Simplified Download Settings and more in ForeFlight 14.5

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Our June release simplifies the app’s Download Settings, adds support for Custom Waypoint elevations, and more.

Simplified Download Settings

Easily configure your downloads more quickly with a new paradigm that groups all Data/Chart selections and Region selections in separate menus in More > Downloads. This change will not affect your existing downloads or download settings.

Select the types of charts and data you want to download in the Data Settings menu, as well as select High Resolution Basemap and Terrain downloads for additional regions beyond your subscription’s default. The selections you make here will apply to all regions selected in Region Settings, although not all chart/data types are available for all regions.

Region Settings let you select which regions the selections you made in the Data/Chart Settings will apply to. All regions supported by ForeFlight have a drop-down containing sub-regions within that region.

Custom Waypoint Elevation

Specify elevations for your User Waypoints and custom waypoints imported via Content Packs to plan routes to and from them like you would airports, with accurate climb/descent calculations and depictions in Profile View.

You can add an elevation to a User Waypoint in More > Custom Content > User Waypoints.

Tap the waypoint you would like to edit, tap the Elevation field to input the number, and then tap Save.

Another way to edit a waypoint’s elevation is by directly tapping it on the Maps view, then tapping Edit. Specify the elevation and tap Save as before.

Lastly, you can specify elevations in KML or CSV waypoint lists you import as part of the “navdata” sub-folder in a Content Pack. While standalone CSV files also support elevations, standalone KML files do not, so they must be imported as part of a Content Pack.

For a .csv file, simply add a column for elevation and express each value in meters (ForeFlight will automatically convert them to feet upon import). While the column names in a .csv file don’t matter, their order does. Column A is the waypoint ID or name, column B is the description, column C is latitude, column D is longitude, and column E is for elevation.

NOTE: To import a CSV file as user waypoints, it must be named user_waypoints.csv.

For .kml files, include your waypoint elevation (in meters) in the optional altitude component of the coordinates tuple. This value often defaults to 0, so ForeFlight will only recognize non-zero values (positive or negative) as elevations.

Bearing and Track Orientation Setting

Display bearing and track measurements for the Ruler, Synthetic Vision, and relevant Cockpit Instruments using either Magnetic or True North. 

You can access this feature in More > Settings.

Then tap Units/Time to get to Bearing and Track Instruments.

New Runway Analysis Aircraft Support

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis product now supports Bombardier’s Global 7500 and Dassault’s Falcon 900EX, EX EASy, DX and LX, and Textron 560 Citation XLS. Built-in Weight & Balance templates and Takeoff Trim calculations are also supported for the Bombardier and Dassault aircraft.

Runway Analysis is available for a growing list of aircraft types as an add-on to ForeFlight Performance subscription plans.

Find and Update Fuel Pricing in ForeFlight

ForeFlight makes fuel planning easy with its extensive FBO Directory to help you find fuel at any airport. Save time and money by searching FBOs near your destination ahead of time to find the best pricing.

You can quickly find fuel availability for an area by tapping the Layer Selector and enabling the 100LL or Jet A fuel layers near the bottom of the right column. These map layers make it easy to spot more affordable fuel in green, moderate pricing in orange, and most expensive in red.

To check fuel availability and pricing at a specific airport, tap the airport on the Aeronautical Map or search for it in the Airports view. Tap the FBO button near the top of the Airports view to see on-field services at that airport, including fuel, lodging, rental cars, and more, with fuel providers generally listed at the top. You can also zoom into the airport diagram on the Maps view and tap the FBO locations to access them directly.

When viewing fuel prices at a particular FBO you can see when those prices were last updated by looking just below the price list. While FBO managers can access their listing and update fuel prices at any time, pilots using ForeFlight can also submit updated fuel prices by tapping Update Fuel Prices in the lower right. After you tap Submit, your updates are reviewed by ForeFlight staff and added to the directory. Note that pilot-submitted airport or FBO comments containing fuel price information will not be accepted – the only way for pilots to submit updated fuel prices is via the Update Fuel Prices button.

If you are an FBO manager and would like to learn how to update your pricing, please reach out to directory@foreflight.com.

Please remember, fuel prices change often, and our listed prices are not guaranteed.  Always check NOTAMS before you fly and call your FBO ahead of time to confirm current fuel prices.

ForeFlight Launches Sentry Plus ADS-B Receiver, Newest and Most Advanced Product in the Sentry Line of Life Saving Pilot Accessories

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Sentry Plus is the latest addition to ForeFlight’s ADS-B product suite, offering new features such as longer battery life, a high-performance flight data recorder, g-Load meter, support for FLARM traffic, and much more.

Developed in collaboration with and manufactured by Montana-based avionics company uAvionix, Sentry Plus builds on the award-winning capabilities of prior devices in the Sentry family with powerful new features and industry-leading battery life at a competitive price of US$799, and is available for purchase from Sporty’s Pilot Shop in the United States and SkyFox and CAE Aviation in Europe.

“We continue to expand the Sentry family of affordable ADS-B products with the most advanced portable receiver yet,” said Tim Schuetze, ForeFlight President. “Sentry Plus combines the best of previous devices with new innovations to make flying and logging even easier — for every kind of pilot. We’re proud to offer the only device on the market combining so many powerful features in such a compact and affordable device.” 

Sentry Plus integrates all the capabilities of prior Sentry devices, including ADS-B In weather and traffic, WAAS GPS, carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring and alerting, AHRS pitch and bank, and more, with powerful new features in an innovative and compact design. 

“The Sentry product line has proven to be a literal life-saver for many pilots, both as a weather and traffic awareness tool, and as a carbon monoxide monitor.” said Christian Ramsey, uAvionix President. “The Sentry Plus’ evolution represents direct customer feedback for expanded capabilities and life saving features. The partnership between ForeFlight and uAvionix continues to drive innovation that results in amazing products for our pilot community.”

Its most prominent feature, a 1.3” OLED screen, displays connection information and live flight metrics, including a new g-Load meter to monitor and record inflight acceleration. Its contoured, wallet-sized case maximizes GPS and ADS-B antenna reception, while boasting a record-breaking 18+ hour battery life for reliable all-day operation.

Sentry Plus also introduces a new high-performance flight data recorder to automatically record, save, and transfer detailed track logs to ForeFlight Mobile in seconds for postflight review and logging. Add to this an Auto Power On/Off setting while connected to ship power, and Sentry Plus is capable of down-to-the-minute Hobbs time tracking to streamline the flight logging process even further.

And in a first for portable receivers, Sentry Plus’s antennas are optimized for concurrent UAT and European FLARM reception, enabling pilots in Europe to see and avoid nearby traffic using this popular short-range position reporting standard. A FLARM decoding license is required to receive and display FLARM traffic and can be purchased as part of a ForeFlight subscription at foreflight.com/buy.

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Small Case, Big Battery
With an industry-leading 18 hour battery life in a sturdy and lightweight case, Sentry Plus is ready to support you on the longest hauls.

OLED Data Display
A first-of-a-kind OLED data display provides connection and device status, plus live flight metrics including g-load, GPS accuracy, and more.

High-Performance Track Logging
Never lose a flight with automatic on-device track logging and seamless importing to ForeFlight for postflight review, plus down-to-the-minute Hobbs time logging when connected to onboard power.

AHRS for Backup Attitude + g-Load
Sentry Plus’s Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) provides a real-time depiction of your aircraft’s pitch and bank in ForeFlight. Flexible calibration options allow you to get accurate AHRS data no matter where you mount Sentry in your aircraft. Plus, deepen your debrief in Track Log Review with the new g-Load layer for direct comparisons with other metrics like pitch, bank, speed, and altitude.

Carbon Monoxide Monitor
Just like its predecessor, Sentry Plus provides a built-in carbon monoxide sensor and alerting system, with an audio and in-app alert when CO concentration reaches hazardous levels. The LED indicator also provides a visual indication of CO levels.

ADS-B Weather (limited to US and other supported regions)
Sentry Plus delivers subscription-free FIS-B weather & data. Display animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, PIREPs, textual winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information on ForeFlight Mobile.

ADS-B + FLARM Traffic
Get help in “seeing and avoiding” with dynamic traffic display in ForeFlight from ADS-B Out equipped aircraft. Additionally, Sentry Plus’s antennas are optimized for European FLARM reception in addition to ADS-B, allowing glider pilots and others in Europe to use their preferred traffic network (requires the purchase of a FLARM license via foreflight.com/buy to enable).

High-Precision GPS
Pilotage meets the 21st century with Sentry Plus’s highly-accurate WAAS GPS providing down-to-the-meter position data. See your aircraft position on ForeFlight’s moving map display and innovative Plates on Map feature. View a variety of inflight data, including ground speed, altitude, ETE, distance to destination, and more.

Wi-Fi Client Support
No need to choose between Sentry Plus and your existing cockpit Wi-Fi solution with support for Wi-Fi client connections. Setup is quick and easy thanks to the OLED display, and Sentry Plus will automatically connect to known client Wi-Fi networks for a set-it-and-forget-it solution.

Per-Leg Altitude in Profile View and more in ForeFlight 14.4

Our May release includes Per-Leg Altitude in Profile, Global Graphical NOTAMs, enhanced Metric unit support, and more.

Per-Leg Altitude in Profile

Easily plan enroute altitude changes around terrain, weather, or airspace and visualize them in Profile View, with the option to start or end a climb or descent at a specified waypoint.

Once you enter a flight plan in the FPL editor, open Profile View then tap the waypoint’s label where you want to add an altitude change.

You can also access this menu by tapping the Waypoint Bubble on the FPL editor.

Enter the new altitude in the Altitude field, and use the Start At/Cross At selector to determine where the altitude change is conducted in relation to the waypoint: Start At will initiate the altitude change at the waypoint, while Cross At will complete the altitude change at the waypoint, shifting the start of the climb or descent earlier in your route.

Once you input a Start At or Cross At Altitude, Profile View automatically updates and displays the change to your route. ForeFlight uses your aircraft’s selected climb and descent profiles to calculate the altitude change’s duration and impact on time and fuel calculations, so you may see different results if your actual enroute climb or descent differs from the selected profile.

Profile View is included in Pro Plus subscription plans and above.

Global Graphical NOTAMs

Previously limited to Europe, Graphical enroute NOTAMs are now supported around the world with the new NOTAMs map layer.

To enable Graphical NOTAMs, tap the Layer Selector, then tap NOTAMs on the right.

Tap a NOTAM on the map to view its details, or tap on multiple overlapping NOTAMs to select one from a summary list.

NOTAMs are color-coded red, yellow, or gray based on type, severity, and active times. The most severe Airspace restriction NOTAMs first appear in yellow 120 minutes prior to activating and turning red, while Scheduled Exercise NOTAMs also appear in yellow 120 minutes prior to activation, but remain yellow once active. All other NOTAM types appear on the map only when they become active.

With the NOTAMs layer enabled, selectively filter which types are shown using the new menu in Map Settings > NOTAMs Settings, with toggles for Exercises, Controlled Airspaces, Obstacles, and Other. With all toggles off, only airspace restriction and other severe NOTAMs will remain visible on the map.

Similar to other map overlays like TFRs, AIR/SIGMENTs, radar, and more, you can adjust the layer opacity using the slider at the bottom of the Map Settings menu.

Distance Rings in Kilometers

Gauge the distance to your surroundings in kilometers with a new Distance Rings setting.

Enable Distance Rings in Map Settings > Distance Rings.

Then tap any of the three labels attached to Distance Rings to change the unit of measurement. As with other Distance Rings styles, you can choose from three fixed distance settings to prevent the rings from changing size, or select the Automatic setting to automatically resize the rings as you zoom in or out.

Altitude Instruments in Meters

Customize the units of altitude displayed by the Map’s Instrument Panel for inflight reference with the new Altitude Instruments setting.

First Tap More in the bottom right corner of your screen, then Settings at the top right of the menu.

Next, find Units/Time under the Preferences section at the bottom of the Settings list, and then the Altitude Instruments menu within that.

From here you can select a unit of measurement for your Altitude Instruments.

Altitude Instruments affected by this setting include GPS Altitude, Height AGL, Height MEF, Pressure Altitude, Cabin Pressure, Vertical speed (meters per minute), Climb gradient (meters per distance unit), and Descent to Destination (meters per minute).

UL94 Fuel Prices

Find pricing and availability of UL94 fuel at FBOs in Airports > FBOs or by tapping an FBO icon on a plate or the map.

Then tap the FBO to see more details on fuel options, including self-service and full-service pricing as applicable.

Like with other fuel types, you can update UL94 prices at FBOs you visit by tapping Update Fuel Prices in the bottom-right of the FBO detail view.

New Runway Analysis Aircraft Support

ForeFlight’s advanced Runway Analysis product for jets now supports the Gulfstream G200.

Military Flight Bag: Hide Pilot Info from Filing Form

ForeFlight Military Flight Bag customers can opt to reveal or hide their name on filed flight plan forms using the Hide Pilot Info on FIling Form setting.

To disable it, start by tapping Proceed to File in the Flights view once your flight plan is ready.

From the File form, scroll to the very bottom to find Hide Pilot Info on Filing Form. Tap the toggle to turn the setting off. With Hide Pilot Info from FIling Form toggled off, Flight Plans will show the name of the Pilot in Command.

The new setting appears at the very bottom of the ICAO and DD-1801 flight plan forms and is enabled by default to match the app’s current behavior of automatically hiding the pilot’s name on the flight plan form.

Example of DD-1801 form filed with Hide Pilot Info on Filing Form on. (DEFAULT)Example of DD-1801 form filed with Hide Pilot Info on Filing Form off.
Example of ICAO form filed with Hide Pilot Info on Filing Form on. (DEFAULT)Example of ICAO form filed with Hide Pilot Info on Filing Form off.

Comlux Group and Boeing Sign Digital Services Agreement; Transition to ForeFlight’s Flight Planning and EFB Solutions

Tim Schuetze, ForeFlight President, and Andrea Zanetto, COO of Comlux Group.

GENEVA, 23 May, 2022 — Boeing announced today the signing of a new agreement with Comlux Group to implement Boeing’s ForeFlight’s flight planning and mobile EFB solutions across their entire operation.

In addition to their current use of Boeing’s Jeppesen charting and NavData solutions, Comlux will adopt ForeFlight’s integrated product suite to replace their existing flight planning and inflight solutions. This includes ForeFlight Dispatch for flight planners and self-dispatching pilots, paired with ForeFlight Mobile EFB with integrated Jeppesen charts for preflight briefing and inflight navigation.

ForeFlight Dispatch is a next-generation fight planning application that goes beyond the basics of planning, filing, and monitoring flight plans. From the most basic domestic flights to complex international trips with stringent route constraints, ForeFlight Dispatch produces optimized EUROCONTROL-valid routes with speed and flexibility. Its set of customization and automation capabilities allow flight departments to easily adapt Dispatch to their unique operational needs while saving flight planners a great deal of time and effort.

Dispatch connects to ForeFlight Mobile to transmit new flight plans to assigned crew members in seconds, complete with detailed briefing documents. An industry first, this tight integration between flight planning product and mobile flight deck application allows data to seamlessly sync between planners and pilots in real time, improving collaboration and reducing workloads.

“Our pioneer approach always drives us to adopt the most innovative tools and systems to allow the most responsive and efficient VIP flight operations,” said Andrea Zanetto, COO of Comlux Group. “In this respect, we are proud to begin this transition to ForeFlight, the latest integrated flight planning system from Boeing. The initial integration of these products into our current aviation systems has been extremely smooth and fast. With ForeFlight, we maximize efficiency and minimize complexity of our worldwide fleet management, while offering the best operational service to our VIP customers.”

Adopting ForeFlight’s product suite purpose-built for Business Aviation will allow Comlux to benefit from consolidation of both costs and software, replacing their previous digital solutions from multiple vendors with a tightly integrated set of products from a single vendor. In addition, Comlux is among the inaugural European-based customers joining ForeFlight’s Development Partnership Program, an initiative that gives select customers the opportunity to collaborate on future innovations in flight operations software under development at ForeFlight.

“The future of business aviation lies in tightly-integrated, cloud-based solutions, and Comlux’s eager adoption of Boeing’s ForeFlight Dispatch and ForeFlight Mobile demonstrates a great deal of foresight,” said Tim Schuetze, ForeFlight president. “We are delighted to continue working alongside them in developing new and more powerful solutions for flight departments.”

For more information on ForeFlight’s integrated solution for Business Aviation, visit
https://foreflight.com/solutions/business-aviation.
For more information on Boeing flight operations digital solutions, visit
https://services.boeing.com/flight-operations.
For more information on Comlux Group, visit https://comlux.com/.

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Gama Aviation and Boeing Sign Digital Services Agreements, Adopt ForeFlight Dispatch

GENEVA, 23 May, 2022 — During the EBACE2022 event in Geneva, Boeing announced it recently signed an agreement with Gama Aviation to add ForeFlight Dispatch as their operational flight planning solution.

Gama Aviation is one of the leading Aircraft Management, Charter, and Special Mission service providers with a longstanding relationship with Boeing. The recent agreement builds on Gama Aviation’s use of Boeing’s digital services, including Jeppesen navigation and charting services, by adding ForeFlight Dispatch for their global fleet.

Purpose-built for Business Aviation, ForeFlight Dispatch is a cloud-native, web-based flight planning solution that provides advanced capabilities in an intuitive interface designed with planners and dispatchers in mind.

“At Gama Aviation we put great emphasis on deploying the best technology to serve our customers,” said Paul Cremer, Head of Business Aviation Delivery at Gama Aviation. “We leverage both our own software products like myairops, as well as the best of what the industry has to offer and actively encourage automation between myairops products and software solutions such as ForeFlight. After careful consideration and extensive evaluation, we concluded that the ForeFlight flight planning solution was the best fit for the Gama operation.”

ForeFlight Dispatch goes far beyond enabling flight planners to collaborate, plan, file, and monitor flight plans. From the most basic domestic flights to complex international trips with stringent route constraints, ForeFlight Dispatch produces optimized EUROCONTROL-valid routes with speed and flexibility. Planners using Dispatch quickly discover how much time and effort they save thanks to the system’s automation capabilities, including flexible operational rules for adapting Dispatch to unique operational needs. Dispatch generates a comprehensive and highly customizable briefing package that can be shared with crews in a variety of ways, including immediate delivery via ForeFlight Mobile, the industry’s leading mobile flight deck application.

In addition to adopting ForeFlight Dispatch, Gama has Type B approval for the use of ForeFlight and is working towards paperless operations. Gama is among the inaugural European-based customers joining ForeFlight’s Development Partnership Program, an initiative that gives select customers the opportunity to collaborate on future innovations in flight operations software under development at ForeFlight.

“We are delighted to be working with Gama Aviation and myairops,” said Tim Schuetze, ForeFlight president. “Gama Aviation and myairops are on the forefront of adapting smart technology and clever solutions to constantly improve their value proposition in the marketplace. Working closely with the Gama Aviation team is a great opportunity for us to bring the best of our technology to a customer with a fast pace and high expectations.”

For more information on ForeFlight’s integrated Dispatch solution for Business Aviation, visit
https://foreflight.com/products/dispatch.
For more information on Boeing flight operations digital solutions, visit
https://services.boeing.com/flight-operations.
For more information on Gama Aviation, visit https://www.gamaaviation.com/
For more information on myairops, visit https://myairops.com/.

Expanded Operational Notes and more in ForeFlight 14.3

Our April release includes expanded Operational Notes, Delay/STAY planning and New Runway Analysis aircraft support.

Expanded Operational Notes

Access Jeppesen-sourced Operational Notes describing comms frequencies, restrictions, and more for airways, waypoints, and navaids in addition to airspace.

Tap any map element on the Aeronautical Map or Jeppesen enroute charts to view its details and Operational Notes, if it has any, or tap-hold on the map to see a list of nearby elements and tap Details to access the same information.

Delay/STAY Planning

Easily incorporate enroute delays into your flight plan and file them with automatic formatting appropriate to your region.

To add a delay to your route at a specific waypoint, tap the waypoint’s bubble in the FPL Editor and tap Set Altitude/Speed/Time.

Then tap the Duration field under DELAY/STAY to set a Delay duration in hours and minutes, after which you can also add remarks below. Remarks are only required when filing with STAYs in Europe and are optional elsewhere. 

Another way to access Delay/STAY planning is to tap directly on the waypoint on the map and tap “More >” in the top right to access the same menu.

Once your delay is added, ForeFlight will incorporate the delay into your performance calculations to accurately reflect the delay’s impact on fuel consumption and flight time.

To file a flight with a Delay/STAY, just send the route containing the delay to the Flights view. ForeFlight will automatically format the delay in both the filed route string and remarks field with the appropriate notation for your region.

Delay/STAY planning is currently limited to flights within the same administrative airspace (e.g. FAA, EUROCONTROL, etc.), and is available with ForeFlight Performance subscription plans.

New Runway Analysis Aircraft Support

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis product for jets now supports the Hawker 750, 800XP, and 850XP.

Runway Analysis is available for a growing list of aircraft types and can be purchased alongside a ForeFlight Performance subscription plan.

Enhanced and Integrated Weight & Balance, Hazard Advisor Altitude Preview, and more in ForeFlight 14.2

Our March release includes a major upgrade to our Weight & Balance capability, an altitude slider for terrain planning with Hazard Advisor, Organized Track Systems on Jeppesen Enroute Charts, and New Runway Analysis aircraft support.

Enhanced Weight & Balance

Individual customers now have access to our Enhanced Weight & Balance to simplify your preflight workflow. Currently, the new paradigm is optional so you can migrate your aircraft profiles when it is most convenient for you and still revert to the old paradigm if you want. However, the new paradigm will fully replace the old one later this year.

Start by going to More > Account > ForeFlight Labs and tapping the Enhanced Weight & Balance toggle to enable it. If you need to go back to the old Weight & Balance view at any time, just disable this setting.

To start migrating your existing W&B profiles, go to More > Weight & Balance and use the drop-down in the top left to select a profile. ForeFlight’s Migration Assistant will then walk you through a 4-step process to set them up with the new system.

Enhanced W&B profiles are tied directly to the aircraft profiles you use for flight planning to create a more robust and unified aircraft profile, so start by choosing an aircraft to associate with the Weight & Balance profile. Connecting the two will ensure that your current aircraft details are merged with your new W&B profile.

If your aircraft details differ from your Weight & Balance profiles, you will need to select the correct one to move to the next step.

The third step is to verify station details. Tap on any station to view and edit its name, arm length, and station type.

The final step in the migration process is to verify the number of seats per station. The Migration Assistant assumes two seats per station by default, so it’s especially important to review and correct any discrepancies for rows with a different number of seats. Tap Done to complete the profile migration.

You can always edit these numbers in the future by tapping Edit next to the Profile Selector in the new W&B view.

You can also add new Weight & Balance profiles if you don’t have any to migrate. ForeFlight provides hundreds of pre-built templates to choose from, and they are easy to add to an existing Aircraft. Go to More > Aircraft, select the aircraft you want to edit, and tap Weight & Balance Profile halfway down the page. If a template is available for your aircraft type it will be listed at the top, or you can select Blank Template to create your own.

Next, add or edit the profile’s name, specify your aircraft’s basic empty CG and weight, verify or add station details and forward and aft CG limits, and enable the  %MAC setting at the bottom of the page if applicable to your aircraft. ForeFlight has five station types to choose from and edit: Single Seat, Row of Seats, Cargo, Fuel, and Aircraft Items.

Once you’ve migrated or set up your Enhanced Weight & Balance profiles, you can use the new W&B view in the same way as before. The new W&B is very similar to the previous paradigm but allows for more flexibility when inputting calculations for each seat and station.

Manually input the weight for each seat with an optional description or choose from Standard Weights or Saved Loads. Standard Weights default to Male: 205 lbs, Female: 184 lbs, and Child: 87 lbs; however, you can change those values by visiting More > Settings > Standard Weights (at the very bottom of the page). Saved Weights include any weights you added manually with a description or loads migrated from your legacy profiles.

You will need to adjust fuel and cargo and can do so by scrolling down a little further.

Weight & Balance Integrated with Flights

Additionally, ForeFlight Performance customers can integrate these W&B calculations into an existing flight plan to streamline the preflight workflow even further.

Select a flight plan in the Flights tab, and under the Payloads section tap Weight & Balance.

Ensure the right W&B profile is selected at the top and scroll down to enter passenger and payload details just like you would in the W&B view. The integration with flights saves you time in the flight planning process by having all requirements in one convenient location.

You can also access an updated copy of your Load Manifest by tapping Summary in the top right corner, sign it directly in the ForeFlight app, and then attach it to your flight files for easy access.

Hazard Advisor Altitude Preview

Planning flights around terrain just got a lot easier with a major upgrade to Hazard Advisor. Pro Plus subscribers can use the new Hazard Advisor Altitude Preview to find the safest route around hazardous terrain at different altitudes before or during a flight.

Manually control Hazard Advisor’s altitude using the new altitude slider which ranges from 100’ to 30,000’ MSL. The slider moves in increments of 100’ followed by increments of 500’ above 4,000’ MSL. 

By default, terrain and obstacles within 100′ are colored red, and hazards within 1,000′ of your planned altitude are colored yellow. You can change these altitudes by tapping the gear button to the right of the map legend at the bottom of the screen and tapping Hazard Altitudes. You can also access other Hazard Settings here such as Corridor Width and Activation Speed, which determines how fast you need to be moving to enable Auto Hazard Advisor – more on that below.

ForeFlight Military Flight Bag Customers can access additional options under Hazard Settings to provide more flexibility with critical mission requirements. Other options include locking the altitude slider step size to 100’ increments for the entire altitude range and defining custom Hazard Altitudes beyond the four default options.

When planning in the Flight Plan Editor, the Hazard Altitude slider will automatically adjust to match your planned altitude anytime you change it using Altitude Advisor, Route Advisor, Profile View, or choose an aircraft with a different default altitude. And with Profile View open, moving the altitude slider will show hazardous terrain at the new altitude within Profile, but without changing your planned altitude, allowing you to simultaneously compare both altitudes in the same view.

When you exceed the set Activation Speed (30kts by default), Hazard Advisor enters Auto mode and automatically matches the altitude of your aircraft. Moving the slider up or down will show you terrain hazards at other altitudes before automatically reverting back to your current altitude shortly after releasing it, or you can tap the Auto button to immediately revert to your current altitude.

Organized Track Systems on Jeppesen Enroute Charts

Performance customers with Jeppesen chart coverages can now view Organized Track Systems on Jeppesen’s IFR enroute map layers in addition to the Aeronautical Map.

Enable one of the Jeppesen IFR layers to view Organized Track Systems, which are enabled by default. To separately toggle eastbound and westbound tracks, or disable all tracks, tap the Map Settings button just to the right of the FPL button and tap Organized Tracks at the bottom of the Jeppesen settings.

You can also access Organized Tracks with the Aeronautical Map. Tap Map settings > Airways & Waypoints. You can toggle the tracks on and off in the same way you can with Jeppesen charts.

New Runway Analysis Aircraft Support

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis product for jets now supports the following new aircraft models:

  • Gulfstream G150
  • Textron 525 Citation M2 with Tamarack Winglets

Runway Analysis is available for a growing list of aircraft types and can be purchased alongside a ForeFlight Performance subscription plan.

New Auto-Zoom to Custom Content setting and more in ForeFlight 14.1

Our February release includes a new Auto-Zoom to Custom Content setting and Takeoff Trim support in Runway Analysis.

Auto-Zoom to Custom Content

Choose whether or not ForeFlight will auto-zoom into custom charts and map layers when you enable them from the layer selector. 

This setting is enabled by default to match ForeFlight’s previous behavior of automatically zooming and panning to focus on custom charts and map layers each time you enable them. However, if you find this behavior disruptive to your inflight workflow, disable the new setting to prevent the map from moving as you toggle custom content layers.

This setting does not affect the map’s behavior when you tap on custom charts or map layers in More > Custom Content to display them on the map, which will still pan and zoom to focus on the newly-enabled content.

You can access this setting in More > Settings > Auto-Zoom to Custom Content.

Takeoff Trim Support in Runway Analysis

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis capability now calculates and displays the required Takeoff Trim setting at a given %MAC for supported aircraft. 

Takeoff Trim Support requires integrated Weight & Balance in Flights, which is currently available for Business Performance and MFB Performance customers only, but will become available for individual customers later this year.

The following aircraft now support Takeoff Trim, with more coming soon:

  • Pilatus PC-24
  • Bombardier Challenger 604/605/650/Global Express/XRS/5000/6000
  • Textron 680 Citation Sovereign/Sovereign+/Latitude
  • Embraer Phenom 300/300E

After calculating W&B results for the flight on Flights view and selecting a runway in the Takeoff Analysis page, scroll down to the Performance section to find the required Takeoff Trim.

If your %MAC setting is not enabled, your Takeoff Trim will show CG Unavailable.

To enable the %MAC setting for an aircraft’s W&B profile, start by tapping Weight & Balance in the Flights view and then tapping Edit next to the selected W&B Profile at the top.

Scroll to the bottom of the W&B Profile Edit view to find the %MAC setting. After enabling it, make sure the LEMAC and MAC values are properly entered. NOTE: ForeFlight Weight & Balance templates are recommended to ensure all the MAC/LEMAC details are accurate.

You can now return to the Takeoff Analysis page to see the required Takeoff Trim setting for the flight you are planning.

Protect Yourself & Your Passengers

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a recommendation that the FAA require all enclosed-cabin aircraft with reciprocating engines to be equipped with a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. This decision came after reviewing several fatal accidents and determining their cause to be carbon monoxide poisoning.

You can read the entire report from the NTSB here.

ForeFlight’s Sentry Plus and Sentry ADS-B receivers meet the recommendation and provide a simple solution to protecting you and your passengers from this invisible danger with a built-in carbon monoxide sensor. When using a Sentry device in conjunction with the ForeFlight app, an audio alert is delivered through compatible headsets, and both Sentry Plus and Sentry provide a visual indication when CO levels in the cabin are dangerously high.

The portable and affordable Sentry devices also deliver additional safety benefits such as ADS-B weather and traffic and WAAS GPS making them the most advanced ADS-B & GPS receivers in the industry.

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Additional Safety Features

Inflight Traffic Alerts

ForeFlight doesn’t just show you where the traffic is, it tells you. Visual and audio alerts provide the distance, direction, and relative altitude of ADS-B traffic targets.

Additionally, our Sentry Plus device has multi-band radio antennas that are optimized for European FLARM reception in addition to ADS-B, allowing pilots in Europe to tune in to their preferred traffic network.

Synthetic Vision

ForeFlight Synthetic Vision provides a backup glass cockpit on your iPad that can help you stay aware of your position and surroundings in normal and emergency operations. Combined with Sentry, Synthetic Vision provides super responsive pitch and bank in addition to terrain and obstacle depictions.

Inflight Weather

With Sentry you can access subscription-free FIS-B weather & data. Display animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, PIREPs, textual winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information on ForeFlight Mobile.

Inflight GPS

Sentry’s highly-accurate WAAS GPS shows your aircraft position on ForeFlight’s moving map display and innovative Plates on Map feature. Sentry supports four GNSS systems (WAAS GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and BeiDu), and can track three constellations concurrently for redundant location tracking. View a variety of inflight data, including ground speed, altitude, ETE, distance to destination, and more.

Testimonials

“If we didn’t have our Sentry connected to my iPad and ForeFlight, we would [have] never known.
FRANK BAGHERI: CFI / CFII / CIVIL AIR PATROL (CAP) MISSION PILOT
I’m pretty sure something bad would have happened if we hadn’t had the Sentry.
RYAN KNAUER: CORPORATE PILOT / FORMER FIREFIGHTER AND FLIGHT PARAMEDIC
[Sentry] made a believer out of me.”
MIKE MCCLENDON:BRIGADIER GENERAL IN THE AIR FORCE & FOREFLIGHT MILITARY CONSULTANT