Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.7 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 12.7 includes Weather in 3D Preview, Visual Approaches and Traffic Pattern Altitude, Internet Traffic Search, and more.
Weather in 3D Preview
Enhance your preflight weather planning with interactive Icing and Turbulence forecast layers in 3D Preview. Weather in 3D Preview is available with ForeFlight’s Performance Plus and Business Performance subscription plans.
Access 3D Preview by loading a planned route onto the Maps or Flights views and tapping the 3D button in the Flight Plan Editor.
Tap the layer selector in the bottom left to access forecast weather layers in 3D Preview. 3D Preview supports US and Global Icing and US and Global Turbulence. All four weather layers use the same data as their corresponding layers on the overhead map, and are depicted in 3D as colored tiles along your route.
Enabling any layer will add an altitude slider on the right to control which altitude weather is displayed at. Enable the RTE button at the top of the altitude slider to only show weather at the same altitude as your route, which creates a stair step effect if weather is present during your climb and descent.
From the outside, forecast weather appears as solid rectangular blocks, colored to indicate severity. When the aircraft is inside these blocks they become transparent except for the edges to provide better visibility. Moving the 3D camera outside the blocks preserves a window of transparency around the aircraft. When the edge of the window is sharp it means the aircraft is within the blocks at that altitude, and when the edge is soft it means the aircraft is outside the blocks on the other side, which you can confirm by moving the camera.
In addition to the color of the blocks, the severity of forecast weather is also indicated by the color at the very top of the route line, as well as in the info panel in the top-left. These allow you to easily compare the severity of weather at your planned altitude with other nearby altitudes by adjusting the altitude slider.
Like Profile View, 3D Preview combines all forecast periods that will be active during your flight in one seamless display. If a portion of your route’s planned active time lies beyond the selected weather layer’s forecast range, ForeFlight will display a hatch pattern in place of the colored blocks to indicate where data is not available. It will also provide a tappable warning below the altitude slider letting you know that forecast data is not available for some or all of your flight.
Visual Approaches with TPA
Specify the pattern altitude for a new visual approach or traffic pattern entry in Procedure Advisor to add a prominent waypoint with the TPA in your route.
Access visual approaches in Procedure Advisor’s Traffic Pattern or Approaches menu. Enter a custom traffic pattern altitude in either MSL or AGL formats, or tap the Select button to choose from a list of recommended pattern altitudes.
Select the type of traffic pattern entry or a straight in approach and tap Add to Route to insert the pattern entry with marked TPA waypoint into your route. Tap the pattern entry in the FPL Bubble Editor and tap Set Pattern Altitude to change the selected altitude and update the TPA waypoint.
Internet Traffic Search
Find active Internet Traffic targets anywhere in the world by typing a tail number or call sign into the Search bar. ForeFlight displays matches for partial and complete search terms under an “Internet Traffic” header in the Search results list. Tap on any traffic result in the list to reposition the map and highlight the aircraft, which will also enable the Traffic layer if it isn’t already.
You must have an internet connection and be on the ground to search for Internet Traffic. Searching for aircraft while connected to an ADS-B In receiver will only show traffic targets received by that device.
FBO Detail View Enhancements
The FBO detail view now displays self- and full-service fuel prices for both 100LL and Jet-A or Jet-A+ in a more compact table. Information about contract Jet-A pricing via your JetFuelX fuel cards is also now available above the retail fuel prices at the top of the Information tab, rather than in a separate tab. Integrating your JetFuelX fuel cards into ForeFlight is available with ForeFlight Performance plans.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.6.1 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.6 and iOS 12.4.8 (for older devices) 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 12.5 includes Hotspots on Airport Diagrams, a Multimode Timer in More, the ability to search for U.S. addresses without an internet connection, and more.
Hotspots on Airport Diagrams
ForeFlight’s embedded airport diagrams on Maps now display published hotspots for improved situational awareness on the ground. These are the same hotspots that you can find in ForeFlight’s PDF airport diagrams.
Embedded airport diagrams are part of ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map layer, and are available for most U.S. airports and may other airports around the world. With the Aeronautical Map Layer turned on, zoom in to an airport to view the airport diagram.
Hotspots on airport diagrams appear as orange highlighting on top of runways, taxiways, and aprons. Each hotspot also includes a label similar to the ones found in ForeFlight’s PDF airport diagrams.
Multimode Timer in More
Keep track of time in a variety of ways using the new Multimode Timer located at the bottom of ForeFlight’s slide-out More menu.
Tap the More tab to the right of the navigation bar to open the slide-out More menu. Locate the Timer at the bottom of the More tab.
Tap the up/down arrow to the right of the timer to switch between Count Up and Count Down modes. Count Up mode allows you to start a timer that continuously counts up until stopped, while Count Down mode allows you to select a time to initiate a countdown.
In Count Up mode, tap the timer to start it. Tap it again to stop the timer, and tap it a third time to reset the timer to zero.
In Count Down mode, tap the timer to set a length in hours, minutes, and seconds. Select whether the timer will repeat, and set the number of repetitions after the initial countdown. The number of repetitions reflects the number of times the timer will repeat after the initial countdown, so setting it to repeat 3 times will cause the timer to play 4 total times. Tap the timer to start the countdown, and tap it again to stop. Tap the stopped timer once more to clear the count.
ForeFlight displays an in-app audio and visual alert whenever the timer reaches zero in Count Down mode, and states whether or not the timer will repeat. If ForeFlight is in the background or closed when the timer expires your device will display an iOS notification with the same information if you’ve allowed ForeFlight to display notifications.
Offline Address Database & Search
Download address databases for U.S. states so you can search for and route to street addresses without an internet connection during a flight.
Enable the new Street Addresses download setting in More > Downloads > United States to download address databases for all selected U.S. states and territories.
Tap on a search result to locate it on the map with the address’s coordinates and magnetic variation. Add the address to your route or save it as a user waypoint with the ability to add notes and change its name or location.
Offline Search supports the standard format for street addresses, specifically the address number, street name, street suffix (including contractions), town/city name, two-letter state identifier, and zip code.
ForeFlight only requires the first two terms to begin searching and returning matches, and prioritizes matches that are closer to your position. Providing the two-letter state identifier and zip code in particular is the easiest way to quickly narrow the search results for addresses that are far away, especially those in other states.
The Pack feature will also download address databases for any states in your route that you haven’t already downloaded.
Offline Address Search is available with ForeFlight Performance subscription plans and currently supported for U.S. states and territories only.
PDF Form Support in Documents
The Documents and Files in Flights views now provide better support for PDF files that contain editable form fields. Closing and reopening an edited document will retain all previous edits, while also still allowing you to access the edited fields to make additional changes.
On iPads and large iPhones, swiping in from the left side of the screen on the Airports view will open the Favorites/Recents/Browse sidebar.
Weather stations now support the same style of popup window the Maps view as airports, with tabs for basic information and different kinds of available weather information. You can access weather station information from the Search bar or by tapping one on the map with a suitable weather layer enabled.
Compatibility testing between ForeFlight and iOS/iPadOS 13.5.1 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.