We are excited to report that ForeFlight is the first flight deck app to support native resolution for the new 11-in Apple iPad Pro. ForeFlight is optimized to take advantage of the iPad Pro’s new A12X Bionic processor, powerful new graphics processor, and larger edge-to-edge 11-inch diagonal Liquid Retina display.
“The new iPads look beautiful. We just flew with it and the brightness is amazing, Face ID unlocked with glasses and headset on, tap to wake is great, Apple Pencil is now table stakes on the flight deck.”
The new iPads are supported in ForeFlight’s latest release, version 10.4.4, available now on the Apple App Store.
Pack Feature Automatically Selects The Data You Need For Your Flight
ForeFlight Mobile 6.1 introduces Pack—a feature that simplifies pre-flight preparation and enhances your safety by ensuring that you have all of the current charts, data, NOTAMS, fuel prices, and the latest pre-departure weather information stored on your device for inflight access. During the flight planning phase, Pack prompts you to download to your iPad or iPhone the relevant information you may need based on your planned flight. Check out our short video that introduces how to use Pack:
On the iPad
Enter your desired route in the Route Editor. The Pack icon, or suitcase, is located on the bottom right of the Route Editor.
The Pack icon is located in the lower right of the Route Editor box.
Pack analyzes your planned route against the data you already have downloaded, and then prompts you to download any additional charts, plates, TFRs, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, NOTAMs and fuel price data you may need for offline access.
Pack has a Settings control that toggles Enable Auto-Check on and off. Turning Enable Auto-Check ON enables Pack to automatically start the route analysis process. In the OFF position, you can still trigger Pack manually by tapping on the icon in the Route Editor.
Toggle the auto-enable for Pack in the Settings menu.
The red exclamation point badge on the Route Editor icon and on the suitcase icon indicates that you need to pack for your trip.
The red exclamation point badges indicate that you need to pack for your trip.
Tap on the Pack icon to view the download detail for your trip.
View the data you need to download for offline use in the Pack view. Download items individually by tapping the blue download arrows, or trigger the entire set by tapping Pack in the lower right.
Each type of chart or set of data is bundled into a single line item. You can download each line item individually by tapping on the blue arrow(s); or you can trigger the entire set by tapping the Pack button in the lower right corner. To help you manage the available space on your iPad, each line item is labeled with file sizes. The total file size is indicated in the lower left corner.
Modifying your route via typing in the Route Editor in the Maps view; touch planning in the Maps view; typing in the File & Brief view; or accepting expected route notifications (Flight Alerts) triggers a new Pack analysis. The updated route is evaluated and you’ll be presented with any additional data you need to download.
On the iPhone
Pack can be accessed on the iPhone in the Route view. Tap on the Menu button, then scroll to the Routes section. Tap on one of the three recent routes listed, Favorites, Recents, or Create to select the route for which you wish to Pack.
After choosing or entering a route, scroll to the bottom of the Route page to the Pack line. Just like on the iPad, after a few seconds Pack analyzes the route to determine if additional data needs to be downloaded.
On the iPhone, access Pack by first choosing a route in the Menu.
On the iPhone, tap on a route to view the Pack status.
Pack view shown on the iPhone.
Pack is available with version 6.1 of ForeFlight Mobile Standard, Pro, and Canada. ForeFlight Mobile version 6.1 is a free download for subscribers via the Apple Store. For additional information, be sure to review the Pack section of our Pilot’s Guide.
ForeFlight Mobile HD 4 is available for download today in iTunes App Store! This release takes ForeFlight forward in delightful ways and lays the groundwork for brilliant features to come in 2011. The goals and themes we kept in mind in developing version 4 include:
Add legend and A/FD data: provide the chart legend data and make the airport pages of the “green” A/FDs accessible. Provide this information in an interesting way. Include airspace information, MOA operating hours and frequencies, tower hours, and more.
Improve instrument plate organization and productivity: make it simple for both VFR and IFR pilots to organize sets of plates and airport diagrams for trips or practice sessions, and make switching between a plate, airport details page, or map simple.
Improve the way pilots interact with the map: allow a pilot to tap anywhere on the map for information on airspace, MOAs, alert and warning areas, or airports.
Radically improve the navigation log: provide the pilot more inflight intelligence about trip progress and allow customization of the dashboard to show desired trip information like ETEs, ETAs, course information, or other important stats. Auto-sequence waypoints and visually distinguish previous, current, and future trip legs. Make the new navlog design and configurable dashboard smart and sexy.
Introduce personal waypoints: give the backcountry pilot, a Gulf helicopter pilot, or CFI flying to the practice area the ability to add custom waypoints and use them in flight plans. Let the pilot configure waypoints from the map or import their own database of waypoints.
Performance, performance, performance: make everything faster and smoother; hunt down and kill a couple of bugs that have eluded us for a while.
Make ForeFlight Mobile HD 4 a platform for the future: put the plumbing in place for the big features we plan to release in 2011 and cut ties with technology that would inhibit achieving our goals.
We’ve hit each of these goals in ForeFlight Mobile HD 4 and the app is ready for you to take it around the block. The Pilots’ Guide to ForeFlight – available from our support page – is updated with the latest ForeFlight 4 features. A media kit including high resolution screenshots is also available on our website. All the version 4 details follow!
Integrated FAA A/FD
There’s just some information that is only available in those green A/FDs. Now appearing on an airports page is a new segment titled “A/FD”. Click that and you’ll see the relevant page for that airport from the FAA’s A/FD.
All New Navlog
The new navlog design is sexy, sexy, sexy. Pilots have written in frequently asking “how hard is it to included ETE and ETA!”. Well, ETE and ETA aren’t hard to compute. However, displaying that information in ForeFlight style takes a bit of extra chiseling. Now available from the Maps page is a new, full-width navlog that shows important metrics like summary trip information, leg times and distances remaining, and ETA. Current leg is shown in black, previous legs are faded, and you can fly a leg or fly direct to a waypoint by tapping the new arrow icon shown on each leg.
“Make it so that I can configure my dashboard”. Done! Tap on any of the blocks in the dashboard and select the instrument you want displayed. You can choose from fifteen different instrument types, including ETE to waypoint and destination, ETA to waypoint and destination, cross-track error, baring to next or destination, zulu time, GPS Accuracy, and more.
This update is a big one, delivering a breadth of new functionality to both the iPad and iPhone. Included are features we have all wanted for a while – like airway ‘cracking’,airport fuel prices, and FBO comments. Also, our iPhone-only customers have patiently awaited the iPad’s touch planning capabilities. Today, their wait is over – this release includes fully integrated touch planning on the iPhone. The first time we saw it, we were pretty excited. Hopefully it blows your hair back a bit!
We took our time with each of these big new features and added some very ForeFlight-esque user experience gems along the way. We also polished up some of our screens, giving them a fresh face to improve contrast and readability.
On our team and in the ForeFlight community, we’re using iPads and iPhones more often than browsers now when planning flights. The new features in version 3.7 bring even more resources to your devices, allowing you to further cut the cord from your browser and desktop computer. With the introduction of iPhone and iPad airport fuel prices, airway support, FBO comments, and more in version 3.7, you will be more productive with ForeFlight HD than ever before!
First, here’s a short video introducing the big new features:
Fuel Prices and Fuel Updates
We’re really excited to bring fuel prices to ForeFlight Mobile, and we’ve added this feature in a very ForeFlight way. Not only do we provide 100LL/JetA fuel prices for thousands of FBOs, but ForeFlight customers can submit their own price updates. Coverage is awesome, and includes more than 2,300 FBOs across the US and Canada, showing prices in the appropriate currency and measurement units.
We built two new fuel price maps – a 100LL map and a Jet-A map – that show you the lowest prices at any given airport and, via some statistical magic, dynamically color code the prices region. It shows what’s most economical (green), average (yellow), and expensive (red) according to the region in which the FBO is located. Expensive in Texas may be cheap in California, so ForeFlight dynamically adjusts the display for regional differences.
FBO and Airport Comments
ForeFlight users are some of the smartest pilots on the runway. Learn from their experience by viewing comments for an airport or an FBO. Have something to share? Submit your own comment about an airport or FBO from inside the app. We review all comments to ensure they are courteous and professional, and the usually appear in the app within 24 hours.
Airway and SID/STAR Support
ForeFlight Mobile HD now supports airways (victor, jet, etc). The app supports complex, multi-runway departures, entrances and exits from airways, and even allows round-trip-editing with touch planning. Have you ever wanted to see where an entire airway runs from and to? Search for just an airway identifier to see all its elements on the map (try V16 in the Maps view) or include an airway in the middle of your routing. Airways require a start and end point when used in a route, for example: MOONN V90 DKK
3.7 also includes SID/STAR support in the Routes and Maps view. For example, type in KCLT 36R.MERIL5 RDU J209 ORF J121 SIE CAMRN4 KJFK. Want to see what other pilots are flying? View cleared ATC routes from a departure to a destination, and cycle through each of the available options to see the route of flight with all airway and waypoints drawn on the map.
Always refer to the official arrival/departure plate from the Airport view, as the ForeFlight Maps view is not able to show vectors, altitude info, and certain other details you’ll need. If an arrival or departure requires a particular runway input, you will be prompted to provide it, with an example.
Revamped Maps with Direct-To and iPhone Touch Planning
We rewrote our map engine to make it more flexible and support some great new features. Direct-To is available from a waypoint or directly from touch planning. Just tap the direct-to D to get a direct-to-routing. You can also jump directly from a waypoint to the Airports details page by tapping the blue > icon.
With 3.7, touch planning is now available for the iPhone. This works just like touch planning on the iPad – we were all blown away the first time we saw it in action.
Simplified Download Settings and Turbo Mode
The download settings are now greatly simplified: just pick your regions once, the data you care about once, then hit Download to grab the data. You no longer need to select individual states within each catalog. If you’re upgrading from an earlier version, all of your settings will be migrated to the new system.
Users with an iPad, iPhone 3GS, or iPhone 4 can take advantage of turbo downloads. Depending on your connection speed, up to four downloads will run at the same time. And no matter what device you’re running on, VFR and IFR charts will install much faster than earlier versions – usually in under a second!
More runway details including displaced threshold lengths, runway headings, and more.
ATC routes now load in Maps when selected.
Edit button on File & Brief to easily delete flight plants.
Maps button on File & Brief to jump over to maps and visualize your route of flight.
Sunrise/set times now honor the “show local times” on/off setting.
Over 60 new high-res images for iPhone 4’s retina screen. Almost all of the images have been converted now.
Freshened the design of the airport, METAR, TAF, and FBO views for a cleaner and more compact look.
Support for DUATS’ degree and min lat/lon in Routes/Maps. Ex: 3006/-08045
Support for a new waypoint/bearing/distance format in Routes/Maps. Ex: GSO230015
ScratchPad uses slightly smaller line when drawing.
Better handling of downloads with low disk space.
Faster deletion of downloads.
Fixed bug on Maps where current location indicator and pop-ups appeared beneath route line.
Fixed bug on main iPhone screen where badge indicator had black background instead of a pretty shadow.
Fixed bug on iPhone with per-airport downloads of procedures.
Attention pilots: the “Touch Planning” release is here! ForeFlight Mobile HD v3.6 is now available in the App Store. Tap out flight plans in seconds with your fingers, bend routes around weather, move waypoints, delete waypoints, and more. “Touch Plan” your flight to Airventure, send us a screenshot, and we’ll post it on the ForeFlight Facebook Page!
Please note: touch planning is an iPad-only feature for now. We hope to add it to the iPhone version in a future release.
Touch Planning Instructions [Video]:
* Tap-and-hold anywhere on the map until a pop-up appears. Select the lat/lon location under your finger, or select one of the nearby locations.
* Tap-and-hold somewhere else on the map and select the location. This location will be added to your route.
* Tap-and-hold the route line until it changes color, then drag to break and bend the route.
* Tap-and-hold a location marker to move it or delete it.
* Rinse and repeat for silky smooth flight plans!
This version also introduces “Bring your Own Procedures” (BYOP). Build a zip file of PDFs you want to display within an Airport’s procedures list – terminal procedures from your home country, specialized kneeboard PDFs, airport diagrams showing incursion hotspots, classified military guides, or procedures from other digital sources. Any PDF is supported. View the ForeFlight Support web site for full instructions.
Additional Features in ForeFlight Mobile v3.6
✣ Fast app switching for iPhone OS 4
✣ Enhanced graphics for iPhone 4’s retina display
✣ GPS position tracking activates on Maps view automatically now
✣ New “Cockpit” button on moving map to engage the heads up display (iPad-only); targeting location now toggles auto-center mode
✣ Worldwide international navigational aids (search for country code, a colon, then the navaid IDENT, e.g. “CA:2Z”)
✣ In Settings, select whether to use the white street basemap or dark basemap when viewing Radar and Satellite Maps
✣ In Settings, select your preferred latitude/longitude display format
✣ Enhanced FBO fuel availability information
✣ Gulf of Mexico block navigation data for Bristow, PHI, and other GOM transport providers supporting gulf drilling operations
Important Note for Users Updating to v3.6. After updating the app, please check the Accounts screen to make sure your expiration date is correct. We are seeing an occasional bug during app updates where the account information is lost. If this happens, please sign in using your ForeFlight Account information.
Please be assured we are doing everything we can to track down this bug and get it fixed. If you run into any problems, email us and we will get you back up and running ASAP.
The iPad Aviation era keeps getting better. ForeFlight Mobile HD 3.5 is now in the App Store, bringing our moving map, heads-up display to the iPad! Tap the locate button to see your aircraft position and track. Users who enjoyed spitballing routes with the iPhone version will be happy to find this integrated into the ‘Maps’ tab on the iPad. With v3.5, all of the functionality in the iPhone version is available on the iPad! We also improved the radar and satellite on both the iPhone and iPad, with color-coded freezing precipitation, county-level warnings, and a new visible+infrared composite satellite.
ForeFlight Slip Maps™ on the iPad and iPhone are amazing, with full-screen HD NEXRAD, satellite, flight rules, sectionals and more. Version 3.5 brings these to the next level, with killer new features done ‘ForeFlight Style’!
Moving-map, heads up display for iPad with groundspeed, track, altitude, and GPS accuracy
Locator icon changes to an aircraft when track available
Animated radar and satellite for iPad
New visible+infrared composite satellite
Airport-level radar and satellite (see cells on or around the airport)
Redesigned artwork for lightning, mesocyclone, tornado, and hail activity
New base-map for radar and satellite providing street and airport level detail
With v3.5, routes are fully integrated into the iPad version. Instead of making routes a standalone window like the iPhone, we took advantage of the huge iPad screen and integrated them into our Maps. Search for a route in the top-right of Maps tab to see both the route line and a navlog overlay with detailed information about distance, course, fuel burn, and time. Want to see more of the map? Just tap the minimize button and the navlog gets out of your way!
View the navlog with ETE, fuel, distance, and headwind component
One tap to file a flight plan, look up ATC routes, or reverse the route
Favorite routes and recent routes
Remembers and displays your last saved route after you exit
Great circle route drawing
Routes can now include lat/lon values like 32.3N/82.2W
Version 3.5 is also stock full of performance improvements and bug fixes:
Improved memory management
iPhone OS 4 compatibility
Fixed a bug that could cause a download to fail
Fixed a crash caused by zooming on long routes
Fixed a bug that caused blank tiles on sectional maps
Today we’re proud to unveil ForeFlight File, our latest iPhone aviation app. If you haven’t been ready to take the plunge into our more full-featured iPhone aviation application, ForeFlight File is a great way to get an inexpensive peek at one of the many features available in the ForeFlight Mobile suite.
ForeFlight File is a simple flight plan filing utility for pilots designed for iPhone and iPod touch. File can submit flight plans without any special setup requirements, or you can file plans using your DUATS Access Code and get the extra assurance some pilots prefer. File was designed with the same attention to detail that ForeFlight customers expect, including such user interface gems as our Intelligent Aircraft Color Picker, altitude corrections for VFR and IFR flight plans, detailed email confirmations, detailed status messages when a flight plan fails to file for any reason, and a Fix feature for correcting flight plans that could not be filed for any reason.
Finally, a simple iPhone flight plan filing utility designed for pilots, by pilots!
Other features include:
Intelligent Altitude Selector sets the proper altitudes based on type of flight plan filed
iPhone-style pickers for time en route, fuel aboard, departure time, and cruise altitude
Previous and Next buttons to quickly progress from field to field
Complete history of all flight plans filed
A copy function to file a new flight plan from an existing flight plan
A delete function to remove old flight plans
Email confirmations that include a flight plan summary, flight plan details, current and forecast weather observations, and ForeFlight confirmation codes
ForeFlight File is available for purchase in the iPhone App Store for $4.99. All of the functionality in ForeFlight File can be found in the Flight Plans tab inside ForeFlight Mobile, so existing customers of ForeFlight Mobile need not purchase ForeFlight File.
Visit our web site to explore features and learn more about the latest addition to the ForeFlight family.