Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS and iPadOS 15.4.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Please also stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for updates.
Our March release includes a major upgrade to our Weight & Balance capability, an altitude slider for terrain planning with Hazard Advisor, Organized Track Systems on Jeppesen Enroute Charts, and New Runway Analysis aircraft support.
Enhanced Weight & Balance
Individual customers now have access to our Enhanced Weight & Balance to simplify your preflight workflow. Currently, the new paradigm is optional so you can migrate your aircraft profiles when it is most convenient for you and still revert to the old paradigm if you want. However, the new paradigm will fully replace the old one later this year.
Start by going to More > Account > ForeFlight Labs and tapping the Enhanced Weight & Balance toggle to enable it. If you need to go back to the old Weight & Balance view at any time, just disable this setting.
To start migrating your existing W&B profiles, go to More > Weight & Balance and use the drop-down in the top left to select a profile. ForeFlight’s Migration Assistant will then walk you through a 4-step process to set them up with the new system.
Enhanced W&B profiles are tied directly to the aircraft profiles you use for flight planning to create a more robust and unified aircraft profile, so start by choosing an aircraft to associate with the Weight & Balance profile. Connecting the two will ensure that your current aircraft details are merged with your new W&B profile.
If your aircraft details differ from your Weight & Balance profiles, you will need to select the correct one to move to the next step.
The third step is to verify station details. Tap on any station to view and edit its name, arm length, and station type.
The final step in the migration process is to verify the number of seats per station. The Migration Assistant assumes two seats per station by default, so it’s especially important to review and correct any discrepancies for rows with a different number of seats. Tap Done to complete the profile migration.
You can always edit these numbers in the future by tapping Edit next to the Profile Selector in the new W&B view.
You can also add new Weight & Balance profiles if you don’t have any to migrate. ForeFlight provides hundreds of pre-built templates to choose from, and they are easy to add to an existing Aircraft. Go to More > Aircraft, select the aircraft you want to edit, and tap Weight & Balance Profile halfway down the page. If a template is available for your aircraft type it will be listed at the top, or you can select Blank Template to create your own.
Next, add or edit the profile’s name, specify your aircraft’s basic empty CG and weight, verify or add station details and forward and aft CG limits, and enable the %MAC setting at the bottom of the page if applicable to your aircraft. ForeFlight has five station types to choose from and edit: Single Seat, Row of Seats, Cargo, Fuel, and Aircraft Items.
Once you’ve migrated or set up your Enhanced Weight & Balance profiles, you can use the new W&B view in the same way as before. The new W&B is very similar to the previous paradigm but allows for more flexibility when inputting calculations for each seat and station.
Manually input the weight for each seat with an optional description or choose from Standard Weights or Saved Loads. Standard Weights default to Male: 205 lbs, Female: 184 lbs, and Child: 87 lbs; however, you can change those values by visiting More > Settings > Standard Weights (at the very bottom of the page). Saved Weights include any weights you added manually with a description or loads migrated from your legacy profiles.
You will need to adjust fuel and cargo and can do so by scrolling down a little further.
Weight & Balance Integrated with Flights
Additionally, ForeFlight Performance customers can integrate these W&B calculations into an existing flight plan to streamline the preflight workflow even further.
Select a flight plan in the Flights tab, and under the Payloads section tap Weight & Balance.
Ensure the right W&B profile is selected at the top and scroll down to enter passenger and payload details just like you would in the W&B view. The integration with flights saves you time in the flight planning process by having all requirements in one convenient location.
You can also access an updated copy of your Load Manifest by tapping Summary in the top right corner, sign it directly in the ForeFlight app, and then attach it to your flight files for easy access.
Hazard Advisor Altitude Preview
Planning flights around terrain just got a lot easier with a major upgrade to Hazard Advisor. Pro Plus subscribers can use the new Hazard Advisor Altitude Preview to find the safest route around hazardous terrain at different altitudes before or during a flight.
Manually control Hazard Advisor’s altitude using the new altitude slider which ranges from 100’ to 30,000’ MSL. The slider moves in increments of 100’ followed by increments of 500’ above 4,000’ MSL.
By default, terrain and obstacles within 100′ are colored red, and hazards within 1,000′ of your planned altitude are colored yellow. You can change these altitudes by tapping the gear button to the right of the map legend at the bottom of the screen and tapping Hazard Altitudes. You can also access other Hazard Settings here such as Corridor Width and Activation Speed, which determines how fast you need to be moving to enable Auto Hazard Advisor – more on that below.
ForeFlight Military Flight Bag Customers can access additional options under Hazard Settings to provide more flexibility with critical mission requirements. Other options include locking the altitude slider step size to 100’ increments for the entire altitude range and defining custom Hazard Altitudes beyond the four default options.
When planning in the Flight Plan Editor, the Hazard Altitude slider will automatically adjust to match your planned altitude anytime you change it using Altitude Advisor, Route Advisor, Profile View, or choose an aircraft with a different default altitude. And with Profile View open, moving the altitude slider will show hazardous terrain at the new altitude within Profile, but without changing your planned altitude, allowing you to simultaneously compare both altitudes in the same view.
When you exceed the set Activation Speed (30kts by default), Hazard Advisor enters Auto mode and automatically matches the altitude of your aircraft. Moving the slider up or down will show you terrain hazards at other altitudes before automatically reverting back to your current altitude shortly after releasing it, or you can tap the Auto button to immediately revert to your current altitude.
Organized Track Systems on Jeppesen Enroute Charts
Performance customers with Jeppesen chart coverages can now view Organized Track Systems on Jeppesen’s IFR enroute map layers in addition to the Aeronautical Map.
Enable one of the Jeppesen IFR layers to view Organized Track Systems, which are enabled by default. To separately toggle eastbound and westbound tracks, or disable all tracks, tap the Map Settings button just to the right of the FPL button and tap Organized Tracks at the bottom of the Jeppesen settings.
You can also access Organized Tracks with the Aeronautical Map. Tap Map settings > Airways & Waypoints. You can toggle the tracks on and off in the same way you can with Jeppesen charts.
New Runway Analysis Aircraft Support
ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis product for jets now supports the following new aircraft models:
- Gulfstream G150
- Textron 525 Citation M2 with Tamarack Winglets
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS and iPadOS 15.4 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Please also stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for updates.
Our February release includes a new Auto-Zoom to Custom Content setting and Takeoff Trim support in Runway Analysis.
Auto-Zoom to Custom Content
Choose whether or not ForeFlight will auto-zoom into custom charts and map layers when you enable them from the layer selector.
This setting is enabled by default to match ForeFlight’s previous behavior of automatically zooming and panning to focus on custom charts and map layers each time you enable them. However, if you find this behavior disruptive to your inflight workflow, disable the new setting to prevent the map from moving as you toggle custom content layers.
This setting does not affect the map’s behavior when you tap on custom charts or map layers in More > Custom Content to display them on the map, which will still pan and zoom to focus on the newly-enabled content.
You can access this setting in More > Settings > Auto-Zoom to Custom Content.
Takeoff Trim Support in Runway Analysis
ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis capability now calculates and displays the required Takeoff Trim setting at a given %MAC for supported aircraft.
Takeoff Trim Support requires integrated Weight & Balance in Flights, which is currently available for Business Performance and MFB Performance customers only, but will become available for individual customers later this year.
The following aircraft now support Takeoff Trim, with more coming soon:
- Pilatus PC-24
- Bombardier Challenger 604/605/650/Global Express/XRS/5000/6000
- Textron 680 Citation Sovereign/Sovereign+/Latitude
- Embraer Phenom 300/300E
After calculating W&B results for the flight on Flights view and selecting a runway in the Takeoff Analysis page, scroll down to the Performance section to find the required Takeoff Trim.
If your %MAC setting is not enabled, your Takeoff Trim will show CG Unavailable.
To enable the %MAC setting for an aircraft’s W&B profile, start by tapping Weight & Balance in the Flights view and then tapping Edit next to the selected W&B Profile at the top.
Scroll to the bottom of the W&B Profile Edit view to find the %MAC setting. After enabling it, make sure the LEMAC and MAC values are properly entered. NOTE: ForeFlight Weight & Balance templates are recommended to ensure all the MAC/LEMAC details are accurate.
You can now return to the Takeoff Analysis page to see the required Takeoff Trim setting for the flight you are planning.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS and iPadOS 15.3.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Please also stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for updates.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a recommendation that the FAA require all enclosed-cabin aircraft with reciprocating engines to be equipped with a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. This decision came after reviewing several fatal accidents and determining their cause to be carbon monoxide poisoning.
You can read the entire report from the NTSB here.
ForeFlight’s Sentry Plus and Sentry ADS-B receivers meet the recommendation and provide a simple solution to protecting you and your passengers from this invisible danger with a built-in carbon monoxide sensor. When using a Sentry device in conjunction with the ForeFlight app, an audio alert is delivered through compatible headsets, and both Sentry Plus and Sentry provide a visual indication when CO levels in the cabin are dangerously high.
The portable and affordable Sentry devices also deliver additional safety benefits such as ADS-B weather and traffic and WAAS GPS making them the most advanced ADS-B & GPS receivers in the industry.
Not sure which Sentry device is right for you? Compare devices here.
Additional Safety Features
Inflight Traffic Alerts
ForeFlight doesn’t just show you where the traffic is, it tells you. Visual and audio alerts provide the distance, direction, and relative altitude of ADS-B traffic targets.
Additionally, our Sentry Plus device has multi-band radio antennas that are optimized for European FLARM reception in addition to ADS-B, allowing pilots in Europe to tune in to their preferred traffic network.
ForeFlight Synthetic Vision provides a backup glass cockpit on your iPad that can help you stay aware of your position and surroundings in normal and emergency operations. Combined with Sentry, Synthetic Vision provides super responsive pitch and bank in addition to terrain and obstacle depictions.
With Sentry you can access subscription-free FIS-B weather & data. Display animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, PIREPs, textual winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information on ForeFlight Mobile.
Sentry’s highly-accurate WAAS GPS shows your aircraft position on ForeFlight’s moving map display and innovative Plates on Map feature. Sentry supports four GNSS systems (WAAS GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and BeiDu), and can track three constellations concurrently for redundant location tracking. View a variety of inflight data, including ground speed, altitude, ETE, distance to destination, and more.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS and iPadOS 15.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Please also stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for updates.
Our January release includes new Aeronautical Map Quick Toggles for Airways, Navaids, and Waypoints, improved functionality for Takeoff and Alternate Minimums documents, and more.
New Aero Map Filters
Declutter the Aeronautical Map with new quick toggles for Airways, Navaids, and Waypoints, which were previously combined in a single toggle.
Find the best combination of these elements to suit your flight, such as:
- Hiding Airways and Waypoints on VFR flights
- Hiding Navaids for RNAV-based routes
- Turn on Airways to inspect MEA/MOCA/MAA values and quickly hide them again for a VFR flight
- Turn on Airways for IFR flights or when following along on a commercial flight
You can also access these filters in Map Settings > Airways & Waypoints. Tap the gear icon at the top of your screen near the Flight Plan (FPL) icon to access Map Settings.
Quickly Find Takeoff & Alternative Minimums
Easily find the Takeoff or Alternate Minimums for any US airport more quickly thanks to a new smart automation. When opening either of these documents from the airport’s procedures list, ForeFlight will automatically jump to the page with that airport’s information, allowing you to review it right away without flipping through pages to find the airport.
Military Flight Bag (MFB): GeoTIFF Support
Easily import charts, maps, and other mission assets from current and legacy military mapping software like FalconView with new support for GeoTIFF custom content files.
Like the MBTiles and GeoPDF custom chart formats, you can import GeoTIFF files individually and within a Content Pack’s “layers” folder. Note that AirDrop is not a supported import method for GeoTIFFs as iOS automatically imports them to the Photos app as images.
Once imported, you can access GeoTIFF charts in the bottom-left of the Maps view Layer Selector.
ForeFlight supports GeoTIFF files with resolutions up to 10,000 pixels, regardless of the image dimensions. Larger resolution images must be divided and imported as separate files. Learn more about creating and using custom Content Packs here.
Military Flight Bag: Prioritize Jeppesen Plates
MFB users with linked Jeppesen accounts can now choose to prioritize Jeppesen plates over DOD/FAA plates, causing the Jeppesen plates to appear at the top of the list wherever you access them in ForeFlight.
Enable this setting in More > Jeppesen at the bottom of the Jeppesen Settings list.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS and iPadOS 15.2.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Please also stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for updates.
Giant Reports, a colloquial term for a portion of the Airfield Suitability and Runway Report (ASRR), are informational documents created by AMC which are marked For Official Use Only (FOUO), and are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The FOUO designation on Giant Reports currently prevents ForeFlight from organically hosting them within the app, however Military Flight Bag users can still utilize Giant Reports through ForeFlight’s Content Packs feature, available with MFB Performance subscriptions.
Begin by visiting aerodata.nga.mil with your CAC or Disadvantaged User credentials to download the ready-made zip file that is compatible with ForeFlight as-is. Do not rename or unzip the file.
Upload the file to ForeFlight using any method of your choosing— for information on methods of uploading Custom Content, visit: https://foreflight.com/support/content-packs/.
Once uploaded, your Giant Reports can be accessed via More > Custom Content > Content Packs, or by Airports > Procedures > Other.
They can be added to the MISC section of an applicable Flight Binder in the Plates as well.
Note that with the 13.4 Release, ForeFlight implemented logic to automatically flag Giant Reports as Expired when 8 days after the publication date (listed in file title) have elapsed. Your Giant Reports will still be functional, however an Expired banner will advise if you are using a Giant Report that is more than 1 week old.