We released several updates to ForeFlight’s Aeronautical map this month to make it easier to identify and differentiate different types of airspace in Europe. You can overlay the Aeronautical map on top of any other chart or map layer, and customize it in the Map Settings menu to show or hide different airspace types and limit what airspaces are shown by altitude.
The first change is that the color of Class C and D airspace in Europe is now magenta instead of blue, making them easier to distinguish from other types of controlled airspace. Here you can see the differences between the old airspace colors and the new style:
Another update is the addition of type and designator names on airspace labels for RMZs and Special Use Airspace (SUA) in Europe to help you quickly view more useful airspace information.
For example, airspace labels for Restricted Areas used to only indicate the lower and upper altitude limits, now they read “R-XXX: Lower – Upper”, giving you a better sense of the nearby airspace.
Example for RMZs:
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One of the great benefits of our data-driven Aeronautical Map layer is that we can make significant updates and improvements to it without needing a whole new app release. Instead, we can just issue updates as part of our regular data-cycle releases, and the changes become visible after you download the new “Airport & Nav Database” at the top of the Downloads list. Over the past couple months we’ve made a number of major enhancements to the Aeronautical Map this way, so read on to learn about what those are and where you can find them.
Airway Label Improvements
One of the most prominent recent changes to the Aeronautical Map is that airway labels are now more prominent, and look similar to what you’d findon an IFR enroute chart. And like on an enroute chart, black and white labels indicate traditional, VOR airways, while blue and white labels indicate RNAV airways. One other improvement that pilots flying in Europe will appreciate: the Aeronautical Map now depicts directional airways using arrow-shaped labels.
New KSFO Bravo Structure
Bay Area pilots are probably already familiar with the new Class B airspace structure enveloping KSFO. Even a massive change like this is very simple to make with the Aeronautical Map – we released an update to the Airport & Nav Database containing the new airspace structure about a week before it become effective. When the data-cycle turnover happened at 0901 UTC, August 16, 2018, ForeFlight swapped out the old database for the new one and updated the map instantly.
Most of the other recent updates we’ve made to the Aeronautical Map have been directly in response to feedback from our new customers in Europe. Europe has many types of airspace, airways, and VFR navigation features that are rare or nonexistent in North America, so we had to find new ways to depict all of this information to ensure that the Aeronautical Map would be useful to all of our customers.
New Airspace Styles
Control Zones (CTR), Radio Mandatory Zones (RMZ), different types of civilian Traffic Zones (ATZ/TIZ/TIA), and Military Aerodrome Traffic Zones (MATZ) were formerly depicted using a single style. Now there are four separate styles to help differentiate these airspaces. As with most of the features on the Aeronautical Map, we incorporated elements from ICAO charts when designing these styles so they would be familiar to pilots, while also ensuring that they fit within the Aeronautical Map’s overall design style.
Frequency Labels on FIS Boundaries
To make finding the right frequencies easier for pilots in Europe, we added prominent labels to all FIS boundaries providing the name and information frequency of each coverage area. You can find other frequencies by tap-holding on the map and tapping Details > Communication Details for the relevant airspace, or by tapping on an airport marker to access the frequency list, which often includes frequencies for the surrounding airspace.
New Styles for VFR Navigation Data
All ForeFlight subscriptions that include the Europe region come with Jeppesen’s high-quality VFR navigation and airport data built directly into the Aeronautical Map, providing a valuable resource for VFR pilots across most of Europe. We’ve also recently made some styling changes to this VFR data, exposing data that wasn’t depicted before and improving the styling of existing data to provide more information at a glance. Conveniently, the screenshot below illustrates all of these changes.
In the bottom-right you can see a VFR Transit Route, which ATC uses to direct pilots through Controlled Airspace to minimize separation issues with IFR traffic. VFR Transit Routes have labels conveying important information about the route, including the type of transit route (Helicopter in this case, but other types are VFR and Military), the route’s altitude boundaries, the distance of each route leg (8nm), and the magnetic bearing in one or both directions. We styled VFR Transit Routes on the Aeronautical Map to match the color of VFR Waypoints so it’s easier to differentiate them from airspace boundaries and other route types.
Intersecting the Helicopter route in the screenshot and extending to the north of the airport are VFR Flight Corridors. These provide safe corridors for VFR traffic on approach and departure, and include labels indicating each corridor’s name and minimum altitude. The Aeronautical Map also displays IFR Flight Corridors, which can help VFR pilots avoid IFR traffic.
Lastly, the airport in the screenshot has two kinds of traffic circuits – a standard non-directional circuit in solid white, and the newly supported directional traffic circuit made up of white arrows. Both circuits show the traffic pattern altitude of 2,700 feet.
Get familiar with these changes to the Aeronautical Map so you can maximize your use of ForeFlight for planning and flying, and look forward to additional updates in the future. If you have any feedback or suggestions on how to make the Aeronautical Map, and ForeFlight in general, better suited to where and how you fly, feel free to email them to email@example.com – we’re all ears.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.