Files in Flights, enhanced Approach Procedure Markers, and more in ForeFlight’s December release.

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Our last major release of 2019 includes Files in Flights, enhanced Approach Procedure Markers, NOTAM warnings in Route Editor, and more! ForeFlight 11.11 is available for download now on the App Store.

Files in Flights

ForeFlight allows you to associate files, documents, and photos with flight plans using the Files in Flights feature, helping you keep important flight resources organized and easily accessible. Files in Flights is included in ForeFlight Performance plans.

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Tap the Files button near the top of a flight plan to open the Files view, where you can see any attached files and add new ones. Tap the plus button in the top-right to select the source of the file you want to add. Photos allows you to attach an image from the iOS Photos app or take a new photo using your device’s camera. You can then crop or rotate the photo before attaching it. 

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The second option allows you to browse ForeFlight Documents on your device and select downloaded files to attach to the flight. Tap the download button to the right of any files that you haven’t downloaded to download and attach them. 

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Lastly, you can browse and select files from your device’s internal storage using the Files button.

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There are other ways to attach files to flights as well. When viewing a Document or Scratchpad in ForeFlight, tap the Send To button and tap Attach to Flights to select one or more flights that will receive the file.

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When you import a file to ForeFlight via AirDrop, iTunes, or from other apps, tap Flights in the import modal to select which flights will receive the file. 

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Any files that you add to flights are independent copies of the originals, so deleting the original files won’t delete them from flights, and deleting or annotating files in flights won’t impact the originals either. Tap the button to the right of the Back button to toggle between a list and tile view, and tap the Edit button to delete files. Tap on a file to view it and tap the pencil button at the top of the file to access the same full-featured annotation capabilities as in Documents. You can also tap the magnifying glass when viewing a PDF to access document search and the table of contents. Tap Edit within a file to rename it, or to delete it from that flight and tap the Send To button to open the iOS share sheet, allowing you to share the file via AirDrop, Mail and other apps, or take actions like copying, printing, and saving the file to the iOS Files app. You can also edit a .txt file directly in the Files view.

Files in Flights are included in ForeFlight Sync, so any files you add or change on one mobile device will also be available on your other signed-in devices. A red dot on the Files button indicates that one or more new files are available on that device. ForeFlight automatically downloads newly-added files over Wi-Fi, as well as syncing changes like annotations or renamed files in seconds.

 

Enhanced Approach Procedure Markers

Approach procedures loaded in your route on the Maps view can now show Jeppesen-sourced speed, altitude, and IAF/FAF information for each waypoint marker in the procedure, even when the procedure plate isn’t displayed. Enhanced Approach Procedure Markers are included in ForeFlight Performance plans. 

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Add an approach procedure to your route in the Maps view by tapping the Procedure Advisor button in the top right of the Flight Plan Editor and then tapping into Approach. Select an approach and add it to your route. Each approach marker’s label shows associated altitude and/or speed limits in addition to the waypoint name. Additionally, the markers for an approach’s initial approach fix and final approach fix use unique icons for faster identification. 

They are available for most, but not all approach procedures in ForeFlight.

 

NOTAM Warnings in Route Editor

The Route Editor on the Maps view will now warn you of airport or runway closure NOTAMs affecting airports in your route.

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When creating a route on the Maps view, ForeFlight will alert you of any closure NOTAMs by displaying a red warning icon on the airport’s route bubble. To see the NOTAM or NOTAMs producing the alert, tap the route bubble and tap “View Alert NOTAM” in the list of options.

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Tap “Show All NOTAMs” to view other NOTAMs at that airport using the tabs at the top of the window.

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NOTAM warnings in the Route Editor are only available on iPad, not on iPhone or on ForeFlight Web.

 

Georeferenced SIDs/STARs in Procedure Advisors

Procedure Advisor will now show Departure and Arrival procedure plates in the Procedure Preview when you select a procedure with a georeferenced plate, just like with Approach procedures. 

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With at least one airport entered in your route on the Maps view, tap the Procedure button in the top right of the Flight Plan Editor to open Procedure Advisor. Tap into Departures or Arrivals to choose from a list of available options. Selecting a procedure will overlay the georeferenced plate right in the interactive map window. 

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Georeferenced SID/STAR plates for airports in the U.S. and Canada are currently only available from Jeppesen, and viewing georeferenced charts on the map or in Procedure Advisor is available with ForeFlight’s Pro Plus subscription plan and above.

 

NAV CANADA Flight Plan Fields

Pilots filing flight plans to, from, or within Canada can now access new fields in the filing form to better comply with NAV CANADA requirements. 

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With a flight plan loaded on the Flights view, tap Proceed to File to bring up the flight plan filing form. Any flight plan that includes a Canadian departure or destination shows the NAV CANADA section at the bottom of the flight plan form, with fields for specifying your aircraft’s undercarriage type, the flight’s arrival report (used to indicate which FIC you plan to close your VFR flight plan with), and your aircraft’s emergency locator transmitter (ELT) type. 

Blog post NAV CANADA Place NameIn addition, the flight plan form now includes “Place Name” fields in the departure and destination sections to help ATC identify either location when you file with lat/long coordinates instead of airport identifiers. 

The Aircraft Detail view also includes a new NAV CANADA section with Undercarriage and ELT Type fields, allowing you to independently configure these for each of your aircraft.

 

iOS/iPadOS 13.3 and ForeFlight

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Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

iOS/iPadOS 13.2.3 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.2.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

iOS/iPadOS 13.2.2 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.2.2 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

iOS/iPadOS 13.2 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.2 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

High Resolution Basemap, Multi-Select Map Layers, Custom Safety Distance Factor, and more in ForeFlight 11.9

ForeFlight’s October release includes a new High Resolution Basemap, a setting to select multiple map layers at once, the ability to add custom Safety Distance Factors for Takeoff & Landing Performance, and more.

High Resolution Basemap

ForeFlight’s High Resolution Basemap depicts ground features and cultural elements in much greater detail for improved inflight reference.

ForeFlight’s basemap is what you see with no other charts or maps other than the Aeronautical Map enabled, and includes terrain, roads, and other cultural elements.

The default basemap provides a basic depiction of major roads and urban areas, while the High Resolution Basemap dramatically increases the level of detail, exposing minor roads and individual railway lines, increasing the resolution of coastlines and urban areas, and highlighting national parks and forests in green. The High Resolution Basemap also adds terrain peak markers with altitudes so you can easily identify the highest points in an area. You can enable/disable these by tapping Map Settings (cog button in the Maps View) > Terrain and toggling the Peaks switch on/off. 

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Cultural Elements Settings

The Cultural Elements menu in Map Settings also allows you to toggle different features of the basemap on or off. The last element, Points of Interest, includes landmarks or notable buildings that are visible from the air, such as castles and palaces in Europe, and will include additional elements in the future.

Like with High Resolution Terrain, ForeFlight will automatically select and download the High Resolution Basemap for your region, but you can also download the basemap for other regions by enabling it in Download Settings. Toggle the High Resolution Basemap switch on for a region and select each desired country/state for download.

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Multi-Select Map Layers

Toggle multiple map layers in a row without having to reopen the Layer Selector each time.Multi-select map layersEnable the new “Multiple Selections” setting at the bottom of the Map Settings menu (cog button on the maps view), or in More > Settings > Layer Selector.

Once enabled, the Layer Selector remains open until you tap elsewhere on the screen, allowing you to quickly toggle as many layers as you want.

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AOPA FBO Fees

ForeFlight displays FBO fees from AOPA’s Airport Directory to help you make more informed flight planning decisions. AOPA’s FBO fee directory includes about 40,000 fees from businesses in the United States to increase cost transparency, benefiting pilots and FBOs. 

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To view FBO fees, navigate to an FBO on the Airports View, Maps View, Plates View, or Flights View. Access an FBO’s fees from the FBO detail view by tapping the Fees tab. For each fee ForeFlight shows the type of fee and any notes on the left and the cost on the right. Fees that vary by aircraft type or other factors show a range of costs that you can tap into to see the full breakdown.

FBO fees are usually updated in ForeFlight within a week of being updated in AOPA’s Airport Directory, and you can see when FBO fees were last updated by looking below the fee list. If you are an admin for an FBO, please contact AOPA to change fees in their directory so your fee list can update in ForeFlight. 

 

Custom Takeoff & Landing Performance Safety Margins 

ForeFlight’s Takeoff & Landing Performance feature allows you to specify a safety distance factor to produce more conservative runway performance calculations in response to runway conditions or other factors. Takeoff & Landing Performance is included in ForeFlight Performance plans and supports many piston and single-engine turboprop aircraft types.

FAA Chart Still FrameIn March of 2019, the FAA issued a Safety Alert detailing the importance of including a landing distance factor in landing performance calculations based on runway conditions. Even for dry runways, the FAA suggests multiplying the original landing distance result by a factor of 1.67 to increase the safety margin. 

IMG_0585You can specify your own safety distance factor for both takeoff and landing directly in ForeFlight’s Takeoff and Landing Performance views. After planning a flight using an aircraft that supports Takeoff & Landing Performance, tap either of the Takeoff or Landing buttons near the top of the Flights view and select a runway to calculate the initial distance results.

safety-distance factors wwwTap the Safety Distance Factor line at the bottom of the Aircraft Configuration section to enter a new number between 1 and 10. ForeFlight multiplies the initial distance result with this number to produce the final result, so specifying a factor of 1.5 will increase your desired distances by 50%, a factor of 2.0 will double them, and so on. 

You can specify different Safety Distance Factors for takeoff and landing, as well as for different aircraft profiles. ForeFlight saves and automatically applies each factor on future flights with the same aircraft, making it easy to customize each aircraft’s safety factor and reuse it on the next flight. 

 

Logbook Total Time Autofill 

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ForeFlight can now automatically fill certain Logbook fields based on a flight’s Total Time, simplifying the process of filling in new entries.

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Select the fields you want to auto-fill with Total Time in More > Logbook > Settings > Auto-Fill Settings. Options include PIC, SIC, Dual Given, Dual Received, and Cross Country, and you can also enable auto-fill for your own custom fields if they are configured as Hours under field type.

The other new Logbook feature, “Total time Calculation”, can be found in More > Logbook > Settings > Total Time Calculation. This setting allows you to choose how ForeFlight calculates Total Time if you don’t enter it directly. Options include Hobbs Time, Tach Time, Block Time, Flight Time, or Duty Time. 

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FMS Flight Plan Uplink with Collins Avionics

If you use Collins/ARINC as your data-link service provider, you can now generate flight plan recall codes directly from ForeFlight. After filing a flight plan, open the Flights view Navlog to find the auto-generated recall number in the bottom-left. ForeFlight also supports FMS flight plan uplink with Satcom Direct and Honeywell avionics.

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Flight Plan Uplink is available with Performance Plus and Business Performance subscriptions. Learn more about Flight Plan Uplink here.

 

Aerial Refueling Tracks 

ForeFlight Military Flight Bag displays Aerial Refueling Tracks for both training and operational use around the world, helping military pilots plan and conduct flights that include aerial refueling.

AR Track SettingLike Military Training Routes, Aerial Refueling Tracks are built into ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map layer, and you can enable them in the Map Settings menu (cog button in the Maps view) in conjunction with Military Training Routes or on their own.

The tracks appear as green lines on the map, with associated labels and markers representing different points along each track.

AR Track MarkersSquares represent track entry points, and those with an “i” represent air refueling initial points. Dotted lines connecting squares to tracks represent entry legs. Circles represent both navigation checkpoints and anchor patterns, and circles surrounded by four small squares represent anchor and control points. Finally, stars represent exit points. Point names include navaid bearing and distance information as published in FLIP to assist in flight planning.

Tap anywhere along a track to add it to your route and see detailed information, including the track name, refueling altitude, TACAN information, communication frequencies, and remarks. Tapping on track points will yield similar information, as well as the point’s usage and location information. Tap on overlapping points or tracks to choose between them. Tap hold on the map to see nearby refueling track points, along with Military Training Route waypoints.

AR Track ExpandAdding Aerial Refueling Tracks to your route works much the same as Military Training Routes, with some differences. Type the track’s name into the flight plan editor to add the entire track from entry to exit. You can then tap on the track’s name in the bubble editor and tap “Expand AR Pattern” to break it into its component waypoints for easier editing. Using the Reverse button in the flight plan editor preserves the internal structure and direction of a Refueling Track if you haven’t expanded it. If you have, the Track points will also reverse along with the rest of the route. 

When you add individual points from a track one at a time, ForeFlight ensures that your route follows the track’s actual pattern by automatically inserting bends where required.

iOS and iPadOS 13.1.3 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.1.3 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

iOS and iPadOS 13.1.2 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.1.2 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

Track Log Search and Fuel Notes in ForeFlight 11.8

ForeFlight’s September release includes the ability to search for track logs and view notes related to fuel prices.

Track Log Search

Quickly find one or more recorded track logs using the new search bar at the top of the Track Log view. You can search for track logs by departure or destination, aircraft (for track logs that are associated with one), GPS source, and device name. 

Navigate to More > Track Logs and tap the bar at the top of the screen to start searching. 

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Fuel Notes

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View important information related to FBO fuel prices, like whether tax is included, accepted payment methods, instructions for accessing or operating the pump, and more.

Any notes added by an FBO manager will appear directly below the list of fuel prices on that FBO’s detail view.

FBO managers can add fuel notes through their Directory account on ForeFlight’s web portal. To add fuel notes, navigate to your business’s page and click the Fuel tab at the top of the screen to access the Fuel Notes text box, just below the fuel prices.

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iOS/iPadOS 13.1 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and both iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 is complete and we are issuing the “all-clear” to ForeFlight customers. Feel free to update at your convenience. Stay tuned to our company news, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for announcements regarding future updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running, and follow this link to learn how you can update your iOS version.

Note regarding iPadOS: With this release, Apple has introduced a new name for its iPad-specific operating system: iPadOS. iPadOS builds on iOS and continues its version numbering, with iPadOS 13.1 being the first release under the new name. iPhones will continue to run on the iOS system, which is now also at 13.1. Moving forward, we will specify which operating system and device types our compatibility testing communications apply to: iOS, iPadOS, or both.