Documents on iPhone, Enhanced Documents View, Document Syncing, and More in ForeFlight 11.3

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Documents take center stage in this release with support on iPhone, a new, more flexible interface, and syncing of documents, bookmarks, and annotations across all devices. Other new features include support for importing custom geospatial PDF files, improvements to the flight plan filing workflow, and new charts for Greece and Malta.

Documents

We’ve enhanced the Documents view with new capabilities that make finding, accessing, and keeping documents in sync across your devices easier than ever.

Blog Doc PicThe Documents Catalog is now always accessible as a collapsible drawer on the left side of the screen. Your imported documents, cloud documents, and all downloadable documents from ForeFlight and other providers are kept in “Drives”, a new paradigm that simplifies how you download and access documents. Drives allow you to find, download, and view documents all in one place, and also support nested folders, allowing for better organization and grouping of related documents. Tap the blue download button to the right of any document, folder, or drive to download it to your device.

IMG_0129When you download all of the contents of a folder or drive using its download button, ForeFlight will automatically keep that folder or drive up to date when new versions of existing documents or even new documents become available. This also applies to documents you update in your linked cloud storage account, which is great for large multi-pilot operations that need to distribute different sets of documents to different groups of pilots.

BindersYour binders are still accessible at the top of the Catalog to help you organize your documents in whatever way you prefer. To add a document to a binder, open the document from a drive, tap the Binder icon in the toolbar, then choose from your existing binders or add a new one.

 

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For even more flexibility, you can use ForeFlight’s Cloud Documents feature to transfer documents and folders to ForeFlight from a linked cloud storage account, including Dropbox, Box, or Amazon S3. This will create your own Drive that you can easily manage from your computer or device. 

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Documents on iPhone

Documents are also now available on iPhone, allowing you to download, view, and modify your documents and folders on all of your devices. The Documents tab on iPhone takes the place of the Imagery tab at the center of the navigation bar, and the Imagery view is now accessible from the top of the More view.

Documents in App Search

You can now use the search bar on the Airports, Maps, Plates, or Documents views to search for and view documents, whether downloaded or not. ForeFlight returns all documents with titles matching your search term and highlights that term within each title. Where documents appearing in the Search results list depends on which app view you’re on, so while searching for a document from the Documents view will place them at the top, searching from other views will place them further down the list.

Document Syncing

Finally, your documents and all their associated information are now included in ForeFlight’s Sync system, allowing you to easily stay organized when moving between devices and backing up your imported documents to the ForeFlight Cloud.

Any annotations or bookmarks you add to a document on one device will also appear on your other devices, including the last page you viewed in that document so you can pick up right where you left off. Visit our Documents page to learn how you can get the most out of ForeFlight’s Documents. 

Geospatial PDF Support

Customize your planning and flying experience even more with support for custom georeferenced procedures and airport diagrams in Content Packs and BYOP. Import geospatial PDF files to access them from the Airports or Plates views and overlay them directly on the map.

Georeferenced procedures and Plates on Maps are included in Pro Plus plans and above.

Flight Plan Filing Changes

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The “Proceed to File” button on the Flights view now brings up a filing form modal instead of a separate page so it’s easier to keep your planned and filed flight plans in sync. Also, filing confirmation and briefing emails are combined into a single email to reduce clutter in your inbox and centralize important flight information.

Expanded European Coverage

greece_chart_1200x880All European subscribers can now download AIPs for Greece and Malta, which include IFR and VFR procedures charts, airports diagrams, documents, and IFR high and low enroute charts for Malta. Jeppesen’s IFR and VFR aeronautical data is also included for both countries.

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

Passenger 1.1

We also updated Passenger alongside ForeFlight with some GPS-related improvements. Passenger will now receive and use GPS position data from ForeFlight Mobile 11.3+ when the Passenger devices cannot receive GPS directly. Additionally, Passenger devices that connect to a properly configured Gogo inflight Wi-Fi device will now receive GPS updates from it, in addition to normal inflight internet connectivity.

More Sync and New Performance Planning in ForeFlight Mobile 6.4

ForeFlight Mobile version 6.4 is now available for download on the App Store.

New Performance Planning Capability

ForeFlight Mobile version 6.4 introduces taxi and take-off, climb, cruise, and descent performance data fields for aircraft profiles. Add these details to your aircraft profile for a more accurate fuel burn and time en route estimate (ETE) for the planned route.

To add this information, navigate to the aircraft profile (More > Aircraft). Open the profile, scroll down, and you will see the new data fields.

Add performance data to your aircraft profile.

Add performance data to your aircraft profile.

As you plan your route in the Maps view, use the Altitude Advisor to generate a current winds aloft forecast. The winds aloft forecast is intelligently integrated into your flight performance calculation, adjusting for things like more time in climb the higher your planned altitude and the winds at different altitudes during your climb and descent. These calculations give you a more precise fuel burn and time enroute estimate, especially for aircraft that spend more time in the climb phase to reach a higher cruise altitude.

For comparison, this table from our Pilot’s Guide shows the performance results for three different routes using the new performance planning fields (“Detailed”) versus just the average airspeed and fuel burn (“Simple”):

Aircraft performance comparison with example routes.

Aircraft performance comparison with example routes.

The Altitude Advisor also uses your aircraft performance data to make assumptions about how much time it will take your aircraft to climb to the selected cruise altitude before it needs to descend to the destination. The winds aloft entries are shown as dashes for altitudes above this point and no-wind performance data will be displayed in the NavLog.

Tap the Altitude button in the Route Editor to access the Altitude Advisor.

Tap the Altitude button in the Route Editor to access the Altitude Advisor.

Taxi and take-off fuel use is reported in the total fuel used for the trip. In the NavLog, the leg data will only include data for that leg, but the totals column will include the taxi and take-off fuel burn.

Total trip performance, including taxi and take off fuel, is shown along the bottom of the NavLog.

Total trip performance, including taxi and take off fuel, is shown along the bottom of the NavLog.

Sync Extended to Aircraft Profiles, Flight Plans

ForeFlight Mobile 6.4 brings aircraft profiles and flight plans into our cloud-based Sync feature.

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Sync gives you more flexibility to move between devices during the flight planning and filing process. Your activity syncs and so each device is ready to pick up where you leave off. Plan your route and start your flight plan form on your iPad, then file or make changes on your iPhone. Each edit to the flight plan form or change to flight plan status is reflected on each device when it connects to the Internet.

No need to manually duplicate your aircraft profile information. Build your profile once on any device signed in to your ForeFlight account and Sync does the rest. The performance planning information you just added to your new or existing aircraft profile will also automatically sync across your devices.

To enable Sync, navigate to More > Settings > Preferences and turn Synchronize User Data ON.

Enable Sync in the Settings view.

Enable Sync in the Settings view.

In addition to these new capabilities, Sync reflects all of your recent and favorite routes, airports, weather imagery, and user waypoints across each device that is signed in to your ForeFlight account.

World Aeronautical Charts

World Aeronautical Charts (WACs) covering Continental US, Alaska, northern Mexico, and the northern Caribbean are now available as an overlay in the Maps view. Select the World Aeronautical layer from the drop down to view these charts:

World Aeronautical Charts shown in ForeFlight Mobile.

World Aeronautical Charts shown in ForeFlight Mobile.

In your Download Settings (More > Downloads), select World Aeronautical Charts in the United States and the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America coverages to enable bulk download of the chart type and to view them offline.

Select World Aeronautical Charts in the Downloads view.

Select World Aeronautical Charts in the Downloads view.

Customers with both USA and Canada subscriptions can simultaneously display the World Aeronautical and Canada VNC map layers for a complete VFR chart view covering all of the USA and Canada.

A tip for customers with both US and Canada subscriptions--select World Aeronautical and Canada VNC overlays in the Maps view for a full VFR chart view.

A tip for customers with both US and Canada subscriptions–select World Aeronautical and Canada VNC overlays in the Maps view for a full VFR chart view.

Tap on the Maps Settings button to turn Chart Legends ON. Then tap on an area of the chart to reveal the corresponding legend.

Display WAC legends on the Maps view.

Display WAC legends on the Maps view.

More Flight Recording Options Available with Stratus 2

ForeFlight Mobile 6.4 delivers firmware update version 1.6 to the Stratus 2 and unlocks the receiver’s flight data recorder making Stratus 2 the only available ADS-B receiver that has this capability.

Flight recording is a great tool for flight instructors and new pilots to visually debrief each flight. Students can see progress over time as they practice maneuvers and instructors can reinforce the effects of wind on performing those maneuvers. In addition, you always have a record of your flights to help with filling out your logbook.

Students and instructors can review pattern work using Google Earth.

Students and instructors can review pattern work using Google Earth.

Stratus 2 records position, speed, and altitude data throughout each flight onto the receiver’s built-in memory. Set the Stratus to record automatically when the unit is powered on and the built-in GPS senses motion.

In this mode, recording continues until the Stratus is turned off. After your flight, seamlessly transfer the Track Log data to ForeFlight Mobile where the logs are available to view, share, and debrief on all of your devices, as well as on foreflight.com.

Access Stratus recorder settings from the Maps view.

Access Stratus recorder settings from the Maps view.

The Stratus flight data recorder settings are accessible in two ways:

  1. From the Maps view: tap the Maps Settings (gear button along the top of the screen), then under Devices tap Stratus 2. Scroll down to Flight Data Recorder and slide the Enabled toggle ON.
  2. From the More view: tap Devices, then tap on the Stratus 2 box. Scroll down to Flight Data Recorder and slide the Enabled toggle ON.

Stratus 2 records approximately twenty hours of GPS and AHRS data and automatically deletes the oldest track log to make room for a new track log. The Stratus flight data recorder saves data regardless of whether you use ForeFlight Mobile’s Track Log record button.

To update the Stratus firmware, update ForeFlight Mobile to version 6.4, then connect your device to the Stratus 2 Wi-Fi network. Navigate to More > Devices > Stratus 2 > Firmware to apply the firmware update.

More Improvements and Fixes

  • The Weight & Balance setup interview now prompts a warning when the empty arm is entered instead of empty moment, or when a smaller than expected empty moment is entered (i.e. empty moment is divided by 100 or 1000 directly from the POH).
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.
  • For the V-22 pilots out there, we’ve got your Tilt Rotor location marker:
Choose from a variety of location markers in the Settings menu.

Choose from a variety of location markers in the Settings menu.

Our Pilot’s Guide is up to date and contains full details on the new features. Download the Pilot’s Guide onto your device using the built-in catalog in the Documents view.