Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.2.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.
ForeFlight’s November release includes support for iOS system theme changes, the ability to add Track Logs to Logbook entries, internet radar coverage limits, and more.
iOS System Theme Support
Keep ForeFlight’s app theme in sync with your device’s system using the new “System” app theme setting. Easily customize when ForeFlight transitions between Light and Dark theme based on your system appearance setting.
The System app theme setting replaces the Auto setting at the top of More > Settings for devices running iOS 13 and above.
Change your System appearance theme in your device’s Settings app in Settings > Display & Brightness > Appearance. From there you can manually change the theme by tapping Light or Dark, or set an automatic schedule by selecting Automatic and tapping into Options. Set a Sunset to Sunrise schedule or a custom schedule where you can choose when the Light Appearance and Dark Appearance start. ForeFlight’s theme will follow the same system appearance schedule when the System option is selected.
Enhance this feature by customizing ForeFlight’s Light and Dark settings. For each setting choose the app theme, Aeronautical Map theme, and whether you want to invert plates, charts, or documents. Access these settings for each theme in More > Settings > App Theme.
Add Track Logs to Logbook Entries
ForeFlight Logbook allows you to add or remove recorded Track Logs associated with a Logbook entry to more accurately log your flights.
Tap “Add Track Log” near the bottom of a Logbook entry to choose from your list of Track Logs with suggested Track Logs at the top. ForeFlight will suggest Track Logs that occurred on the same day as your Logbook entry. You can filter the Track Log list based on Track Log name, airport identifiers, GPS source, device name, and associated aircraft tail number.
Tap “Change Track Log” below a Logbook associated Track Log to bring up the list of Track Logs again. Choose a different Track Log to change it or tap the currently selected Track Log and press Close to delete it from the Logbook entry.
Internet Radar Coverage Limits
ForeFlight’s internet radar map layers (Composite and Lowest Tilt) now visually indicate on the map where coverage is not available to help you differentiate between areas without coverage and areas with clear skies.
Non-covered areas display gray cross-hatching with a “Radar not available” message, allowing you to easily see the coverage boundaries.
You can disable the coverage display and remove the cross-hatching by turning off the “Internet Radar Coverage” setting at the bottom of the Map Settings menu (the cog button on the Maps view).
DAC International GDC64 Support
ForeFlight supports connectivity with the GDC64 Tablet Aircraft Interface Unit from DAC International, providing a wired option to supply ForeFlight with GPS and ADS-B data, as well as a constant power supply.
The GDC64 serves as an installed adapter between an iPad or iPhone and FreeFlight’s RANGR series of avionics, which supplies the GPS and ADS-B data used by ForeFlight.
Connectivity with ForeFlight requires GDC64 firmware 7.0.A or above and an adapter to enable USB connectivity.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.2.2 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.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.2 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.
ForeFlight’s October release includes a new High Resolution Basemap, a setting to select multiple map layers at once, the ability to add custom Safety Distance Factors for Takeoff & Landing Performance, and more.
High Resolution Basemap
ForeFlight’s High Resolution Basemap depicts ground features and cultural elements in much greater detail for improved inflight reference.
ForeFlight’s basemap is what you see with no other charts or maps other than the Aeronautical Map enabled, and includes terrain, roads, and other cultural elements.
The default basemap provides a basic depiction of major roads and urban areas, while the High Resolution Basemap dramatically increases the level of detail, exposing minor roads and individual railway lines, increasing the resolution of coastlines and urban areas, and highlighting national parks and forests in green. The High Resolution Basemap also adds terrain peak markers with altitudes so you can easily identify the highest points in an area. You can enable/disable these by tapping Map Settings (cog button in the Maps View) > Terrain and toggling the Peaks switch on/off.
The Cultural Elements menu in Map Settings also allows you to toggle different features of the basemap on or off. The last element, Points of Interest, includes landmarks or notable buildings that are visible from the air, such as castles and palaces in Europe, and will include additional elements in the future.
Like with High Resolution Terrain, ForeFlight will automatically select and download the High Resolution Basemap for your region, but you can also download the basemap for other regions by enabling it in Download Settings. Toggle the High Resolution Basemap switch on for a region and select each desired country/state for download.
Multi-Select Map Layers
Toggle multiple map layers in a row without having to reopen the Layer Selector each time.Enable the new “Multiple Selections” setting at the bottom of the Map Settings menu (cog button on the maps view), or in More > Settings > Layer Selector.
Once enabled, the Layer Selector remains open until you tap elsewhere on the screen, allowing you to quickly toggle as many layers as you want.
On iPad, you can also pan and zoom around the map while the layer selector is open, even if the Multiple Selections setting is disabled, allowing you to quickly view what each layer looks like on the map.
AOPA FBO Fees
ForeFlight displays FBO fees from AOPA’s Airport Directory to help you make more informed flight planning decisions. AOPA’s FBO fee directory includes about 40,000 fees from businesses in the United States to increase cost transparency, benefiting pilots and FBOs.
To view FBO fees, navigate to an FBO on the Airports View, Maps View, Plates View, or Flights View. Access an FBO’s fees from the FBO detail view by tapping the Fees tab. For each fee ForeFlight shows the type of fee and any notes on the left and the cost on the right. Fees that vary by aircraft type or other factors show a range of costs that you can tap into to see the full breakdown.
FBO fees are usually updated in ForeFlight within a week of being updated in AOPA’s Airport Directory, and you can see when FBO fees were last updated by looking below the fee list. If you are an admin for an FBO, please contact AOPA to change fees in their directory so your fee list can update in ForeFlight.
Custom Takeoff & Landing Performance Safety Margins
ForeFlight’s Takeoff & Landing Performance feature allows you to specify a safety distance factor to produce more conservative runway performance calculations in response to runway conditions or other factors. Takeoff & Landing Performance is included in ForeFlight Performance plans and supports many piston and single-engine turboprop aircraft types.
In March of 2019, the FAA issued a Safety Alert detailing the importance of including a landing distance factor in landing performance calculations based on runway conditions. Even for dry runways, the FAA suggests multiplying the original landing distance result by a factor of 1.67 to increase the safety margin.
You can specify your own safety distance factor for both takeoff and landing directly in ForeFlight’s Takeoff and Landing Performance views. After planning a flight using an aircraft that supports Takeoff & Landing Performance, tap either of the Takeoff or Landing buttons near the top of the Flights view and select a runway to calculate the initial distance results.
Tap the Safety Distance Factor line at the bottom of the Aircraft Configuration section to enter a new number between 1 and 10. ForeFlight multiplies the initial distance result with this number to produce the final result, so specifying a factor of 1.5 will increase your desired distances by 50%, a factor of 2.0 will double them, and so on.
You can specify different Safety Distance Factors for takeoff and landing, as well as for different aircraft profiles. ForeFlight saves and automatically applies each factor on future flights with the same aircraft, making it easy to customize each aircraft’s safety factor and reuse it on the next flight.
Logbook Total Time Autofill
ForeFlight can now automatically fill certain Logbook fields based on a flight’s Total Time, simplifying the process of filling in new entries.
Select the fields you want to auto-fill with Total Time in More > Logbook > Settings > Auto-Fill Settings. Options include PIC, SIC, Dual Given, Dual Received, and Cross Country, and you can also enable auto-fill for your own custom fields if they are configured as Hours under field type.
The other new Logbook feature, “Total time Calculation”, can be found in More > Logbook > Settings > Total Time Calculation. This setting allows you to choose how ForeFlight calculates Total Time if you don’t enter it directly. Options include Hobbs Time, Tach Time, Block Time, Flight Time, or Duty Time.
FMS Flight Plan Uplink with Collins Avionics
If you use Collins/ARINC as your data-link service provider, you can now generate flight plan recall codes directly from ForeFlight. After filing a flight plan, open the Flights view Navlog to find the auto-generated recall number in the bottom-left. ForeFlight also supports FMS flight plan uplink with Satcom Direct and Honeywell avionics.
Flight Plan Uplink is available with Performance Plus and Business Performance subscriptions. Learn more about Flight Plan Uplink here.
Aerial Refueling Tracks
ForeFlight Military Flight Bag displays Aerial Refueling Tracks for both training and operational use around the world, helping military pilots plan and conduct flights that include aerial refueling.
Like Military Training Routes, Aerial Refueling Tracks are built into ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map layer, and you can enable them in the Map Settings menu (cog button in the Maps view) in conjunction with Military Training Routes or on their own.
The tracks appear as green lines on the map, with associated labels and markers representing different points along each track.
Squares represent track entry points, and those with an “i” represent air refueling initial points. Dotted lines connecting squares to tracks represent entry legs. Circles represent both navigation checkpoints and anchor patterns, and circles surrounded by four small squares represent anchor and control points. Finally, stars represent exit points. Point names include navaid bearing and distance information as published in FLIP to assist in flight planning.
Tap anywhere along a track to add it to your route and see detailed information, including the track name, refueling altitude, TACAN information, communication frequencies, and remarks. Tapping on track points will yield similar information, as well as the point’s usage and location information. Tap on overlapping points or tracks to choose between them. Tap hold on the map to see nearby refueling track points, along with Military Training Route waypoints.
Adding Aerial Refueling Tracks to your route works much the same as Military Training Routes, with some differences. Type the track’s name into the flight plan editor to add the entire track from entry to exit. You can then tap on the track’s name in the bubble editor and tap “Expand AR Pattern” to break it into its component waypoints for easier editing. Using the Reverse button in the flight plan editor preserves the internal structure and direction of a Refueling Track if you haven’t expanded it. If you have, the Track points will also reverse along with the rest of the route.
When you add individual points from a track one at a time, ForeFlight ensures that your route follows the track’s actual pattern by automatically inserting bends where required.
- Dispatch is an add-on to ForeFlight’s Mobile and Web application that equally empowers pilots, flight planners, and ops managers in flight departments big and small to collaborate and plan flights with greater efficiency and precision.
- Flexjet signs on as the inaugural customer, adopting Dispatch to complement its longtime use of ForeFlight Mobile on the flight deck.
- Learn more at foreflight.com/dispatch
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 21, 2019 – Boeing (NYSE:BA) announced the launch of ForeFlight Dispatch, a team flight planning component of its web application that delivers a next-generation, multi-user, schedule-to-mobile flight planning capability for flight operations of any size.
With Dispatch, flight plans are created by pilots, dispatchers, or automatically via integrated scheduling systems to generate “cleared-as-filed” routes, briefings, and operational flight plans, which are then synchronized with the ForeFlight Mobile application on crew devices. Flight watchers or dispatchers can then monitor flights or make changes to flight plans, and all changes are automatically synced back to crew devices, resulting in a more productive flight operation.
Customers across North America and Europe have already tested the new capabilities with live flight operations in an extensive beta program. The inaugural customer of ForeFlight Dispatch, Flexjet, is a preeminent operator committed to deploying the latest technology throughout the organization.
“As one of the industry’s most innovative brands, Flexjet regularly seeks to drive efficiencies in every part of our business,” said Flexjet Chief Operating Officer Megan Wolf. “ForeFlight, in partnership with us, dramatically improved the flight planning process and created cutting-edge technology for both the Dispatchers and the Pilots.”
“For the past year, we have beta tested the Dispatch software to our Global fleet, which operate all over the world,” said Tim Montie, director of operations at Flexjet. “The efficiencies that we have realized with optimized flight plan routes, fuel burns, and passenger comfort have been outstanding. This has also allowed us to reduce the number of applications that our pilots must maintain and reduces the amount of actual paper documents that each pilot and aircraft must carry.”
“We are thrilled to be expanding our longstanding relationship with Flexjet as they adopt our Dispatch capabilities,” said Tyson Weihs, Co-Founder and CEO of ForeFlight, a Boeing Company. “We worked closely with Flexjet to identify and eliminate the biggest inefficiencies faced by their teams: workflow fragmentation, slow route generation, disconnected systems, and complex workarounds to release flights to crew members. We are now addressing these issues by combining the app’s historical strengths and our Jeppesen data in a single, streamlined, next-gen flight planning solution.”
ForeFlight Dispatch solves several common challenges for flight departments — how to efficiently load flight plans from the scheduling system, select valid and optimal flight routes, collaboratively plan, file, and monitor flights, and ultimately distribute them along with associated documents to crew members’ mobile devices.
With Dispatch, supported flight scheduling systems can send flights directly into ForeFlight so teams can start working with them right away. ForeFlight Web provides a centralized list view of all planned and filed flights so Planners have better insight into the status of any flight and the overall view of the day’s operations.
Likewise, pilots can easily see flights assigned to them both on the web and on their mobile devices. Flights created by pilots on their mobile devices appear on the web for planners to view and edit, allowing flight crews and planning teams to view more easily. ForeFlight’s Sync system ensures that all changes are reflected across the platform for everyone involved.
All of Boeing’s existing best-in-class flight planning features through ForeFlight, combined with its high-quality “runway to runway” flight planning data through Jeppesen, are enhanced by the addition of advanced capabilities like fine-tuned route constraints and partial routing, at-a-glance speed and altitude performance comparisons, expanded fuel policies, automatic Jeppesen Airway Manual lookups and overflight reports.
Dispatch’s Scheduling API allows ForeFlight to integrate with scheduling software providers and enterprise systems. Initial planned integrations include Boeing’s Jeppesen Operator, SD Scheduler, Flightdocs Enterprise, BART by Seagil Software, PFM Ops Console, and Avmosys.
Customers attending NBAA can see a demo and sign up to get started with Dispatch at the ForeFlight booth in North Hall – Booth 5518, and the Boeing booth in North and Central halls – Booth 5202.
To learn more about ForeFlight Dispatch, visit foreflight.com/dispatch. To schedule a demo of Dispatch, contact email@example.com.
Additional Product Highlights:
Workflow Enhancing Integrations
Scheduling system integrations can send scheduled flights into ForeFlight, complete with the flight details needed for a flight planner to start working with them right away. Dispatch’s APIs also allow external systems – scheduling software, passenger itineraries, and more – to leverage ForeFlight’s advanced performance engine with quickly-returned “performance quotes,” delivering estimated time and fuel burn results for flights before they even reach ForeFlight.
Dispatch integrates crew assignment and mobile flight releases into its flight planning workflow, allowing planners to release flight plans directly to assigned crew members’ iPads and iPhones before departure. Flight plans are delivered to crew members within seconds of being released, complete with aircraft, airport, route, and performance details.
ForeFlight’s Navlog and Briefing documents are also generated for each flight plan and synced to crew members’ devices, providing quick access to everything they need. Any changes made by planners to a released flight will automatically sync to pilots’ devices, along with updated documents reflecting the changes.
Optimized Route Generation
Dispatch leverages and extends ForeFlight’s next-generation flight planning engine and Recommended Route, which uses Jeppesen’s high quality “runway-to-runway” aeronautical data along with forecast weather, aircraft performance, and ATC history to create optimized and globally file-able flight plans. For flights in Europe, ForeFlight automatically validates every route against EUROCONTROL rules to ensure it can be filed without rejection.
The new Route Builder feature allows planners to specify detailed route constraints that ForeFlight adheres to when generating the optimized Recommended Route. These include avoiding FIRs, airways, waypoints, and SID or STAR procedures, or including any of the above in ForeFlight’s auto-generated route. Planners can also specify “partial routes” that comply with strict overflight permits or preferential routing through certain airspace, allowing ForeFlight to incorporate those segments verbatim while optimizing the remainder of the route. ForeFlight accepts new constraints and updates the Recommended Route extremely quickly.
A key component of the Route Builder is the Route Analysis Report document, which searches Jeppesen’s digital airway manual and returns any relevant airway restrictions in seconds. Flight planners can then add new constraints to bypass the airways and re-generate the route, saving significant time and removing the need for leafing through physical airway manuals.
Dispatch also brings ETP and ETOPS planning to ForeFlight. Aircraft can be configured with details concerning depressurization and medical scenarios, ETP-specific fuel parameters, and single-engine speed used for ETOPS calculations. Flight planners can then select diversion airports for a flight and ForeFlight will calculate ETP information for each pair of airports and include it in the Navlog document for easy reference.
Enable ETOPS for a flight and ForeFlight will check that every route leg is within ETOPS certification, and display ETOPS rings around each diversion airport on ForeFlight’s dynamic route map. The map can also highlight a route’s point of safe return (also known as point of no return), allowing planners to quickly identify how far along the route the plane can still return to the departure airport with sufficient fuel reserves.
Flexible Fuel & Performance Planning
Dispatch combines ForeFlight’s existing fuel planning capabilities like Fuel Policies with new features that make the process even easier. Cruise Advisor provides side-by-side performance comparisons of different altitude and cruise speed combinations so flight planners can quickly find the desired balance between time enroute and fuel usage. Planners can choose up to three cruise profiles to compare at five nearby altitudes, and ForeFlight calculates the forecast winds, time enroute, and fuel burn for each combination. The combinations resulting in the lowest fuel usage and the shortest trip time are each highlighted for easy identification.
Dispatch adds multiple wind model options for greater flexibility while flight planning. Planners can choose the Forecasted model, which uses actual winds aloft forecasts out to seven days in advance; the Historical model, which uses historical winds with selectable probability settings of 50%, 85%, or 90%; or the Fixed wind model, which allows the planner to define a specific head- or tailwind component and ISA deviation that applies to the entire flight.
Multiple reserve fuel policies corresponding to a number of FAA and EASA regulatory designations are also available with Dispatch. Planners can select one to automatically calculate the fuel required under that policy, or manually input a quantity of reserve fuel or minutes of equivalent flight time.
Helpful Flight Documents
Dispatch extends ForeFlight’s lineup of auto-generated preflight documents with new additions that can help flight planners and crew members prepare for and conduct the flight. The Briefing document combines information about NOTAMs and forecast weather with other documents to create a single, comprehensive flight briefing for simplified crew delivery. ForeFlight’s Navlog document provides detailed flight fuel and weight metrics, waypoint-by-waypoint performance and altitude comparisons, airport frequencies, and more, making it a convenient inflight reference.
The new Overflight Report sums together all FIR overflight fees that would be incurred for a given route. For each FIR the document lists the parent country, the entry and exit coordinates, the total distance and duration spent transiting the FIR, and the overflight charges and accrued cost as the flight progresses.
Flexjet first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet offers fractional jet ownership and leasing. Flexjet’s fractional aircraft program is the first in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard, is the first and only company to be honored with 20 FAA Diamond Awards for Excellence, upholds an ARG/US Platinum Safety Rating and is IS-BAO compliant at Level 2. Flexjet’s fractional program fields an exclusive array of business aircraft—some of the youngest in the fractional jet industry, with an average age of approximately six years. In 2015, Flexjet introduced Red Label by Flexjet, which features the youngest fleet in the industry, flight crews dedicated to a single aircraft and the LXi Cabin Collection of interiors. To date there are more than 30 different interior designs across its fleet, which includes the Challenger 350, the Embraer Legacy 450, Global Express, the Gulfstream G450, G500 and G650, and the Aerion AS2 supersonic business jets. In addition, the overall jet collection includes the Embraer Phenom 300 and Bombardier Challenger 300. Flexjet is a member of the Directional Aviation family of companies. For more details on innovative programs and flexible offerings, visit http://www.flexjet.com or follow us on Twitter @Flexjet and on Instagram @FlexjetLLC.
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.1.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.1.2 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.
ForeFlight’s September release includes the ability to search for track logs and view notes related to fuel prices.
Track Log Search
Quickly find one or more recorded track logs using the new search bar at the top of the Track Log view. You can search for track logs by departure or destination, aircraft (for track logs that are associated with one), GPS source, and device name.
Navigate to More > Track Logs and tap the bar at the top of the screen to start searching.
View important information related to FBO fuel prices, like whether tax is included, accepted payment methods, instructions for accessing or operating the pump, and more.
Any notes added by an FBO manager will appear directly below the list of fuel prices on that FBO’s detail view.
FBO managers can add fuel notes through their Directory account on ForeFlight’s web portal. To add fuel notes, navigate to your business’s page and click the Fuel tab at the top of the screen to access the Fuel Notes text box, just below the fuel prices.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 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.
Note regarding iPadOS: With this release, Apple has introduced a new name for its iPad-specific operating system: iPadOS. iPadOS builds on iOS and continues its version numbering, with iPadOS 13.1 being the first release under the new name. iPhones will continue to run on the iOS system, which is now also at 13.1. Moving forward, we will specify which operating system and device types our compatibility testing communications apply to: iOS, iPadOS, or both.