ForeFlight’s ‘Recommended Route’ Explained

ForeFlight’s Recommended Route feature (formerly AviationCloud Autoroute) gives you the best route with the highest likelihood of “cleared as filed”, while optimizing on current and forecast wind and temperature data, altitude, and your specific aircraft performance constraints. Using ForeFlight’s Graphical Route Advisor makes it quick and easy to generate a Recommended Route, File it, and get on with your mission.

The Graphical Route Advisor is designed to give you a quick comparison of trip time, fuel, and ground distance for each available route, at the stated altitude. The Route Advisor tool is also enhanced with the graphical overlay of all route options on a map. You can visually inspect each route by tapping on it, and as you do, it is highlighted on the map to give you an immediate and visual route comparison.

To generate a Recommended Route (available with Performance level plans), ForeFlight’s routing engine analyses thousands of possible routes based on your detailed aircraft performance profile and time/fuel savings, while also accounting for your aircraft ceiling, preferred routes, and trending ATC cleared routes. The result is a route that delivers more consistent ‘cleared as filed’ flight plans optimized for your aircraft.

ForeFlight also provides a list of previous ATC cleared routes that others have flown. This list is actively curated (meaning we prune out old, non-applicable routes and routes with expired waypoints) so that, similar to the Recommended Route, you have the best chance of selecting a route that comes back “cleared as filed”. In addition, ForeFlight displays the filing recency, frequency, and aircraft type.

We are continually refining the capabilities of our routing engine to make even smarter altitude suggestions. For example, if you’re flying a shorter route, ForeFlight will suggest an altitude that accommodates executing the flight with roughly one-third of the flight time in climb, one-third of the flight time in cruise, and one-third of the flight time descent. This results in a more comfortable ride, as well as requesting an altitude that ATC is more likely to accept.

Using the Recommended Route feature makes it really fast and easy to find the route that is best optimized for your aircraft with a ‘cleared as filed’ outcome – all with minimal pilot workload.

Recommended Route and Detailed Aircraft Performance Profiles

An essential part of generating a Recommended Route is having detailed aircraft performance profile data available to feed into the calculations. You can set up a fully configured aircraft in just ten seconds with the help of ForeFlight’s predefined aircraft profiles. ForeFlight uses the aircraft manufacturer’s published flight planning performance data, or “the book values”, defined not only for multiple altitudes, but also multiple weights and temperatures, therefore fully modeling the aircraft’s climb, cruise, and descent performance for all conditions.

All of this adds up to reduced pilot workload during flight planning and more confidence in the resulting answers.

Access to ForeFlight’s Recommended Route, built-in detailed aircraft profiles, and many more powerful performance planning features are available in our top-tier Performance plans. Click here for pricing information and click here to learn more about Performance.

Smarter Autorouting, Quick Access to Pack on Flights, New Flight Log, and More


Our first release of 2018 brings quick access to Pack on the Flights view for downloading charts and weather before a flight, and smarter route suggestions for Performance subscribers with the new Recommended Route. Other noteworthy improvements include a new Flight Log to record start/end meter times, Out/Off/On/In times, and fuel remaining after a flight, as well as temperature and dewpoint data in MOS forecasts. 

Integrated Flight Log Simplifies Your Record-Keeping

If you keep an aircraft flight log for recording actual flight time and fuel values, the new Flight Log can streamline your post-flight workflow by automating these common time calculations.

Scroll to the bottom of the Flights view to access the new Flight Log. Use the “Fuel at Shutdown” field to capture that data for reference during fuel load planning on your next flight. Tap on “Times” to open a page where you can record the flight’s start and end meter times and Out/Off/On/In times. ForeFlight uses these values to calculate total flight, block, and meter times and displays a summary on the main Flights form for quick reference.

The Flight Log is also useful for comparing actual ETE and fuel burn values with ForeFlight’s planned values so you can fine-tune your aircraft’s performance profile in ForeFlight. For Performance customers, tap into the performance profile detail view to adjust the bias sliders.

Pack Charts, Data, and the Latest Weather from Flights

To further streamline your planning workflow on Flights, you’ll find a quick access button to Pack directly below the Flight Log. Just like the ‘suitcase’ button on the Maps view, Pack analyzes your route to determine the charts, data, NOTAM, and weather information you need, then prompts you to download with a single tap. Packed data is available offline and when in flight. Pack also includes Icing and Turbulence map layers for Pro Plus and Performance subscribers, helping you find smoother air while in flight.

Pack uses a “route corridor” to determine what information to include: weather and NOTAMs within 25 NM on either side of your route and within 50 NM of both your departure and destination airports are included. Pack also uses your chart type selections in More > Downloads to determine what maps and charts to include, so if you haven’t selected IFR High Charts, for example, Pack won’t prompt you to download them.

Use Pack to ensure you don’t get caught in the air without the charts you need.

Faster, Smarter Autorouting for Your Aircraft

For Performance subscribers, the new Recommended Route feature (formerly AviationCloud Autoroute) gives you the best route based on your detailed aircraft performance profile and time/fuel savings, while also accounting for preferred routes, recent ATC cleared routes, and how frequently a given route is assigned. Use the recommended route for more ‘cleared as filed’ flight plans.

Recommended Route provides more relevant results based on your aircraft and altitude

Graphical Route Advisor in ForeFlight

In addition, on shorter routes, the Recommended Route makes smarter altitude suggestions to prevent uncomfortably short cruise times at or near the aircraft’s service ceiling and provides altitudes that ATC is more likely to accept.

Graphical Route Advisor is also better at filtering out old and irrelevant filed routes created to avoid storms and other temporary hazards.

For all customers who File with ForeFlight, expected Route notifications now include “(as filed)” after the route string if the expected route is the same as the one you filed.

New Closure Warnings and Expanded NOTAM Coverage

A prominent banner appears when an airport has a runway closed by NOTAM

We’ve added prominent new warning banners that let you know when an airport or runway is closed by NOTAM, making this critical information more visible to help you avoid surprises. The red banner appears on the Airports or Maps view on any closed airport or airport with a closed runway, indicating which runway is closed in the latter case. Tap or scroll to the list of runways and a smaller banner will appear on the one that’s closed. Tap the runway to see the closure NOTAM with effective and expiration dates.

We also integrated the full set of EUROCONTROL-sourced EAD NOTAMs, providing greater NOTAM coverage for European airports. We continue to provide worldwide NOTAM coverage using the FAA’s global database.


MOS forecasts now provide temperature and dewpoint values and ranges

Temperature & Dewpoint in MOS

MOS forecasts in ForeFlight now provide temperature and dewpoint values, enhancing their usefulness as a supplement to official TAFs. MOS stands for Model Output Statistics and, as the name suggests, is derived from the output of weather prediction models to forecast weather at over 2000 U.S. airports, including smaller ones not served by an official TAF. The new temperature and dewpoint values are expressed either as single values or as ranges, indicating that conditions are expected to vary over the forecast period. Learn more about MOS.



Updates to ForeFlight on the Web

For a more seamless experience between web and mobile, the Maps page on the web now has a combined Favorite/Recent Route button with Edit/Clear functions. For Performance subscribers who plan with Flights on the web, the total fuel burn values shown in the Route and Altitude Advisors now include taxi fuel to better represent total fuel usage.

The web application now has Favorite/Recent Route button with Edit/Clear functions.

Other Noteworthy Improvements

  • When you select an FBO on the Flights view, details for it such as FBO name, phone number, and frequency are included in the printable Navlog. Learn more about printable Navlog.The Navlog now includes important information about the selected FBO
  • A new setting in More > Settings > Flights can be used to translate weather and NOTAM information in the text-only Legacy Briefing to plain text, or leave it in the original coded form.
  • Performance subscribers can now enable a %MAC mode in ForeFlight’s Weight & Balance feature, simplifying data entry for jet pilots.

iPhone Design Upgrades, Select FBO in Flights, Graphical Briefing Sync, MFB Mission Planning Charts

We redesigned the ForeFlight Mobile interface on the iPhone to more closely match the iPad, and that new interface is available now to all customers with ForeFlight version 9.5. Also in this release, your preflight Graphical Briefing automatically syncs across devices, view and select your destination FBO in the Flights view, ForeFlight Military Flight Bag (MFB) customers can download and view the worldwide DOD library of tactical mission planning charts, and more.

Familiar iPad Interface Now on iPhone

The biggest thing you’ll notice about the new iPhone interface is the Tab Bar at the bottom of the screen, which replaces the “Menu” button as the primary means of navigating around the app. Tab Bar navigation makes it much easier to move between different views in the app. And with the new Flights view on iPhone, you can plan, brief, and file flight plans faster than ever before.

The iPad has some notable changes as well. Favorite and Recent buttons throughout the app are consolidated under a single button and a new “slim” tab bar design increases usable screen space.

Finally, we redesigned the More view to group the tabs on the left into more logical sections. We moved frequently used features like Logbook and Checklist to the top and administration functions like Downloads, Account, and Settings to the bottom.

Military Mission Planning Charts and Graphical Chart Manager

ForeFlight MFB (the version of ForeFlight built for US government, military, and DOD aviation) is now the first and only mobile solution where authorized and authenticated customers can download and display the worldwide library of US Department of Defense military mission planning charts, including Joint Operations Graphics (JOG), Tactical Pilot Charts (TPC), Operational Navigation Charts (ONC), and Range charts.

A new interactive Graphical Chart Manager makes it fast and easy to select and download only the desired charts from the thousands available in the library.

The charts use the newest format standard in military digital chart technology, developed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, called Enhanced Compression Raster Graphics (ECRG). The ECRG format combined with ForeFlight’s compression process technology results in faster over-the-air (wireless) downloads, less used storage space, higher resolution, and quicker load times.

All four mission planning chart types are geo-referenced and support display of ownship position, the overlay of weather and hazard information, and seamlessly integrate with all of ForeFlight’s innovative map features.

Select FBOs in Flights with Destination Services

A new section in the Flights view planning form allows you to select an FBO at your destination airport, making helpful functions and information easily accessible while planning and viewing your flight. The Destination Services tab opens the familiar ForeFlight Directory list where you can compare all the FBOs at an airport and view additional details like services, photos, comments, and fuel prices. Once you select an FBO, new buttons appear on the planning form to call or email the FBO, find its location in the Apple Maps app, or view its details.

ForeFlight also remembers your selection at every airport where you choose an FBO and automatically selects the same FBO the next time you plan a flight to that airport, saving you time and making useful functions quickly accessible.

Preflight Briefing Sync and Other Planning Enhancements

ForeFlight’s Sync platform now includes preflight Briefings, making critical weather information and NOTAMs quickly accessible on iPad, iPhone, and the web. As soon as you retrieve a briefing, ForeFlight makes it instantly available for viewing on any of your other signed-in devices. In addition, Briefings are now created automatically for every filed flight plan and stored permanently in the ForeFlight Cloud.

Access new forecast graphics in ForeFlight's Graphical Briefing.

Graphical Briefing now includes graphical area forecasts (replacing the legacy text-based area forecasts for CONUS regions). The new imagery for cloud cover, visibility, surface winds, and precipitation help you make better, faster analysis of the weather along your route. Tap on any graphic in the briefing to view it in full screen, then zoom in and pan for a better view of the details.

New Map Gesture: Tap on Route Leg

Tap on a route leg on the Maps view to see information about it.

A small but powerful enhancement, you can now tap on any leg in an active route on the Maps view to see information about it and take a number of actions. The popup includes values for leg distance, magnetic course heading, and MEA and MOCA information if the leg is part of an airway. You can also use the buttons to delete the waypoint at the end of the leg, fly direct to that waypoint, or “Fly Leg”. Tap Fly Leg to activate that leg in the Navlog, which is helpful if you need to manually advance to the next leg.

Support for iPhone X and 10.5-inch iPad Pro

ForeFlight adds support for the iPhone X's full resolution.

ForeFlight looks stunning on the iPhone X’s high-resolution edge-to-edge screen, with text and colors appearing sharp, smooth, and vivid. On the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which has a slightly larger screen than 9.7-inch iPad models, ForeFlight now takes advantage of the screen’s full resolution to maximize every app view.


ForeFlight and Satcom Direct Announce SDR Flight Data Integration

ForeFlight and Satcom Direct (SD), the business aviation connectivity provider, announced today a new integrated data solution for joint Satcom Direct Router (SDR®) and ForeFlight Performance customers.

Customers can now use the SDR as a GPS data source to accurately depict aircraft “ownship” position on ForeFlight’s dynamic moving map display without the need for additional GPS hardware. With GPS location, ground speed, and indicated altitude information, passengers and crew flying with their iPad or iPhone can track the flight’s progress on the map, and see real-time information like time to destination, distance to destination, and local time of arrival.ForeFlight and SDR connectivity

When connected to the SDR’s Wi-Fi internet, ForeFlight customers can also receive and display high-resolution radar, icing, turbulence, winds aloft, and over a dozen other graphical weather layers. With access to all the latest weather, pilots can quickly and accurately change flight plans while in the air.

“Pilots rely on accurate, timely delivery of essential information to maintain secure operations. Integrating these solutions provides pilots with a clear, unimpeded view of their real-time situation,” said Jim Jensen, SD chairman and founder. “ForeFlight and SD are committed to improving the aviator’s professional experience, and we anticipate this development will be welcomed by business aviation pilots around the world.”

“We are excited to work with Satcom Direct and we look forward to future features that unlock more value from on-board connectivity,” said Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight’s co-founder and CEO.

The SDR is a business aviation connectivity platform that allows customers to connect to on-board systems, make and receive calls, text, email, connect to the internet and stream data on the ground or in the air, anywhere in the world. The router automatically senses and selects the best connection available, either satellite network or 3G cellular, and uses cutting-edge technology to compress and cache data, ensuring the most efficient and cost effective transmission of information.

ForeFlight gives pilots everything they need to plan, file, and fly the safest, most efficient route, including up-to-the-minute weather, airport and FBO information, advanced terrain and obstacle visualization, and automatic safety alerts. The current SDR integration is available to ForeFlight customers on Performance Plus and Business Performance plans.

Global Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis layers, Data-driven Jeppesen Enroutes, Easy Aircraft Manager for Group Accounts

Jeppesen Data-driven Enroute Charts Have Arrived

Jeppesen’s global, data-driven enroute charts are now available in ForeFlight for all customers who have purchased or linked a Jeppesen chart subscription. The global dataset of IFR High, IFR Low, and VFR enroute charts are available as a single download, at no additional cost and with no setup or configuration required.

Jeppesen enroute charts are dynamic, responsive, full paper-replacement capable, and seamlessly integrated into the ForeFlight app. Because the charts render using data-driven technology, you have the flexibility to customize what aeronautical data to show or hide on each map type or choose between a light and dark theme.

Similar to ForeFlight’s data-driven Aeronautical Maps, the Jeppesen charts also automatically change what information is shown based on zoom level and the ‘always-up’ label capability rotates text and information to make it easier to read the map in any orientation. And just like any other chart layer in ForeFlight, you can overlay weather, hazard, fuel, and custom content layers, as well as geo-referenced terminal charts and airport diagrams if you have a Pro subscription or above.

Global Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis Forecasts on Maps

ForeFlight’s industry-leading weather visualization capabilities are now better than ever. Five new dynamic Map layers graphically depict global icing, turbulence, and surface analysis forecasts, giving you the tools you need for more informed flight planning. Check out this article for a deeper dive into these new weather features.

The Icing and Turbulence layers each have U.S. and global options, while the Surface Analysis layer provides global isobar and pressure forecasts with detailed weather features for the U.S.

Each layer has a Time Slider to loop animation or manually rock back and forth between forecast frames. The Icing and Turbulence layers allow you to quickly scrub through the available altitudes using the Altitude Slider. In addition, these layers are included in the weather data downloaded with Pack so you can view offline. For the cross-platform planners out there, all the new weather layers are available in ForeFlight Mobile and on the web.

We are introducing these five new forecast-based graphical weather Map layers to customers on Pro Plus, Performance Plus, and Business Performance plans.

Centrally Managed Aircraft for Multi-Pilot Accounts

Multi-pilot accounts are now easier to manage using the new Aircraft Manager. This capability enables account administrators to set up their ForeFlight account faster and ensure every pilot has access to the aircraft profiles they need for more accurate and consistent flight planning. For ongoing account maintenance, updating pilot iPads when there are fleet changes is easier than ever.

Using ForeFlight’s web application, account administrators can create and “publish” company aircraft profiles, including performance data and ICAO filing codes, to all pilots on the account, who can then use the shared aircraft for flight planning. This feature is available in the Business Performance plan.

U.S. RAIM Prediction in Navlog

For Performance Plus and Business Performance subscribers, ForeFlight’s detailed Navlog now includes RAIM prediction to alert pilots if GPS outages are expected along the route. The alert indicates the affected portion of the flight (departure, destination, or enroute) so pilots can modify the flight plan accordingly prior to filing. RAIM service coverage currently includes flights within Continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Smart Airport Search on Flights + Route Preview Enhancements

The airport fields at the top of the Flights view now sport the same “Smart Search” capability that we previously introduced for Logbook. Start typing to see suggestions based on airport names, city names, and airport identifiers, as well as your recent and favorite airports.

The recently-introduced Route Preview map on Flights also now shows composite radar overlaid on the map, and allows you to enter an interactive “split-screen” mode by tapping on it.

More Detailed Time-Entry Fields in Logbook

New fields are available in Logbook for Time Out, Time Off, Time On, and Time In

For the most accurate flight logging, ForeFlight Logbook now has the option to use Time Out/Off/On/In fields. These fields are standard for most professional pilots and operators flying larger aircraft, and allows you to easily capture crew block time and aircraft air time. You can show or hide these fields on flight entry forms using a single toggle switch in the Logbook Settings menu.

Avidyne 550 AHRS Support

If you fly with Avidyne’s IFD 550 FMS you can now receive AHRS pitch and roll data in ForeFlight to power the built-in attitude indicator. Combine this with Synthetic Vision (available with Pro Plus and Performance Plus subscription plans) for a powerful backup attitude and terrain awareness solution.

Enhanced Data Pipeline for Satcom Direct Router

Performance Plus and Business Performance customers flying with the inflight Wi-Fi Satcom Direct Router (SDR) can now receive GPS and indicated altitude data for display in ForeFlight Mobile. The SDR connection can also deliver internet-based weather and enable other ForeFlight features that require internet connection. ForeFlight uses GPS latitude and longitude and ground speed to display your aircraft ownship position, and barometric altitude from the router to power the Pressure Altitude instrument (which is now a separate instrument from the Cabin Pressure).

Support for uAvionix Transceivers

Customers flying with uAvionix’s SkyEcho and EchoUAT ADS-B transceivers can now connect to them via Wi-Fi to receive inflight data in ForeFlight. SkyEcho provides dual-band ADS-B weather and traffic in ForeFlight for pilots flying in the U.K. EchoUAT provides dual-band ADS-B weather and traffic and GPS position in ForeFlight for light sport and experimental aircraft that have the device installed. Learn more about uAvionix.

Some New Features to Look for on the Web:

  • Global Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis layers for Pro Plus, Performance Plus, and Business Performance subscribers
  • On small windows, the Flights view includes an inset Route Preview just like on mobile, allowing you to click on it to expand to a “split-screen” mode
  • Also like on mobile, Route Advisor on the web shows all route options on the map at once; mouse over each option in the list to highlight it on the map

New: Graphical Route Advisor, Performance-based Step Climb, Flight Notifications, and More

ForeFlight Mobile version 9.3 is now available on the App Store.

Plan Faster with Graphical Route Advisor

The Route Advisor tool now gives you a visual preview of all route options on an interactive map. Tap through the list to highlight each route on the map, then tap “Select Route” to add it to your flight plan. Simple and easy. The interactive Route Preview map also appears in the Flights view form-based planner to provide a quick visual reference of your route. Your departure and destination airports are shown overlaid on a simple basemap.

Performance-based Step Climb Legs in Navlog

ForeFlight’s performance planning now supports step-climbs. The flight planning engine calculates the highest possible initial altitude, then automatically creates step-climb legs as the aircraft weight decreases. Step-climb information is detailed in the printable Navlog, accessible from the Flights view by tapping the Navlog button. The step climb leg information is available in Performance Plus, Business Performance, and MFB Performance plans.Learn more about ForeFlight Performance planning.

Flight Notifications

After filing your flight plan in ForeFlight, you will receive a push notification to your device when ATC issues a revised expected route and when adverse weather conditions arise that may affect your flight.

Flight Notification adverse weather

Access weather alerts in the Messages tab in the Flights view. Flight Notifications are available to customers on all ForeFlight plan levels who file flight plans via ForeFlight.




Flight Planning Workflow Enhancements

The “Add Next Flight” button in the Flights view makes it faster and easier to plan multi-leg flights by carrying forward departure, aircraft details, payload, fuel policy, and more. In addition, you can now export your flight plan in the official ICAO format and print, email, share via AirDrop, or save a copy in ForeFlight Documents.

Faster, Sharper, Data-Driven Basemap & New Shaded Terrain Display

The ForeFlight map engine has a significantly upgraded basemap, which now renders more quickly, smoothly, and with sharper depiction of features such as major roads, railways, national parks, and state and national boundaries.

In the Map Settings menu, choose from multiple terrain presentations: Colored, Shaded, or None. Shaded Terrain uses grayscale shading to depict terrain, providing the same level of detail as the colored terrain option with less visual distraction.

Scheduled Flight Search in Maps View

Enter a tail number, aircraft call sign, or commercial flight number into the Maps view search box to see recently filed flight plans. ForeFlight displays filed flight plans for aircraft that are either currently enroute or depart in the next 24 hours. Simply tap on a result to load the route into the Flight Plan Editor. Great for commercial pilots who want to quickly load an upcoming flight, or for passengers who want to follow along in the air!

Weather Layer Time Slider

A new interactive Time Slider control provides frame-by-frame control over playback of Radar and Satellite weather layers. Use the familiar play button to automatically play through each frame. To manually control playback, tap-hold on the Time Slider and drag left or right to move between frames, or tap on the line to the left or right of the slider marker to advance it one frame at a time in either direction.

New for SiriusXM SXAR1: Turbulence, Icing, and Surface Analysis Weather Layers

SiriusXM SXAR1 turbulence layerFor customers flying with the SiriusXM SXAR1 aviation receiver, you will now see Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis layers as part of your SiriusXM Pilot for ForeFlight subscription.

For a fast analysis of Icing and Turbulence conditions at each altitude, you can quickly scrub between altitudes using the Altitude Slider in the lower right corner of the Maps view. In addition, the Icing layer is enhanced with small red dots to indicate dangerous regions of supercooled large droplets. Refer to the Pilot’s Guide or the ForeFlight Mobile Legends Guide for more details on interpreting these new weather layers.

Better Logbook Workflow with Next Entry Button

Logbook Add Next Flight

Like the new “Add Next Flight” capability for the Flights view, the “Add Next Entry” button in Logbook allows you to quickly add a follow-up entry for any existing flight in your logbook.

The new entry uses the same aircraft as the previous flight, and auto-fills the departure airport and Hobbs/Tach time based on the details of the previous flight. The button is available at the bottom of every flight entry.

And a Few Updates to ForeFlight on the Web…

We continue to enhance our web planning experience with:

  • Detailed, printable Navlog syncs between web and mobile
  • Improved Navlog interface that expands for better viewing
  • Just like in ForeFlight Mobile, the Add Next Flight button improves multi-leg flight planning
  • Faster radar loading

ForeFlight and Jeppesen Announce Strategic Alliance

We are thrilled and honored to announce this alliance with Jeppesen. It is truly a partnership with purpose that will deliver better solutions for customers, and faster than either company could accomplish on its own. The full media release is available below.


Together, the companies will set a new standard for innovation, high-quality data, and software applications for pilots and flight operations across the aviation landscape

ALEXANDRIA, VA., May 4, 2017 – Jeppesen, a Boeing Company and a leader in aviation navigation and operational efficiency solutions, and ForeFlight, the innovative provider of mobile and web aviation applications, today announced that the companies have entered into in a long-term strategic alliance to combine their industry-leading capabilities and worldwide content. Together, Jeppesen and ForeFlight will build on their common heritage of delivering superior data and software to pilots and flight operations around the globe.

“We are thrilled to bring together Jeppesen’s world-class aeronautical data with the unmatched advanced technology of ForeFlight,” said Ken Sain, chief operating officer, Jeppesen. “This will create a new benchmark for delivering navigation, flight information and operational solutions with greater regularity and speed for every aviation segment, from recreational pilots to the world’s largest airlines.”

“This strategic alliance will enable ForeFlight and Jeppesen together to bring advances in capability to customers globally that neither company could accomplish on its own,” said Tyson Weihs, co-founder and chief executive officer, ForeFlight. “Both companies share common values and purpose – delivering next generation power and productivity to pilots with superior customer service.”

“We’re excited to bring Jeppesen charts and data to ForeFlight Mobile customers. The combination makes ForeFlight Mobile the premier all-in-one mobile solution for planning, briefing, filing, flying, and logging flights across personal and business aviation. Over the years, many customers have requested Jeppesen charts and data in ForeFlight Mobile, and we’re so pleased that we can now meet that need,” said Weihs.

The alliance focuses initially in two areas. First, beginning this summer, all ForeFlight subscribers will see Jeppesen global navigational, terrain and obstacle data in ForeFlight Mobile. ForeFlight subscribers on individual plans will be able to link their Jeppesen license in ForeFlight Mobile and purchase standard worldwide Jeppesen charts for use inside the app through a simple e-commerce experience on

General aviation pilots will be able to choose between Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck and ForeFlight Mobile as their preferred cockpit solution. Subscribers to ForeFlight Business Plans will purchase chart coverages through Jeppesen and then link them to their ForeFlight subscription for use inside the ForeFlight Mobile app.

The alliance’s second area of focus serves users of Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro, the leading EFB solution for airlines and large-scale operators. Jeppesen and ForeFlight will work together on a next-generation release of FliteDeck Pro for both iOS and Windows that will deliver a combination of the familiar capabilities in FliteDeck Pro and significant features and functionality from ForeFlight Mobile. The solution will respect the heritage of FliteDeck Pro, while also embracing capabilities from ForeFlight Mobile that many professional pilots already have experience using. Jeppesen and ForeFlight are working together closely with FliteDeck Pro customers in advance of bringing this to market to ensure the training impact is minimized. FliteDeck Pro customers will continue to receive application and content updates from Jeppesen.

This alliance builds upon Jeppesen’s major new release of Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro, which is being deployed worldwide. FliteDeck Pro 3.0 for iOS and 9.0 for Windows includes three major features, SmartNotes which revolutionizes pilot access to charting information relevant to the flight plan, Tailored Enroute Data for customers to add their own company-specific content, and integrated high-resolution Airport Moving Map content for nearly 1,000 airports worldwide.

To view more information on combined Jeppesen and ForeFlight products, please see and

New in ForeFlight: Checklist, Glide Advisor™️, Light & Dark App Themes, SiriusXM Audio, and More

ForeFlight 9 is full of features that enhance every phase of flying. Run through checklists with ease and reduce cockpit clutter with ForeFlight Checklist. Glide Advisor™️ helps you locate a safe place to land in the event of engine failure, choose from Light & Dark App Themes for day or night flight, helpful enhancements to Logbook, new SXAR1 integration features, and more. Read on for all the details of the ForeFlight 9 release, now on the App Store!

Consolidate Your Toolset with ForeFlight Checklist

ForeFlight’s integrated checklists keep important safety procedures organized and easily accessible. Your familiar paper checklists are transformed into customizable digital templates allowing you to reduce cockpit clutter and spend less time heads down searching for a particular checklist item. Checklists for every phase of flight are laid out in an interactive, intelligent interface that fits naturally into your flying workflow.

Select from one of the predefined templates derived from aircraft POH manuals or create and edit your own customized collection of checklists. Templates are provided for a variety of fixed-wing and rotorcraft models. A template for the IMSAFE pilot checklist is also available, allowing you to efficiently conduct a personal preflight health assessment.

To run through a checklist, simply tap an item and a green check mark appears. This visual feedback provides an easy way to pick up exactly where you left off with a quick glance. Tap “Skip” to move past an item; this is especially useful if you don’t move through a checklist from A to Z. If you experience an inflight emergency, tap the emergency button to jump immediately to emergency checklist procedures, saving you time and sparing you the hassle of flipping through a stack of paper procedures.

ForeFlight Checklist is a feature of our Basic Plus and Pro Plus subscription plans.

Learn more about ForeFlight Checklist at

New Glide Advisor™️ Helps You Quickly Locate a Safe Landing Space

Using terrain, GPS data, winds aloft, and your aircraft’s best glide speed and ratio, ForeFlight shapes a glide range ring around your ownship icon on the moving map display. If you lose engine power, Glide Advisor helps you quickly assess your options. Enable Glide Advisor in the Map Settings menu. To enter your aircraft’s glide ratio and best glide speed, tap the Glide Settings field under Glide Performance. Pro Tip: Pair Glide Advisor with Distance Rings to quickly report your position to ATC. For the ultimate inflight situational awareness experience, combine Glide Advisor with ForeFlight’s Synthetic Vision and Hazard Advisor.


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The Ultimate in Situational Awareness: Glide Advisor, Synthetic Vision, Distance Rings, and Hazard Advisor


Reduce Screen Glare with New Dark App Color Theme

We continue to make flying at night easier on your vision with the addition of a new Dark App Color Theme. Turn on the Dark App Color Theme in More > Settings to convert the background color throughout the app from white to dark blue. Important information remains easily visible through the use of highlight colors and prominent white text. Combine the Dark App Color Theme with Color Inversion and a Dark Map Theme for a powerful night setting.


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A Powerful Night Setting with ForeFlight’s Dark App Color Theme and Color Inversion


Logbook Enhancements: Helpful Aircraft List Details and CFI Currency Tracking

When viewing your Aircraft list in Logbook, you will now see details including aircraft make/model, category/class, gear type, and total hours in that aircraft. It’s a helpful design detail that provides more visibility into your logbook data and also makes it easier to select the correct aircraft for your flight entry. Tap on any Aircraft to modify profile information or to view and edit any associated entries.

Logbook’s color-coded recency tracking now includes support for Certified Flight Instructors. To track your CFI currency, enter your instructor certificate number and expiration date in Logbook’s Qualifications section. You can view or edit your instructor certificate at any time by tapping on the summary in the main Logbook view. Recency tracking in ForeFlight Logbook is the fastest way to visually check the status of all of your currencies in a single spot.

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New SiriusXM SXAR1 Features are Music to Your Ears

ForeFlight’s integration with the SXAR1 Aviation Receiver now includes support for streaming SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Pair your Bluetooth headset or audio device (like your aircraft’s built-in Bluetooth audio system) to the SXAR1 and use the ForeFlight interface to browse and select radio stations. The SXAR1 provides audio to one Bluetooth audio device at a time. The video above will get you started with setup.

In addition, SiriusXM’s Surface Wind weather layer is now available. To dive deeper into this new SXAR1 layer, check out this article written by our in-house Weather Scientist, Scott Dennstaedt.


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Create Custom Overlays With New User Map Shapes

Now you can import custom KML files into ForeFlight. KML (Keyhole Markup Language) is a file format used for geographic data that allows you to import shapes such as points, lines, and polygons into ForeFlight’s Maps view. User Map Shapes are more versatile than simple user waypoints, allowing you to designate specific areas on the map for your custom, navigation needs; flight schools or flying clubs can use User Map Shapes to delineate designated training areas or route lines on the map.

Import your KML files into ForeFlight via iTunes sideloading, then display them on the map by enabling them in the layer selector, just like with other map overlays. Watch our video tutorial above to learn more about importing KML files into ForeFlight.

Helpful New Device Disconnect Alert

In a perfect flying world, the wireless connections we use in the cockpit would never experience issues. But whether from a dead battery, connection issues, or human error, both portable and installed equipment can unexpectedly disconnect. ForeFlight’s new Device Disconnect Alert provides a prominent visual and audio alert that allows you to quickly troubleshoot and restore connection or switch to an alternative data source. This helpful new alert monitors both portable and panel-mounted avionics.

You can manage all alerts in ForeFlight in More > Settings > Alerts.

More Document Support: View Word, Powerpoint, and Excel Files in ForeFlight

ForeFlight Documents now includes support for Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files. Import and save your POH, local procedures, common radio frequencies, or any other .docx, .pptx, or .xlsx file for easy access in ForeFlight’s Documents view. Connect your Amazon S3, Dropbox, or Box account to securely deliver document files and updates via the cloud.

Import your Microsoft Office documents into ForeFlight via iTunes sideloading, and easily share documents with your friends or fellow pilots with the Send To button.

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Surface Wind Analysis Now Available with SiriusXM

In ForeFlight Mobile 9.0 we’ve added a high resolution surface wind analysis to the list of map layers you can display through the SiriusXM satellite weather broadcast. This new product includes both windspeed and direction presented as wind barbs similar to the winds aloft layer. Tapping on any wind barb will show the specific details.

The surface wind analysis layer broadcast by SiriusXM will provide an overview of the general circulation of the prevailing wind about 10 meters above the surface. Tapping on any wind barb will display the valid time as well as the windspeed and direction at that location.

Two surface wind layers?

Yes, there will be two surface wind layers when connected to the SXAR1. The layer you have been using in prior releases and the one you can view when connected to the Internet is strictly based on surface observations from the various weather reporting stations around the world (typically airports). This depicts the actual wind reported in the routine observation (METAR) or special observation (SPECI). The surface wind layer is depicted at weather stations as colored wind barbs; at this point in time the wind markers shown include the gust factor.

The surface wind layer that is based on observations is shown as wind barbs color-coded based on the observed wind speed at weather stations.

The new surface wind analysis layer is not observed data from weather stations, but instead is generated by a forecast model, and therefore, completely automated. It’s only available when connected to the SXAR1 and shows an analysis of the prevailing wind at 10 meters above the surface; it does not include the gust factor. Unlike the observed data that is updated when new observations are taken, the surface wind analysis is updated once every hour.  When refreshed, this will provide wind data that will be valid at the top of the previous hour.

The surface wind analysis broadcast by SiriusXM shows low level atmospheric circulations very well as seen here as a Nor’easter deepens over the Delmarva Peninsula.

The primary value of this new layer is to show low level circulations at the synoptic scale level. This will point out high (clockwise) and low pressure (counter-clockwise) circulations as well as lines of convergence in the vicinity of strong frontal boundaries. This is difficult to see with the coarse network of observing sites throughout the U.S. But with the high resolution surface wind barb analysis, these circulations and convergence zones show up nicely.


Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) will become operational in April

Effective April 13, 2017, the experimental Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) produced by the NWS Aviation Weather Center (AWC) will transition to operational status. As you may have heard, the GFA was created in response to a formal request by the FAA to discontinue production of the textual Area Forecasts (FA). According to the NWS headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, “the requirements for the underlying meteorological information in the FA have not changed. The FAA recognizes that, given modern advances within the NWS, the legacy text FA is no longer the best source of en route flight planning weather information.”

The new graphical forecasts are designed to provide meteorological information equivalent to the textual FA. The GFA product includes observations and forecasts for the continental United States that provide data critical for aviation safety. The data is overlaid on high-resolution base maps that you can test drive here. Given this will be the replacement for the FA, it means that all of the forecasts will terminate at the U.S. borders. FAs for Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico will not be affected at this point in time.

For the time being, the legacy FA will continue to be generated in parallel with the GFA. The GFA is automated whereas the legacy FA is issued by forecasters at the AWC. At some point in the future, forecasters at the AWC will discontinue issuing this textual forecast. And don’t be surprised if the two forecasts contradict one another – let’s look at an example:

Below is the GFA valid at 23Z (issued at 2102Z) for cloud coverage along with tops and bases for the Northeast and Great Lakes. Notice that it forecasts just high cirrus clouds over a majority of Maine.

The GFA cloud forecast shows cloud coverage (color contours) as well as bases and tops. (click for larger image)

However, the legacy FA for this area shown below suggests a totally different forecast. This area forecast was amended by the FA forecaster for the eastern region at 1935Z. This forecast (highlighted below) suggests that after 21Z NW Maine is expected to have overcast clouds with bases at 2,000 – 3000 feet MSL. And NERN Maine is expected to have overcast cloud bases of 1,500 feet MSL. The forecaster also issued an AIRMET for IFR conditions covering most of the northeastern U.S.

FAUS41 KKCI 141935 AAA
BOSC FA 141935 AMD
CLDS/WX VALID UNTIL 150600...OTLK VALID 150600-151200
NW ME/NRN-SW NH/VT...OVC020-030 TOP FL250. VIS 3SM -SN BR. 21Z
NERN ME...OVC030 TOP FL250. VIS 3-5SM -SN. 21Z OVC015. VIS 3SM

Notice the Synopsis section simply says “SEE MIA FA FOR SYNOPSIS.” Most pilots were probably not taught that the FA has a 3,000 character limit. So, with a raging Nor’easter occurring in the Northeast, they didn’t have enough characters available for the Boston FA to provide a complete synopsis. In that case, the forecaster opted to place the Boston synopsis in the Miami FA.

For the potential of clouds in Maine, the legacy FA proved to be much more accurate than the new GFA. Most of Maine was experiencing IFR conditions as denoted by AIRMET Sierra shown here.

At this point in time, the AWC is not providing public access to some of the underlying data you may see on the webpage mentioned above. We are busy at ForeFlight trying to determine how to best incorporate these forecasts from the GFA once they become available. So stay tuned.