3D Approach Preview, Controlled Airspace Frequencies, and More in ForeFlight’s March Release

ForeFlight 12.2 includes 3D Approach Preview, Mountain Pass icons and other Basemap elements, quick-access airspace frequencies, and more. 

3D Approach Preview

3D Preview in ForeFlight displays markers for each waypoint in your route, including labeled approach fixes, allowing you to better visualize every step of your approach all the way down to the runway.

IMG_1079Access 3D Preview by creating a route on the Maps or Flights views and tapping the 3D button in the Flight Plan Editor or on the route map in the Flights view. 3D Preview displays each waypoint along your route using the same labeled markers shown on the map, and colors each leg orange, magenta, or blue to indicate past, current, and future legs as you play through the route.

3D Preview also features an interactive navlog located in the top right (at the bottom of the screen on iPhone), allowing you to view each waypoint and the distances between them. Scroll through the navlog or tap any waypoint to immediately jump to that leg of the flight. 

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When your route on the Maps view includes an approach procedure, 3D Preview shows all the approach fixes with corresponding icons, labels, and speed or altitude restrictions in 3D and in the navlog for any fixes that have them. ForeFlight also incorporates altitude restrictions into its depiction of the approach in 3D, providing a realistic view of the glideslope in relation to surrounding terrain.

You can preview any approach procedure on its own by tapping its bubble in the Route Editor and tapping “3D Procedure Preview”. This opens 3D Preview at the start of the approach, without the rest of your route, allowing you to quickly brief any approach.

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Learn more about 3D View at foreflight.com/3d. 3D Approach Preview is available with Performance Plus subscriptions.

 

Mountain Passes & Other Basemap Elements

ForeFlight’s High Resolution Basemap includes Jeppesen-sourced terrain and cultural elements such as mountain passes, highway labels, and more for improved inflight reference.

The basemap is what you see with no other charts or maps other than the Aeronautical Map enabled, and depicts terrain, roads, urban lighting, and more. Download the High Resolution Basemap for any region in More > Downloads.

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The High Resolution Basemap includes mountain pass icons for the United States and Europe which are oriented based on their direction and also indicate the pass name and elevation in feet.

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The basemap in Europe depicts cables and gondolas as black line segments, with labels indicating each cable’s maximum above-ground altitude in feet. You can enable or disable mountain passes and cables using the switch in Map Settings > Terrain.

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Labels for major roads and highways apply to US interstates, federal and state highways, and international motorways. These labels are tied to the setting for Major Roads and can be enabled or disabled in Map Settings > Cultural Elements.

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Change the size of any of these icons along with other Aeronautical Map elements using the slider in Map Settings (cog on the Maps view), just below the Aeronautical Map options.

 

Quick-Access Airspace Frequencies 

Easily locate frequencies for many kinds of controlled airspace on ForeFlight’s Maps view for quick inflight access. 

Tap-hold anywhere on the map to open the Add to Route popup, which lists any airspaces at the location you tapped. Those that have at least one associated frequency will include the frequency and its name at the bottom of that airspace’s summary, which you can tap to highlight the airspace on the map. If an airspace has more than one associated frequency it will indicate the number that are available. Tap the Details button to view these additional frequencies, as well as other information about that airspace. 

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If there are more than four frequencies, tap All Frequencies at the bottom of the Communications sections to see the full list. Any frequencies designated as Secondary include a note indicating this.

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Quick access to Jeppesen-sourced airspace frequencies right from the map helps you simplify your inflight workflow when flying into controlled airspace.

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Balkans Jeppesen VFR Data Coverage 

ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map includes new Jeppesen VFR data covering Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia.

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Jeppesen’s digital VFR data includes VFR waypoints, entries and exits, traffic circuits, VFR routes, and more, and is included in the “Nav Database Supplement – Europe” download.

Enhanced 3D Review, Import G1000 Track Logs, Plain-Text PIREPs, and more in ForeFlight 12

Our first release of 2020 includes new Camera Modes & Route Line depiction in 3D Review, support for importing G1000 track logs into ForeFlight, plain-text PIREPs on the Maps view, and more. ForeFlight 12 is available for download now on the App Store.

Camera Modes & Route Line in 3D Review

Follow planned and recorded flights from a new interactive third-person view of your aircraft and route line. Use the new Camera Mode buttons in the bottom-left of 3D Review to switch between first- and third-person modes. In third-person mode the camera stays centered on your aircraft, allowing you to pan, tilt, and zoom the view to see it from any angle.

In both modes your route line appears as a blue curtain that the aircraft travels along, making it easy to see your route’s path before and after your current position.

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Track Logs recorded with an AHRS-capable device like Sentry will incorporate pitch and bank data into the blue aircraft’s movements in both first-person and third-person modes.

3D Review is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

Import G1000 Track Logs

ForeFlight can now import and display track logs recorded by a Garmin G1000, making it easier for G1000 owners to keep their track logs organized and accessible in one place. 

A suitably configured G1000 can save recorded track logs as CSV files on an SD card inserted into the top slot of the MFD. If you’ve already extracted these files onto your home computer or laptop, you can transfer them to ForeFlight via AirDrop, iTunes file transfer, or by sharing through email or other apps that you can access on your iOS device. Tap the new Import button in the top-right corner of ForeFlight’s Track Log view to find and import G1000 track logs on your device or on an SD card connected with an adapter.

However, you can also transfer fresh track log files without even leaving your aircraft with the help of an SD card adapter. Use an adapter that matches your device’s data and charging port (either USB-C or Lightning cable) and make sure your device is running iOS 13 or later.

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Insert the SD card from the G1000 into the adapter, then plug it into your iOS device. Open ForeFlight and go to More > Track Logs, then tap the Import button in the top-right. Tap the Import from G1000 option to open the iOS Files app, then tap the Locations button in the top-left to find the SD card in the list. Tap on it and tap the Data Log folder to see the individual track log files on the card. Tap on a track log file to import it to ForeFlight.

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ForeFlight will prompt you to specify the tail number associated with the track log if you haven’t imported flights from that aircraft before, but it will automatically apply the tail number for subsequent track logs from the same aircraft. After providing it or skipping this step, the track log will appear in the list with a NEW icon to help you find it. The Track Log list shows which flights were recorded with a G1000, and you can easily see all of your imported track logs by searching G1000 at the top of the page. If ForeFlight can’t successfully import a G1000 track log for any reason it will generate a text file explaining the error, along with the original track log in a zip file. Tap Export Now to share the zip file via AirDrop or other apps.

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Imported G1000 track logs support all the same features as native ForeFlight track logs, so you can debrief the flight using Track Log Review, follow it in 3D Review, and send it to your Logbook for easy recordkeeping.

Plain Text PIREPs

ForeFlight will now translate and display PIREP information in a more readable format, similar to how ForeFlight displays METARs and TAFs. ForeFlight also already provides a plain text translation of PIREPs as part of the Graphical HTML Briefing.

plain_text_pireps_www_1200x880.jpgTurn on the PIREPs map layer and tap on a PIREP marker on the Maps view to see each component that ForeFlight is able to translate displayed individually below the PIREP’s original coded text. It is important to note that ForeFlight may not be able to translate all components of a PIREP, so you should always check the original PIREP to ensure you have the most complete information. 

International Navlog Template

International_navlog_wwwChange the layout of ForeFlight’s Navlog with the new “International” template, offering an alternative format with more space for note-taking and other changes. Tap the Navlog Settings button (cog button) in the top-right corner while viewing a Navlog to select the International template, and refresh the Navlog to generate the new template.  The International template includes extra space for notes, including your ATIS, clearance, and inflight actuals, as well as a layout that some operators may prefer for international flights. The International Navlog Template is available with ForeFlight Performance plans

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Tap on Distance Rings to Change Style

Quickly change the Distance Rings style on the Maps view by tapping any of the distance or time labels attached to each ring. You can then select any of the available styles, including Automatic (Distance), Automatic (Time), or five fixed distance and time settings. Enable Distance Rings in the Map Overlays section of the Map Settings menu (the “gear” button to the right of FPL) on the Maps view.

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Biplane and Floatplane Location Markers

New location markers representing a Biplane and a Floatplane are now available to display your GPS location on the map during a flight. Select the new location markers or choose from many other civilian and military aircraft in More > Settings > Current Location Marker.

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