Protect Yourself & Your Passengers

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a recommendation that the FAA require all enclosed-cabin aircraft with reciprocating engines to be equipped with a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. This decision came after reviewing several fatal accidents and determining their cause to be carbon monoxide poisoning.

You can read the entire report from the NTSB here.

ForeFlight’s Sentry Plus and Sentry ADS-B receivers meet the recommendation and provide a simple solution to protecting you and your passengers from this invisible danger with a built-in carbon monoxide sensor. When using a Sentry device in conjunction with the ForeFlight app, an audio alert is delivered through compatible headsets, and both Sentry Plus and Sentry provide a visual indication when CO levels in the cabin are dangerously high.

The portable and affordable Sentry devices also deliver additional safety benefits such as ADS-B weather and traffic and WAAS GPS making them the most advanced ADS-B & GPS receivers in the industry.

Not sure which Sentry device is right for you? Compare devices here.

Additional Safety Features

Inflight Traffic Alerts

ForeFlight doesn’t just show you where the traffic is, it tells you. Visual and audio alerts provide the distance, direction, and relative altitude of ADS-B traffic targets.

Additionally, our Sentry Plus device has multi-band radio antennas that are optimized for European FLARM reception in addition to ADS-B, allowing pilots in Europe to tune in to their preferred traffic network.

Synthetic Vision

ForeFlight Synthetic Vision provides a backup glass cockpit on your iPad that can help you stay aware of your position and surroundings in normal and emergency operations. Combined with Sentry, Synthetic Vision provides super responsive pitch and bank in addition to terrain and obstacle depictions.

Inflight Weather

With Sentry you can access subscription-free FIS-B weather & data. Display animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, PIREPs, textual winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information on ForeFlight Mobile.

Inflight GPS

Sentry’s highly-accurate WAAS GPS shows your aircraft position on ForeFlight’s moving map display and innovative Plates on Map feature. Sentry supports four GNSS systems (WAAS GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and BeiDu), and can track three constellations concurrently for redundant location tracking. View a variety of inflight data, including ground speed, altitude, ETE, distance to destination, and more.

Testimonials

“Because of [Sentry], I was able to make the right decision at the right time, in time, to get us on the ground safely.”
MICHAEL SCHMIDT: A PILOT FROM WASHINGTON STATE
“If we didn’t have our Sentry connected to my iPad and ForeFlight, we would [have] never known.
FRANK BAGHERI: CFI / CFII / CIVIL AIR PATROL (CAP) MISSION PILOT
I’m pretty sure something bad would have happened if we hadn’t had the Sentry.
RYAN KNAUER: CORPORATE PILOT / FORMER FIREFIGHTER AND FLIGHT PARAMEDIC
[Sentry] made a believer out of me.”
MIKE MCCLENDON:BRIGADIER GENERAL IN THE AIR FORCE & FOREFLIGHT MILITARY CONSULTANT

Giant Reports in ForeFlight

Giant Reports, a colloquial term for a portion of the Airfield Suitability and Runway Report (ASRR), are informational documents created by AMC which are marked For Official Use Only (FOUO), and are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The FOUO designation on Giant Reports currently prevents ForeFlight from organically hosting them within the app, however Military Flight Bag users can still utilize Giant Reports through ForeFlight’s Content Packs feature, available with MFB Performance subscriptions.

Begin by visiting aerodata.nga.mil with your CAC or Disadvantaged User credentials to download the ready-made zip file that is compatible with ForeFlight as-is. Use the Zip icon to download not the Select and Download function. Do not rename or unzip the file.

Upload the file to ForeFlight using any method of your choosing— for information on methods of uploading Custom Content, visit: https://foreflight.com/support/content-packs/

Once uploaded, your Giant Reports can be accessed via More > Custom Content > Content Packs, or by Airports > Procedures > Other.

They can be added to the MISC section of an applicable Flight Binder in the Plates as well.

Note that with the 13.4 Release, ForeFlight implemented logic to automatically flag Giant Reports as Expired when 8 days after the publication date (listed in file title) have elapsed. Your Giant Reports will still be functional, however an Expired banner will advise if you are using a Giant Report that is more than 1 week old.

10 ForeFlight Map Features You Might Not Know About

Some of ForeFlight’s most useful Map features for day-to-day planning and flying have been around for years yet many pilots are still unaware of them, either because they’re hidden away in a settings menu, or their purpose isn’t immediately obvious. Below are ten of those high-value features and settings that may have flown under your radar but that can simplify your planning and flying in powerful ways.

Map Touch Action

This setting is available near the bottom of the Map Settings Menu (gear button in the Maps toolbar) when any raster chart (sectional, IFR high/low, etc.) is enabled. The third option, Bring chart to front with legend, allows you to tap on any chart to reveal its entire border and legend, just like you would see with an actual paper chart. It is useful when a piece of important information, like a frequency, is cut off by the app’s chart stitching or if you don’t want the app to automatically switch to a TAC when you zoom in to a metro area.

Multiple Layer Selections

This setting is just below Map Touch Action in the Map Settings menu. It’s disabled by default, but enabling it makes the Layer Selector stay open after toggling any layer, so you can toggle as many layers as you want without having to go back and open the Layer Selector each time. You can tap anywhere else on the map to close the Layer Selector when done.

Distance Ring Styles

ForeFlight’s Distance Rings default to an Automatic (Distance) setting, showing three concentric rings at different distances, which shrink or expand based on your zoom level. Tap on any of the ring labels to select from different styles, including fixed distance rings, as well as automatic or fixed time-based rings, which show how far you’ll travel in a given amount of time based on your current ground speed.

These settings are also available in More > Settings > Distance Rings Style.

Current Location Marker

Why use a generic airplane icon to represent your position on the map when you could instead use an F-22? ForeFlight has many location marker icons covering low-wings, high-wings, business jets, military aircraft, and helicopters. A secondary benefit of some of these icons is that they are much larger and easier to find on the map than the default aircraft icon. You can find this setting in More > Settings > Current Location Marker.

Auto Center Deactivate

You can tap the button in the top right corner of Maps to automatically center the map on your location. However, it can be easy to lose track of where you are by accidentally swiping on the map, which by default will deactivate Auto Center and move the map away from your aircraft icon. If this is a persistent problem, you can change the Auto Center Deactivate setting to Manual to lock the map to your position until you tap the Auto Center button again to unlock it. You can find this setting in More > Settings > Auto Center Deactivate.

Track Log Record Button

ForeFlight’s Auto-track Logging feature is a great way to record your flights without having to remember to start and stop the recording, but it doesn’t always work perfectly and sometimes captures too much information before takeoff or after landing (like your drive home). The Track Log Edit feature allows you to trim your track logs to mitigate these issues, but the most reliable way of getting good track logs from the start is by manually starting and stopping the recordings. You can do this by tapping the REC button on the left side of the Maps view, which turns blue when the recording is in progress.

You may not consistently remember to do this, however, so we recommend you include this as a step in your preflight and postflight checklists, which is an easy addition if you are using ForeFlight’s built-in Checklist feature. You can enable the manual start/stop button in Map Settings > Track Log Record Button.

Direct To

When flying cross-country VFR you might decide to detour from the simple route you planned. By the time you’re ready to return to the planned route, you’re way off course. To update the remainder of the route to reflect your current position, tap the next waypoint in your route and tap Direct To in the top left of the Maps Sidebar. ForeFlight clears the entire route up to that point and replaces it with a direct line from your current position. Direct To does not change any part of your route after the selected waypoint, only the route legs before that point. You can also access Direct To by tapping any of your route’s waypoints in the Bubble Editor or tapping the right-facing arrow next to the waypoint name in the FPLNavLog.

Fly Leg

Revising the previous example, let’s say you didn’t take a big detour but instead cut a corner between route legs. If you do this early enough, you might notice the route colors not updating to show your current, past, and future legs. Even worse, you look at ForeFlight’s Instrument Panel and see the ETE to Dest. time increasing, even as your distance to the destination is decreasing. By cutting the corner early, you confused ForeFlight into thinking that you did not complete the leg you were on, so its ETE calculation assumes that you’re going to fly back to the waypoint you skipped before continuing.

Instead of being stuck with unrealistic ETE estimates for the rest of the flight, tap the next leg in the route (the one you’re currently on, after cutting the corner) and tap Fly Leg. ForeFlight immediately updates the route colors to show your current leg as active, and the up-counting ETE problem disappears. You can also access this feature from the Bubble Editor by tapping the arrow buttons in the NavLog.

Airspace Auto Highlight

ForeFlight’s Profile View feature with airspace depictions is a great way to check if your planned route or current heading will intersect the airspace you would prefer to avoid, but it isn’t the only way to accomplish this. The Auto Highlight feature (accessible in Map Settings > Airspace > Auto Highlight) dims most airspace, decreasing the thickness and brightness of the lines that define airspace boundaries. However, it doesn’t dim any airspace that intersects your planned route or current heading, thereby “highlighting” that airspace to make it stand out.

Note that you need to have the Aeronautical Map layer enabled to expose this setting. The dimming/ highlighting only affects that layer’s airspace depictions, so this won’t change how the VFR Sectional, for example, depicts airspace.

Send To

The Send To button is one of the most important things in ForeFlight. It’s the final piece of the puzzle that turns the app from a collection of isolated features and workflows into a unified whole. This feature’s most obvious use case is sending planned routes from Maps to Flights and vice versa, allowing you to file without building them from scratch in the Flights view. With the new Flight Binders feature in Plates, you can send routes from either Maps or Flights to Plates to instantly select your departure/destination airports and the plates for any procedures in your route.

In addition, you can send routes to Logbook to automatically populate time and distance-based fields and speed up the logging process.You can share a planned route with any other pilot from the Flights tab by entering their email, and the flight will appear on their account if they accept the share. If you want to share the Navlog, Briefing, and ICAO flight plan form as a PDF, you can do so with Share PDF. If you like printing out your procedure plates or airport diagrams to include them with a paper checklist in a clipboard, you can do it by using the Send To button in Plates. So be sure to take a moment to see what options are available in each page’s Send To menu whenever you notice it.

Educational Licensing Program Expands, Embry-Riddle and University of North Dakota Join

Late last year, we launched the ForeFlight Educational License Program (or “ELP”). Today, we’re happy to announce the expansion of ELP features and services and the addition of both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace (UND).

ERAU and UND join other ForeFlight ELP members that are adopting technology such as the iPad to enhance their aviation curricula and provide faculty and students more efficient access to apps that improve flight planning, simplify access to electronic charting and aviation documents, and enhance situational awareness.

We’re truly humbled and grateful to be working with two of the world’s leading academic aviation programs. Having both ERAU and UND as ELP members is a significant milestone in the evolution of iPad in aviation. Both institutions are on the leading edge of aerospace research and study. We are also looking forward to collaborating with both institutions on mobile device related studies – from the human factors affects of iPads in the cockpit to the use of NextGen ADS-B traffic information to safely display traffic data provided by portable receivers. Ultimately, we will be jointly looking for ways to continue to improve planning, decision making, situational awareness and operations using iPad and mobile technologies.

Embry-Riddle will use ForeFlight technology at its two residential campuses in Prescott, AZ, and Daytona Beach, FL. Here’s what Ken Byrnes, Chair of the Flight Department at the Daytona Beach Campus has to say about ERAU and ForeFlight:

We use the most technically advanced NextGen training fleet in the industry. The addition of an electronic flight bag and the ForeFlight app is a natural next step in increasing technology on our flight decks while meeting the training needs of our students as they prepare for entry into the workforce.

Here’s what Antoina Bergman, Lead Flight Instructor at UND has to say about UND joining the ELP program:

Our mission at the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is to provide the highest standard of aviation education at a reasonable cost to our students.  ForeFlight Mobile and the ForeFlight Educational Licensing Program helps the University of North Dakota achieve this mission. ForeFlight Mobile is a robust application that allows our students to have quicker access to more information than ever before.  Additionally, the Educational Licensing Program allows our students and instructors to stay at the front of a quickly changing and evolving industry!

ELP Program Enhancements

In working with ERAU and UND, we enhanced the ELP systems to support the size and scale of both institutions. We added an auto-enrollment capability as well as an version of ForeFlight Documents tailored specifically for ELP program members.  The new auto-enrollment capability allows any student with a university issued email address to obtain access to program benefits without burdening a university account administrator. ForeFlight Documents – ForeFlight’s cloud-based document distribution and control system – provides ELP members the option of using a secured cloud folder to elegantly and efficiently deliver current editions of publications and manuals to faculty and staff.

More Info

Interested in joining the ForeFlight ELP? Here’s how:

  • Visit https://www.foreflight.com/education for a program overview and download the ELP program brochure.
  • Send an email to team@foreflight.com with your institution’s name, enrollment size, and accreditation information.
  • Complete and submit the ELP agreement provided by ForeFlight’s Pilot Support Team in response to your inquiry.
  • Follow the getting started instructions provided by ForeFlight’ ELP Implementation Manager.

A new school year is coming up, and now is a perfect time to consider enrolling in ForeFlight’s Educational License Program.

Press Release

A PDF version of the press release is downloadable here.

Making a Presentation on iPad and ForeFlight? Helpful Resources Now Available

We frequently get requests for materials in support of presentations customers or instructors are making to clients or fellow pilots. Below are links to documents we assembled to help out.  Listed below are links to a simple presentation in two formats (PDF and MOV) and helpful proficiency and operating checklists.

  1. ForeFlight Mobile Presentation (.mov format)
  2. ForeFlight Mobile Presentation (.pdf format)
  3. ForeFlight Pilot Proficiency and Operating Checklist (.pdf format)

If you need anything else, let us know! High resolution screenshots that you can freely use in your presentations or other materials are available at http://www.foreflight.com/media. Enjoy!

Are EFBs Legal for Use? Are they safe?

We receive a lot of email inquiries asking about the legality of using an iPad in aviation and as an EFB in cockpit to replace paper plates and charts. We typically point to the relevant advisory circulars and publications by experts to help customers determine for themselves if the type of flying they do allows legal use of the iPad as a replacement for paper charts and terminal procedures (we’re not lawyers). This month, we get some additional guidance from an FAA editor in answering the question.

Susan Parson – a flight instructor, pilot, and Editor of FAA Aviation News magazine  – penned an article in this month’s FAA News Magazine titled “Flying Paperless Airplanes“.  It provides more guidance for Part 91 pilots:

Other part 91 operations—including those of us who fly light general aviation aircraft for business or pleasure—do not require any specific authorization for EFB operations, as long as the EFB does not replace any system or equipment required by the regulations. Yet, even if the EFB conditions and restrictions outlined in the AC don’t apply to the kind of flying you currently do, it is still useful to know how the FAA defines and classifies these devices.

So, can or should you fly with an iPad (running, ForeFlight of course) as an EFB? The bottom line:

The bottom line: EFB technology is available here and now, and proper use of any class of EFB system can improve efficiency and safety while eliminating considerable weight in paper. Sounds like I need to shop for my next gadget.

We think this article is a good thing for iPad aviation and helps ForeFlight customers make some more sense of the regulations. Download the article here: ‘Flying Paperless Airplanes’.

The Finer Points of Flying Launches Flight Training iPhone App

Always committed to employing the latest technologies to further improve ease and access to practical flight training, The Finer Points of Flying (www.TheFinerPoints.net) has joined forces with ForeFlight (www.ForeFlight.com) to develop the iPhone app, VFR Communications.
This five‐chapter instructional course available for the iPhone and iPod touch contains an hour of high‐definition video, computer animation and instruction from Jason Miller, recently nominated FAA flight instructor of the year. Each video provides in‐depth coverage of airspace, including dimensions, charting, airspace entry requirements, and real‐world cockpit footage demonstrating how a proficient pilot communicates efficiently and effectively in complex airspace. This instructional course is perfect for private pilots brushing up before a biennial flight review or check‐out, student pilots that desire a learning tool that goes beyond the content normally presented in a standard instructional flight lesson, or enthusiasts wanting to learn how pilots really communicate when navigating simple and complex airspace. Like nothing you’ve seen before. Filmed in stunning 1080i High Definition and completed with Computer Graphic Imaging and a fresh personality. It’s virtually all the instruction you’ll need. VFR Communications is available at Apple’s App Store at iTunes. The DVD version of the course is also available for purchase at TheFinerPoints.net.
Preview the content of both at http://www.thefinerpoints.myshopify.com. Click on VFR Communications DVD for a sneak peek. For members of the press: Press evaluation copies of the iPhone app, VFR Communications are available at the compliments of The Finer Points of Flying. The promo code to be used at the App Store checkout will be sent to you in a separate email with instructions on using it. Please evaluate and enjoy!
About The Finer Points of Flying: The Finer Points of Flying produces mobile media programs hosted by accomplished flight instructor and professional musician, Jason Miller. The Finer Points blends straight‐forward fundamentals of flight instruction with the charm and levity injected by on‐point storytelling and music. The series has won critical acclaim from viewers and many of the nation’s aviation luminaries alike for its use of captivating
video, motion graphics, and computer animation to convey concepts from a wide and varied range of aeronautical subjects in an enjoyable and easily comprehended way.

The Finer Points of Flying (TFP) and ForeFlight are excited to announce the launch of VFR Communications, a new flight training iPhone and iPod touch app for pilots. The new app, designed and developed by ForeFlight, is available for download today on the iTunes App Store. VFR Communications is the first app to provide pilots access to full-length educational video content on an iPhone or iPod touch.

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This five‐chapter instructional course contains an hour of video filmed entirely in 1080i High Definition, computer animation, and charismatic instruction from Jason Miller, recently nominated FAA flight instructor of the year. Each video provides in‐depth coverage of airspace dimensions, charting, airspace entry requirements, and real‐world cockpit footage that demonstrates how a proficient pilot communicates efficiently and effectively in complex airspace. This instructional course is perfect for student pilots that desire a learning tool that goes beyond the content normally presented in a standard instructional flight lesson, for private pilots brushing up before a biennial flight review or check‐out, or for enthusiasts wanting to learn how pilots really communicate when navigating simple and complex airspace.

VFR Communications is available for purchase today for $19.99 on the iTunes App Store. A DVD version of the course and a preview is available online at TheFinerPoints.net.

If you haven’t yet discovered Jason Miller, run – don’t walk – over to TheFinerPoints.net and walk through his collection of audio and video training sessions. If you like what you see, support his efforts through the purchase of his new app or a DVD. He is a fresh, talented, charismatic, and hard working educator that brings something magical and unique to flight training.

About The Finer Points of Flying

The Finer Points of Flying produces mobile media programs hosted by accomplished flight instructor and professional musician, Jason Miller. The Finer Points blends straight‐forward fundamentals of flight instruction with the charm and levity injected by on‐point storytelling and music. The series has won critical acclaim from viewers and many of the nation’s aviation luminaries alike for its use of captivating video, motion graphics, and computer animation to convey concepts from a wide and varied range of aeronautical subjects in an enjoyable and easily comprehended way.

Videos are Worth a Thousand Words

Explaining how a software application works is a challenge.  So often, the core differences between one application and another can only be revealed by experiencing both applications. We were craving a way to help pilots experience ForeFlight, and one of the most talented crews in aviation video production helped us out.  So, sit back, relax and enjoy our first ForeFlight commercial!

 Thanks to Jason Miller and the OnTheFlightLine crew!