Internet Traffic, Multitasking Support on iPad, Major Design Enhancements, and More in ForeFlight’s May Release

ForeFlight 12.4 includes Internet Traffic, Multitasking support on iPad, major design enhancements, and more.

Internet Traffic Via FlightAware

Stream live global aircraft traffic directly in ForeFlight with the Internet Traffic feature. In partnership with FlightAware, ForeFlight allows you to view airborne traffic around the globe, and ground traffic at thousands of airports worldwide, to help you gauge airport activity like active arrivals and runways, see how ATC vectors traffic around weather, or assist with plane spotting on the ground. 

Turn on the Traffic layer by tapping Map layer selector (button in the top left corner) > Traffic. Internet Traffic is associated with the same map layer as ADS-B traffic and is selectable when connected to the internet on the ground or via inflight Wi-Fi like Gogo and Satcom Direct. When you connect to an ADS-B receiver, the Traffic layer will automatically switch to displaying only ADS-B traffic received from the device and stop showing Internet Traffic unless you’re connected to inflight Wi-Fi. The timestamp in the top-left of the map displays the source of traffic any time the Traffic layer is enabled. 

 

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Like ADS-B traffic, Internet Traffic displays both airborne and ground targets with at-a-glance altitude and tail number or callsign, if available. Unlike ADS-B traffic, which shows each target’s altitude relative to your own, Internet Traffic shows each target’s pressure altitude directly. Tap on any traffic target to view more information about it, including its distance and bearing from your position, its heading, speed, aircraft type, the source of the aircraft’s position report, and a timer indicating the age of the last report. 

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Position reports for Internet Traffic are less frequent compared to ADS-B traffic, so ForeFlight uses the last-reported position, heading, and speed of airborne traffic to interpolate its movement and smoothly animate it on the map. Aircraft that are turning or changing speed causes the icons to race to catch up to the actual position from the expected position. For this reason, Internet Traffic should not be used for inflight traffic avoidance or tactical decision making. 

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ForeFlight filters out what traffic it displays to minimize clutter and excessive data usage. Zoom far out to only show the highest-altitude traffic, and zoom in to view progressively lower altitude traffic. Ground traffic fades into view with ForeFlight’s embedded airport diagrams, while high-altitude traffic is hidden at this level. Position reports for ground traffic are delivered more frequently than for airborne traffic, so ForeFlight doesn’t animate movement on the ground.  

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With the ability to stream live global traffic from your home, hangar, or FBO, Internet Traffic opens new avenues for enhancing your flight planning, checking on airport activity, or simply enjoying the view of what’s going on overhead. Internet Traffic is included in all ForeFlight subscription plans.

View our in-depth blog post for more information about Internet Traffic.

 

Multitasking Support on iPad

ForeFlight Mobile supports iOS Multitasking on iPad, allowing you to use ForeFlight in Split Screen or Slide Over view with other apps at the same time. 

To open ForeFlight in Split Screen, first open either ForeFlight or another app that supports iOS multitasking. Swipe up slowly from the bottom of the screen to reveal the iOS dock that houses apps that you use most frequently or have used recently. Drag the other app’s icon from the dock to either side of the screen and the open app will move over to make room for it. If an app doesn’t respond this way, it likely means that one or both of the apps you’re trying to use don’t support multitasking. Release the app and your iPad will display both apps simultaneously side by side. 

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Drag the separator between the two apps to change their relative sizes, dismiss one app by dragging the separator all the way to one side of the screen, or switch the app’s positions by dragging the top of one app to the other side of the screen. 

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You can also open other apps on top of ForeFlight and vice-versa via Slide Over view. Like Split Screen, start by opening ForeFlight or another app that supports iOS multitasking, then drag the other app’s icon from the iOS dock to the center of the screen instead of the side. You can then tap and drag the top of the app to reposition it on the screen, or swipe it to the side of the screen to dismiss it. 

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You can disable iOS Multitasking in your Device Settings > Home Screen & Dock > Multitasking > Allow Multiple Apps. Multitasking requires at least iOS 11 and is available for all ForeFlight users. 

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Slide-Out More Menu, Edit Tab Order, and “Dynamic” Tab

The More tab in ForeFlight Mobile now displays a compact menu on the right side of the screen so you can view it without leaving the tab you’re on. 

Tap More to open the menu over any tab you currently have open. Downloads and Settings are now at the top of the More menu and appear as modals that you can quickly dismiss by swiping down from the top. Below Downloads and Settings are a list of views that now open in full screen, with new double-column layouts on iPad that better utilize the available space. 

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Tap Edit Tab Order and drag the three lines next to each view to organize the tabs. Tap Save to keep the changes, Reset to Default Order to revert back to the original organization, or tap Cancel to exit without saving the order. The order set here will be reflected in the tab bar, and you can find additional views in the More menu. Changing your iPad’s orientation or using ForeFlight in Split Screen will change how many tabs are available at once and the rightmost tabs are pushed into the More menu as available space shrinks. Tab order does not sync between devices, allowing you to have different setups on iPad and iPhone to match how you use them. 

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The last tab you opened from the More menu is always available just to the left of More with a new “Dynamic” tab that allows you to quickly jump between that and your other tabs. 

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The Slide-Out More menu, the ability to edit your tab order, and the new “Dynamic” tab allow you to quickly switch between your most used views, and utilize more screen space for all of your views. 

 

Other Notable Enhancements

ForeFlight on iPhone

  • Now supports the FPL “Bubble Editor” on Maps 
  • Dedicated Plate and Scratchpad views
  • All other previously iPad-only features (with the exception of Profile View)
  • Looks and functions exactly like the iPad 1/3rd view in Split Screen 

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Airports

  • Frequencies, Services, A/FD, and More tabs have been combined into a single “Info” tab.
  • Forecast Discussion is now under the TAF section which opens up in a much larger view for easier reading. 
  • The cells in the Runway tab and the airport header contain more details than before. 
  • Airport popup on Maps now uses the same layout as the Airports view, providing faster access to Procedures, Runways, and more. 

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Maps

  • The Edit, Navlog, and Profile buttons are on the right edge of the FPL editor
  • Hide or show the Aeronautical Map’s quick filter buttons on the left side of the screen by tapping Map Settings (cog button on the Maps view) > Quick Filters. 

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Support

  • A support tab is available just above About in the More menu, with links to support resources on ForeFlight’s website and the in-app Pilot’s Guide.

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Aircraft Type Restrictions in Procedure Advisor

Procedure Advisor displays aircraft type restrictions for SIDs and STARs so you can quickly identify suitable procedures for your aircraft. Colored tags for Piston, Turboprop, and Jet aircraft appear beneath procedures that are restricted to the aircraft types shown. 

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iOS/iPadOS 13.5 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.5 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.

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.

Marked Positions, Arrival Time Planning on Flights, and More in ForeFlight’s April Release

ForeFlight 12.3 includes Marked Positions, Arrival Time Planning on the Flights view, the ability to tap Extended Runways for information, and more. 

Marked Positions

Drop markers along your route during a flight to mark points of interest or comply with position plotting requirements, then view or share the marked position after the flight. 

Enable Marked Positions in the Map Settings menu (cog button on the Maps view) under Map Overlays. This adds a Marker button on the left side of the screen that you can tap to drop a marker at your current GPS position. Each new marker automatically captures the current time, your coordinates, GPS altitude, and ground speed, and allows you to add notes, rename the marker, or change any of the preset values besides time. Tap Save to add the marker to the map. If you don’t specify a name for the marker, it will be named for the time that it was dropped. 

Tap on any saved marker to view its information, and tap Edit to change any of the values, save it as a user waypoint, or delete the marker. Marked Positions can’t be added to your route, so saving one as a user waypoint is useful if you need to route to a previously-marked position.

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Marked Positions automatically disappear from the map 15 minutes after landing, but any marked positions made during a recorded flight will be included in the flight’s Track Log. Tap Info in the top-right of the track log view to find a list of all the Marked Positions made during the flight. Exporting a Track Log as a KML file will include the Marked Positions, allowing you to view them in other apps along with your recorded flight. 

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You can also view previously-marked positions in the Flights view if any Marked Positions were created between the planned departure and arrival times of a flight. This applies retroactively as well, so you can associate a new flight plan with old Marked Positions simply by moving back the ETD to the flight’s actual departure time. Marked Positions appear in the flight plan’s route map, which you can tap to expand and view information about each marker. View a list of all the flight’s Marked Positions by scrolling to the bottom of Flights and tapping Marked Positions under Flight Log. Using the Send To button from this view will export only the Marked Positions, not the Track Log, allowing you to create a clean record for documentation purposes. Use the KML option to view the exported file in other mapping apps, and use the CSV option to view the list of Marked Positions in a spreadsheet program.

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Marked Positions offers a convenient and flexible means of recording and sharing position data for any flight. Marked Positions are available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

 

Arrival Time Planning on Flights

Plan a flight based on a desired Arrival Time, rather than a Departure Time, using the new Arrival Time Planning feature. Just select a target arrival time and ForeFlight will work backwards to compute the required departure time.

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On the Flights view, look for the new ETD/ETA toggle to the left of the date/time selector, which is now the first line of the flight plan form. Switch between ETD/ETA to change the date and time of either. Change the date/time of your arrival and ForeFlight will display your new departure time at the top of the flight, and in the Flight Summary on the left.

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The Flight Summary now displays each flight’s ETD, ETE, and ETA for quick reference. Flight Summaries also display a paperclip icon when a flight has an associated file. 

Arrival time Planning is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

 

Tap Extended Centerlines for Runway Information

Quickly access runway information for any airport in your route by tapping the labels at the ends of Extended Centerlines when they are enabled. 

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Access Extended Centerlines in the Map Settings menu (cog button on the Maps view) under the Map Overlays section. Tap the Extended Centerline marker and ForeFlight will display a popup window with information about the runway. 

Tap “Select Runway” in the information popup to add that runway to your route and highlight it, and tap “Straight In” for any runway at your destination airport to both highlight it and add a straight-in 2nm final to your route, which you can also add using the Traffic Pattern option in Procedure Advisor.

 

SID/STAR Aircraft Type Restrictions

Easily identify aircraft type restrictions for departure and arrival procedures with new colored tags. Tags for Piston, Turboprop, and Jet aircraft appear in the list of procedure plates when viewing an airport’s information on the Airports or Maps views. The presence of one or more tags indicates that the procedure is restricted to the aircraft types shown. 

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ForeFlight Airport Info Documents

Access helpful information about many airports in Europe with new “Airport Info” documents found in the ForeFlight section of Airport Procedures. These documents include the same Jeppesen-sourced information previously available in Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR, including airport-specific notes for ground movement, general aviation access, VFR and helicopter procedures, and more.

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The documents are included in the “Aerodrome Charts & AIP” download option for countries in Europe, and appear in the Downloads list as (for example) “Germany (ForeFlight).”

iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.4.1 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.

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.

iOS 12.4.6 and ForeFlight

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.

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.

Updates to the Aeronautical Map in ForeFlight

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:

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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.

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Example for RMZs:

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NOTAMs in Procedure Advisor, new Route Constraints, and More in our February Release

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. 

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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. 

IMG_0947 2.pngAfter 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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

iOS 12.4.5 and ForeFlight

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 newsFacebook 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.

iOS/iPadOS 13.3.1 and ForeFlight

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.

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.

Enhanced 3D Review, Import G1000 Track Logs, Plain-Text PIREPs, and more in ForeFlight 12

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.

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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.

3D Review is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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International Navlog Template

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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.

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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.

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