Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.3 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.
2016 General Aviation Accidents Summary AOPA Air Safety Institute.
The 2016 Nall Report, recently released by AOPA’s Air Safety Institute, provides a broad view of general aviation safety and accident trends. This yearly report gives insight as to what causes aviation accidents with statistics sourced from accident investigations. AOPA’s goal is to enhance training, proficiency, equipment, and the overall general aviation culture of safety. You can check out the full report here.
The Nall Report shows that while the number of total accidents increased from 2015 to 2016, the number of fatal accidents declined by 11 percent, down from 221 in 2015 to 195 in 2016. 2016 had the highest number of aviation accidents since 2012, continuing a 4-year increase. However, despite the number of total accidents increasing, flying has become safer as fewer accidents are fatal. The number of fatal accidents is the lowest it has been in over a decade and has continued a downward trend over the years. ForeFlight looks to decrease these numbers even further with safety-enhancing features that can help you make better decisions while flying and flight planning.
Takeoff and landing operations accounted for 455 accidents and 30 fatal accidents in 2016. 334 of the 455 accidents were landing related, and 24 of the 30 fatal accidents were takeoff related. Pilots can help prevent accidents during takeoff and landing operations by calculating their takeoff and landing distances, climb performance, and other critical performance parameters. ForeFlight’s Takeoff & Landing Performance feature takes weather, runway slope and surface, and aircraft configuration into consideration to calculate metrics like total distance, 50ft speed, ground roll, and more. Manually change a runway’s usable distance or weather factors to calculate the most accurate takeoff and landing performance metrics or add a safety distance factor to decrease the risk of accidents further.
Additionally, 31 of 63 fuel management accidents and 57% of fatal fuel management accidents were related to flight planning. ForeFlight has a Fuel Management section in the Flights view where you can enter fuel values like starting fuel and alternate fuel and choose a fuel policy. Properly calculating fuel burn with your aircraft performance profile can enhance your overall safety before you even get off the ground.
Among non-commercial fixed-wing flights in 2016, 18 descent and approach accidents were caused by collisions, and 8 of those accidents were fatal. Regular flight operations such as traffic patterns and cruise and descent made up the majority of those collisions. Pilots should always have a reliable way to view other aircraft positions while flying to avoid possible collisions. When connected to an ADS-B device like Sentry, ForeFlight provides a traffic layer that shows other aircraft in the vicinity along with their distance and altitude in relation to you. ForeFlight also shows traffic in Synthetic Vision to enhance your awareness of other aircraft near you.
Additionally, 11 maneuvering accidents and 5 fatal maneuvering accidents were caused by wires, structures, or terrain, including mountains and canyons. ForeFlight provides map layers such as Hazard Advisor that highlights dangerous terrain red or yellow on the map, and an Obstacles layer that displays obstacles with lighting and altitude information. ForeFlight also has automatic terrain, traffic, and obstacle hazard alerts that display app-wide when they become a threat. Synthetic Vision also shows traffic (when connected to an ADS-B device) and obstacles in 3D with the ability to enter glance mode to see in 360°. ForeFlight’s Hazard Avoidance features use Jeppesen’s global high-resolution terrain and obstacle data to provide you with better situational awareness and safety.
In 2016, there were 23 non-commercial fixed-wing weather accidents and 12 fatal weather accidents. Both accidents and fatal accidents are down significantly from the previous year, and they are both the lowest they have been in over a decade. 13 of those weather accidents and 7 fatal weather accidents were caused by flying VFR into IMC conditions. 8 weather accidents and 3 fatal weather accidents were caused by turbulence, thunderstorms, or icing. Additionally, there were 10 weather accidents and 6 fatal weather accidents for the commercial fixed-wing and non-commercial helicopter segments. ForeFlight provides interactive weather layers with time and altitude sliders, weather imagery, and ADS-B connected weather for inflight navigation. Easily switch between weather layers like flight category, winds aloft, sky coverage, visibility, and more to plan for any weather scenario.
ForeFlight is working to make flying safer with regular releases that provide new features and make old features even better. Individual pilots and professional flight crews all over the world depend on ForeFlight’s integrated flight app to make flying safer, easier, and more efficient.
ForeFlight’s November release includes support for iOS system theme changes, the ability to add Track Logs to Logbook entries, internet radar coverage limits, and more.
iOS System Theme Support
Keep ForeFlight’s app theme in sync with your device’s system using the new “System” app theme setting. Easily customize when ForeFlight transitions between Light and Dark theme based on your system appearance setting.
The System app theme setting replaces the Auto setting at the top of More > Settings for devices running iOS 13 and above.
Change your System appearance theme in your device’s Settings app in Settings > Display & Brightness > Appearance. From there you can manually change the theme by tapping Light or Dark, or set an automatic schedule by selecting Automatic and tapping into Options. Set a Sunset to Sunrise schedule or a custom schedule where you can choose when the Light Appearance and Dark Appearance start. ForeFlight’s theme will follow the same system appearance schedule when the System option is selected.
Enhance this feature by customizing ForeFlight’s Light and Dark settings. For each setting choose the app theme, Aeronautical Map theme, and whether you want to invert plates, charts, or documents. Access these settings for each theme in More > Settings > App Theme.
Add Track Logs to Logbook Entries
ForeFlight Logbook allows you to add or remove recorded Track Logs associated with a Logbook entry to more accurately log your flights.
Tap “Add Track Log” near the bottom of a Logbook entry to choose from your list of Track Logs with suggested Track Logs at the top. ForeFlight will suggest Track Logs that occurred on the same day as your Logbook entry. You can filter the Track Log list based on Track Log name, airport identifiers, GPS source, device name, and associated aircraft tail number.
Tap “Change Track Log” below a Logbook associated Track Log to bring up the list of Track Logs again. Choose a different Track Log to change it or tap the currently selected Track Log and press Close to delete it from the Logbook entry.
Internet Radar Coverage Limits
ForeFlight’s internet radar map layers (Composite and Lowest Tilt) now visually indicate on the map where coverage is not available to help you differentiate between areas without coverage and areas with clear skies.
Non-covered areas display gray cross-hatching with a “Radar not available” message, allowing you to easily see the coverage boundaries.
You can disable the coverage display and remove the cross-hatching by turning off the “Internet Radar Coverage” setting at the bottom of the Map Settings menu (the cog button on the Maps view).
DAC International GDC64 Support
ForeFlight supports connectivity with the GDC64 Tablet Aircraft Interface Unit from DAC International, providing a wired option to supply ForeFlight with GPS and ADS-B data, as well as a constant power supply.
The GDC64 serves as an installed adapter between an iPad or iPhone and FreeFlight’s RANGR series of avionics, which supplies the GPS and ADS-B data used by ForeFlight.
Connectivity with ForeFlight requires GDC64 firmware 7.0.A or above and an adapter to enable USB connectivity.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.2.2 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.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.2 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.
ForeFlight’s October release includes a new High Resolution Basemap, a setting to select multiple map layers at once, the ability to add custom Safety Distance Factors for Takeoff & Landing Performance, and more.
High Resolution Basemap
ForeFlight’s High Resolution Basemap depicts ground features and cultural elements in much greater detail for improved inflight reference.
ForeFlight’s basemap is what you see with no other charts or maps other than the Aeronautical Map enabled, and includes terrain, roads, and other cultural elements.
The default basemap provides a basic depiction of major roads and urban areas, while the High Resolution Basemap dramatically increases the level of detail, exposing minor roads and individual railway lines, increasing the resolution of coastlines and urban areas, and highlighting national parks and forests in green. The High Resolution Basemap also adds terrain peak markers with altitudes so you can easily identify the highest points in an area. You can enable/disable these by tapping Map Settings (cog button in the Maps View) > Terrain and toggling the Peaks switch on/off.
The Cultural Elements menu in Map Settings also allows you to toggle different features of the basemap on or off. The last element, Points of Interest, includes landmarks or notable buildings that are visible from the air, such as castles and palaces in Europe, and will include additional elements in the future.
Like with High Resolution Terrain, ForeFlight will automatically select and download the High Resolution Basemap for your region, but you can also download the basemap for other regions by enabling it in Download Settings. Toggle the High Resolution Basemap switch on for a region and select each desired country/state for download.
Multi-Select Map Layers
Toggle multiple map layers in a row without having to reopen the Layer Selector each time.Enable the new “Multiple Selections” setting at the bottom of the Map Settings menu (cog button on the maps view), or in More > Settings > Layer Selector.
Once enabled, the Layer Selector remains open until you tap elsewhere on the screen, allowing you to quickly toggle as many layers as you want.
On iPad, you can also pan and zoom around the map while the layer selector is open, even if the Multiple Selections setting is disabled, allowing you to quickly view what each layer looks like on the map.
AOPA FBO Fees
ForeFlight displays FBO fees from AOPA’s Airport Directory to help you make more informed flight planning decisions. AOPA’s FBO fee directory includes about 40,000 fees from businesses in the United States to increase cost transparency, benefiting pilots and FBOs.
To view FBO fees, navigate to an FBO on the Airports View, Maps View, Plates View, or Flights View. Access an FBO’s fees from the FBO detail view by tapping the Fees tab. For each fee ForeFlight shows the type of fee and any notes on the left and the cost on the right. Fees that vary by aircraft type or other factors show a range of costs that you can tap into to see the full breakdown.
FBO fees are usually updated in ForeFlight within a week of being updated in AOPA’s Airport Directory, and you can see when FBO fees were last updated by looking below the fee list. If you are an admin for an FBO, please contact AOPA to change fees in their directory so your fee list can update in ForeFlight.
Custom Takeoff & Landing Performance Safety Margins
ForeFlight’s Takeoff & Landing Performance feature allows you to specify a safety distance factor to produce more conservative runway performance calculations in response to runway conditions or other factors. Takeoff & Landing Performance is included in ForeFlight Performance plans and supports many piston and single-engine turboprop aircraft types.
In March of 2019, the FAA issued a Safety Alert detailing the importance of including a landing distance factor in landing performance calculations based on runway conditions. Even for dry runways, the FAA suggests multiplying the original landing distance result by a factor of 1.67 to increase the safety margin.
You can specify your own safety distance factor for both takeoff and landing directly in ForeFlight’s Takeoff and Landing Performance views. After planning a flight using an aircraft that supports Takeoff & Landing Performance, tap either of the Takeoff or Landing buttons near the top of the Flights view and select a runway to calculate the initial distance results.
Tap the Safety Distance Factor line at the bottom of the Aircraft Configuration section to enter a new number between 1 and 10. ForeFlight multiplies the initial distance result with this number to produce the final result, so specifying a factor of 1.5 will increase your desired distances by 50%, a factor of 2.0 will double them, and so on.
You can specify different Safety Distance Factors for takeoff and landing, as well as for different aircraft profiles. ForeFlight saves and automatically applies each factor on future flights with the same aircraft, making it easy to customize each aircraft’s safety factor and reuse it on the next flight.
Logbook Total Time Autofill
ForeFlight can now automatically fill certain Logbook fields based on a flight’s Total Time, simplifying the process of filling in new entries.
Select the fields you want to auto-fill with Total Time in More > Logbook > Settings > Auto-Fill Settings. Options include PIC, SIC, Dual Given, Dual Received, and Cross Country, and you can also enable auto-fill for your own custom fields if they are configured as Hours under field type.
The other new Logbook feature, “Total time Calculation”, can be found in More > Logbook > Settings > Total Time Calculation. This setting allows you to choose how ForeFlight calculates Total Time if you don’t enter it directly. Options include Hobbs Time, Tach Time, Block Time, Flight Time, or Duty Time.
FMS Flight Plan Uplink with Collins Avionics
If you use Collins/ARINC as your data-link service provider, you can now generate flight plan recall codes directly from ForeFlight. After filing a flight plan, open the Flights view Navlog to find the auto-generated recall number in the bottom-left. ForeFlight also supports FMS flight plan uplink with Satcom Direct and Honeywell avionics.
Flight Plan Uplink is available with Performance Plus and Business Performance subscriptions. Learn more about Flight Plan Uplink here.
Aerial Refueling Tracks
ForeFlight Military Flight Bag displays Aerial Refueling Tracks for both training and operational use around the world, helping military pilots plan and conduct flights that include aerial refueling.
Like Military Training Routes, Aerial Refueling Tracks are built into ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map layer, and you can enable them in the Map Settings menu (cog button in the Maps view) in conjunction with Military Training Routes or on their own.
The tracks appear as green lines on the map, with associated labels and markers representing different points along each track.
Squares represent track entry points, and those with an “i” represent air refueling initial points. Dotted lines connecting squares to tracks represent entry legs. Circles represent both navigation checkpoints and anchor patterns, and circles surrounded by four small squares represent anchor and control points. Finally, stars represent exit points. Point names include navaid bearing and distance information as published in FLIP to assist in flight planning.
Tap anywhere along a track to add it to your route and see detailed information, including the track name, refueling altitude, TACAN information, communication frequencies, and remarks. Tapping on track points will yield similar information, as well as the point’s usage and location information. Tap on overlapping points or tracks to choose between them. Tap hold on the map to see nearby refueling track points, along with Military Training Route waypoints.
Adding Aerial Refueling Tracks to your route works much the same as Military Training Routes, with some differences. Type the track’s name into the flight plan editor to add the entire track from entry to exit. You can then tap on the track’s name in the bubble editor and tap “Expand AR Pattern” to break it into its component waypoints for easier editing. Using the Reverse button in the flight plan editor preserves the internal structure and direction of a Refueling Track if you haven’t expanded it. If you have, the Track points will also reverse along with the rest of the route.
When you add individual points from a track one at a time, ForeFlight ensures that your route follows the track’s actual pattern by automatically inserting bends where required.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.1.3 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.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.1.2 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.
ForeFlight’s September release includes the ability to search for track logs and view notes related to fuel prices.
Track Log Search
Quickly find one or more recorded track logs using the new search bar at the top of the Track Log view. You can search for track logs by departure or destination, aircraft (for track logs that are associated with one), GPS source, and device name.
Navigate to More > Track Logs and tap the bar at the top of the screen to start searching.
View important information related to FBO fuel prices, like whether tax is included, accepted payment methods, instructions for accessing or operating the pump, and more.
Any notes added by an FBO manager will appear directly below the list of fuel prices on that FBO’s detail view.
FBO managers can add fuel notes through their Directory account on ForeFlight’s web portal. To add fuel notes, navigate to your business’s page and click the Fuel tab at the top of the screen to access the Fuel Notes text box, just below the fuel prices.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 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.
Note regarding iPadOS: With this release, Apple has introduced a new name for its iPad-specific operating system: iPadOS. iPadOS builds on iOS and continues its version numbering, with iPadOS 13.1 being the first release under the new name. iPhones will continue to run on the iOS system, which is now also at 13.1. Moving forward, we will specify which operating system and device types our compatibility testing communications apply to: iOS, iPadOS, or both.