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

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

Flight Planning Enhancements

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Filed Flight Plans Create Draft Logbook Entries

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

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

Military Flight Bag DD-1801 Filing

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

New Europe Coverages

Continuing the trend of the past 6+ months, this release includes new charts and data for the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Norway, plus optional VFR add-ons for each. For the U.K., access IFR procedure charts, airport diagrams, and documents via EUROCONTROL, all of which are available once you update to 11.1. New optional add-ons include the NATS VFR ICAO Chart (1:500k) and Pooleys Flight Guides, joining Jeppesen’s VFR procedure charts (formerly known as “Bottlang”) that were already available for the U.K. (Pooley’s Flight Guides for Ireland and the U.K. are no longer available in ForeFlight as of January 2020).

Included for Ireland are IFR and VFR procedures, airports diagrams, and documents via EUROCONTROL, plus the option to add Pooleys Flight Guide and Jeppesen VFR procedure charts (Pooley’s Flight Guides for Ireland and the U.K. are no longer available in ForeFlight as of January 2020). Finally, pilots flying in Norway can download and view IFR High and Low enroute charts on the Maps view, IFR and VFR procedures, airport diagrams, and documents via EUROCONTROL. The Avinor VFR ICAO Chart is available as an add-on along with Jeppesen’s VFR procedure charts.

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

ForeFlight Goes to 11!

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

Explore Airports From a New Perspective with Airport 3D View

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

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

Follow Your Flight with Breadcrumbs

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

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

G-AIRMETS via ADS-B

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

Logbook Enhancements

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

Settings Filter

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

Coverage for the Netherlands, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands

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

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

Learn more about our European Chart and Data coverage.

KMZ Support

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

ForeFlight First Flight Deck App to Support New Apple iPad Pro

We are excited to report that ForeFlight is the first flight deck app to support native resolution for the new 11-in Apple iPad Pro. ForeFlight is optimized to take advantage of the iPad Pro’s new A12X Bionic processor, powerful new graphics processor, and larger edge-to-edge 11-inch diagonal Liquid Retina display.

ForeFlight shown on 11-inch Apple iPad Pro

Our co-founder and CEO, Tyson Weihs, had this field report to share:

“The new iPads look beautiful. We just flew with it and the brightness is amazing, Face ID unlocked with glasses and headset on, tap to wake is great, Apple Pencil is now table stakes on the flight deck.”

 

The new iPads are supported in ForeFlight’s latest release, version 10.4.4, available now on the Apple App Store.

Also be sure to check out this Sporty’s iPad Pilot News report on the new iPads.

ForeFlight Trip Assistant, a Door-to-Door Flight and Fuel Stop Planner

From owner operators to large charter operations – trip planners will wonder how they ever lived without Trip Assistant

ForeFlight now offers customers Trip Assistant, a simple-to-use planning tool for anyone involved in mission planning that quickly computes door-to-door trip time. Trip Assistant is an enhancement to ForeFlight’s advanced web-based flight planning toolset.

Trip Assistant computes total trip time, factoring in drive time, flight times using historical and forecast winds, and fuel stops to create a detailed itinerary showing exactly when to leave in order to arrive on time at the final destination.

“Trip Assistant started as an internal project to help our flight department and executive assistants more quickly answer a question we ask on every flight: when do we need to leave our homes or offices to get somewhere on time,” said Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight. “Powered by our best-in-class flight planning engine, Trip Assistant is a tool that any aircraft user – assistants, flight support staff, passengers, and pilots – can use to quickly compute total trip time, even when fuel stops are required.”

Trip Assistant allows for forward and backward planning by setting a desired departure time or arrival time. Customers can enter the departure and destination location by using business names, place names, or street addresses, and Trip Assistant searches for and displays the nearest suitable airports.

Additionally, Trip Assistant features a built-in Fuel Stop Advisor that factors in the aircraft’s performance and automatically suggest a number of proposed stopovers to help minimize trip time and fuel costs. Fuel Stop Advisor allows the planner to select the criteria for determining the best stops such as max aircraft range, max leg time or max leg distance. With a configured account, pilots can also view their personal contract jet fuel prices at each stop.

ForeFlight customers who subscribe to Performance Flight Planning services can access Trip Assistant by logging in to the ForeFlight website using their existing ForeFlight credentials.

Trip Assistant is included – at no additional charge – in ForeFlight’s Performance Plus and Business Performance plans. To learn more about Performance Flight Planning, visit www.foreflight.com/performance.

To learn more about Trip Assistant, visit foreflight.com/tripassistant.

Mobile Pre-Departure Clearance and Digital ATIS Available in ForeFlight

ForeFlight now offers customers mobile Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) and Digital Automated Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS). The PDC service, in partnership with Satcom Direct, automatically delivers, via text and email, departure clearance information at over 70 of the busiest airports in North America, simplifying operations and reducing frequency congestion.

PDCs are official text clearances issued for US IFR flight plans, and include the filed route, the cleared altitude, transponder code, departure frequency, and any special instructions. A PDC replaces (and is the same as) receiving a verbal clearance from Clearance Delivery.

Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight, is a PDC convert and speaks from first-hand experience: “Customers who have flown with the new PDC and D-ATIS features don’t want to fly without them. These two valuable tools make flight and avionics setup efficient by eliminating a set of radio communications, they reduce controller workload, and help get the aircraft to the runway faster, which improves on-time performance. These are powerful new additions to what has become one of the industry’s most technically advanced, fast, and accurate flight planning services available.”

Satcom Direct Founder and CEO, Jim Jensen, also commented: “SD is proud to partner with ForeFlight to provide this capability within their platform. We look forward to a continued relationship focused on our shared goal of improving the customer experience and creating better tools for business aviation operators.”

ForeFlight customers who subscribe to Performance Flight Planning services and file flight plans via ForeFlight can start the PDC activation process for their aircraft by contacting success@foreflight.com. Once activated, customers that file via ForeFlight will begin receiving PDC and D-ATIS messages as early as 30 minutes before departure, reducing preflight preparation time and reducing the risk of delays.

To learn more about PDC through ForeFlight and to see the list of more than 70 airports where PDC is available, visit www.foreflight.com/pdc.

PDC and D-ATIS are included – at no additional charge – in ForeFlight’s Performance Plus and Business Performance plans. To learn more about Performance Flight Planning, visit www.foreflight.com/performance.

ForeFlight Releases 200+ Refinements, Final Approach Alert, Logbook-Track Log Links

ForeFlight 10.3 is available now for download on the App Store. This release includes 200+ refinements and performance enhancements, with a couple nice touches like a Runway Final Approach Alert and Logbook – Track Log links.

Performance Refinements ForeFlight 10.3 Available Now

With the first half of 2018 (and Oshkosh) behind us, we decided to take a short break from major feature additions and focus instead on improvements, refinements, and fixes. Each team found ways to optimize their respective piece of the app, increasing speed, reducing processor and memory usage, conserving battery, and improving overall app performance. The result is over 200 behind-the-scenes changes that will keep ForeFlight running smoothly so we can get back to doing what we love most – building awesome features that make flying easier, safer, and more enjoyable.

Runway Final Approach Alert

ForeFlight Runway Final Alert

ForeFlight Runway Final Approach Alert

The new alert provides added situational awareness on final approach by calling out the runway name and your distance from it. The alert triggers for any runway that you are approaching based on your altitude, vertical speed, track, and distance from the runway threshold. The Runway Final Approach Alert is available for all subscribers in More > Settings > Alerts.

Logbook – Track Log Links

ForeFlight Logbook-Track Log Links

Top: Logbook link to the associated Track Log. Bottom: Link to the Track Log connected to the Logbook entry.

Logbook entries and recorded Track Logs that are associated with each other now include links to view the details of the other, making it easier to tie them to the same flight. The link is automatically created when the Track Log auto-record and Logbook auto-log settings are enabled, but you can also use the Send To > Logbook option when viewing a Track Log to manually link the two. Track Logs associated with multiple Logbook entries show the number of linked entries, so you can see if you’ve already created a Logbook entry from a given Track Log.

New Airport Resources

ForeFlight Additional Airport Information Resources

New Airport Information Resource Links

The list of miscellaneous airport details in Airports > More > Features or in the airport popup on Maps now includes links to view the airport in the Apple Maps app or the airport’s Wikipedia page.

Be sure to visit our video library for additional support and information.