Dynamic Winds and Temperatures, Taxi Routing, Airport 3D Runway Lighting, and more in ForeFlight 13.3

One of our most feature-packed releases ever, ForeFlight 13.3 includes new Dynamic Winds and Temperatures map layers, the introduction of our ForeFlight Labs program for cutting edge features with Taxi Routing as the first experiment, Runway Lighting in Airport 3D, new ways to import and organize documents, support for background downloads, and more.

Dynamic Winds & Temperatures

View global forecast wind speed, direction, and temperatures at multiple altitudes and times using these stunning animated weather layers. Both the “Winds (Temps)” and “Winds (Speeds)” layers use colorful heat maps covering the globe to represent their primary forecast values at the selected altitude and time.

Wind Temperatures on the left, Speeds on the right. Use the slider to view both.

Overlaid on each layer’s heat map are smoothly-flowing particle animations representing wind direction and speed, providing an intuitive view of large-scale weather patterns in relation to the layer’s primary forecast value (wind speed or temperature). Use the Time Slider to view wind forecasts in a ~24 hour period, and move the Altitude Slider to view winds from the surface up to 63,000 ft.

The new Weather Layer Legend just above the time slider dynamically adjusts its range of values as you view different altitudes to only show the colors and associated values that are present at the current altitude, a feature unique to these two layers.

Both layers are saved when you Pack for a flight so you can view them offline, but ForeFlight only downloads the portions of each that cover your route to limit the download size.

Both layers are available with ForeFlight Performance subscription plans. BUY NOW



Weather Layer Legend

Easily interpret ForeFlight’s graphical weather layers with a new color legend just above the time slider.

The legend appears when any of the following layers are enabled: Radar (Composite, Lowest Tilt, ADS-B, Sirius XM), Enhanced Satellite, Color IR Satellite, Icing and Turbulence (US, Global, ADS-B, Sirius XM, 557WW), Clouds, and the new Winds (Temps) and Winds (Speeds) layers.

You can disable the legend by deselecting “Map Legend” in the Map Settings menu.

Learn more about weather layers in the ForeFlight Legends Guide in Documents > ForeFlight, or view it online here.



Introducing ForeFlight Labs

ForeFlight Labs is a collection of cutting-edge capabilities that need your feedback before becoming fully-fledged features!

These features are disabled by default, but you can enable them independently in More > Account under the ForeFlight Labs banner.

Like other features, those added to ForeFlight Labs may be limited by subscription plan level, so the ForeFlight Labs section will only be visible if at least one of its features are available with your subscription plan.



ForeFlight Labs: Taxi Routing

Chart a course to or from the runway with an interactive and contextually-aware taxi route bubble editor. Available as a ForeFlight Labs feature with ForeFlight Performance subscription plans (BUY NOW). Enable Taxi Routes in the ForeFlight Labs section of More > Account.

Tap the new Taxi Route button in the Maps FPL window, the Plates view, or tap the bubble for any airport in your route and tap “Edit Taxi Route” to open the Taxi Route Editor for that airport.

If you are at the airport then ForeFlight will set your current position as the starting point; otherwise, select from a list of runways and FBOs to set your starting point, then select a destination runway or FBO from the same list.

ForeFlight will automatically create a taxi route between the two points which you can edit by tapping taxiway names, hold short and crossing locations, back taxi or runway taxi instructions, and other options.

The dynamic Taxi Route keyboard and bubble editor allow you to quickly add, remove, and rearrange route elements as your clearance is read out to you, with dedicated Clear, Undo, and Redo buttons for flexible editing.

Your finished taxi route is displayed directly on the moving map as well as on the airport’s diagram in Plates. Tap the route on the map to clear it or make additional edits.



Download in Background

ForeFlight can now download charts and data even when the app is in the background, allowing you to use other apps on your iPad or iPhone without interrupting the download process.

ForeFlight can download but not install data when backgrounded, so the next time you open the app it will take a couple minutes to install the new data before all downloads show as completed and the data become available.

Items that are downloaded but not yet installed will show a full progress bar until installed.

iOS may pause the background downloads if you sleep the device while low on battery power, so we recommend connecting to a power source if you plan to sleep the device while downloading.



Airport 3D Runway Lighting

Prepare for a night approach or establish a mental picture with toggleable Day/Night modes and realistic Runway Lights in Airport 3D.

Use the Day/Night toggle in the bottom-right corner of Airport 3D to dim the surrounding terrain and expose the airport’s runway lights.

Runway edge lighting is supported for most paved airports around the world, while larger airports may also display touchdown zone lights, PAPI lights, displaced threshold lights with approach light system if available, centerline lights, end light flashers, and more.

Airport 3D is available with ForeFlight Performance plans. BUY NOW



New Ways to Import Documents

Easily import documents into ForeFlight and add them to custom binders using a dedicated Import button and intuitive drag-and-drop gestures.

The new + button in the Imported Drive’s toolbar allows you to add files from the iOS Files app, your Photo Library, or by taking new photos with your device’s camera.

On iPad you can also drag-and-drop files from other apps that support the gesture into the Imported Drive by opening both apps in split screen and dragging files over to ForeFlight. Import multiple files at once this way by tapping additional items while still holding the initial file to “stack” them, then drag the stack over to ForeFlight and release it.

This drag-and-drop workflow (including the “stacking” gesture for multiple files) also works within any Document Drive to add documents or entire folders to a custom binder. Simply drag the documents and/or folders over any binder in the Catalog on the left and release to add them to the binder, or drop them on the Add New Binder button to create and name a brand new binder containing the selected items.



Link Multiple Jeppesen Accounts

Connect more than one Jeppesen account in ForeFlight for expanded access to chart coverages, or combine linked coverages with those purchased through ForeFlight for even greater flexibility.

Combine your chart coverages from a linked Jeppesen account with those purchased directly through ForeFlight.

Individual customers can sign into multiple Jeppesen accounts by tapping “Add Jeppesen Account” in More > Jeppesen after adding the initial account. ForeFlight Business account administrators can sign into and manage multiple Jeppesen accounts on the web at plan.foreflight.com/account/jeppesen.

Individual customers can also combine their chart coverages from a linked Jeppesen account with those purchased through ForeFlight, allowing access to special coverages that may not be available through ForeFlight and enabling more flexible chart management. BUY JEPPESEN CHARTS NOW

Learn more about Jeppesen charts in ForeFlight at foreflight.com/jeppesen.

iOS/iPadOS 14.5 and ForeFlight

NOTE: iOS 14.5.1 was released prior to the completion of compatibility testing with iOS 14.5, so this version will not be cleared.

We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS/iPadOS 14.5 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for updates.

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

iOS/iPadOS 14.4.2 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 14.4.2 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.

Flight Binders in Plates, Expanded Place Labels, and More in ForeFlight 13.2

ForeFlight 13.2 includes big changes to the Plates view with Flight Binders, expanded Place Labels on the high-resolution basemap, and more.

Flight Binders in Plates

Quickly gather, organize, and access the plates you need for an entire flight using new Flight Binders for a more seamless planning and inflight experience. 

Start by tapping the Binders button in the top-left of the screen to expand the Plate Binders Drawer, which lists all Flight Binders at the top, followed by Other Binders. Any binders you had before updating ForeFlight to version 13.2 or above will appear in Other Binders with all of their plates intact.

Unlike Other Binders, Flight Binders are always based on a departure and destination airport pair. When you add a new Flight Binder ForeFlight will automatically suggest airport pairs based on any currently-entered route on Maps as well as the nearest upcoming route planned on Flights, with other flights planned further in the future listed below. 

You can also add an empty Flight Binder and select the airports manually, or tap Import to display the suggested routes again and automatically populate the current binder. 

The Send To menu on Flights also includes an option to create a new Flight Binder based on the flight’s route. 

While Other Binders have no inherent organization, Flight Binders are highly structured and consistent, grouping plates of the same type together for each of the selected airports. Tap either of the Airport buttons on the left at any time to search for a new airport, or select one from various Recent and Favorite lists around the app. The Plate Groups below each airport follow a roughly chronological order: for departure, airport and taxi diagrams, departure plates, approach plates for a return to base scenario, and miscellaneous plates; for destination, arrival plates, approach plates, airport and taxi diagrams, and miscellaneous plates. The number shown on each Plate Group represents how many plates have been added to the Flight Binder for that group; those without a number have no plates added. 

Tap on any empty group or tap twice on a non-empty group to review and add plates within that group. Tap on any plate name to view it without adding it, and tap the circle on the right to both view and add it to the binder. After adding all the plates you want within each group, swipe with three fingers to move through them plate-by-plate and group-by-group.

When you import a route from the Maps or Flights views ForeFlight will automatically add the plates associated with any procedures in the route. If you instead set the departure or destination airport manually, then ForeFlight will automatically add whichever plates were last added for the same airport, helping you build out your Flight Binders quickly no matter which method you use each time.


Expanded Place Labels

ForeFlight’s collection of Place Labels has grown by 100-fold, with over 1.4 million labels now available for the entire globe.

Included are labels for countries, states/provinces, cities/towns/villages, national parks, bodies of water like oceans, lakes, and rivers, and more.

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After

The expanded set of place labels is included in the High Resolution Basemap download for each region (More > Downloads > Download Settings), allowing you to save space on your device by only downloading the labels you need for your flights.

A lower-resolution set of global place labels is bundled with the app to provide useful labels even without the High Resolution set.

Enable and disable Place Labels near the top of the Map Settings menu (gear button in Maps toolbar).


Files in Flights Navlog & Briefing

Easily attach a flight’s Navlog, Graphical Briefing (PDF), and flight plan form to the flight’s Files menu for simplified record keeping and inflight access. 

When viewing a Navlog or Graphical Briefing (PDF) in Flights, tap the Send To button in the top right and tap Save to Flight’s Files to add a copy of the document to the Files menu where you can rename and annotate it. 

You can also send the flight’s raw filing form to Files by tapping the Send To button in the top-right after tapping Proceed to File.

The Files menu in Flights is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.


Honeywell Apex Connectivity for Pilatus Aircraft

Pilatus pilots can now wirelessly share flight details from ForeFlight with Honeywell’s Primus Apex FMS via an installed Aspen Connected Gateway.

Tap Send To > Panel on the Maps or Flights views to send flight details to the Aspen Connected Gateway, then select the Gateway as the FPLN Source within the Apex FMS to load the received information.

Sharing flights from the Maps view will share only the route, while sharing from Flights will additionally send winds and temperatures aloft, cruise fuel flow, passenger and cargo information, and other performance details if available.


French SIA VFR Charts

All customers with the Europe region can now access 1:1,000,000 and 1:250k scale VFR charts from France’s SIA at no additional charge.

The new charts are accessible as part of the “Europe VFR” map layer and can be downloaded by enabling the VFR Charts data type and the France region in More > Downloads > Europe.


German Military AIP

Customers with the Europe region can now download aerodrome charts and documents from Germany’s publicly-accessible military AIP for expanded coverage of many airports not included in the standard AIP.

The new data is automatically downloaded with other Aerodrome Charts & AIP downloads for Germany, and appears in the list of downloads as “Germany (MIL AIP).”

Airport diagrams from this dataset appear in the Airport Procedures list in a new “Bundeswehr” section.

The German Military AIP also adds new documents in the Europe Documents drive.

iOS/iPadOS 14.4.1 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 14.4.1 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.

Maps Sidebar, Renaming Imported Documents, and More in ForeFlight 13.1

ForeFlight 13.1 brings a new Maps Sidebar, renaming Imported Documents, SayWeather METARs, and more.

Maps Sidebar

The Maps view now displays information for most tappable elements and layers in a new semi-permanent sidebar that stays open while you interact with the map.

The Sidebar appears any time you tap-hold on the map to open the Add to Route window or tap on most Map elements, including Aeronautical Map elements like airports and weather or informational layers like AIR/SIGMETs, TFRs, Fuel Prices, and more. Not all tappable map elements utilize the sidebar, including traffic targets and obstacles.

The sidebar remains open until you tap the Close button or tap on a blank area on the map, allowing you to pan and zoom the map with the sidebar open, tap other map elements to update the sidebar with their information, change map layers or settings, use Map Annotation or the Ruler, and more. 

ForeFlight also displays a flashing green marker on the selected map element or location where you tapped so you don’t lose track of it, and highlights any airspace at that location in green. Tapping on an airway or route leg will outline such segments in green rather than displaying the point marker. 

On iPhone, Map information is displayed in the lower two-thirds of the screen as before, but you can now interact with the map while viewing this information.


Rename Imported Documents

Rename imported documents directly in ForeFlight for enhanced flexibility and organization.

Rename documents by tapping Edit in the Documents view toolbar while viewing the Imported drive or a binder containing imported documents, then tap Rename next to any document to edit and save its name.

Only documents in the Imported drive support renaming, including documents that you’ve added to binders from the Imported drive. Documents in built-in drives (e.g. ForeFlight, FAA, etc.) and Cloud Document drives cannot be renamed.

Renaming a document in your Imported Drive will also change the name of that document in any Binder you’ve added it to, and vice versa.


SayWeather METARs

View METARs from SayWeather advisory weather stations at small airports and heliports that lack certified AWOS.

A “Not IFR Approved. Advisory Only” remark in the METAR text flags these as unofficial sources. Some stations are not equipped with ceiling or visibility sensors and will thus not report any flight category, but will report wind, temperature, dewpoint, altimeter, humidity, and some standard remarks.


Consolidated International Imagery

The Imagery view offers improved organization for static weather products outside of the U.S. and Canada by better consolidating major regions.

All European imagery is contained in the Europe region, all South American imagery in the South American region, and Mexican, Caribbean, and Central American imagery is also combined into a single region.

Jeppesen NOTAMs in ForeFlight

Key Takeaways: ForeFlight has adopted Jeppesen’s high-quality NOTAM feed as the sole source of NOTAMs in the app and on the web, an example of the ongoing effort to integrate Jeppesen’s data resources for the benefit of ForeFlight customers. This change expands our global NOTAM coverage to include many previously-unsupported countries from South America to Asia, and also improves NOTAM accuracy by removing old NOTAMs more promptly.

The week before the release of ForeFlight version 13.0 on January 25th, our team completed and released a significant yet easy-to-miss update to ForeFlight’s NOTAM system: we fully transitioned to using Jeppesen as the source of all NOTAMs in ForeFlight. Many months in the making, this change greatly enhances both the accuracy and global coverage of in-app NOTAMs thanks to the Jeppesen team’s work building and maintaining a high-quality NOTAM feed over many years.

Domestic & International NOTAMs

Any NOTAM issued by a country usually fits into one of two categories: International NOTAMs or Domestic NOTAMs. As you might suspect, the former are those that directly affect international flight ops, while the latter apply only to local operations within a given country. And while most of the large NOTAM aggregation and distribution sources – such as the United States NOTAM Office and EUROCONTROL’s EAD feed – carry all international NOTAMs, they often miss domestic NOTAMs from other countries and therefore provide incomplete coverage outside of the United States and Europe.

Jeppesen solves this problem by working directly with the primary NOTAM issuers in countries around the world to create a robust feed that includes domestic NOTAMs in addition to international ones. The existing global relationships established by Jeppesen for sourcing AIP and chart data allows them to maintain this state-of-the-art NOTAM system and provide complete coverage for flight departments operating all over the world.

The countries and regions that have improved domestic NOTAM coverage with Jeppesen’s feed include South Africa, Central America, Cuba, New Zealand, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Russia, India, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Out with the Old, in with the NOTAMs

So how do ForeFlight customers benefit from this new and improved NOTAM feed? As noted above, the new system provides many domestic NOTAMs that were previously unavailable in several countries. Below is an example of this from South Africa, one of the countries providing Jeppesen with domestic NOTAMs.

This comparison between the old (left) and new (right) NOTAM feeds illustrates the substantial difference that including domestic NOTAMs can make. These screenshots also demonstrate the other major benefit of the switch: more accurate NOTAMs. Note the effective date of the unreliable runway light NOTAM in the left screenshot. Since the end date for this NOTAM later the same month was marked as estimated, the NOTAM was treated by the system as permanent and thus never removed, a common problem for semi-permanent NOTAMs or those with uncertain end dates under our old NOTAM feed. With Jeppesen’s feed, such old and expired NOTAMs are removed more promptly, ensuring that stale information doesn’t persist long after it ceases to be relevant. 

Canadian SNOWTAMs & More

ForeFlight customers flying in Canada may also notice some welcome improvements in NOTAM accuracy and consistency, particularly with regard to NOTAMJs or “SNOWTAMs”, Canadian domestic Runway Surface Condition NOTAMs. These are issued on a daily basis or even more frequently during the winter for nearly all airports in Canada, providing critical information for pilots planning their next flight. With Jeppesen’s NOTAM feed Canadian pilots can expect an improvement in the timeliness and accuracy of these critical NOTAMs whenever they’re issued.

While not all pilots will notice the change, especially those flying in the US or Europe where coverage of domestic NOTAMs isn’t a significant problem, those flying in many other countries around the globe – from Canada, to South Africa, to Brazil, and more – can expect to find more accurate and more complete NOTAMs the next time they check their local airport in ForeFlight.

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.

iOS/iPadOS 14.4 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 14.4 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.

What’s New in ForeFlight Dispatch (December 2020)

Dispatch has continued receiving update after update this summer and fall, expanding its capabilities and feature set even further to help flight departments operate more efficiently. Check out our last two blog posts to learn about previous Dispatch enhancements.

Editable Flight Releases

Flight planners in Dispatch can release new flights to pilots in one of two modes – Read-Only or Editable – greatly enhancing Dispatch’s potential for collaborative flight planning and supporting self-dispatching pilots. Additionally, Dispatch’s settings allow account administrators to force all flight releases to use either of the two modes, ensuring that the same release mode is used for all flight plans.

By default, flight planners can release flights in either mode. Once a flight is ready for release, click the Release button in the bottom-right corner of the Flight Edit view or from the list of quick actions on the Flights List to open the Release Flight popup. If both release modes are available, select one and click Release Flight to release it using that mode.

Flight plans released as editable appear on crew members’ devices just like other flight releases, but all the fields in the flight plan are editable. Any changes to the flight plan made by an assigned crew member will be reflected both in Dispatch and on the devices of any other assigned crew members.

ForeFlight account admins can access two different settings for flight releases at the bottom of the Dispatch Planning Settings menu. “Release Mode” sets the default mode for flight releases – either Read Only or Locked – and “Lock Release Mode” determines whether flight planners can use either release mode for a flight or must use the default mode set above.

Not all flight plans can be released as editable. If a flight contains features not fully supported in ForeFlight Mobile, such as ETP/ETOPS planning, the editable release option is grayed out in the Release Flight popup, and a warning message indicates why that mode is unavailable.

Not all flight plans can be released as editable. If a flight contains features not fully supported in ForeFlight Mobile, such as ETP/ETOPS planning, the editable release option is grayed out in the Release Flight popup, and a warning message indicates why that mode is unavailable.

Automated Flight Releases

Dispatch can automatically release flight plans to assigned crew members, relieving flight planners of this routine task so they can turn their attention to other flights. ForeFlight account administrators can enable this feature in the Automation section of Dispatch Settings, which also includes the Auto Refresh Settings for automatically updating performance calculations and the briefing package before a flight.

Access the Auto Release settings in the Schedule API section. The “Release at” setting determines how many hours prior to the flight’s planned departure the flight will be released to crew members. Automatic flight releases will use the default release mode specified at the bottom of the Planning Settings list as described above.

Flight Watchers

Keep interested parties who aren’t crew members up to speed on the status of a flight by adding them as Flight Watchers. Access the Flight Watchers section in each flight’s ATC Data tab and add one or more email addresses to send them the same notifications about the flight as the assigned crew members.

Procedure Advisor in Dispatch

Easily add departure and arrival procedures to a route in Dispatch using Procedure Advisor, which is similar in most ways to the capability in ForeFlight Mobile’s Maps view with a few key differences. After entering or selecting a route from the Routes list, click the Procedure Advisor button just below the Route Builder button. 

Switch between SIDs and STARs using the buttons in the top-left and select any procedure in the list below to see it previewed in the interactive map on the right. If multiple transitions are available for a procedure you can select those from the “Enroute Transition” section in the bottom-left. Click the Chart button to view any procedure’s plate in a new tab. With a procedure selected, click Apply in the bottom-left to add the procedure to your planned route.

Like Procedure Advisor in ForeFlight Mobile, each procedure in the list uses colored labels to indicate which aircraft types are approved to fly it. Unlike in ForeFlight Mobile, Procedure Advisor in Dispatch includes procedures that may only be assigned by ATC, which you can preview on the map by clicking the View button, but cannot add them to your route string. Procedure Advisor in Dispatch also does not support approach procedures, traffic pattern entries, or search and rescue patterns like on the mobile app.

Specific Load Planning

Dial in Dispatch’s time and fuel burn calculations even further with Specific Load planning that offers finer control over crew and passenger weights. Switch between Simple and Specific Load modes using the buttons at the top of the Load section. While Simple mode limits you to a single average weight to be multiplied by the number of people on board, Specific mode breaks out six types of people – Pilots, Cabin Attendants, Males, Females, Children, and Infants – each with their own customizable average weight.

The number of pilots and cabin attendants is automatically carried over from the Crew section, and you can specify the numbers and average weights of the other categories, and the average weights of crew members. The Cargo field and “Use max load” button are also available at the bottom of the Specific Load list.

ForeFlight account administrators can set default weights for all of these categories in the Planning Settings view of Dispatch Settings. These default values are automatically applied to every new flight in Dispatch, but flight planners can still adjust them on a per-flight basis.

Flight Advisories

Dispatch highlights significant NOTAMs and weather affecting airports in your route, such as a closed runway or Low IFR conditions, with Flight Advisories. These automatically appear in the Flight Advisories section just above the Route Map, and a red label indicates the current number of advisories to draw attention even when the section is collapsed. Expand the section to view the individual advisories, and click the highlighted text beneath each one to view relevant details, such as weather and NOTAM information.

New Operational Rules: Call Sign & Aircraft Type

Automatically add a call sign to any flight that meets certain criteria, including the assigned aircraft’s type code. All operational rules are accessible in the Operational Rules tab in Dispatch Settings. Select the Call Sign rule type and enter the call sign to be applied, then use the Departure, Destination, Tail Number, and/or Aircraft Type fields on the right to set the criteria for when to apply the call sign. The criteria may involve all four fields, or only one or two. Any flight that meets the criteria will have the call sign automatically added in the Flight Edit view, although you can remove or change this call sign manually on a per-flight basis. Click Add to associate that call sign with the criteria, then enter additional call signs or click “Add rule” on the right to finalize and implement the new operational rule, which appears in the list below.

Date/Time Format Settings

Customize how Dispatch displays dates and times to suit your flight department. ForeFlight account administrators can access these settings at the top of the Planning Settings page in Dispatch Settings. The “Date format” setting determines whether Dispatch displays dates using the US format (Month/Day/Year) or the International format (Day/Month/Year). The “Time zone format” setting determines whether Dispatch displays time zones using the abbreviated local names (e.g. EDT, CST, CEST, ect.) or using an offset from GMT (e.g. GMT-6, GMT+3, etc.).

API Improvements and API Release History

The ForeFlight team is constantly enhancing Dispatch’s APIs to offer greater flexibility and efficiency when importing newly-scheduled flights and sharing flight information with other applications. The most notable recent improvement is the API Console, a new tab just to the right of Settings where Dispatch administrators can access API Keys (previously included in the Settings tab) and the new Request History page. Request History provides a detailed view into the automated requests and responses sent via Dispatch’s API, allowing you to easily check on the health of your integrations and investigate any issues that arise. Learn more about Request History and the API Console tab in the Dispatch guide.

Although these behind-the-scenes improvements are less visible than regular new features, they can offer just as much value to those who understand and utilize them. To that end, we’ve created an API Release History page on ForeFlight’s website that provides details on all major API improvements and when they were implemented. And don’t forget that the entire Dispatch API specification is available on Swagger.