Bulletin: May 26 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the May 26, 2016 – June 23, 2016 and May 26, 2016 – July 21, 2016 periods:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including updates to the following airports:
0D8 0TE4 40XS CFN7 CO49 CSD4
CSE4 CYBW CYCC CYKZ CYLW CYMT
CYMX CYND CYOO CYOW CYQA CYQG
CYQR CYTZ CYUL CYVO CYVR CYXL
CYXY CYYB CYYC CYYZ CYZE CZVL
H35 I39 KAZO KCCR KCFV KDFW
KDUB KEK KEPH KFFT KFXY KFZI
KGEY KGFD KGFK KHIO KHOP KHRT
KHXD KHYR KINS KJKL KLAX KLBE
KLMT KLUX KMKG KNBJ KNCA KNDY
KPIE KRAP KRBD KRCV KRDU KREI
KRNM KRPX KRYM KSKF KSRE KSTL
LEVC MBPV MDJB MDPP MMCZ MMPE
MMVA MYAF MYEF MYEM PABI PACV
PAGS PAIL PAKN PAMC PAWD PAWS
PHJR T78 TFFF TKPK TS07 TTPP
TUPJ TXKF

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
  • Gulf of Mexico IFR 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.

Update: Apple iOS 9.3.2 and ForeFlight

UPDATE June 6, 2016: We have finished testing the updated version of iOS 9.3.2 with the 9.7″ iPad Pro and can give the “all-clear” to upgrade. All iOS devices are now cleared to upgrade to iOS 9.3.2.

UPDATE June 3, 2016: Apple has released an updated version of iOS 9.3.2 for the 9.7″ iPad Pro. We are in the process of testing this new version with ForeFlight to ensure compatibility, and will advise when testing is completed. Again, this only applies to the 9.7″ iPad Pro and iOS 9.3.2 – all other devices, including the full-size iPad Pro, are cleared to upgrade to iOS 9.3.2 at this time.

UPDATE May 26, 2016: We are ready to issue an “all-clear” for customers to update their devices to iOS 9.3.2. Please note that iOS 9.3.2 is not available for the 9.7″ iPad Pro. Feel free to download and install the update on other devices at your convenience.

ORIGINAL POST May 17, 2016: We are in the final stages of compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS 9.3.2 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed.

Expanded Airport Information in ForeFlight Web

We’ve recently added some new features to ForeFlight Web that enhance its usefulness for flight planning. The airport popup now closely mirrors the airport popup in the ForeFlight Mobile Maps view, including tabs along the bottom for general airport information, the current METAR, forecast products, and winds aloft.

Tap on a weather marker to access diverse information about an airport

Use the buttons along the bottom of the popup to view information about an airport, forecasts, and winds aloft.

From the Info tab you can find lists of frequencies, runway information (including wind components), and links to taxi charts and procedure plates that can be viewed directly in your browser. Links to outside resources like Google Maps and flight tracking through FlightAware are also available. The forecast tab includes TAFs, MOS, and recent area forecast discussions. All this information can be accessed simply by clicking on a weather overlay marker for an airport, or by searching for that airport in the Search bar.

The airport popup also includes an Add to Route button for easy “click planning”. With departure and destination points entered into your Navlog, you can then click on the route line to rubber-band it to intermediate waypoints and airports, just like touch planning in the ForeFlight app.

Click and drag your route line to add intermediate airports and waypoints

Intermediate waypoints can be added to your route just like in the app – drag your route line to the desired location, then drop it and select an item from the list.

After building your route on ForeFlight web, it automatically syncs to the app on your iPad and iPhone. You can find the route in ForeFlight Mobile in the Recent routes list, or in Favorites if you saved the route.

Notice of FAA Charting Error: SAKES and J100 Affected

For the May 26 chart update, the FAA reported a charting error for the SAKES waypoint in Utah. The error unintentionally removed SAKES from the J100 airway. The error will take effect with the May 26th chart update, after which any flight plans filed that combine J100 and SAKES will be rejected. The J80 and Q70 airways, which also include SAKES, will not be affected.

The FAA will correct the error with the July 21st chart update, but until then minor flight plan adjustments will need to be made to avoid having certain flight plans rejected. The table below lists a number of recently filed routes involving J100 and SAKES, along with the correction to file successfully.

Routes that combine J100 and SAKES will require corrections to be filed successfully

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Bulletin: April 28 Data Updates

Data updates are now available to download for the April 28, 2016 – May 26, 2016 period:

  • Airport and Navigation Database
  • Documents
  • VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts
  • Taxi Diagrams
  • Terminal Procedures
  • Airport/Facility Diagrams
  • ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including new diagrams and updates for the following airports:
02A 02G 04G 04W 04Y 05U
06FA 06N 07K 08A 08D 08K
08N 09A 0A8 0B4 0B5 0C4
0G0 0G3 0G6 0G7 0I2 0J4
0J6 0M0 0M3 0M5 0M8 19MT
1TA7 2TS6 4GA5 5NC2 7GA7 CA92
CL56 KAPG KAPH KBIF KBLU KCID
KCKP KCNH KCXW KCXY KDBN KDBQ
KDCA KDDC KDEN KDKX KDLF KDMA
KDNN KDOV KDSM KDTW KFKA KFSI
KGZN KHDC KHEY KHMY KIPL KIPT
KLRG KMER KMEV KMEZ KMGJ KMGN
KMGY KMMI KMPV KMSV KMSY KMTO
KNBG KNEW KNFG KNFL KNFW KNGP
KNGU KNHK KNID KNIP KNJK KNKT
KNKX KNLC KNMM KNOG KNPA KNQA
KNQI KNQX KNRS KNUI KNXF KOCF
KOCQ KODX KOEL KOFF KOGM KOIC
KOKC KOKM KOKZ KOLG KOLY KOLZ
KONP KOOA KOQW KORB KORC KOWK
KPFC KPHG KPHP KPMP KPNS KPOF
KPOU KPQN KPWD KPYG KPYN KRBO
KRCA KRIC KRLD KRSW KRTS KRUE
KRYN KSCD KSLK KSME KSMF KSMX
KSNC KSNL KSVC KSWT KSYM KSYV
KTDW KTIF KTQE KTRX KTWT KTZV
KUBS KUDG KUSW KVHN KVIQ KY8
KZER KZUN

Data updates are also available for our Military Flight Bag customers:

  • Global airport, navigation, and airway coverage from the Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File
  • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Terminal Procedures
  • Georeferenced worldwide D-FLIP Airport Diagrams
  • EEA High Enroutes, Area Charts
  • ENAME High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • PAA High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts
  • Airfield Qualification Program (AQP) diagrams
  • Airfield Suitability and Restrictions Report (Giant Report)
  • Airport/Facility Directory
  • Documents

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

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.