Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.4.6 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.
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:
ForeFlight 12.1 includes NOTAMs in Procedure Advisor, new Route Constraints for the Recommended Route, and Auto Mode for the Altitude Slider on the Maps view.
NOTAMs in Procedure Advisor
Procedure Advisor warns you of runway closures and other NOTAMs affecting airports in your route, giving you easier access to critical flight planning information.
After planning a route in the Flight Plan Editor (FPL button at the top of the Maps view), tap Procedure to access the Procedure Advisor. When viewing a list of runways for departures, approaches, arrivals, or traffic patterns, ForeFlight will add a “See NOTAM” or “Rwy Closed” tag to any runway that is closed or partially closed by NOTAM.
Tap the View Alert NOTAM banner at the top of the runway list to view the relevant runway NOTAMs affecting that airport.
Note that the NOTAM warnings shown in Procedure Advisor may not represent all applicable NOTAMs for your flight.
New Route Constraints for the Recommended Route
Route Advisor now supports additional constraint types for the Recommended Route, giving you more flexibility to tailor routes to your own needs. Route Constraints and the Recommended route are available with ForeFlight Performance plans.
After entering departure and destination airports, selecting the aircraft and cruise profile, and setting an ETD, tap Routes on the right to open Route Advisor. Access the Route Constraint options by tapping the button in the top-right corner of Route Advisor. The new constraints allow you to specify any waypoint, navaid, or airport that you want to be included in or excluded from your route.
In the Include Waypoints field, type in one or more waypoints, navaids, or airports separated by commas or spaces to ensure that the regenerated Recommended Route includes them. Do the same for the Avoid Waypoints field to ensure that the new route doesn’t include the specified waypoints.
The Avoid FIR field allows you to select FIRs that you don’t want to fly over, allowing you to avoid potentially dangerous or costly airspace. The list of global FIRs is grouped by country and sorted alphabetically, with any FIRs overflown by your current route conveniently displayed at the top. Use the search bar to filter the list by country, FIR name, or FIR ICAO codes. Tap on any FIRs that you want to avoid and tap back to see them listed in the Avoid FIR field.
Tap the Reset button in the top right of the Constraints view to reset all of the constraints to their default values.
Tap the back button and Route Advisor will attempt to generate a new Recommended Route that complies with your constraints, while hiding any other routes that don’t comply with your constraints. ForeFlight lists the current constraints above the Route Advisor map, and you can tap on this list to return to the Constraints view.
Altitude Slider Inflight Auto Mode
Reduce your inflight workload by having ForeFlight automatically move the altitude slider for altitude-based weather layers to match your current altitude.
After takeoff, an Auto button appears above the altitude slider when any altitude-based weather layer is displayed. The slider will appear for all US, global, and ADS-B weather options for the Winds Aloft, Icing and Turbulence, and Cloud Tops weather layers.
Tap the Auto button to enable Auto Mode, which sets the slider to whichever altitude setting is the closest to your current GPS altitude. The slider will continuously adjust to match your altitude as you climb or descend, showing you the most relevant weather information when you need it.
To disable Auto Mode, tap the Auto button again or manually adjust the slider and it will leave the slider where you left it. Tap the slider above or below the slider to make it move one unit up or down.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.4.5 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. iOS 12.4.5 is only available for the following devices:
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPad Air (original)
- iPad Mini 2
- iPad Mini 3
Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates. Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13..3.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.
Our first release of 2020 includes new Camera Modes & Route Line depiction in 3D Review, support for importing G1000 track logs into ForeFlight, plain-text PIREPs on the Maps view, and more. ForeFlight 12 is available for download now on the App Store.
Camera Modes & Route Line in 3D Review
Follow planned and recorded flights from a new interactive third-person view of your aircraft and route line. Use the new Camera Mode buttons in the bottom-left of 3D Review to switch between first- and third-person modes. In third-person mode the camera stays centered on your aircraft, allowing you to pan, tilt, and zoom the view to see it from any angle.
In both modes your route line appears as a blue curtain that the aircraft travels along, making it easy to see your route’s path before and after your current position.
Track Logs recorded with an AHRS-capable device like Sentry will incorporate pitch and bank data into the blue aircraft’s movements in both first-person and third-person modes.
Import G1000 Track Logs
ForeFlight can now import and display track logs recorded by a Garmin G1000, making it easier for G1000 owners to keep their track logs organized and accessible in one place.
A suitably configured G1000 can save recorded track logs as CSV files on an SD card inserted into the top slot of the MFD. If you’ve already extracted these files onto your home computer or laptop, you can transfer them to ForeFlight via AirDrop, iTunes file transfer, or by sharing through email or other apps that you can access on your iOS device. Tap the new Import button in the top-right corner of ForeFlight’s Track Log view to find and import G1000 track logs on your device or on an SD card connected with an adapter.
However, you can also transfer fresh track log files without even leaving your aircraft with the help of an SD card adapter. Use an adapter that matches your device’s data and charging port (either USB-C or Lightning cable) and make sure your device is running iOS 13 or later.
Insert the SD card from the G1000 into the adapter, then plug it into your iOS device. Open ForeFlight and go to More > Track Logs, then tap the Import button in the top-right. Tap the Import from G1000 option to open the iOS Files app, then tap the Locations button in the top-left to find the SD card in the list. Tap on it and tap the Data Log folder to see the individual track log files on the card. Tap on a track log file to import it to ForeFlight.
ForeFlight will prompt you to specify the tail number associated with the track log if you haven’t imported flights from that aircraft before, but it will automatically apply the tail number for subsequent track logs from the same aircraft. After providing it or skipping this step, the track log will appear in the list with a NEW icon to help you find it. The Track Log list shows which flights were recorded with a G1000, and you can easily see all of your imported track logs by searching G1000 at the top of the page. If ForeFlight can’t successfully import a G1000 track log for any reason it will generate a text file explaining the error, along with the original track log in a zip file. Tap Export Now to share the zip file via AirDrop or other apps.
Imported G1000 track logs support all the same features as native ForeFlight track logs, so you can debrief the flight using Track Log Review, follow it in 3D Review, and send it to your Logbook for easy recordkeeping.
Plain Text PIREPs
ForeFlight will now translate and display PIREP information in a more readable format, similar to how ForeFlight displays METARs and TAFs. ForeFlight also already provides a plain text translation of PIREPs as part of the Graphical HTML Briefing.
Turn on the PIREPs map layer and tap on a PIREP marker on the Maps view to see each component that ForeFlight is able to translate displayed individually below the PIREP’s original coded text. It is important to note that ForeFlight may not be able to translate all components of a PIREP, so you should always check the original PIREP to ensure you have the most complete information.
International Navlog Template
Change the layout of ForeFlight’s Navlog with the new “International” template, offering an alternative format with more space for note-taking and other changes. Tap the Navlog Settings button (cog button) in the top-right corner while viewing a Navlog to select the International template, and refresh the Navlog to generate the new template. The International template includes extra space for notes, including your ATIS, clearance, and inflight actuals, as well as a layout that some operators may prefer for international flights. The International Navlog Template is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.
Tap on Distance Rings to Change Style
Quickly change the Distance Rings style on the Maps view by tapping any of the distance or time labels attached to each ring. You can then select any of the available styles, including Automatic (Distance), Automatic (Time), or five fixed distance and time settings. Enable Distance Rings in the Map Overlays section of the Map Settings menu (the “gear” button to the right of FPL) on the Maps view.
Biplane and Floatplane Location Markers
New location markers representing a Biplane and a Floatplane are now available to display your GPS location on the map during a flight. Select the new location markers or choose from many other civilian and military aircraft in More > Settings > Current Location Marker.
Our last major release of 2019 includes Files in Flights, enhanced Approach Procedure Markers, NOTAM warnings in Route Editor, and more! ForeFlight 11.11 is available for download now on the App Store.
Files in Flights
ForeFlight allows you to associate files, documents, and photos with flight plans using the Files in Flights feature, helping you keep important flight resources organized and easily accessible. Files in Flights is included in ForeFlight Performance plans.
Tap the Files button near the top of a flight plan to open the Files view, where you can see any attached files and add new ones. Tap the plus button in the top-right to select the source of the file you want to add. Photos allows you to attach an image from the iOS Photos app or take a new photo using your device’s camera. You can then crop or rotate the photo before attaching it.
The second option allows you to browse ForeFlight Documents on your device and select downloaded files to attach to the flight. Tap the download button to the right of any files that you haven’t downloaded to download and attach them.
Lastly, you can browse and select files from your device’s internal storage using the Files button.
There are other ways to attach files to flights as well. When viewing a Document or Scratchpad in ForeFlight, tap the Send To button and tap Attach to Flights to select one or more flights that will receive the file.
When you import a file to ForeFlight via AirDrop, iTunes, or from other apps, tap Flights in the import modal to select which flights will receive the file.
Any files that you add to flights are independent copies of the originals, so deleting the original files won’t delete them from flights, and deleting or annotating files in flights won’t impact the originals either. Tap the button to the right of the Back button to toggle between a list and tile view, and tap the Edit button to delete files. Tap on a file to view it and tap the pencil button at the top of the file to access the same full-featured annotation capabilities as in Documents. You can also tap the magnifying glass when viewing a PDF to access document search and the table of contents. Tap Edit within a file to rename it, or to delete it from that flight and tap the Send To button to open the iOS share sheet, allowing you to share the file via AirDrop, Mail and other apps, or take actions like copying, printing, and saving the file to the iOS Files app. You can also edit a .txt file directly in the Files view.
Files in Flights are included in ForeFlight Sync, so any files you add or change on one mobile device will also be available on your other signed-in devices. A red dot on the Files button indicates that one or more new files are available on that device. ForeFlight automatically downloads newly-added files over Wi-Fi, as well as syncing changes like annotations or renamed files in seconds.
Enhanced Approach Procedure Markers
Approach procedures loaded in your route on the Maps view can now show Jeppesen-sourced speed, altitude, and IAF/FAF information for each waypoint marker in the procedure, even when the procedure plate isn’t displayed. Enhanced Approach Procedure Markers are included in ForeFlight Performance plans.
Add an approach procedure to your route in the Maps view by tapping the Procedure Advisor button in the top right of the Flight Plan Editor and then tapping into Approach. Select an approach and add it to your route. Each approach marker’s label shows associated altitude and/or speed limits in addition to the waypoint name. Additionally, the markers for an approach’s initial approach fix and final approach fix use unique icons for faster identification.
They are available for most, but not all approach procedures in ForeFlight.
NOTAM Warnings in Route Editor
The Route Editor on the Maps view will now warn you of airport or runway closure NOTAMs affecting airports in your route.
When creating a route on the Maps view, ForeFlight will alert you of any closure NOTAMs by displaying a red warning icon on the airport’s route bubble. To see the NOTAM or NOTAMs producing the alert, tap the route bubble and tap “View Alert NOTAM” in the list of options.
Tap “Show All NOTAMs” to view other NOTAMs at that airport using the tabs at the top of the window.
NOTAM warnings in the Route Editor are only available on iPad, not on iPhone or on ForeFlight Web.
Georeferenced SIDs/STARs in Procedure Advisors
Procedure Advisor will now show Departure and Arrival procedure plates in the Procedure Preview when you select a procedure with a georeferenced plate, just like with Approach procedures.
With at least one airport entered in your route on the Maps view, tap the Procedure button in the top right of the Flight Plan Editor to open Procedure Advisor. Tap into Departures or Arrivals to choose from a list of available options. Selecting a procedure will overlay the georeferenced plate right in the interactive map window.
Georeferenced SID/STAR plates for airports in the U.S. and Canada are currently only available from Jeppesen, and viewing georeferenced charts on the map or in Procedure Advisor is available with ForeFlight’s Pro Plus subscription plan and above.
NAV CANADA Flight Plan Fields
Pilots filing flight plans to, from, or within Canada can now access new fields in the filing form to better comply with NAV CANADA requirements.
With a flight plan loaded on the Flights view, tap Proceed to File to bring up the flight plan filing form. Any flight plan that includes a Canadian departure or destination shows the NAV CANADA section at the bottom of the flight plan form, with fields for specifying your aircraft’s undercarriage type, the flight’s arrival report (used to indicate which FIC you plan to close your VFR flight plan with), and your aircraft’s emergency locator transmitter (ELT) type.
In addition, the flight plan form now includes “Place Name” fields in the departure and destination sections to help ATC identify either location when you file with lat/long coordinates instead of airport identifiers.
The Aircraft Detail view also includes a new NAV CANADA section with Undercarriage and ELT Type fields, allowing you to independently configure these for each of your aircraft.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.
2016 General Aviation Accidents Summary AOPA Air Safety Institute.
The 2016 Nall Report, recently released by AOPA’s Air Safety Institute, provides a broad view of general aviation safety and accident trends. This yearly report gives insight as to what causes aviation accidents with statistics sourced from accident investigations. AOPA’s goal is to enhance training, proficiency, equipment, and the overall general aviation culture of safety. You can check out the full report here.
The Nall Report shows that while the number of total accidents increased from 2015 to 2016, the number of fatal accidents declined by 11 percent, down from 221 in 2015 to 195 in 2016. 2016 had the highest number of aviation accidents since 2012, continuing a 4-year increase. However, despite the number of total accidents increasing, flying has become safer as fewer accidents are fatal. The number of fatal accidents is the lowest it has been in over a decade and has continued a downward trend over the years. ForeFlight looks to decrease these numbers even further with safety-enhancing features that can help you make better decisions while flying and flight planning.
Takeoff and landing operations accounted for 455 accidents and 30 fatal accidents in 2016. 334 of the 455 accidents were landing related, and 24 of the 30 fatal accidents were takeoff related. Pilots can help prevent accidents during takeoff and landing operations by calculating their takeoff and landing distances, climb performance, and other critical performance parameters. ForeFlight’s Takeoff & Landing Performance feature takes weather, runway slope and surface, and aircraft configuration into consideration to calculate metrics like total distance, 50ft speed, ground roll, and more. Manually change a runway’s usable distance or weather factors to calculate the most accurate takeoff and landing performance metrics or add a safety distance factor to decrease the risk of accidents further.
Additionally, 31 of 63 fuel management accidents and 57% of fatal fuel management accidents were related to flight planning. ForeFlight has a Fuel Management section in the Flights view where you can enter fuel values like starting fuel and alternate fuel and choose a fuel policy. Properly calculating fuel burn with your aircraft performance profile can enhance your overall safety before you even get off the ground.
Among non-commercial fixed-wing flights in 2016, 18 descent and approach accidents were caused by collisions, and 8 of those accidents were fatal. Regular flight operations such as traffic patterns and cruise and descent made up the majority of those collisions. Pilots should always have a reliable way to view other aircraft positions while flying to avoid possible collisions. When connected to an ADS-B device like Sentry, ForeFlight provides a traffic layer that shows other aircraft in the vicinity along with their distance and altitude in relation to you. ForeFlight also shows traffic in Synthetic Vision to enhance your awareness of other aircraft near you.
Additionally, 11 maneuvering accidents and 5 fatal maneuvering accidents were caused by wires, structures, or terrain, including mountains and canyons. ForeFlight provides map layers such as Hazard Advisor that highlights dangerous terrain red or yellow on the map, and an Obstacles layer that displays obstacles with lighting and altitude information. ForeFlight also has automatic terrain, traffic, and obstacle hazard alerts that display app-wide when they become a threat. Synthetic Vision also shows traffic (when connected to an ADS-B device) and obstacles in 3D with the ability to enter glance mode to see in 360°. ForeFlight’s Hazard Avoidance features use Jeppesen’s global high-resolution terrain and obstacle data to provide you with better situational awareness and safety.
In 2016, there were 23 non-commercial fixed-wing weather accidents and 12 fatal weather accidents. Both accidents and fatal accidents are down significantly from the previous year, and they are both the lowest they have been in over a decade. 13 of those weather accidents and 7 fatal weather accidents were caused by flying VFR into IMC conditions. 8 weather accidents and 3 fatal weather accidents were caused by turbulence, thunderstorms, or icing. Additionally, there were 10 weather accidents and 6 fatal weather accidents for the commercial fixed-wing and non-commercial helicopter segments. ForeFlight provides interactive weather layers with time and altitude sliders, weather imagery, and ADS-B connected weather for inflight navigation. Easily switch between weather layers like flight category, winds aloft, sky coverage, visibility, and more to plan for any weather scenario.
ForeFlight is working to make flying safer with regular releases that provide new features and make old features even better. Individual pilots and professional flight crews all over the world depend on ForeFlight’s integrated flight app to make flying safer, easier, and more efficient.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.2.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.