ForeFlight Now Available for Europe

ForeFlight offers European VFR and IFR pilots the combination of powerful planning and filing capabilities, state-of-the-art hazard awareness features, and Jeppesen’s world-class data and charts in one integrated app.

HIGH WYCOMBE, UK | 11 June 2018: ForeFlight today announced that its flagship Integrated Flight Application is available now in Europe. ForeFlight’s powerful features combined with Jeppesen’s world-class aeronautical data products gives pilots a single solution for charts, documents, weather, route planning, briefing, filing, and flying.

ForeFlight Mobile is the most widely used application by individual pilots and professional flight crews to view weather and airport information, plan and file EUROCONTROL validated routes, access and manage electronic charts and maps, reference flight manuals and documents, avoid terrain and obstacles with state-of-the-art hazard awareness tools, display in-flight traffic (and weather, where supported), and aid enroute navigation.

ForeFlight for Europe

All subscription plans with the Europe region include Jeppesen’s best-in-class digital VFR and IFR navigation data, which are dynamically rendered directly on ForeFlight’s data-driven (vector) Aeronautical map, as well as AIP procedures, charts, and documents provided via EUROCONTROL.

Optional purchases include Jeppesen VFR terminal procedures (formerly Bottlang charts), Jeppesen IFR chart coverages, and host nation VFR data packages – initially with an option to add charts and procedures for Germany from DFS. Additional host nation VFR packages will be added in the coming months.

ForeFlight will be on display for demonstration at the AeroExpo UK in High Wycombe June 14-16 (stand A28).

“ForeFlight is thrilled to offer pilots in Europe a uniquely powerful and affordable integrated flight application for VFR and IFR flying,” said ForeFlight Co-founder and CEO, Tyson Weihs. “We are combining an array of high-quality European data from Jeppesen and others, our EUROCONTROL-integrated flight planning and filing capabilities, and a broad suite of navigation and safety features,” Weihs continued. “With one application, pilots can review airport information and maps, NOTAMs, plan and brief flights for pistons or jets, validate and file flight plans with EUROCONTROL, navigate complex airspace, avoid terrain and obstacles with hazard alerts and synthetic vision, access traffic and weather in-flight where supported, automatically update databases, and transfer flight plans directly from ForeFlight Mobile into Garmin, Avidyne, and Dynon avionics.”

“Our team members in Denmark, Germany, Austria, UK, and Finland – along with our large beta team and thousands of current European customers – are flying throughout Europe every week to help us craft a great product that works well here,” said Kim Lantz, ForeFlight European Director. “We expect pilots will find the integration of ForeFlight’s own data, Jeppesen VFR and IFR data, EUROCONTROL data, and DFS data; our fast, accurate flight planning and routing; and the breadth of in-flight features combine to deliver a delightful experience that makes planning and flying in Europe a joy.”

Essential Charts and Data for VFR and IFR Flying

ForeFlight’s powerful, state-of-the-art map engine gives the app its signature speed and fluidity when panning and zooming. The global basemap and data-driven Aeronautical Map layer feature Jeppesen’s high-quality terrain, obstacle, and NavData®.

In addition, Jeppesen’s Europe VFR data is integrated into the Aeronautical Map, giving VFR pilots all of the information they need to fly, including VFR waypoints, arrival and departure procedures, circuits, holds, no overfly areas, nature reserves, and more.

For IFR flyers, optional Jeppesen chart coverages are available and include departure, arrival, and geo-referenced terminal procedures, airport charts, data-driven enroute charts, and Jeppesen Airway Manual supplements.

Smart, Interactive Autorouting and Integrated Filing

ForeFlight makes preflight planning fast and easy using the form-based Flights view or the interactive Map. The Graphical Route Advisor feature generates EUROCONTROL validated routes within a matter of seconds and presents the options for comparison on a visual preview map.

ForeFlight supports filing flight plans directly from the mobile app or on the web. The company’s global, redundant AFTN connection provides fast, direct, and unlimited access to filing flight plans with EUROCONTROL with no additional cost or account configuration required.

Additionally, when filing flight plans via ForeFlight, customers receive Calculated Take-Off Time (CTOT) notifications via email and push when traffic management initiatives are in effect.

Also, planning for and navigating through the complex airspace in Europe is easier with ForeFlight’s new Airspace in Profile and Automatic Airspace Highlight capabilities.

Stunning Weather Visualization

The planned route line can be viewed in relation to a full range of interactive aviation weather layers, including animated radar, global satellite and winds aloft, color-coded METARs and TAFs, graphical AIR/SIGMETs, global icing and turbulence, surface pressure isobars, and more.

ForeFlight in the Air

Once in the cockpit, the Maps tab transitions from a comprehensive preflight planning tool to dynamic inflight navigation support. For the ultimate situational awareness, the innovative Plates on Maps feature overlays approach plates and airport diagrams onto the moving map, along with aircraft position, weather, and hazards in one integrated view.

ForeFlight’s advanced, global hazard awareness technology helps pilots plan and fly with more confidence in all conditions and terrain. The top-down-view Hazard Advisor map layer, the side Profile View, and 3D Synthetic Vision depict a clear picture of terrain and obstacle hazards anywhere in the world. When paired with a compatible AHRS source, Synthetic Vision provides a backup attitude display.

In addition to AHRS, ForeFlight’s Connect platform enables portable and installed avionics to connect with ForeFlight Mobile and deliver capabilities like two-way flight plan transfer, and the display of ADS-B traffic and GPS data.

Plans & Pricing

In addition to Plans for Business Aviation Operators, which are detailed at here, ForeFlight offers three plan levels for personal aviation pilots (individual): Basic Plus, Pro Plus, and Performance Plus.

For as little as €94.99 / £79.99 excluding VAT per year, ForeFlight’s Basic Plus plan gives VFR pilots in Europe all they need to plan, file, and fly.

The Basic Plus plan (€94.99 / £79.99 excluding VAT per year) includes Jeppesen VFR and IFR navigation data, Jeppesen global airspace information, AIP charts and documents provided via EUROCONTROL, data-driven Aeronautical Maps, flight planning and filing on mobile and web, graphical preflight briefing, aviation weather, airport business directory, avionics connectivity, built-in documents catalog, Weight & Balance, Checklist, and more.

The Pro Plus plan (€179.99 / £159.99 excluding VAT per year) includes everything in the Basic Plus plan, plus geo-referenced approach and taxi charts, Charts on Maps, Profile View with Airspace, Terrain, and Obstacles, and Synthetic Vision.

The Performance Plus plan (€269.99 / £239.99 excluding VAT per year) includes everything in the Pro Plus plan, plus access to a powerful suite of advanced planning features, including a built-in library of detailed aircraft performance profiles that produce the most accurate flight time and fuel burn calculations, a sophisticated flight planning engine that generates optimized routes between any two airports in the world, fuel and payload planning, automatic fuel and weight safety checks, integrated contract jet fuel pricing, and more.

All plans include one region: Europe, US, or Canada. Additional regions can be added for €90 / £80 excluding VAT per year.

Optional Add-Ons

Pricing for Jeppesen IFR chart coverages can be viewed online at foreflight.com/jeppesen.

Jeppesen VFR Procedures (formerly known as Bottlang Charts) can be purchased for €49 / £41.60 excluding VAT per year for one country, or €99 / £83.37 excluding VAT per year for all Europe.

The National package for Germany, the DFS VFR AIP + Charts bundle, can be purchased as an add-on for €90 / £80 excluding VAT. The DFS VFR AIP alone can be purchased for €50 / £45 excluding VAT. The DFS VFR Charts can be purchased separately for €45 / £40 excluding VAT.

Learn more at foreflight.com/europe.

About ForeFlight
ForeFlight was founded in 2007 by software developers and aviation entrepreneurs – inspired by the introduction of the Apple iPhone – to develop elegant, high-performing integrated flight applications for pilots. ForeFlight is a four-time recipient of the Flying Magazine Editor’s Choice award and has become the leading application for individual pilots and professional crews in personal, business, and military aviation. Through our partnership with Jeppesen, ForeFlight is building the next generation of integrated flight applications for the commercial aviation market. In addition, the company’s Fast and Friendly Pilot Support™ Team delivers amazingly fast and friendly customer service. Learn more at foreflight.com.

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ForeFlight Previews ForeFlight Mobile for Europe at Aero Friedrichshafen

ForeFlight develops the essential, powerful, and popular integrated flight application for VFR and IFR pilots that delivers the data, information, and capabilities needed to quickly and safely plan, fly, and log flights.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, DE | April 18, 2018: ForeFlight announced that it will introduce its flagship integrated flight application in Europe this summer.

ForeFlight Mobile, which will be on display for demonstration at AERO Friedrichshafen (stand A3-504), is the most widely used application by individual pilots and professional flight crews to efficiently access weather, airport information, plan flights with optimized routing, file flight plans via EUROCONTROL, access and manage electronic charts and maps, reference flight manuals and documents, avoid terrain and obstacles with state-of-the-art hazard awareness tools, access in-flight weather where supported, and aid enroute navigation.

ForeFlight on mobile and web

Plan, brief, and file with ForeFlight on mobile and the web. Additional product images below.

ForeFlight will offer European pilots — beginning with a focus in the German market — a single solution for VFR and IFR flying. All subscription plans for the Europe region will include Jeppesen’s best-in-class digital VFR and IFR navigation data, which are dynamically rendered directly on ForeFlight’s fast data-driven aeronautical map, as well as AIP procedures, charts, and documents provided via EUROCONTROL.

Optional purchases will include Jeppesen VFR terminal procedures (formerly Bottlang charts), Jeppesen IFR global chart coverages (available today), and host nation VFR data packages – initially with an option to add charts and procedures from DFS.

“ForeFlight is excited to unveil ForeFlight Mobile’s European capabilities at AERO Friedrichshafen,” said ForeFlight Co-founder and CEO, Tyson Weihs. “We are combining an array of high-quality European data, our EUROCONTROL-integrated flight planning and filing capabilities, and a broad suite of navigation and safety features to deliver a uniquely powerful and affordable integrated flight application for VFR and IFR flying. With one application, pilots can review airport information and maps, NOTAMs, plan and brief flights for pistons or jets, validate and file flight plans with EUROCONTROL, navigate complex airspace, avoid terrain and obstacles with hazard alerts and synthetic vision, access weather and traffic in-flight where supported, automatically update databases, and transfer flight plans directly from ForeFlight Mobile into Garmin, Avidyne, and Dynon avionics.”

“Our team members in Denmark, Germany, UK, and Finland – along with our large beta team and thousands of current European customers – are flying throughout Europe every week and helping us carefully craft a great product that works well here,” said Kim Lantz, ForeFlight European Director. “When we release ForeFlight Mobile for Europe later this summer, we expect pilots will find the integration of ForeFlight’s own data, Jeppesen VFR and IFR data, EUROCONTROL data, and DFS data; our fast, accurate flight planning and routing; and the breadth of in-flight features combine to deliver a delightful experience that makes planning and flying in Europe a joy.”

AERO attendees are encouraged to visit the ForeFlight stand (A3 – 504) for a demonstration and to sign up to be notified about ForeFlight’s European release. You can learn more about ForeFlight Mobile as well as sign up for notifications by visiting foreflight.com/europe.

Essential Charts and Data for VFR and IFR Flying

ForeFlight’s powerful, state-of-the-art map engine gives the app its signature speed and fluidity when panning and zooming. The global basemap and data-driven Aeronautical Map layer feature Jeppesen’s high-quality terrain, obstacle, and NavData®.

In addition, Jeppesen’s Europe VFR data is integrated into the Aeronautical Map, giving VFR pilots all of the information they need to fly, including VFR waypoints, arrival and departure procedures, circuits, holds, no overfly areas, nature reserves, and more.

For IFR flyers, optional Jeppesen chart coverages are available today and include departure, arrival, and geo-referenced terminal procedures, airport charts, data-driven enroute charts, and Jeppesen Airway Manual supplements.

Smart, Interactive Route Planning

ForeFlight makes preflight planning fast and easy. Customers can plan a route in minutes using ForeFlight’s interactive Map or the form-based Flights view. The Graphical Route Advisor feature produces EUROCONTROL validated routes within a matter of seconds and presents the options for comparison on a visual preview map.

For customers on the top-tier Performance Plus plan, ForeFlight also provides a Recommended Route option that produces the best route based on wind, temperature, and the specific aircraft performance profile.

In addition, planning for and navigating through the complex airspace in Europe is easier with ForeFlight’s new Airspace in Profile and Automatic Airspace Highlight capabilities.

In the app’s Profile View, a vertical cross-section of the planned route is depicted with airspaces, terrain, and obstacles. The view is interactive so tapping on an element in the Profile simultaneously highlights the location of that element on the map below. Inflight, Profile View depicts the aircraft’s current altitude in relation to airspace, terrain, and obstacles along the flight track.

The Automatic Airspace Highlight feature considers the flight’s climb, cruise, and descent trajectory to highlight airspace near the aircraft or along the route of flight. All other airspace dims to reduce airspace clutter on the map. This feature works in both preflight planning mode and in flight.

Integrated Flight Plan Filing for ICAO IFR, VFR, YFR & ZFR

Customers can file flight plans directly from the mobile app or on the web. ForeFlight’s global, redundant AFTN connection provides fast, direct, and unlimited access to filing flight plans with EUROCONTROL with no additional cost or account configuration required. Routes from the Graphical Route Advisor can be filtered based on IFR, VFR, YFR, or ZFR flight rules making it easier to find the correct route and to select it for filing.

Stunning Weather Visualization

The planned route line can be viewed in relation to a full range of interactive aviation weather layers, including animated radar, global satellite and winds aloft, color-coded METARs and TAFs, graphical AIR/SIGMETs, global icing and turbulence, surface pressure isobars, and more. A separate Imagery view neatly organizes static weather forecast imagery by region.

ForeFlight in the Air

Once in the cockpit, the Maps tab transitions from comprehensive preflight planning tool to dynamic inflight navigation support. For the ultimate situational awareness, the innovative Charts on Maps feature overlays approach plates and airport diagrams onto the moving map, along with aircraft position, weather, and hazards in one integrated view.

ForeFlight’s advanced, global hazard awareness technology helps pilots plan and fly with more confidence in all conditions and terrain. The top-down-view Hazard Advisor map layer, the side Profile View, and 3D Synthetic Vision depict a clear picture of terrain and obstacle hazards anywhere in the world. When paired with a compatible AHRS source, Synthetic Vision provides a backup attitude display.

In addition to AHRS, ForeFlight’s Connect platform enables portable and installed avionics to connect with ForeFlight Mobile and deliver capabilities like two-way flight plan transfer, and the display of ADS-B traffic and GPS data. Learn more about ForeFlight Connect at foreflight.com/connect.

Plans & Pricing

ForeFlight offers three plan levels for individuals: Basic Plus, Pro Plus, and Performance Plus.

For as little as €106.99 (including VAT) per year, ForeFlight’s Basic Plus plan gives VFR pilots in Europe all the data they need to plan, file, and fly.

The Basic Plus plan (€106.99 including VAT per year) includes Jeppesen VFR and IFR navigation data, Jeppesen global airspace information, AIP charts and documents provided via EUROCONTROL, data-driven Aeronautical Maps, flight planning and filing on mobile and web, graphical preflight briefing, aviation weather, FBO directory, avionics connectivity, built-in documents catalog, Weight & Balance, Checklist, and more.

The Pro Plus plan (€213.99 including VAT per year) includes everything in the Basic Plus plan, plus geo-referenced approach and taxi charts, Charts on Maps, Profile View with Airspace, Terrain, and Obstacles, and Synthetic Vision.

The Performance Plus plan (€320.99 including VAT per year) includes everything in the Pro Plus plan, plus access to a powerful suite of advanced planning features, including a built-in library of detailed aircraft performance profiles that produce the most accurate flight time and fuel burn calculations, a sophisticated flight planning engine that generates optimized routes between any two airports in the world, fuel and payload planning, automatic fuel and weight safety checks, integrated contract jet fuel pricing, and more.

All plans include one geo-region: Europe, US, or Canada. Additional geo-regions can be added for €100 (including VAT) per year.

Pricing for Jeppesen IFR chart coverages can be viewed online at foreflight.com/jeppesen. Jeppesen VFR Procedures (formerly known as Bottlang Charts) can be purchased for one country for €49 (including VAT) per year, or all Europe for €99 (including VAT) per year.

The National package for Germany from DFS with VFR AIP and charts can be purchased as an add-on for €105 (including VAT). The VFR AIP alone can be purchased for €60 (including VAT). The DFS VFR charts can be purchased separately for €54 (including VAT).

ForeFlight is exhibiting at the 2018 AeroFriedrichshafen Global Show for General Aviation April 18-21 (stand A3-504) and the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) May 29-31.

Learn more at foreflight.com/europe

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About ForeFlight
ForeFlight was founded in 2007 by software developers and aviation entrepreneurs – inspired by the introduction of the Apple iPhone – to develop elegant, high-performing integrated flight applications for pilots. ForeFlight is a four-time recipient of the Flying Magazine Editor’s Choice award and has become the leading application for individual pilots and professional crews in personal, business, and military aviation. Through our partnership with Jeppesen, ForeFlight is building the next generation of integrated flight applications for the commercial aviation market. In addition, the company’s Fast and Friendly Pilot Support™ Team delivers amazingly fast and friendly customer service. Learn more at foreflight.com.

Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) will become operational in April

Effective April 13, 2017, the experimental Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) produced by the NWS Aviation Weather Center (AWC) will transition to operational status. As you may have heard, the GFA was created in response to a formal request by the FAA to discontinue production of the textual Area Forecasts (FA). According to the NWS headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, “the requirements for the underlying meteorological information in the FA have not changed. The FAA recognizes that, given modern advances within the NWS, the legacy text FA is no longer the best source of en route flight planning weather information.”

The new graphical forecasts are designed to provide meteorological information equivalent to the textual FA. The GFA product includes observations and forecasts for the continental United States that provide data critical for aviation safety. The data is overlaid on high-resolution base maps that you can test drive here. Given this will be the replacement for the FA, it means that all of the forecasts will terminate at the U.S. borders. FAs for Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico will not be affected at this point in time.

For the time being, the legacy FA will continue to be generated in parallel with the GFA. The GFA is automated whereas the legacy FA is issued by forecasters at the AWC. At some point in the future, forecasters at the AWC will discontinue issuing this textual forecast. And don’t be surprised if the two forecasts contradict one another – let’s look at an example:

Below is the GFA valid at 23Z (issued at 2102Z) for cloud coverage along with tops and bases for the Northeast and Great Lakes. Notice that it forecasts just high cirrus clouds over a majority of Maine.

The GFA cloud forecast shows cloud coverage (color contours) as well as bases and tops. (click for larger image)

However, the legacy FA for this area shown below suggests a totally different forecast. This area forecast was amended by the FA forecaster for the eastern region at 1935Z. This forecast (highlighted below) suggests that after 21Z NW Maine is expected to have overcast clouds with bases at 2,000 – 3000 feet MSL. And NERN Maine is expected to have overcast cloud bases of 1,500 feet MSL. The forecaster also issued an AIRMET for IFR conditions covering most of the northeastern U.S.

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FAUS41 KKCI 141935 AAA
FA1W  
BOSC FA 141935 AMD
SYNOPSIS AND VFR CLDS/WX
SYNOPSIS VALID UNTIL 151200
CLDS/WX VALID UNTIL 150600...OTLK VALID 150600-151200
ME NH VT MA RI CT NY LO NJ PA OH LE WV MD DC DE VA AND CSTL WTRS
.
SEE AIRMET SIERRA FOR IFR CONDS AND MTN OBSCN.
TS IMPLY SEV OR GTR TURB SEV ICE LLWS AND IFR CONDS.
NON MSL HGTS DENOTED BY AGL OR CIG.
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SYNOPSIS...SEE MIA FA FOR SYNOPSIS.
.
ME NH VT
NW ME/NRN-SW NH/VT...OVC020-030 TOP FL250. VIS 3SM -SN BR. 21Z
OVC020-030. VIS 3SM -SN BLSN. WND N 20G30KT. OTLK...IFR CIG SN
BLSN WND.
NERN ME...OVC030 TOP FL250. VIS 3-5SM -SN. 21Z OVC015. VIS 3SM
-SN BR. 03Z OVC015. VIS 3SM -SN BLSN. WND NELY G25KT. OTLK...IFR
CIG SN BLSN WND.

Notice the Synopsis section simply says “SEE MIA FA FOR SYNOPSIS.” Most pilots were probably not taught that the FA has a 3,000 character limit. So, with a raging Nor’easter occurring in the Northeast, they didn’t have enough characters available for the Boston FA to provide a complete synopsis. In that case, the forecaster opted to place the Boston synopsis in the Miami FA.

For the potential of clouds in Maine, the legacy FA proved to be much more accurate than the new GFA. Most of Maine was experiencing IFR conditions as denoted by AIRMET Sierra shown here.

At this point in time, the AWC is not providing public access to some of the underlying data you may see on the webpage mentioned above. We are busy at ForeFlight trying to determine how to best incorporate these forecasts from the GFA once they become available. So stay tuned.

Canadian DND Charts Now Available in ForeFlight Mobile

ForeFlight Pro Canada subscribers now have access to the full Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) aeronautical data. This includes 118 new DND aerodrome and heliport charts, departures, and procedures, all accessible in ForeFlight Mobile from the Plates view or from the Airports view under the Procedures tab. These charts are not currently geo-referenced, but will be made so in the near future.

DND approach plate

Canadian DND helicopter approach plate for Pembroke, ON.

Additionally, there is a new DND section in the Nav Canada portion of the ForeFlight Mobile Documents catalog that includes the Canadian Forces Flight Supplement, the Government Publication Handbook (GPH) 204A: Flight Planning and Procedures Document, and the GPH 204B: Glossary for Pilots.

The DND charts are automatically delivered via the normal 28-day update cycle and ForeFlight Pro Canada customers have access now with the October 15 update.

DND documents

DND Documents in the ForeFlight Mobile catalog.

Download the AOPA Safety Card for TFR Incursions in ForeFlight Mobile

Do you know what to do if you are intercepted by NORAD? No one plans to bust a TFR or wander into Restricted Airspace unannounced, but as PIC you should be familiar with intercept procedures just in case it happens to you. AOPA created a helpful Safety Card which provides flight planning tips for TFR avoidance and a quick reference guide on how to safely comply with standard NORAD / FAA intercept procedures. You can download the guide in the ForeFlight Mobile Documents view:

ForeFlight-Documents-AOPA-Safety-CardOr you can also download the guide here.

When The Radar Lies

The ground-based radar mosaic displayed on the Map view in ForeFlight Mobile combines radar data from the National Weather Service (NWS) and Environment Canada. Its primary purpose is to provide pilots with a good estimation of where precipitation is occurring and where it’s not. While there are some holes in the coverage (especially in Canada) the radar mosaic is fairly accurate most of the time. Even so, non-precipitation returns generically called ground clutter can be displayed on the radar layer producing what looks like very real areas of precipitation.

Anomalous propagation, or AP, is perhaps the most annoying form of clutter. Essentially with AP, part of the side lobes of the radar beam are ducted or bent down toward the earth during certain atmospheric conditions. This causes it to strike objects on the ground (trees, buildings, cars, etc.) and some of that power from the beam is reflected back to the radar along the same bent path and gets recorded as areas of precipitation. When this occurs you might see on ForeFlight what looks like real precipitation. In fact, it can look remarkably like real convection at times fooling even the most seasoned pilot.

ForeFlight Radar Layer With AP

Anomalous propagation (AP) on the ForeFlight radar layer near Buffalo, New York.

What to do if you suspect AP

Since AP can look remarkably like real areas of precipitation (including thunderstorms), it’s important to always examine the observational data in and around the area. This includes cross-checking surface observations (METARs) to see if precipitation or thunderstorms are being reported. Also, without clouds, it can’t rain. So if clear skies are being reported all around the area, then either the precipitation shown on the radar is very isolated or perhaps it’s erroneous. Keep in mind that automated reports only show clouds that exist below 12,000 feet AGL.

Along these lines, the visible satellite imagery in ForeFlight Mobile can also be useful to identify non-precipitation returns during the daytime hours. If precipitation exists on radar, there should be clouds in that region even if it is isolated convection. If there are no clouds, the returns on the radar are likely ground clutter or AP.

Even when the area is cloudy, AP can still exist. If this is the case and you suspect AP, try looping the radar. Most real precipitation moves and evolves over time, but AP tends to stay anchored over the same area with little noticeable movement. Moreover, the radar loop may look erratic and the intensity may change in a way that’s unnatural.

While AP can occur the U.S. it tends to occur the most in the Canadian Provinces. A favored place is on the U.S. side of Lake Erie just onshore and also in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in British Columbia. While AP can occur anytime of the day or night, it’s often favored during the morning hours just before and after sunrise. This the time of day where the atmosphere is generally stable near the surface which is a perfect environment to allow the side lobes of the radar to be ducted.

So why can’t AP be filtered?

Filtering the radar of non-precipitation returns is like walking a fine line. If you filter too aggressively, you may remove real areas of precipitation; if you don’t filter enough, you get clutter such as AP displayed. In the U.S., filtering can be automated since the Doppler portion of the radar is available. This can be used to help filter AP and other ground clutter. While Canadian radars are Doppler radars, Environment Canada does not export the Doppler data at this time. Also in the U.S., the NEXRAD ground-based radar systems are all fitted with a dual polarization (dual pol) capability which can provide additional information to filter non-precipitation returns.

At the moment the only way to guarantee that AP from Canadian radars won’t find its way into the ForeFlight radar layer is to add a gross filter before the data reaches the display. This is accomplished by our radar provider by manually turning off the data coming from the offending radar(s). This can be risky since it means that all returns shown from this radar will be eliminated, false or not. The folks at Barons who produce the XM-delivered satellite weather also face the same issue with Canadian radars. They don’t turn off specific radars. Instead they create a manual gross filter that eliminates all returns over regions that are highly unlikely to receive precipitation.

In the end, every piece of information you use to make preflight decisions should be scrutinized even if it comes from a trusted source. Take the time to cross-check the radar layer against other sources within the ForeFlight Mobile app so you won’t be fooled.

ForeFlight Announces Connectivity with Garmin Avionics

We are excited to announce connectivity between ForeFlight Mobile and Garmin avionics. When connected to Garmin Flight Stream, you can now wirelessly receive ADS-B weather and traffic, precise GPS position data, and dynamic pitch and bank information on your iPad or iPhone.

ForeFlight Mobile and Garmin avionics

ForeFlight Mobile connects to compatible Garmin avionics via the Flight Stream 210/110, Garmin’s Bluetooth® wireless gateway, and displays the full suite of ADS-B weather and traffic information received from the GDL 88/84. The Flight Stream 210, with its internal attitude sensor, powers ForeFlight’s Synthetic Vision and adds a backup attitude capability with dynamic pitch and bank information.

WAAS GPS position information from GTN™ 650/750, GNS™ 430W/530W navigators, or GDL 88 with an internal WAAS receiver can also be used to power features like ForeFlight Mobile’s moving map and geo-referenced approach plates and taxi diagrams to enhance situational awareness in the air and on the ground.

Additionally, flight plan transfer capability is currently in development and will be available in a future app update.

Support for Garmin Flight Stream connectivity is available with ForeFlight Mobile 7.2, now available for download on the App Store. For more information, visit foreflight.com/connect.

Stratus 1S and 2S, Garmin Connext, Graphical Flight Notifications in ForeFlight Mobile 7.2

ForeFlight Mobile version 7.2 supports the next generation of portable Stratus ADS-B receivers, expands our Sync system to include Weight & Balance profiles, increases the temporal resolution of the global winds and temperatures aloft for more accurate flight plan calculations, and improves the delivery of critical flight alerts with Graphical Flight Notifications.

ForeFlight Mobile version 7.2 is currently available for download on the App Store.

ForeFlight Mobile Supports Next Generation Stratus 1S and 2S Receivers

ForeFlight Mobile 7.2 supports the next generation of Stratus portable ADS-B receivers, which were announced last week. Our close development partnership with Appareo and Sporty’s means that Stratus is built from the ground up to work with ForeFlight Mobile and simply works the right way. Pilots using Stratus and ForeFlight experience seamless one-button-push and wire-free operation, easy over-the-air firmware updates, and the flexibility to view and manage Stratus settings right from the app. The best part is, even if you haven’t equipped for the 2020 mandate yet, Stratus allows you to take advantage of ADS-B weather and traffic information for better inflight situational awareness and decision-making. This blog article and the video from Sporty’s both detail all the features in the new receivers.

For fleet operators, Stratus is an excellent addition to your electronic flight bag program. Stratus is a wireless, portable PED so no modification to the airframe is required. For more information contact sales@foreflight.com.

ForeFlight Mobile Connectivity with Garmin Avionics

 

We are thrilled to announce connectivity between ForeFlight Mobile and Garmin avionics. When connected to Garmin Flight Stream, you can now wirelessly receive ADS-B weather and traffic, precise GPS position data, and dynamic pitch and bank information on your iPad or iPhone. Our blog post here details this exciting integration.

Graphical Flight Notifications Keep You Better Informed Before Every Flight

Graphical Flight Notifications list view

Flight Notifications shown in list view with new graphical thumbnails. Tap to expand the image.

We previously introduced Flight Notifications, a feature that monitors your filed flight plan and synthesizes flight condition alerts from ForeFlight systems and from others, including Lockheed Martin’s Adverse Conditions Alerting Service (ACAS). When a significant change in route or weather conditions is detected within two hours of your scheduled departure we send you a notification containing a summary and detailed description of the condition.

We now include a helpful graphic along with the flight critical information making it easier to analyze the alert and to stay better informed before every flight. Thumbnail graphics are shown next to each alert in the Flight Notification window; tap on an alert to view a larger version of the image.

Graphical Flight Notifications on an iPad

Flight Notifications include updates to: TFRs, airport/runway closed/unsafe NOTAMs, urgent PIREPs, SIGMETs, Convective SIGMETs, AIRMETs, Center Weather Advisories (CWAs), and Severe Weather Watches/Warnings that affect your filed route.

Flight Notifications are tied to ForeFlight’s Sync system, meaning the notifications are delivered to all of the devices on your account.

Easy Configuration Settings for Flight Notifications

To activate Flight Notifications, Sync must be ON. On the iPad, navigate to More > Settings, then scroll all the way down to Synchronize User Data. Before filing the plan, scroll to the bottom of the flight plan form on the File & Brief page and move the Flight Notifications switch to ON.

Once you file a flight plan, ForeFlight will notify you of any new conditions via a red badge (showing the number of notifications) on the File & Brief tab.

Flight Notifications require an active Internet connection and are a ForeFlight Mobile Pro feature.

Weight & Balance Profiles Protected by ForeFlight Sync

Weight & Balance Profiles now Sync

We continue to advance our ForeFlight cloud system, Sync, with the addition of Weight & Balance profiles. Your aircraft load data now synchronizes between all your devices so you don’t have to enter the same information on multiple devices; add or edit a profile on one device and those changes are automatically applied to all devices on your account. This is especially helpful if you fly multiple aircraft and maintain several weight and balance profiles. Sync protected data also makes it easier to set up a new device if you are replacing an old one.

Weight & Balance is a Pro feature, however Sync is available to all customers and, in addition to Weight & Balance profiles, includes: recent and favorite routes, airports, and weather imagery, user waypoints, scratch pads, flight notifications, filed flight plans, and aircraft profiles.

Sync can be turned on by enabling Synchronize User Data, located in More > Settings, near the bottom of the page.

Enhanced global winds aloft.Improved Global Winds Aloft Enables More Accurate Flight Planning Calculations

ForeFlight Mobile 7.2 also introduces an increase to the resolution of the global winds and temperatures aloft. Flight planning calculations are now even more accurate with a forecast time step of three hours instead of the previous six hours. This blog article from Scott Dennstaedt discusses the enhancements to the global Winds Aloft layer.

Refinements to ForeFlight for Apple Watch

ForeFlight for Apple WatchThe Apple Watch is an exciting and evolving platform, and we will continue to develop ForeFlight for Apple Watch to expand the app in helpful ways. In 7.2, we introduce some refinements to the Airports page, allowing weather data from up to 30 airports to be viewed under three selectable tabs: Nearby, Recents, and Favorites.

ForeFlight and Comply365 Collaborate on Customer Solutions

This week ForeFlight team members are participating in the Comply365 Third Annual Connections365 education and networking conference in Dallas, Texas. Comply365 serves many industries, including aviation, as a leader in mobile enterprise optimization software. We are pleased to announce two integrations with Comply365 that simplify operations for flight departments.

Comply365 dashboard with ForeFlight quick link.

Comply365 dashboard with quick link to ForeFlight Mobile.

Comply365 Connector for ForeFlight Mobile is a software solution that enables a seamless first time sign-on and authentication capability for ForeFlight Mobile via Comply365’s MyMobile365 dashboard. The solution simplifies deployment of ForeFlight Mobile to large enterprise pilot groups. Customers using the Comply365 Connector tap a ForeFlight icon on the MyMobile365 dashboard and pilots are immediately authorized to use ForeFlight Mobile without additional setup steps.

Ownship position shown with ForeFlight Mobile's runway proximity advisor.

Ownship position shown with ForeFlight Mobile’s runway proximity advisor.

In addition to the Connector, ForeFlight and Comply365 collaborated on a solution to simplify the processes required to obtain FAA authorization for the display of aircraft Ownship position on airport maps. ForeFlight’s Taxi Data Recorder (built upon the Track Log platform) collects GPS taxi data from many pilots within an operation, uploads the data to the cloud, and exports it into the Comply365 MyMobile365 dashboard. The Taxi Data Recorder dashboard makes it easy to start workflows and support analysis for Airport Moving Map Ownship approvals.

At ForeFlight, we are always excited about finding ways to make a pilot’s work simpler and to make flight operations safer. Expanding the capability of our Taxi Data Recorder to Comply365 customers gives those operators a powerful solution to simplify the data collection and analysis work required to support Ownship authorization. The ability to have Ownship position for ground operations increases situational awareness and could lead to reduced runway incursions. We look forward to more innovations with Comply365 to make customers more productive and efficient.

If you are interested in using the ForeFlight Mobile Taxi Data Recorder to pursue Ownship position authorization, contact us at team@foreflight.com.

Seamlessly Sync Favorites, Enjoy Profile View Refinements in ForeFlight Mobile 6.2.1

ForeFlight Mobile version 6.2.1 is now available for download on the App Store.

Seamlessly Sync Favorites and Recents

With ForeFlight Mobile version 6.2.1 we introduce Sync, a fast cloud-based syncing system that seamlessly transfers information between your iPhone and iPad. For example, this capability allows you to plan a flight on your iPhone and that flight will appear in the recent routes list on your iPad, or in your favorites list if you have marked the route as a favorite. There is no special user interaction required as syncing is automatic.

Sync between devices.

Seamlessly sync your favorites and recents between devices.

With this initial release, sync seamlessly synchronizes your recent and favorite: routes, airports, weather imagery, user waypoints, and recent procedures across all devices that share the same ForeFlight Mobile login.

In the next release, we will add sync support for aircraft profiles and flight plans, with more sync-enabled features to follow.

Because sync stores recents and favorites to the cloud, changes made on one device will automatically be delivered to the other device when it next connects to the Internet. In addition, if you are setting up a new device or need to reinstall the app your activity is protected and restored automatically.

You can manage sync in More > Settings > then scroll to Preferences > Synchronize User Data. The toggle will turn Sync ON (blue) or OFF for that device.

Sync Settings

Sync has an ON/OFF switch in the Settings menu.

A note for multi-pilot accounts: sync is disabled by default for multi-pilot accounts with a shared single login.

Sync is available with version 6.2.1 on all ForeFlight Mobile Standard, Pro, and Military service levels. Stay tuned! More to come with sync.

Refinements And Filter Options In Profile View

The Profile view has a new refined look with the highest point, clearance, and first strike figures now presented in a panel on the right-hand side of the view, making that information easier to read. In addition, to best suit each flight Profile now gives you the ability to set hazard altitude and route width parameters for filtering terrain and obstacle alerts.

Refined Profile View

The new Profile layout is easier to read and adds additional capability to filter terrain and obstacle alerts.

A new terrain settings menu allows you to set your flight path corridor width and alert altitudes right from the Profile view. Tap on the cog to reveal the new menu:

New terrain settings menu

Tap on the cog symbol to reveal the new terrain and obstacle settings menu.

Select your desired Corridor Width, or route buffer, to display terrain and obstacle alert coloring only within the chosen corridor along your planned flight path. The corridor width options are: ½, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 20 nautical miles.

Corridor Width Setting

In this example, 2 nautical miles will alert you to terrain and obstacles one nautical mile to the left and one nautical mile to the right of your planned flight path.

The hazard altitude setting gives you flexibility in choosing what relative altitudes from your aircraft are used for presenting the yellow and red alert coloring of terrain and obstacles.

Hazard Altitudes Setting

In this example, selecting Heli-Medium will color hazards yellow within 200’ vertical of the aircraft and red at or less than 25’.

The Hazard Altitude setting is reflected in both the Profile view and the Maps Hazard Advisor layer. This is beneficial for low-altitude flight operations, like helicopters, by giving you options to fly closer to terrain or obstacles before the yellow and red hazard alerting appears.

The inflight toggle between route and aircraft mode is now situated at the top of the new panel layout

Route and Aircraft mode toggle

Toggle between route and aircraft mode while inflight.

Profile view is a ForeFlight Mobile Pro feature.

Refinements To Annotations Toolbar

Our refinement theme continues in the Annotations feature with a refreshed menu bar. The buttons now have higher contrast making them easier to see.

Annotations refinement

Shown here is a comparison of the previous versus current Annotation toolbar.

Access the annotations toolbar in either the Plates view or Documents view by tapping on the pencil in the upper right.

Annotations-toolbar2

A tip for using annotations, select your annotation color, thickness, and opacity settings, then select the text or shape option.

Annotations toolbar

A tip for using annotations is to choose your color, then select the annotation type.

Annotations is a ForeFlight Mobile Pro feature.

ForeFlight Mobile Version 6.2.1 Is Available On The App Store

ForeFlight Mobile version 6.2.1 is a free download for subscribers via the App Store. Click here for instructions on how to update the app.