iOS/iPadOS 13.5.1 and ForeFlight

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We are performing compatibility testing between ForeFlight and the newly released iOS/iPadOS 13.5.1 to ensure that everything is working smoothly. We will update this post with an “all-clear” when testing is completed. Please also stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates.

Follow this link to learn how you can check which Apple iOS version you are currently running.

Internet Traffic, Multitasking Support on iPad, Major Design Enhancements, and More in ForeFlight’s May Release

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ForeFlight 12.4 includes Internet Traffic, Multitasking support on iPad, major design enhancements, and more.

Internet Traffic Via FlightAware

Stream live global aircraft traffic directly in ForeFlight with the Internet Traffic feature. In partnership with FlightAware, ForeFlight allows you to view airborne traffic around the globe, and ground traffic at thousands of airports worldwide, to help you gauge airport activity like active arrivals and runways, see how ATC vectors traffic around weather, or assist with plane spotting on the ground. 

Turn on the Traffic layer by tapping Map layer selector (button in the top left corner) > Traffic. Internet Traffic is associated with the same map layer as ADS-B traffic and is selectable when connected to the internet on the ground or via inflight Wi-Fi like Gogo and Satcom Direct. When you connect to an ADS-B receiver, the Traffic layer will automatically switch to displaying only ADS-B traffic received from the device and stop showing Internet Traffic unless you’re connected to inflight Wi-Fi. The timestamp in the top-left of the map displays the source of traffic any time the Traffic layer is enabled. 

 

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Like ADS-B traffic, Internet Traffic displays both airborne and ground targets with at-a-glance altitude and tail number or callsign, if available. Unlike ADS-B traffic, which shows each target’s altitude relative to your own, Internet Traffic shows each target’s pressure altitude directly. Tap on any traffic target to view more information about it, including its distance and bearing from your position, its heading, speed, aircraft type, the source of the aircraft’s position report, and a timer indicating the age of the last report. 

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Position reports for Internet Traffic are less frequent compared to ADS-B traffic, so ForeFlight uses the last-reported position, heading, and speed of airborne traffic to interpolate its movement and smoothly animate it on the map. Aircraft that are turning or changing speed causes the icons to race to catch up to the actual position from the expected position. For this reason, Internet Traffic should not be used for inflight traffic avoidance or tactical decision making. 

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ForeFlight filters out what traffic it displays to minimize clutter and excessive data usage. Zoom far out to only show the highest-altitude traffic, and zoom in to view progressively lower altitude traffic. Ground traffic fades into view with ForeFlight’s embedded airport diagrams, while high-altitude traffic is hidden at this level. Position reports for ground traffic are delivered more frequently than for airborne traffic, so ForeFlight doesn’t animate movement on the ground.  

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With the ability to stream live global traffic from your home, hangar, or FBO, Internet Traffic opens new avenues for enhancing your flight planning, checking on airport activity, or simply enjoying the view of what’s going on overhead. Internet Traffic is included in all ForeFlight subscription plans.

View our in-depth blog post for more information about Internet Traffic.

 

Multitasking Support on iPad

ForeFlight Mobile supports iOS Multitasking on iPad, allowing you to use ForeFlight in Split Screen or Slide Over view with other apps at the same time. 

To open ForeFlight in Split Screen, first open either ForeFlight or another app that supports iOS multitasking. Swipe up slowly from the bottom of the screen to reveal the iOS dock that houses apps that you use most frequently or have used recently. Drag the other app’s icon from the dock to either side of the screen and the open app will move over to make room for it. If an app doesn’t respond this way, it likely means that one or both of the apps you’re trying to use don’t support multitasking. Release the app and your iPad will display both apps simultaneously side by side. 

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Drag the separator between the two apps to change their relative sizes, dismiss one app by dragging the separator all the way to one side of the screen, or switch the app’s positions by dragging the top of one app to the other side of the screen. 

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You can also open other apps on top of ForeFlight and vice-versa via Slide Over view. Like Split Screen, start by opening ForeFlight or another app that supports iOS multitasking, then drag the other app’s icon from the iOS dock to the center of the screen instead of the side. You can then tap and drag the top of the app to reposition it on the screen, or swipe it to the side of the screen to dismiss it. 

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You can disable iOS Multitasking in your Device Settings > Home Screen & Dock > Multitasking > Allow Multiple Apps. Multitasking requires at least iOS 11 and is available for all ForeFlight users. 

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Slide-Out More Menu, Edit Tab Order, and “Dynamic” Tab

The More tab in ForeFlight Mobile now displays a compact menu on the right side of the screen so you can view it without leaving the tab you’re on. 

Tap More to open the menu over any tab you currently have open. Downloads and Settings are now at the top of the More menu and appear as modals that you can quickly dismiss by swiping down from the top. Below Downloads and Settings are a list of views that now open in full screen, with new double-column layouts on iPad that better utilize the available space. 

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Tap Edit Tab Order and drag the three lines next to each view to organize the tabs. Tap Save to keep the changes, Reset to Default Order to revert back to the original organization, or tap Cancel to exit without saving the order. The order set here will be reflected in the tab bar, and you can find additional views in the More menu. Changing your iPad’s orientation or using ForeFlight in Split Screen will change how many tabs are available at once and the rightmost tabs are pushed into the More menu as available space shrinks. Tab order does not sync between devices, allowing you to have different setups on iPad and iPhone to match how you use them. 

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The last tab you opened from the More menu is always available just to the left of More with a new “Dynamic” tab that allows you to quickly jump between that and your other tabs. 

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The Slide-Out More menu, the ability to edit your tab order, and the new “Dynamic” tab allow you to quickly switch between your most used views, and utilize more screen space for all of your views. 

 

Other Notable Enhancements

ForeFlight on iPhone

  • Now supports the FPL “Bubble Editor” on Maps 
  • Dedicated Plate and Scratchpad views
  • All other previously iPad-only features (with the exception of Profile View)
  • Looks and functions exactly like the iPad 1/3rd view in Split Screen 

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Airports

  • Frequencies, Services, A/FD, and More tabs have been combined into a single “Info” tab.
  • Forecast Discussion is now under the TAF section which opens up in a much larger view for easier reading. 
  • The cells in the Runway tab and the airport header contain more details than before. 
  • Airport popup on Maps now uses the same layout as the Airports view, providing faster access to Procedures, Runways, and more. 

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Maps

  • The Edit, Navlog, and Profile buttons are on the right edge of the FPL editor
  • Hide or show the Aeronautical Map’s quick filter buttons on the left side of the screen by tapping Map Settings (cog button on the Maps view) > Quick Filters. 

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Support

  • A support tab is available just above About in the More menu, with links to support resources on ForeFlight’s website and the in-app Pilot’s Guide.

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Aircraft Type Restrictions in Procedure Advisor

Procedure Advisor displays aircraft type restrictions for SIDs and STARs so you can quickly identify suitable procedures for your aircraft. Colored tags for Piston, Turboprop, and Jet aircraft appear beneath procedures that are restricted to the aircraft types shown. 

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iOS/iPadOS 13.5 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.5 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.

What’s New in ForeFlight Dispatch (May 2020)

We’ve continued updating Dispatch since the last post to expand its capabilities even further, with new highly-requested features like Custom Airports, global RAIM prediction, expanded map layers, and more.

Custom Airports

Unlock flight planning to and from any location you want by defining your own custom airports that can be used just like regular airports. Account admins can access the Custom Airports page in Dispatch Settings. From here you can view the details of all custom airports on your account so far, delete any of them, and create new custom airports.

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Every custom airport is defined simply by a unique four-letter identifier, a name, and a set of lat/long coordinates. When adding a new custom airport you can either enter or paste these coordinates into the proper text field manually, or use the built-in map to zoom in on the airport’s location and right click to mark the coordinates.

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In addition to the admin-only Custom Airports view, any flight planner or pilot in Dispatch can add a custom airport right from the Flight Edit view. Start typing in any of the airport fields to see the “Add a custom airport” button appear at the bottom of the drop-down, and click it to add the new airport’s remaining details and save it to the account. You can then immediately use that custom airport for the flight plan. When you file a flight plan to or from a custom airport, Dispatch automatically provides the airport’s coordinates and name in the proper fields of the ICAO filing form, allowing you to file the flight plan as easily as you would with known airports.

Global RAIM Prediction

Dispatch now supports receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM) analysis for flight plans anywhere in the world, not just in the U.S. A new setting switch in the Dispatch Settings menu allows you to set RAIM to be U.S.-only or Worldwide. With Worldwide RAIM enabled, the Dispatch briefing package includes a new page containing details about the calculation and any predicted outages for both your departure and destination airports.

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Route Map Improvements

Dispatch’s Route Map includes new map layers that provide information about airport-specific weather like Surface Winds, Visibility, Ceiling, and more. These layers are all derived from each airport’s latest METAR, so they’re available for any airport reporting METARs anywhere in the world.

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The Route Map also includes new government chart layers for the U.S., Canada, and Europe, based on which regions are included in your ForeFlight subscription. Both VFR and IFR High/Low charts are included for each region, bringing Dispatch’s Route Map more in line with the capability of the mobile app.

Lastly, you can now collapse the Performance table just above the Route Map in the Flight Edit view by clicking the caret button on the left. The Route Map then expands upward to fill the space, allowing flight planners to work with a larger map.

New Operational Rules: Type of Flight & Avoid FIR

Dispatch supports two new types of Operational Rules to give account administrators more centralized control over flights planned in Dispatch. The “Type of Flight” rule allows you to determine what flight category certain flights must be filed under. Options include G – General Aviation, N – Non-scheduled, S – Scheduled, M – Military, and X – Other. Any flights matching the rule’s criteria (departure airport, destination airport, and/or aircraft tail number) will automatically use the selected flight type, but flight planners can manually change it if needed.

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The second new rule is adapted from the “Avoid FIR” route constraint used to generate a Recommended Route that avoids certain airspace. Click the Airspaces dropdown on the right and scroll through the list of FIRs, or search by FIR name, identifier, or country, selecting all the FIRs you want to include in the rule. After defining the rule’s criteria and saving it, any flights matching the criteria will automatically adopt the Avoid FIR route constraint for all the FIRs you defined.

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Marked Positions, Arrival Time Planning on Flights, and More in ForeFlight’s April Release

ForeFlight 12.3 includes Marked Positions, Arrival Time Planning on the Flights view, the ability to tap Extended Runways for information, and more. 

Marked Positions

Drop markers along your route during a flight to mark points of interest or comply with position plotting requirements, then view or share the marked position after the flight. 

Enable Marked Positions in the Map Settings menu (cog button on the Maps view) under Map Overlays. This adds a Marker button on the left side of the screen that you can tap to drop a marker at your current GPS position. Each new marker automatically captures the current time, your coordinates, GPS altitude, and ground speed, and allows you to add notes, rename the marker, or change any of the preset values besides time. Tap Save to add the marker to the map. If you don’t specify a name for the marker, it will be named for the time that it was dropped. 

Tap on any saved marker to view its information, and tap Edit to change any of the values, save it as a user waypoint, or delete the marker. Marked Positions can’t be added to your route, so saving one as a user waypoint is useful if you need to route to a previously-marked position.

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Marked Positions automatically disappear from the map 15 minutes after landing, but any marked positions made during a recorded flight will be included in the flight’s Track Log. Tap Info in the top-right of the track log view to find a list of all the Marked Positions made during the flight. Exporting a Track Log as a KML file will include the Marked Positions, allowing you to view them in other apps along with your recorded flight. 

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You can also view previously-marked positions in the Flights view if any Marked Positions were created between the planned departure and arrival times of a flight. This applies retroactively as well, so you can associate a new flight plan with old Marked Positions simply by moving back the ETD to the flight’s actual departure time. Marked Positions appear in the flight plan’s route map, which you can tap to expand and view information about each marker. View a list of all the flight’s Marked Positions by scrolling to the bottom of Flights and tapping Marked Positions under Flight Log. Using the Send To button from this view will export only the Marked Positions, not the Track Log, allowing you to create a clean record for documentation purposes. Use the KML option to view the exported file in other mapping apps, and use the CSV option to view the list of Marked Positions in a spreadsheet program.

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Marked Positions offers a convenient and flexible means of recording and sharing position data for any flight. Marked Positions are available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

 

Arrival Time Planning on Flights

Plan a flight based on a desired Arrival Time, rather than a Departure Time, using the new Arrival Time Planning feature. Just select a target arrival time and ForeFlight will work backwards to compute the required departure time.

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On the Flights view, look for the new ETD/ETA toggle to the left of the date/time selector, which is now the first line of the flight plan form. Switch between ETD/ETA to change the date and time of either. Change the date/time of your arrival and ForeFlight will display your new departure time at the top of the flight, and in the Flight Summary on the left.

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The Flight Summary now displays each flight’s ETD, ETE, and ETA for quick reference. Flight Summaries also display a paperclip icon when a flight has an associated file. 

Arrival time Planning is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.

 

Tap Extended Centerlines for Runway Information

Quickly access runway information for any airport in your route by tapping the labels at the ends of Extended Centerlines when they are enabled. 

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Access Extended Centerlines in the Map Settings menu (cog button on the Maps view) under the Map Overlays section. Tap the Extended Centerline marker and ForeFlight will display a popup window with information about the runway. 

Tap “Select Runway” in the information popup to add that runway to your route and highlight it, and tap “Straight In” for any runway at your destination airport to both highlight it and add a straight-in 2nm final to your route, which you can also add using the Traffic Pattern option in Procedure Advisor.

 

SID/STAR Aircraft Type Restrictions

Easily identify aircraft type restrictions for departure and arrival procedures with new colored tags. Tags for Piston, Turboprop, and Jet aircraft appear in the list of procedure plates when viewing an airport’s information on the Airports or Maps views. The presence of one or more tags indicates that the procedure is restricted to the aircraft types shown. 

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ForeFlight Airport Info Documents

Access helpful information about many airports in Europe with new “Airport Info” documents found in the ForeFlight section of Airport Procedures. These documents include the same Jeppesen-sourced information previously available in Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR, including airport-specific notes for ground movement, general aviation access, VFR and helicopter procedures, and more.

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The documents are included in the “Aerodrome Charts & AIP” download option for countries in Europe, and appear in the Downloads list as (for example) “Germany (ForeFlight).”

iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.4.1 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.

iOS 12.4.6 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 12.4.6 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 13.4 and ForeFlight

Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.4 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.

3D Approach Preview, Controlled Airspace Frequencies, and More in ForeFlight’s March Release

ForeFlight 12.2 includes 3D Approach Preview, Mountain Pass icons and other Basemap elements, quick-access airspace frequencies, and more. 

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3D Preview in ForeFlight displays markers for each waypoint in your route, including labeled approach fixes, allowing you to better visualize every step of your approach all the way down to the runway.

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3D Preview also features an interactive navlog located in the top right (at the bottom of the screen on iPhone), allowing you to view each waypoint and the distances between them. Scroll through the navlog or tap any waypoint to immediately jump to that leg of the flight. 

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When your route on the Maps view includes an approach procedure, 3D Preview shows all the approach fixes with corresponding icons, labels, and speed or altitude restrictions in 3D and in the navlog for any fixes that have them. ForeFlight also incorporates altitude restrictions into its depiction of the approach in 3D, providing a realistic view of the glideslope in relation to surrounding terrain.

You can preview any approach procedure on its own by tapping its bubble in the Route Editor and tapping “3D Procedure Preview”. This opens 3D Preview at the start of the approach, without the rest of your route, allowing you to quickly brief any approach.

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Learn more about 3D View at foreflight.com/3d. 3D Approach Preview is available with Performance Plus subscriptions.

 

Mountain Passes & Other Basemap Elements

ForeFlight’s High Resolution Basemap includes Jeppesen-sourced terrain and cultural elements such as mountain passes, highway labels, and more for improved inflight reference.

The basemap is what you see with no other charts or maps other than the Aeronautical Map enabled, and depicts terrain, roads, urban lighting, and more. Download the High Resolution Basemap for any region in More > Downloads.

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The High Resolution Basemap includes mountain pass icons for the United States and Europe which are oriented based on their direction and also indicate the pass name and elevation in feet.

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The basemap in Europe depicts cables and gondolas as black line segments, with labels indicating each cable’s maximum above-ground altitude in feet. You can enable or disable mountain passes and cables using the switch in Map Settings > Terrain.

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Labels for major roads and highways apply to US interstates, federal and state highways, and international motorways. These labels are tied to the setting for Major Roads and can be enabled or disabled in Map Settings > Cultural Elements.

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Change the size of any of these icons along with other Aeronautical Map elements using the slider in Map Settings (cog on the Maps view), just below the Aeronautical Map options.

 

Quick-Access Airspace Frequencies 

Easily locate frequencies for many kinds of controlled airspace on ForeFlight’s Maps view for quick inflight access. 

Tap-hold anywhere on the map to open the Add to Route popup, which lists any airspaces at the location you tapped. Those that have at least one associated frequency will include the frequency and its name at the bottom of that airspace’s summary, which you can tap to highlight the airspace on the map. If an airspace has more than one associated frequency it will indicate the number that are available. Tap the Details button to view these additional frequencies, as well as other information about that airspace. 

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If there are more than four frequencies, tap All Frequencies at the bottom of the Communications sections to see the full list. Any frequencies designated as Secondary include a note indicating this.

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Quick access to Jeppesen-sourced airspace frequencies right from the map helps you simplify your inflight workflow when flying into controlled airspace.

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Balkans Jeppesen VFR Data Coverage 

ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map includes new Jeppesen VFR data covering Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia.

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Jeppesen’s digital VFR data includes VFR waypoints, entries and exits, traffic circuits, VFR routes, and more, and is included in the “Nav Database Supplement – Europe” download.

Updates to the Aeronautical Map in ForeFlight

We released several updates to ForeFlight’s Aeronautical map this month to make it easier to identify and differentiate different types of airspace in Europe. You can overlay the Aeronautical map on top of any other chart or map layer, and customize it in the Map Settings menu to show or hide different airspace types and limit what airspaces are shown by altitude.

The first change is that the color of Class C and D airspace in Europe is now magenta instead of blue, making them easier to distinguish from other types of controlled airspace. Here you can see the differences between the old airspace colors and the new style:

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Another update is the addition of type and designator names on airspace labels for RMZs and Special Use Airspace (SUA) in Europe to help you quickly view more useful airspace information. 

For example, airspace labels for Restricted Areas used to only indicate the lower and upper altitude limits, now they read “R-XXX: Lower – Upper”, giving you a better sense of the nearby airspace.

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Example for RMZs:

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