Simplified Download Settings and more in ForeFlight 14.5

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Our June release simplifies the app’s Download Settings, adds support for Custom Waypoint elevations, and more.

Simplified Download Settings

Easily configure your downloads more quickly with a new paradigm that groups all Data/Chart selections and Region selections in separate menus in More > Downloads. This change will not affect your existing downloads or download settings.

Select the types of charts and data you want to download in the Data Settings menu, as well as select High Resolution Basemap and Terrain downloads for additional regions beyond your subscription’s default. The selections you make here will apply to all regions selected in Region Settings, although not all chart/data types are available for all regions.

Region Settings let you select which regions the selections you made in the Data/Chart Settings will apply to. All regions supported by ForeFlight have a drop-down containing sub-regions within that region.

Custom Waypoint Elevation

Specify elevations for your User Waypoints and custom waypoints imported via Content Packs to plan routes to and from them like you would airports, with accurate climb/descent calculations and depictions in Profile View.

You can add an elevation to a User Waypoint in More > Custom Content > User Waypoints.

Tap the waypoint you would like to edit, tap the Elevation field to input the number, and then tap Save.

Another way to edit a waypoint’s elevation is by directly tapping it on the Maps view, then tapping Edit. Specify the elevation and tap Save as before.

Lastly, you can specify elevations in KML or CSV waypoint lists you import as part of the “navdata” sub-folder in a Content Pack. While standalone CSV files also support elevations, standalone KML files do not, so they must be imported as part of a Content Pack.

For a .csv file, simply add a column for elevation and express each value in meters (ForeFlight will automatically convert them to feet upon import). While the column names in a .csv file don’t matter, their order does. Column A is the waypoint ID or name, column B is the description, column C is latitude, column D is longitude, and column E is for elevation.

NOTE: To import a CSV file as user waypoints, it must be named user_waypoints.csv.

For .kml files, include your waypoint elevation (in meters) in the optional altitude component of the coordinates tuple. This value often defaults to 0, so ForeFlight will only recognize non-zero values (positive or negative) as elevations.

Bearing and Track Orientation Setting

Display bearing and track measurements for the Ruler, Synthetic Vision, and relevant Cockpit Instruments using either Magnetic or True North. 

You can access this feature in More > Settings.

Then tap Units/Time to get to Bearing and Track Instruments.

New Runway Analysis Aircraft Support

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis product now supports Bombardier’s Global 7500 and Dassault’s Falcon 900EX, EX EASy, DX and LX, and Textron 560 Citation XLS. Built-in Weight & Balance templates and Takeoff Trim calculations are also supported for the Bombardier and Dassault aircraft.

Runway Analysis is available for a growing list of aircraft types as an add-on to ForeFlight Performance subscription plans.

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.

Per-Leg Altitude in Profile View and more in ForeFlight 14.4

Our May release includes Per-Leg Altitude in Profile, Global Graphical NOTAMs, enhanced Metric unit support, and more.

Per-Leg Altitude in Profile

Easily plan enroute altitude changes around terrain, weather, or airspace and visualize them in Profile View, with the option to start or end a climb or descent at a specified waypoint.

Once you enter a flight plan in the FPL editor, open Profile View then tap the waypoint’s label where you want to add an altitude change.

You can also access this menu by tapping the Waypoint Bubble on the FPL editor.

Enter the new altitude in the Altitude field, and use the Start At/Cross At selector to determine where the altitude change is conducted in relation to the waypoint: Start At will initiate the altitude change at the waypoint, while Cross At will complete the altitude change at the waypoint, shifting the start of the climb or descent earlier in your route.

Once you input a Start At or Cross At Altitude, Profile View automatically updates and displays the change to your route. ForeFlight uses your aircraft’s selected climb and descent profiles to calculate the altitude change’s duration and impact on time and fuel calculations, so you may see different results if your actual enroute climb or descent differs from the selected profile.

Profile View is included in Pro Plus subscription plans and above.

Global Graphical NOTAMs

Previously limited to Europe, Graphical enroute NOTAMs are now supported around the world with the new NOTAMs map layer.

To enable Graphical NOTAMs, tap the Layer Selector, then tap NOTAMs on the right.

Tap a NOTAM on the map to view its details, or tap on multiple overlapping NOTAMs to select one from a summary list.

NOTAMs are color-coded red, yellow, or gray based on type, severity, and active times. The most severe Airspace restriction NOTAMs first appear in yellow 120 minutes prior to activating and turning red, while Scheduled Exercise NOTAMs also appear in yellow 120 minutes prior to activation, but remain yellow once active. All other NOTAM types appear on the map only when they become active.

With the NOTAMs layer enabled, selectively filter which types are shown using the new menu in Map Settings > NOTAMs Settings, with toggles for Exercises, Controlled Airspaces, Obstacles, and Other. With all toggles off, only airspace restriction and other severe NOTAMs will remain visible on the map.

Similar to other map overlays like TFRs, AIR/SIGMENTs, radar, and more, you can adjust the layer opacity using the slider at the bottom of the Map Settings menu.

Distance Rings in Kilometers

Gauge the distance to your surroundings in kilometers with a new Distance Rings setting.

Enable Distance Rings in Map Settings > Distance Rings.

Then tap any of the three labels attached to Distance Rings to change the unit of measurement. As with other Distance Rings styles, you can choose from three fixed distance settings to prevent the rings from changing size, or select the Automatic setting to automatically resize the rings as you zoom in or out.

Altitude Instruments in Meters

Customize the units of altitude displayed by the Map’s Instrument Panel for inflight reference with the new Altitude Instruments setting.

First Tap More in the bottom right corner of your screen, then Settings at the top right of the menu.

Next, find Units/Time under the Preferences section at the bottom of the Settings list, and then the Altitude Instruments menu within that.

From here you can select a unit of measurement for your Altitude Instruments.

Altitude Instruments affected by this setting include GPS Altitude, Height AGL, Height MEF, Pressure Altitude, Cabin Pressure, Vertical speed (meters per minute), Climb gradient (meters per distance unit), and Descent to Destination (meters per minute).

UL94 Fuel Prices

Find pricing and availability of UL94 fuel at FBOs in Airports > FBOs or by tapping an FBO icon on a plate or the map.

Then tap the FBO to see more details on fuel options, including self-service and full-service pricing as applicable.

Like with other fuel types, you can update UL94 prices at FBOs you visit by tapping Update Fuel Prices in the bottom-right of the FBO detail view.

New Runway Analysis Aircraft Support

ForeFlight’s advanced Runway Analysis product for jets now supports the Gulfstream G200.

Military Flight Bag: Hide Pilot Info from Filing Form

ForeFlight Military Flight Bag customers can opt to reveal or hide their name on filed flight plan forms using the Hide Pilot Info on FIling Form setting.

To disable it, start by tapping Proceed to File in the Flights view once your flight plan is ready.

From the File form, scroll to the very bottom to find Hide Pilot Info on Filing Form. Tap the toggle to turn the setting off. With Hide Pilot Info from FIling Form toggled off, Flight Plans will show the name of the Pilot in Command.

The new setting appears at the very bottom of the ICAO and DD-1801 flight plan forms and is enabled by default to match the app’s current behavior of automatically hiding the pilot’s name on the flight plan form.

Example of DD-1801 form filed with Hide Pilot Info on Filing Form on. (DEFAULT)Example of DD-1801 form filed with Hide Pilot Info on Filing Form off.
Example of ICAO form filed with Hide Pilot Info on Filing Form on. (DEFAULT)Example of ICAO form filed with Hide Pilot Info on Filing Form off.

Expanded Operational Notes and more in ForeFlight 14.3

Our April release includes expanded Operational Notes, Delay/STAY planning and New Runway Analysis aircraft support.

Expanded Operational Notes

Access Jeppesen-sourced Operational Notes describing comms frequencies, restrictions, and more for airways, waypoints, and navaids in addition to airspace.

Tap any map element on the Aeronautical Map or Jeppesen enroute charts to view its details and Operational Notes, if it has any, or tap-hold on the map to see a list of nearby elements and tap Details to access the same information.

Delay/STAY Planning

Easily incorporate enroute delays into your flight plan and file them with automatic formatting appropriate to your region.

To add a delay to your route at a specific waypoint, tap the waypoint’s bubble in the FPL Editor and tap Set Altitude/Speed/Time.

Then tap the Duration field under DELAY/STAY to set a Delay duration in hours and minutes, after which you can also add remarks below. Remarks are only required when filing with STAYs in Europe and are optional elsewhere. 

Another way to access Delay/STAY planning is to tap directly on the waypoint on the map and tap “More >” in the top right to access the same menu.

Once your delay is added, ForeFlight will incorporate the delay into your performance calculations to accurately reflect the delay’s impact on fuel consumption and flight time.

To file a flight with a Delay/STAY, just send the route containing the delay to the Flights view. ForeFlight will automatically format the delay in both the filed route string and remarks field with the appropriate notation for your region.

Delay/STAY planning is currently limited to flights within the same administrative airspace (e.g. FAA, EUROCONTROL, etc.), and is available with ForeFlight Performance subscription plans.

New Runway Analysis Aircraft Support

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis product for jets now supports the Hawker 750, 800XP, and 850XP.

Runway Analysis is available for a growing list of aircraft types and can be purchased alongside a ForeFlight Performance subscription plan.

Enhanced and Integrated Weight & Balance, Hazard Advisor Altitude Preview, and more in ForeFlight 14.2

Our March release includes a major upgrade to our Weight & Balance capability, an altitude slider for terrain planning with Hazard Advisor, Organized Track Systems on Jeppesen Enroute Charts, and New Runway Analysis aircraft support.

Enhanced Weight & Balance

Individual customers now have access to our Enhanced Weight & Balance to simplify your preflight workflow. Currently, the new paradigm is optional so you can migrate your aircraft profiles when it is most convenient for you and still revert to the old paradigm if you want. However, the new paradigm will fully replace the old one later this year.

Start by going to More > Account > ForeFlight Labs and tapping the Enhanced Weight & Balance toggle to enable it. If you need to go back to the old Weight & Balance view at any time, just disable this setting.

To start migrating your existing W&B profiles, go to More > Weight & Balance and use the drop-down in the top left to select a profile. ForeFlight’s Migration Assistant will then walk you through a 4-step process to set them up with the new system.

Enhanced W&B profiles are tied directly to the aircraft profiles you use for flight planning to create a more robust and unified aircraft profile, so start by choosing an aircraft to associate with the Weight & Balance profile. Connecting the two will ensure that your current aircraft details are merged with your new W&B profile.

If your aircraft details differ from your Weight & Balance profiles, you will need to select the correct one to move to the next step.

The third step is to verify station details. Tap on any station to view and edit its name, arm length, and station type.

The final step in the migration process is to verify the number of seats per station. The Migration Assistant assumes two seats per station by default, so it’s especially important to review and correct any discrepancies for rows with a different number of seats. Tap Done to complete the profile migration.

You can always edit these numbers in the future by tapping Edit next to the Profile Selector in the new W&B view.

You can also add new Weight & Balance profiles if you don’t have any to migrate. ForeFlight provides hundreds of pre-built templates to choose from, and they are easy to add to an existing Aircraft. Go to More > Aircraft, select the aircraft you want to edit, and tap Weight & Balance Profile halfway down the page. If a template is available for your aircraft type it will be listed at the top, or you can select Blank Template to create your own.

Next, add or edit the profile’s name, specify your aircraft’s basic empty CG and weight, verify or add station details and forward and aft CG limits, and enable the  %MAC setting at the bottom of the page if applicable to your aircraft. ForeFlight has five station types to choose from and edit: Single Seat, Row of Seats, Cargo, Fuel, and Aircraft Items.

Once you’ve migrated or set up your Enhanced Weight & Balance profiles, you can use the new W&B view in the same way as before. The new W&B is very similar to the previous paradigm but allows for more flexibility when inputting calculations for each seat and station.

Manually input the weight for each seat with an optional description or choose from Standard Weights or Saved Loads. Standard Weights default to Male: 205 lbs, Female: 184 lbs, and Child: 87 lbs; however, you can change those values by visiting More > Settings > Standard Weights (at the very bottom of the page). Saved Weights include any weights you added manually with a description or loads migrated from your legacy profiles.

You will need to adjust fuel and cargo and can do so by scrolling down a little further.

Weight & Balance Integrated with Flights

Additionally, ForeFlight Performance customers can integrate these W&B calculations into an existing flight plan to streamline the preflight workflow even further.

Select a flight plan in the Flights tab, and under the Payloads section tap Weight & Balance.

Ensure the right W&B profile is selected at the top and scroll down to enter passenger and payload details just like you would in the W&B view. The integration with flights saves you time in the flight planning process by having all requirements in one convenient location.

You can also access an updated copy of your Load Manifest by tapping Summary in the top right corner, sign it directly in the ForeFlight app, and then attach it to your flight files for easy access.

Hazard Advisor Altitude Preview

Planning flights around terrain just got a lot easier with a major upgrade to Hazard Advisor. Pro Plus subscribers can use the new Hazard Advisor Altitude Preview to find the safest route around hazardous terrain at different altitudes before or during a flight.

Manually control Hazard Advisor’s altitude using the new altitude slider which ranges from 100’ to 30,000’ MSL. The slider moves in increments of 100’ followed by increments of 500’ above 4,000’ MSL. 

By default, terrain and obstacles within 100′ are colored red, and hazards within 1,000′ of your planned altitude are colored yellow. You can change these altitudes by tapping the gear button to the right of the map legend at the bottom of the screen and tapping Hazard Altitudes. You can also access other Hazard Settings here such as Corridor Width and Activation Speed, which determines how fast you need to be moving to enable Auto Hazard Advisor – more on that below.

ForeFlight Military Flight Bag Customers can access additional options under Hazard Settings to provide more flexibility with critical mission requirements. Other options include locking the altitude slider step size to 100’ increments for the entire altitude range and defining custom Hazard Altitudes beyond the four default options.

When planning in the Flight Plan Editor, the Hazard Altitude slider will automatically adjust to match your planned altitude anytime you change it using Altitude Advisor, Route Advisor, Profile View, or choose an aircraft with a different default altitude. And with Profile View open, moving the altitude slider will show hazardous terrain at the new altitude within Profile, but without changing your planned altitude, allowing you to simultaneously compare both altitudes in the same view.

When you exceed the set Activation Speed (30kts by default), Hazard Advisor enters Auto mode and automatically matches the altitude of your aircraft. Moving the slider up or down will show you terrain hazards at other altitudes before automatically reverting back to your current altitude shortly after releasing it, or you can tap the Auto button to immediately revert to your current altitude.

Organized Track Systems on Jeppesen Enroute Charts

Performance customers with Jeppesen chart coverages can now view Organized Track Systems on Jeppesen’s IFR enroute map layers in addition to the Aeronautical Map.

Enable one of the Jeppesen IFR layers to view Organized Track Systems, which are enabled by default. To separately toggle eastbound and westbound tracks, or disable all tracks, tap the Map Settings button just to the right of the FPL button and tap Organized Tracks at the bottom of the Jeppesen settings.

You can also access Organized Tracks with the Aeronautical Map. Tap Map settings > Airways & Waypoints. You can toggle the tracks on and off in the same way you can with Jeppesen charts.

New Runway Analysis Aircraft Support

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis product for jets now supports the following new aircraft models:

  • Gulfstream G150
  • Textron 525 Citation M2 with Tamarack Winglets

Runway Analysis is available for a growing list of aircraft types and can be purchased alongside a ForeFlight Performance subscription plan.

New Auto-Zoom to Custom Content setting and more in ForeFlight 14.1

Our February release includes a new Auto-Zoom to Custom Content setting and Takeoff Trim support in Runway Analysis.

Auto-Zoom to Custom Content

Choose whether or not ForeFlight will auto-zoom into custom charts and map layers when you enable them from the layer selector. 

This setting is enabled by default to match ForeFlight’s previous behavior of automatically zooming and panning to focus on custom charts and map layers each time you enable them. However, if you find this behavior disruptive to your inflight workflow, disable the new setting to prevent the map from moving as you toggle custom content layers.

This setting does not affect the map’s behavior when you tap on custom charts or map layers in More > Custom Content to display them on the map, which will still pan and zoom to focus on the newly-enabled content.

You can access this setting in More > Settings > Auto-Zoom to Custom Content.

Takeoff Trim Support in Runway Analysis

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis capability now calculates and displays the required Takeoff Trim setting at a given %MAC for supported aircraft. 

Takeoff Trim Support requires integrated Weight & Balance in Flights, which is currently available for Business Performance and MFB Performance customers only, but will become available for individual customers later this year.

The following aircraft now support Takeoff Trim, with more coming soon:

  • Pilatus PC-24
  • Bombardier Challenger 604/605/650/Global Express/XRS/5000/6000
  • Textron 680 Citation Sovereign/Sovereign+/Latitude
  • Embraer Phenom 300/300E

After calculating W&B results for the flight on Flights view and selecting a runway in the Takeoff Analysis page, scroll down to the Performance section to find the required Takeoff Trim.

If your %MAC setting is not enabled, your Takeoff Trim will show CG Unavailable.

To enable the %MAC setting for an aircraft’s W&B profile, start by tapping Weight & Balance in the Flights view and then tapping Edit next to the selected W&B Profile at the top.

Scroll to the bottom of the W&B Profile Edit view to find the %MAC setting. After enabling it, make sure the LEMAC and MAC values are properly entered. NOTE: ForeFlight Weight & Balance templates are recommended to ensure all the MAC/LEMAC details are accurate.

You can now return to the Takeoff Analysis page to see the required Takeoff Trim setting for the flight you are planning.

​​New Aero Map Filters and More in ForeFlight 14

Our January release includes new Aeronautical Map Quick Toggles for Airways, Navaids, and Waypoints, improved functionality for Takeoff and Alternate Minimums documents, and more.

New Aero Map Filters

Declutter the Aeronautical Map with new quick toggles for Airways, Navaids, and Waypoints, which were previously combined in a single toggle.

Find the best combination of these elements to suit your flight, such as:

  • Hiding Airways and Waypoints on VFR flights
  • Hiding Navaids for RNAV-based routes
  • Turn on Airways to inspect MEA/MOCA/MAA values and quickly hide them again for a VFR flight
  • Turn on Airways for IFR flights or when following along on a commercial flight

You can also access these filters in Map Settings > Airways & Waypoints. Tap the gear icon at the top of your screen near the Flight Plan (FPL) icon to access Map Settings.

Quickly Find Takeoff & Alternative Minimums

Easily find the Takeoff or Alternate Minimums for any US airport more quickly thanks to a new smart automation. When opening either of these documents from the airport’s procedures list, ForeFlight will automatically jump to the page with that airport’s information, allowing you to review it right away without flipping through pages to find the airport.

Military Flight Bag (MFB): GeoTIFF Support

Easily import charts, maps, and other mission assets from current and legacy military mapping software like FalconView with new support for GeoTIFF custom content files.

Like the MBTiles and GeoPDF custom chart formats, you can import GeoTIFF files individually and within a Content Pack’s “layers” folder. Note that AirDrop is not a supported import method for GeoTIFFs as iOS automatically imports them to the Photos app as images.

Once imported, you can access GeoTIFF charts in the bottom-left of the Maps view Layer Selector.

ForeFlight supports GeoTIFF files with resolutions up to 10,000 pixels, regardless of the image dimensions. Larger resolution images must be divided and imported as separate files. Learn more about creating and using custom Content Packs here.

Military Flight Bag: Prioritize Jeppesen Plates

MFB users with linked Jeppesen accounts can now choose to prioritize Jeppesen plates over DOD/FAA plates, causing the Jeppesen plates to appear at the top of the list wherever you access them in ForeFlight.

Enable this setting in More > Jeppesen at the bottom of the Jeppesen Settings list.

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.

Flight Chops Answers the Question “Why ForeFlight?”

Flight Chops Answers the Question "Why ForeFlight?"

Aviation Youtuber and long-time ForeFlighter Flight Chops (@FlightChops) shares a bit about how the app helps him fly such a diverse range of aircraft confidently and safely.

As a relatively low time private / instrument-rated pilot, I’m lucky to be in the position to have access to many types of aircraft. I’m currently flying a T6 / Harvard regularly, but find myself in anything from a PA-32 Cherokee Six, to a DHC-2 Beaver, or a Van’s Aircraft RV-14. Systems, procedures, and performance vary wildly between these platforms, but the one thing that doesn’t change is ForeFlight, the EFB that is onboard with me regardless of what I am flying.

It truly makes the whole process of assessing go / no go decisions almost too easy. 

– Flight Chops

The peace of mind that consistency affords in an otherwise unfamiliar cockpit environment is significant. Everything I need is within one app, from planning, to briefing, to filing and executing the mission, and even my multiple aircraft-specific checklists; it is all there. 

Lately, most of my flying has been low altitude in warbirds with poor forward visibility and no modern avionics to speak of. Enroute I enjoy reviewing ForeFlight’s Synthetic Vision with the Hazard Advisor showing me terrain and obstacles such as radio towers that I might otherwise have a hard time spotting. And of course, weather layers make it easy to avoid getting into unfavourable conditions. 

As I get into more high speed, high altitude IFR flying in the newly built RV-14, ForeFlight will help me assess wind, turbulence, and icing risk in the easy to visualize Profile View. 

The Glide Advisor removes all doubt about where I can go in the event of an engine failure.  In some cases it is not pretty as it accounts for wind and terrain making it super clear if you are boxing yourself in; I like to use that to remind myself to keep my options open. 

Another feature I look forward to using as I expand my cross country mission flying is the Takeoff and Landing Distances capability for pistons – this too is of course specific to your aircraft performance and weather conditions, so it truly makes the whole process of assessing go / no go decisions almost too easy. 

Hold Advisor, Augmented Procedures, Runway Analysis EOP Visualizations and more in ForeFlight 13.5

Our June release answered a long-time customer request with Hold Advisor, advanced the state of the art in digital charts with Augmented ProceduresTM, introduced a map-based preview of engine-out procedures as part of our advanced Runway Analysis product, and more.

Hold Advisor

Easily insert a holding pattern anywhere in your route with Hold Advisor two ways: by using Procedure Advisor at the top right of the FPL Editor or by tapping any waypoint in your route or elsewhere on the map.

Through Procedure Advisor, the fix defaults to the final waypoint in your route but you can change it to any waypoint in your route, or any other named waypoint.

Hold Advisor provides parameters for inbound or outbound legs, the pattern’s length (defined by either time or distance), left or right turns, and additional options such as altitude and speed.

ForeFlight does not yet support sending holding patterns to connected avionics via Flight Plan Transfer.

Hold Advisor is included in ForeFlight Pro Plus and Business Pro subscription plans and above.



Augmented ProceduresTM

Quickly find the appropriate minimum for an approach procedure and display it as part of your route to supplement the plate and reduce the risk of errors.

Powered by high-quality procedure data from Jeppesen, Augmented Procedures uses your aircraft’s approach category and any relevant equipment outages to instantly determine the appropriate minimum for a given procedure and approach type. Once selected, the minimum appears as a prominent magenta marker on top of the plate at the missed approach point, serving as a quick and easy reference during one of the most stressful parts of any IFR flight.

Augmented ProceduresTM is available with ForeFlight Performance Plus and Business Performance subscription plans.



Runway Analysis: New Aircraft

ForeFlight’s runway and obstacle analysis capability for jets now supports several new aircraft types, with more on the way.

Runway Analysis, both for individual and business accounts, is available to purchase alongside ForeFlight Performance subscription plans.



Runway Analysis: EOP Visualization

Preview ground tracks and textual instructions for available engine-out procedures (EOPs) in Runway Analysis.

Tap on the Engine Out Procedure line in the Takeoff Analysis page to open the EOP selector.

The list of available EOPs appears below a map centered on the departure airport.

Not all EOPs support visualization, including VOR-based EOPs from Jeppesen, but the textual instructions for these still appear in the list below the map.

The VOR-based Jeppesen EOP is not supported at Drake Field (KFYV). The only visualized EOP is the Straight out EOP.

Engine Out Procedures are a critical component of Runway Analysis, which is available to purchase alongside ForeFlight Performance subscription plans for individual and business accounts.



Military Flight Bag: Select Multiple MTR Types

Government and military pilots using ForeFlight Military Flight Bag can now view multiple types of Military Training Routes on the map at once. Pilots can choose any combination of Instrument, Visual, and Slow Routes to better support mission requirements.

With the Aeronautical Map enabled, open the Map Settings menu and tap Military Training Routes to select the type(s) of MTR to display.