ForeFlight First Flight Deck App to Support New Apple iPad Pro

We are excited to report that ForeFlight is the first flight deck app to support native resolution for the new 11-in Apple iPad Pro. ForeFlight is optimized to take advantage of the iPad Pro’s new A12X Bionic processor, powerful new graphics processor, and larger edge-to-edge 11-inch diagonal Liquid Retina display.

ForeFlight shown on 11-inch Apple iPad Pro

Our co-founder and CEO, Tyson Weihs, had this field report to share:

“The new iPads look beautiful. We just flew with it and the brightness is amazing, Face ID unlocked with glasses and headset on, tap to wake is great, Apple Pencil is now table stakes on the flight deck.”

 

The new iPads are supported in ForeFlight’s latest release, version 10.4.4, available now on the Apple App Store.

Also be sure to check out this Sporty’s iPad Pilot News report on the new iPads.

Recent Aeronautical Map Updates You Might Have Missed

One of the great benefits of our data-driven Aeronautical Map layer is that we can make significant updates and improvements to it without needing a whole new app release. Instead, we can just issue updates as part of our regular data-cycle releases, and the changes become visible after you download the new “Airport & Nav Database” at the top of the Downloads list. Over the past couple months we’ve made a number of major enhancements to the Aeronautical Map this way, so read on to learn about what those are and where you can find them.

Airway Label Improvements

One of the most prominent recent changes to the Aeronautical Map is that airway labels are now more prominent, and look similar to what you’d findon an IFR enroute chart. And like on an enroute chart, black and white labels indicate traditional, VOR airways, while blue and white labels indicate RNAV airways. One other improvement that pilots flying in Europe will appreciate: the Aeronautical Map now depicts directional airways using arrow-shaped labels.

The new airway labels mimic the familiar style found on IFR enroute charts 

 

 

 

The new airways also depict directionality

New KSFO Bravo Structure

Bay Area pilots are probably already familiar with the new Class B airspace structure enveloping KSFO. Even a massive change like this is very simple to make with the Aeronautical Map – we released an update to the Airport & Nav Database containing the new airspace structure about a week before it become effective. When the data-cycle turnover happened at 0901 UTC, August 16, 2018, ForeFlight swapped out the old database for the new one and updated the map instantly.

San Fransisco's new Class B structure was recently updated with a new data cycle

Most of the other recent updates we’ve made to the Aeronautical Map have been directly in response to feedback from our new customers in Europe. Europe has many types of airspace, airways, and VFR navigation features that are rare or nonexistent in North America, so we had to find new ways to depict all of this information to ensure that the Aeronautical Map would be useful to all of our customers.

New Airspace Styles

Control Zones (CTR), Radio Mandatory Zones (RMZ), different types of civilian Traffic Zones (ATZ/TIZ/TIA), and Military Aerodrome Traffic Zones (MATZ) were formerly depicted using a single style. Now there are four separate styles to help differentiate these airspaces. As with most of the features on the Aeronautical Map, we incorporated elements from ICAO charts when designing these styles so they would be familiar to pilots, while also ensuring that they fit within the Aeronautical Map’s overall design style.

Different types of airspace are now depicted differently on the Aeronautical Map

Different types of airspace are now depicted differently on the Aeronautical Map

Frequency Labels on FIS Boundaries

To make finding the right frequencies easier for pilots in Europe, we added prominent labels to all FIS boundaries providing the name and information frequency of each coverage area. You can find other frequencies by tap-holding on the map and tapping Details > Communication Details for the relevant airspace, or by tapping on an airport marker to access the frequency list, which often includes frequencies for the surrounding airspace.

FIS boundaries now have frequency labels to help pilots locate them

New Styles for VFR Navigation Data

All ForeFlight subscriptions that include the Europe region come with Jeppesen’s high-quality VFR navigation and airport data built directly into the Aeronautical Map, providing a valuable resource for VFR pilots across most of Europe. We’ve also recently made some styling changes to this VFR data, exposing data that wasn’t depicted before and improving the styling of existing data to provide more information at a glance. Conveniently, the screenshot below illustrates all of these changes.

A number of different VFR features are now depicted on the Aeronautical Map

In the bottom-right you can see a VFR Transit Route, which ATC uses to direct pilots through Controlled Airspace to minimize separation issues with IFR traffic. VFR Transit Routes have labels conveying important information about the route, including the type of transit route (Helicopter in this case, but other types are VFR and Military), the route’s altitude boundaries, the distance of each route leg (8nm), and the magnetic bearing in one or both directions. We styled VFR Transit Routes on the Aeronautical Map to match the color of VFR Waypoints so it’s easier to differentiate them from airspace boundaries and other route types.

Intersecting the Helicopter route in the screenshot and extending to the north of the airport are VFR Flight Corridors. These provide safe corridors for VFR traffic on approach and departure, and include labels indicating each corridor’s name and minimum altitude. The Aeronautical Map also displays IFR Flight Corridors, which can help VFR pilots avoid IFR traffic.

Lastly, the airport in the screenshot has two kinds of traffic circuits – a standard non-directional circuit in solid white, and the newly supported directional traffic circuit made up of white arrows. Both circuits show the traffic pattern altitude of 2,700 feet.

Get familiar with these changes to the Aeronautical Map so you can maximize your use of ForeFlight for planning and flying, and look forward to additional updates in the future. If you have any feedback or suggestions on how to make the Aeronautical Map, and ForeFlight in general, better suited to where and how you fly, feel free to email them to team@foreflight.com – we’re all ears.

ForeFlight Introduces Sentry™: A Compact, Powerful, Next-Generation Portable ADS-B Receiver

Sentry™ is sure to impress – offering inflight weather and traffic on ForeFlight, AHRS, internal WAAS GPS, longer battery life, onboard storage for weather replay, and a CO sensor and alarm system for added safety.

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HOUSTON, TX | July 10, 2018: ForeFlight, creator of the widely used ForeFlight Mobile Integrated Flight App, today announced the availability of Sentry™, a next-generation portable ADS-B In receiver. In addition to essential FIS-B weather, flight information, traffic, and backup attitude, Sentry adds a Carbon Monoxide monitor and alarm, a 12-hour battery, and a high-capacity data card for Weather Replay™ and storage. Sentry is packaged in the smallest form factor yet for a device this capable.

Retailing at $499 USD, Sentry is the most affordable full-featured off-the-shelf portable ADS-B In solution available on the market.

“Sentry™ is a compact, powerful, next-generation portable ADS-B receiver made possible by new technology and engineering ingenuity. Purpose-built ADS-B integrated circuits, for example, have made it possible to shrink the size, reduce power consumption, extend the battery life, add new capabilities, and lower the cost. We’ve streamlined and compressed the communications between ForeFlight Mobile and Sentry™, which results in the more efficient use of Sentry’s™ processors and extended battery life,” said Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight co-founder and CEO. “We want every ForeFlight pilot flying with the benefits ADS-B has to offer. With Sentry™, ForeFlight pilots have a powerful suite of capabilities available at a compelling price that will improve situational awareness and safety in the cockpit.”

ForeFlight and Palo Alto-based uAvionix teamed up to design and manufacture Sentry.

“With Sentry™, uAvionix and ForeFlight have created the most advanced portable flight safety device on the market, enabling in-flight traffic and weather, synthetic vision, and toxic CO detection all for the equivalent cost to a couple of hours of flight time,” says uAvionix CEO Paul Beard, “We continue to be proud partners with ForeFlight on such an important advancement in the next generation of ADS-B In portables.”

A first for portable ADS-B receivers, Sentry provides a cockpit carbon monoxide sensor and alerting system. When CO concentration reaches a hazardous level, Sentry emits a loud, distinctive alarm. In addition, within the ForeFlight app an audio alert can be heard through compatible headsets, and an alert message is displayed on the screen. The middle LED indicator on Sentry also provides a visual indication of the CO level.
Sentry supports the full range of FIS-B weather and data, including animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, PIREPs, winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information. Sentry can also receive air-to-air traffic information from ADS-B Out equipped aircraft and re-broadcast traffic information (ADS-R and TIS-B) from FAA ground towers. As they become available, Sentry will also support the new FIS-B weather products to include icing, turbulence, cloud tops, lightning, G-AIRMETs, and CWAs in a future ForeFlight Mobile release.
Sentry has onboard memory to support Weather Replay™ which provides automatic storage of up to 30-minutes of FIS-B data. Sleep the iPad and then receive a burst of updates when the iPad wakes. If there is more than one iPad connected, each iPad will be synced to have the same data replayed. ForeFlight will also animate ADS-B radar, looping up to 30-minutes of radar while in flight.

Sentry has a compact form factor at 57mm x 83mm x 36mm (2.2in x 3.3in x 1.4in) and weighs in at 119 grams (0.26 lbs). The dual ADS-B antennas are optimized for 978 MHz and 1090 MHz frequencies and are integrated into the device. The traffic awareness capability functions worldwide.

Sentry is easy to setup and use – there’s no hardware to assemble, no software to download. Simply position the sturdy RAM® mount on any window surface and snap Sentry into place. Sentry’s internal Lithium-ion battery offers over 12-hours of continuous use so you can fly all day without recharging.

Customers can connect their iPad or iPhone directly to Sentry’s integrated Wi-Fi network and receive inflight subscription-free ADS-B weather and traffic information, GPS data, backup attitude, and pressure altitude displayed in the ForeFlight Mobile app.

Sentry supports up to five devices as well as Cockpit Sharing, a feature that enables users to share routes easily between all devices on Sentry’s network. It’s perfect for a co-pilot or CFI to follow-along and monitor weather and traffic.
Over-the-air firmware updates are delivered through ForeFlight Mobile and completed in a matter of seconds, future-proofing Sentry and ensuring it remains a cockpit resource for a long time to come.

All ForeFlight subscription plans support connectivity with Sentry. Customers can purchase Sentry at the ForeFlight exhibit (Hangar C) at this year’s EAA AirVenture or online at Amazon.

To view more information about Scout, visit www.flywithsentry.com.

Sentry Feature Overview:

Dual-Band ADS-B In Receiver
Displays weather and traffic in ForeFlight Mobile.

Built-in WAAS GPS
Displays your GPS position in ForeFlight Mobile.

Backup Attitude (AHRS)
Enhances Synthetic Vision in ForeFlight Mobile.

Rechargeable Extended Use Lithium-Ion Battery
12-hours of continuous operation for long flights.

Carbon Monoxide Monitor and Alarm
Warns you of dangerous CO levels in the cabin.

Barometer for Pressure Altitude
Displays pressure altitude and cabin pressure in ForeFlight Mobile.

Weather Replay
Onboard memory for animated radar replay in ForeFlight Mobile.

Connect Up To 5 Devices
Share routes in ForeFlight between connected devices with Cockpit Sharing.

Easy Updates
Convenient over-the-air firmware updates via ForeFlight Mobile.

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About ForeFlight
ForeFlight was founded in 2007 by software developers and aviation entrepreneurs – inspired by the introduction of the Apple iPhone – to develop elegant, high-performing integrated flight applications for pilots. ForeFlight is a four-time recipient of the Flying Magazine Editor’s Choice award and has become the leading application for individual pilots and professional crews in personal, business, and military aviation. Through our partnership with Jeppesen, ForeFlight is building the next generation of integrated flight applications for the commercial aviation market. In addition, the company’s Fanatical Pilot Support™ Team delivers amazingly fast and friendly customer service. Learn more at foreflight.com.

About uAvionix
uAvionix develops the world’s smallest, lightest and most affordable ADS-B transceivers, transponders, and GPS receivers. Based in Palo Alto, uAvionix has gathered a cross-disciplinary team of experts in embedded RF engineering, sUAS operations, avionics, hardware, software, and cloud services. For more information, visit www.uavionix.com and follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/uAvionix.

ForeFlight Now Available for Europe

ForeFlight offers European VFR and IFR pilots the combination of powerful planning and filing capabilities, state-of-the-art hazard awareness features, and Jeppesen’s world-class data and charts in one integrated app.

HIGH WYCOMBE, UK | 11 June 2018: ForeFlight today announced that its flagship Integrated Flight Application is available now in Europe. ForeFlight’s powerful features combined with Jeppesen’s world-class aeronautical data products gives pilots a single solution for charts, documents, weather, route planning, briefing, filing, and flying.

ForeFlight Mobile is the most widely used application by individual pilots and professional flight crews to view weather and airport information, plan and file EUROCONTROL validated routes, access and manage electronic charts and maps, reference flight manuals and documents, avoid terrain and obstacles with state-of-the-art hazard awareness tools, display in-flight traffic (and weather, where supported), and aid enroute navigation.

ForeFlight for Europe

All subscription plans with the Europe region include Jeppesen’s best-in-class digital VFR and IFR navigation data, which are dynamically rendered directly on ForeFlight’s data-driven (vector) Aeronautical map, as well as AIP procedures, charts, and documents provided via EUROCONTROL.

Optional purchases include Jeppesen VFR terminal procedures (formerly Bottlang charts), Jeppesen IFR chart coverages, and host nation VFR data packages – initially with an option to add charts and procedures for Germany from DFS. Additional host nation VFR packages will be added in the coming months.

ForeFlight will be on display for demonstration at the AeroExpo UK in High Wycombe June 14-16 (stand A28).

“ForeFlight is thrilled to offer pilots in Europe a uniquely powerful and affordable integrated flight application for VFR and IFR flying,” said ForeFlight Co-founder and CEO, Tyson Weihs. “We are combining an array of high-quality European data from Jeppesen and others, our EUROCONTROL-integrated flight planning and filing capabilities, and a broad suite of navigation and safety features,” Weihs continued. “With one application, pilots can review airport information and maps, NOTAMs, plan and brief flights for pistons or jets, validate and file flight plans with EUROCONTROL, navigate complex airspace, avoid terrain and obstacles with hazard alerts and synthetic vision, access traffic and weather in-flight where supported, automatically update databases, and transfer flight plans directly from ForeFlight Mobile into Garmin, Avidyne, and Dynon avionics.”

“Our team members in Denmark, Germany, Austria, UK, and Finland – along with our large beta team and thousands of current European customers – are flying throughout Europe every week to help us craft a great product that works well here,” said Kim Lantz, ForeFlight European Director. “We expect pilots will find the integration of ForeFlight’s own data, Jeppesen VFR and IFR data, EUROCONTROL data, and DFS data; our fast, accurate flight planning and routing; and the breadth of in-flight features combine to deliver a delightful experience that makes planning and flying in Europe a joy.”

Essential Charts and Data for VFR and IFR Flying

ForeFlight’s powerful, state-of-the-art map engine gives the app its signature speed and fluidity when panning and zooming. The global basemap and data-driven Aeronautical Map layer feature Jeppesen’s high-quality terrain, obstacle, and NavData®.

In addition, Jeppesen’s Europe VFR data is integrated into the Aeronautical Map, giving VFR pilots all of the information they need to fly, including VFR waypoints, arrival and departure procedures, circuits, holds, no overfly areas, nature reserves, and more.

For IFR flyers, optional Jeppesen chart coverages are available and include departure, arrival, and geo-referenced terminal procedures, airport charts, data-driven enroute charts, and Jeppesen Airway Manual supplements.

Smart, Interactive Autorouting and Integrated Filing

ForeFlight makes preflight planning fast and easy using the form-based Flights view or the interactive Map. The Graphical Route Advisor feature generates EUROCONTROL validated routes within a matter of seconds and presents the options for comparison on a visual preview map.

ForeFlight supports filing flight plans directly from the mobile app or on the web. The company’s global, redundant AFTN connection provides fast, direct, and unlimited access to filing flight plans with EUROCONTROL with no additional cost or account configuration required.

Additionally, when filing flight plans via ForeFlight, customers receive Calculated Take-Off Time (CTOT) notifications via email and push when traffic management initiatives are in effect.

Also, planning for and navigating through the complex airspace in Europe is easier with ForeFlight’s new Airspace in Profile and Automatic Airspace Highlight capabilities.

Stunning Weather Visualization

The planned route line can be viewed in relation to a full range of interactive aviation weather layers, including animated radar, global satellite and winds aloft, color-coded METARs and TAFs, graphical AIR/SIGMETs, global icing and turbulence, surface pressure isobars, and more.

ForeFlight in the Air

Once in the cockpit, the Maps tab transitions from a comprehensive preflight planning tool to dynamic inflight navigation support. For the ultimate situational awareness, the innovative Plates on Maps feature overlays approach plates and airport diagrams onto the moving map, along with aircraft position, weather, and hazards in one integrated view.

ForeFlight’s advanced, global hazard awareness technology helps pilots plan and fly with more confidence in all conditions and terrain. The top-down-view Hazard Advisor map layer, the side Profile View, and 3D Synthetic Vision depict a clear picture of terrain and obstacle hazards anywhere in the world. When paired with a compatible AHRS source, Synthetic Vision provides a backup attitude display.

In addition to AHRS, ForeFlight’s Connect platform enables portable and installed avionics to connect with ForeFlight Mobile and deliver capabilities like two-way flight plan transfer, and the display of ADS-B traffic and GPS data.

Plans & Pricing

In addition to Plans for Business Aviation Operators, which are detailed at here, ForeFlight offers three plan levels for personal aviation pilots (individual): Basic Plus, Pro Plus, and Performance Plus.

For as little as €94.99 / £79.99 excluding VAT per year, ForeFlight’s Basic Plus plan gives VFR pilots in Europe all they need to plan, file, and fly.

The Basic Plus plan (€94.99 / £79.99 excluding VAT per year) includes Jeppesen VFR and IFR navigation data, Jeppesen global airspace information, AIP charts and documents provided via EUROCONTROL, data-driven Aeronautical Maps, flight planning and filing on mobile and web, graphical preflight briefing, aviation weather, airport business directory, avionics connectivity, built-in documents catalog, Weight & Balance, Checklist, and more.

The Pro Plus plan (€179.99 / £159.99 excluding VAT per year) includes everything in the Basic Plus plan, plus geo-referenced approach and taxi charts, Charts on Maps, Profile View with Airspace, Terrain, and Obstacles, and Synthetic Vision.

The Performance Plus plan (€269.99 / £239.99 excluding VAT per year) includes everything in the Pro Plus plan, plus access to a powerful suite of advanced planning features, including a built-in library of detailed aircraft performance profiles that produce the most accurate flight time and fuel burn calculations, a sophisticated flight planning engine that generates optimized routes between any two airports in the world, fuel and payload planning, automatic fuel and weight safety checks, integrated contract jet fuel pricing, and more.

All plans include one region: Europe, US, or Canada. Additional regions can be added for €90 / £80 excluding VAT per year.

Optional Add-Ons

Pricing for Jeppesen IFR chart coverages can be viewed online at foreflight.com/jeppesen.

Jeppesen VFR Procedures (formerly known as Bottlang Charts) can be purchased for €49 / £41.60 excluding VAT per year for one country, or €99 / £83.37 excluding VAT per year for all Europe.

The National package for Germany, the DFS VFR AIP + Charts bundle, can be purchased as an add-on for €90 / £80 excluding VAT. The DFS VFR AIP alone can be purchased for €50 / £45 excluding VAT. The DFS VFR Charts can be purchased separately for €45 / £40 excluding VAT.

Learn more at foreflight.com/europe.

About ForeFlight
ForeFlight was founded in 2007 by software developers and aviation entrepreneurs – inspired by the introduction of the Apple iPhone – to develop elegant, high-performing integrated flight applications for pilots. ForeFlight is a four-time recipient of the Flying Magazine Editor’s Choice award and has become the leading application for individual pilots and professional crews in personal, business, and military aviation. Through our partnership with Jeppesen, ForeFlight is building the next generation of integrated flight applications for the commercial aviation market. In addition, the company’s Fast and Friendly Pilot Support™ Team delivers amazingly fast and friendly customer service. Learn more at foreflight.com.

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ForeFlight Previews ForeFlight Mobile for Europe at Aero Friedrichshafen

ForeFlight develops the essential, powerful, and popular integrated flight application for VFR and IFR pilots that delivers the data, information, and capabilities needed to quickly and safely plan, fly, and log flights.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, DE | April 18, 2018: ForeFlight announced that it will introduce its flagship integrated flight application in Europe this summer.

ForeFlight Mobile, which will be on display for demonstration at AERO Friedrichshafen (stand A3-504), is the most widely used application by individual pilots and professional flight crews to efficiently access weather, airport information, plan flights with optimized routing, file flight plans via EUROCONTROL, access and manage electronic charts and maps, reference flight manuals and documents, avoid terrain and obstacles with state-of-the-art hazard awareness tools, access in-flight weather where supported, and aid enroute navigation.

ForeFlight on mobile and web

Plan, brief, and file with ForeFlight on mobile and the web. Additional product images below.

ForeFlight will offer European pilots — beginning with a focus in the German market — a single solution for VFR and IFR flying. All subscription plans for the Europe region will include Jeppesen’s best-in-class digital VFR and IFR navigation data, which are dynamically rendered directly on ForeFlight’s fast data-driven aeronautical map, as well as AIP procedures, charts, and documents provided via EUROCONTROL.

Optional purchases will include Jeppesen VFR terminal procedures (formerly Bottlang charts), Jeppesen IFR global chart coverages (available today), and host nation VFR data packages – initially with an option to add charts and procedures from DFS.

“ForeFlight is excited to unveil ForeFlight Mobile’s European capabilities at AERO Friedrichshafen,” said ForeFlight Co-founder and CEO, Tyson Weihs. “We are combining an array of high-quality European data, our EUROCONTROL-integrated flight planning and filing capabilities, and a broad suite of navigation and safety features to deliver a uniquely powerful and affordable integrated flight application for VFR and IFR flying. With one application, pilots can review airport information and maps, NOTAMs, plan and brief flights for pistons or jets, validate and file flight plans with EUROCONTROL, navigate complex airspace, avoid terrain and obstacles with hazard alerts and synthetic vision, access weather and traffic in-flight where supported, automatically update databases, and transfer flight plans directly from ForeFlight Mobile into Garmin, Avidyne, and Dynon avionics.”

“Our team members in Denmark, Germany, UK, and Finland – along with our large beta team and thousands of current European customers – are flying throughout Europe every week and helping us carefully craft a great product that works well here,” said Kim Lantz, ForeFlight European Director. “When we release ForeFlight Mobile for Europe later this summer, we expect pilots will find the integration of ForeFlight’s own data, Jeppesen VFR and IFR data, EUROCONTROL data, and DFS data; our fast, accurate flight planning and routing; and the breadth of in-flight features combine to deliver a delightful experience that makes planning and flying in Europe a joy.”

AERO attendees are encouraged to visit the ForeFlight stand (A3 – 504) for a demonstration and to sign up to be notified about ForeFlight’s European release. You can learn more about ForeFlight Mobile as well as sign up for notifications by visiting foreflight.com/europe.

Essential Charts and Data for VFR and IFR Flying

ForeFlight’s powerful, state-of-the-art map engine gives the app its signature speed and fluidity when panning and zooming. The global basemap and data-driven Aeronautical Map layer feature Jeppesen’s high-quality terrain, obstacle, and NavData®.

In addition, Jeppesen’s Europe VFR data is integrated into the Aeronautical Map, giving VFR pilots all of the information they need to fly, including VFR waypoints, arrival and departure procedures, circuits, holds, no overfly areas, nature reserves, and more.

For IFR flyers, optional Jeppesen chart coverages are available today and include departure, arrival, and geo-referenced terminal procedures, airport charts, data-driven enroute charts, and Jeppesen Airway Manual supplements.

Smart, Interactive Route Planning

ForeFlight makes preflight planning fast and easy. Customers can plan a route in minutes using ForeFlight’s interactive Map or the form-based Flights view. The Graphical Route Advisor feature produces EUROCONTROL validated routes within a matter of seconds and presents the options for comparison on a visual preview map.

For customers on the top-tier Performance Plus plan, ForeFlight also provides a Recommended Route option that produces the best route based on wind, temperature, and the specific aircraft performance profile.

In addition, planning for and navigating through the complex airspace in Europe is easier with ForeFlight’s new Airspace in Profile and Automatic Airspace Highlight capabilities.

In the app’s Profile View, a vertical cross-section of the planned route is depicted with airspaces, terrain, and obstacles. The view is interactive so tapping on an element in the Profile simultaneously highlights the location of that element on the map below. Inflight, Profile View depicts the aircraft’s current altitude in relation to airspace, terrain, and obstacles along the flight track.

The Automatic Airspace Highlight feature considers the flight’s climb, cruise, and descent trajectory to highlight airspace near the aircraft or along the route of flight. All other airspace dims to reduce airspace clutter on the map. This feature works in both preflight planning mode and in flight.

Integrated Flight Plan Filing for ICAO IFR, VFR, YFR & ZFR

Customers can file flight plans directly from the mobile app or on the web. ForeFlight’s global, redundant AFTN connection provides fast, direct, and unlimited access to filing flight plans with EUROCONTROL with no additional cost or account configuration required. Routes from the Graphical Route Advisor can be filtered based on IFR, VFR, YFR, or ZFR flight rules making it easier to find the correct route and to select it for filing.

Stunning Weather Visualization

The planned route line can be viewed in relation to a full range of interactive aviation weather layers, including animated radar, global satellite and winds aloft, color-coded METARs and TAFs, graphical AIR/SIGMETs, global icing and turbulence, surface pressure isobars, and more. A separate Imagery view neatly organizes static weather forecast imagery by region.

ForeFlight in the Air

Once in the cockpit, the Maps tab transitions from comprehensive preflight planning tool to dynamic inflight navigation support. For the ultimate situational awareness, the innovative Charts on Maps feature overlays approach plates and airport diagrams onto the moving map, along with aircraft position, weather, and hazards in one integrated view.

ForeFlight’s advanced, global hazard awareness technology helps pilots plan and fly with more confidence in all conditions and terrain. The top-down-view Hazard Advisor map layer, the side Profile View, and 3D Synthetic Vision depict a clear picture of terrain and obstacle hazards anywhere in the world. When paired with a compatible AHRS source, Synthetic Vision provides a backup attitude display.

In addition to AHRS, ForeFlight’s Connect platform enables portable and installed avionics to connect with ForeFlight Mobile and deliver capabilities like two-way flight plan transfer, and the display of ADS-B traffic and GPS data. Learn more about ForeFlight Connect at foreflight.com/connect.

Plans & Pricing

ForeFlight offers three plan levels for individuals: Basic Plus, Pro Plus, and Performance Plus.

For as little as €106.99 (including VAT) per year, ForeFlight’s Basic Plus plan gives VFR pilots in Europe all the data they need to plan, file, and fly.

The Basic Plus plan (€106.99 including VAT per year) includes Jeppesen VFR and IFR navigation data, Jeppesen global airspace information, AIP charts and documents provided via EUROCONTROL, data-driven Aeronautical Maps, flight planning and filing on mobile and web, graphical preflight briefing, aviation weather, FBO directory, avionics connectivity, built-in documents catalog, Weight & Balance, Checklist, and more.

The Pro Plus plan (€213.99 including VAT per year) includes everything in the Basic Plus plan, plus geo-referenced approach and taxi charts, Charts on Maps, Profile View with Airspace, Terrain, and Obstacles, and Synthetic Vision.

The Performance Plus plan (€320.99 including VAT per year) includes everything in the Pro Plus plan, plus access to a powerful suite of advanced planning features, including a built-in library of detailed aircraft performance profiles that produce the most accurate flight time and fuel burn calculations, a sophisticated flight planning engine that generates optimized routes between any two airports in the world, fuel and payload planning, automatic fuel and weight safety checks, integrated contract jet fuel pricing, and more.

All plans include one geo-region: Europe, US, or Canada. Additional geo-regions can be added for €100 (including VAT) per year.

Pricing for Jeppesen IFR chart coverages can be viewed online at foreflight.com/jeppesen. Jeppesen VFR Procedures (formerly known as Bottlang Charts) can be purchased for one country for €49 (including VAT) per year, or all Europe for €99 (including VAT) per year.

The National package for Germany from DFS with VFR AIP and charts can be purchased as an add-on for €105 (including VAT). The VFR AIP alone can be purchased for €60 (including VAT). The DFS VFR charts can be purchased separately for €54 (including VAT).

ForeFlight is exhibiting at the 2018 AeroFriedrichshafen Global Show for General Aviation April 18-21 (stand A3-504) and the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) May 29-31.

Learn more at foreflight.com/europe

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About ForeFlight
ForeFlight was founded in 2007 by software developers and aviation entrepreneurs – inspired by the introduction of the Apple iPhone – to develop elegant, high-performing integrated flight applications for pilots. ForeFlight is a four-time recipient of the Flying Magazine Editor’s Choice award and has become the leading application for individual pilots and professional crews in personal, business, and military aviation. Through our partnership with Jeppesen, ForeFlight is building the next generation of integrated flight applications for the commercial aviation market. In addition, the company’s Fast and Friendly Pilot Support™ Team delivers amazingly fast and friendly customer service. Learn more at foreflight.com.

ForeFlight’s Recommended Route Explained

Recommended Route is an output of ForeFlight’s proprietary autorouting engine that gives you the best route with the highest likelihood of “cleared as filed”, while optimizing on current and forecast wind and temperature data, altitude, and your specific aircraft performance constraints. Using ForeFlight’s Graphical Route Advisor makes it quick and easy to generate a Recommended Route, File the route, and get on with your mission.

For routes that include a departure or destination in Europe, ForeFlight’s autorouting capability includes EUROCONTROL validation.

The Graphical Route Advisor is designed to give you a quick comparison of trip time, fuel, and ground distance for each available route, at the stated altitude. The Route Advisor tool is also enhanced with the graphical overlay of all route options on a map. You can visually inspect each route by tapping on it, and as you do, it is highlighted on the map to give you an immediate and visual route comparison.

To generate a Recommended Route (available with Performance level plans), ForeFlight’s routing engine analyses thousands of 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 route that delivers more consistent ‘cleared as filed’ flight plans optimized for your aircraft.

ForeFlight also provides a list of previous ATC cleared routes that others have flown. This list is actively curated (meaning we prune out old, non-applicable routes and routes with expired waypoints) so that, similar to the Recommended Route, you have the best chance of selecting a route that comes back “cleared as filed”. In addition, ForeFlight displays the filing recency, frequency, and aircraft type.

We are continually refining the capabilities of our routing engine to make even smarter altitude suggestions. For example, if you’re flying a shorter route, ForeFlight will suggest an altitude that accommodates executing the flight with roughly one-third of the flight time in climb, one-third of the flight time in cruise, and one-third of the flight time descent. This results in a more comfortable ride, as well as requesting an altitude that ATC is more likely to accept.

Using the Recommended Route feature makes it really fast and easy to find the route that is best optimized for your aircraft with a ‘cleared as filed’ outcome – all with minimal pilot workload.

Recommended Route and Detailed Aircraft Performance Profiles

An essential part of generating a Recommended Route is having detailed aircraft performance profile data available to feed into the calculations. You can set up a fully configured aircraft in just ten seconds with the help of ForeFlight’s predefined aircraft profiles. ForeFlight uses the aircraft manufacturer’s published flight planning performance data, or “the book values”, defined not only for multiple altitudes, but also multiple weights and temperatures, therefore fully modeling the aircraft’s climb, cruise, and descent performance for all conditions.

All of this adds up to reduced pilot workload during flight planning and more confidence in the resulting answers.

Access to ForeFlight’s Recommended Route, built-in detailed aircraft profiles, and many more powerful performance planning features are available in our top-tier Performance plans. Click here for pricing information and click here to learn more about Performance.

Historical Winds and Longer Range Forecast Winds Now in ForeFlight

ForeFlight customers now have access to more winds aloft data for more accurate long term flight planning.

Seven Day Winds Forecast
The winds aloft forecast data in ForeFlight now extends up to seven days in the future (previously 30 hours), giving you more accurate route performance calculations for flight plans within that timeframe, anywhere in the world. The additional high-resolution Global Forecast System (GFS) data is available now for all ForeFlight customers and is automatically incorporated into route performance calculations.

Historical Winds
When your flight is more than seven days away, ForeFlight now gives you the advantage of historical winds aloft data. Historical winds are derived from monthly average winds over the past 40 years. This means that when you plan a flight that uses historical winds, ForeFlight assumes the same wind speed, direction, and temperature for every day and time within a given month; move the departure time to a different month and ForeFlight automatically adjusts the value based on the average for that month. You’ll know when ForeFlight is using historical winds by the yellow banner across the top of the Flights view.

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It is worth noting here that, unlike the seven day wind forecast, currently only the Flights view uses historical winds. When planning in the Maps view, ForeFlight will assume zero winds if you’re planning a flight more than seven days in advance. However, you can easily send your route plan from the Flight Plan Editor in the Maps view to the Flights view and ForeFlight will automatically re-calculate route performance using historical winds. In addition, ForeFlight on the web uses historical winds for flight planning beyond seven days in the future.

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Use the Send To button to move your route plan from Maps to Flights.

Seamlessly integrating the GFS seven day wind forecast and monthly historical winds provides ForeFlight customers with more accurate data for planning a flight, whether it’s next week, next month, or next year.

Global Jeppesen Charts Now Available on ForeFlight

Jeppesen charts are here!  And we are proud to say that our strategic alliance with Jeppesen continues to deliver more value for our customers. Here’s the rest of our media release on this exciting announcement:

Jeppesen’s world-class library of standard chart coverages are now available as an option with the current release of ForeFlight Mobile, making it the premier all-in-one mobile solution for planning, briefing, filing, flying, and logging flights across aviation. Customers can purchase Jeppesen charts directly on foreflight.com in a matter of seconds. They can choose from thirteen coverages that span the globe and include departure, arrival, and terminal procedures, airport charts, and Jeppesen Airway Manuals.

“We’re thrilled about our partnership with Jeppesen and finally being able to deliver their best-in-class charts to our customers,” said Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight. “This integration offers aviators the most powerful combination of Jeppesen charts and EFB functionality available on the market today.”

Jeppesen charts are now seamlessly integrated into ForeFlight’s innovative plates on map feature that allows pilots to view their aircraft position on geo-referenced departures, arrival, or approach plates along with weather overlays in one seamless moving map view. Jeppesen charts are also enabled for color inversion, reducing screen glare when flying at night. For business customers, account administrators can easily manage how Jeppesen coverages are distributed to, swapped among users, and shared across devices. Jeppesen charts combined with ForeFlight’s next-generation performance flight planning capabilities provides a compelling solution for operators and pilots worldwide.

ForeFlight individual subscribers can link their existing Jeppesen license in ForeFlight Mobile or purchase standard worldwide Jeppesen charts for use inside the app through a simple e-commerce experience on foreflight.com. ForeFlight business aviation customers can purchase chart coverages through Jeppesen and then link them to their ForeFlight subscription for use inside the ForeFlight Mobile app. Customers can access Jeppesen charts in the app in the same, familiar way they reference government charts.

With this latest release of ForeFlight, Jeppesen’s high-quality NavData® also comes standard in every plan, improving data consistency between the mobile device and installed avionics, enhancing features like data-driven Aeronautical Maps (available in Plus plans), and expanding Procedure Advisor for all customers to airports around the world. Customers should take note that the Jeppesen NavData® on ForeFlight is separate from Jeppesen NavData® for installed avionics, which requires a separate subscription from Jeppesen.

Global high-resolution terrain and obstacle data, powered by Jeppesen, already comes standard in every ForeFlight subscription plan, making ForeFlight’s hazard awareness features better than ever. Customers flying with advanced features like Synthetic Vision, Hazard Advisor, and Profile View now see a clear picture of terrain and obstacle hazards anywhere in the world.

A follow-on release later this summer will bring the display of Jeppesen’s data-driven IFR Enroute charts, which is automatically included for subscribers who have purchased or linked Jeppesen charts on ForeFlight.

In addition to the integration of Jeppesen charts into ForeFlight Mobile, the strategic alliance between the two companies also spans the commercial airline market and users of Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro, the leading EFB solution for airlines and large-scale operators. Jeppesen and ForeFlight are working together on a next-generation release of FliteDeck Pro for both iOS and Windows that will deliver a combination of the familiar capabilities in FliteDeck Pro and significant features and functionality from ForeFlight Mobile.

To view more information on combined Jeppesen and ForeFlight products, please see foreflight.com/jeppesen and jeppesen.com/foreflight.

Videos and additional content for the latest ForeFlight release are available at foreflight.com/9-2.

Plan your 2017 solar eclipse experience using ForeFlight custom content features

On August 21, 2017, the day will briefly turn into night as the sun will disappear behind the moon during a total solar eclipse over the United States. ForeFlight has several options for viewing custom content, helping you pinpoint the path of this rare event (the last total solar eclipse was in 1991!) and fly to an ideal spot to catch this once in a lifetime experience from the best vantage point.

You can easily import custom content like User Waypoints or User Map Layers from the Apple Mail app, your browser, the Dropbox app, or send directly to your iPad or iPhone via AirDrop. NASA’s eclipse website has several shapefiles and eclipse coordinates available for download at no cost. After you import your custom data, select your file either from the User Content tab available in the More view or from the bottom right of the layer selector in the Maps view.

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As eclipse day approaches, see where the weather will be clearest using ForeFlight’s industry-leading imagery collection, and remember to add the proper eye protection to your flight bag!

Learn more about importing User Map Layers with our helpful video tutorial:

Fly Fast? Plan Faster with ForeFlight’s New High-Performance Planning Solution

ForeFlight 9.1, now available on the App Store, introduces our next-generation high-performance flight planning, a new Flights interface that replaces the File & Brief view and streamlines the flight planning and filing workflow, Jeppesen’s global high-resolution terrain and obstacle data for everyone, and more.

Introducing ForeFlight Performance Planning 

ForeFlight Performance is a new tier of service that provides best-in-class flight planning and global wind-optimized autorouting capabilities for high-performance aircraft. ForeFlight Performance includes a library of aircraft with performance profiles to calculate accurate flight time and fuel burn, a sophisticated flight planning engine that generates global wind-optimized routes, and a user-friendly interface that simplifies the planning workflow.

The core of ForeFlight’s new performance planning capabilities consists of an extensive library of aircraft with detailed performance profiles, a sophisticated global routing engine powered by ForeFlight’s AviationCloud technology, and redesigned map and form-based flight planning interfaces designed for maximum efficiency.

ForeFlight’s in-house performance team built the aircraft performance profiles from the manufacturer’s climb, cruise, and descent performance data. The performance models are defined for multiple altitudes, weights, and temperatures, allowing the planning engine to produce highly accurate speed and fuel flow data for all conditions. ForeFlight’s library includes hundreds of profiles for the most popular piston and turbine aircraft from Bombardier, Cessna, Cirrus, Daher-Socata, Dassault, Embraer, Gulfstream, Hawker-Beechcraft, Pilatus, Piper, and more.ForeFlight Performance

Setting up an aircraft in ForeFlight with performance profiles can be done in less than a minute. Simply search for and select your aircraft model, confirm the basic weight and fuel data, and add a tail number. This saves you time as all of the complex performance data and multiple cruise profiles from the aircraft manual are pre-built and automatically loaded for you with a click on the web or a tap on the iPad.

You will also see a newly designed Flights view that replaces the File & Brief view. Flights simplifies and consolidates the planning workflow into a single form-based view. In addition to route information, the new planning form has neatly-organized sections for payload and fuel planning. ForeFlight automatically runs structural weight limit checks with every adjustment to the plan and provides visual alerts when an issue is detected, helping to eliminate an overweight takeoff or landing scenario.

ForeFlight Performance gives you the ability to select from multiple fuel policies, allowing the flexibility to calculate block fuel using a desired fuel strategy, a capability especially important for flight departments that have specific fuel policies pilots must follow. For example, if an operator requires that the aircraft complete a flight with 2000 pounds of fuel, then selecting the Landing Fuel Policy quickly calculates the block fuel amount to load for that desired outcome.

The form-based workflow of the Flights view integrates Route Advisor and Altitude Advisor, two powerful decision-making tools previously accessed only on the Maps view. Powered by the AviationCloud advanced flight planning engine, Route Advisor analyzes current and forecasted wind and temperature data, aircraft performance capabilities, and recently cleared routes to generate a comprehensive list of valid wind-optimized route options for any two airports in the world, even for airports without previously flown or preferred routes.

ForeFlight calculates performance results for each route and displays the estimated flight time, distance, and fuel burn alongside each route string allowing for quick comparisons between different routes. The AviationCloud autoroute tops the list and typically offers the most optimal route based on the current data.

Recently-cleared ATC routes are listed next, showing the departure time of the most recent flight cleared for that route (which will often be in the future for frequently filed routes), the number of times that route was cleared by ATC in the past year, and the type of aircraft and altitude range for which the route was cleared. These details give pilots added confidence in the expectation for a smooth clearance delivery experience.

ForeFlight developers anticipated real-world scenarios to help guide the product design and feature set. Pilots are often confronted with the need to explore the impact of taking more or less fuel, last minute aircraft changes due to maintenance, or a situation where more passengers than expected arrive at the airport. ForeFlight Performance enables pilots to quickly evaluate what-if scenarios with just a few taps. If any adjustments are made in the fuel and payload fields or a different aircraft is selected, ForeFlight automatically recalculates weight, altitude, and fuel requirements in a matter of seconds. In addition, the planning engine works offline as well, giving pilots the flexibility to recompute a route even when they are out of range of an internet connection.

The Flights interface also features easy access to a detailed printable navlog for inflight reference, a link to a comprehensive briefing, and a tab for messages from ATC and other notifications pertaining to the flight. Once planning is complete, it’s a single tap to the filing form, which is nearly complete based on the information already provided.

The user-friendly interface extends from ForeFlight Mobile to the web where the Flights tab on the web not only mirrors the functionality and workflow of the mobile app, but also displays an adjacent map of the route that stays in perfect sync with any changes made to the form. ForeFlight Sync ensures that all planning activity automatically syncs between mobile devices and the web.

ForeFlight Performance will help save pilots time and fuel not only through higher fidelity performance data and advanced route optimization. The Performance tier also integrates JetFuelX contract fuel prices directly into the app. JetFuelX is a web-based service that helps customers quickly determine which locations on and around their route of flight are offering the best prices based on their personal contracted rates. With JetFuelX prices displayed on the map, subscribers to ForeFlight Performance can easily compare prices from multiple fuel card memberships and pinpoint the best fuel stop location. Anyone can sign up for a free JetFuelX account at jetfuelx.com and immediately start saving on jet fuel purchases.

The new high-performance planning features are part of ForeFlight’s two new subscription plans: Performance Plus for individuals and Business Performance for multi-pilot flight departments.

The single user Performance Plus Plan is priced at $299.99 USD per year and the multi-user Business Performance Plan starts at $300 per year per license. For plan comparisons, visit foreflight.com/pricing.

Learn more about ForeFlight Performance

Take a deeper look at all of ForeFlight’s advanced performance capabilities by exploring our Performance planning video series.

New Flights Interface Streamlines Planning, Briefing, & Filing Workflow

All customers will see a newly designed Flights view that replaces the File & Brief view and simplifies the flight planning workflow into a single neatly-organized, form-based page. You can build your route, file the flight plan, generate a graphical weather briefing, and print a detailed navlog to reference during flight. Customers with Pro and Pro Plus plans will also receive flight notification messages here. Flights includes buttons for Route Advisor and Altitude Advisor, two powerful decision-making tools previously accessed only on the Maps Route Editor view. The new flight plan summary strip pinned to the top of the Flights view keeps route distance, flight time, fuel burn, and route wind component information front and center.

The Flights interface extends from ForeFlight Mobile to the web where the Flights tab on the web mirrors the functionality and workflow of the mobile app. Planning activity automatically syncs between mobile devices and the web.

Professional-Grade, Printable Navlog

From the Flights view, tap on the new Navlog button to generate and print or email a detailed Navlog that includes flight and fuel summary information, TOC, TOD, synthetic waypoints along track, a wind and temperature aloft table for quick reference, and more. Printable navlog is available for all customers.

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Jeppesen’s Global Terrain and Obstacle Data for Everyone

Earlier this month we announced our strategic alliance with Jeppesen. The first phase of this partnership introduces the integration of Jeppesen’s global high-resolution terrain and obstacle data into ForeFlight Mobile. This data now comes standard in every ForeFlight plan, making ForeFlight’s powerful mobile hazard awareness technology better than ever. For customers with Hazard Advisor map overlay, Profile view, and Synthetic Vision, you can now use these features anywhere in the world at no additional cost.

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Jeppesen’s global library of departure, arrival, and approach procedures are coming to ForeFlight Mobile later this Summer.

Learn more about ForeFlight + Jeppesen for Individuals
Learn more about ForeFlight + Jeppesen for Flight Departments

A Faster Way to Import Custom Map Layers & New User Content Tabimport UML

We’ve streamlined the process to import User Map Layers (previously User Map Shapes) for viewing in ForeFlight. In addition to drag-and-drop via iTunes, you can now easily import your custom KML files from a hyperlink, email attachment, or AirDrop. Build and share shapefiles with your flying club or flight crew. To import KML files, tap-hold on an email attachment or hyperlink and seleuser contentct “Copy to ForeFlight” from the menu.

It’s also easier than ever to access your imported content in ForeFlight. In addition to the Maps view layer selector, quickly access and manage your custom User Map Layers and User Waypoints files in the new User Content tab in the More view.

Visit https://foreflight.com/support/user-map-shapes/ to learn more about User Map Layers. 

 

Avionics Integration

Two-way flight plan transfer is now available with Avidyne’s IFD550/540/440 systems. Display ADS-B METARs, TAFs, and PIREPs in ForeFlight Mobile when connected to a Garmin Flight Stream 510. For more information about ForeFlight’s avionics connectivity visit foreflight.com/connect.

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ForeFlight’s Radar layer now covers Europe, Australia, and Japan – adding to our expanding global weather coverage which already includes Satellite, graphical SIGMETs, winds aloft, current flight category, and more.