Updates to the Aeronautical Map in ForeFlight

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We released several updates to ForeFlight’s Aeronautical map this month to make it easier to identify and differentiate different types of airspace in Europe. You can overlay the Aeronautical map on top of any other chart or map layer, and customize it in the Map Settings menu to show or hide different airspace types and limit what airspaces are shown by altitude.

The first change is that the color of Class C and D airspace in Europe is now magenta instead of blue, making them easier to distinguish from other types of controlled airspace. Here you can see the differences between the old airspace colors and the new style:

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Another update is the addition of type and designator names on airspace labels for RMZs and Special Use Airspace (SUA) in Europe to help you quickly view more useful airspace information. 

For example, airspace labels for Restricted Areas used to only indicate the lower and upper altitude limits, now they read “R-XXX: Lower – Upper”, giving you a better sense of the nearby airspace.

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Example for RMZs:

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What’s New in ForeFlight Dispatch (February 2020)

Since launching late last year Dispatch has already gained numerous new features and workflow improvements to help flight departments plan, collaborate, and monitor flights more efficiently. From more prominent weather information to flexible crew assignments, change tracking, and more, every week brings significant enhancements, and we’re not planning to slow down any time soon. Read on to learn about each new and improved feature and how they can benefit your operation.

Want to learn more about ForeFlight Dispatch? Visit foreflight.com/dispatch or sign up for a personalized demo with a ForeFlight Sales representative here.

By-Leg Altitude Changes in Route Builder

Dispatch’s Route Builder now supports changes in cruise altitude between different legs of a flight, allowing you to take advantage of more favorable winds, comply with airspace restrictions, and more. After selecting a route on the Flight Edit page, click the Route Builder button to view the list of waypoints on the left.

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Every waypoint that isn’t part of a procedure (departure, arrival, or approach) has an Edit button to its right that you can use to change the flight’s altitude at that waypoint. Set the new altitude on the left using the up/down arrow buttons or by typing in a new altitude, expressed as a flight level.

The dropdown menu to the right lets you select how the new altitude will be applied to the flight: “Until waypoint” applies the new altitude to every editable waypoint up to and including the current waypoint without changing the altitudes of subsequent waypoint, while “After waypoint” applies the new altitude to every waypoint including and after the current one, leaving previous waypoints the same. Click the check button to confirm the changes and apply the new altitude, or click the cancel button to discard any altitude changes for that waypoint.

Waypoints that are part of the flight’s climb or descent won’t update their altitudes to match new altitudes for cruise waypoints, but they will update to reflect a new climb or descent profile as required by changes to the flight’s cruise altitude.

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Click back to the Flight Edit page and the new altitude changes are listed beneath the Selected Route field. The altitude changes are also reflected in ForeFlight’s Briefing and Navlog, ensuring that the flight’s crew members can view them once the flight is released.

More Prominent Airport Weather Information

To help flight planners quickly assess current and forecast weather that could impact a flight, Dispatch now provides important weather information in multiple easy-to-access places.

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On the main Flights List, click on the airport identifier in either the Departure or Destination column to view a new popup showing the airport’s latest METAR, TAF, and NOTAMs sorted in reverse-chronological order. Click the button at the bottom of this popup to bring you to the Dispatch Airport Information page for comprehensive information about each airport. Also on the Flights List, any airport with low IFR conditions expected at the time of your flight (based on a METAR or TAF) will show a purple LIFR label next to the airport identifier to warn flight planners of these conditions.

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In the Flight Edit view, the METAR/TAF/NOTAM popup is also now available when you click the Info button next to any airport in your route. Lastly, searching for an airport using any of the Airport fields now shows more information about each airport in the list, including the flight category from the most recent METAR, the latest wind and visibility reports, and the length of the longest runway.

Winds Aloft Map Layer

Dispatch’s built-in map now includes a global Winds Aloft forecast layer that you can use to quickly find favorable winds at different altitudes. Enable the layer by clicking the Layer button in the top-left of Dispatch’s map and selecting Winds Aloft at the top of the right-hand column. Just like the Winds Aloft layer in ForeFlight Mobile, global wind patterns are depicted using directional wind barbs that have a variable number of “legs” and different colors to indicate wind speed. Use the Altitude Slider on the right to view winds at different altitudes in intervals of 3,000 feet. Changing your flight’s planned altitude will cause the slider to automatically move to whichever altitude setting is closest to it.

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Unlike the mobile app, the Winds Aloft layer in Dispatch also provides a Time Slider to view wind forecasts for multiple time periods, up to more than 6 days in the future. Click the Play button on the right of the slider to animate the layer, showing how the winds change with each forecast period.

Saved Routes

Flight planners who always use the same route for a given airport pair can now load such routes more quickly using Saved Routes. Click the floppy disk button (we love a good throwback) on the right side of the Selected Route field to save the currently-entered route. The next time you plan a flight with the same departure and destination airports, that route will appear in the Routes List under a “Saved Routes” header.

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Account administrators can view and delete any saved routes on the account in the Saved Routes tab of the Dispatch Settings menu.

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Flight Change Tracking

Dispatch will track the history of changes made to each flight and by whom, giving account administrators greater oversight of flight plans in the system. The “Last Change” status at the bottom of the Flight Edit view shows which user made the last change to the flight. Click “(view history)” to see every major action made to the flight since it was created: the type of action is shown under the Event column (e.g. Created, Modified, Released, Filed, etc.), the user or system that initiated the action is shown under the By column (e.g. Scheduling, Dispatch user, Auto-compute), the user’s email address is shown to the right for each action made by a user, and the date/time of each action is shown in the rightmost column. Click the top of the Event or Time columns to reorder the list based on those columns.

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Assign Ad-Hoc Crew Members to Flights

Dispatch now has the ability to send email notifications to flight team members who are not included in your ForeFlight account. Provide flight details and updates to contract pilots, ground handlers, cabin attendants, or anyone else who needs to be notified simply by entering their email address in one of the Crew fields. This will add them to the flight as an “ad-hoc” pilot, and upon releasing or updating the flight they will receive the same notification email sent to pilots on your account, which includes a link to view the flight’s briefing.

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Unlike pilots on your account, ad-hoc pilots cannot access flights to which they are added using ForeFlight, even if they have an active ForeFlight subscription.

Auto-Refresh Flight Plans & Briefings

To ensure that crew members can access the most up-to-date information about their assigned flights, Dispatch can now automatically refresh a flight’s briefing and performance calculations after it’s been released. Enable the Auto-Refresh option in Dispatch’s Briefing Settings list to turn on Auto-Refresh for flights. Once enabled, this feature will refresh a flight’s Navlog, Briefing, and performance calculations every hour until one hour prior to departure. The refreshed information is automatically synced to crew members’ devices as long as they’re connected to the internet and running ForeFlight.

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Visit foreflight.com/dispatch to learn more about all the things Dispatch can do, or sign up for a personalized demo with a ForeFlight Sales representative here.

NOTAMs in Procedure Advisor, new Route Constraints, and More in our February Release

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ForeFlight 12.1 includes NOTAMs in Procedure Advisor, new Route Constraints for the Recommended Route, and Auto Mode for the Altitude Slider on the Maps view. 

NOTAMs in Procedure Advisor

Procedure Advisor warns you of runway closures and other NOTAMs affecting airports in your route, giving you easier access to critical flight planning information. 

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After planning a route in the Flight Plan Editor (FPL button at the top of the Maps view), tap Procedure to access the Procedure Advisor. When viewing a list of runways for departures, approaches, arrivals, or traffic patterns, ForeFlight will add a “See NOTAM” or “Rwy Closed” tag to any runway that is closed or partially closed by NOTAM. 

Tap the View Alert NOTAM banner at the top of the runway list to view the relevant runway NOTAMs affecting that airport. 

Note that the NOTAM warnings shown in Procedure Advisor may not represent all applicable NOTAMs for your flight. 

 

New Route Constraints for the Recommended Route

Route Advisor now supports additional constraint types for the Recommended Route, giving you more flexibility to tailor routes to your own needs. Route Constraints and the Recommended route are available with ForeFlight Performance plans. 

IMG_0947 2.pngAfter entering departure and destination airports, selecting the aircraft and cruise profile, and setting an ETD, tap Routes on the right to open Route Advisor. Access the Route Constraint options by tapping the button in the top-right corner of Route Advisor. The new constraints allow you to specify any waypoint, navaid, or airport that you want to be included in or excluded from your route. 

 

In the Include Waypoints field, type in one or more waypoints, navaids, or airports separated by commas or spaces to ensure that the regenerated Recommended Route includes them. Do the same for the Avoid Waypoints field to ensure that the new route doesn’t include the specified waypoints.

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The Avoid FIR field allows you to select FIRs that you don’t want to fly over, allowing you to avoid potentially dangerous or costly airspace. The list of global FIRs is grouped by country and sorted alphabetically, with any FIRs overflown by your current route conveniently displayed at the top. Use the search bar to filter the list by country, FIR name, or FIR ICAO codes. Tap on any FIRs that you want to avoid and tap back to see them listed in the Avoid FIR field.

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Tap the Reset button in the top right of the Constraints view to reset all of the constraints to their default values. 

Tap the back button and Route Advisor will attempt to generate a new Recommended Route that complies with your constraints, while hiding any other routes that don’t comply with your constraints. ForeFlight lists the current constraints above the Route Advisor map, and you can tap on this list to return to the Constraints view.

 

Altitude Slider Inflight Auto Mode

Reduce your inflight workload by having ForeFlight automatically move the altitude slider for altitude-based weather layers to match your current altitude. 

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After takeoff, an Auto button appears above the altitude slider when any altitude-based weather layer is displayed. The slider will appear for all US, global, and ADS-B weather options for the Winds Aloft, Icing and Turbulence, and Cloud Tops weather layers. 

Tap the Auto button to enable Auto Mode, which sets the slider to whichever altitude setting is the closest to your current GPS altitude. The slider will continuously adjust to match your altitude as you climb or descend, showing you the most relevant weather information when you need it. 

To disable Auto Mode, tap the Auto button again or manually adjust the slider and it will leave the slider where you left it. Tap the slider above or below the slider to make it move one unit up or down.

iOS 12.4.5 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.4.5 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. iOS 12.4.5 is only available for the following devices:

  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPad Air (original)
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini 3

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

iOS/iPadOS 13.3.1 and ForeFlight

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Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13..3.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.

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

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

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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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Files in Flights, enhanced Approach Procedure Markers, and more in ForeFlight’s December release.

Our last major release of 2019 includes Files in Flights, enhanced Approach Procedure Markers, NOTAM warnings in Route Editor, and more! ForeFlight 11.11 is available for download now on the App Store.

Files in Flights

ForeFlight allows you to associate files, documents, and photos with flight plans using the Files in Flights feature, helping you keep important flight resources organized and easily accessible. Files in Flights is included in ForeFlight Performance plans.

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Tap the Files button near the top of a flight plan to open the Files view, where you can see any attached files and add new ones. Tap the plus button in the top-right to select the source of the file you want to add. Photos allows you to attach an image from the iOS Photos app or take a new photo using your device’s camera. You can then crop or rotate the photo before attaching it. 

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The second option allows you to browse ForeFlight Documents on your device and select downloaded files to attach to the flight. Tap the download button to the right of any files that you haven’t downloaded to download and attach them. 

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Lastly, you can browse and select files from your device’s internal storage using the Files button.

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There are other ways to attach files to flights as well. When viewing a Document or Scratchpad in ForeFlight, tap the Send To button and tap Attach to Flights to select one or more flights that will receive the file.

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When you import a file to ForeFlight via AirDrop, iTunes, or from other apps, tap Flights in the import modal to select which flights will receive the file. 

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Any files that you add to flights are independent copies of the originals, so deleting the original files won’t delete them from flights, and deleting or annotating files in flights won’t impact the originals either. Tap the button to the right of the Back button to toggle between a list and tile view, and tap the Edit button to delete files. Tap on a file to view it and tap the pencil button at the top of the file to access the same full-featured annotation capabilities as in Documents. You can also tap the magnifying glass when viewing a PDF to access document search and the table of contents. Tap Edit within a file to rename it, or to delete it from that flight and tap the Send To button to open the iOS share sheet, allowing you to share the file via AirDrop, Mail and other apps, or take actions like copying, printing, and saving the file to the iOS Files app. You can also edit a .txt file directly in the Files view.

Files in Flights are included in ForeFlight Sync, so any files you add or change on one mobile device will also be available on your other signed-in devices. A red dot on the Files button indicates that one or more new files are available on that device. ForeFlight automatically downloads newly-added files over Wi-Fi, as well as syncing changes like annotations or renamed files in seconds.

 

Enhanced Approach Procedure Markers

Approach procedures loaded in your route on the Maps view can now show Jeppesen-sourced speed, altitude, and IAF/FAF information for each waypoint marker in the procedure, even when the procedure plate isn’t displayed. Enhanced Approach Procedure Markers are included in ForeFlight Performance plans. 

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Add an approach procedure to your route in the Maps view by tapping the Procedure Advisor button in the top right of the Flight Plan Editor and then tapping into Approach. Select an approach and add it to your route. Each approach marker’s label shows associated altitude and/or speed limits in addition to the waypoint name. Additionally, the markers for an approach’s initial approach fix and final approach fix use unique icons for faster identification. 

They are available for most, but not all approach procedures in ForeFlight.

 

NOTAM Warnings in Route Editor

The Route Editor on the Maps view will now warn you of airport or runway closure NOTAMs affecting airports in your route.

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When creating a route on the Maps view, ForeFlight will alert you of any closure NOTAMs by displaying a red warning icon on the airport’s route bubble. To see the NOTAM or NOTAMs producing the alert, tap the route bubble and tap “View Alert NOTAM” in the list of options.

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Tap “Show All NOTAMs” to view other NOTAMs at that airport using the tabs at the top of the window.

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NOTAM warnings in the Route Editor are only available on iPad, not on iPhone or on ForeFlight Web.

 

Georeferenced SIDs/STARs in Procedure Advisors

Procedure Advisor will now show Departure and Arrival procedure plates in the Procedure Preview when you select a procedure with a georeferenced plate, just like with Approach procedures. 

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With at least one airport entered in your route on the Maps view, tap the Procedure button in the top right of the Flight Plan Editor to open Procedure Advisor. Tap into Departures or Arrivals to choose from a list of available options. Selecting a procedure will overlay the georeferenced plate right in the interactive map window. 

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Georeferenced SID/STAR plates for airports in the U.S. and Canada are currently only available from Jeppesen, and viewing georeferenced charts on the map or in Procedure Advisor is available with ForeFlight’s Pro Plus subscription plan and above.

 

NAV CANADA Flight Plan Fields

Pilots filing flight plans to, from, or within Canada can now access new fields in the filing form to better comply with NAV CANADA requirements. 

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With a flight plan loaded on the Flights view, tap Proceed to File to bring up the flight plan filing form. Any flight plan that includes a Canadian departure or destination shows the NAV CANADA section at the bottom of the flight plan form, with fields for specifying your aircraft’s undercarriage type, the flight’s arrival report (used to indicate which FIC you plan to close your VFR flight plan with), and your aircraft’s emergency locator transmitter (ELT) type. 

Blog post NAV CANADA Place NameIn addition, the flight plan form now includes “Place Name” fields in the departure and destination sections to help ATC identify either location when you file with lat/long coordinates instead of airport identifiers. 

The Aircraft Detail view also includes a new NAV CANADA section with Undercarriage and ELT Type fields, allowing you to independently configure these for each of your aircraft.

 

iOS/iPadOS 13.3 and ForeFlight

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.

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

iOS/iPadOS 13.2.3 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.2.3 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.

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

iOS System Theme Support, Add Track Logs to Logbook Entries, and more in ForeFlight 11.10

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

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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. 

iOS_system_theme_supportChange 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. 

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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 

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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 

DAC_GDC64_SupportForeFlight 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.