Marked Positions, Arrival Time Planning on Flights, and More in ForeFlight’s April Release

ForeFlight 12.3 includes Marked Positions, Arrival Time Planning on the Flights view, the ability to tap Extended Runways for information, and more. 

Marked Positions

Drop markers along your route during a flight to mark points of interest or comply with position plotting requirements, then view or share the marked position after the flight. 

Enable Marked Positions in the Map Settings menu (cog button on the Maps view) under Map Overlays. This adds a Marker button on the left side of the screen that you can tap to drop a marker at your current GPS position. Each new marker automatically captures the current time, your coordinates, GPS altitude, and ground speed, and allows you to add notes, rename the marker, or change any of the preset values besides time. Tap Save to add the marker to the map. If you don’t specify a name for the marker, it will be named for the time that it was dropped. 

Tap on any saved marker to view its information, and tap Edit to change any of the values, save it as a user waypoint, or delete the marker. Marked Positions can’t be added to your route, so saving one as a user waypoint is useful if you need to route to a previously-marked position.

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Marked Positions automatically disappear from the map 15 minutes after landing, but any marked positions made during a recorded flight will be included in the flight’s Track Log. Tap Info in the top-right of the track log view to find a list of all the Marked Positions made during the flight. Exporting a Track Log as a KML file will include the Marked Positions, allowing you to view them in other apps along with your recorded flight. 

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You can also view previously-marked positions in the Flights view if any Marked Positions were created between the planned departure and arrival times of a flight. This applies retroactively as well, so you can associate a new flight plan with old Marked Positions simply by moving back the ETD to the flight’s actual departure time. Marked Positions appear in the flight plan’s route map, which you can tap to expand and view information about each marker. View a list of all the flight’s Marked Positions by scrolling to the bottom of Flights and tapping Marked Positions under Flight Log. Using the Send To button from this view will export only the Marked Positions, not the Track Log, allowing you to create a clean record for documentation purposes. Use the KML option to view the exported file in other mapping apps, and use the CSV option to view the list of Marked Positions in a spreadsheet program.

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Marked Positions offers a convenient and flexible means of recording and sharing position data for any flight. Marked Positions are available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

 

Arrival Time Planning on Flights

Plan a flight based on a desired Arrival Time, rather than a Departure Time, using the new Arrival Time Planning feature. Just select a target arrival time and ForeFlight will work backwards to compute the required departure time.

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On the Flights view, look for the new ETD/ETA toggle to the left of the date/time selector, which is now the first line of the flight plan form. Switch between ETD/ETA to change the date and time of either. Change the date/time of your arrival and ForeFlight will display your new departure time at the top of the flight, and in the Flight Summary on the left.

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The Flight Summary now displays each flight’s ETD, ETE, and ETA for quick reference. Flight Summaries also display a paperclip icon when a flight has an associated file. 

Arrival time Planning is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

 

Tap Extended Centerlines for Runway Information

Quickly access runway information for any airport in your route by tapping the labels at the ends of Extended Centerlines when they are enabled. 

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Access Extended Centerlines in the Map Settings menu (cog button on the Maps view) under the Map Overlays section. Tap the Extended Centerline marker and ForeFlight will display a popup window with information about the runway. 

Tap “Select Runway” in the information popup to add that runway to your route and highlight it, and tap “Straight In” for any runway at your destination airport to both highlight it and add a straight-in 2nm final to your route, which you can also add using the Traffic Pattern option in Procedure Advisor.

 

SID/STAR Aircraft Type Restrictions

Easily identify aircraft type restrictions for departure and arrival procedures with new colored tags. Tags for Piston, Turboprop, and Jet aircraft appear in the list of procedure plates when viewing an airport’s information on the Airports or Maps views. The presence of one or more tags indicates that the procedure is restricted to the aircraft types shown. 

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ForeFlight Airport Info Documents

Access helpful information about many airports in Europe with new “Airport Info” documents found in the ForeFlight section of Airport Procedures. These documents include the same Jeppesen-sourced information previously available in Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR, including airport-specific notes for ground movement, general aviation access, VFR and helicopter procedures, and more.

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The documents are included in the “Aerodrome Charts & AIP” download option for countries in Europe, and appear in the Downloads list as (for example) “Germany (ForeFlight).”