Maps Sidebar, Renaming Imported Documents, and More in ForeFlight 13.1

ForeFlight 13.1 brings a new Maps Sidebar, renaming Imported Documents, SayWeather METARs, and more.

Maps Sidebar

The Maps view now displays information for most tappable elements and layers in a new semi-permanent sidebar that stays open while you interact with the map.

The Sidebar appears any time you tap-hold on the map to open the Add to Route window or tap on most Map elements, including Aeronautical Map elements like airports and weather or informational layers like AIR/SIGMETs, TFRs, Fuel Prices, and more. Not all tappable map elements utilize the sidebar, including traffic targets and obstacles.

The sidebar remains open until you tap the Close button or tap on a blank area on the map, allowing you to pan and zoom the map with the sidebar open, tap other map elements to update the sidebar with their information, change map layers or settings, use Map Annotation or the Ruler, and more. 

ForeFlight also displays a flashing green marker on the selected map element or location where you tapped so you don’t lose track of it, and highlights any airspace at that location in green. Tapping on an airway or route leg will outline such segments in green rather than displaying the point marker. 

On iPhone, Map information is displayed in the lower two-thirds of the screen as before, but you can now interact with the map while viewing this information.


Rename Imported Documents

Rename imported documents directly in ForeFlight for enhanced flexibility and organization.

Rename documents by tapping Edit in the Documents view toolbar while viewing the Imported drive or a binder containing imported documents, then tap Rename next to any document to edit and save its name.

Only documents in the Imported drive support renaming, including documents that you’ve added to binders from the Imported drive. Documents in built-in drives (e.g. ForeFlight, FAA, etc.) and Cloud Document drives cannot be renamed.

Renaming a document in your Imported Drive will also change the name of that document in any Binder you’ve added it to, and vice versa.


SayWeather METARs

View METARs from SayWeather advisory weather stations at small airports and heliports that lack certified AWOS.

A “Not IFR Approved. Advisory Only” remark in the METAR text flags these as unofficial sources. Some stations are not equipped with ceiling or visibility sensors and will thus not report any flight category, but will report wind, temperature, dewpoint, altimeter, humidity, and some standard remarks.


Consolidated International Imagery

The Imagery view offers improved organization for static weather products outside of the U.S. and Canada by better consolidating major regions.

All European imagery is contained in the Europe region, all South American imagery in the South American region, and Mexican, Caribbean, and Central American imagery is also combined into a single region.

ForeFlight Makes Document Management Easy

ForeFlight’s integrated document distribution and management capability provides incredible value for flight departments of any size. Easily upload all your documents in one place, distribute documents to crew members as needed, and manage pilots with ForeFlight’s compliance tracking, all saving your flight department time and money.

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Cloud Documents
ForeFlight Cloud Documents is the fast, easy, affordable way to distribute company documents to every flight crew member. Administrators can control the distribution of every new or revised flight manual, operating handbook, or special procedures to every pilot’s iPad or iPhone – delivered from the cloud of your choice: Dropbox, Amazon S3, and Box.

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Extensive File Type Support
Import documents anytime or anywhere via AirDrop, iTunes, email, or Cloud Documents, then access them or add them to Nested Folders from the Imported drive. ForeFlight supports a wide range of file types for importing and viewing in Documents: pdf, tiff, tif, jpg, jpeg, gif, png, bmp, bmpf, txt, doc, docx, xlsx, xls, pptx, ppt, csv, pages, key, and numbers. Learn how to import documents.

nested-folders-2Nested Folders
Compartmentalize documents for different groups by adding nested folders within your Cloud Document drive for even more flexibility. ForeFlight will automatically keep that folder or drive up to date when new or updated documents become available, allowing crew members to download and receive automatic updates to whichever folders they select. Nested folders are ideal for multi-pilot accounts where not all users need to download the same set of documents.

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ForeFlight’s cloud integration also allows administrators to quickly distribute Content Packs with custom charts, procedures, map layers, and waypoints with linked documents or images. Putting your flight department’s specialized content directly in ForeFlight provides easy access for pilots and creates endless possibilities for customizing the app to better suit your operation. Content Packs with support for cloud importing are included in Business Performance Plans.

doc-syncDocument Syncing
ForeFlight’s Sync system allows pilots to effortlessly keep their documents organized when moving between devices and backs up manually-imported documents to the ForeFlight Cloud. Any annotations or bookmarks added to a document on one device will also appear on the pilot’s other devices while connected to the internet.

 

 

Compliance Tracking
Easily view which pilots have outdated documents so you can take action and ensure pilots are flying with the latest charts, data, and documents. The Compliance view on ForeFlight Web provides a detailed list of every pilot on your account, breaking down the different types of data and software versions (both iOS and ForeFlight) for each one and coloring expired data red for easy identification.

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Attach Documents to a Flight Plan with ForeFlight Dispatch
Flight planners can attach documents, photos, or other files to specific flight plans in ForeFlight Dispatch to deliver them to assigned crew members in seconds! Attach PDFs, images, Microsoft Word documents, and many other file types to make them accessible right in ForeFlight for viewing and printing before the flight. Learn more about ForeFlight Dispatch and contact our Sales team here.

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Documents on iPhone, Enhanced Documents View, Document Syncing, and More in ForeFlight 11.3

Documents take center stage in this release with support on iPhone, a new, more flexible interface, and syncing of documents, bookmarks, and annotations across all devices. Other new features include support for importing custom geospatial PDF files, improvements to the flight plan filing workflow, and new charts for Greece and Malta.

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We’ve enhanced the Documents view with new capabilities that make finding, accessing, and keeping documents in sync across your devices easier than ever.

Blog Doc PicThe Documents Catalog is now always accessible as a collapsible drawer on the left side of the screen. Your imported documents, cloud documents, and all downloadable documents from ForeFlight and other providers are kept in “Drives”, a new paradigm that simplifies how you download and access documents. Drives allow you to find, download, and view documents all in one place, and also support nested folders, allowing for better organization and grouping of related documents. Tap the blue download button to the right of any document, folder, or drive to download it to your device.

IMG_0129When you download all of the contents of a folder or drive using its download button, ForeFlight will automatically keep that folder or drive up to date when new versions of existing documents or even new documents become available. This also applies to documents you update in your linked cloud storage account, which is great for large multi-pilot operations that need to distribute different sets of documents to different groups of pilots.

BindersYour binders are still accessible at the top of the Catalog to help you organize your documents in whatever way you prefer. To add a document to a binder, open the document from a drive, tap the Binder icon in the toolbar, then choose from your existing binders or add a new one.

 

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For even more flexibility, you can use ForeFlight’s Cloud Documents feature to transfer documents and folders to ForeFlight from a linked cloud storage account, including Dropbox, Box, or Amazon S3. This will create your own Drive that you can easily manage from your computer or device. 

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Documents on iPhone

Documents are also now available on iPhone, allowing you to download, view, and modify your documents and folders on all of your devices. The Documents tab on iPhone takes the place of the Imagery tab at the center of the navigation bar, and the Imagery view is now accessible from the top of the More view.

Documents in App Search

You can now use the search bar on the Airports, Maps, Plates, or Documents views to search for and view documents, whether downloaded or not. ForeFlight returns all documents with titles matching your search term and highlights that term within each title. Where documents appearing in the Search results list depends on which app view you’re on, so while searching for a document from the Documents view will place them at the top, searching from other views will place them further down the list.

Document Syncing

Finally, your documents and all their associated information are now included in ForeFlight’s Sync system, allowing you to easily stay organized when moving between devices and backing up your imported documents to the ForeFlight Cloud.

Any annotations or bookmarks you add to a document on one device will also appear on your other devices, including the last page you viewed in that document so you can pick up right where you left off. Visit our Documents page to learn how you can get the most out of ForeFlight’s Documents. 

Geospatial PDF Support

Customize your planning and flying experience even more with support for custom georeferenced procedures and airport diagrams in Content Packs and BYOP. Import geospatial PDF files to access them from the Airports or Plates views and overlay them directly on the map.

Georeferenced procedures and Plates on Maps are included in Pro Plus plans and above.

Flight Plan Filing Changes

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The “Proceed to File” button on the Flights view now brings up a filing form modal instead of a separate page so it’s easier to keep your planned and filed flight plans in sync. Also, filing confirmation and briefing emails are combined into a single email to reduce clutter in your inbox and centralize important flight information.

Expanded European Coverage

greece_chart_1200x880All European subscribers can now download AIPs for Greece and Malta, which include IFR and VFR procedures charts, airports diagrams, documents, and IFR high and low enroute charts for Malta. Jeppesen’s IFR and VFR aeronautical data is also included for both countries.

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.

Passenger 1.1

We also updated Passenger alongside ForeFlight with some GPS-related improvements. Passenger will now receive and use GPS position data from ForeFlight Mobile 11.3+ when the Passenger devices cannot receive GPS directly. Additionally, Passenger devices that connect to a properly configured Gogo inflight Wi-Fi device will now receive GPS updates from it, in addition to normal inflight internet connectivity.