VFR Arrival/Departure Routes Documents Available in Military Flight Bag

VFR Arrival/Departure Routes for Europe and Korea are now available to our Military Flight Bag customers. These documents include general and regional information as well as detailed procedures for many airports and heliports. Specific airport information was previously available in the Airport and Plates views, but now regional and supplemental information is available inside our Documents Catalog.

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To download these new documents, tap the Catalog button inside the Documents view of ForeFlight Mobile. Select the DOD catalog and scroll to the Supplements section.

ForeFlight Lands at 2015 Army Aviation Summit

ForeFlight at Army Aviation Summit.

Team ForeFlight lands in Nashville this week to participate for the first time in the annual Army Aviation Summit. ForeFlight is all about making your flight mission easier,  safer, and more productive. Come by Booth 1902 for a full demonstration of our Military Flight Bag (MFB) electronic flight bag solution.

MFB is your all-in-one app for digital access to charts and maps, weather, route planning, document management, and more. MFB is an enhanced version of ForeFlight Mobile Pro that integrates the global data set of the DAFIF, D-FLIP publications, AQP pages, and geo-referenced D-FLIP terminal procedures, airport diagrams, and enroute charts.

We have extensive MFB deployments in the Army and Army National Guard, United States Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps, with major deployments in Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), US Coast Guard, and US Army Operational Support Airlift Agency.

We can help get your electronic flight bag program off the ground! Reach out using the form here or see us in Booth 1902 at the Summit. Let’s get going on your ForeFlight Military Flight Bag deployment!

Learn more at: www.foreflight.com/military

Military Flight Bag FLIP script discontinued

We are ending support for the legacy Military Flight Bag (MFB) FLIP script. This script, introduced in January 2013, will no longer be updated and may not be compatible with any future changes to the FLIP DVD format.

We encourage our military and government customers to upgrade to the current version of ForeFlight’s Military Flight Bag (MFB). ForeFlight MFB supports global flight operations by providing a worldwide geo-referenced library of Department of Defense approach plates, airport diagrams, and chart coverage, all fully integrated with the ForeFlight Mobile Pro app. Pilots can overlay the geo-referenced procedures and diagrams onto global IFR enroute charts and other base maps for a seamless moving map view of own ship position along with hazard and weather information. We have recently expanded MFB to include full FLIP publications, including AQP pages and GIANT reports.

Learn more about ForeFlight Military Flight Bag at http://foreflight.com/military or contact us at sales@foreflight.com.

ForeFlight’s Military Flight Bag Is Ready For Duty

ForeFlight’s Military Flight Bag (MFB) is a service available to US military and government pilots who have approval to access the Department of Defense Flight Information Publications, or FLIP. MFB supports the global flight operations of these pilots by providing a worldwide geo-referenced library of Department of Defense approach plates, airport diagrams, and chart coverage, all fully integrated with the ForeFlight Mobile Pro app.

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Plate on Maps view is shown in the moving map mode with a geo-referenced FLIP approach chart.

For even greater situational awareness, pilots can overlay the geo-referenced procedures and diagrams onto IFR enroute charts, VFR sectionals, and other base maps for a seamless moving map view of own ship position along with hazard and weather information.

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Organize Flight Information Publication documents and more into binders. Stay current with Document Syncing.

ForeFlight’s Document manager organizes Flight Information Publications like Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) pages, Planning Change Notices, Area Planning Documents, Chart Supplements, Enroute Change Notices, and Terminal Change Notices.

Customers can also import their own documents and, with Document Syncing, keep all crew members up to date with current procedures and operating manuals. To ensure compliance, administrators can add and remove documents and monitor database currency on each device via a web-based tool.

Keeping MFB data current is easy via the in-app Download manager. This capability eliminates the need for the DVD, and all charts, documents and data are encrypted and delivered via Wi-Fi Internet.

Military Flight Bag can be purchased by qualified individual pilots on the ForeFlight website for $274.99 per year. Customers with an existing ForeFlight Mobile Standard or Pro service, will see a pro-rated credit at checkout for Military Flight Bag. To get started, visit www.foreflight.com/military.

Organizations that are interested in multi-pilot accounts should contact sales@foreflight.com for pricing information. Multi-pilot accounts are great for crews who wish to manage ForeFlight access for two or more pilots in a single administrative interface.

ForeFlight Mobile 5.6: File Smarter, Fly More Places

ForeFlight Mobile 5.6 is now available for download at App Store. The highlights of this update include enhanced flight plan filing options – including ICAO flight plan form support –  as well as complete worldwide coverage for military pilots and all supplemental DOD/DFLIP/DAFIF data.

ForeFlight Mobile 5.6 requires iOS 6 or later.

Filing Smarter with ForeFlight Mobile and Lockheed Martin AFSS

We are always looking for ways to make you more productive and efficient during every flight, and modernized briefings and flight plan filing is an important goal of ours this year. With this update we continue to build a foundation that streamlines those activities.

ForeFlight now primarily files flight plans directly via the modernized Lockheed Martin Flight Services AFSS interfaces (we also continue to file via DUATS if that is your preference). One of the benefits when using the AFSS interface is that Flight Service specialists will see flight plan details and can therefore more quickly provide you briefings and open VFR flight plans. Another benefit is faster search and rescue response times in the event they are needed.

Due to FAA policy and technical limitations, when you file flight plans via the DUAT or DUATS systems, flight service is not able to easily obtain that plan information (it may already be ‘gone to Center’ and unavailable). That limitation results in your having to regurgitate your entire flight plan in order to get a briefing or open a VFR flight plan – that is frustrating on the ground, and even more frustrating when airborne, in turbulence, and busy. We worked around the limitation to improve service to ForeFlight customers by collaborating with Lockheed Martin and taking advantage of modernized AFSS interface capabilities.

You don’t need to do anything special to take advantage of the AFSS interfaces. Whether you have entered your DUATS credentials or not, the ForeFlight servers always send a copy of your flight plan to Flight Service whenever you file via ForeFlight Mobile. If you haven’t filed via ForeFlight Mobile before, take it for a spin. When you file with ForeFlight Mobile, you get better Flight Service support, flight alerts, and recorded briefings that prove you comply with Part 91.103.

What’s New in File & Brief

Once you have planned your route using the Airport and Maps view, you are only a few taps away from filing your plan via the app. Simply tap the Send To button on the Nav Log and select File & Brief. Or, go to the File & Brief view and tap “New Flight Plan”. On the flight plan form is a new field labelled ‘Form Type’ that allows you to choose between FAA/Domestic or ICAO flight plan forms.

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Choose between FAA/Domestic or ICAO flight plan forms in the File & Brief view.

Besides being immediately integrated with Flight Services, filing directly through ForeFlight gives you digital notifications, aircraft profile management, and stored access to previously filed flight plans. Email notifications from ForeFlight document and timestamp the filing process so you know your request is in the system. You will receive three emails after you Brief then File your plan:

  1. One is a summary and confirmation of your filed flight plan.

  2. The second email contains your weather briefing. This briefing contains much of the same information you would receive calling 800-WX-BRIEF and speaking with a Flight Service Specialist. You can also revisit the briefing anytime within the app by tapping ‘Brief’ in the File & Brief view.

  3. If you filed IFR, you will receive an email alert with your expected route of flight, if available, or a note that an expected route was not received from ATC.

iOS technology also allows us to deliver Flight Alert push notifications directly to all your iPads and iPhones. Flight Alerts notify you when an expected route is issued by ATC. Tap on the notification to automatically update your Nav Log and your in-flight moving map is ready to go with the changes.

Managing your aircraft profile(s) in the app is easy, and once established, your default values are automatically copied into your next flight plan. Previous flight plans may also be stored so you can copy, edit, and re-file without having to start from scratch.

It’s all about refining and streamlining the steps to get you in the air. There is more to come, but it starts with using mobile technology to do more of the work so you can focus on flying the plane.

File ICAO for US Domestic Flights

When flying internationally or crossing foreign airspace (common in the great lakes regions), you must file ICAO flight plans to be compliant with the regulations. However, there are reasons you may be required to file using the ICAO format for US Domestic flights, like Performance Based Navigation, RVSM, or ADS-B.

If you normally file using the FAA/Domestic format, we encourage you to consider the benefits of filing ICAO. The ICAO format collects additional bits of information about your flight and aircraft profile that increase safety and may help with potential search and rescue efforts. If you are flying over remote areas, you can indicate what survival gear or emergency radios you have onboard. Flying over the Great Lakes? You can report details about dinghy equipment.

By filing ICAO, you can note special flight status, such as medical flight, medical evacuation, fire-fighting, search and rescue, or humanitarian. Communicating these extra details to Flight Service before you even depart can make your flight handling go more smoothly.

File ICAO for IFR Flights to Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, and Everywhere In Between!

As we expand our geographic coverage, so does our flight plan filing support. Our support for filing ICAO flight plans lets you file IFR flights to and from the US and within Canada, Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mexico.

File from the US to any country

File from the US to any country

Complete Worldwide Coverage for Military Flight Bag with DOD Data

ForeFlight Mobile 5.6 introduces the completed worldwide coverage of Department of Defense DFLIP data including: approach plates, enroute charts, and DAFIF nav data. In addition to Central and South America, Pacific, Australasia, and Antarctica, ForeFlight’s Military Flight Bag now offers: Africa, Canada, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and United States.

Military Flight Bag is a service available to military, state and federal agencies, and DOD contractors who have approval to access the Department of Defense Flight Information Publications (FLIP) and who have an active ForeFlight Mobile subscription. For information on adding Military Flight Bag to your ForeFlight subscription, please email sales@foreflight.com.

Enable Ownship Setting

One final note for our customers with limited approval for use of the Ownship feature, we have modified the “Disable Ownship” setting to “Enable Ownship” and added an option for Ownship location to automatically be shown on the airport diagram when traveling at 40 knots or slower.

5.6 is a free update for current subscribers. Click here for instructions on updating to the latest version.

Military Flight Bag: 1309 Central/South America Charts

Data updates are now available to Military Flight Bag (MFB) 2.0 customers for the August 22 – October 17, 2013 period:

  • DFLIP Central/South America IFR High enroute charts (CSA H1-H6)
  • DFLIP Central/South America IFR Low enroute charts (CSA L1-L18)
  • DFLIP Central/South America IFR Area insets (CSA A1-A3)

MFB 2.0 expands the feature set for ForeFlight customers that utilize Department of Defense aeronautical information. Utilizing the FBTiles specification we publicly released last month, MFB 2.0 expands ForeFlight’s en-route chart coverage area and lays the foundation for additional coverage expansion throughout the rest of the year.

Department of Defense, Homeland Security, State and Federal agencies, and foreign forces interested in learning more about MFB 2.0 can contact sales@foreflight.com.

Military Flight Bag 2.0 Released

Today we released ForeFlight Mobile 5.3.2. Although it’s a minor dot release that primarily includes bug fixes, it also includes support for Military Flight Bag 2.0.

MFB 2.0 expands the feature set for ForeFlight customers that utilize Department of Defense aeronautical information. Utilizing the FBTiles specification we publicly released last month, MFB 2.0 expands ForeFlight’s en-route chart coverage area and lays the foundation for additional coverage expansion throughout the rest of the year.

Department of Defense, Homeland Security, State and Federal agencies, and foreign forces interested in learning more about MFB 2.0 can contact sales@foreflight.com.