Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 14.4.2 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.
ForeFlight 13.2 includes big changes to the Plates view with Flight Binders, expanded Place Labels on the high-resolution basemap, and more.
Flight Binders in Plates
Quickly gather, organize, and access the plates you need for an entire flight using new Flight Binders for a more seamless planning and inflight experience.
Start by tapping the Binders button in the top-left of the screen to expand the Plate Binders Drawer, which lists all Flight Binders at the top, followed by Other Binders. Any binders you had before updating ForeFlight to version 13.2 or above will appear in Other Binders with all of their plates intact.
Unlike Other Binders, Flight Binders are always based on a departure and destination airport pair. When you add a new Flight Binder ForeFlight will automatically suggest airport pairs based on any currently-entered route on Maps as well as the nearest upcoming route planned on Flights, with other flights planned further in the future listed below.
You can also add an empty Flight Binder and select the airports manually, or tap Import to display the suggested routes again and automatically populate the current binder.
The Send To menu on Flights also includes an option to create a new Flight Binder based on the flight’s route.
While Other Binders have no inherent organization, Flight Binders are highly structured and consistent, grouping plates of the same type together for each of the selected airports. Tap either of the Airport buttons on the left at any time to search for a new airport, or select one from various Recent and Favorite lists around the app. The Plate Groups below each airport follow a roughly chronological order: for departure, airport and taxi diagrams, departure plates, approach plates for a return to base scenario, and miscellaneous plates; for destination, arrival plates, approach plates, airport and taxi diagrams, and miscellaneous plates. The number shown on each Plate Group represents how many plates have been added to the Flight Binder for that group; those without a number have no plates added.
Tap on any empty group or tap twice on a non-empty group to review and add plates within that group. Tap on any plate name to view it without adding it, and tap the circle on the right to both view and add it to the binder. After adding all the plates you want within each group, swipe with three fingers to move through them plate-by-plate and group-by-group.
When you import a route from the Maps or Flights views ForeFlight will automatically add the plates associated with any procedures in the route. If you instead set the departure or destination airport manually, then ForeFlight will automatically add whichever plates were last added for the same airport, helping you build out your Flight Binders quickly no matter which method you use each time.
Expanded Place Labels
ForeFlight’s collection of Place Labels has grown by 100-fold, with over 1.4 million labels now available for the entire globe.
Included are labels for countries, states/provinces, cities/towns/villages, national parks, bodies of water like oceans, lakes, and rivers, and more.
The expanded set of place labels is included in the High Resolution Basemap download for each region (More > Downloads > Download Settings), allowing you to save space on your device by only downloading the labels you need for your flights.
A lower-resolution set of global place labels is bundled with the app to provide useful labels even without the High Resolution set.
Enable and disable Place Labels near the top of the Map Settings menu (gear button in Maps toolbar).
Files in Flights Navlog & Briefing
Easily attach a flight’s Navlog, Graphical Briefing (PDF), and flight plan form to the flight’s Files menu for simplified record keeping and inflight access.
When viewing a Navlog or Graphical Briefing (PDF) in Flights, tap the Send To button in the top right and tap Save to Flight’s Files to add a copy of the document to the Files menu where you can rename and annotate it.
You can also send the flight’s raw filing form to Files by tapping the Send To button in the top-right after tapping Proceed to File.
The Files menu in Flights is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.
Honeywell Apex Connectivity for Pilatus Aircraft
Pilatus pilots can now wirelessly share flight details from ForeFlight with Honeywell’s Primus Apex FMS via an installed Aspen Connected Gateway.
Tap Send To > Panel on the Maps or Flights views to send flight details to the Aspen Connected Gateway, then select the Gateway as the FPLN Source within the Apex FMS to load the received information.
Sharing flights from the Maps view will share only the route, while sharing from Flights will additionally send winds and temperatures aloft, cruise fuel flow, passenger and cargo information, and other performance details if available.
French SIA VFR Charts
All customers with the Europe region can now access 1:1,000,000 and 1:250k scale VFR charts from France’s SIA at no additional charge.
The new charts are accessible as part of the “Europe VFR” map layer and can be downloaded by enabling the VFR Charts data type and the France region in More > Downloads > Europe.
German Military AIP
Customers with the Europe region can now download aerodrome charts and documents from Germany’s publicly-accessible military AIP for expanded coverage of many airports not included in the standard AIP.
The new data is automatically downloaded with other Aerodrome Charts & AIP downloads for Germany, and appears in the list of downloads as “Germany (MIL AIP).”
Airport diagrams from this dataset appear in the Airport Procedures list in a new “Bundeswehr” section.
The German Military AIP also adds new documents in the Europe Documents drive.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 14.4.1 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.
ForeFlight 13 brings Improved Traffic Alerting Behavior, the ability to specify Approach Minimums on the Map, NOTAMs via Jeppesen, and more.
Improved Traffic Alerting Behavior
Inflight Traffic Alerts warn you of potentially dangerous traffic earlier, with two different alert levels giving you more time to see and avoid nearby traffic.
Inflight Traffic Alerts require a connected ADS-B receiver such as Sentry. Enable or disable Inflight Traffic Alerts in More > Settings > Alerts.
The new alerting behavior takes into account each aircraft’s speed and direction of flight relative to your own, allowing ForeFlight to evaluate potential threats more reliably and alert you more quickly.
Traffic Alerts are broken up into two stages of warnings. The alert system first highlights approaching traffic targets in yellow if a target’s path will intersect a threshold of 2nm horizontally and 1200ft vertically of your ownship in the next 45 seconds. If the target will intersect a 1.3nm horizontal and 1200ft vertical threshold in the next 25 seconds, ForeFlight will highlight the target red and display a visual and audio alert. This allows you to spot dangerous targets more quickly and make adjustments.
Since ForeFlight uses aircraft speed and direction to calculate it’s future positioning, an aircraft that is further away from you but moving fast can be alerted before a target nearer to you.
Red traffic targets that are no longer an immediate hazard will turn yellow for 15 seconds to ensure that you have a chance to see the target on the map.
Turn on Distance Rings in Map Settings (gear icon in the maps view) to get a better sense of how far away targets are from your aircraft.
Specify Approach Minimums
Specify an altitude minimum in Procedure Advisor when adding an IFR approach to your route to display the minimum directly on the map for quick reference during final approach. Approach Minimum labels are available with ForeFlight Performance plans.
After choosing an approach in Procedure Advisor, enter an approach minimum in the Altitude (MSL) field on the left before adding the approach to your route. ForeFlight approximates the corresponding AGL altitude and displays it below the field.
Once you add the approach to your route the minimum appears as a prominent magenta label at the very end of the route on the map.
You can change or clear the Approach Minimum value without reopening Procedure Advisor by tapping the approach’s name in the Flight Plan Editor and tapping Change Minimum.
NOTAMs via Jeppesen
NOTAMs and NOTAM-derived information in ForeFlight now come from Jeppesen’s high-quality NOTAM data feed, resulting in greater accuracy and broader international coverage.
While many other NOTAM providers only include NOTAMs designated as “international”, Jeppesen’s feed integrates the full set of domestic NOTAMs from many countries that are often excluded from other NOTAM feeds. ForeFlight uses Jeppesen-sourced NOTAMs for Airport NOTAMs, Graphical NOTAMs on the Maps view, ForeFlight’s Graphical Briefing, and more.
Daily/Hourly Weather Improvements
Daily/Hourly Weather now shows the forecast quantity of precipitation per hour (if greater than 0.1 inches) next to the probability of precipitation in the upper-third of the Daily Weather window. You can change the quantity of precipitation units to millimeters in More > Settings > Units/Time > Precip Amount. Daily/Hourly Weather also displays each day’s sunrise and sunset times near the top of the appropriate Hourly Forecast column in the center third of the window.
Auto-Center Internet Traffic
Easily keep track of any Internet Traffic target with the new Auto-Center button in the Traffic Information popup. With the Traffic map layer enabled and while connected to the internet, tap on any traffic target and tap the reticle button to center and lock the map on the traffic target. Disable Auto-Center mode by tapping the button again or tapping elsewhere on the map.
Searching for a traffic target by registration or call sign will also enable Auto-Center by default when you select it from the search results list.
ForeFlight 12.11 brings Daily/Hourly Forecasts for an all-purpose look at the weather, Parachute Jump Areas and Airport Hotspot details on the Aeronautical Map, and more.
Get a detailed 10 day, hour-by-hour forecast for anywhere in the world for flight planning or just keeping tabs on daily weather.
Daily/Hourly Forecasts are available with all ForeFlight subscription plans except for the discontinued Legacy Basic ($74.99) and Legacy Pro ($149.99) plans for individuals.
You can access Daily Forecasts from the Daily tab in the Airport Weather view, which provides a tappable summary of each day’s forecast;
from the Add to Route popup after tap-holding anywhere on the map;
from the Nearby Airports list in the top-right corner of the Airports view, which shows the forecast for your current location;
and from ForeFlight’s Quick Actions list after tap-holding on the app icon, which provides an even faster shortcut to view your local forecast.
The Forecast window is divided into three rows: Daily Forecasts at the bottom, Hourly Forecasts in the middle, and Hourly Forecast details at the top. The row of Daily Forecasts provides graphical depictions of each day’s general weather, as well as daily temperature ranges. The multi-colored band along the very bottom of this row depicts changes in flight category throughout each day, with green, blue, red, and magenta representing VFR, marginal VFR, IFR, and low IFR, respectively. Tap on any Daily Forecast to automatically scroll to it in Hourly Forecasts and select a morning forecast period.
The row of Hourly Forecasts in the middle provides more details about each forecast period in its own column. Tap on each column to view complete details about it and highlight the appropriate cell in the Daily Forecasts row.
The timestamp in the top-right corner of the window shows how long ago the entire 10-day forecast was downloaded. When you Pack for a flight ForeFlight downloads the latest Daily Forecasts for any airports included in your route, which you can then view offline for up to 24 hours after packing.
ForeFlight also uses Daily and Hourly Forecasts to improve the accuracy of Takeoff and Landing Performance calculations, which are available with ForeFlight Performance plans. When other sources of weather like METARs, TAFs, or MOS forecasts are unavailable for a given airport or time, the text just below the Weather section states that “general forecast data” is being used, which ForeFlight derives from the Daily and Hourly Forecasts.
Parachute Jump Areas
View Parachute Jump Areas in the US directly on the Aeronautical Map and tap-hold on them to view additional information.
Tap Details in the Add to Route popup to view a PJA’s information, including its name, associated airport or aerodrome, upper and lower altitude limits, active hours, and more. You can disable PJAs using the Parachute Area switch in Map Settings > Airspace, or by disabling all airspace.
Airport Hotspot Details
Tap on airport hotspots on the Aeronautical Map to view each one’s description so you can be better prepared for taxi.
The hotspot popup includes each one’s name, airport, and a description of the hotspot with any remarks. If there are multiple overlapping hotspots where you tapped, a disambiguation popup allows you to choose which hotspot you want to view information for.
Recommended Route Constraints: Include Track
Guide ForeFlight’s Recommended Route while planning oceanic flights by requiring it to follow a particular oceanic track using the new “Include Track” Route Constraint. The Recommended Route with Constraints is included in ForeFlight Performance plans.
With Route Advisor open, tap the Constraints button in the top-right to edit constraints, then tap Include Track at the bottom of the list. Switch between westward and eastward tracks using the toggle at the top of the window, and tap any track name from the North Atlantic Tracks or Pacific Organized Track System to select it.
Tap out of the Constraints view and ForeFlight will attempt to generate a Recommended Route that includes the track you selected. Learn more about Route Constraints for the Recommended Route here.
Runway Slope Details
ForeFlight now displays a runway’s slope alongside other details in the Airport view’s Runway tab. You can also view Runway Slope in the Airport popup on the Maps view.
Download and Pack Tweaks
Both the Download and Pack views have improved and consistent interfaces that display the combined size of pending and in-progress downloads. In Downloads, the Pause and Download buttons are now grouped together in the bottom-right corner, while the Delete button is accessible in the top-right corner.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 14.3 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.
Note: iOS 14.2.1 is available only for the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. This update is not available for other iPhone or iPad models.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS 14.2.1 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.
Additional Logbook functionality is available on ForeFlight Web, such as the ability to create entries, review logbook settings, manage your Logbook aircraft, and more.
Log on to plan.foreflight.com and click into the Logbook view on the left, which now provides access to all the familiar features and tabs available on ForeFlight Mobile, including Entries, Drafts & Requests, Logbook Aircraft, and Settings.
In the Entries view you can manage your logged flights and add new ones. To log a new flight, click the “Create New Entry” button at the top left of the page. Request a signature from your instructor by clicking the “Request Signature” button at the bottom of an entry.
In the Drafts & Requests tab of Logbook you can approve draft entries made from Track Logs or filed flight plans, and respond to signature requests from students if you’re a flight instructor. With the Draft Entry Creation setting enabled (Logbook > Settings > Draft Entry Creation), Track Logs or filed flight plans will automatically show up in the Drafts & Entries tab awaiting approval after each flight.
In the Logbook Aircraft tab you can manage your Logbook aircraft the same way you would on ForeFlight Mobile. Create new aircraft by clicking “Add Aircraft” or by copying an existing aircraft. You can review individual aircraft entries by searching the tail number or aircraft type in the Entries view,
Logbook on Web also has a Settings tab that syncs settings across your devices, allowing you to log the same way on your computer and mobile devices. Choose your entry time format, select the standard fields you want to see in your Logbook entries, and create your own custom fields using a wide selection of data types. Totals for most Custom Fields are included in Logbook Reports, which you can also view and export on Web via the Reports tab.
In the Reports, Import, and Export views, you can still generate reports, import external Logbooks, or export your ForeFlight Logbook.
ForeFlight 12.10 brings Cloud Coverage Forecasts, Traffic in 3D Airports, additional Mountain Peaks, and more.
Cloud Coverage Forecasts
Plan to steer clear of clouds at any altitude with the Clouds forecast weather layer. Cloud Coverage Forecasts is available as a map layer for Pro Plus, MFB Plus, and Business Performance plans and above, and it is integrated in Profile View and 3D Preview for Performance Plus subscription plans.
Clouds uses data from the GFS Cloud Coverage product to provide a global 24-hour forecast of cloud coverage and altitudes. Rather than forecasting the actual positions of clouds, this layer depicts the likely extent of cloud coverage over a given area at the specified time and altitude, with each shade of gray roughly corresponding to standard cloud coverage intensities: few, scattered, broken, and overcast.
Open the Maps view Layer Selector to find the Clouds layer just beneath the Icing and Turbulence layers. Like the other forecast layers, Clouds uses a time slider and altitude slider to view different forecast periods and altitudes.
Clouds in Profile View and 3D Preview
While the Cloud Coverage Forecast map layer is accessible to all Pro Plus subscribers and above, Performance Plus subscribers can view these forecasts from additional perspectives using Profile View and 3D Preview.
Tap the Profile View layer selector in the bottom-left of Profile View to enable Clouds. In Profile View, you can see forecasts at multiple altitudes at once, and combine it with either of the Icing and Turbulence layers for an even more informative view of weather along your route.
In 3D Preview, select the Clouds layer in the bottom-left to display forecasts at any altitude.
Tap the RTE button to only show forecasts at your planned altitude. Like other weather layers in 3D Preview, the status bar in the top-left indicates the forecast intensity at your current position and altitude, even while viewing forecasts at different altitudes using the altitude slider. Like other forecast layers you can download Clouds for offline reference by Packing before your flight.
3D Airport Traffic
Follow live approaches, landings, and takeoffs in 3D with FlightAware-sourced Internet Traffic in 3D Airports, available with Performance Plus and Business Performance subscription plans.
To display 3D Traffic, open any airport in 3D and tap the Layer Selector button in the bottom-left and tap Traffic. This layer uses the same FlightAware-sourced data as the overhead map’s Traffic layer.
Traffic targets appear as blue diamonds and display their altitude and tail number if nearby, becoming progressively smaller the further away they are. Tap on any traffic target to reveal its flight path from the time you opened 3D View or enabled the Traffic layer.
Since ForeFlight interpolates aircraft movement based on discontinuous position reports, an aircraft’s immediate flight path may appear to shift in response to new position data. 3D View will only show Internet Traffic, not ADS-B Traffic, so an internet connection is required to use it. Unlike the overhead map layer, 3D View does not depict ground traffic, although aircraft on the ground may still appear depending on their speed and other factors.
Additional Mountain Peak Markers
ForeFlight’s High Resolution Basemap displays more mountain peak markers near terminal areas and elsewhere for enhanced hazard awareness. Zooming the map into any terminal area will reveal all peaks and associated altitudes within 15nm of the airport, and zooming into any mountainous region will display a greater number of peaks as well.
Download the High Resolution Basemap for different regions around the world in More > Downloads. Enable mountain peaks in Map Settings (gear icon at the top of the Maps view) > Terrain > Peaks, Passes, and Cables.
Airport Terrain Information
Quickly get a sense of the terrain variations near an airport by tapping the new Terrain button in the Airport Summary view. The Terrain button appears just to the right of the airport’s taxiway thumbnail on the Airports view or in the airport popup elsewhere in the app. The button only appears for airports in mountainous areas to indicate the presence of major terrain features.
Tap the button to view the maximum and minimum terrain elevations within 10nm of the airport, as well as the airport elevation.
New Street & Aerial Map Styles
Both the Street Map and Aerial Map layers have improved styling to help you better identify features on the map. The Aerial Map has more prominent street and place labels, while the Street Map uses a new style that continues showing topographical information even at very high zoom levels. Both map layers require an internet connection to view.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 14.2 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.