ForeFlight customers now have access to a wealth of new international NOTAMs in the app. In particular, all Canadian NOTAMs available on the NavCanada website are now available in ForeFlight, saving our Canadian and cross-border customers valuable flight planning time.
Most international airports now include NOTAMs for their FIR (Flight Information Region), which can be found under the ARTCC NOTAMs tab, as well as additional airport, obstacle, and TFR NOTAMs. The rate at which NOTAMs update in ForeFlight is also faster.
Although the number of NOTAMs available in ForeFlight has expanded greatly, it is not exhaustive, so be sure to check other sources for relevant NOTAMs when planning a flight outside the US.
ForeFlight 7.6 includes Logbook enhancements and expanded connectivity options with Garmin and Avidyne panel-mounted avionics.
Log Your Flights with Photo Memories
Photos take center stage in the Logbook enhancements delivered in ForeFlight 7.6. Now you can attach unlimited images—from your Photos app or fresh from your device’s camera—to flight entries, aircraft profiles, certificates, and endorsements. Use photos to capture the view on approach to the runway, keep a visual record of squawks, or take a selfie of you and your passengers. Once in Logbook, images can be cropped and rotated to your liking. As with all your Logbook data, these images are stored securely in the ForeFlight Cloud so you can access them from all of your devices.
We’ve also added an FAA 8710 report to serve as a guide for filling out your Airman Certificate/Rating Application. Both the 8710 and flight experience reports can be accessed from the new Reports section of the Logbook menu. You also have options to export to email or AirPrint from within the app.
Finally, medical and knowledge test certificates with issue and expiration dates can be added in the Qualifications section, along with new custom type ratings.
Expanded Connectivity with Garmin and New Integration with Avidyne
ForeFlight 7.6 includes full support for Garmin’s new GTX 345 ADS-B Out transponder, which can supply ForeFlight with ADS-B weather and traffic, WAAS GPS, and AHRS information, all while helping you meet the FAA’s 2020 ADS-B Out mandate. The GTX 345 connects to ForeFlight directly via Bluetooth — no Flight Stream required!
We’ve also partnered with Avidyne to enable connectivity between ForeFlight and the IFD540/440 FMS. The Wi-Fi connection sends GPS position data to ForeFlight and enables flight plan transfer from the IFD to ForeFlight.
Learn more about the ForeFlight Connect platform here.
ForeFlight Graphical Briefing is a comprehensive briefing with content derived from approved government sources. It includes all the elements of a standard preflight briefing prescribed by the FAA—adverse conditions, synopsis, current conditions, enroute and destination forecasts, NOTAMs, and more—delivered in a visually elegant design for enhanced readability. With this next generation briefing format, we believe you will enjoy and get more from the preflight briefing.
The Graphical Briefing is seamlessly integrated into the ForeFlight Mobile app and is presented in clearly organized sections, making it simple to tap through each element of the briefing in a logical sequence. Translated and raw text options are available, as well as full-color graphics, which help you better understand and consume briefing information.
Some helpful aspects of the new briefing include color-coding and notations to indicate if an advisory will be active or inactive during or near your passing time:
Also, colored dots used in conjunction with METARs and TAFs give you an at-a-glance view of current and forecast weather. In the first screenshot, green represents VFR, blue is marginal VFR, red is IFR, and magenta is low IFR.
In the TAF view, color-coding is again used to indicate the forecast flight category. Based on your planned departure time and aircraft profile, your passing time at each station is automatically calculated and plotted on the TAF:
The briefing is mobile and portable—once the briefing is retrieved, you do not need an Internet connection to access it again on the go. You can also view the briefing on any web browser by clicking the link in your confirmation email after you file your flight plan.
In addition, Graphical Briefings are timestamped and stored on your iPad and iPhone, and in the ForeFlight cloud, to record that you obtained weather and pertinent NOTAMs in compliant manner with 14 CFR 91.103(a) preflight action.
Graphical Briefing is available to all customers with ForeFlight Mobile 7.4 and beyond on both the iPad and iPhone. You can enable the briefing at any time by going to More > Settings > File & Brief, and tapping the ForeFlight Briefing slider so that it turns blue.
Coupled with the introduction of Logbook, we announced new subscription plans for individual pilots that are designed to give you even more value from your ForeFlight experience. Logbook is an essential part of your flight bag and so we made it a standard feature in both of the new plans.
The new Basic Plus plan includes everything in the current Basic plan plus Logbook and Weight & Balance for $99.99 USD/year. (Basic plan options are now available for Canada!)
The new Pro Plus plan includes everything in the current Pro plan plus Logbook and Synthetic Vision for $199.99 USD/year.
If you are on an existing Basic or Pro plan, you can still renew those plans.
Should you decide to upgrade to Basic Plus or Pro Plus, you will receive a prorated credit from your existing subscription, towards the new purchase, during the checkout process.
Each plan comes with one geo-region (Canada or US). You can now add a second geo-region for $100 USD.
You can also use our Build-Your-Own-Plan tool to add Logbook or other features à la carte.
Pilot weather reports are the eyes of the skies. They are not only consumed by pilots, but they are critical data for meteorologists as discussed in this earlier blog post. For example, SIGMETs for turbulence and icing often live and die by pilot reports. It’s rare to see a SIGMET issued for severe or extreme turbulence until pilots begin to report those conditions. As such they are an important part of any preflight briefing and are even more valuable as they trickle in over ADS-B while en route. That’s why we’ve given pilot report symbols used in ForeFlight a much needed facelift.
The new ForeFlight pilot weather report symbols help to quickly identify adverse weather along your proposed route of flight.
The hunt is over
In ForeFlight Mobile 7.5.2, we’ve significantly enhanced the way you see pilot weather reports displayed in the Map view. Prior to this release, pilot reports were loosely organized into three types, namely, turbulence, icing and sky & weather – each represented by a single pilot report symbol (chevron, snowflake and eyeball, respectively). However, this required you to tap on each and every PIREP marker to see important details such as altitude and intensity. Moreover, routine (UA) and urgent (UUA) pilot reports looked exactly the same. Now, standard pilot report symbology used in this release makes it clear as to the type of report, intensity, altitude (when known) and whether or not it’s an urgent pilot report without the need to tap on the pilot report symbol. So the hunt is over; with the added glance value, the truly nasty weather conditions reported by pilots jumps right out of the glass.
The good, the bad and the ugly
Pilots can include all sorts of things in a report, like seeing a flock of geese or even critters camping out on the runway. But reports of adverse weather (or lack thereof) of turbulence and icing are typically made through a subjective estimate of intensity. In order to enhance the glance value and minimize taps to get information, ForeFlight now uses standard pilot report symbols for turbulence and icing reports. Reports that do not contain turbulence or icing details are defaulted to use the legacy sky & weather “eyeball” symbol. These may contain reports of precipitation, cloud bases and cloud tops as well as outside air temperature and winds aloft (speed and direction).
Each icing and turbulence pilot weather report is shown in the ForeFlight Map view with one of the symbols above that depict the reported intensity. From left to right, the top row includes icing intensities of null (negative), light, moderate and severe. Also from left to right, the bottom row includes turbulence intensities of null (negative), light, moderate, severe and extreme.
Some intensity reports are “rounded up” to minimize the overall number of icons to remember. For example, you may notice in the symbols above that ForeFlight doesn’t use the official symbol for trace icing. Consequently, a report of trace icing is rounded up to use the light icing symbol. Similarly, we’re not providing a symbol for reports that straddle two intensities such as “moderate to severe.” Therefore, a “light to moderate” turbulence report will be rounded up to use the moderate turbulence symbol; a report of “moderate to severe” turbulence will be rounded up to use the severe turbulence symbol and so on.
All urgent pilot reports and reports of a severe nature will be tagged with a red badge to add increased glance value to those reports. For example, shown here is an urgent pilot weather report for severe turbulence at 8,000 ft MSL in the Florida Panhandle.
Above and beyond the different turbulence and icing symbols and to further attract your attention, urgent pilot reports in ForeFlight contain a red badge in the upper-right corner like the turbulence report shown above. These badges will typically be included on a turbulence or icing symbol for a report for severe or extreme turbulence and/or severe icing, respectively.
However, you may also see a red badge included with a weather & sky report like the one shown below. This is typically an urgent pilot report for low-level wind shear (LLWS) or mountain wave activity that did not also include any turbulence or icing details. Also, reports of hail, tornadoes, waterspouts or funnel clouds will be classified and tagged as urgent.
A red badge on a sky & weather (eyeball symbol) pilot report means that the report was tagged as urgent even though no icing or turbulence details were provided. Most of the time this means that low-level wind shear or mountain wave activity was reported by the pilot.
Altitude at a glance
If the pilot report contains a flight level (MSL altitude), this flight level is displayed below the symbol using three digits. For example, from the icing pilot report shown below, 057 is added below the symbol which identifies the reported altitude of 5,700 feet MSL.
A light icing pilot weather report at 5,700 feet MSL (FL057).
On the other hand, when the flight level is unknown (FLUNKN) as it is in the icing pilot report below, we will just show the appropriate symbol (turbulence, icing or sky & weather) without an altitude. Even so, there may be specific altitudes reported, but you’ll have to tap on the pilot report marker to examine the raw report for those details. In this case, light rime ice was reported between 6,000 and 4,500 feet MSL, for example.
Flight level in this light icing report is unknown (FLUNKN). Tapping on the report reveals more details.
I see double
If the pilot reported both icing and turbulence in the same report, you will see a pair of symbols side by side like the ones shown below with the center of the symbol pair representing the actual location of the report. This pair of report symbols indicates light icing and light turbulence at 16,000 feet MSL.
A pair of reports means that both icing and turbulence details were provided for the altitude shown in the marker.
Spreading the wealth
To keep everything consistent you will also see these standard symbols show up when tapping on the Map with the AIR/SIGMET/CWAs layer displayed. AIRMETs for turbulence and icing are displayed with their respective moderate symbol and SIGMETs for turbulence and icing will be displayed with their respective severe symbol. For example, in the list below, it’s very simple now to see that the last item in the popover is a SIGMET for turbulence.
Standard symbology is also used in the display of AIRMETs and SIGMETs for icing and turbulence.
Even though there’s now more information available at first glance, you will still want to examine the details of any relevant pilot reports by tapping on the specific markers. Like anything new, it may take a little while to get used to the new pilot report icons. But we feel that the use of standard symbology is critical for flight safety and these changes will provide less taps and a much higher glance value for determining the location and altitude of the most nasty weather being reported by pilots. Lastly, keep those pilot weather reports coming; they are important for all stakeholders in aviation safety.
Our first release of 2016, ForeFlight 7.5.2, brings refinements to Logbook and improved PIREP markers on the Maps view.
Access & Print Logbook Experience Reports From the App
You can now view, print, or email your flight experience summaries right from the app. From the Logbook view, select the desired period of time from the Entries section (last 7 days, 30 days, 90 days, 6 months, or 12 months) and then tap the Send To button in the upper-right corner.
Tap the Send To button in the upper right corner to view the selected report summary.
Tap Send To again to AirPrint the report or email it as a PDF attachment. Also added is a flight time summary for the last 90 days, giving you another option in viewing or sharing your flight totals with others.
In case you missed it, you can also export your logbook data to a spreadsheet file from
ForeFlight Web. Log in to plan.foreflight.com/logbook and click the Export tab.
At-A-Glance Pilot Reports
The Pilot Weather Report (PIREP) layer on the ForeFlight Maps view received a facelift, and the newly styled markers can now convey important information even before you tap on them. Icons representing icing, turbulence, and general sky and weather reports change their appearances based on the severity of the hazard, and also indicate the altitude at which the report was made, if available. The icons you see when viewing AIR/SIGMET summaries have also been updated to match the new PIREP markers. Check out Scott Dennstaedt’s article for an in-depth look at the marker enhancements.
Select PIREPs from the Map layer selector to view the newly styled PIREP markers.
As ForeFlight Directory Manager, I communicate daily with FBOs and other businesses of interest to pilots. I love to help businesses get the most out of their presence in the ForeFlight Business Directory, and to help ForeFlight subscribers know where to find that information. Here are some Pro Tips on ForeFlight Directory features that everyone can use:
Finding Fuel Prices
Fuel prices can be viewed as an interactive Map layer as well as within an FBO directory listing.
ForeFlight Directory List view shown on the Maps view. Turn on the “Fuel: 100LL” layer and tap on a marker to view FBO details.
The price that is shown on the Fuel: 100LL layer in the Maps view and on the FBO List view (found by tapping the FBOs button in the Airport view or by tapping on a marker in the Maps view) is a summary of the lowest price options. An FBO that sells both full-service and self-serve 100LL will likely have two different prices. Tap on the business listing to reveal more information and ensure you are viewing all available 100LL fuel prices.
In this example, tap directly on the ACI Jet listing to reveal more FBO details and all available retail fuel prices they offer.
We actively partner with FBOs to help them keep their listing information and fuel prices up-to-date. However, if you find the price you pay at the pump is different from our last update, you can help update the price right through the app. To submit fuel price updates, from the Airport view, tap FBOs, then tap on the FBO of choice. On the lower right corner, tap Update Fuel Prices. Enter the current price and tap Submit.
The ACI Jet detail view is shown here in the Airports view. The airport Comment and FBOs buttons are highlighted in the upper right. The Add Comment and Update Fuel Prices buttons specifically for ACI Jet are highlighted at the bottom of the listing window.
Many businesses add a custom description, tappable links to their website and social media, photos, affiliate service badges, and company logo. The Business Directory is rich with data and images to help pilots and trip planners make more informed decisions.
Sharing Your Experience With Comments
ForeFlight customers can submit two kinds of comments: feedback on the airport in general and feedback on the specific business they visited.
We hope you have a great experience to share with fellow pilots, however if there is an issue we encourage you to contact the FBO or other business directly first to resolve the situation. Comments are published unedited (with the exception of gate codes and special fuel prices) and identify you as the commenter using the part of your email address that is before the “@” sign.
Notice there are two areas within the Airport Comments section: Remarks and Comments. Remarks are official Airport Remarks published by the airport manager or sponsor through the FAA. Comments are submitted by ForeFlight subscribers and are based on the subscriber’s personal experience at that airport.
FBOs on Taxi Charts
We have received lots of positive feedback on our FBOs on Taxi Charts feature. Fuel seller locations are mapped with an interactive marker right on the taxi chart. Tap on the FBO button in the upper left area of the taxi chart to turn the markers on and off. Tap the marker to see information about the FBO without leaving the chart view.
FBOs on Taxi Charts makes FBOs easy to find after the pilot lands. All of the Directory listing details are available right on the taxi chart view.
We are thrilled to announce this exciting addition to ForeFlight. JetFuelX is a free web-based fuel card management service that makes it easy for owners and operators of turbine aircraft to save money by quickly finding the lowest prices available from their multiple jet fuel discount program memberships.
JetFuelX is designed to help everyone from individual pilots to large flight departments, including charter operators, quickly pinpoint the best jet fuel prices and eliminate the frustrating and time-consuming task of managing and comparing multiple fuel card and FBO discount programs. Customers can manage unlimited fuel card memberships and aircraft profiles, view all prices available at the planned destination, compare prices in real-time with nearby airports, and submit fuel releases in a matter of seconds. The simple search function returns discount pricing information at the planned destination, as well as the nearest airports, in a neatly organized list or interactive map view.
In addition, JetFuelX provides a solution for fuel providers and FBOs to efficiently distribute pricing data to their members. FBOs and fuel providers who are interested in integrating with JetFuelX, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.