New Auto-Zoom to Custom Content setting and more in ForeFlight 14.1

Our February release includes a new Auto-Zoom to Custom Content setting and Takeoff Trim support in Runway Analysis.

Auto-Zoom to Custom Content

Choose whether or not ForeFlight will auto-zoom into custom charts and map layers when you enable them from the layer selector. 

This setting is enabled by default to match ForeFlight’s previous behavior of automatically zooming and panning to focus on custom charts and map layers each time you enable them. However, if you find this behavior disruptive to your inflight workflow, disable the new setting to prevent the map from moving as you toggle custom content layers.

This setting does not affect the map’s behavior when you tap on custom charts or map layers in More > Custom Content to display them on the map, which will still pan and zoom to focus on the newly-enabled content.

You can access this setting in More > Settings > Auto-Zoom to Custom Content.

Takeoff Trim Support in Runway Analysis

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis capability now calculates and displays the required Takeoff Trim setting at a given %MAC for supported aircraft. 

Takeoff Trim Support requires integrated Weight & Balance in Flights, which is currently available for Business Performance and MFB Performance customers only, but will become available for individual customers later this year.

The following aircraft now support Takeoff Trim, with more coming soon:

  • Pilatus PC-24
  • Bombardier Challenger 604/605/650/Global Express/XRS/5000/6000
  • Textron 680 Citation Sovereign/Sovereign+/Latitude
  • Embraer Phenom 300/300E

After calculating W&B results for the flight on Flights view and selecting a runway in the Takeoff Analysis page, scroll down to the Performance section to find the required Takeoff Trim.

If your %MAC setting is not enabled, your Takeoff Trim will show CG Unavailable.

To enable the %MAC setting for an aircraft’s W&B profile, start by tapping Weight & Balance in the Flights view and then tapping Edit next to the selected W&B Profile at the top.

Scroll to the bottom of the W&B Profile Edit view to find the %MAC setting. After enabling it, make sure the LEMAC and MAC values are properly entered. NOTE: ForeFlight Weight & Balance templates are recommended to ensure all the MAC/LEMAC details are accurate.

You can now return to the Takeoff Analysis page to see the required Takeoff Trim setting for the flight you are planning.

iOS/iPadOS 15.3.1 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS and iPadOS 15.3.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Please also stay tuned to our company newsFacebook 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.

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 ADS-B receiver meets the recommendation and provides a simple solution to protecting you and your passengers from this invisible danger with a built-in carbon monoxide sensor. When using Sentry in conjunction with the ForeFlight app, an audio alert is delivered through compatible headsets, and an alert message is displayed on the screen. In addition, the middle LED indicator on Sentry also provides a visual indication when CO levels in the cabin are dangerously high.

The portable and affordable Sentry device also delivers additional safety benefits such as ADS-B weather and traffic and WAAS GPS making it the most advanced ADS-B & GPS receiver in the industry.

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.

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

“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

Between Two Wings with James Fallows – Writer and Pilot

On this episode of Between Two Wings we talk to James Fallows, a renowned journalist who has used his Cirrus to report on hundreds of stories, write a book, and even film an HBO documentary. Learn about his career and how working on Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign in 1976 helped drive his interest in aviation.

Subscribe to Breaking the News: https://fallows.substack.com/

Learn more about the Our Towns Foundation at: https://www.ourtownsfoundation.org/

iOS/iPadOS 15.3 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS and iPadOS 15.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Please also stay tuned to our company newsFacebook 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.

​​New Aero Map Filters and More in ForeFlight 14

Our January release includes new Aeronautical Map Quick Toggles for Airways, Navaids, and Waypoints, improved functionality for Takeoff and Alternate Minimums documents, and more.

New Aero Map Filters

Declutter the Aeronautical Map with new quick toggles for Airways, Navaids, and Waypoints, which were previously combined in a single toggle.

Find the best combination of these elements to suit your flight, such as:

  • Hiding Airways and Waypoints on VFR flights
  • Hiding Navaids for RNAV-based routes
  • Turn on Airways to inspect MEA/MOCA/MAA values and quickly hide them again for a VFR flight
  • Turn on Airways for IFR flights or when following along on a commercial flight

You can also access these filters in Map Settings > Airways & Waypoints. Tap the gear icon at the top of your screen near the Flight Plan (FPL) icon to access Map Settings.

Quickly Find Takeoff & Alternative Minimums

Easily find the Takeoff or Alternate Minimums for any US airport more quickly thanks to a new smart automation. When opening either of these documents from the airport’s procedures list, ForeFlight will automatically jump to the page with that airport’s information, allowing you to review it right away without flipping through pages to find the airport.

Military Flight Bag (MFB): GeoTIFF Support

Easily import charts, maps, and other mission assets from current and legacy military mapping software like FalconView with new support for GeoTIFF custom content files.

Like the MBTiles and GeoPDF custom chart formats, you can import GeoTIFF files individually and within a Content Pack’s “layers” folder. Note that AirDrop is not a supported import method for GeoTIFFs as iOS automatically imports them to the Photos app as images.

Once imported, you can access GeoTIFF charts in the bottom-left of the Maps view Layer Selector.

ForeFlight supports GeoTIFF files with resolutions up to 10,000 pixels, regardless of the image dimensions. Larger resolution images must be divided and imported as separate files. Learn more about creating and using custom Content Packs here.

Military Flight Bag: Prioritize Jeppesen Plates

MFB users with linked Jeppesen accounts can now choose to prioritize Jeppesen plates over DOD/FAA plates, causing the Jeppesen plates to appear at the top of the list wherever you access them in ForeFlight.

Enable this setting in More > Jeppesen at the bottom of the Jeppesen Settings list.

Between Two Wings with Bernhard Fragner – GlobeAir

On this episode of Between Two Wings meet Bernhard Fragner, CEO of GlobeAir, which operates the largest fleet of Cessna Citation Mustangs in the world. Hear how 9/11 influenced the rise of the air taxi industry and why it rapidly grew in popularity amongst commercial and larger jet charter passengers, as well as three things Bernhard says are keys to success in any business.

iOS/iPadOS 15.2.1 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS and iPadOS 15.2.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Please also stay tuned to our company newsFacebook 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.

Giant Reports in ForeFlight

Giant Reports, a colloquial term for a portion of the Airfield Suitability and Runway Report (ASRR), are informational documents created by AMC which are marked For Official Use Only (FOUO), and are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The FOUO designation on Giant Reports currently prevents ForeFlight from organically hosting them within the app, however Military Flight Bag users can still utilize Giant Reports through ForeFlight’s Content Packs feature, available with MFB Performance subscriptions.

Begin by visiting aerodata.nga.mil with your CAC or Disadvantaged User credentials to download the ready-made zip file that is compatible with ForeFlight as-is. Do not rename or unzip the file.

NGA Website– select the generic section

Upload the file to ForeFlight using any method of your choosing— for information on methods of uploading Custom Content, visit: https://foreflight.com/support/content-packs/

Once uploaded, your Giant Reports can be accessed via More > Custom Content > Content Packs, or by Airports > Procedures > Other.

They can be added to the MISC section of an applicable Flight Binder in the Plates as well.

Note that with the 13.4 Release, ForeFlight implemented logic to automatically flag Giant Reports as Expired when 8 days after the publication date (listed in file title) have elapsed. Your Giant Reports will still be functional, however an Expired banner will advise if you are using a Giant Report that is more than 1 week old.