World Aeronautical Charts Added to ForeFlight Web

We recently added several World Aeronautical Charts (WACs) to the VFR map layer on ForeFlight Web, increasing chart coverage to include the Caribbean. The CJ-26, CJ-27, and parts of CH-25 WACs now provide chart coverage beyond the VFR Sectionals.

You can now plan routes to the Caribbean in ForeFlight Web

Don’t forget that the FAA will be replacing WACs with VFR Sectionals over the next year (see our blog post from January for details). The WACs covering the Caribbean will expire in February and March of 2017, however the new VFR Sectionals for that area will be introduced before the expiration dates, ensuring continuous VFR chart coverage.

The FAA’s New Open Data Initiatve

Last week the FAA launched the External Data Access Initiative and held the first industry forum to start a discussion about industry wants and needs. This is an important milestone, and I am happy that we at ForeFlight played a role in its development.

Over the past two years, and via our involvement in GAMA and our FAA and industry relationships, we have had the opportunity to present our vision for an “Open Source FAA” to FAA leadership. What I believed is that by opening access to data – and where possible computer source code such as the FAA’s ERAM and other systems – innovations will follow and ultimately create new business opportunities for entrepreneurs and a more efficient FAA. We are excited to see this initiative launched.

We encourage others to participate in the FAA forums and provide feedback. The FAA website for the External Data Access Initiative is here.

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ForeFlight Establishes TFR Desk to Ensure Accurate Depiction of Graphical TFR Information

We are excited to share that ForeFlight’s development team recently deployed technology that can recognize missing or corrupted graphical TFRs that are delivered via the NOTAM system. The new tool alerts ForeFlight’s TFR Desk team members, who then take immediate action to correct the TFR graphic and distribute it quickly to ForeFlight customers.

ForeFlight with graphical TFR

As a pilot, you rely on web, mobile, and data-link apps and services to display accurate and up-to-date TFR information. And, as Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight’s co-founder and CEO, explains: “From time-to-time, the NOTAM system publishes TFRs without the shape information necessary to depict them. We built the monitoring systems and established the TFR Desk so that pilots can have the highest-quality TFR information as quickly as possible. TFR incursions are still an important issue for the aviation community, and we are doing our part to help.”

In addition to identifying and creating or correcting TFR information, ForeFlight notifies the AOPA’s regulatory affairs team of the discrepancy, who then works with the FAA to correct the information in the NOTAM system. These corrections then make their way back to users via other channels, such as the ADS-B data link system.

The team will continue to improve the tool’s capability to also recognize misshapen TFR files. This effort helps us to quickly distribute the most accurate information and minimize the risk that a pilot will violate a TFR area.

Bulletin: March 31 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download:

  • A new US IFR Enroute H-8 chart is available for download. This removes Class A airspace exclusions near the Florida Keys and addresses an FAA Safety Alert.
  • VNC and VTA charts for Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and VNC charts for Lake Athabasca and Regina are available for our Canada region customers.

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

Bulletin: March 31 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the March 31, 2016 – April 28, 2016 and March 31, 2016 – May 26, 2016 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including updates to the following airports:
K98 KACP KADU KAGR KAGZ KAHC
KAHH KAIB KANY KAOC KAOV KAPT
KAPY KAQP KATA KAZC KBAC KBAM
KBAX KBCK KBFR KBHK KBIJ KBKN
KCAO KCAR KCAV KCCR KCDI KCEA
KCEK KCFS KCFT KCHQ KCHT KCHU
KCII KCJJ KCKA KCKI KCMI KCMY
KCNB KCNC KCNK KCNP KCOF KCVK
KCYW KDAF KDAL KDEQ KDGL KDLC
KDNS KDRM KDRP KDWX KDXX KEBS
KEFC KEFW KEGQ KEHA KEIW KEMM
KEST KESW KETC KETH KEZI KFBR
KFDR KFMZ KFOA KFOZ KFSU KFSW
KGHW KGRE KHCO KHNR KHTH KHTW
KHVE KHWQ KHZE KHZX KIDG KIFA
KIKV KILG KIPL KIRS KISB KIWA
KIWH KJCA KJDN KJQD KJTC KJWG
KJYG KKIC KLBR KLLU KLMS KLOR
KLQR KLRY KLSB KLSK KLTY KLUM
KLVL KLVM KLWA KLWD KLWL KLYV
KMAL KMDF KMDZ KMEB KMEY KMIW
KMJQ KMKA KMMS KMNF KMNM KMNN
KMPG KMPZ KMQW KMUI KMVE KMVI
KMVM KMWM KMXA KNFE KNGT KNGW
KNJM KNJW KNOW KNRN KNVD KOVL
KOVO KOVS KOWI KPCM KPCW KPEO
KPEZ KPGA KPHH KPHK KPJY KPKF
KPMB KPMU KPOY KPPF KPPO KPSB
KPSC KPSM KPTW KPUB KPUC KRAC
KRBE KRCK KRCP KRCT KRCZ KRFG
KROX KRPB KRQB KRQO KRRQ KRRT
KRUG KSBU KSBX KSCB KSDA KSDM
KSFY KSLO KSUD KSZY KTKV KTVB
KULM KUWL KVLA KVMR KVTI KVVS
KVVV NY22 WN53

From the FAA:

  • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • World 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
  • Airfield Suitability and Restrictions Report (Giant Report)
  • Airport/Facility Directory

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

Apple Announces Smaller iPad Pro

At their March 21 Keynote presentation, Apple announced the release of a new 9.7 inch iPad Pro, which delivers the enhanced performance and features of its full-sized predecessor in the more space-conscious size of the iPad Air 2. Apple reports that the new screen reduces reflectivity by 40 percent and increases brightness by 25 percent compared to the iPad Air 2, and automatic white balance adjustments allow colors to stay accurate in different levels and kinds of lighting. Combined with iOS 9.3’s Night Shift, which adjusts colors after sunset to ease strain on the eyes, these features will likely make the new iPad Pro’s viewing experience the best for use in the cockpit.

What we’re most excited about with the new iPad Pro is the ability to use it with Apple Pencil, introduced last year alongside the original iPad Pro. Made for the iPad, Pencil brings incredible precision to ForeFlight features like Scratchpads, annotations on plates and documents, and Logbook endorsements. Using the Pencil for these tasks helps you perform them faster and with better legibility over using a finger or a generic stylus.

Using the Pencil allows faster and more legible writing on the iPad Pro

CRAFT Scratchpad completed with an Apple Pencil on the original iPad Pro

The ability to use this helpful tool with a smaller iPad makes owning a Pencil far more practical for pilots than when it required the full-size iPad Pro, which is over-sized for most cockpits. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback on using the Pencil once the new iPads start shipping at the end of this month.

Annotating plates and documents is also easier with a Pencil

Plate annotations made with an Apple Pencil on the original iPad Pro

New Canadian and International NOTAMs Available in ForeFlight

ForeFlight customers now have access to a wealth of new international NOTAMs in the app. In particular, all Canadian NOTAMs available on the NavCanada website are now available in ForeFlight, saving our Canadian and cross-border customers valuable flight planning time.

Canadian NOTAMs now included all NOTAMs provided listed NavCanada's website

Most international airports now include NOTAMs for their FIR (Flight Information Region), which can be found under the ARTCC NOTAMs tab, as well as additional airport, obstacle, and TFR NOTAMs. The rate at which NOTAMs update in ForeFlight is also faster.

New NOTAMs are also available for many international airports

Although the number of NOTAMs available in ForeFlight has expanded greatly, it is not exhaustive, so be sure to check other sources for relevant NOTAMs when planning a flight outside the US.