See What’s New in ForeFlight Military Flight Bag

Welcome to our Military Newsletter, a quarterly email to keep you informed and updated on the latest features in ForeFlight MFB. ForeFlight adds new features and updates monthly. You can see all of ForeFlight’s latest releases here.

Meet Sentry Plus, the latest in portable ADS-B.

Sentry Plus is the latest addition to ForeFlight’s ADS-B product suite and a powerful and compact package to enhance any airman’s cockpit. Sentry Plus builds on the award-winning capabilities of prior devices in the Sentry family with innovative new features.

Sentry Plus features include:

  • Dual-Band ADS-B In: Display ADS-B traffic and weather in ForeFlight + Weather Replay
  • FLARM Traffic: Display FLARM traffic in ForeFlight
  • Live Data Display: OLED screen displaying real time data and connection status
  • CO Monitor: Detect and warn of Carbon Monoxide with audible + in-app alerts
  • AHRS: Display pitch and bank in Synthetic Vision for backup attitude
  • WAAS GPS: Display ownship position in ForeFlight to 1-meter accuracy
  • Flight Data Recorder: Record flights with detailed metrics to import and review in ForeFlight
  • G-Load: Display live g-Load in ForeFlight + record and debrief with Track Logs

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.

To plan an altitude change at a specific waypoint, tap the waypoint’s bubble in the FPL Route Editor and tap Set Altitude/Speed/Time, or tap the waypoint’s label in Profile View.

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, or by editing the waypoint directly from the Maps view.

Hide Pilot Info From Filing Form

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. The new setting appears at the very bottom of the ICAO and DD-1801 flight plan forms after tapping Proceed to File in ForeFlight Mobile, and is enabled by default to automatically hide the pilot’s name on the flight plan form. 

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.

This setting is currently only available on mobile devices.

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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. 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.

Enhanced Metric & Orientation Settings

Distance Rings in Kilometers

Easily gauge the distance to your surroundings in kilometers with a new Distance Rings setting. Enable Distance Rings in Map Settings > Distance Rings, and tap any of the three labels attached to Distance Rings to change the unit of measurement to kilometers.

Altitude Instruments in Meters

Customize the units of altitude displayed by the Map’s Instrument Panel for inflight reference with the new Altitude Instruments menu, available in More > Settings > Units/Time. 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).

Bearing and Track Orientation SettingDisplay bearing and track measurements for the Ruler, Synthetic Vision, and relevant Cockpit Instruments using either Magnetic (default) or True North. Access this feature in More > Settings > Units/Time > Bearing and Track Instruments.

Selective Content Pack Downloads on Mobile

Multi-pilot account administrators who distribute a large number of Content Packs via Cloud Documents can use a new setting on ForeFlight Web to help their pilots save on-device space by allowing them to selectively download only the Content Packs they need.

The new “Automatic Content Packs Download” setting is enabled by default to match the current behavior, and is available on ForeFlight Web in Account > Integrations > Cloud Documents. Turning off the new setting allows account users to choose which content packs they wish to download from the list of all available content packs in More > Custom Content, similar to how they download Cloud Documents.

ForeFlight Launches Sentry Plus ADS-B Receiver, Newest and Most Advanced Product in the Sentry Line of Life Saving Pilot Accessories

Sentry Plus is the latest addition to ForeFlight’s ADS-B product suite, offering new features such as longer battery life, a high-performance flight data recorder, g-Load meter, support for FLARM traffic, and much more.

Developed in collaboration with and manufactured by Montana-based avionics company uAvionix, Sentry Plus builds on the award-winning capabilities of prior devices in the Sentry family with powerful new features and industry-leading battery life at a competitive price of US$799, and is available for purchase from Sporty’s Pilot Shop in the United States and SkyFox and CAE Aviation in Europe.

“We continue to expand the Sentry family of affordable ADS-B products with the most advanced portable receiver yet,” said Tim Schuetze, ForeFlight President. “Sentry Plus combines the best of previous devices with new innovations to make flying and logging even easier — for every kind of pilot. We’re proud to offer the only device on the market combining so many powerful features in such a compact and affordable device.” 

Sentry Plus integrates all the capabilities of prior Sentry devices, including ADS-B In weather and traffic, WAAS GPS, carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring and alerting, AHRS pitch and bank, and more, with powerful new features in an innovative and compact design. 

“The Sentry product line has proven to be a literal life-saver for many pilots, both as a weather and traffic awareness tool, and as a carbon monoxide monitor.” said Christian Ramsey, uAvionix President. “The Sentry Plus’ evolution represents direct customer feedback for expanded capabilities and life saving features. The partnership between ForeFlight and uAvionix continues to drive innovation that results in amazing products for our pilot community.”

Its most prominent feature, a 1.3” OLED screen, displays connection information and live flight metrics, including a new g-Load meter to monitor and record inflight acceleration. Its contoured, wallet-sized case maximizes GPS and ADS-B antenna reception, while boasting a record-breaking 18+ hour battery life for reliable all-day operation.

Sentry Plus also introduces a new high-performance flight data recorder to automatically record, save, and transfer detailed track logs to ForeFlight Mobile in seconds for postflight review and logging. Add to this an Auto Power On/Off setting while connected to ship power, and Sentry Plus is capable of down-to-the-minute Hobbs time tracking to streamline the flight logging process even further.

And in a first for portable receivers, Sentry Plus’s antennas are optimized for concurrent UAT and European FLARM reception, enabling pilots in Europe to see and avoid nearby traffic using this popular short-range position reporting standard. A FLARM decoding license is required to receive and display FLARM traffic and can be purchased as part of a ForeFlight subscription at foreflight.com/buy.

FULL FEATURE LIST

Small Case, Big Battery
With an industry-leading 18 hour battery life in a sturdy and lightweight case, Sentry Plus is ready to support you on the longest hauls.

OLED Data Display
A first-of-a-kind OLED data display provides connection and device status, plus live flight metrics including g-load, GPS accuracy, and more.

High-Performance Track Logging
Never lose a flight with automatic on-device track logging and seamless importing to ForeFlight for postflight review, plus down-to-the-minute Hobbs time logging when connected to onboard power.

AHRS for Backup Attitude + g-Load
Sentry Plus’s Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) provides a real-time depiction of your aircraft’s pitch and bank in ForeFlight. Flexible calibration options allow you to get accurate AHRS data no matter where you mount Sentry in your aircraft. Plus, deepen your debrief in Track Log Review with the new g-Load layer for direct comparisons with other metrics like pitch, bank, speed, and altitude.

Carbon Monoxide Monitor
Just like its predecessor, Sentry Plus provides a built-in carbon monoxide sensor and alerting system, with an audio and in-app alert when CO concentration reaches hazardous levels. The LED indicator also provides a visual indication of CO levels.

ADS-B Weather (limited to US and other supported regions)
Sentry Plus delivers subscription-free FIS-B weather & data. Display animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, PIREPs, textual winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information on ForeFlight Mobile.

ADS-B + FLARM Traffic
Get help in “seeing and avoiding” with dynamic traffic display in ForeFlight from ADS-B Out equipped aircraft. Additionally, Sentry Plus’s antennas are optimized for European FLARM reception in addition to ADS-B, allowing glider pilots and others in Europe to use their preferred traffic network (requires the purchase of a FLARM license via foreflight.com/buy to enable).

High-Precision GPS
Pilotage meets the 21st century with Sentry Plus’s highly-accurate WAAS GPS providing down-to-the-meter position data. See your aircraft position on ForeFlight’s moving map display and innovative Plates on Map feature. View a variety of inflight data, including ground speed, altitude, ETE, distance to destination, and more.

Wi-Fi Client Support
No need to choose between Sentry Plus and your existing cockpit Wi-Fi solution with support for Wi-Fi client connections. Setup is quick and easy thanks to the OLED display, and Sentry Plus will automatically connect to known client Wi-Fi networks for a set-it-and-forget-it solution.

Protect Yourself & Your Passengers

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a recommendation that the FAA require all enclosed-cabin aircraft with reciprocating engines to be equipped with a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. This decision came after reviewing several fatal accidents and determining their cause to be carbon monoxide poisoning.

You can read the entire report from the NTSB here.

ForeFlight’s Sentry Plus and Sentry ADS-B receivers meet the recommendation and provide a simple solution to protecting you and your passengers from this invisible danger with a built-in carbon monoxide sensor. When using a Sentry device in conjunction with the ForeFlight app, an audio alert is delivered through compatible headsets, and both Sentry Plus and Sentry provide a visual indication when CO levels in the cabin are dangerously high.

The portable and affordable Sentry devices also deliver additional safety benefits such as ADS-B weather and traffic and WAAS GPS making them the most advanced ADS-B & GPS receivers in the industry.

Not sure which Sentry device is right for you? Compare devices here.

Additional Safety Features

Inflight Traffic Alerts

ForeFlight doesn’t just show you where the traffic is, it tells you. Visual and audio alerts provide the distance, direction, and relative altitude of ADS-B traffic targets.

Additionally, our Sentry Plus device has multi-band radio antennas that are optimized for European FLARM reception in addition to ADS-B, allowing pilots in Europe to tune in to their preferred traffic network.

Synthetic Vision

ForeFlight Synthetic Vision provides a backup glass cockpit on your iPad that can help you stay aware of your position and surroundings in normal and emergency operations. Combined with Sentry, Synthetic Vision provides super responsive pitch and bank in addition to terrain and obstacle depictions.

Inflight Weather

With Sentry you can access subscription-free FIS-B weather & data. Display animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, PIREPs, textual winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information on ForeFlight Mobile.

Inflight GPS

Sentry’s highly-accurate WAAS GPS shows your aircraft position on ForeFlight’s moving map display and innovative Plates on Map feature. Sentry supports four GNSS systems (WAAS GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and BeiDu), and can track three constellations concurrently for redundant location tracking. View a variety of inflight data, including ground speed, altitude, ETE, distance to destination, and more.

Testimonials

“Because of [Sentry], I was able to make the right decision at the right time, in time, to get us on the ground safely.”
MICHAEL SCHMIDT: A PILOT FROM WASHINGTON STATE
“If we didn’t have our Sentry connected to my iPad and ForeFlight, we would [have] never known.
FRANK BAGHERI: CFI / CFII / CIVIL AIR PATROL (CAP) MISSION PILOT
I’m pretty sure something bad would have happened if we hadn’t had the Sentry.
RYAN KNAUER: CORPORATE PILOT / FORMER FIREFIGHTER AND FLIGHT PARAMEDIC
[Sentry] made a believer out of me.”
MIKE MCCLENDON:BRIGADIER GENERAL IN THE AIR FORCE & FOREFLIGHT MILITARY CONSULTANT

Sentry Portable Receiver Available For Purchase In Europe

One device – many safety features.  Technology and convenience come together to bring you a powerful, portable device designed to enhance safety in the cockpit. Sentry’s power efficient design enables you to fly all day with 12 hours of continuous use.  Connect your iPad or iPhone directly to Sentry’s integrated Wi-Fi network and receive carbon monoxide alerts, GPS data, backup attitude, and pressure altitude all displayed in the ForeFlight Mobile app.  

With its global capabilities, Sentry will help you fly to your next destination with added safety and reliability. Now available for purchase in Europe.  Get yours today from one of our local retailers.

Built-in Carbon Monoxide Sensor

An invisible danger doesn’t have to be a silent one.  Protect yourself and your passengers with a loud, distinctive alarm when CO concentration reaches hazardous levels. When Sentry is used in conjunction with the ForeFlight app,  an audio alert is also delivered through compatible headsets, and an alert message is displayed on the screen. The middle LED indicator on Sentry also provides a visual indication of the CO level.

Reliable GPS Technology

Compact, portable, precise. Sentry’s GPS function allows you to optimize your route and more without the need for additional avionic devices. Sentry supports both the GPS (SBAS capable) and GLONASS constellations providing you with increased redundancy and safety of flight.  See your aircraft position on ForeFlight’s moving map display and innovative Plates on Map feature.

AHRS for Backup Attitude

Increase situational awareness with a backup glass cockpit on your iPad that depicts real-time pitch and bank of your aircraft in ForeFlight Mobile during normal and emergency operations.  Simply sync your Sentry with ForeFlight’s Synthetic Vision and view responsive pitch and bank as well as terrain and obstacle depictions (Also available in 3D Review). Whether you’re flying through the flat lands or in the Swiss Alps, Synthetic Vision clearly defines the ups and downs of rolling terrain providing both depth and realism.  Sentry’s Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) offers flexible calibration options so you always get accurate data no matter where your device is mounted.  Additionally, you can easily view your pressure altitude or cabin pressure in ForeFlight Mobile.

ADS-B Traffic

 Improve situational awareness with ADS-B traffic. Connect to ForeFlight Mobile and view ADS-B Out equipped traffic targets that may be a potential threat.

Compact and Easy to Use

No need to further complicate your cockpit. With no hardware to assemble or software to download, simply position the secure RAM® mount on any window surface and snap Sentry into place.  Flying multiple aircraft? Sentry’s quick release mechanism allows you to attach or remove it in under a second so you can take it wherever you need to go, whether that be at home or abroad.  Easily connect your Sentry to any ForeFlight subscription plan and share routes with up to 5 devices on Sentry’s network. Packed with a power efficient battery, feel free to fly all day with 12 hours of continuous use.

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All ForeFlight subscription plans support connectivity with Sentry. To learn more information about Sentry, visit Flywithsentry.com or buy now from one of our local retailers.

Improved Traffic Alerting, Specify Approach Minimums on the Map, and More in ForeFlight 13

ForeFlight 13 brings Improved Traffic Alerting Behavior, the ability to specify Approach Minimums on the Map, NOTAMs via Jeppesen, and more.

Improved Traffic Alerting Behavior

Inflight Traffic Alerts warn you of potentially dangerous traffic earlier, with two different alert levels giving you more time to see and avoid nearby traffic. 

Inflight Traffic Alerts require a connected ADS-B receiver such as Sentry. Enable or disable Inflight Traffic Alerts in More > Settings > Alerts.

The new alerting behavior takes into account each aircraft’s speed and direction of flight relative to your own, allowing ForeFlight to evaluate potential threats more reliably and alert you more quickly.

Traffic Alerts are broken up into two stages of warnings. The alert system first highlights approaching traffic targets in yellow if a target’s path will intersect a threshold of 2nm horizontally and 1200ft vertically of your ownship in the next 45 seconds. If the target will intersect a 1.3nm horizontal and 1200ft vertical threshold in the next 25 seconds, ForeFlight will highlight the target red and display a visual and audio alert.  This allows you to spot dangerous targets more quickly and make adjustments. 

Since ForeFlight uses aircraft speed and direction to calculate it’s future positioning, an aircraft that is further away from you but moving fast can be alerted before a target nearer to you.

Red traffic targets that are no longer an immediate hazard will turn yellow for 15 seconds to ensure that you have a chance to see the target on the map.

Turn on Distance Rings in Map Settings (gear icon in the maps view) to get a better sense of how far away targets are from your aircraft. 


Specify Approach Minimums

Specify an altitude minimum in Procedure Advisor when adding an IFR approach to your route to display the minimum directly on the map for quick reference during final approach. Approach Minimum labels are available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

After choosing an approach in Procedure Advisor, enter an approach minimum in the Altitude (MSL) field on the left before adding the approach to your route. ForeFlight approximates the corresponding AGL altitude and displays it below the field.

Once you add the approach to your route the minimum appears as a prominent magenta label at the very end of the route on the map.

You can change or clear the Approach Minimum value without reopening Procedure Advisor by tapping the approach’s name in the Flight Plan Editor and tapping Change Minimum.


NOTAMs via Jeppesen

NOTAMs and NOTAM-derived information in ForeFlight now come from Jeppesen’s high-quality NOTAM data feed, resulting in greater accuracy and broader international coverage.

While many other NOTAM providers only include NOTAMs designated as “international”, Jeppesen’s feed integrates the full set of domestic NOTAMs from many countries that are often excluded from other NOTAM feeds. ForeFlight uses Jeppesen-sourced NOTAMs for Airport NOTAMs, Graphical NOTAMs on the Maps view, ForeFlight’s Graphical Briefing, and more.


Daily/Hourly Weather Improvements

Daily/Hourly Weather now shows the forecast quantity of precipitation per hour (if greater than 0.1 inches) next to the probability of precipitation in the upper-third of the Daily Weather window. You can change the quantity of precipitation units to millimeters in More > Settings > Units/Time > Precip Amount. Daily/Hourly Weather also displays each day’s sunrise and sunset times near the top of the appropriate Hourly Forecast column in the center third of the window. 


Auto-Center Internet Traffic

Easily keep track of any Internet Traffic target with the new Auto-Center button in the Traffic Information popup. With the Traffic map layer enabled and while connected to the internet, tap on any traffic target and tap the reticle button to center and lock the map on the traffic target. Disable Auto-Center mode by tapping the button again or tapping elsewhere on the map.

Searching for a traffic target by registration or call sign will also enable Auto-Center by default when you select it from the search results list.

Enhanced 3D Review, Import G1000 Track Logs, Plain-Text PIREPs, and more in ForeFlight 12

Our first release of 2020 includes new Camera Modes & Route Line depiction in 3D Review, support for importing G1000 track logs into ForeFlight, plain-text PIREPs on the Maps view, and more. ForeFlight 12 is available for download now on the App Store.

Camera Modes & Route Line in 3D Review

Follow planned and recorded flights from a new interactive third-person view of your aircraft and route line. Use the new Camera Mode buttons in the bottom-left of 3D Review to switch between first- and third-person modes. In third-person mode the camera stays centered on your aircraft, allowing you to pan, tilt, and zoom the view to see it from any angle.

In both modes your route line appears as a blue curtain that the aircraft travels along, making it easy to see your route’s path before and after your current position.

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Track Logs recorded with an AHRS-capable device like Sentry will incorporate pitch and bank data into the blue aircraft’s movements in both first-person and third-person modes.

3D Review is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

Import G1000 Track Logs

ForeFlight can now import and display track logs recorded by a Garmin G1000, making it easier for G1000 owners to keep their track logs organized and accessible in one place. 

A suitably configured G1000 can save recorded track logs as CSV files on an SD card inserted into the top slot of the MFD. If you’ve already extracted these files onto your home computer or laptop, you can transfer them to ForeFlight via AirDrop, iTunes file transfer, or by sharing through email or other apps that you can access on your iOS device. Tap the new Import button in the top-right corner of ForeFlight’s Track Log view to find and import G1000 track logs on your device or on an SD card connected with an adapter.

However, you can also transfer fresh track log files without even leaving your aircraft with the help of an SD card adapter. Use an adapter that matches your device’s data and charging port (either USB-C or Lightning cable) and make sure your device is running iOS 13 or later.

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Insert the SD card from the G1000 into the adapter, then plug it into your iOS device. Open ForeFlight and go to More > Track Logs, then tap the Import button in the top-right. Tap the Import from G1000 option to open the iOS Files app, then tap the Locations button in the top-left to find the SD card in the list. Tap on it and tap the Data Log folder to see the individual track log files on the card. Tap on a track log file to import it to ForeFlight.

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ForeFlight will prompt you to specify the tail number associated with the track log if you haven’t imported flights from that aircraft before, but it will automatically apply the tail number for subsequent track logs from the same aircraft. After providing it or skipping this step, the track log will appear in the list with a NEW icon to help you find it. The Track Log list shows which flights were recorded with a G1000, and you can easily see all of your imported track logs by searching G1000 at the top of the page. If ForeFlight can’t successfully import a G1000 track log for any reason it will generate a text file explaining the error, along with the original track log in a zip file. Tap Export Now to share the zip file via AirDrop or other apps.

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Imported G1000 track logs support all the same features as native ForeFlight track logs, so you can debrief the flight using Track Log Review, follow it in 3D Review, and send it to your Logbook for easy recordkeeping.

Plain Text PIREPs

ForeFlight will now translate and display PIREP information in a more readable format, similar to how ForeFlight displays METARs and TAFs. ForeFlight also already provides a plain text translation of PIREPs as part of the Graphical HTML Briefing.

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International Navlog Template

International_navlog_wwwChange the layout of ForeFlight’s Navlog with the new “International” template, offering an alternative format with more space for note-taking and other changes. Tap the Navlog Settings button (cog button) in the top-right corner while viewing a Navlog to select the International template, and refresh the Navlog to generate the new template.  The International template includes extra space for notes, including your ATIS, clearance, and inflight actuals, as well as a layout that some operators may prefer for international flights. The International Navlog Template is available with ForeFlight Performance plans

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Tap on Distance Rings to Change Style

Quickly change the Distance Rings style on the Maps view by tapping any of the distance or time labels attached to each ring. You can then select any of the available styles, including Automatic (Distance), Automatic (Time), or five fixed distance and time settings. Enable Distance Rings in the Map Overlays section of the Map Settings menu (the “gear” button to the right of FPL) on the Maps view.

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Biplane and Floatplane Location Markers

New location markers representing a Biplane and a Floatplane are now available to display your GPS location on the map during a flight. Select the new location markers or choose from many other civilian and military aircraft in More > Settings > Current Location Marker.

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ForeFlight’s Safety Features and the Nall Accident Report

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. 

Screen Shot 2019-11-13 at 11.51.17 AMTakeoff 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. 

 

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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. 

 

IMG_0593Among 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. 

 

IMG_0719 copyAdditionally, 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. 

weather layers on mapIn 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. 

Track Log Review, Alternate Advisor, and More in ForeFlight 11.5

ForeFlight 11.5 brings more great features and enhancements including a graphical Track Log Review for better postflight analysis, Alternate Advisor to help you quickly find a good alternate airport, the ability to select runways on the Maps view, and more.

Track Log Review

Track Log Review in ForeFlight is an integrated flight debriefing tool that allows you to simultaneously view and compare multiple types of data throughout the flight, making it easy to assess maneuvers and other aspects of flights. This new graphical Track Log view provides detailed metrics for better postflight debrief, an interactive graph that allows you to better analyze your Track Logs, and a timeline to review every step of your flight.

Tap the Hide/Show Graph button in the lower-right corner to show the Track Log graph or view the map in fullscreen. You can pan and zoom around the map and tap the Fit to Route button in the lower-left corner to recenter the map on the route.

Track Log Graph shows changes in a flight’s altitude and speed based on GPS data, as well as pitch and bank if you recorded the track log with an AHRS-capable device like Sentry. This allows you to view two types of data streams at once and cycle through different data combinations to fully assess your flight data. The graph values on the left and right vertical axes correspond to the order of the selected buttons, e.g. if you have Speed and Pitch selected, the left axis will display speed values and the right axis will display pitch values.

Tap the Play button in the bottom-left of the view to replay your flight in fast-forward mode. Tap-hold on the moving time marker to manually scrub through the timeline and highlight flight data at different points, while the airplane marker follows the flight path on the overhead map. Use two fingers to pinch-zoom within the graph to see any part of the flight in more detail, then scrub with one finger to move the window to other parts of the flight. While zoomed in, the visible portion of the route is denoted on the overhead map in blue, while parts of the flight not in the view are shown in orange. The blue section of the route moves with the graph window as you zoom or pan within the graph.

Access additional Track Log information by tapping the Info button in the top right of the Track Log Review page. View textual information about the track log, including the flight summary; distance, time, and speed metrics; out, off, on, and in times; an associated Logbook entry if one exists, and add or view your notes for the Track Log.

Tap the Send To button in the top right to share the Track Log, create a new Logbook entry, open it in other apps like Google Earth, and more.

Alternate Advisor

ForeFlight’s Alternate Advisor simplifies the process of choosing a good alternate airport by providing a list of suggestions to help you narrow your options. Alternate Advisor uses a similar interface to the Route Advisor with a popup window that has a map and a list of airports to choose from.

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You can access Alternate Advisor on the Flights view by tapping on the Alternate line near the top of the page. Alternate Advisor’s interactive map shows your arrival at the destination airport, with gray lines connecting the airport to each of the proposed alternates, which are listed below. Tap on each airport in the list to highlight its line on the map.

Each suggestion includes information about the airport and your aircraft’s performance if you select it as your alternate. Wind and visibility information from a METAR, TAF, or MOS forecast is shown on the first line under the airport name, followed by tower and runway information, followed by the list of instrument approach types supported at that airport. To the right of each suggestion are performance results showing how much extra time and fuel would be required to reach that airport from your destination.

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ForeFlight uses a number of criteria to narrow the list of suggested alternatives, including distance and fuel range considerations, whether the airport is closed by NOTAM, the presence of available instrument approaches, and forecast weather conditions. Additionally, ForeFlight will prioritize any airport that you’ve previously used as an alternate on flights with the same destination.

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You can manually search for an airport not shown in the list by typing its identifier into the Alternate field to add it to the map and display its information above the airport list. Once you’ve decided which airport to use, tap the button at the bottom of the window to add that airport as your alternate. ForeFlight will still alert you if your chosen alternate exceeds your max usable fuel.

Select Runway on Maps

IMG_0409You can now highlight your intended runways for any airports in your flight plan on the  Maps view. Tap on the airport bubbles in the Maps view Route Editor to select a runway. A list of runways for that airport will drop down with “Best Wind” indicating which runways have a headwind.

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Selecting runways in the Route Editor automatically selects those runways in the Takeoff & Landing Performance views after you send the route to the Flights view. Selecting runways in the Flights view and sending it to the Maps view will also highlight the selected runways with chevrons.

 

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Organized Track Systems (OTS) Filtering

A new Maps setting lets you filter oceanic tracks on the Aeronautical map by direction so you can declutter the map and only see the tracks relevant to your current flight.

Under Map Settings > Airways, select Easterly tracks, Westerly tracks, or all tracks. Organized Track Systems are included in ForeFlight Performance plans.

Expanded European Coverage

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All European subscribers can now download AIPs for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Greenland, which include IFR procedure charts and airport diagrams for all countries; VFR procedure charts for the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland; IFR High and Low enroute charts for the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia; and documents for all countries. Jeppesen’s IFR and VFR aeronautical data is also included for all countries except Greenland (IFR data only).

A wide range of new optional add-ons from DFS and Rogers Data are also available to enhance your visual flying.

  • DFS VFR 500 Charts covering the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland, along with an “All Europe” VFR/Visual 500 Chart combo that provides access to all DFS VFR charts available through ForeFlight.
  • Rogers Data VFR 500k charts covering Italy, Great Britain and Ireland, Spain and Portugal, France and Corsica, VFR 200k charts covering Austria and Slovenia, and Rogers Data VFR 500k Charts Combo covering most of central, southern, and eastern Europe.

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ForeFlight can now decode and display FLARM traffic data from uAvionix’s SkyEcho 2 portable GPS and ADS-B transceiver. FLARM traffic appears on ForeFlight’s map just like ADS-B traffic, with basic information about each traffic target.

ForeFlight requires a FLARM Decoding License to display FLARM traffic when connected to a SkyEcho 2. You can purchase a FLARM Decoding License on ForeFlight’s website.

ForeFlight Introduces Sentry™: A Compact, Powerful, Next-Generation Portable ADS-B Receiver

Sentry™ is sure to impress – offering inflight weather and traffic on ForeFlight, AHRS, internal WAAS GPS, longer battery life, onboard storage for weather replay, and a CO sensor and alarm system for added safety.

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HOUSTON, TX | July 10, 2018: ForeFlight, creator of the widely used ForeFlight Mobile Integrated Flight App, today announced the availability of Sentry™, a next-generation portable ADS-B In receiver. In addition to essential FIS-B weather, flight information, traffic, and backup attitude, Sentry adds a Carbon Monoxide monitor and alarm, a 12-hour battery, and a high-capacity data card for Weather Replay™ and storage. Sentry is packaged in the smallest form factor yet for a device this capable.

Retailing at $499 USD, Sentry is the most affordable full-featured off-the-shelf portable ADS-B In solution available on the market.

“Sentry™ is a compact, powerful, next-generation portable ADS-B receiver made possible by new technology and engineering ingenuity. Purpose-built ADS-B integrated circuits, for example, have made it possible to shrink the size, reduce power consumption, extend the battery life, add new capabilities, and lower the cost. We’ve streamlined and compressed the communications between ForeFlight Mobile and Sentry™, which results in the more efficient use of Sentry’s™ processors and extended battery life,” said Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight co-founder and CEO. “We want every ForeFlight pilot flying with the benefits ADS-B has to offer. With Sentry™, ForeFlight pilots have a powerful suite of capabilities available at a compelling price that will improve situational awareness and safety in the cockpit.”

ForeFlight and Palo Alto-based uAvionix teamed up to design and manufacture Sentry.

“With Sentry™, uAvionix and ForeFlight have created the most advanced portable flight safety device on the market, enabling in-flight traffic and weather, synthetic vision, and toxic CO detection all for the equivalent cost to a couple of hours of flight time,” says uAvionix CEO Paul Beard, “We continue to be proud partners with ForeFlight on such an important advancement in the next generation of ADS-B In portables.”

A first for portable ADS-B receivers, Sentry provides a cockpit carbon monoxide sensor and alerting system. When CO concentration reaches a hazardous level, Sentry emits a loud, distinctive alarm. In addition, within the ForeFlight app an audio alert can be heard through compatible headsets, and an alert message is displayed on the screen. The middle LED indicator on Sentry also provides a visual indication of the CO level.
Sentry supports the full range of FIS-B weather and data, including animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, PIREPs, winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information. Sentry can also receive air-to-air traffic information from ADS-B Out equipped aircraft and re-broadcast traffic information (ADS-R and TIS-B) from FAA ground towers. As they become available, Sentry will also support the new FIS-B weather products to include icing, turbulence, cloud tops, lightning, G-AIRMETs, and CWAs in a future ForeFlight Mobile release.
Sentry has onboard memory to support Weather Replay™ which provides automatic storage of up to 30-minutes of FIS-B data. Sleep the iPad and then receive a burst of updates when the iPad wakes. If there is more than one iPad connected, each iPad will be synced to have the same data replayed. ForeFlight will also animate ADS-B radar, looping up to 30-minutes of radar while in flight.

Sentry has a compact form factor at 57mm x 83mm x 36mm (2.2in x 3.3in x 1.4in) and weighs in at 119 grams (0.26 lbs). The dual ADS-B antennas are optimized for 978 MHz and 1090 MHz frequencies and are integrated into the device. The traffic awareness capability functions worldwide.

Sentry is easy to setup and use – there’s no hardware to assemble, no software to download. Simply position the sturdy RAM® mount on any window surface and snap Sentry into place. Sentry’s internal Lithium-ion battery offers over 12-hours of continuous use so you can fly all day without recharging.

Customers can connect their iPad or iPhone directly to Sentry’s integrated Wi-Fi network and receive inflight subscription-free ADS-B weather and traffic information, GPS data, backup attitude, and pressure altitude displayed in the ForeFlight Mobile app.

Sentry supports up to five devices as well as Cockpit Sharing, a feature that enables users to share routes easily between all devices on Sentry’s network. It’s perfect for a co-pilot or CFI to follow-along and monitor weather and traffic.
Over-the-air firmware updates are delivered through ForeFlight Mobile and completed in a matter of seconds, future-proofing Sentry and ensuring it remains a cockpit resource for a long time to come.

All ForeFlight subscription plans support connectivity with Sentry. Customers can purchase Sentry at the ForeFlight exhibit (Hangar C) at this year’s EAA AirVenture or online at Amazon.

To view more information about Scout, visit www.flywithsentry.com.

Sentry Feature Overview:

Dual-Band ADS-B In Receiver
Displays weather and traffic in ForeFlight Mobile.

Built-in WAAS GPS
Displays your GPS position in ForeFlight Mobile.

Backup Attitude (AHRS)
Enhances Synthetic Vision in ForeFlight Mobile.

Rechargeable Extended Use Lithium-Ion Battery
12-hours of continuous operation for long flights.

Carbon Monoxide Monitor and Alarm
Warns you of dangerous CO levels in the cabin.

Barometer for Pressure Altitude
Displays pressure altitude and cabin pressure in ForeFlight Mobile.

Weather Replay
Onboard memory for animated radar replay in ForeFlight Mobile.

Connect Up To 5 Devices
Share routes in ForeFlight between connected devices with Cockpit Sharing.

Easy Updates
Convenient over-the-air firmware updates via ForeFlight Mobile.

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About ForeFlight
ForeFlight was founded in 2007 by software developers and aviation entrepreneurs – inspired by the introduction of the Apple iPhone – to develop elegant, high-performing integrated flight applications for pilots. ForeFlight is a four-time recipient of the Flying Magazine Editor’s Choice award and has become the leading application for individual pilots and professional crews in personal, business, and military aviation. Through our partnership with Jeppesen, ForeFlight is building the next generation of integrated flight applications for the commercial aviation market. In addition, the company’s Fanatical Pilot Support™ Team delivers amazingly fast and friendly customer service. Learn more at foreflight.com.

About uAvionix
uAvionix develops the world’s smallest, lightest and most affordable ADS-B transceivers, transponders, and GPS receivers. Based in Palo Alto, uAvionix has gathered a cross-disciplinary team of experts in embedded RF engineering, sUAS operations, avionics, hardware, software, and cloud services. For more information, visit www.uavionix.com and follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/uAvionix.

Don’t Let Satellite Weather Get You Down

The radar depictions you see from the SiriusXM broadcast are highly filtered to provide only real precipitation areas. Ground clutter, anomalous propagation, birds, insects and such are carefully removed to provide the cleanest and most representative image. But like any process, there will be times where non-precipitation returns do not get filtered out. More importantly, you may see real areas of precipitation filtered out as well.

While rare, the latter usually occurs in regions where WSI (the weather provider for SiriusXM) implements what is called a manual gross filter. This kind of filter is the most efficient way to eliminate any clutter in large areas that are not expected to see precipitation. But when that filter is left on too long, it’ll be just as efficient at removing real precipitation from the broadcast.

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Lightning and a single hail storm attribute marker with no radar depicted.

Here’s one such example depicted above. While connected to the SXAR1 I panned the map over Texas and I saw some lightning and a lone hail attribute marker showing echo tops at 45,000 feet in north-central Texas, but no radar returns. Hmmm?

I verified that I had the Radar Composite turned on (I did) and zoomed the display out as shown below to see that there are plenty of other precipitation areas shown to the northeast and southeast of this area. Given that the area wasn’t cross-hatched with “Radar not available” why wasn’t there any precipitation shown?

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Zoomed out to show the presence of other precipitation on the radar composite.

About 15 minutes later I came back to the map to see if there was any change. Notice below that plenty of lightning and storm attributes are being depicted here in north-central Texas; however, there are still no radar returns being rendered. Given this activity, you’d expect there to be some precipitation shown when both lightning and storm tracks are present. This is a classic indication that the real precipitation in this region was being erroneously filtered.

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This is a classic signature for a gross filter being left on too long. With the radar composite on, no precipitation is being shown despite the presence of lightning and storm tracks.

Just five minutes later, the gross filter was removed by WSI and the returns suddenly popped into existence as you can see below.

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Once the gross filter was removed, the NEXRAD returns associated with these thunderstorms were rendered.

I took a look at the NEXRAD archives and discovered that the first precipitation developed in this region around 12:05 p.m. CDT. The gross filter wasn’t removed until 12:50 p.m. CDT. That’s 45 minutes with no radar for this area of rapidly developing and potentially severe thunderstorms. Moral of the story is to always have lightning ON and be sure the SiriusXM Storm Markers are also set to ON in the Maps Settings menu (the gear button on the Maps view). Having both of these layers on will likely expose these kinds of uncommon events.