iOS/iPadOS 14.4.2 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 14.4.2 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.

Flight Binders in Plates, Expanded Place Labels, and More in ForeFlight 13.2

ForeFlight 13.2 includes big changes to the Plates view with Flight Binders, expanded Place Labels on the high-resolution basemap, and more.

Flight Binders in Plates

Quickly gather, organize, and access the plates you need for an entire flight using new Flight Binders for a more seamless planning and inflight experience. 

Start by tapping the Binders button in the top-left of the screen to expand the Plate Binders Drawer, which lists all Flight Binders at the top, followed by Other Binders. Any binders you had before updating ForeFlight to version 13.2 or above will appear in Other Binders with all of their plates intact.

Unlike Other Binders, Flight Binders are always based on a departure and destination airport pair. When you add a new Flight Binder ForeFlight will automatically suggest airport pairs based on any currently-entered route on Maps as well as the nearest upcoming route planned on Flights, with other flights planned further in the future listed below. 

You can also add an empty Flight Binder and select the airports manually, or tap Import to display the suggested routes again and automatically populate the current binder. 

The Send To menu on Flights also includes an option to create a new Flight Binder based on the flight’s route. 

While Other Binders have no inherent organization, Flight Binders are highly structured and consistent, grouping plates of the same type together for each of the selected airports. Tap either of the Airport buttons on the left at any time to search for a new airport, or select one from various Recent and Favorite lists around the app. The Plate Groups below each airport follow a roughly chronological order: for departure, airport and taxi diagrams, departure plates, approach plates for a return to base scenario, and miscellaneous plates; for destination, arrival plates, approach plates, airport and taxi diagrams, and miscellaneous plates. The number shown on each Plate Group represents how many plates have been added to the Flight Binder for that group; those without a number have no plates added. 

Tap on any empty group or tap twice on a non-empty group to review and add plates within that group. Tap on any plate name to view it without adding it, and tap the circle on the right to both view and add it to the binder. After adding all the plates you want within each group, swipe with three fingers to move through them plate-by-plate and group-by-group.

When you import a route from the Maps or Flights views ForeFlight will automatically add the plates associated with any procedures in the route. If you instead set the departure or destination airport manually, then ForeFlight will automatically add whichever plates were last added for the same airport, helping you build out your Flight Binders quickly no matter which method you use each time.


Expanded Place Labels

ForeFlight’s collection of Place Labels has grown by 100-fold, with over 1.4 million labels now available for the entire globe.

Included are labels for countries, states/provinces, cities/towns/villages, national parks, bodies of water like oceans, lakes, and rivers, and more.

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The expanded set of place labels is included in the High Resolution Basemap download for each region (More > Downloads > Download Settings), allowing you to save space on your device by only downloading the labels you need for your flights.

A lower-resolution set of global place labels is bundled with the app to provide useful labels even without the High Resolution set.

Enable and disable Place Labels near the top of the Map Settings menu (gear button in Maps toolbar).


Files in Flights Navlog & Briefing

Easily attach a flight’s Navlog, Graphical Briefing (PDF), and flight plan form to the flight’s Files menu for simplified record keeping and inflight access. 

When viewing a Navlog or Graphical Briefing (PDF) in Flights, tap the Send To button in the top right and tap Save to Flight’s Files to add a copy of the document to the Files menu where you can rename and annotate it. 

You can also send the flight’s raw filing form to Files by tapping the Send To button in the top-right after tapping Proceed to File.

The Files menu in Flights is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.


Honeywell Apex Connectivity for Pilatus Aircraft

Pilatus pilots can now wirelessly share flight details from ForeFlight with Honeywell’s Primus Apex FMS via an installed Aspen Connected Gateway.

Tap Send To > Panel on the Maps or Flights views to send flight details to the Aspen Connected Gateway, then select the Gateway as the FPLN Source within the Apex FMS to load the received information.

Sharing flights from the Maps view will share only the route, while sharing from Flights will additionally send winds and temperatures aloft, cruise fuel flow, passenger and cargo information, and other performance details if available.


French SIA VFR Charts

All customers with the Europe region can now access 1:1,000,000 and 1:250k scale VFR charts from France’s SIA at no additional charge.

The new charts are accessible as part of the “Europe VFR” map layer and can be downloaded by enabling the VFR Charts data type and the France region in More > Downloads > Europe.


German Military AIP

Customers with the Europe region can now download aerodrome charts and documents from Germany’s publicly-accessible military AIP for expanded coverage of many airports not included in the standard AIP.

The new data is automatically downloaded with other Aerodrome Charts & AIP downloads for Germany, and appears in the list of downloads as “Germany (MIL AIP).”

Airport diagrams from this dataset appear in the Airport Procedures list in a new “Bundeswehr” section.

The German Military AIP also adds new documents in the Europe Documents drive.

iOS/iPadOS 14.4.1 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 14.4.1 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.

Sentry Portable Receiver Available For Purchase In Europe

One device – many safety features.  Technology and convenience come together to bring you a powerful, portable device designed to enhance safety in the cockpit. Sentry’s power efficient design enables you to fly all day with 12 hours of continuous use.  Connect your iPad or iPhone directly to Sentry’s integrated Wi-Fi network and receive carbon monoxide alerts, GPS data, backup attitude, and pressure altitude all displayed in the ForeFlight Mobile app.  

With its global capabilities, Sentry will help you fly to your next destination with added safety and reliability. Now available for purchase in Europe.  Get yours today from one of our local retailers.

Built-in Carbon Monoxide Sensor

An invisible danger doesn’t have to be a silent one.  Protect yourself and your passengers with a loud, distinctive alarm when CO concentration reaches hazardous levels. When Sentry is used in conjunction with the ForeFlight app,  an audio alert is also delivered through compatible headsets, and an alert message is displayed on the screen. The middle LED indicator on Sentry also provides a visual indication of the CO level.

Reliable GPS Technology

Compact, portable, precise. Sentry’s GPS function allows you to optimize your route and more without the need for additional avionic devices. Sentry supports both the GPS (SBAS capable) and GLONASS constellations providing you with increased redundancy and safety of flight.  See your aircraft position on ForeFlight’s moving map display and innovative Plates on Map feature.

AHRS for Backup Attitude

Increase situational awareness with a backup glass cockpit on your iPad that depicts real-time pitch and bank of your aircraft in ForeFlight Mobile during normal and emergency operations.  Simply sync your Sentry with ForeFlight’s Synthetic Vision and view responsive pitch and bank as well as terrain and obstacle depictions (Also available in 3D Review). Whether you’re flying through the flat lands or in the Swiss Alps, Synthetic Vision clearly defines the ups and downs of rolling terrain providing both depth and realism.  Sentry’s Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) offers flexible calibration options so you always get accurate data no matter where your device is mounted.  Additionally, you can easily view your pressure altitude or cabin pressure in ForeFlight Mobile.

ADS-B Traffic

 Improve situational awareness with ADS-B traffic. Connect to ForeFlight Mobile and view ADS-B Out equipped traffic targets that may be a potential threat.

Compact and Easy to Use

No need to further complicate your cockpit. With no hardware to assemble or software to download, simply position the secure RAM® mount on any window surface and snap Sentry into place.  Flying multiple aircraft? Sentry’s quick release mechanism allows you to attach or remove it in under a second so you can take it wherever you need to go, whether that be at home or abroad.  Easily connect your Sentry to any ForeFlight subscription plan and share routes with up to 5 devices on Sentry’s network. Packed with a power efficient battery, feel free to fly all day with 12 hours of continuous use.

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All ForeFlight subscription plans support connectivity with Sentry. To learn more information about Sentry, visit Flywithsentry.com or buy now from one of our local retailers.

Maps Sidebar, Renaming Imported Documents, and More in ForeFlight 13.1

ForeFlight 13.1 brings a new Maps Sidebar, renaming Imported Documents, SayWeather METARs, and more.

Maps Sidebar

The Maps view now displays information for most tappable elements and layers in a new semi-permanent sidebar that stays open while you interact with the map.

The Sidebar appears any time you tap-hold on the map to open the Add to Route window or tap on most Map elements, including Aeronautical Map elements like airports and weather or informational layers like AIR/SIGMETs, TFRs, Fuel Prices, and more. Not all tappable map elements utilize the sidebar, including traffic targets and obstacles.

The sidebar remains open until you tap the Close button or tap on a blank area on the map, allowing you to pan and zoom the map with the sidebar open, tap other map elements to update the sidebar with their information, change map layers or settings, use Map Annotation or the Ruler, and more. 

ForeFlight also displays a flashing green marker on the selected map element or location where you tapped so you don’t lose track of it, and highlights any airspace at that location in green. Tapping on an airway or route leg will outline such segments in green rather than displaying the point marker. 

On iPhone, Map information is displayed in the lower two-thirds of the screen as before, but you can now interact with the map while viewing this information.


Rename Imported Documents

Rename imported documents directly in ForeFlight for enhanced flexibility and organization.

Rename documents by tapping Edit in the Documents view toolbar while viewing the Imported drive or a binder containing imported documents, then tap Rename next to any document to edit and save its name.

Only documents in the Imported drive support renaming, including documents that you’ve added to binders from the Imported drive. Documents in built-in drives (e.g. ForeFlight, FAA, etc.) and Cloud Document drives cannot be renamed.

Renaming a document in your Imported Drive will also change the name of that document in any Binder you’ve added it to, and vice versa.


SayWeather METARs

View METARs from SayWeather advisory weather stations at small airports and heliports that lack certified AWOS.

A “Not IFR Approved. Advisory Only” remark in the METAR text flags these as unofficial sources. Some stations are not equipped with ceiling or visibility sensors and will thus not report any flight category, but will report wind, temperature, dewpoint, altimeter, humidity, and some standard remarks.


Consolidated International Imagery

The Imagery view offers improved organization for static weather products outside of the U.S. and Canada by better consolidating major regions.

All European imagery is contained in the Europe region, all South American imagery in the South American region, and Mexican, Caribbean, and Central American imagery is also combined into a single region.

Jeppesen NOTAMs in ForeFlight

Key Takeaways: ForeFlight has adopted Jeppesen’s high-quality NOTAM feed as the sole source of NOTAMs in the app and on the web, an example of the ongoing effort to integrate Jeppesen’s data resources for the benefit of ForeFlight customers. This change expands our global NOTAM coverage to include many previously-unsupported countries from South America to Asia, and also improves NOTAM accuracy by removing old NOTAMs more promptly.

The week before the release of ForeFlight version 13.0 on January 25th, our team completed and released a significant yet easy-to-miss update to ForeFlight’s NOTAM system: we fully transitioned to using Jeppesen as the source of all NOTAMs in ForeFlight. Many months in the making, this change greatly enhances both the accuracy and global coverage of in-app NOTAMs thanks to the Jeppesen team’s work building and maintaining a high-quality NOTAM feed over many years.

Domestic & International NOTAMs

Any NOTAM issued by a country usually fits into one of two categories: International NOTAMs or Domestic NOTAMs. As you might suspect, the former are those that directly affect international flight ops, while the latter apply only to local operations within a given country. And while most of the large NOTAM aggregation and distribution sources – such as the United States NOTAM Office and EUROCONTROL’s EAD feed – carry all international NOTAMs, they often miss domestic NOTAMs from other countries and therefore provide incomplete coverage outside of the United States and Europe.

Jeppesen solves this problem by working directly with the primary NOTAM issuers in countries around the world to create a robust feed that includes domestic NOTAMs in addition to international ones. The existing global relationships established by Jeppesen for sourcing AIP and chart data allows them to maintain this state-of-the-art NOTAM system and provide complete coverage for flight departments operating all over the world.

The countries and regions that have improved domestic NOTAM coverage with Jeppesen’s feed include South Africa, Central America, Cuba, New Zealand, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Russia, India, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Out with the Old, in with the NOTAMs

So how do ForeFlight customers benefit from this new and improved NOTAM feed? As noted above, the new system provides many domestic NOTAMs that were previously unavailable in several countries. Below is an example of this from South Africa, one of the countries providing Jeppesen with domestic NOTAMs.

This comparison between the old (left) and new (right) NOTAM feeds illustrates the substantial difference that including domestic NOTAMs can make. These screenshots also demonstrate the other major benefit of the switch: more accurate NOTAMs. Note the effective date of the unreliable runway light NOTAM in the left screenshot. Since the end date for this NOTAM later the same month was marked as estimated, the NOTAM was treated by the system as permanent and thus never removed, a common problem for semi-permanent NOTAMs or those with uncertain end dates under our old NOTAM feed. With Jeppesen’s feed, such old and expired NOTAMs are removed more promptly, ensuring that stale information doesn’t persist long after it ceases to be relevant. 

Canadian SNOWTAMs & More

ForeFlight customers flying in Canada may also notice some welcome improvements in NOTAM accuracy and consistency, particularly with regard to NOTAMJs or “SNOWTAMs”, Canadian domestic Runway Surface Condition NOTAMs. These are issued on a daily basis or even more frequently during the winter for nearly all airports in Canada, providing critical information for pilots planning their next flight. With Jeppesen’s NOTAM feed Canadian pilots can expect an improvement in the timeliness and accuracy of these critical NOTAMs whenever they’re issued.

While not all pilots will notice the change, especially those flying in the US or Europe where coverage of domestic NOTAMs isn’t a significant problem, those flying in many other countries around the globe – from Canada, to South Africa, to Brazil, and more – can expect to find more accurate and more complete NOTAMs the next time they check their local airport in ForeFlight.

Improved Traffic Alerting, Specify Approach Minimums on the Map, and More in ForeFlight 13

ForeFlight 13 brings Improved Traffic Alerting Behavior, the ability to specify Approach Minimums on the Map, NOTAMs via Jeppesen, and more.

Improved Traffic Alerting Behavior

Inflight Traffic Alerts warn you of potentially dangerous traffic earlier, with two different alert levels giving you more time to see and avoid nearby traffic. 

Inflight Traffic Alerts require a connected ADS-B receiver such as Sentry. Enable or disable Inflight Traffic Alerts in More > Settings > Alerts.

The new alerting behavior takes into account each aircraft’s speed and direction of flight relative to your own, allowing ForeFlight to evaluate potential threats more reliably and alert you more quickly.

Traffic Alerts are broken up into two stages of warnings. The alert system first highlights approaching traffic targets in yellow if a target’s path will intersect a threshold of 2nm horizontally and 1200ft vertically of your ownship in the next 45 seconds. If the target will intersect a 1.3nm horizontal and 1200ft vertical threshold in the next 25 seconds, ForeFlight will highlight the target red and display a visual and audio alert.  This allows you to spot dangerous targets more quickly and make adjustments. 

Since ForeFlight uses aircraft speed and direction to calculate it’s future positioning, an aircraft that is further away from you but moving fast can be alerted before a target nearer to you.

Red traffic targets that are no longer an immediate hazard will turn yellow for 15 seconds to ensure that you have a chance to see the target on the map.

Turn on Distance Rings in Map Settings (gear icon in the maps view) to get a better sense of how far away targets are from your aircraft. 


Specify Approach Minimums

Specify an altitude minimum in Procedure Advisor when adding an IFR approach to your route to display the minimum directly on the map for quick reference during final approach. Approach Minimum labels are available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

After choosing an approach in Procedure Advisor, enter an approach minimum in the Altitude (MSL) field on the left before adding the approach to your route. ForeFlight approximates the corresponding AGL altitude and displays it below the field.

Once you add the approach to your route the minimum appears as a prominent magenta label at the very end of the route on the map.

You can change or clear the Approach Minimum value without reopening Procedure Advisor by tapping the approach’s name in the Flight Plan Editor and tapping Change Minimum.


NOTAMs via Jeppesen

NOTAMs and NOTAM-derived information in ForeFlight now come from Jeppesen’s high-quality NOTAM data feed, resulting in greater accuracy and broader international coverage.

While many other NOTAM providers only include NOTAMs designated as “international”, Jeppesen’s feed integrates the full set of domestic NOTAMs from many countries that are often excluded from other NOTAM feeds. ForeFlight uses Jeppesen-sourced NOTAMs for Airport NOTAMs, Graphical NOTAMs on the Maps view, ForeFlight’s Graphical Briefing, and more.


Daily/Hourly Weather Improvements

Daily/Hourly Weather now shows the forecast quantity of precipitation per hour (if greater than 0.1 inches) next to the probability of precipitation in the upper-third of the Daily Weather window. You can change the quantity of precipitation units to millimeters in More > Settings > Units/Time > Precip Amount. Daily/Hourly Weather also displays each day’s sunrise and sunset times near the top of the appropriate Hourly Forecast column in the center third of the window. 


Auto-Center Internet Traffic

Easily keep track of any Internet Traffic target with the new Auto-Center button in the Traffic Information popup. With the Traffic map layer enabled and while connected to the internet, tap on any traffic target and tap the reticle button to center and lock the map on the traffic target. Disable Auto-Center mode by tapping the button again or tapping elsewhere on the map.

Searching for a traffic target by registration or call sign will also enable Auto-Center by default when you select it from the search results list.

iOS/iPadOS 14.4 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 14.4 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.

Daily/Hourly Forecasts, Parachute Jump Areas, and more in ForeFlight 12.11

ForeFlight 12.11 brings Daily/Hourly Forecasts for an all-purpose look at the weather, Parachute Jump Areas and Airport Hotspot details on the Aeronautical Map, and more.

Daily/Hourly Forecasts

Get a detailed 10 day, hour-by-hour forecast for anywhere in the world for flight planning or just keeping tabs on daily weather.

Daily/Hourly Forecasts are available with all ForeFlight subscription plans except for the discontinued Legacy Basic ($74.99) and Legacy Pro ($149.99) plans for individuals.

You can access Daily Forecasts from the Daily tab in the Airport Weather view, which provides a tappable summary of each day’s forecast; 

from the Add to Route popup after tap-holding anywhere on the map; 

from the Nearby Airports list in the top-right corner of the Airports view, which shows the forecast for your current location; 

and from ForeFlight’s Quick Actions list after tap-holding on the app icon, which provides an even faster shortcut to view your local forecast.

The Forecast window is divided into three rows: Daily Forecasts at the bottom, Hourly Forecasts in the middle, and Hourly Forecast details at the top. The row of Daily Forecasts provides graphical depictions of each day’s general weather, as well as daily temperature ranges. The multi-colored band along the very bottom of this row depicts changes in flight category throughout each day, with green, blue, red, and magenta representing VFR, marginal VFR, IFR, and low IFR, respectively. Tap on any Daily Forecast to automatically scroll to it in Hourly Forecasts and select a morning forecast period.

The row of Hourly Forecasts in the middle provides more details about each forecast period in its own column. Tap on each column to view complete details about it and highlight the appropriate cell in the Daily Forecasts row. 

The timestamp in the top-right corner of the window shows how long ago the entire 10-day forecast was downloaded. When you Pack for a flight ForeFlight downloads the latest Daily Forecasts for any airports included in your route, which you can then view offline for up to 24 hours after packing.

ForeFlight also uses Daily and Hourly Forecasts to improve the accuracy of Takeoff and Landing Performance calculations, which are available with ForeFlight Performance plans. When other sources of weather like METARs, TAFs, or MOS forecasts are unavailable for a given airport or time, the text just below the Weather section states that “general forecast data” is being used, which ForeFlight derives from the Daily and Hourly Forecasts.

Parachute Jump Areas

View Parachute Jump Areas in the US directly on the Aeronautical Map and tap-hold on them to view additional information. 

Tap Details in the Add to Route popup to view a PJA’s information, including its name, associated airport or aerodrome, upper and lower altitude limits, active hours, and more. You can disable PJAs using the Parachute Area switch in Map Settings > Airspace, or by disabling all airspace.

Airport Hotspot Details

Tap on airport hotspots on the Aeronautical Map to view each one’s description so you can be better prepared for taxi.

The hotspot popup includes each one’s name, airport, and a description of the hotspot with any remarks. If there are multiple overlapping hotspots where you tapped, a disambiguation popup allows you to choose which hotspot you want to view information for. 

Recommended Route Constraints: Include Track

Guide ForeFlight’s Recommended Route while planning oceanic flights by requiring it to follow a particular oceanic track using the new “Include Track” Route Constraint. The Recommended Route with Constraints is included in ForeFlight Performance plans.

With Route Advisor open, tap the Constraints button in the top-right to edit constraints, then tap Include Track at the bottom of the list. Switch between westward and eastward tracks using the toggle at the top of the window, and tap any track name from the North Atlantic Tracks or Pacific Organized Track System to select it. 

Tap out of the Constraints view and ForeFlight will attempt to generate a Recommended Route that includes the track you selected. Learn more about Route Constraints for the Recommended Route here. 

Runway Slope Details

ForeFlight now displays a runway’s slope alongside other details in the Airport view’s Runway tab. You can also view Runway Slope in the Airport popup on the Maps view. 

Download and Pack Tweaks

Both the Download and Pack views have improved and consistent interfaces that display the combined size of pending and in-progress downloads. In Downloads, the Pause and Download buttons are now grouped together in the bottom-right corner, while the Delete button is accessible in the top-right corner.

iOS 14.3 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 14.3 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.

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.