribute company documents to every flight crew member. Administrators can control the distribution of every new or revised flight manual, operating handbook, or special procedures to every pilot’s iPad or iPhone – delivered from the cloud of your choice: Dropbox, Amazon S3, and Box.

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Extensive File Type Support
Import documents anytime or anywhere via AirDrop, iTunes, email, or Cloud Documents, then access them or add them to Nested Folders from the Imported drive. ForeFlight supports a wide range of file types for importing and viewing in Documents: pdf, tiff, tif, jpg, jpeg, gif, png, bmp, bmpf, txt, doc, docx, xlsx, xls, pptx, ppt, csv, pages, key, and numbers. Learn how to import documents.

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Compartmentalize documents for different groups by adding nested folders within your Cloud Document drive for even more flexibility. ForeFlight will automatically keep that folder or drive up to date when new or updated documents become available, allowing crew members to download and receive automatic updates to whichever folders they select. Nested folders are ideal for multi-pilot accounts where not all users need to download the same set of documents.

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ForeFlight’s cloud integration also allows administrators to quickly distribute Content Packs with custom charts, procedures, map layers, and waypoints with linked documents or images. Putting your flight department’s specialized content directly in ForeFlight provides easy access for pilots and creates endless possibilities for customizing the app to better suit your operation. Content Packs with support for cloud importing are included in Business Performance Plans.

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ForeFlight’s Sync system allows pilots to effortlessly keep their documents organized when moving between devices and backs up manually-imported documents to the ForeFlight Cloud. Any annotations or bookmarks added to a document on one device will also appear on the pilot’s other devices while connected to the internet.

 

 

Compliance Tracking
Easily view which pilots have outdated documents so you can take action and ensure pilots are flying with the latest charts, data, and documents. The Compliance view on ForeFlight Web provides a detailed list of every pilot on your account, breaking down the different types of data and software versions (both iOS and ForeFlight) for each one and coloring expired data red for easy identification.

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Attach Documents to a Flight Plan with ForeFlight Dispatch
Flight planners can attach documents, photos, or other files to specific flight plans in ForeFlight Dispatch to deliver them to assigned crew members in seconds! Attach PDFs, images, Microsoft Word documents, and many other file types to make them accessible right in ForeFlight for viewing and printing before the flight. Learn more about ForeFlight Dispatch and contact our Sales team here.

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Click here to get started with connecting your cloud storage account.

Buy or upgrade to Business Performance here.

Watch our Integrated Document Management for Business Aviation webinar to learn more:

Weather in 3D Preview, Visual Approaches and Traffic Pattern Altitude, Internet Traffic Search, and more in ForeFlight 12.7

ForeFlight 12.7 includes Weather in 3D Preview, Visual Approaches and Traffic Pattern Altitude, Internet Traffic Search, and more.

Weather in 3D Preview

Enhance your preflight weather planning with interactive Icing and Turbulence forecast layers in 3D Preview. Weather in 3D Preview is available with ForeFlight’s Performance Plus and Business Performance subscription plans.

Access 3D Preview by loading a planned route onto the Maps or Flights views and tapping the 3D button in the Flight Plan Editor. 

Tap the layer selector in the bottom left to access forecast weather layers in 3D Preview. 3D Preview supports US and Global Icing and US and Global Turbulence. All four weather layers use the same data as their corresponding layers on the overhead map, and are depicted in 3D as colored tiles along your route. 

Enabling any layer will add an altitude slider on the right to control which altitude weather is displayed at. Enable the RTE button at the top of the altitude slider to only show weather at the same altitude as your route, which creates a stair step effect if weather is present during your climb and descent.

From the outside, forecast weather appears as solid rectangular blocks, colored to indicate severity. When the aircraft is inside these blocks they become transparent except for the edges to provide better visibility. Moving the 3D camera outside the blocks preserves a window of transparency around the aircraft. When the edge of the window is sharp it means the aircraft is within the blocks at that altitude, and when the edge is soft it means the aircraft is outside the blocks on the other side, which you can confirm by moving the camera.

In addition to the color of the blocks, the severity of forecast weather is also indicated by the color at the very top of the route line, as well as in the info panel in the top-left. These allow you to easily compare the severity of weather at your planned altitude with other nearby altitudes by adjusting the altitude slider.

Like Profile View, 3D Preview combines all forecast periods that will be active during your flight in one seamless display. If a portion of your route’s planned active time lies beyond the selected weather layer’s forecast range, ForeFlight will display a hatch pattern in place of the colored blocks to indicate where data is not available. It will also provide a tappable warning below the altitude slider letting you know that forecast data is not available for some or all of your flight.

Visual Approaches with TPA

Specify the pattern altitude for a new visual approach or traffic pattern entry in Procedure Advisor to add a prominent waypoint with the TPA in your route.

Access visual approaches in Procedure Advisor’s Traffic Pattern or Approaches menu. Enter a custom traffic pattern altitude in either MSL or AGL formats, or tap the Select button to choose from a list of recommended pattern altitudes.

Select the type of traffic pattern entry or a straight in approach and tap Add to Route to insert the pattern entry with marked TPA waypoint into your route. Tap the pattern entry in the FPL Bubble Editor and tap Set Pattern Altitude to change the selected altitude and update the TPA waypoint.

Internet Traffic Search

Find active Internet Traffic targets anywhere in the world by typing a tail number or call sign into the Search bar. ForeFlight displays matches for partial and complete search terms under an “Internet Traffic” header in the Search results list. Tap on any traffic result in the list to reposition the map and highlight the aircraft, which will also enable the Traffic layer if it isn’t already.

You must have an internet connection and be on the ground to search for Internet Traffic. Searching for aircraft while connected to an ADS-B In receiver will only show traffic targets received by that device.

FBO Detail View Enhancements

The FBO detail view now displays self- and full-service fuel prices for both 100LL and Jet-A or Jet-A+ in a more compact table. Information about contract Jet-A pricing via your JetFuelX fuel cards is also now available above the retail fuel prices at the top of the Information tab, rather than in a separate tab. Integrating your JetFuelX fuel cards into ForeFlight is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

iOS/iPadOS 13.6.1 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.6.1 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.

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.

Weather in Profile View, Overheat Alerts, and More in ForeFlight’s 12.6 Release.

ForeFlight 12.6 includes weather in Profile View, iPad/iPhone Overheat Alerts, additional Internet Traffic details, and more.

Weather in Profile view

ForeFlight’s Profile View includes selectable Icing and Turbulence forecast layers, providing a cross-section of weather in addition to terrain, obstacles, and airspace along your route. Icing and Turbulence in Profile View are included in ForeFlight’s Performance Plus and Business Performance subscription plans.

Create a route on the Maps view then tap Profile in the bottom-right to open Profile View. Profile View shows a side-on view of your route in relation to terrain, obstacles, airspace, and now weather.

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One major change to Profile is the addition of a layer selector that allows you to toggle different layers within Profile View, including Airspace, US or Global Icing, and US or Global Turbulence. Profile View uses the same color scales as the overhead map to depict varying intensities for each layer at multiple altitudes in relation to your route line.

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Tap the Profile Layer Selector, and tap a weather layer to display it in Profile. In addition to Airspace, Profile View can display one Icing layer and one Turbulence layer simultaneously. Each selected layer shows how long ago the current forecast data was issued. All four weather layers use the same data as their corresponding layers on the overhead map, providing multiple perspectives of a single forecast. ADS-B, XM, and military Icing and Turbulence layers are not supported in Profile View.

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Rather than using a time slider to show different forecast periods like the overhead map, Profile View combines any forecast periods that will be active during your flight into one seamless display. The waypoint markers in Profile View include estimated crossing times, allowing you to easily determine the forecast period shown at each waypoint and view the same forecast on the overhead map. Changing the selected aircraft or performance profile will display different icing and turbulence data in Profile view based on the route’s new enroute time.

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If a portion of your route’s planned active time lies beyond a weather layer’s forecast range, Profile View will display a hatch pattern to indicate where data is not available (visible on the right side of the screenshots below). It will also provide warnings letting you know which forecast data is not available for some or all of your flight. This hatching also appears if you disconnect from the internet without downloading weather data via Pack. With the data downloaded, Profile view’s inflight mode also supports all four weather layers, allowing you to view current and future forecast periods in relation to your current altitude and heading.

Another way to use Profile View with or without a route entered is by placing two fingers on the overhead map to bring up the Ruler, then move your fingers to reposition it. Using the Ruler with Profile View provides a cross-section of the terrain, obstacles, airspace, and selected weather layers at the Ruler’s current position. Profile View shows only the current forecast period for Icing and Turbulence layers when using the Ruler.

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Overheat Alerts

ForeFlight warns you if your iPad or iPhone is in danger of overheating with a prominent visual and audible alert, allowing you to take steps to cool the device and potentially avert a shutdown during a flight.

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Manage all alerts in ForeFlight in More > Settings > Alerts. The alert is triggered when ForeFlight detects that your device is dangerously hot and at risk of overheating and shutting down. If your device heats up too quickly, your iPad or iPhone may still overheat and shut down before ForeFlight can display the alert. The alert will not sound more than once per hour, even if your device returns to a high-temperature state after initially cooling down.

Removing the iPad or iPhone from direct sunlight and turning an air vent towards it are the best ways to quickly cool it down. Other ways you can cool your device down include removing your device from its case, closing unused apps, and unplugging it from its charging cable. A number of powered cases that cool the iPad using fans are also available from Sporty’s and other vendors. 

Additional Internet Traffic Details

ForeFlight’s Internet Traffic layer provides additional information for aircraft markers, including its expanded call sign, ETA, departure, and destination if available.

Turn on Internet Traffic in the layer selector in the Maps view. Tap on any aircraft marker to view a popup with information about that aircraft.

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The popups for most aircraft on IFR flight plans show the departure and destination airports and filed ETA, while many aircraft on VFR flights provide only the departure airport. Some traffic targets provide no route details. If an aircraft is using a call sign, the popup will show its expanded name in most cases. Internet Traffic targets with blocked tail numbers will not report any route or call sign information.

Learn more about Internet Traffic here.

High-Resolution Basemap Improvements

ForeFlight’s High Resolution Basemap received some improvements to mountain peaks and passes. The Basemap identifies mountain peaks using a small triangle icon in place of the previous dot icon. The Basemap also displays many additional U.S. mountain passes with their associated elevations.

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Download the High Resolution Basemap in More > Downloads > Download Settings. Turn on mountain peaks and passes in Map Settings (cog button on the Maps view) > Terrain > Peaks, Passes, and Cables.

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You can also change the size of the icons by turning on the Aeronautical Map in the layer selector, and adjusting the text size slider in Map Settings.

Y/Z Filing in Canada

Customers flying in Canada can now file flight plans under Y or Z flight rules through ForeFlight. Since these flight rules both include VFR portions, certain fields in the flight plan form that are required for Canadian VFR flights are also required for Y and Z flights, including Undercarriage, ELT, Arrival Report, and more. Cross-border flights from Canada to the U.S. or to airspace delegated to the U.S. by Canada for ATC traffic purposes do not support Y/Z flight rules.

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iOS/iPadOS 13.6 and iOS 12.4.8 and ForeFlight

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.

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.

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.

iOS/iPadOS 13.5.1 and ForeFlight

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.

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.

A Closer Look at Internet Traffic in ForeFlight

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.  

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.