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.

New Passenger App, Route Line in Profile, and More in ForeFlight 11.2

ForeFlight 11.2 is available now with a brand new “Passenger” companion app, as well as new features like route line in Profile view, airspace hiding by altitude, 3D View anywhere, and more!

Passenger App

Passenger is the new companion app to ForeFlight Mobile that allows your passengers to follow along with the flight and answers the question “Are we there yet?”

Available on the App Store now, Passenger is free to download and requires no setup. Your travel companions will be able to view the route of flight overlaid on the map, real-time aircraft position, speed, altitude, estimated time of arrival, and more – right on their own iPad or iPhone.

Connectivity between ForeFlight Mobile and Passenger is available for all ForeFlight subscribers. To wirelessly share your route with nearby devices running Passenger, tap into More > Passenger in the ForeFlight Mobile app, then tap Enable & Start. Both devices should have Wi-Fi enabled for the connection to work.

If you make changes to the route, ForeFlight will automatically transmit them to Passenger. Passengers can pan and zoom around the map without affecting anything in your ForeFlight Mobile app. Passenger supports Split View and Slide Over on iPad so users can multitask while staying up to date with flight information. 

Be sure to let your friends and family know about Passenger before they join you on your next flight! Learn more at foreflight.com/passenger.

Route Line in Profile View

Profile View now offers a side-on perspective of your route line and inflight progress in relation to terrain, obstacles, and airspace, supplementing the top-down map view and improving your situational awareness.

In the Flight Plan Editor on the Maps view, select an aircraft, create a route, then tap Profile near the bottom-right corner. Profile View shows your planned route line in relation to terrain, obstacles, and airspace. ForeFlight uses your aircraft’s performance data to depict realistic climb and descent profiles, including top of climb and top of descent points. The detailed ForeFlight Performance Profiles that are available with the Performance Plus plan will give the most accurate depiction, but ForeFlight will also use basic performance profiles to show climb and descent. You can zoom and pan left and right in the Profile View to get a closer look at any part of the route.

Inflight mode vs Route mode.jpgAfter takeoff, Profile View automatically switches to an inflight mode that shows your current altitude and the terrain, obstacles, and airspace up to 65 nautical miles ahead of your current position. Tap the route icon in the top right to switch back to the plan view. If you are within the route corridor, the plan view will display your current position and altitude in relation to your planned route.

Profile View is included in ForeFlight Pro plans and above and you can learn more about ForeFlight’s mobile hazard awareness technology at foreflight.com/hazard.

Hide Airspace by Altitude

Declutter ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map by hiding airspace above a selected altitude, making it easier to focus on airspace more relevant to your route. You can find the “Hide Airspace Above” option in Map Settings > Airspace, and enter altitudes in either feet or flight level (e.g. 18,000 or 180). Erasing the value will turn off the setting and show all airspace. A small banner appears in the bottom-right corner of the map if airspace is hidden to keep you aware of the current setting, and if you climb to within 1,000 feet of hidden airspace along your route, ForeFlight will automatically reveal it, helping you stay aware of airspace when you need to be.

3D View, Anywhere

3D AnywhereAccess 3D View for any location on Earth, not just airports. 3D View combines high-resolution terrain and aerial imagery to create a realistic representation of wherever you tap and allows you to zoom and rotate the map in three dimensions. To see 3D View, tap-hold a spot on the map, then tap the “3D” button in the top right of the Add to Route window. Use 3D View anywhere to get a better sense of what terrain and obstacles will look like on your route so you’re more prepared for your next flight.

Send Block Times to Logbook

Block Times to LogbookWhen you send a flight plan that has block times entered in the Flight Log to Logbook, those block times are now carried over and appear in the new Logbook entry. These times are similarly preserved when you send a recorded track log to Logbook, including when a draft Logbook entry is created automatically from a new Track Log. Learn more about Logbook here.

Gogo ATG Support

Gogo LogoGogo’s ATG and AVANCE lines of inflight Wi-Fi systems can now provide GPS position and indicated altitude in ForeFlight. Optionally limit expensive data usage over Gogo’s network by disabling ForeFlight’s internet-connected capabilities like streamed weather data. Along with Satcom Direct Router support, Gogo support is available with Performance Plus and Business Performance subscriptions. See what other connectivity options ForeFlight supports here.

New Europe Coverage

Air Million EU CoverageThis release brings new AIP charts and data for Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia, including IFR high and low enroute charts, IFR and VFR procedure charts, airport diagrams, VFR ICAO charts for Italy, and AIP documents. Jeppesen’s IFR and VFR aeronautical data is also included for all three countries.

We also have new optional VFR add-ons available, including the Avioportolano VFR Chart and Flight Guide for Italy, DFS VFR 500 Charts for Italy and Croatia, the Slovenian Rogers Data VFR Trip Kit and 1:200k Chart, and the Air Million VFR 1:1,000,000 Chart combo which covers Western, Central, Southern, and some of Eastern Europe, as well as the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands.

Visit foreflight.com/europe to learn more about what features European pilots can benefit from, and see all available charts and data with prices here.