Apple iOS 11.0.2 and ForeFlight

UPDATE October 10, 2017: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 11.0.2 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. However, we believe that the issue involving GPS receivers used in high-speed aircraft is still present in iOS 11.0.2, so we advise customers who may be affected to continue holding on updating. See our post about iOS 11 for more details.

ORIGINAL POST October 3, 2017: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 11.0.2 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.

Global Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis layers, Data-driven Jeppesen Enroutes, Easy Aircraft Manager for Group Accounts

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Jeppesen Data-driven Enroute Charts Have Arrived

Jeppesen’s global, data-driven enroute charts are now available in ForeFlight for all customers who have purchased or linked a Jeppesen chart subscription. The global dataset of IFR High, IFR Low, and VFR enroute charts are available as a single download, at no additional cost and with no setup or configuration required.

Jeppesen enroute charts are dynamic, responsive, full paper-replacement capable, and seamlessly integrated into the ForeFlight app. Because the charts render using data-driven technology, you have the flexibility to customize what aeronautical data to show or hide on each map type or choose between a light and dark theme.

Similar to ForeFlight’s data-driven Aeronautical Maps, the Jeppesen charts also automatically change what information is shown based on zoom level and the ‘always-up’ label capability rotates text and information to make it easier to read the map in any orientation. And just like any other chart layer in ForeFlight, you can overlay weather, hazard, fuel, and custom content layers, as well as geo-referenced terminal charts and airport diagrams if you have a Pro subscription or above.

Global Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis Forecasts on Maps

ForeFlight’s industry-leading weather visualization capabilities are now better than ever. Five new dynamic Map layers graphically depict global icing, turbulence, and surface analysis forecasts, giving you the tools you need for more informed flight planning. Check out this article for a deeper dive into these new weather features.

The Icing and Turbulence layers each have U.S. and global options, while the Surface Analysis layer provides global isobar and pressure forecasts with detailed weather features for the U.S.

Each layer has a Time Slider to loop animation or manually rock back and forth between forecast frames. The Icing and Turbulence layers allow you to quickly scrub through the available altitudes using the Altitude Slider. In addition, these layers are included in the weather data downloaded with Pack so you can view offline. For the cross-platform planners out there, all the new weather layers are available in ForeFlight Mobile and on the web.

We are introducing these five new forecast-based graphical weather Map layers to customers on Pro Plus, Performance Plus, and Business Performance plans.

Centrally Managed Aircraft for Multi-Pilot Accounts

Multi-pilot accounts are now easier to manage using the new Aircraft Manager. This capability enables account administrators to set up their ForeFlight account faster and ensure every pilot has access to the aircraft profiles they need for more accurate and consistent flight planning. For ongoing account maintenance, updating pilot iPads when there are fleet changes is easier than ever.

Using ForeFlight’s web application, account administrators can create and “publish” company aircraft profiles, including performance data and ICAO filing codes, to all pilots on the account, who can then use the shared aircraft for flight planning. This feature is available in the Business Performance plan.

U.S. RAIM Prediction in Navlog

For Performance Plus and Business Performance subscribers, ForeFlight’s detailed Navlog now includes RAIM prediction to alert pilots if GPS outages are expected along the route. The alert indicates the affected portion of the flight (departure, destination, or enroute) so pilots can modify the flight plan accordingly prior to filing. RAIM service coverage currently includes flights within Continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Smart Airport Search on Flights + Route Preview Enhancements

The airport fields at the top of the Flights view now sport the same “Smart Search” capability that we previously introduced for Logbook. Start typing to see suggestions based on airport names, city names, and airport identifiers, as well as your recent and favorite airports.

The recently-introduced Route Preview map on Flights also now shows composite radar overlaid on the map, and allows you to enter an interactive “split-screen” mode by tapping on it.

More Detailed Time-Entry Fields in Logbook

New fields are available in Logbook for Time Out, Time Off, Time On, and Time In

For the most accurate flight logging, ForeFlight Logbook now has the option to use Time Out/Off/On/In fields. These fields are standard for most professional pilots and operators flying larger aircraft, and allows you to easily capture crew block time and aircraft air time. You can show or hide these fields on flight entry forms using a single toggle switch in the Logbook Settings menu.

Avidyne 550 AHRS Support

If you fly with Avidyne’s IFD 550 FMS you can now receive AHRS pitch and roll data in ForeFlight to power the built-in attitude indicator. Combine this with Synthetic Vision (available with Pro Plus and Performance Plus subscription plans) for a powerful backup attitude and terrain awareness solution.

Enhanced Data Pipeline for Satcom Direct Router

Performance Plus and Business Performance customers flying with the inflight Wi-Fi Satcom Direct Router (SDR) can now receive GPS and indicated altitude data for display in ForeFlight Mobile. The SDR connection can also deliver internet-based weather and enable other ForeFlight features that require internet connection. ForeFlight uses GPS latitude and longitude and ground speed to display your aircraft ownship position, and barometric altitude from the router to power the Pressure Altitude instrument (which is now a separate instrument from the Cabin Pressure).

Support for uAvionix Transceivers

Customers flying with uAvionix’s SkyEcho and EchoUAT ADS-B transceivers can now connect to them via Wi-Fi to receive inflight data in ForeFlight. SkyEcho provides dual-band ADS-B weather and traffic in ForeFlight for pilots flying in the U.K. EchoUAT provides dual-band ADS-B weather and traffic and GPS position in ForeFlight for light sport and experimental aircraft that have the device installed. Learn more about uAvionix.

Some New Features to Look for on the Web:

  • Global Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis layers for Pro Plus, Performance Plus, and Business Performance subscribers
  • On small windows, the Flights view includes an inset Route Preview just like on mobile, allowing you to click on it to expand to a “split-screen” mode
  • Also like on mobile, Route Advisor on the web shows all route options on the map at once; mouse over each option in the list to highlight it on the map

A Closer Look at Global Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis Map Layers

Available with ForeFlight Mobile 9.4, five new weather layers bring global Icing, Turbulence and surface pressure data to the map, with detailed Surface Analysis available to much of North America. These weather products significantly enhance local and global flight planning and your weather decision-making abilities. The new layers are available for customers with Pro Plus, Performance Plus, Business Performance, and MFB Performance subscription plans, on mobile and on the web. In addition, the recently introduced time slider provides frame-by-frame control over animation of the new weather layers. Let’s dive into the details!

Layer Animation Time Slider

The animation Time Slider tool provides better control over weather layer animation, as well as more clarity on the age of the weather product you are viewing. The slider automatically displays when you select any Radar, Satellite, Icing, or Turbulence layer.

Weather Layer Time Slider

In addition to the familiar play/pause button, the Time Slider allows frame-by-frame control over the animation. The slider’s position on the time scale indicates the valid time for the currently displayed weather graphic. Tapping to the right of the slider head advances the layer by one time step, while tapping to the left of the slider head retreats the layer by one time step. Alternatively, tap-hold and move the slider head left and right to manually control animation speed and enable back and forth (rocking) animation, a useful capability when analyzing local storm cell changes on radar.

The time scale changes as appropriate for each weather product displayed. Forecast-based weather layers, such as the Icing and Turbulence layers, use a white vertical bar to indicate the present time, splitting the time slider into two parts: forecasts that are valid for the past (gray line) and for the future (white line).

Products that indicate past information only, such as the radar and satellite layers, are presented with a gray time scale with the product age, relative to the current time, displayed with each frame. The absolute time is displayed in a callout with each frame as you manually scrub left or right, as well as to the left of the time scale.

Providing full manual control over the weather layer animation and easily reading relative age and absolute time for each weather product frame provides better insight to how the weather is trending.

Surface Analysis

The Surface Analysis layer adds a global surface pressure overlay, displaying isobar lines and associated pressure values in millibars. For much of North America, the isobar lines are complemented with depictions of surface fronts, troughs, and high/low pressure center markers. Besides displaying the current surface analysis, the forecasted surface analysis can be viewed for up to two days into the future using the Time Slider.

The Surface Analysis product and its forecast is a collaboration between multiple weather centers and is primarily based on the National Weather Service Global Forecast System (GFS) and the North American Mesoscale (NAM) models, with additional guidance from the European ECMWF and the United Kingdom’s UKMET models. Surface features (fronts, troughs, pressure centers) are analyzed manually by a NWS meteorologist, and are therefore only available for the North America region.

Surface Analysis features follow the standard depiction convention as outlined in the table below:

View global isobars and more detailed weather features for the U.S.

Icing

Icing severity data for the United States has been available in the ForeFlight Mobile Imagery view since 2015. Now, icing severity is available as a dynamic weather layer in the Maps view in ForeFlight Mobile and on the web. And not just for the US, but for the entire world.

You will now see two icing products in the Maps view layer selector: Icing (US) and Icing (Global). Both serve the same purpose, but are based on different weather models.

For the US coverage, the Forecast Icing Product (FIP) is a Numerical Weather Prediction model that employs a 20km grid in the horizontal and a 1000 ft grid in the vertical (from 3000’ to FL450) to calculate icing severity and the potential for SLD (supercooled large droplets). The FIP model is run hourly and forecasts are available out to 18 hours.

For a fast analysis of conditions at each altitude, you can quickly scrub between altitudes using the Altitude Slider in the lower right corner of the Maps view. The Altitude Slider is also available on the Turbulence layer.

Altitude Slider

Altitude Slider

Please note that SLD threat is currently only available to customers flying with the SiriusXM SXAR1 aviation receiver and who are subscribed to the SiriusXM Pilot for ForeFlight plan. SLD threats are depicted with red squares.

The Global Icing product is based on the Global Forecast System (GFS) weather model with a coarser horizontal and vertical grid and is run four times per day (every 6 hours). Global Icing forecasts in ForeFlight are available out to 24 hours.

Because of the coarser grid, as well as the less-frequent model runs of the GFS, it’s worth comparing the two icing depictions side-by-side. The difference in horizontal resolution and model update frequency between the US icing layer (left) and the global icing layer (right) is evident. When operating within the limits of the US icing model coverage area, the US icing layer should be referenced instead of the global layer to take advantage of its frequent updates and finer horizontal and vertical grid resolution.

Regardless of whether you have US or global icing selected, each layer uses the same color scale to depict conditions of no icing, light, moderate and heavy icing, as shown in the legend below:

Icing intensity is based on how long it would take for ice to build up on an airfoil

It’s important to note that the icing severity is roughly based on the accretion rate of ice on an airplane. The severity levels are defined by how long it would take for ¼ inch (65mm) of ice to build up on an airfoil. Time ranges are given for each level because the build-up rate depends on variables like airfoil properties, airspeed, and atmospheric conditions.

Since the icing forecasts are produced with no human modifications, they are intended for flight planning purposes only and should always be used in combination with AIRMETs, SIGMETs and PIREPs.

Turbulence

Similar to the Icing map layer, there are two new Turbulence map layers, one for the United States and the other for Global coverage.

The US turbulence product is based on the Graphical Turbulence Guidance (GTG). The GTG and the associated Eddy Dissipation Rate (EDR) data scale used by GTG were both covered in detail in a previous ForeFlight article. It’s worth re-reading that post to brush up on the turbulence product, especially how the relationship between EDR and in-flight turbulence intensity changes based on aircraft weight. The information in that article applies equally to the US and global turbulence layers.

The US turbulence layer data are still based on GTG-3 with an available lead time of up to 18 hours. This layer displays the maximum EDR of clear air turbulence (CAT) and mountain wave turbulence (MWT). It is not intended to predict convection and thunderstorm turbulence sources, but may provide some guidance if the storm event is widespread. Furthermore, the graphics represent a snapshot at that time and not a forecast for a time range. Finally, it is important to realize that turbulence is a dynamic event and rapidly changing conditions may not be accurately reflected.

The global turbulence layer displays EDR derived from the GFS forecast model using a proprietary algorithm. This layer differs from the US GTG-3 derived layer in that the global turbulence data only forecasts CAT and not MWT. The forecast lead time can be up to 24 hours. The same reduced horizontal and vertical resolutions discussed previously in the global icing section apply to the global turbulence layer. Also, since the global turbulence layer uses GFS model data, the same reduced model run rate limitation applies (every 6 hours for GFS versus hourly for GTG-3), resulting in the US turbulence layer being updated more frequently. For all of these reasons, it’s important to use the US turbulence layer when operating within its coverage area.

Since the layer’s EDR scale is aircraft dependent, it is important to review the scale applicable to your aircraft category (the article linked above contains scales for light, medium, and heavy aircraft classes). The following color scheme is used in the turbulence map layer:

These new weather layers are an exciting and useful feature addition for our US and worldwide customers. Keep in mind that there is no human involvement in creating the turbulence and icing products and the information should be supplemented as much as possible with SIGMETs, AIRMETs, and PIREPs to understand the full weather picture.

Apple iOS 11 and ForeFlight

UPDATE September 29, 2017: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 11.0.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers, with an important caveat for turboprop and jet pilots.

We have found that devices on iOS 11 using Bluetooth or plug-in GPS receivers for position data in ForeFlight can experience loss of GPS signal when carried on aircraft exceeding 300 knots. The issue does not appear on slower aircraft or with devices that provide more than just GPS, such as Stratus or installed Garmin avionics.

We expect that this issue will be resolved in a future iOS update, so we recommend that anyone who relies on a Bluetooth or plug-in GPS receiver for position data in ForeFlight, and who regularly exceeds 300 knots in flight, to hold on updating their iOS version until the issue is resolved.

The following support articles from Bad Elf provide details about the GPS issue:
https://badelf.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/5000749743
https://badelf.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/5000749742

ORIGINAL POST September 19, 2017: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 11. Given the scope of this iOS release, we recommend that you do not yet update devices that you regularly use for flight planning or flying. We will update this post with an “all clear” as soon as testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Bulletin: Sep 14th – Oct 12th Data Posted

Data updates are now available to download for the Sep 14th 2017 thru Oct 12th 2017 period:

  • From the FAA:
    • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
    • Taxi Diagrams
    • Terminal Procedures
    • Documents
  • For our Military Flight Bag customers:
    • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures
    • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams
    • ENAME High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
    • EEA Enroute Charts
    • AFR Enroute Charts
    • D-FLIP Publications such as Planning Change Notices, Area Planning Documents
    • Chart Supplements, Enroute Change Notices, and Terminal Change Notices
    • Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) diagrams
    • Airport/Facility Directory
  • 78 New and updated ForeFlight Taxi Diagrams will be sent to all customers.

All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile.

New: Graphical Route Advisor, Performance-based Step Climb, Flight Notifications, and More

ForeFlight Mobile version 9.3 is now available on the App Store.

Plan Faster with Graphical Route Advisor

The Route Advisor tool now gives you a visual preview of all route options on an interactive map. Tap through the list to highlight each route on the map, then tap “Select Route” to add it to your flight plan. Simple and easy. The interactive Route Preview map also appears in the Flights view form-based planner to provide a quick visual reference of your route. Your departure and destination airports are shown overlaid on a simple basemap.

Performance-based Step Climb Legs in Navlog

ForeFlight’s performance planning now supports step-climbs. The flight planning engine calculates the highest possible initial altitude, then automatically creates step-climb legs as the aircraft weight decreases. Step-climb information is detailed in the printable Navlog, accessible from the Flights view by tapping the Navlog button. The step climb leg information is available in Performance Plus, Business Performance, and MFB Performance plans.Learn more about ForeFlight Performance planning.

Flight Notifications

After filing your flight plan in ForeFlight, you will receive a push notification to your device when ATC issues a revised expected route and when adverse weather conditions arise that may affect your flight.

Flight Notification adverse weather

Access weather alerts in the Messages tab in the Flights view. Flight Notifications are available to customers on all ForeFlight plan levels who file flight plans via ForeFlight.

 

 

 

Flight Planning Workflow Enhancements

The “Add Next Flight” button in the Flights view makes it faster and easier to plan multi-leg flights by carrying forward departure, aircraft details, payload, fuel policy, and more. In addition, you can now export your flight plan in the official ICAO format and print, email, share via AirDrop, or save a copy in ForeFlight Documents.

Faster, Sharper, Data-Driven Basemap & New Shaded Terrain Display

The ForeFlight map engine has a significantly upgraded basemap, which now renders more quickly, smoothly, and with sharper depiction of features such as major roads, railways, national parks, and state and national boundaries.

In the Map Settings menu, choose from multiple terrain presentations: Colored, Shaded, or None. Shaded Terrain uses grayscale shading to depict terrain, providing the same level of detail as the colored terrain option with less visual distraction.

Scheduled Flight Search in Maps View

Enter a tail number, aircraft call sign, or commercial flight number into the Maps view search box to see recently filed flight plans. ForeFlight displays filed flight plans for aircraft that are either currently enroute or depart in the next 24 hours. Simply tap on a result to load the route into the Flight Plan Editor. Great for commercial pilots who want to quickly load an upcoming flight, or for passengers who want to follow along in the air!

Weather Layer Time Slider

A new interactive Time Slider control provides frame-by-frame control over playback of Radar and Satellite weather layers. Use the familiar play button to automatically play through each frame. To manually control playback, tap-hold on the Time Slider and drag left or right to move between frames, or tap on the line to the left or right of the slider marker to advance it one frame at a time in either direction.

New for SiriusXM SXAR1: Turbulence, Icing, and Surface Analysis Weather Layers

SiriusXM SXAR1 turbulence layerFor customers flying with the SiriusXM SXAR1 aviation receiver, you will now see Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis layers as part of your SiriusXM Pilot for ForeFlight subscription.

For a fast analysis of Icing and Turbulence conditions at each altitude, you can quickly scrub between altitudes using the Altitude Slider in the lower right corner of the Maps view. In addition, the Icing layer is enhanced with small red dots to indicate dangerous regions of supercooled large droplets. Refer to the Pilot’s Guide or the ForeFlight Mobile Legends Guide for more details on interpreting these new weather layers.

Better Logbook Workflow with Next Entry Button

Logbook Add Next Flight

Like the new “Add Next Flight” capability for the Flights view, the “Add Next Entry” button in Logbook allows you to quickly add a follow-up entry for any existing flight in your logbook.

The new entry uses the same aircraft as the previous flight, and auto-fills the departure airport and Hobbs/Tach time based on the details of the previous flight. The button is available at the bottom of every flight entry.

And a Few Updates to ForeFlight on the Web…

We continue to enhance our web planning experience with:

  • Detailed, printable Navlog syncs between web and mobile
  • Improved Navlog interface that expands for better viewing
  • Just like in ForeFlight Mobile, the Add Next Flight button improves multi-leg flight planning
  • Faster radar loading

Hurricane Harvey Update from ForeFlight

Over the weekend, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast. In a 24-hour period, an estimated 419,000,000,000 gallons (yes, billions) of rainfall in just Houston – and more than 9 trillion gallons in Southeast Texas over the weekend – created the worst flooding the region has ever experienced. Some areas are experiencing an “800-year flood event”.

As of this writing the rain continues to fall and flood waters in many areas are still rising as bayous and rivers overflow their banks at record levels. It was frightening to ride out and it is gut wrenching to now see the images of fellow Texans in distress.

The Houston-based ForeFlight team is fortunate: everyone has checked in as being safe and no significant injury or flood damage to our homes has been reported. Many in the Houston area have fared far worse, and our thoughts are with them.

Emergency management resources are overwhelmed and have been asking anyone with equipment  to come forward and help rescue operations. Texans are responding in force, deploying boats and other assets to assist. In last night’s press conference, the United States Coast Guard reported they have more than 20 helicopters deployed in conjunction with Customs & Border Protection and Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as three flood response teams that arrived from Paducah, KY and Memphis, TN. In addition, the good samaritans of the “Cajun Navy” activated and sent forces from Louisiana.

Thank you to all our friends, family, partners, and competitors for sending thoughtful notes and well wishes throughout the event. We’ll be back to full strength soon.

-Tyson

Bulletin: Aug 17 – Sep 14 Data Cycle

Data updates are now available to download for the August 17, 2017 – September 14, 2017 period:

  • From the FAA:
    • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
    • High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
    • Caribbean High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
    • Ocean Planning Charts
    • Taxi Diagrams
    • Terminal Procedures
    • Airport/Facility Diagrams
    • Documents
  • For Canada region customers:
    • Taxi Diagrams
    • Terminal Procedures
    • High and Low Enroutes
    • Canada Flight Supplement
    • Documents
  • For our Military Flight Bag customers:
    • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures
    • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams
    • CSA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
    • PAA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
    • D-FLIP Publications such as Planning Change Notices, Area Planning Documents, Chart Supplements, Enroute Change Notices, and Terminal Change Notices.
    • Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) diagrams
    • Airport/Facility Directory
  • 114 updated or new ForeFlight Taxi diagrams

All customers will be prompted with new available downloads.

Apple iOS 10.3.3 and ForeFlight

UPDATE July 26, 2017: Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 10.3.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to upgrade at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST July 19, 2017: We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 10.3.3 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.

Bulletin: July 20th Data Downloads

Data updates are now available to download for the July 20th, 2017 – Aug 17th, 2017 period:

  • From the FAA:
    • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
    • Taxi Diagrams
    • Terminal Procedures
    • Documents
  • For our Military Flight Bag customers:
    • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures
    • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams
    • ENAME High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
    • EEA Enroute Charts
    • D-FLIP Publications such as Planning Change Notices, Area Planning Documents
    • Chart Supplements, Enroute Change Notices, and Terminal Change Notices
    • Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) diagrams
    • Airport/Facility Directory
  • 152 New and updated ForeFlight Taxi Diagrams will be sent to all customers.

All customers will be prompted to download these updates inside of ForeFlight Mobile.