High Resolution Basemap, Multi-Select Map Layers, Custom Safety Distance Factor, and more in ForeFlight 11.9

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ForeFlight’s October release includes a new High Resolution Basemap, a setting to select multiple map layers at once, the ability to add custom Safety Distance Factors for Takeoff & Landing Performance, and more.

High Resolution Basemap

ForeFlight’s High Resolution Basemap depicts ground features and cultural elements in much greater detail for improved inflight reference.

ForeFlight’s basemap is what you see with no other charts or maps other than the Aeronautical Map enabled, and includes terrain, roads, and other cultural elements.

The default basemap provides a basic depiction of major roads and urban areas, while the High Resolution Basemap dramatically increases the level of detail, exposing minor roads and individual railway lines, increasing the resolution of coastlines and urban areas, and highlighting national parks and forests in green. The High Resolution Basemap also adds terrain peak markers with altitudes so you can easily identify the highest points in an area. You can enable/disable these by tapping Map Settings (cog button in the Maps View) > Terrain and toggling the Peaks switch on/off. 

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Cultural Elements Settings

The Cultural Elements menu in Map Settings also allows you to toggle different features of the basemap on or off. The last element, Points of Interest, includes landmarks or notable buildings that are visible from the air, such as castles and palaces in Europe, and will include additional elements in the future.

Like with High Resolution Terrain, ForeFlight will automatically select and download the High Resolution Basemap for your region, but you can also download the basemap for other regions by enabling it in Download Settings. Toggle the High Resolution Basemap switch on for a region and select each desired country/state for download.

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Multi-Select Map Layers

Toggle multiple map layers in a row without having to reopen the Layer Selector each time.Multi-select map layersEnable the new “Multiple Selections” setting at the bottom of the Map Settings menu (cog button on the maps view), or in More > Settings > Layer Selector.

Once enabled, the Layer Selector remains open until you tap elsewhere on the screen, allowing you to quickly toggle as many layers as you want.

IMG_0576On iPad, you can also pan and zoom around the map while the layer selector is open, even if the Multiple Selections setting is disabled, allowing you to quickly view what each layer looks like on the map.

 

 

 

AOPA FBO Fees

ForeFlight displays FBO fees from AOPA’s Airport Directory to help you make more informed flight planning decisions. AOPA’s FBO fee directory includes about 40,000 fees from businesses in the United States to increase cost transparency, benefiting pilots and FBOs. 

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To view FBO fees, navigate to an FBO on the Airports View, Maps View, Plates View, or Flights View. Access an FBO’s fees from the FBO detail view by tapping the Fees tab. For each fee ForeFlight shows the type of fee and any notes on the left and the cost on the right. Fees that vary by aircraft type or other factors show a range of costs that you can tap into to see the full breakdown.

FBO fees are usually updated in ForeFlight within a week of being updated in AOPA’s Airport Directory, and you can see when FBO fees were last updated by looking below the fee list. If you are an admin for an FBO, please contact AOPA to change fees in their directory so your fee list can update in ForeFlight. 

 

Custom Takeoff & Landing Performance Safety Margins 

ForeFlight’s Takeoff & Landing Performance feature allows you to specify a safety distance factor to produce more conservative runway performance calculations in response to runway conditions or other factors. Takeoff & Landing Performance is included in ForeFlight Performance plans and supports many piston and single-engine turboprop aircraft types.

FAA Chart Still FrameIn March of 2019, the FAA issued a Safety Alert detailing the importance of including a landing distance factor in landing performance calculations based on runway conditions. Even for dry runways, the FAA suggests multiplying the original landing distance result by a factor of 1.67 to increase the safety margin. 

IMG_0585You can specify your own safety distance factor for both takeoff and landing directly in ForeFlight’s Takeoff and Landing Performance views. After planning a flight using an aircraft that supports Takeoff & Landing Performance, tap either of the Takeoff or Landing buttons near the top of the Flights view and select a runway to calculate the initial distance results.

safety-distance factors wwwTap the Safety Distance Factor line at the bottom of the Aircraft Configuration section to enter a new number between 1 and 10. ForeFlight multiplies the initial distance result with this number to produce the final result, so specifying a factor of 1.5 will increase your desired distances by 50%, a factor of 2.0 will double them, and so on. 

You can specify different Safety Distance Factors for takeoff and landing, as well as for different aircraft profiles. ForeFlight saves and automatically applies each factor on future flights with the same aircraft, making it easy to customize each aircraft’s safety factor and reuse it on the next flight. 

 

Logbook Total Time Autofill 

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ForeFlight can now automatically fill certain Logbook fields based on a flight’s Total Time, simplifying the process of filling in new entries.

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Select the fields you want to auto-fill with Total Time in More > Logbook > Settings > Auto-Fill Settings. Options include PIC, SIC, Dual Given, Dual Received, and Cross Country, and you can also enable auto-fill for your own custom fields if they are configured as Hours under field type.

The other new Logbook feature, “Total time Calculation”, can be found in More > Logbook > Settings > Total Time Calculation. This setting allows you to choose how ForeFlight calculates Total Time if you don’t enter it directly. Options include Hobbs Time, Tach Time, Block Time, Flight Time, or Duty Time. 

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FMS Flight Plan Uplink with Collins Avionics

If you use Collins/ARINC as your data-link service provider, you can now generate flight plan recall codes directly from ForeFlight. After filing a flight plan, open the Flights view Navlog to find the auto-generated recall number in the bottom-left. ForeFlight also supports FMS flight plan uplink with Satcom Direct and Honeywell avionics.

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Flight Plan Uplink is available with Performance Plus and Business Performance subscriptions. Learn more about Flight Plan Uplink here.

 

Aerial Refueling Tracks 

ForeFlight Military Flight Bag displays Aerial Refueling Tracks for both training and operational use around the world, helping military pilots plan and conduct flights that include aerial refueling.

AR Track SettingLike Military Training Routes, Aerial Refueling Tracks are built into ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map layer, and you can enable them in the Map Settings menu (cog button in the Maps view) in conjunction with Military Training Routes or on their own.

The tracks appear as green lines on the map, with associated labels and markers representing different points along each track.

AR Track MarkersSquares represent track entry points, and those with an “i” represent air refueling initial points. Dotted lines connecting squares to tracks represent entry legs. Circles represent both navigation checkpoints and anchor patterns, and circles surrounded by four small squares represent anchor and control points. Finally, stars represent exit points. Point names include navaid bearing and distance information as published in FLIP to assist in flight planning.

Tap anywhere along a track to add it to your route and see detailed information, including the track name, refueling altitude, TACAN information, communication frequencies, and remarks. Tapping on track points will yield similar information, as well as the point’s usage and location information. Tap on overlapping points or tracks to choose between them. Tap hold on the map to see nearby refueling track points, along with Military Training Route waypoints.

AR Track ExpandAdding Aerial Refueling Tracks to your route works much the same as Military Training Routes, with some differences. Type the track’s name into the flight plan editor to add the entire track from entry to exit. You can then tap on the track’s name in the bubble editor and tap “Expand AR Pattern” to break it into its component waypoints for easier editing. Using the Reverse button in the flight plan editor preserves the internal structure and direction of a Refueling Track if you haven’t expanded it. If you have, the Track points will also reverse along with the rest of the route. 

When you add individual points from a track one at a time, ForeFlight ensures that your route follows the track’s actual pattern by automatically inserting bends where required.

Track Log Search and Fuel Notes in ForeFlight 11.8

ForeFlight’s September release includes the ability to search for track logs and view notes related to fuel prices.

Track Log Search

Quickly find one or more recorded track logs using the new search bar at the top of the Track Log view. You can search for track logs by departure or destination, aircraft (for track logs that are associated with one), GPS source, and device name. 

Navigate to More > Track Logs and tap the bar at the top of the screen to start searching. 

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Fuel Notes

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View important information related to FBO fuel prices, like whether tax is included, accepted payment methods, instructions for accessing or operating the pump, and more.

Any notes added by an FBO manager will appear directly below the list of fuel prices on that FBO’s detail view.

FBO managers can add fuel notes through their Directory account on ForeFlight’s web portal. To add fuel notes, navigate to your business’s page and click the Fuel tab at the top of the screen to access the Fuel Notes text box, just below the fuel prices.

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Behind the Data of Takeoff & Landing Performance

With ForeFlight’s introduction of Takeoff and Landing Performance in version 11.4, it’s a good time to revisit your Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) and get reacquainted with the runway performance data in it. It’s important to understand that the runway performance results provided by ForeFlight are based on the published data in the POH. ForeFlight’s calculations are only as good as the data provided by your aircraft’s POH.  Since we support aircraft models spanning multiple decades, POH data content and variation is large.

Take, for example, single-engine Cessna pistons. Looking at Section 5 (Performance) of the POH, you will see the takeoff and landing distance tables provided are titled Short Field, meaning the short field takeoff and landing techniques need to be applied to achieve the published distance numbers. This often involves rotating or approaching at a slightly slower airspeed, often with non-zero flap setting.

But many of us take off and land using the Normal procedure, outlined in Section 4 of the POH. The Normal procedure often advises different (faster) speeds and with flaps up. But few POHs provide any guidance on how takeoff or landing distances change when using the Normal procedure vs the Short Field procedure. When using one of these aircraft, it is critical to be aware that you are seeing Short Field distances in the ForeFlight results, which are shorter than what you will experience if you fly the Normal procedure takeoff and landing.

To help you recognize this, ForeFlight adds a “(Short Field)” note after the Flaps setting under Aircraft Configuration when using an aircraft that only provides Short Field distances. You can also review our list of Takeoff & Landing Performance supported aircraft here to see which ones only provide Short Field distances.

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Another factor you must consider is the lack of certain corrections. Many piston POHs do not provide runway slope or non-paved runway corrections to the distances. All data are published for paved and level runways, which is what ForeFlight uses. Even though ForeFlight provides a user-adjustable runway slope input, changing this value does not affect the resulting distances. This is because such POHs lacks correction values for the runway slope.

It’s a great time to pull out the POH and study its runway performance section closely, so you know exactly what ForeFlight’s takeoff and landing results mean for your own aircraft’s performance.

A Closer Look at Takeoff & Landing Performance

ForeFlight 11.4 brings an exciting and safety-enhancing feature to Performance Plus subscribers: Takeoff & Landing Performance calculations for piston and single-engine turboprop aircraft. Give our tutorial video a watch and then read on for more details.

Why Takeoff and Landing Performance?

Calculating one’s takeoff and landing performance has always been a task that makes sense to do, but is often not carried out for various reasons. The task typically requires interpolating on tabular data or using graphical runaround charts, or “spaghetti charts”, to find a list of performance parameters for the given conditions. While useful in determining takeoff and landing distances, climb performance, and other critical aircraft performance parameters, the use of such tables and charts are less than appealing to many pilots. It’s also surprisingly easy for human error to sneak into the multi-step process of determining takeoff ground roll or total distance, possibly resulting in a less than safe operation.

Why not let software handle these error-prone tasks accurately, quickly and in a repeatable fashion?

A Fully Integrated Flight Planning Solution

ForeFlight is improving safety of flight by providing a fully integrated takeoff and landing performance solution into the existing flight planning workflow. With version 11.4, you have the ability to accurately and quickly calculate takeoff and landing performance for over 200 popular piston and single-engine turboprop aircraft as part of your flight planning workflow. This powerful combination of accurate runway and flight planning performance calculations provide critical information for your decision making and safety of flight.

For example, a DA40-180 pilot accustomed to flying near sea level knows a fully loaded aircraft on a calm, 95F/35C day can easily take off on a 4000 ft runway, requiring about half of that distance to reach the 50 ft obstacle height point. But if this pilot decides to fly in Denver, Colorado during a trip, it might come as a surprise that the same summer conditions require a full 4000 ft to reach the same 50 ft AGL point.  This is the effect a density altitude change from 2600 ft to 9000 ft has on a piston aircraft — significantly reduced aircraft performance.

With ForeFlight’s Takeoff & Landing Performance solution integrated into your flight planning workflow, you will not be caught by surprise when environmental changes negatively affect your runway performance. Ground or inflight (ADS-B) sourced weather data are used to prefill weather inputs for takeoff and landing times. The pilot can always manually override such prefilled data with the latest information from tower or ATIS. Distance results are compared to the available runway length and the pilot is warned if that is exceeded. If a runway has declared distances, the pilot is given this information and has the option to substitute a declared distance in lieu of the available runway length.

Where does the performance data come from? Your aircraft’s Pilot Operating Handbook. Our aircraft performance data team uses the official published takeoff and landing performance data from the POH to build a performance model for your aircraft. ForeFlight takes the error-prone interpolation and chart reading tasks and does them for you, accurately and quickly, whether online or offline.

Let’s take a detailed look at how this works in ForeFlight.

Walkthrough

It starts with planning your flight on the Flights view, as you currently do. Once you’ve established route, aircraft, ETD, payload and fuel load (important as they determine takeoff and landing weights), you enter the takeoff or landing performance page by tapping on either button presented in the Departure and Destination fields. We’ll calculate our takeoff here, but the landing calculation is nearly identical in workflow and look.

The top section of the takeoff page is where we pick our departure runway. This is currently a pilot’s choice. Tapping the runway selector, all available runways at the departure airport are presented. Wind component along each runway is provided by green (headwind) or red (tailwind) arrows along with the component magnitude. Grey crosswind arrows and magnitude are also displayed. More information on each runway can be obtained by tapping the Details button. Finally, the current METAR, TAF or MOS (if available) derived weather data is presented for your ETD.

   

Selecting a runway triggers the performance calculation sequence. At this point, all inputs — selected runway, environmental conditions, and default aircraft configurations — are used to perform the table interpolations and graphical chart readings to find all relevant takeoff performance results for this condition. Note that aircraft configurations (flaps, cowl flap, anti-ice controls, etc) are currently defaulted to a setting.

Above the runway selector, a header shows the most critical takeoff or landing information, typically a total distance and one or more target V speeds. The full output list is found in the Calculations section at the bottom of the page. The length and content of this list is driven by what runway performance data can be calculated per the aircraft’s POH.

   

To keep the list somewhat consistent, however, the following general output order can be found for every aircraft:

  1. Takeoff speeds and distances
  2. Takeoff climb data
  3. Enroute climb data

And for multi-engine aircraft, one-engine inoperative (OEI) data:

  1. OEI Max Takeoff Weight
  2. OEI Takeoff distances
  3. OEI climb data

Predicted takeoff and landing distances are compared to the available runway length and a warning is provided if the predicted distance exceeds the available length. In the example below, the available runway length input was manually shortened to the runway’s Accelerate-Stop Distance Available (ASDA) declared distance. In this case actual accelerate-stop distance is predicted to slightly exceed the ASDA declared distance. Use of declared distances (versus the physical available runway length) is entirely up to the pilot and any declared distance are provided in the runway section footer.

Final Takeaway

Takeoff and landing performance integration into ForeFlight’s existing flight planning flow is a significant safety improvement for all pilots. Whether calculating the takeoff performance out of a hot/high/short runway or calculating one’s landing and stopping performance just prior to landing using the latest weather information available, this feature can greatly enhance operational safety. Last second runway change? No problem with the fast and accurate offline takeoff and landing performance calculation ability.

It’s important to realize that the Takeoff and Landing performance integration uses your POH performance data. So all assumptions and input parameters, as well as published limitations — temperature, weight, altitude, wind, runway slope ranges — are modeled exactly as they exist in your POH. If a hot temperature condition at a specific pressure altitude is not published, ForeFlight cannot calculate performance for that condition and will not present results. Now is a good time to re-familiarize yourself with your aircraft’s takeoff and landing performance data in your POH, using ForeFlight’s ability to quickly and accurately calculate these results, while learning about the full capabilities of your aircraft.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Documents in App Search

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

Document Syncing

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

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

Geospatial PDF Support

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

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

Flight Plan Filing Changes

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

Expanded European Coverage

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

Visit foreflight.com/europe to learn more about what features European pilots can benefit from, and see all available charts and data with prices here.

Passenger 1.1

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

New Passenger App, Route Line in Profile, and More in ForeFlight 11.2

ForeFlight 11.2 is available now with a brand new “Passenger” companion app, as well as new features like route line in Profile view, airspace hiding by altitude, 3D View anywhere, and more!

Passenger App

Passenger is the new companion app to ForeFlight Mobile that allows your passengers to follow along with the flight and answers the question “Are we there yet?”

Available on the App Store now, Passenger is free to download and requires no setup. Your travel companions will be able to view the route of flight overlaid on the map, real-time aircraft position, speed, altitude, estimated time of arrival, and more – right on their own iPad or iPhone.

Connectivity between ForeFlight Mobile and Passenger is available for all ForeFlight subscribers. To wirelessly share your route with nearby devices running Passenger, tap into More > Passenger in the ForeFlight Mobile app, then tap Enable & Start. Both devices should have Wi-Fi enabled for the connection to work.

If you make changes to the route, ForeFlight will automatically transmit them to Passenger. Passengers can pan and zoom around the map without affecting anything in your ForeFlight Mobile app. Passenger supports Split View and Slide Over on iPad so users can multitask while staying up to date with flight information. 

Be sure to let your friends and family know about Passenger before they join you on your next flight! Learn more at foreflight.com/passenger.

Route Line in Profile View

Profile View now offers a side-on perspective of your route line and inflight progress in relation to terrain, obstacles, and airspace, supplementing the top-down map view and improving your situational awareness.

In the Flight Plan Editor on the Maps view, select an aircraft, create a route, then tap Profile near the bottom-right corner. Profile View shows your planned route line in relation to terrain, obstacles, and airspace. ForeFlight uses your aircraft’s performance data to depict realistic climb and descent profiles, including top of climb and top of descent points. The detailed ForeFlight Performance Profiles that are available with the Performance Plus plan will give the most accurate depiction, but ForeFlight will also use basic performance profiles to show climb and descent. You can zoom and pan left and right in the Profile View to get a closer look at any part of the route.

Inflight mode vs Route mode.jpgAfter takeoff, Profile View automatically switches to an inflight mode that shows your current altitude and the terrain, obstacles, and airspace up to 65 nautical miles ahead of your current position. Tap the route icon in the top right to switch back to the plan view. If you are within the route corridor, the plan view will display your current position and altitude in relation to your planned route.

Profile View is included in ForeFlight Pro plans and above and you can learn more about ForeFlight’s mobile hazard awareness technology at foreflight.com/hazard.

Hide Airspace by Altitude

Declutter ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map by hiding airspace above a selected altitude, making it easier to focus on airspace more relevant to your route. You can find the “Hide Airspace Above” option in Map Settings > Airspace, and enter altitudes in either feet or flight level (e.g. 18,000 or 180). Erasing the value will turn off the setting and show all airspace. A small banner appears in the bottom-right corner of the map if airspace is hidden to keep you aware of the current setting, and if you climb to within 1,000 feet of hidden airspace along your route, ForeFlight will automatically reveal it, helping you stay aware of airspace when you need to be.

3D View, Anywhere

3D AnywhereAccess 3D View for any location on Earth, not just airports. 3D View combines high-resolution terrain and aerial imagery to create a realistic representation of wherever you tap and allows you to zoom and rotate the map in three dimensions. To see 3D View, tap-hold a spot on the map, then tap the “3D” button in the top right of the Add to Route window. Use 3D View anywhere to get a better sense of what terrain and obstacles will look like on your route so you’re more prepared for your next flight.

Send Block Times to Logbook

Block Times to LogbookWhen you send a flight plan that has block times entered in the Flight Log to Logbook, those block times are now carried over and appear in the new Logbook entry. These times are similarly preserved when you send a recorded track log to Logbook, including when a draft Logbook entry is created automatically from a new Track Log. Learn more about Logbook here.

Gogo ATG Support

Gogo LogoGogo’s ATG and AVANCE lines of inflight Wi-Fi systems can now provide GPS position and indicated altitude in ForeFlight. Optionally limit expensive data usage over Gogo’s network by disabling ForeFlight’s internet-connected capabilities like streamed weather data. Along with Satcom Direct Router support, Gogo support is available with Performance Plus and Business Performance subscriptions. See what other connectivity options ForeFlight supports here.

New Europe Coverage

Air Million EU CoverageThis release brings new AIP charts and data for Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia, including IFR high and low enroute charts, IFR and VFR procedure charts, airport diagrams, VFR ICAO charts for Italy, and AIP documents. Jeppesen’s IFR and VFR aeronautical data is also included for all three countries.

We also have new optional VFR add-ons available, including the Avioportolano VFR Chart and Flight Guide for Italy, DFS VFR 500 Charts for Italy and Croatia, the Slovenian Rogers Data VFR Trip Kit and 1:200k Chart, and the Air Million VFR 1:1,000,000 Chart combo which covers Western, Central, Southern, and some of Eastern Europe, as well as the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands.

Visit foreflight.com/europe to learn more about what features European pilots can benefit from, and see all available charts and data with prices here.

Flight Planning Enhancements, Logbook Entries from Filed Flight Plans, and More in ForeFlight 11.1

ForeFlight 11.1 includes a bevy of flight planning improvements for every stage in the preflight process, an option to create new draft Logbook entries from filed flight plans, new flight plan options for military pilots, and more.

Flight Planning Enhancements

These flight planning enhancements help you plan smarter and more efficiently by making helpful information and actions easier to access. For example, when you create a new flight plan on the Flights view and add the departure and destination airports, if the default cruise altitude for the selected aircraft is too high for that route then ForeFlight will automatically suggest a lower altitude. Just tap “Update” in the popup to accept the change and use the new altitude.

If you’re researching FBOs for your flight, you’ll notice three new buttons near the top of the FBO detail view. In order, these allow you to call the FBO, locate the FBO on the Apple Maps app, and email the FBO’s primary email address. You might recognize these buttons from somewhere else if you frequently plan with the Flights view – they appear under Destination Services near the bottom of the planning form any time you select an FBO for the flight.

Moving on to the Flights view filing form, you can now select Mach and KPH for the airspeed units, making it easier to file for jet pilots or those who fly in countries that use kilometers per hour as the standard airspeed units instead of knots.

Once you file your flight plan, ForeFlight makes it easier to differentiate between the route you filed with, the expected route, and the currently-planned route (when different) by displaying each of these routes in their own fields on the planning form. Tap the “Use” button next to either of those fields to adopt that route as the planned route – this makes it easy to amend your flight plan using the expected route to increase the likelihood that ATC will clear you as filed. Once you re-file the plan using that route, the main route field says “Route (Filed & Expected)”, providing a quick confirmation that the route you filed is also the expected route.

On the topic of “cleared as filed” flight plans, you can expect to see more of those when filing with our Recommended Route thanks to a number of tweaks to our routing logic, including the incorporation of recently-cleared routes that differ from the normally preferred route due to weather or other factors. The Recommended Route is one of the great value-adding features of our top tier Performance plans, and you can learn more about how it works here.

Lastly, you can now quickly remove a waypoint or airport from your route by tapping it on the Maps view and tapping “Remove from Route” at the top of the popup.

 

 

 

Filed Flight Plans Create Draft Logbook Entries

ForeFlight can now automatically create new draft Logbook entries when you file flight plans, giving you a head start on logging the flight. Draft entries from filed flight plans include the departure and destination airports, filed route, date and time, aircraft, total time based on expected ETE, and one takeoff and full stop landing. Easily modify or add information to the draft entry before approving it and adding it to your logbook. If you amend or cancel the flight plan after filing it, the draft logbook entry will reflect the changes, whether by updating its information based on the amendments or being deleted when you cancel the flight plan.

You can enable the new setting in Logbook > Settings > Draft Entry Creation, where you can also enable or disable draft entries from recorded Track Logs – we recommend you only enable one at a time to avoid duplicated entries.

Military Flight Bag DD-1801 Filing

Military and government pilots flying with ForeFlight’s Military Flight Bag app can now file flight plans using the official DD-1801 filing form directly through ForeFlight, greatly simplifying their preflight workflow and reducing reliance on paper. DoD regulations often require that all pilots departing from a military field fill out and sign a DD-1801 flight plan form and submit it to base operations by hand, fax, or email. To simplify this process, ForeFlight will automatically generate a DD-1801 PDF with your flight’s details, then allow you to digitally sign it and send it via email to base ops. Watch the video above to see the whole process in action.

New Europe Coverages

Continuing the trend of the past 6+ months, this release includes new charts and data for the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Norway, plus optional VFR add-ons for each. For the U.K., access IFR procedure charts, airport diagrams, and documents via EUROCONTROL, all of which are available once you update to 11.1. New optional add-ons include the NATS VFR ICAO Chart (1:500k) and the Pooleys VFR Trip Kit, joining Jeppesen’s VFR procedure charts (formerly known as “Bottlang”) that were already available for the U.K.

Included for Ireland are IFR and VFR procedures, airports diagrams, and documents via EUROCONTROL, plus the option to add Ireland’s Pooleys VFR Trip Kit or Jeppesen VFR procedure chars. Finally, pilots flying in Norway can download and view IFR High and Low enroute charts on the Maps view, IFR and VFR procedures, airport diagrams, and documents via EUROCONTROL. The Avinor VFR ICAO Chart is available as an add-on along with Jeppesen’s VFR procedure charts.

Visit foreflight.com/europe to learn more about what features and data European pilots can benefit from.

ForeFlight Goes to 11!

ForeFlight 11 is available now and features an immersive Airport 3D View to help you get familiar with new airports , inflight tracking with Breadcrumbs, Graphical AIRMETs via ADS-B, and more!

Explore Airports From a New Perspective with Airport 3D View

This 3-dimensional preview of the airport environment combines terrain data and aerial imagery to help you get familiar with new airports, whether you’re preparing for your next flight or exploring new places to fly. This feature is available with Performance Plus and Business Performance subscription plans.

You can access any airport’s 3D View by tapping the “3D View” button on Airports or in the airport popup on Maps. ForeFlight combines high-resolution terrain and streamed aerial imagery to create a realistic representation of the airport environment. Rotate and zoom the camera in or out to access every perspective, and watch the metrics in the top-left of the view update as you move the camera. Tap the runway button in the top-right to position the camera along the published glideslope for that runway, or at an angle of 6° if the runway doesn’t have any published approaches. Check the compass and airport diagram in the bottom-left of the view to see the wind direction relative to the selected runway.

Follow Your Flight with Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs are an extension of ForeFlight’s Track Log capability allowing you to see the track log as it’s recorded, leaving a continuous line that you can reference for maneuvers, Search and Rescue and survey work, or just to see where you’ve been. At any time during or up to 30 minutes after the flight you can tap on the breadcrumb trail to see information about it, including the total recorded time, the distance traveled, and your average ground speed. Being able to see your flight’s path directly on the map can assist with specific tasks, maneuvers, missions, and improve your situational awareness.

Breadcrumbs are available with all ForeFlight subscription plans, so give it a try and see how it can help your flying!

G-AIRMETS via ADS-B

Connect to an ADS-B In receiver and stay aware of potentially dangerous weather as it develops with the FAA’s new Graphical AIRMETs in ForeFlight. G-AIRMETs appear just like regular AIRMETs in ForeFlight as part of the AIR/SIGMET/CWAs map layer and can be filtered by hazard type. Unlike regular AIRMETs and SIGMETs, G-AIRMETs include a new time slider so you can filter them based on their effective times. One type of G-AIRMET, Freezing Levels, appears as its own layer, using colored lines to indicate where freezing occurs at different altitudes for the contiguous U.S.

Logbook Enhancements

ForeFlight Logbook received a few quality-of-life improvements that make searching for logbook entries easier and faster. Search for entries based on comments, flight tasks, or aircraft equipment type in a few seconds. View a person’s details in Logbook > People to see all entries they are associated with, whether they’re a frequent passenger or a CFI. Lastly, creating a new entry with the Add Next Flight button at the bottom of an entry, will automatically carry over any passengers on the previous flight onto the new flight.

Settings Filter

There are so many ways to customize your ForeFlight experience, and now there’s an easier way to find just the App Setting you are looking for. Go to the More > Settings view and use the “Filter” text box at the top to quickly search and find Settings by name.

Coverage for the Netherlands, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands

Our Europe coverage takes another step forward with AIPs for three new countries:; the Netherlands, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands. Optional VFR add-ons, such as DFS Visual 500 charts that provide seamless depiction from country to country, and Jeppesen VFR procedure charts are also available for the Netherlands and Denmark.

We now support airport diagrams, IFR and VFR procedure charts, VFR ICAO charts, IFR enroute charts, and optional VFR add-ons for 12 European countries!

Learn more about our European Chart and Data coverage.

KMZ Support

ForeFlight now supports importing and displaying KMZ files as Custom Map Layers or in Content Packs. KMZ files are similar to KML files but provide greater flexibility with support for custom icons, bundled KML layers in a single KMZ file, and support rich text formatting within a placemark’s description. Visit our Content Packs support page to learn more about importing custom content.