Weather in Profile View, Overheat Alerts, and More in ForeFlight’s 12.6 Release.

ForeFlight 12.6 includes weather in Profile View, iPad/iPhone Overheat Alerts, additional Internet Traffic details, and more.

Weather in Profile view

ForeFlight’s Profile View includes selectable Icing and Turbulence forecast layers, providing a cross-section of weather in addition to terrain, obstacles, and airspace along your route. Icing and Turbulence in Profile View are included in ForeFlight’s Performance Plus and Business Performance subscription plans.

Create a route on the Maps view then tap Profile in the bottom-right to open Profile View. Profile View shows a side-on view of your route in relation to terrain, obstacles, airspace, and now weather.

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One major change to Profile is the addition of a layer selector that allows you to toggle different layers within Profile View, including Airspace, US or Global Icing, and US or Global Turbulence. Profile View uses the same color scales as the overhead map to depict varying intensities for each layer at multiple altitudes in relation to your route line.

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Tap the Profile Layer Selector, and tap a weather layer to display it in Profile. In addition to Airspace, Profile View can display one Icing layer and one Turbulence layer simultaneously. Each selected layer shows how long ago the current forecast data was issued. All four weather layers use the same data as their corresponding layers on the overhead map, providing multiple perspectives of a single forecast. ADS-B, XM, and military Icing and Turbulence layers are not supported in Profile View.

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Rather than using a time slider to show different forecast periods like the overhead map, Profile View combines any forecast periods that will be active during your flight into one seamless display. The waypoint markers in Profile View include estimated crossing times, allowing you to easily determine the forecast period shown at each waypoint and view the same forecast on the overhead map. Changing the selected aircraft or performance profile will display different icing and turbulence data in Profile view based on the route’s new enroute time.

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If a portion of your route’s planned active time lies beyond a weather layer’s forecast range, Profile View will display a hatch pattern to indicate where data is not available (visible on the right side of the screenshots below). It will also provide warnings letting you know which forecast data is not available for some or all of your flight. This hatching also appears if you disconnect from the internet without downloading weather data via Pack. With the data downloaded, Profile view’s inflight mode also supports all four weather layers, allowing you to view current and future forecast periods in relation to your current altitude and heading.

Another way to use Profile View with or without a route entered is by placing two fingers on the overhead map to bring up the Ruler, then move your fingers to reposition it. Using the Ruler with Profile View provides a cross-section of the terrain, obstacles, airspace, and selected weather layers at the Ruler’s current position. Profile View shows only the current forecast period for Icing and Turbulence layers when using the Ruler.

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Overheat Alerts

ForeFlight warns you if your iPad or iPhone is in danger of overheating with a prominent visual and audible alert, allowing you to take steps to cool the device and potentially avert a shutdown during a flight.

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Manage all alerts in ForeFlight in More > Settings > Alerts. The alert is triggered when ForeFlight detects that your device is dangerously hot and at risk of overheating and shutting down. If your device heats up too quickly, your iPad or iPhone may still overheat and shut down before ForeFlight can display the alert. The alert will not sound more than once per hour, even if your device returns to a high-temperature state after initially cooling down.

Removing the iPad or iPhone from direct sunlight and turning an air vent towards it are the best ways to quickly cool it down. Other ways you can cool your device down include removing your device from its case, closing unused apps, and unplugging it from its charging cable. A number of powered cases that cool the iPad using fans are also available from Sporty’s and other vendors. 

Additional Internet Traffic Details

ForeFlight’s Internet Traffic layer provides additional information for aircraft markers, including its expanded call sign, ETA, departure, and destination if available.

Turn on Internet Traffic in the layer selector in the Maps view. Tap on any aircraft marker to view a popup with information about that aircraft.

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The popups for most aircraft on IFR flight plans show the departure and destination airports and filed ETA, while many aircraft on VFR flights provide only the departure airport. Some traffic targets provide no route details. If an aircraft is using a call sign, the popup will show its expanded name in most cases. Internet Traffic targets with blocked tail numbers will not report any route or call sign information.

Learn more about Internet Traffic here.

High-Resolution Basemap Improvements

ForeFlight’s High Resolution Basemap received some improvements to mountain peaks and passes. The Basemap identifies mountain peaks using a small triangle icon in place of the previous dot icon. The Basemap also displays many additional U.S. mountain passes with their associated elevations.

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Download the High Resolution Basemap in More > Downloads > Download Settings. Turn on mountain peaks and passes in Map Settings (cog button on the Maps view) > Terrain > Peaks, Passes, and Cables.

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You can also change the size of the icons by turning on the Aeronautical Map in the layer selector, and adjusting the text size slider in Map Settings.

Y/Z Filing in Canada

Customers flying in Canada can now file flight plans under Y or Z flight rules through ForeFlight. Since these flight rules both include VFR portions, certain fields in the flight plan form that are required for Canadian VFR flights are also required for Y and Z flights, including Undercarriage, ELT, Arrival Report, and more. Cross-border flights from Canada to the U.S. or to airspace delegated to the U.S. by Canada for ATC traffic purposes do not support Y/Z flight rules.

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New Passenger App, Route Line in Profile, and More in ForeFlight 11.2

ForeFlight 11.2 is available now with a brand new “Passenger” companion app, as well as new features like route line in Profile view, airspace hiding by altitude, 3D View anywhere, and more!

Passenger App

Passenger is the new companion app to ForeFlight Mobile that allows your passengers to follow along with the flight and answers the question “Are we there yet?”

Available on the App Store now, Passenger is free to download and requires no setup. Your travel companions will be able to view the route of flight overlaid on the map, real-time aircraft position, speed, altitude, estimated time of arrival, and more – right on their own iPad or iPhone.

Connectivity between ForeFlight Mobile and Passenger is available for all ForeFlight subscribers. To wirelessly share your route with nearby devices running Passenger, tap into More > Passenger in the ForeFlight Mobile app, then tap Enable & Start. Both devices should have Wi-Fi enabled for the connection to work.

If you make changes to the route, ForeFlight will automatically transmit them to Passenger. Passengers can pan and zoom around the map without affecting anything in your ForeFlight Mobile app. Passenger supports Split View and Slide Over on iPad so users can multitask while staying up to date with flight information. 

Be sure to let your friends and family know about Passenger before they join you on your next flight! Learn more at foreflight.com/passenger.

Route Line in Profile View

Profile View now offers a side-on perspective of your route line and inflight progress in relation to terrain, obstacles, and airspace, supplementing the top-down map view and improving your situational awareness.

In the Flight Plan Editor on the Maps view, select an aircraft, create a route, then tap Profile near the bottom-right corner. Profile View shows your planned route line in relation to terrain, obstacles, and airspace. ForeFlight uses your aircraft’s performance data to depict realistic climb and descent profiles, including top of climb and top of descent points. The detailed ForeFlight Performance Profiles that are available with the Performance Plus plan will give the most accurate depiction, but ForeFlight will also use basic performance profiles to show climb and descent. You can zoom and pan left and right in the Profile View to get a closer look at any part of the route.

Inflight mode vs Route mode.jpgAfter takeoff, Profile View automatically switches to an inflight mode that shows your current altitude and the terrain, obstacles, and airspace up to 65 nautical miles ahead of your current position. Tap the route icon in the top right to switch back to the plan view. If you are within the route corridor, the plan view will display your current position and altitude in relation to your planned route.

Profile View is included in ForeFlight Pro plans and above and you can learn more about ForeFlight’s mobile hazard awareness technology at foreflight.com/hazard.

Hide Airspace by Altitude

Declutter ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map by hiding airspace above a selected altitude, making it easier to focus on airspace more relevant to your route. You can find the “Hide Airspace Above” option in Map Settings > Airspace, and enter altitudes in either feet or flight level (e.g. 18,000 or 180). Erasing the value will turn off the setting and show all airspace. A small banner appears in the bottom-right corner of the map if airspace is hidden to keep you aware of the current setting, and if you climb to within 1,000 feet of hidden airspace along your route, ForeFlight will automatically reveal it, helping you stay aware of airspace when you need to be.

3D View, Anywhere

3D AnywhereAccess 3D View for any location on Earth, not just airports. 3D View combines high-resolution terrain and aerial imagery to create a realistic representation of wherever you tap and allows you to zoom and rotate the map in three dimensions. To see 3D View, tap-hold a spot on the map, then tap the “3D” button in the top right of the Add to Route window. Use 3D View anywhere to get a better sense of what terrain and obstacles will look like on your route so you’re more prepared for your next flight.

Send Block Times to Logbook

Block Times to LogbookWhen you send a flight plan that has block times entered in the Flight Log to Logbook, those block times are now carried over and appear in the new Logbook entry. These times are similarly preserved when you send a recorded track log to Logbook, including when a draft Logbook entry is created automatically from a new Track Log. Learn more about Logbook here.

Gogo ATG Support

Gogo LogoGogo’s ATG and AVANCE lines of inflight Wi-Fi systems can now provide GPS position and indicated altitude in ForeFlight. Optionally limit expensive data usage over Gogo’s network by disabling ForeFlight’s internet-connected capabilities like streamed weather data. Along with Satcom Direct Router support, Gogo support is available with Performance Plus and Business Performance subscriptions. See what other connectivity options ForeFlight supports here.

New Europe Coverage

Air Million EU CoverageThis release brings new AIP charts and data for Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia, including IFR high and low enroute charts, IFR and VFR procedure charts, airport diagrams, VFR ICAO charts for Italy, and AIP documents. Jeppesen’s IFR and VFR aeronautical data is also included for all three countries.

We also have new optional VFR add-ons available, including the Avioportolano VFR Chart and Flight Guide for Italy, DFS VFR 500 Charts for Italy and Croatia, the Slovenian Rogers Data VFR Trip Kit and 1:200k Chart, and the Air Million VFR 1:1,000,000 Chart combo which covers Western, Central, Southern, and some of Eastern Europe, as well as the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands.

Visit foreflight.com/europe to learn more about what features European pilots can benefit from, and see all available charts and data with prices here.