ForeFlight Documents Deliver FAR More Value To Flight Departments

ForeFlight’s built-in Documents catalog provides you with our complete library of always-current ForeFlight user guides, as well as an extensive library of up-to-date publications issued by the FAA. Chart supplements and legends, FAA handbooks, and Federal Aviation Regulations are all at your fingertips and included with your ForeFlight subscription. We recently expanded ForeFlight Documents to include more FARs that your flight crews will find as useful references:

  • FAR Part 119 Certification: Air Carriers and Commercial Operators
  • FAR Part 120 Drug & Alcohol Testing Program
  • CFR 49 Part 175 Carriage by Aircraft and Hazardous Materials 

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“Having the FAA documents right in the app is very convenient. Plus the ability to text search, annotate and add personal bookmarks makes it easy to use. Also very important to us is the automatic updating of the documents. It takes away a lot of stress monitoring the FAA documents for currency.” –Daniel Thornton, Millbrook Aviation

These additions join our comprehensive list of FARs already in the Documents catalog, including:

  • Part 23 – Airworthiness Standards
  • Part 43 – Maintenance
  • Part 91 – General Operating and Flight Rules
  • Part 121 – Operating Requirements
  • Part 135 – Operating Requirements

ForeFlight’s Business Pro plan for flight departments includes the built-in Documents catalog, as well as the ability to add secure cloud-based document distribution of your company pubs. ForeFlight Cloud Documents gives you a fast, easy, affordable way to distribute company documents to every flight crew member. Your administrator can control the distribution of every new or revised flight manual, operating handbook, or special procedures to every pilot’s iPad delivered from the cloud of your choice: Dropbox, Box, or Amazon S3.

Learn more about ForeFlight for Business Aviation here: foreflight.com/business

If you are interested in making ForeFlight a part of your Electronic Flight Bag program, we’d love to chat! Contact sales@foreflight.com or visit foreflight.com/approved.

L-3 Lynx Connectivity Available in ForeFlight Mobile

ForeFlight’s Connect platform continues to expand to include L-3’s Lynx line of ADS-B products. ForeFlight customers can connect wirelessly via Wi-Fi to L-3’s Lynx NGT-9000, -2000, and -2500 models to receive ADS-B traffic and weather and GPS data in ForeFlight. The NGT-9000, -9000+, -9000D, and 9000D+ all-in-one transponder solutions replace your current transponder to provide FAA mandate-compliant Mode S Extended Squitter capability with an embedded WAAS GPS. Lynx NGT-2000 and -2500 models also work seamlessly with the ForeFlight app and provide a low-cost 978 MHz ADS-B solution that integrates with legacy transponders. Click here for L-3 Lynx pricing and availability. All ForeFlight subscription plans include avionics connectivity.

Connect to L-3 Lynx to receive ADS-B traffic and weather and GPS position in ForeFlight

Once you connect your iPad or iPhone to the Lynx’s WiFi network, you can see details of the connection in ForeFlight Mobile in More > Devices (tap the L-3 Lynx box for additional information) and you can overlay ADS-B weather and traffic information on the Maps view using the drop-down in the upper-left corner of the screen.

L-3 Lynx support is available with ForeFlight Mobile 7.7.2. You can check your app version at the top of More > About; if you don’t yet have version 7.7.2, you can upgrade directly by opening this link on your iPad or iPhone.

New Terrain Map Available for Download Ahead of ForeFlight 7.7

In preparation for ForeFlight 7.7, coming this week, we have released a new Terrain Map for download in the app. ForeFlight 7.7 includes a number of under-the-hood improvements to the ForeFlight Map Engine, which requires the new Terrain Map.

The new download replaces the old Terrain Map for ForeFlight 7.7.

The new Terrain Map is available now in More > Downloads, at the bottom of the Required Downloads section. Please make sure to download it before your first flight with ForeFlight 7.7, as it will be required in order to use the Terrain Map layer on the Maps view.

Also, don’t forget that ForeFlight 7.7 changes the minimum required iOS version from iOS 8.2 to iOS 9.2, so if you haven’t already updated your devices to at least iOS 9.2 please do so before downloading ForeFlight 7.7.

Eight Reasons To Go ForeFlight Pro Plus

Have you been considering upgrading to ForeFlight’s Pro Plus subscription plan? Whether you’re currently on the Basic Plus plan, or the older Basic or Pro plans, Pro Plus can make your flight planning, flying, and logging easier and more efficient. To help you determine if the upgrade is right for you, here’s a guide that lays out all the additional features you’ll get with the Pro Plus plan. If you’re already subscribed to a different plan, we’ll automatically pro-rate the upgrade based on your remaining subscription time. Simply log in to your account manage page at ForeFlight Web and click “Upgrade or Renew My Subscription”, or visit our buy page, enter the email address associated with your account, and select ForeFlight Pro Plus and a geo-region.

ForeFlight Pro Plus adds these powerful features to your subscription (see the chart at the end for a comprehensive comparison with Basic Plus):

ForeFlight Logbook is available with both the Basic Plus and Pro Plus plans.

 

ForeFlight Logbook is a fully integrated electronic pilot logbook with automatic draft entries from Track Logs, unlimited photo attachments, currency summaries, and experience and FAA 8710 report exports, plus many other features. Logbook is also included with the Basic Plus plan.

 

 

 

See your position on approach plates and airport diagrams.

 

Geo-referenced approach plates and airport diagrams for the US and Canada. For greater situational awareness, see your aircraft position overlaid on approach plates and airport diagrams, along with Runway Proximity Advisory to help you avoid runway incursions with visual and audio alerts.

 

 

 

Overlay geo-referenced plates on the map.

 

 

Plates on Maps takes geo-referenced charts to the next level and allows you to view approach plates overlaid onto the maps view, along with hazards and weather in one seamless view.

 

 

 

See the relative height of nearby terrain and obstacles for enhanced situational awareness

 

 

Hazard Advisor keeps you aware of potentially dangerous terrain and obstacles by dynamically highlighting terrain red or yellow based on height relative to your aircraft’s position.

 

 

 

View the terrain elevations along your planned route.

 

Profile view is a side view of terrain and obstacles along your planned route. Dynamic color alerting shows you at a glance whether your selected altitude will keep you clear of terrain and obstacle hazards. In flight, Profile shows your current altitude in relation to obstacles or terrain ahead of your track.

 

 

 

See a three dimensional VFR view of terrain, obstacles, and runways along your flight path.

 

Synthetic Vision is a visually stunning and high-performance hazard awareness capability for the iPad, displaying a three dimensional VFR view of terrain, obstacles, and runways along your flight path. When paired with Stratus 2S or other AHRS source, Synthetic Vision becomes an affordable backup attitude indicator complete with super-responsive pitch and bank information.

 

 

Receive an expected route notification when ATC sends one.

 

Flight Notifications send you real-time push and email notifications when expected route information is released from ATC. Flight Notifications also delivers any new or modified condition information to all of your synced devices as it occurs, including updates to: TFRs, airport/runway closed/unsafe NOTAMs, urgent PIREPs, SIGMETs, Convective SIGMETs, AIRMETs, Center Weather Advisories (CWAs), and Severe Weather Watches/Warnings.

 

Upload your own PDF documents to the app from your computer

 

Cloud Documents is the simple, speedy way to store documents in the ForeFlight Cloud, access them in ForeFlight on your iPad, and keep them in sync across devices. ForeFlight Cloud Documents lets you securely publish and update documents from your computer with a simple drag-and-drop interface using any one of three supported cloud services: Box, Amazon S3, or Dropbox.

 

 

Click here to purchase ForeFlight Pro Plus today!

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the Basic Plus and Pro Plus subscription plans:

Compare the features included with the Basic Plus and Pro Plus plans

Next ForeFlight Release to Require Apple iOS 9.2 or Later

The next ForeFlight release will require Apple iOS 9.2 or later. By making iOS 9.2 the minimum iOS version supported, we can deliver advanced features, smaller app download sizes, faster performance, and improved energy efficiency. In addition, you don’t have to worry about losing support for your older devices – all the devices that support iOS 8.2 (the current minimum iOS requirement for ForeFlight) are all capable of updating to iOS 9.2.

We recommend you update as soon as practical. This support article on Apple’s website describes how to update your iOS device wirelessly or using iTunes if you want to get ahead of the release.

As always, if you have any questions, we are on frequency seven days a week at team@foreflight.com.

New International Forecast Weather Imagery Available in ForeFlight

Good news for our international customers and flight planners – ForeFlight’s Imagery view now provides a greatly expanded collection of international forecast and weather products, covering South America, Europe, and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, in addition to the Canadian and Mexican imagery that has been available. Products include precipitation and cloud cover, temperature and wind for FL050 and FL180, prog charts, and SIGWX charts.

Tap the Global tab at the bottom of the menu to access the new imagery

The new imagery can be found in the Imagery view by tapping the Global tab at the bottom of the left-hand menu. Don’t forget that you can save a given product as a favorite by tapping the star in the top-right while viewing it, and tap the Send To button in the bottom-right to save it directly to your device, share it via email, or copy it to your device’s clipboard.

Tap the Send To button to save the image to your device, email, or copy it

Apple Announces Smaller iPad Pro

At their March 21 Keynote presentation, Apple announced the release of a new 9.7 inch iPad Pro, which delivers the enhanced performance and features of its full-sized predecessor in the more space-conscious size of the iPad Air 2. Apple reports that the new screen reduces reflectivity by 40 percent and increases brightness by 25 percent compared to the iPad Air 2, and automatic white balance adjustments allow colors to stay accurate in different levels and kinds of lighting. Combined with iOS 9.3’s Night Shift, which adjusts colors after sunset to ease strain on the eyes, these features will likely make the new iPad Pro’s viewing experience the best for use in the cockpit.

What we’re most excited about with the new iPad Pro is the ability to use it with Apple Pencil, introduced last year alongside the original iPad Pro. Made for the iPad, Pencil brings incredible precision to ForeFlight features like Scratchpads, annotations on plates and documents, and Logbook endorsements. Using the Pencil for these tasks helps you perform them faster and with better legibility over using a finger or a generic stylus.

Using the Pencil allows faster and more legible writing on the iPad Pro

CRAFT Scratchpad completed with an Apple Pencil on the original iPad Pro

The ability to use this helpful tool with a smaller iPad makes owning a Pencil far more practical for pilots than when it required the full-size iPad Pro, which is over-sized for most cockpits. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback on using the Pencil once the new iPads start shipping at the end of this month.

Annotating plates and documents is also easier with a Pencil

Plate annotations made with an Apple Pencil on the original iPad Pro

New Canadian and International NOTAMs Available in ForeFlight

ForeFlight customers now have access to a wealth of new international NOTAMs in the app. In particular, all Canadian NOTAMs available on the NavCanada website are now available in ForeFlight, saving our Canadian and cross-border customers valuable flight planning time.

Canadian NOTAMs now included all NOTAMs provided listed NavCanada's website

Most international airports now include NOTAMs for their FIR (Flight Information Region), which can be found under the ARTCC NOTAMs tab, as well as additional airport, obstacle, and TFR NOTAMs. The rate at which NOTAMs update in ForeFlight is also faster.

New NOTAMs are also available for many international airports

Although the number of NOTAMs available in ForeFlight has expanded greatly, it is not exhaustive, so be sure to check other sources for relevant NOTAMs when planning a flight outside the US.

Logbook Enhancements and New Garmin and Avidyne Connectivity with ForeFlight 7.6

ForeFlight 7.6 includes Logbook enhancements and expanded connectivity options with Garmin and Avidyne panel-mounted avionics.

Log Your Flights with Photo Memories

Photos take center stage in the Logbook enhancements delivered in ForeFlight 7.6. Now you can attach unlimited images—from your Photos app or fresh from your device’s camera—to flight entries, aircraft profiles, certificates, and endorsements. Use photos to capture the view on approach to the runway, keep a visual record of squawks, or take a selfie of you and your passengers. Once in Logbook, images can be cropped and rotated to your liking. As with all your Logbook data, these images are stored securely in the ForeFlight Cloud so you can access them from all of your devices.

Record your flights with photo memories

Crop and rotate photos from your device or camera

We’ve also added an FAA 8710 report to serve as a guide for filling out your Airman Certificate/Rating Application. Both the 8710 and flight experience reports can be accessed from the new Reports section of the Logbook menu. You also have options to export to email or AirPrint from within the app.

Export reports to email or print

Finally, medical and knowledge test certificates with issue and expiration dates can be added in the Qualifications section, along with new custom type ratings.

Specify the class, and the issue and expiration dates for your medical certificate.

Expanded Connectivity with Garmin and New Integration with Avidyne

ForeFlight 7.6 includes full support for Garmin’s new GTX 345 ADS-B Out transponder, which can supply ForeFlight with ADS-B weather and traffic, WAAS GPS, and AHRS information, all while helping you meet the FAA’s 2020 ADS-B Out mandate. The GTX 345 connects to ForeFlight directly via Bluetooth — no Flight Stream required!

We’ve also partnered with Avidyne to enable connectivity between ForeFlight and the IFD540/440 FMS. The Wi-Fi connection sends GPS position data to ForeFlight and enables flight plan transfer from the IFD to ForeFlight.

Learn more about the ForeFlight Connect platform here.

Receive GPS and flight plans sent from the Avidyne IFD 540/440