ForeFlight Supports Intra-Canada and Cross-Border VFR Flight Plan Filing

UPDATE: ForeFlight supports filing VFR flight plans between Canada and the US in either direction. VFR flight plans should be opened in the country of departure and closed in the destination country. For a Canada-to-US flight, close your flight plan by calling 1-800-WXBRIEF or through the Tower. For a US-to-Canada VFR flight, close your flight plan by calling 1-866-WXBRIEF.

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ForeFlight’s flight plan filing capabilities recently got a big boost with support for intra-Canada VFR flight plans.

VFR flight plans for routes within Canada are now sent directly to Nav Canada, allowing customers to both plan and file Canadian VFR flights entirely within ForeFlight Mobile or via the ForeFlight website. ForeFlight also supports cross-border VFR flight plans from the U.S. to Canada and all IFR flight plans within or between the U.S. and Canada, in either direction.

When filing a VFR flight plan within Canada, pilots are required to fill out the Destination Contact and Phone fields in the ICAO flight plan form. These fields specify who should be contacted if search and rescue actions need to be initiated. Pilots are also required to provide their license number, which can be entered after their name in the Pilot Name field (e.g. “Joe Pilot LIC 123456”).

Information required by Nav Canada can be entered in the Destination Contact and Phone fields

Pilots filing Canadian VFR flights are required to provide their license number, which can be entered after their name in the Pilot Name field as shown here.

As with other flight plan types, Canadian VFR flight plans can be amended or canceled within ForeFlight using the Amend and Cancel buttons at the bottom of the flight plan form. The Activate and Close functions are not currently available for Canadian flight plans, so a pilot must contact flight service to perform these functions. If a flight plan is not activated by phone, it will automatically activate at the estimated time of departure specified in the flight plan, as prescribed in Transport Canada’s Aeronautical Information Manual:

“A VFR flight plan should normally be opened with a Tower, a Flight Service Station, a Flight Information Center or a Community Aerodrome Radio Station upon departure to activate the alerting service. The pilot is responsible for extending or cancelling the flight plan if the flight is delayed or cancelled. If an extension or cancellation is not received by the proposed departure time, the responsible ATS unit will activate the flight plan or flight itinerary, using the Estimated Time of Departure (ETD) as the Actual Time of Departure (ATD).”

Learn more about filing in ForeFlight at foreflight.com/file.

ForeFlight Expands IFR Coverage to Canada!

We are thrilled to announce that ForeFlight has expanded to Canada! Over the past year, we worked alongside NAV CANADA to add IFR en-route charts and terminal procedures to ForeFlight Mobile for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. ForeFlight is the first app for Apple iOS products that provides sanctioned in-flight access to NAV CANADA charting products. Canadian charting is supported in version 4.1 of ForeFlight Mobile, which is available for download today from the iTunes App Store.

The Canadian IFR charting products are available through a new ForeFlight Canada subscription plan. Pilots new to ForeFlight can purchase a subscription from within ForeFlight Mobile or directly from the ForeFlight website. Pilots who already subscribe to ForeFlight Mobile can make changes to their subscription and add the ForeFlight Canada option at http://www.foreflight.com/store/canada.php.

A big win over the past year in working with NAV CANADA is that the digital charts are authorized for use in IFR flights, subject to Part VI of the Canadian Aviation Regulations. Canadian operators who wish to use ForeFlight and its NAV CANADA charting products can obtain authorization by following the guidance materials contained in FAA Order 8900, OPSPEC/MSPEC/LOA A061, and FAA Advisory Circular 120-76A.

The ForeFlight Canada subscription plan costs $149.99 per year, with special plans and pricing available for corporate flight departments and operators purchasing multiple subscriptions. ForeFlight is working with NAV CANADA on changes to its Visual Navigation Charts, as well as the Aviation Flight Supplement, so that those products can also make their way onto iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices.

ForeFlight Mobile 4.1 is available in the App Store for download. We recommend all users update to the latest version.

A copy of the press release is available here: ForeFlight Canada Press Release