G-AIRMETs in ForeFlight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Streamline Your Workflows

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

Save Time Filing Your Flight

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

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Get “Cleared as Filed” with the Recommended Route 

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

Pre Departure Clearance

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

Flight Notifications

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

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

Files in Flights

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

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Activate, Amend, Cancel, or Close Your Flight Plan

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

Multi-Continent Filing Support

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

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

Additional Aeronautical Map Waypoints, Commercial Progress Reports, and more in ForeFlight 12.8

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ForeFlight 12.8 includes additional Aeronautical Map Waypoints, Commercial Progress Reports in Logbook, the ability to designate Technically Advanced Aircraft in Logbook, and more.

Additional Aeronautical Map Waypoints

ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map now displays many types of waypoints not associated with any airway, including off-route intersections, oceanic waypoints, and others.

The new waypoints are included in both the High and Low Airspace layers in Map Settings (cog button in the Maps View) > Airways, and appear when either layer is enabled.

Disabling all airways from the Map Settings menu or the Quick Toggle bar on the left will also hide all off-airway waypoints.

Commercial Progress Report in Logbook

Track your progress towards your Commercial ASEL checkride with this auto-filled PDF report based on the FAA’s requirements outlined in FAR Part 61.

ForeFlight uses details from your logged flights in different aircraft to indicate your progress in each of the requirements, adding a green check mark to each once you complete it. Tap the Send To button while viewing the report to email or print it. Access the new report in Logbook > Reports.

TAA Setting for Logbook Aircraft

Designate “Technically Advanced Aircraft” in ForeFlight’s Logbook to log time in these aircraft in accordance with the FAA’s newly-widened definition. Flights in a TAA-designated aircraft may be logged in lieu of, or in combination with, flights in a complex or turbine-powered airplane to satisfy certain training requirements.

Access the TAA switch for any aircraft in Logbook > Aircraft. Generate a Commercial Progress report in Logbook to view your logged TAA hours.

This article from AOPA has more information on Technically Advanced Aircraft.

PDC via Honeywell

If you are a customer of Honeywell datalink services you can now receive mobile pre-departure clearances (PDC) for your filed flight plans via email and text. Mobile PDC is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

Mobile PDC delivery is available at over 70 major U.S. airports, allowing you to skip the clearance calls and get the runway faster.

Visit plan.foreflight.com/aircraft to enable mobile PDC via ForeFlight for any aircraft on your account. Visit our support page for frequently asked questions about PDC as well as a list of airports that support PDC.

iOS/iPadOS 14.0.1 and ForeFlight

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iOS/iPadOS 14.0.1 is all clear with ForeFlight 12.8 and above, released Monday September 28, 2020. Feel free to update to the new iOS and ForeFlight versions at your convenience.

This all-clear does not apply to ForeFlight Military Flight Bag on the NGA’s GEOINT App Store until ForeFlight MFB 12.8 is available from that store.

Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates. Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

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

We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS/iPadOS 14 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

iOS/iPadOS 13.7 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.7 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

ForeFlight Makes Document Management Easy

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Buy or upgrade to Business Performance here.

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

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

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

Weather in 3D Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visual Approaches with TPA

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

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

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

Internet Traffic Search

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

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

FBO Detail View Enhancements

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

iOS/iPadOS 13.6.1 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.6.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

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

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

Weather in Profile view

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Overheat Alerts

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

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

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

Additional Internet Traffic Details

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

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

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

Learn more about Internet Traffic here.

High-Resolution Basemap Improvements

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

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

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

Y/Z Filing in Canada

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

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