New Cuba Routes Effective October 12

Miami ARTCC and Havana ACC have cooperated to revise the existing routes between Florida and Cuba in an effort to improve efficiency and safety. The most significant change is the removal of the G448 airway, which until now has been the primary route between Miami ARTCC and Havana ACC. Replacing it are two RNAV airways: Y442 (southbound only) and Y183 (northbound only).The new RNAV routes will replace the existing G448 airway.

Accompanying these changes are modifications to overflight routes and existing Cuba SIDs and STARs. If you frequently fly this corridor or plan to in the future, we recommend you download and review the full presentation from Miami ARTCC (linked here) to familiarize yourself with the changes, which went into effect at 0400Z on October 12, 2017.

New Atlanta STARs Published

The FAA is publishing ten new RNAV STARs for the Atlanta Metroplex, eight for KATL and two for nearby satellite airports, to replace existing procedures. All ten of the new STARs will appear in ForeFlight as part of the October 12 chart data cycle, however, the eight KATL STARs will not become active until the 17th. Attempting to file with those procedures before the 17th will likely result in a rejection from ATC, so you should wait until after the 17th to file them as part of a flight plan. You can begin filing with the two satellite STARs on the October 12 effective date.

These are the eight new KATL STARs and the existing procedures that they are replacing (the last four are our favorites):

The new STARs for KATL will become active on October 17.

These are the two new satellite STARs and the existing procedures that they are replacing:

The new Atlanta satellite STARs became active on October 12.

New Terrain Map Available for Download Ahead of ForeFlight 7.7

In preparation for ForeFlight 7.7, coming this week, we have released a new Terrain Map for download in the app. ForeFlight 7.7 includes a number of under-the-hood improvements to the ForeFlight Map Engine, which requires the new Terrain Map.

The new download replaces the old Terrain Map for ForeFlight 7.7.

The new Terrain Map is available now in More > Downloads, at the bottom of the Required Downloads section. Please make sure to download it before your first flight with ForeFlight 7.7, as it will be required in order to use the Terrain Map layer on the Maps view.

Also, don’t forget that ForeFlight 7.7 changes the minimum required iOS version from iOS 8.2 to iOS 9.2, so if you haven’t already updated your devices to at least iOS 9.2 please do so before downloading ForeFlight 7.7.