Feature Focus: Get The Most Out of ForeFlight

ForeFlight is loaded with powerful features to help you plan and fly with everything you need at your fingertips. Even though many of its most useful features have been available for years, we frequently encounter customers at shows like EAA AirVenture who have never heard of them.

So in the interest of maximizing ForeFlight’s value to your own flying, let’s dive deeper into some of those useful features so you can make the most of them. All the features mentioned below are included in all ForeFlight subscription plans, and you can learn more about any of them in our Pilot’s Guide, Support Center, and Video Library.

Aeronautical Map

Augment other charts like the sectional with dynamic and tappable map elements and quick toggles for easy decluttering. ForeFlight’s High Resolution Basemap and Terrain also provide detailed ground references with no other charts enabled.

Smooth Decluttering
As you zoom in and out, the Aeronautical Map automatically shows and hides elements.

Details Are Just A Tap Away
Simply tap on any Aeronautical Map element to view detailed information about it, even with other charts enabled.

Quick Filters
Easily declutter the map using these toggles for different map elements.

Not seeing these? Make sure the Aeronautical layer is enabled and check the Quick Filters toggle in Map Settings.

Embedded Airport Diagrams
Zoom in to view airport diagrams with labeled runways and taxiways and tappable hotspots and FBO markers.

More Options in Map Settings
Customize the map further with different airport types, highlight or hide airspace, switch between IFR High/Low, and more from the Map Settings menu.

Map Settings

The Map Settings menu lets you further customize the Aeronautical Map as well as access many other helpful tools and features. While the main Settings view in More > Settings offers a few additional map-specific settings, this menu is quickly accessible right from the map for adjusting your most frequently-used settings and features.

To access Map Settings, tap the gear button at the top of the Maps view.

Starting at the top of the menu, you can quickly change your screen brightness as well as invert the chart colors for the VFR Sectional, IFR High/Low Enroute charts, and others that you can access from the Layer Selector. Instead of a “true” inversion that affects every color, this “smart” inversion flips white and black while keeping other colors the same so familiar chart elements are still recognizable.

In the ForeFlight Map section of the menu you can customize the Terrain and Basemap layers visible with only the Aeronautical Map enabled, as well as toggle global Place Labels that will appear on top of any chart or map.

The next section (only visible if the Aeronautical Map is enabled) lets you dive into the details of the types of map elements shown as part of the Aeronautical layer.  Toggle smaller airport types like private airports, heliports, seaplane bases, etc.; customize airspace types, hide airspace above a specified altitude, and dim the brightness of airspace outside your route with Auto Highlight; and toggle between High and Low IFR airways, waypoints, navaids, ARTCC
frequency “postage stamps”, and more. This is also where you can show or hide the Quick Filters for the Aeronautical Map.

Auto Center Mode lets you choose from three options for orienting the map during a flight:

  • North Up – The map is always oriented with North at the top and your ownship centered.
  • Track Up Centered – The map rotates as you turn so your current GPS track is always pointing up, with your ownship centered on the screen.
  • Track Up Forward –  Same as Track Up Centered, but your ownship is placed in the bottom third of the screen to show more of the map in front of you and less behind you.

With Auto-Center enabled (the button in the far upper-right corner of the screen) you can toggle between North Up and whichever Track Up setting you last selected without opening the Map Settings menu by tapping the small circle in the top-right corner of the map, which shows either “N” or a compass to indicate the current mode.

While often overlooked, the Map Overlays section contains some of the most powerful inflight features outside of the Layer Selector. Spend some time toggling these on and off to fully understand how they can fit into your inflight workflow – every minute will be worth it!

Route Labels
Show or hide the labels attached to all the elements in your route (airports, waypoints, lat/long coordinates, User Waypoints, etc.).

Extended Centerlines
Show or hide labeled runway extensions for all airports in your route. The length of these extensions are proportional to the runway length, and you can tap on any of the runway labels to view that runway’s details.

Distance Rings
Show or hide a set of three concentric rings around your ownship on the map that correlate to distance or time (at your present groundspeed). Tap on the labels for any of the rings to change how their size is determined.

Track Vector
Show or hide a line extending in front of your ownship indicating your direction and speed of flight. Visit More > Settings > Track Vector Length to change how the line’s length is determined, such as distance vs flight time.

Glide Advisor
Uses your aircraft’s glide ratio, current GPS altitude, surrounding terrain, and winds aloft to present a ring showing your glide range.

Breadcrumbs
A thin green line indicates your aircraft’s path since takeoff. Breadcrumbs automatically activate on takeoff and end when you land. You can set how long the breadcrumbs remain on the map before disappearing after a flight in More > Settings > Breadcrumbs Clear After.

Map Legend
Show or hide a legend at the bottom of the Maps view to interpret the colors of any currently-selected weather layer. when the following weather layers are selected.

Marked Positions
Show or hide a button on the left side of the Maps view which when tapped will drop a green position marker at your current location. You can then review and export these markers as part of the flight’s Track Log or in the Flights view. Available with a Performance Plus subscription plan.

Map Annotations
Show or Hide the Annotations button on the left side of the Maps view, and tap this to enter Annotation mode. Use the Annotation toolbar along the top of the map to set details like color, line thickness, and undo annotations or clear the map.

Track Log Record Button
Displays a REC button on the left side of the Maps view for manually starting and stopping Track Logs. When recording, the length of the current Track Log appears below the button.


Four Color Radar
Only available when one of the Radar layers is enabled. Toggle this selection on the menu to change the radar depiction from the high resolution radar mosaic to a lower resolution, four-color mosaic.

Internet Radar Coverage
Only available when one of the Radar layers is enabled. Displays the area of available radar coverage while connected to the Internet. Areas with no coverage show hash marks and a “Radar not available” label.

Map Touch Action
Only available when a raster chart (e.g. Sectional, IFR Enroute, etc.) is enabled. Show or hide legends and borders by selecting whether or not the charts are brought to the front with or without legends.

The Multiple Selections setting under Layer Selector keeps the Layer Selector open after toggling any layer so you can toggle multiple layers quickly without reopening the Layer Selector for every one. Simply tap the Layer Selector button itself or elsewhere on the screen to close it.

Opacity Sliders for multiple weather layers and any plate or airport diagram overlaid on the map appear at the bottom of the Map Settings menu when these are active.

Finally, when connected to any supported external device like a Sentry Plus, Garmin Connext Flight Stream, Bad Elf GPS, etc., you can quickly access the device’s status and settings page (the same as you would find in More > Devices) at the very bottom of the Map Settings menu.

ForeFlight Web

Enjoy ForeFlight’s powerful flight planning capabilities right from your web browser. Get full access to view and edit your Logbook, plan and file flights, and even import documents to sync to your mobile devices via the cloud.

You can start planning from your browser by visiting plan.foreflight.com

The Flights, Maps, and Aircraft tabs are similar to their mobile counterparts with the added convenience of a mouse and keyboard. Easily view charts and weather layers, plan routes, brief and file flight plans, and add or edit your aircraft profiles, with everything syncing to your mobile devices so you can pick up right where you left off.

For Business account administrators, the Aircraft tab also supports “publishing” aircraft profiles to make them accessible to all users on the account, complete with all details, cruise profiles, and Weight & Balance profiles, making it an essential component of ForeFlight’s account management suite.

The Imagery tab lets you see a variety of weather imagery for different regions worldwide to help you plan your flight more efficiently.

Documents on ForeFlight Web is a newer update and allows more flexibility for managing your documents. With this update, you can upload documents directly from your computer to your mobile devices, view PDF files in your web browser, move documents in and out of binders, and much more. Then watch as it syncs to your mobile devices.

Your binders and drives will show up just like on your mobile device, and use the Import button to add documents from your computer. You can also move them in and out of your Binders and Drives.

Enhanced Weight & Balance

Create, edit, and plan with Weight & Balance profiles more easily with ForeFlight’s Enhanced Weight & Balance view. The updated W&B view has a similar layout to the older one, with fields for entering load information, the weight and CG graph, significant weight values, detailed results, and powerful new integration with Flights to further streamline your flight planning. You can learn how to use Enhanced Weight & Balance in this blog post.

Pack For A Flight

The Pack feature simplifies pre-flight preparation and enhances your safety by ensuring that you have all of the current charts, data, NOTAMS, fuel prices, and the latest pre-departure weather information stored on your device for inflight access. 

Once your flight is ready in the Flight Plan Editor, tap the suitcase button with the red exclamation mark, and ForeFlight will download all the information you need for your flight.

You can also access the Pack feature from the Flights view by scrolling down to the bottom of your flight details and tapping Pack.

Route Advisor

Enhance both VFR and IFR route planning with a detailed view of commonly-filed routes, airways, TEC routes, EUROCONTROL-validated routes, and ForeFlight’s optimized Recommended Route between any two airports.

To open Route Advisor, add your departure and destination airports into the Flight Plan Editor, then tap Routes.

From the Routes pop-up, you will see a list of potential routes you can select from, along with a visualization of the route on an interactive map. You can tap the route you want to view from the list or directly on the map.

If an aircraft performance profile has been added to the flight, Route Advisor will estimate time enroute, fuel burn based on that profile, and the route’s total distance. Additionally, Performance Plus customers have access to ForeFlight’s Recommended Route.

Fly with your favorite VFR charts directly in ForeFlight.

Enhance your VFR flying in Europe with charts, AIPs, and documents from Jeppesen and other popular chart makers, available as add-ons to any ForeFlight subscription that includes the Europe region. View all available VFR add-ons below and learn what’s included so you can make a more informed purchase.

NOTE: You can add VFR add-ons to your subscription at any time by renewing your subscription at foreflight.com/buy . When signed into your account, ForeFlight will discount the early renewal based on the remaining value of your subscription.

You can find additional information about ForeFlight in Europe by watching this webinar.

Start Using Your VFR Charts

Different VFR add-ons provide different types of charts, data, and documents, but you can access all of them in the same ways you access ForeFlight’s built-in resources.

  • VFR ICAO/Enroute Charts: available in the left column of the Maps view Layer Selector, below the Europe VFR layer. (The Europe VFR layer is only for VFR ICAO/enroute charts that are automatically included in all European subscription plans, and does not include VFR add-on charts.)
  • VFR Procedure/Terminal Charts and Associated Documents: available in Airports > Procedures in the appropriate sub-category (usually VFR, Airport, or Approach), as well as in the Charts view where you can add them to Flight Binders.
  • VFR AIP Documents: available in the Documents view in new drives named after the VFR chart provider.

These resources will automatically become available for download after purchasing a VFR add-on as part of your ForeFlight subscription via foreflight.com/buy.

This video provides a more in-depth tutorial on how to purchase and use your charts.


Jeppesen VFR Procedure Charts

Includes visual approach procedures and airport diagrams, plus the Jeppesen VFR manual in the Documents view’s Jeppesen drive. Available as a bundle or individually for Austria, Belgium & Luxembourg, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy & Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia-Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.


Air Million VFR Chart Combo

Air Million’s 1:1,000,000 scale chart combo offers complete VFR coverage of western, central, and parts of eastern Europe, as well as Madeira and the Azores and Canary islands. A weekend version of the charts is also available as a separate layer to depict France’s airspace changes.


DFS VFR/Visual 500 Charts

Aeronautical charts from DFS (Germany’s national provider) offer 1:500,000 scale VFR ICAO charts for Germany, and VFR charts for Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. DFS charts depict aerodromes, runways, frequencies, airspace, terrain, obstacles, and more.


Germany DFS AIP

Includes aerodrome charts and information, VFR procedure and area charts, and the AIP airport directory (AD) in the Documents view’s DFS drive.


CartaBossy VFR Charts

CartaBossy’s VFR Charts help you navigate in France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg while keeping clutter to a minimum thanks to the 1:1.000.000 scale. Standard and Weekend versions make it easy to plan your flight by only showing active airspace.


Rogers Data

VFR Charts

Rogers Data VFR charts use sophisticated topographic terrain shading and relief and includes aerodromes, runways, frequencies, obstacles, airspaces with altitudes, and more.

Refer to the map below for Rogers Data VFR Chart coverages.

Rogers Data VFR Chart Coverages

Red – Great Britain and Ireland VFR 500k Charts Combo
Blue Outline – France and Corsica VFR 500k Charts Combo
Purple – Central Europe VFR 500k Charts Combo (includes Austria and France)
Orange – Spain and Portugal VFR 500k Charts Combo (includes the Canary Islands & Madeira)
Green – Austria and Slovenia VFR 200k Charts Combo
Teal – Scandinavia VFR 500k Charts Combo
Yellow – Baltic VFR 500K Charts Combo
Magenta – South East Europe VFR 500k Charts Combo
All Europe Charts – Full European Coverage VFR 500k Charts Combo (Everything Shown below)
Not shown: Croatia Rogers Data VFR 200k Chart
Not shown: Turkey Rogers Data VFR 1000k Chart

Austria Rogers Data VFR Trip Kit

Includes aerodrome charts and info, VFR procedure charts, and a VFR guide supplemental document.

Slovenia Rogers Data VFR Trip Kit

Includes aerodrome charts and info, VFR procedure charts, and a VFR guide supplemental document.


Finland ANS VFR ICAO Charts

Finland’s 1:500,000 scale VFR ICAO chart from Air Navigation Services (Finland’s national provider) offers complete VFR coverage of Finland with Aerodromes, TRAs, traffic zones, frequencies, runways, windmills, lighthouses, and more.


France IGN VFR ICAO Charts

IGN’s VFR ICAO 1:500,000 scale chart displays terrain heights, aerodromes, detailed coastlines and waterways, obstacles, and more.


Norway Avinor VFR ICAO Charts

Avinor’s VFR ICAO chart provides complete coverage of Norway, depicting aerodromes, TRAs, frequencies, runways, TRAs, obstacles, and more.


Sweden LFV VFR ICAO Charts

Luftfartsverket’s 1:500,000 scale VFR chart provides complete coverage of Sweden from Sweden’s leading provider of air traffic control and associated services for civil and military aviation.


UK NATS VFR ICAO Charts

The United Kingdom’s 1:500,000 scale VFR ICAO chart from NATS (the U.K.’s national provider) depicts aerodromes, airspace with altitudes, frequencies, obstacles, and more.


Italy Avioportolano

VFR Chart

Italy’s 1:500,000 scale VFR chart from Avioportolano provides VFR coverage for all of Italy, including Sardinia, Corsi, Sicily, as well as Malta. Depicts aerodromes, runways, frequencies, airspace & altitudes, and more.

VFR Flight Guide

Includes aerodrome charts and information, VFR procedure and area charts, and associated documents in the Documents view’s Avioportolano drive.


Switzerland Skyguide VFR Guide

Includes aerodrome charts and information, VFR procedure and area charts, and associated documents in the Documents view’s SkyGuide drive.

Find and Update Fuel Pricing in ForeFlight

ForeFlight makes fuel planning easy with its extensive FBO Directory to help you find fuel at any airport. Save time and money by searching FBOs near your destination ahead of time to find the best pricing.

You can quickly find fuel availability for an area by tapping the Layer Selector and enabling the 100LL or Jet A fuel layers near the bottom of the right column. These map layers make it easy to spot more affordable fuel in green, moderate pricing in orange, and most expensive in red.

To check fuel availability and pricing at a specific airport, tap the airport on the Aeronautical Map or search for it in the Airports view. Tap the FBO button near the top of the Airports view to see on-field services at that airport, including fuel, lodging, rental cars, and more, with fuel providers generally listed at the top. You can also zoom into the airport diagram on the Maps view and tap the FBO locations to access them directly.

When viewing fuel prices at a particular FBO you can see when those prices were last updated by looking just below the price list. While FBO managers can access their listing and update fuel prices at any time, pilots using ForeFlight can also submit updated fuel prices by tapping Update Fuel Prices in the lower right. After you tap Submit, your updates are reviewed by ForeFlight staff and added to the directory. Note that pilot-submitted airport or FBO comments containing fuel price information will not be accepted – the only way for pilots to submit updated fuel prices is via the Update Fuel Prices button.

If you are an FBO manager and would like to learn how to update your pricing, please reach out to directory@foreflight.com.

Please remember, fuel prices change often, and our listed prices are not guaranteed.  Always check NOTAMS before you fly and call your FBO ahead of time to confirm current fuel prices.

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.

Top 10 Dispatch Feature Releases of 2021

ForeFlight Dispatch just keeps getting better, with dozens of updates this year adding powerful new flight planning and collaboration features for flight departments big and small. Here are our Top 10 new Dispatch features from 2021.

1. Integrated Weight and Balance

In conjunction with its release on ForeFlight Mobile for Business and MFB customers, Dispatch now allows you to integrate weight and balance planning directly with your flight planning after setting up W&B profiles for your aircraft. Access the W&B tab on the Flight page to add passenger and payload details.

2. Integrated Runway Analysis

Dispatch now supports the new Runway Analysis feature for supported jet aircraft that you have purchased a license for. Click the Runway Analysis tab to configure the calculation for takeoff, landing, and alternate landing. Email sales@foreflight.com to purchase Runway Analysis licenses for your account.

3. Route Rubberbanding

Manually adjust your route line simply by clicking and dragging it in Dispatch’s route map. Click and drag existing waypoints in your route to substitute them with other waypoints, or click and drag between waypoints to insert a new one. After releasing the line a popup displaying a list of nearby airports, waypoints, and more allows you to select the new route element.

4. New Operational Rules & Improved Interface

Control the details of flight plans across your account with new Operational Rule types available in Settings > Operational Rules.

   • Taxi Fuel – Set a default taxi fuel based on a flight’s aircraft, type, or departure airport.

   • FBO – Set a default FBO for a particular destination airport. This rule requires you to first select a destination airport to determine which FBOs are available, after which you can select one and/or define additional conditions based on aircraft, type, or departure airport.

   • Avoid Country – The Operational Rule equivalent of the new Route Constraint, allowing you to automatically apply the constraint-based on a flight’s departure or destination airport, aircraft, or type. You can also select countries to avoid without specifying any rule parameters to apply the Avoid Country constraint to all flights planned across your account.

Also, the user interface for adding and editing Operational Rules in Dispatch now more clearly defines the available parameters and logical operations, and provides a plain-language preview of the rule for added clarity.

5. Detailed Flight History

The Flight History feature now provides far more detail about what specific changes were made to a flight plan by anyone on your account. Click “Details” to the right of each flight event to see the full list of changes made.

6. Auto Routing

Dispatch’s automation capabilities take another step forward with the new Auto Route Settings Dispatch’s automation capabilities take another step forward with the new Auto Route Settings section in the Automation Settings tab. When enabled, Dispatch will automatically assign an optimized route to new flights that do not yet have a route. An additional setting allows you to define how many hours before ETD a route should be generated and assigned to a given flight plan.

7. Airspace & Country Crossings

View and export a detailed list of all airspaces and countries your route crosses with the Airspace Crossings tool, available in the Route Tools dropdown at the top of the Route Builder page. By View and export a detailed list of all airspaces and countries your route crosses with the Airspace Crossings tool, available in the Route Tools dropdown at the top of the Route Builder page. By default, this highlights all airspaces your route passes through on the map and displays the complete list of airspace crossings on the left, with details like time en route, lat/long positions, waypoints (if the crossing is associated with one), and more. Click the toggle in the top-right to enter Country mode, which similarly highlights all countries your route crosses on the map and displays crossing details on the left.

8. Dispatcher Notes

Flight planners can now provide pilots with custom notes containing relevant flight information via the NaFlight planners can now provide pilots with custom notes containing relevant flight information. The “Dispatcher Notes” field in the ATC Data tab and the Flight Release confirmation window supports up to 5000 characters that will be automatically included in both the Navlog and email sent to crew members when the flight is released.

9. Per-Flight Navlog Selection

Rather than enforcing the same Navlog template for every flight on your account, Dispatch now Rather than enforcing the same Navlog template for every flight on your account, Dispatch now allows flight planners to manually select any Navlog template – either Standard, International, or a custom-built template – while editing a flight. The Navlog shared with crew members will use the selected template when the flight is released.

10. Turbulence Avoidance

Enable cutting-edge new features prior to their general release by enabling the Preview Features sEnable cutting-edge new features before their general release by enabling the Preview Features setting at the bottom of the Planning Settings page. Preview features are marked with a red “Preview” label. The first Preview Feature, Turbulence Avoidance, is a new option in the Route Builder that causes Dispatch to attempt to avoid either moderate and severe or only severe turbulence as it generates the Recommended Route.

Stay up-to-date with all of ForeFlight’s Dispatch Releases by visiting foreflight.com/products/dispatch.

Jeppesen NOTAMs in ForeFlight

Key Takeaways: ForeFlight has adopted Jeppesen’s high-quality NOTAM feed as the sole source of NOTAMs in the app and on the web, an example of the ongoing effort to integrate Jeppesen’s data resources for the benefit of ForeFlight customers. This change expands our global NOTAM coverage to include many previously-unsupported countries from South America to Asia, and also improves NOTAM accuracy by removing old NOTAMs more promptly.

The week before the release of ForeFlight version 13.0 on January 25th, our team completed and released a significant yet easy-to-miss update to ForeFlight’s NOTAM system: we fully transitioned to using Jeppesen as the source of all NOTAMs in ForeFlight. Many months in the making, this change greatly enhances both the accuracy and global coverage of in-app NOTAMs thanks to the Jeppesen team’s work building and maintaining a high-quality NOTAM feed over many years.

Domestic & International NOTAMs

Any NOTAM issued by a country usually fits into one of two categories: International NOTAMs or Domestic NOTAMs. As you might suspect, the former are those that directly affect international flight ops, while the latter apply only to local operations within a given country. And while most of the large NOTAM aggregation and distribution sources – such as the United States NOTAM Office and EUROCONTROL’s EAD feed – carry all international NOTAMs, they often miss domestic NOTAMs from other countries and therefore provide incomplete coverage outside of the United States and Europe.

Jeppesen solves this problem by working directly with the primary NOTAM issuers in countries around the world to create a robust feed that includes domestic NOTAMs in addition to international ones. The existing global relationships established by Jeppesen for sourcing AIP and chart data allows them to maintain this state-of-the-art NOTAM system and provide complete coverage for flight departments operating all over the world.

The countries and regions that have improved domestic NOTAM coverage with Jeppesen’s feed include South Africa, Central America, Cuba, New Zealand, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Russia, India, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Out with the Old, in with the NOTAMs

So how do ForeFlight customers benefit from this new and improved NOTAM feed? As noted above, the new system provides many domestic NOTAMs that were previously unavailable in several countries. Below is an example of this from South Africa, one of the countries providing Jeppesen with domestic NOTAMs.

This comparison between the old (left) and new (right) NOTAM feeds illustrates the substantial difference that including domestic NOTAMs can make. These screenshots also demonstrate the other major benefit of the switch: more accurate NOTAMs. Note the effective date of the unreliable runway light NOTAM in the left screenshot. Since the end date for this NOTAM later the same month was marked as estimated, the NOTAM was treated by the system as permanent and thus never removed, a common problem for semi-permanent NOTAMs or those with uncertain end dates under our old NOTAM feed. With Jeppesen’s feed, such old and expired NOTAMs are removed more promptly, ensuring that stale information doesn’t persist long after it ceases to be relevant. 

Canadian SNOWTAMs & More

ForeFlight customers flying in Canada may also notice some welcome improvements in NOTAM accuracy and consistency, particularly with regard to NOTAMJs or “SNOWTAMs”, Canadian domestic Runway Surface Condition NOTAMs. These are issued on a daily basis or even more frequently during the winter for nearly all airports in Canada, providing critical information for pilots planning their next flight. With Jeppesen’s NOTAM feed Canadian pilots can expect an improvement in the timeliness and accuracy of these critical NOTAMs whenever they’re issued.

While not all pilots will notice the change, especially those flying in the US or Europe where coverage of domestic NOTAMs isn’t a significant problem, those flying in many other countries around the globe – from Canada, to South Africa, to Brazil, and more – can expect to find more accurate and more complete NOTAMs the next time they check their local airport in ForeFlight.

Additional Logbook Functionality on ForeFlight Web

Additional Logbook functionality is available on ForeFlight Web, such as the ability to create entries, review logbook settings, manage your Logbook aircraft, and more. 

Log on to plan.foreflight.com and click into the Logbook view on the left, which now provides access to all the familiar features and tabs available on ForeFlight Mobile, including Entries, Drafts & Requests, Logbook Aircraft, and Settings. 

In the Entries view you can manage your logged flights and add new ones. To log a new flight, click the “Create New Entry” button at the top left of the page. Request a signature from your instructor by clicking the “Request Signature” button at the bottom of an entry. 

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In the Drafts & Requests tab of Logbook you can approve draft entries made from Track Logs or filed flight plans, and respond to signature requests from students if you’re a flight instructor. With the Draft Entry Creation setting enabled (Logbook > Settings > Draft Entry Creation), Track Logs or filed flight plans will automatically show up in the Drafts & Entries tab awaiting approval after each flight. 

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In the Logbook Aircraft tab you can manage your Logbook aircraft the same way you would on ForeFlight Mobile. Create new aircraft by clicking “Add Aircraft” or by copying an existing aircraft. You can review individual aircraft entries by searching the tail number or aircraft type in the Entries view, 

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Logbook on Web also has a Settings tab that syncs settings across your devices, allowing you to log the same way on your computer and mobile devices. Choose your entry time format, select the standard fields you want to see in your Logbook entries, and create your own custom fields using a wide selection of data types. Totals for most Custom Fields are included in Logbook Reports, which you can also view and export on Web via the Reports tab.

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In the Reports, Import, and Export views, you can still generate reports, import external Logbooks, or export your ForeFlight Logbook. 

Visit plan.foreflight.com/logbook to start logging on your computer today. Learn more about ForeFlight Logbook on foreflight.com/logbook

G-AIRMETs in ForeFlight

In 2008 the FAA’s Aviation Weather Center began phasing out AIRMETs (Airman’s Meteorological Information) in favor of G-AIRMETs (Graphical AIRMETs). In anticipation of the switch to exclusively using G-AIRMETs, ForeFlight recently made the change to displaying G-AIRMETs in the AIR/SIGMETs/CWAs layer in the Maps view. 

AIRMETs and G-AIRMETs have their differences, but since they are made from the same data, they are consistent in their messages. Why are G-AIRMETs used and how does that affect pilots using ForeFlight? 

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Most pilots will notice that G-AIRMETs in ForeFlight don’t contain the same text that is usually associated with AIRMETs. That text usually indicated geographical information for the AIRMET and since G-AIRMETs are graphically depicted AIRMETs, the additional text is not needed. In the past, ForeFlight would parse this geographical description to display it on the map the same way we display G-AIRMETs, resulting in no noticeable change to pilots. 

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Additionally, AIRMETs are limited by a character count, making it difficult for forecasters to fully convey weather conditions. Some forecasters have been forced to combine geographical areas of the forecast or cut out sections of the text to get their message through the FAA system. 

AIRMETs provide geographic data using VORs to describe the area of weather conditions, while G-AIRMETs use lat/long coordinates and can use many more points to describe an area (due to the lack of character limit), giving pilots a more accurate geographical depiction of weather. 

The FAA issues G-AIRMETs in 3 hour blocks and AIRMETs in 6 hour blocks that blend the data into one image. This means that multiple G-AIRMETs issued for different times could be turned into a single AIRMET lasting for much longer than required, possibly preventing pilots from flying in an area that would be otherwise cleared with G-AIRMETs.

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Since G-AIRMETs use smaller time increments, ForeFlight provides a time slider at the bottom of the Maps view when you enable the AIR/SIGMETs/CWA layer. Scrub the time slider to view G-AIRMETs that will be active at different times in the future. If you have another time-based weather layer turned on, ForeFlight will replace the time slider increments with the other layer, letting you view G-AIRMETs that are active at the time of the other layer’s frame. If you combine the AIR/SIGMETs/CWA layer with a longer term forecast layer like Surface Analysis or Icing, you’ll find that the G-AIRMETs will disappear if you move the slider past the expiration time of the final active G-AIRMET.  

Use One App to Plan and File Flight Plans – And Get Cleared As Filed

Build a flight plan in less than a minute, pick up your clearance with the engine running, and get “cleared as filed.” ForeFlight integrates flight plan filing so you can use one app to plan, brief, and file; we’ve streamlined workflows so you can file on mobile or web, and all your devices stay in sync.

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Streamline Your Workflows

Stop switching between multiple platforms just to file a flight plan! Your flight plans and preflight briefings will automatically sync across mobile and web for easy access wherever it is most convenient.

Save Time Filing Your Flight

ForeFlight auto-populates the flight plan form with many details, so you don’t have to, including your selected route, departure time, estimated time enroute, as well as ICAO codes and performance data from your aircraft profile. We’ll also send your flight plan directly to ATC, cutting down the manual work required to file a flight plan.

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Get “Cleared as Filed” with the Recommended Route 

ForeFlight’s routing engine analyses many possible routes based on your detailed aircraft performance profile and time/fuel savings, while also accounting for your aircraft ceiling, preferred routes, and trending ATC cleared routes. The result is a Recommended Route that delivers more consistent ‘cleared as filed’ flight plans optimized for your aircraft. Recommended Route is available in Business Performance and Performance Plus plans.

Pre Departure Clearance

Skip the radio calls and receive your departure clearance via text and email at over 70 major U.S. airports when you register your aircraft and file with ForeFlight. We’ve also integrated in-app Digital ATIS at supported locations, saving you even more time. PDC and Digital ATIS are available in Business Performance and Performance Plus subscription plans.

Flight Notifications

A critical communication gap can occur between getting a flight briefing and takeoff, often leading to pilots missing important updates to the flight conditions and route. ForeFlight eliminates this communication gap and keeps pilots up to date with real-time push and email notifications containing important ATC messages, including flight plan acknowledgments, rejections, expected route updates, and Expected Departure Clearance Time (EDCT) messages if your flight is delayed.

Screen Shot 2020-10-06 at 4.37.52 PMIn-app Flight Messages supplement ForeFlight’s Graphical Briefing by informing you of any significant developments affecting your route as they occur. These include new or updated TFRs, airport/runway closed/unsafe NOTAMs, PIREPs, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, Center Weather Advisories (CWAs), and Severe Weather Watches/Warnings.

Files in Flights

Attach files, documents, and photos directly to individual flight plans for faster inflight access and improved organization. Watch this video to learn how you can keep important flight resources organized and easily accessible at any time. Files in Flights is available with Business Performance and Performance Plus subscription plans.

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Activate, Amend, Cancel, or Close Your Flight Plan

ForeFlight allows you to amend or cancel IFR flight plans and activate and close VFR flight plans directly from the app. We ensure that your flight plan requests are expedited into the Air Traffic Control system, and we also send you an email copy of each request for your records.

Multi-Continent Filing Support

ForeFlight supports filing IFR flights to and from the US and within Canada, the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mexico, and within and between all EUROCONTROL member states and Greenland using the ICAO flight plan format.

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To learn more about the countries ForeFlight supports for filing, click here.