Better App Search, Airspace in Profile View, Automatic Downloads, and More in ForeFlight 10

ForeFlight 10 is here! Expanded search capability provides results from multiple app views so you can find what you need faster, a collection of powerful new airspace features help you stay aware of (or away from) airspace along your route, and automatic chart and data downloads keep you up to date and ready to fly. Other improvements include an extended GDL 90 protocol for third-party devices and an interactive map for Pack. Read on to get the details and watch the videos!

Please note that ForeFlight 10 requires iOS 10.3 or higher.

Expanded App Search Delivers Results You Need – Fast

The Airports, Maps, and Plates views now share a unified search capability that supports a wider range of search types making it easier and faster to find what you’re looking for.

When connected to the internet, search for cities, states, countries, addresses, street intersections, and even business and place names (e.g. “Central Park”). These new search types help operators pinpoint exact locations for missions like urban search and rescue. Other supported search types include navaids by name, airports, procedures, aircraft registration, and scheduled flights. Recent search history recalls previous searches and saves them for offline use.

Search is fast, flexible, and smart, offering suggestions as you type and prioritizing results based on which app view you’re on. For example, searching for an airport identifier on the Airports and Maps views puts airport results at the top of the list, while the same search on Plates displays procedures for that airport at the top of the list.

Airspace in Profile View

ForeFlight’s Profile View now includes an interactive vertical cross-section of controlled, MOA, SUA, and TFR airspace along your planned route or flight track. Combined with terrain and obstacles, Airspace in Profile View gives you a single view to help plan and navigate around hazards and complex airspace.

You can tap on any airspace shown in Profile View to display airspace name and type, floor and ceiling details, and TFR effective times. With airspace selected, the main map automatically zooms to and highlights the airspace, allowing you to see exactly where your route intersects from a top-down perspective.

Use the Ruler tool (press two fingers on the map simultaneously) to pan around the map and watch Profile View depict what is between your fingertips.

Profile View is available in Pro Plus plans and above.

Automatic Airspace Highlighting

ForeFlight’s data-driven Aeronautical Maps now highlight airspace along your route while dimming other airspace, making it easy to focus on the airspaces that matter for your flight. ForeFlight automatically highlights any airspace within +/- 1,000 feet of your altitude and within 1-nautical mile on either side of your route. Adjust your route or altitude, and ForeFlight smoothly updates the on-screen depiction.

ForeFlight considers the flight’s climb, cruise, and descent trajectory to highlight nearby airspace. Once in flight, ForeFlight uses your current altitude to determine which airspaces to highlight, and looks ahead to highlight airspace along your current heading, even if not directly on your route.

Global Airspace Details

ForeFlight’s Maps view now features Jeppesen-sourced global airspace information for FIRs, UIRs, controlled airspace, and special use airspace. Tap-hold anywhere on the map to see a list of airspaces at that location, then tap “Details” to find more information.

Different types of airspace provide different amounts of information: controlled airspace shows basic information about the class of airspace and altitude limits. Special use airspace and MOAs add to this with information about communication frequencies, activation hours, and the controlling agency. Flight information regions (FIRs) and upper information regions (UIRs) have even more detailed information, listing center, control, and radio frequencies; RVSM cruise tables; and operational notes required for transnational and oceanic flights.

Automatic Downloads Reduce Preflight Workload

Eliminate the little red notification on the More tab without having to tap anything! ForeFlight will now automatically download chart and data updates when connected to internet via Wi-Fi to ensure that you always have current charts and data.

ForeFlight will automatically download chart and data updates when they become available.

Note that charts downloaded using Pack or charts you are no longer “subscribed” to in Download Settings will not receive automatic updates. Make sure you select all the charts, data, and regions you need in More > Downloads > Download Settings.

 

 

Extended GDL 90 Protocol for Third-Party Devices

ForeFlight's extended GDL 90 protocol enables more connectivity for third-party devices

ForeFlight allows third-party devices to transmit live inflight data to ForeFlight Mobile using the industry-standard GDL 90 Data Interface Specification. Properly configured devices will be able to send GPS data, ADS-B weather and traffic, AHRS, and device-specific information like device name and serial number to ForeFlight.

The full data specification is available on our website at foreflight.com/connect/spec.

Other Noteworthy Improvements

  • The Pack window on Maps and Flights now includes an interactive map showing your route and the “Pack corridor”, which extends for 25 nautical miles on either side of your route. Pack downloads weather and NOTAMs within this corridor, ensuring you have access to this important data while offline in the air.
    Pack now includes a map showing the download corridor.
  • For Performance customers, PDC badges now appear throughout the app on airports that support the pre-departure clearance service.
  • On devices with force-touch capability, tap-hold the ForeFlight icon for quick access to New Flight, Nearest Airports, Maps, and Logbook views.
  • On ForeFlight’s web application, the Flights tab for planning and filing flight plans now has a more condensed so you can access more fields at once.

Finally, please note the following:

  • Profile View is available for Pro Plus subscribers and above.
  • As a feature of ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map, Airspace Highlighting requires a “Plus” subscription plan.
  • ForeFlight 10 requires iOS 10.3 or higher
  • Airspace in Profile and Airspace Highlighting require iOS 11 or higher.

Apple iOS 11.3 and ForeFlight

UPDATE April 19, 2018: Compatibility testing between iOS 11.3 and ForeFlight is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update to iOS 11.3 at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST March 27, 2018: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.3 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for 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.

Smarter Autorouting, Quick Access to Pack on Flights, New Flight Log, and More

Our first release of 2018 brings quick access to Pack on the Flights view for downloading charts and weather before a flight, and smarter route suggestions for Performance subscribers with the new Recommended Route. Other noteworthy improvements include a new Flight Log to record start/end meter times, Out/Off/On/In times, and fuel remaining after a flight, as well as temperature and dewpoint data in MOS forecasts. 

Integrated Flight Log Simplifies Your Record-Keeping

If you keep an aircraft flight log for recording actual flight time and fuel values, the new Flight Log can streamline your post-flight workflow by automating these common time calculations.

Scroll to the bottom of the Flights view to access the new Flight Log. Use the “Fuel at Shutdown” field to capture that data for reference during fuel load planning on your next flight. Tap on “Times” to open a page where you can record the flight’s start and end meter times and Out/Off/On/In times. ForeFlight uses these values to calculate total flight, block, and meter times and displays a summary on the main Flights form for quick reference.

The Flight Log is also useful for comparing actual ETE and fuel burn values with ForeFlight’s planned values so you can fine-tune your aircraft’s performance profile in ForeFlight. For Performance customers, tap into the performance profile detail view to adjust the bias sliders.

Pack Charts, Data, and the Latest Weather from Flights

To further streamline your planning workflow on Flights, you’ll find a quick access button to Pack directly below the Flight Log. Just like the ‘suitcase’ button on the Maps view, Pack analyzes your route to determine the charts, data, NOTAM, and weather information you need, then prompts you to download with a single tap. Packed data is available offline and when in flight. Pack also includes Icing and Turbulence map layers for Pro Plus and Performance subscribers, helping you find smoother air while in flight.

Pack uses a “route corridor” to determine what information to include: weather and NOTAMs within 25 NM on either side of your route and within 50 NM of both your departure and destination airports are included. Pack also uses your chart type selections in More > Downloads to determine what maps and charts to include, so if you haven’t selected IFR High Charts, for example, Pack won’t prompt you to download them.

Use Pack to ensure you don’t get caught in the air without the charts you need.

Faster, Smarter Autorouting for Your Aircraft

For Performance subscribers, the new Recommended Route feature (formerly AviationCloud Autoroute) gives you the best route based on your detailed aircraft performance profile and time/fuel savings, while also accounting for preferred routes, recent ATC cleared routes, and how frequently a given route is assigned. Use the recommended route for more ‘cleared as filed’ flight plans.

Recommended Route provides more relevant results based on your aircraft and altitude

Graphical Route Advisor in ForeFlight

In addition, on shorter routes, the Recommended Route makes smarter altitude suggestions to prevent uncomfortably short cruise times at or near the aircraft’s service ceiling and provides altitudes that ATC is more likely to accept.

Graphical Route Advisor is also better at filtering out old and irrelevant filed routes created to avoid storms and other temporary hazards.

For all customers who File with ForeFlight, expected Route notifications now include “(as filed)” after the route string if the expected route is the same as the one you filed.

New Closure Warnings and Expanded NOTAM Coverage

A prominent banner appears when an airport has a runway closed by NOTAM

We’ve added prominent new warning banners that let you know when an airport or runway is closed by NOTAM, making this critical information more visible to help you avoid surprises. The red banner appears on the Airports or Maps view on any closed airport or airport with a closed runway, indicating which runway is closed in the latter case. Tap or scroll to the list of runways and a smaller banner will appear on the one that’s closed. Tap the runway to see the closure NOTAM with effective and expiration dates.

We also integrated the full set of EUROCONTROL-sourced EAD NOTAMs, providing greater NOTAM coverage for European airports. We continue to provide worldwide NOTAM coverage using the FAA’s global database.

 

MOS forecasts now provide temperature and dewpoint values and ranges

Temperature & Dewpoint in MOS

MOS forecasts in ForeFlight now provide temperature and dewpoint values, enhancing their usefulness as a supplement to official TAFs. MOS stands for Model Output Statistics and, as the name suggests, is derived from the output of weather prediction models to forecast weather at over 2000 U.S. airports, including smaller ones not served by an official TAF. The new temperature and dewpoint values are expressed either as single values or as ranges, indicating that conditions are expected to vary over the forecast period. Learn more about MOS.

 

 

Updates to ForeFlight on the Web

For a more seamless experience between web and mobile, the Maps page on the web now has a combined Favorite/Recent Route button with Edit/Clear functions. For Performance subscribers who plan with Flights on the web, the total fuel burn values shown in the Route and Altitude Advisors now include taxi fuel to better represent total fuel usage.

The web application now has Favorite/Recent Route button with Edit/Clear functions.

Other Noteworthy Improvements

  • When you select an FBO on the Flights view, details for it such as FBO name, phone number, and frequency are included in the printable Navlog. Learn more about printable Navlog.The Navlog now includes important information about the selected FBO
  • A new setting in More > Settings > Flights can be used to translate weather and NOTAM information in the text-only Legacy Briefing to plain text, or leave it in the original coded form.
  • Performance subscribers can now enable a %MAC mode in ForeFlight’s Weight & Balance feature, simplifying data entry for jet pilots.

Apple iOS 11.2.6 and ForeFlight

UPDATE February 28, 2018: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 11.2.6 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST February 19, 2018: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.2.6 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

Apple iOS 11.2.5 and ForeFlight

UPDATE February 2, 2018: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 11.2.5 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST January 23, 2018: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.2.5 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

Apple iOS 11.2.2 and ForeFlight

UPDATE January 12, 2018: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 11.2.2 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST January 8, 2018: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.2.2 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

Apple iOS 11.2.1 and ForeFlight

UPDATE December 20, 2017: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 11.2.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST December 13, 2017: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.2.1 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

iPhone Design Upgrades, Select FBO in Flights, Graphical Briefing Sync, MFB Mission Planning Charts

We redesigned the ForeFlight Mobile interface on the iPhone to more closely match the iPad, and that new interface is available now to all customers with ForeFlight version 9.5. Also in this release, your preflight Graphical Briefing automatically syncs across devices, view and select your destination FBO in the Flights view, ForeFlight Military Flight Bag (MFB) customers can download and view the worldwide DOD library of tactical mission planning charts, and more.

Familiar iPad Interface Now on iPhone

The biggest thing you’ll notice about the new iPhone interface is the Tab Bar at the bottom of the screen, which replaces the “Menu” button as the primary means of navigating around the app. Tab Bar navigation makes it much easier to move between different views in the app. And with the new Flights view on iPhone, you can plan, brief, and file flight plans faster than ever before.

The iPad has some notable changes as well. Favorite and Recent buttons throughout the app are consolidated under a single button and a new “slim” tab bar design increases usable screen space.

Finally, we redesigned the More view to group the tabs on the left into more logical sections. We moved frequently used features like Logbook and Checklist to the top and administration functions like Downloads, Account, and Settings to the bottom.

Military Mission Planning Charts and Graphical Chart Manager

ForeFlight MFB (the version of ForeFlight built for US government, military, and DOD aviation) is now the first and only mobile solution where authorized and authenticated customers can download and display the worldwide library of US Department of Defense military mission planning charts, including Joint Operations Graphics (JOG), Tactical Pilot Charts (TPC), Operational Navigation Charts (ONC), and Range charts.

A new interactive Graphical Chart Manager makes it fast and easy to select and download only the desired charts from the thousands available in the library.

The charts use the newest format standard in military digital chart technology, developed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, called Enhanced Compression Raster Graphics (ECRG). The ECRG format combined with ForeFlight’s compression process technology results in faster over-the-air (wireless) downloads, less used storage space, higher resolution, and quicker load times.

All four mission planning chart types are geo-referenced and support display of ownship position, the overlay of weather and hazard information, and seamlessly integrate with all of ForeFlight’s innovative map features.

Select FBOs in Flights with Destination Services

A new section in the Flights view planning form allows you to select an FBO at your destination airport, making helpful functions and information easily accessible while planning and viewing your flight. The Destination Services tab opens the familiar ForeFlight Directory list where you can compare all the FBOs at an airport and view additional details like services, photos, comments, and fuel prices. Once you select an FBO, new buttons appear on the planning form to call or email the FBO, find its location in the Apple Maps app, or view its details.

ForeFlight also remembers your selection at every airport where you choose an FBO and automatically selects the same FBO the next time you plan a flight to that airport, saving you time and making useful functions quickly accessible.

Preflight Briefing Sync and Other Planning Enhancements

ForeFlight’s Sync platform now includes preflight Briefings, making critical weather information and NOTAMs quickly accessible on iPad, iPhone, and the web. As soon as you retrieve a briefing, ForeFlight makes it instantly available for viewing on any of your other signed-in devices. In addition, Briefings are now created automatically for every filed flight plan and stored permanently in the ForeFlight Cloud.

Access new forecast graphics in ForeFlight's Graphical Briefing.

Graphical Briefing now includes graphical area forecasts (replacing the legacy text-based area forecasts for CONUS regions). The new imagery for cloud cover, visibility, surface winds, and precipitation help you make better, faster analysis of the weather along your route. Tap on any graphic in the briefing to view it in full screen, then zoom in and pan for a better view of the details.

New Map Gesture: Tap on Route Leg

Tap on a route leg on the Maps view to see information about it.

A small but powerful enhancement, you can now tap on any leg in an active route on the Maps view to see information about it and take a number of actions. The popup includes values for leg distance, magnetic course heading, and MEA and MOCA information if the leg is part of an airway. You can also use the buttons to delete the waypoint at the end of the leg, fly direct to that waypoint, or “Fly Leg”. Tap Fly Leg to activate that leg in the Navlog, which is helpful if you need to manually advance to the next leg.

Support for iPhone X and 10.5-inch iPad Pro

ForeFlight adds support for the iPhone X's full resolution.

ForeFlight looks stunning on the iPhone X’s high-resolution edge-to-edge screen, with text and colors appearing sharp, smooth, and vivid. On the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which has a slightly larger screen than 9.7-inch iPad models, ForeFlight now takes advantage of the screen’s full resolution to maximize every app view.

 

Apple iOS 11.2 and ForeFlight

Apple released iOS 11.2.1 before we finished testing iOS 11.2, so no “all-clear” will be given for this version. See our post about iOS 11.2.1 here.

We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.2 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

Apple iOS 11.1.2 and ForeFlight

Apple released iOS 11.2 before we finished testing iOS 11.1.2, so no “all-clear” will be given for this version. See our post about iOS 11.2 here.

We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.1.2 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.