Simplified Download Settings and more in ForeFlight 14.5

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Our June release simplifies the app’s Download Settings, adds support for Custom Waypoint elevations, and more.

Simplified Download Settings

Easily configure your downloads more quickly with a new paradigm that groups all Data/Chart selections and Region selections in separate menus in More > Downloads. This change will not affect your existing downloads or download settings.

Select the types of charts and data you want to download in the Data Settings menu, as well as select High Resolution Basemap and Terrain downloads for additional regions beyond your subscription’s default. The selections you make here will apply to all regions selected in Region Settings, although not all chart/data types are available for all regions.

Region Settings let you select which regions the selections you made in the Data/Chart Settings will apply to. All regions supported by ForeFlight have a drop-down containing sub-regions within that region.

Custom Waypoint Elevation

Specify elevations for your User Waypoints and custom waypoints imported via Content Packs to plan routes to and from them like you would airports, with accurate climb/descent calculations and depictions in Profile View.

You can add an elevation to a User Waypoint in More > Custom Content > User Waypoints.

Tap the waypoint you would like to edit, tap the Elevation field to input the number, and then tap Save.

Another way to edit a waypoint’s elevation is by directly tapping it on the Maps view, then tapping Edit. Specify the elevation and tap Save as before.

Lastly, you can specify elevations in KML or CSV waypoint lists you import as part of the “navdata” sub-folder in a Content Pack. While standalone CSV files also support elevations, standalone KML files do not, so they must be imported as part of a Content Pack.

For a .csv file, simply add a column for elevation and express each value in meters (ForeFlight will automatically convert them to feet upon import). While the column names in a .csv file don’t matter, their order does. Column A is the waypoint ID or name, column B is the description, column C is latitude, column D is longitude, and column E is for elevation.

NOTE: To import a CSV file as user waypoints, it must be named user_waypoints.csv.

For .kml files, include your waypoint elevation (in meters) in the optional altitude component of the coordinates tuple. This value often defaults to 0, so ForeFlight will only recognize non-zero values (positive or negative) as elevations.

Bearing and Track Orientation Setting

Display bearing and track measurements for the Ruler, Synthetic Vision, and relevant Cockpit Instruments using either Magnetic or True North. 

You can access this feature in More > Settings.

Then tap Units/Time to get to Bearing and Track Instruments.

New Runway Analysis Aircraft Support

ForeFlight’s Runway Analysis product now supports Bombardier’s Global 7500 and Dassault’s Falcon 900EX, EX EASy, DX and LX, and Textron 560 Citation XLS. Built-in Weight & Balance templates and Takeoff Trim calculations are also supported for the Bombardier and Dassault aircraft.

Runway Analysis is available for a growing list of aircraft types as an add-on to ForeFlight Performance subscription plans.

ForeFlight Launches Sentry Plus ADS-B Receiver, Newest and Most Advanced Product in the Sentry Line of Life Saving Pilot Accessories

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Sentry Plus is the latest addition to ForeFlight’s ADS-B product suite, offering new features such as longer battery life, a high-performance flight data recorder, g-Load meter, support for FLARM traffic, and much more.

Developed in collaboration with and manufactured by Montana-based avionics company uAvionix, Sentry Plus builds on the award-winning capabilities of prior devices in the Sentry family with powerful new features and industry-leading battery life at a competitive price of US$799, and is available for purchase from Sporty’s Pilot Shop in the United States and SkyFox and CAE Aviation in Europe.

“We continue to expand the Sentry family of affordable ADS-B products with the most advanced portable receiver yet,” said Tim Schuetze, ForeFlight President. “Sentry Plus combines the best of previous devices with new innovations to make flying and logging even easier — for every kind of pilot. We’re proud to offer the only device on the market combining so many powerful features in such a compact and affordable device.” 

Sentry Plus integrates all the capabilities of prior Sentry devices, including ADS-B In weather and traffic, WAAS GPS, carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring and alerting, AHRS pitch and bank, and more, with powerful new features in an innovative and compact design. 

“The Sentry product line has proven to be a literal life-saver for many pilots, both as a weather and traffic awareness tool, and as a carbon monoxide monitor.” said Christian Ramsey, uAvionix President. “The Sentry Plus’ evolution represents direct customer feedback for expanded capabilities and life saving features. The partnership between ForeFlight and uAvionix continues to drive innovation that results in amazing products for our pilot community.”

Its most prominent feature, a 1.3” OLED screen, displays connection information and live flight metrics, including a new g-Load meter to monitor and record inflight acceleration. Its contoured, wallet-sized case maximizes GPS and ADS-B antenna reception, while boasting a record-breaking 18+ hour battery life for reliable all-day operation.

Sentry Plus also introduces a new high-performance flight data recorder to automatically record, save, and transfer detailed track logs to ForeFlight Mobile in seconds for postflight review and logging. Add to this an Auto Power On/Off setting while connected to ship power, and Sentry Plus is capable of down-to-the-minute Hobbs time tracking to streamline the flight logging process even further.

And in a first for portable receivers, Sentry Plus’s antennas are optimized for concurrent UAT and European FLARM reception, enabling pilots in Europe to see and avoid nearby traffic using this popular short-range position reporting standard. A FLARM decoding license is required to receive and display FLARM traffic and can be purchased as part of a ForeFlight subscription at foreflight.com/buy.

FULL FEATURE LIST

Small Case, Big Battery
With an industry-leading 18 hour battery life in a sturdy and lightweight case, Sentry Plus is ready to support you on the longest hauls.

OLED Data Display
A first-of-a-kind OLED data display provides connection and device status, plus live flight metrics including g-load, GPS accuracy, and more.

High-Performance Track Logging
Never lose a flight with automatic on-device track logging and seamless importing to ForeFlight for postflight review, plus down-to-the-minute Hobbs time logging when connected to onboard power.

AHRS for Backup Attitude + g-Load
Sentry Plus’s Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) provides a real-time depiction of your aircraft’s pitch and bank in ForeFlight. Flexible calibration options allow you to get accurate AHRS data no matter where you mount Sentry in your aircraft. Plus, deepen your debrief in Track Log Review with the new g-Load layer for direct comparisons with other metrics like pitch, bank, speed, and altitude.

Carbon Monoxide Monitor
Just like its predecessor, Sentry Plus provides a built-in carbon monoxide sensor and alerting system, with an audio and in-app alert when CO concentration reaches hazardous levels. The LED indicator also provides a visual indication of CO levels.

ADS-B Weather (limited to US and other supported regions)
Sentry Plus delivers subscription-free FIS-B weather & data. Display animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, PIREPs, textual winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information on ForeFlight Mobile.

ADS-B + FLARM Traffic
Get help in “seeing and avoiding” with dynamic traffic display in ForeFlight from ADS-B Out equipped aircraft. Additionally, Sentry Plus’s antennas are optimized for European FLARM reception in addition to ADS-B, allowing glider pilots and others in Europe to use their preferred traffic network (requires the purchase of a FLARM license via foreflight.com/buy to enable).

High-Precision GPS
Pilotage meets the 21st century with Sentry Plus’s highly-accurate WAAS GPS providing down-to-the-meter position data. See your aircraft position on ForeFlight’s moving map display and innovative Plates on Map feature. View a variety of inflight data, including ground speed, altitude, ETE, distance to destination, and more.

Wi-Fi Client Support
No need to choose between Sentry Plus and your existing cockpit Wi-Fi solution with support for Wi-Fi client connections. Setup is quick and easy thanks to the OLED display, and Sentry Plus will automatically connect to known client Wi-Fi networks for a set-it-and-forget-it solution.

Comlux Group and Boeing Sign Digital Services Agreement; Transition to ForeFlight’s Flight Planning and EFB Solutions

Tim Schuetze, ForeFlight President, and Andrea Zanetto, COO of Comlux Group.

GENEVA, 23 May, 2022 — Boeing announced today the signing of a new agreement with Comlux Group to implement Boeing’s ForeFlight’s flight planning and mobile EFB solutions across their entire operation.

In addition to their current use of Boeing’s Jeppesen charting and NavData solutions, Comlux will adopt ForeFlight’s integrated product suite to replace their existing flight planning and inflight solutions. This includes ForeFlight Dispatch for flight planners and self-dispatching pilots, paired with ForeFlight Mobile EFB with integrated Jeppesen charts for preflight briefing and inflight navigation.

ForeFlight Dispatch is a next-generation fight planning application that goes beyond the basics of planning, filing, and monitoring flight plans. From the most basic domestic flights to complex international trips with stringent route constraints, ForeFlight Dispatch produces optimized EUROCONTROL-valid routes with speed and flexibility. Its set of customization and automation capabilities allow flight departments to easily adapt Dispatch to their unique operational needs while saving flight planners a great deal of time and effort.

Dispatch connects to ForeFlight Mobile to transmit new flight plans to assigned crew members in seconds, complete with detailed briefing documents. An industry first, this tight integration between flight planning product and mobile flight deck application allows data to seamlessly sync between planners and pilots in real time, improving collaboration and reducing workloads.

“Our pioneer approach always drives us to adopt the most innovative tools and systems to allow the most responsive and efficient VIP flight operations,” said Andrea Zanetto, COO of Comlux Group. “In this respect, we are proud to begin this transition to ForeFlight, the latest integrated flight planning system from Boeing. The initial integration of these products into our current aviation systems has been extremely smooth and fast. With ForeFlight, we maximize efficiency and minimize complexity of our worldwide fleet management, while offering the best operational service to our VIP customers.”

Adopting ForeFlight’s product suite purpose-built for Business Aviation will allow Comlux to benefit from consolidation of both costs and software, replacing their previous digital solutions from multiple vendors with a tightly integrated set of products from a single vendor. In addition, Comlux is among the inaugural European-based customers joining ForeFlight’s Development Partnership Program, an initiative that gives select customers the opportunity to collaborate on future innovations in flight operations software under development at ForeFlight.

“The future of business aviation lies in tightly-integrated, cloud-based solutions, and Comlux’s eager adoption of Boeing’s ForeFlight Dispatch and ForeFlight Mobile demonstrates a great deal of foresight,” said Tim Schuetze, ForeFlight president. “We are delighted to continue working alongside them in developing new and more powerful solutions for flight departments.”

For more information on ForeFlight’s integrated solution for Business Aviation, visit
https://foreflight.com/solutions/business-aviation.
For more information on Boeing flight operations digital solutions, visit
https://services.boeing.com/flight-operations.
For more information on Comlux Group, visit https://comlux.com/.

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Gama Aviation and Boeing Sign Digital Services Agreements, Adopt ForeFlight Dispatch

GENEVA, 23 May, 2022 — During the EBACE2022 event in Geneva, Boeing announced it recently signed an agreement with Gama Aviation to add ForeFlight Dispatch as their operational flight planning solution.

Gama Aviation is one of the leading Aircraft Management, Charter, and Special Mission service providers with a longstanding relationship with Boeing. The recent agreement builds on Gama Aviation’s use of Boeing’s digital services, including Jeppesen navigation and charting services, by adding ForeFlight Dispatch for their global fleet.

Purpose-built for Business Aviation, ForeFlight Dispatch is a cloud-native, web-based flight planning solution that provides advanced capabilities in an intuitive interface designed with planners and dispatchers in mind.

“At Gama Aviation we put great emphasis on deploying the best technology to serve our customers,” said Paul Cremer, Head of Business Aviation Delivery at Gama Aviation. “We leverage both our own software products like myairops, as well as the best of what the industry has to offer and actively encourage automation between myairops products and software solutions such as ForeFlight. After careful consideration and extensive evaluation, we concluded that the ForeFlight flight planning solution was the best fit for the Gama operation.”

ForeFlight Dispatch goes far beyond enabling flight planners to collaborate, plan, file, and monitor flight plans. From the most basic domestic flights to complex international trips with stringent route constraints, ForeFlight Dispatch produces optimized EUROCONTROL-valid routes with speed and flexibility. Planners using Dispatch quickly discover how much time and effort they save thanks to the system’s automation capabilities, including flexible operational rules for adapting Dispatch to unique operational needs. Dispatch generates a comprehensive and highly customizable briefing package that can be shared with crews in a variety of ways, including immediate delivery via ForeFlight Mobile, the industry’s leading mobile flight deck application.

In addition to adopting ForeFlight Dispatch, Gama has Type B approval for the use of ForeFlight and is working towards paperless operations. Gama is among the inaugural European-based customers joining ForeFlight’s Development Partnership Program, an initiative that gives select customers the opportunity to collaborate on future innovations in flight operations software under development at ForeFlight.

“We are delighted to be working with Gama Aviation and myairops,” said Tim Schuetze, ForeFlight president. “Gama Aviation and myairops are on the forefront of adapting smart technology and clever solutions to constantly improve their value proposition in the marketplace. Working closely with the Gama Aviation team is a great opportunity for us to bring the best of our technology to a customer with a fast pace and high expectations.”

For more information on ForeFlight’s integrated Dispatch solution for Business Aviation, visit
https://foreflight.com/products/dispatch.
For more information on Boeing flight operations digital solutions, visit
https://services.boeing.com/flight-operations.
For more information on Gama Aviation, visit https://www.gamaaviation.com/
For more information on myairops, visit https://myairops.com/.

Protect Yourself & Your Passengers

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a recommendation that the FAA require all enclosed-cabin aircraft with reciprocating engines to be equipped with a carbon monoxide (CO) detector. This decision came after reviewing several fatal accidents and determining their cause to be carbon monoxide poisoning.

You can read the entire report from the NTSB here.

ForeFlight’s Sentry Plus and Sentry ADS-B receivers meet the recommendation and provide a simple solution to protecting you and your passengers from this invisible danger with a built-in carbon monoxide sensor. When using a Sentry device in conjunction with the ForeFlight app, an audio alert is delivered through compatible headsets, and both Sentry Plus and Sentry provide a visual indication when CO levels in the cabin are dangerously high.

The portable and affordable Sentry devices also deliver additional safety benefits such as ADS-B weather and traffic and WAAS GPS making them the most advanced ADS-B & GPS receivers in the industry.

Not sure which Sentry device is right for you? Compare devices here.

Additional Safety Features

Inflight Traffic Alerts

ForeFlight doesn’t just show you where the traffic is, it tells you. Visual and audio alerts provide the distance, direction, and relative altitude of ADS-B traffic targets.

Additionally, our Sentry Plus device has multi-band radio antennas that are optimized for European FLARM reception in addition to ADS-B, allowing pilots in Europe to tune in to their preferred traffic network.

Synthetic Vision

ForeFlight Synthetic Vision provides a backup glass cockpit on your iPad that can help you stay aware of your position and surroundings in normal and emergency operations. Combined with Sentry, Synthetic Vision provides super responsive pitch and bank in addition to terrain and obstacle depictions.

Inflight Weather

With Sentry you can access subscription-free FIS-B weather & data. Display animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, PIREPs, textual winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information on ForeFlight Mobile.

Inflight GPS

Sentry’s highly-accurate WAAS GPS shows your aircraft position on ForeFlight’s moving map display and innovative Plates on Map feature. Sentry supports four GNSS systems (WAAS GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and BeiDu), and can track three constellations concurrently for redundant location tracking. View a variety of inflight data, including ground speed, altitude, ETE, distance to destination, and more.

Testimonials

“If we didn’t have our Sentry connected to my iPad and ForeFlight, we would [have] never known.
FRANK BAGHERI: CFI / CFII / CIVIL AIR PATROL (CAP) MISSION PILOT
I’m pretty sure something bad would have happened if we hadn’t had the Sentry.
RYAN KNAUER: CORPORATE PILOT / FORMER FIREFIGHTER AND FLIGHT PARAMEDIC
[Sentry] made a believer out of me.”
MIKE MCCLENDON:BRIGADIER GENERAL IN THE AIR FORCE & FOREFLIGHT MILITARY CONSULTANT

Obstacles in 3D View, Track Log Editing, Optimized Downloads, and more in ForeFlight 13.6

Our July release features obstacles in our 3D View suite, editing recorded Track Logs, new VFR charts for several European countries, optimized downloads in Pack, and much more.

Obstacles in 3D View

Identify potential hazards along your route and establish a mental picture of final approach with the new Obstacles layer in 3D View.

Every view within the 3D suite (3D Airports, 3D Anywhere, 3D Preview, and 3D Review) supports three types of obstacles: buildings (shaped like rectangles), towers (shaped like cylinders), and windmills. All other obstacle types use the tower model by default.

3D Preview helps you identify potentially hazardous obstacles within 1 nautical mile of your route. Obstacles within 1000′ vertically will appear with yellow stripes and obstacles within 100′ vertically will appear with red stripes.

3D View with Obstacles and more is included in ForeFlight Performance subscription plans.



Track Log Editing

Edit recorded Track Logs to more accurately line them up with the beginning and end of your flights and automatically update draft Logbook entries.

Tap the Edit button on the bottom-right corner of the Track Log Graph, then drag the blue bars to the left and right to move the track log’s start and end points.

Track Log editing is non-destructive, so you can revert your changes or make additional edits by tapping the Edit button and adjusting the blue bars again.



New Rogers VFR Chart Coverages

New Rogers Data VFR 500k charts for Serbia and the Baltics are now available as add-ons to any European ForeFlight subscription.

All of the new charts are included at no additional cost in the Rogers Data Full Europe chart combo add-on. Serbia is included in the existing Southeast Europe chart combo. The Baltics are available by themselves in a new chart combo.

Learn more about the European charts and data available in ForeFlight here.



Jeppesen Chart Index Numbers

View the chart index number along with a chart’s name for linked or purchased Jeppesen coverages to quickly find the right procedure. You can find these chart index numbers in Airport Procedures, the Maps Sidebar, and the Plates view.

To display chart index numbers, enable the new setting switch at the bottom of More > Jeppesen.



Optimized Downloads in Pack

Packing before your flight now requires a smaller download for weather by only downloading the Icing, Turbulence, and Cloud Coverage layers for areas that overlap with your route.

Both the U.S.-only and Global versions of each layer are packed for flights within the U.S., giving you more forecast information for inflight reference while drastically cutting down the download size.



Background Downloads Setting

Optionally disable background downloads to prevent them from being interrupted due to a slow or spotty internet connection. Find this option in More > Settings > Downloads.



Notification Preferences

Opt in to receive notifications about new feature releases, special offers on subscriptions, events, training, and more by enabling Marketing Push Notifications in More > Account > Notifications.

Dynamic Winds and Temperatures, Taxi Routing, Airport 3D Runway Lighting, and more in ForeFlight 13.3

One of our most feature-packed releases ever, ForeFlight 13.3 includes new Dynamic Winds and Temperatures map layers, the introduction of our ForeFlight Labs program for cutting edge features with Taxi Routing as the first experiment, Runway Lighting in Airport 3D, new ways to import and organize documents, support for background downloads, and more.

Dynamic Winds & Temperatures

View global forecast wind speed, direction, and temperatures at multiple altitudes and times using these stunning animated weather layers. Both the “Winds (Temps)” and “Winds (Speeds)” layers use colorful heat maps covering the globe to represent their primary forecast values at the selected altitude and time.

Wind Temperatures on the left, Speeds on the right. Use the slider to view both.

Overlaid on each layer’s heat map are smoothly-flowing particle animations representing wind direction and speed, providing an intuitive view of large-scale weather patterns in relation to the layer’s primary forecast value (wind speed or temperature). Use the Time Slider to view wind forecasts in a ~24 hour period, and move the Altitude Slider to view winds from the surface up to 63,000 ft.

The new Weather Layer Legend just above the time slider dynamically adjusts its range of values as you view different altitudes to only show the colors and associated values that are present at the current altitude, a feature unique to these two layers.

Both layers are saved when you Pack for a flight so you can view them offline, but ForeFlight only downloads the portions of each that cover your route to limit the download size.

Both layers are available with ForeFlight Performance subscription plans. BUY NOW



Weather Layer Legend

Easily interpret ForeFlight’s graphical weather layers with a new color legend just above the time slider.

The legend appears when any of the following layers are enabled: Radar (Composite, Lowest Tilt, ADS-B, Sirius XM), Enhanced Satellite, Color IR Satellite, Icing and Turbulence (US, Global, ADS-B, Sirius XM, 557WW), Clouds, and the new Winds (Temps) and Winds (Speeds) layers.

You can disable the legend by deselecting “Map Legend” in the Map Settings menu.

Learn more about weather layers in the ForeFlight Legends Guide in Documents > ForeFlight, or view it online here.



Introducing ForeFlight Labs

ForeFlight Labs is a collection of cutting-edge capabilities that need your feedback before becoming fully-fledged features!

These features are disabled by default, but you can enable them independently in More > Account under the ForeFlight Labs banner.

Like other features, those added to ForeFlight Labs may be limited by subscription plan level, so the ForeFlight Labs section will only be visible if at least one of its features are available with your subscription plan.



ForeFlight Labs: Taxi Routing

Chart a course to or from the runway with an interactive and contextually-aware taxi route bubble editor. Available as a ForeFlight Labs feature with ForeFlight Performance subscription plans (BUY NOW). Enable Taxi Routes in the ForeFlight Labs section of More > Account.

Tap the new Taxi Route button in the Maps FPL window, the Plates view, or tap the bubble for any airport in your route and tap “Edit Taxi Route” to open the Taxi Route Editor for that airport.

If you are at the airport then ForeFlight will set your current position as the starting point; otherwise, select from a list of runways and FBOs to set your starting point, then select a destination runway or FBO from the same list.

ForeFlight will automatically create a taxi route between the two points which you can edit by tapping taxiway names, hold short and crossing locations, back taxi or runway taxi instructions, and other options.

The dynamic Taxi Route keyboard and bubble editor allow you to quickly add, remove, and rearrange route elements as your clearance is read out to you, with dedicated Clear, Undo, and Redo buttons for flexible editing.

Your finished taxi route is displayed directly on the moving map as well as on the airport’s diagram in Plates. Tap the route on the map to clear it or make additional edits.



Download in Background

ForeFlight can now download charts and data even when the app is in the background, allowing you to use other apps on your iPad or iPhone without interrupting the download process.

ForeFlight can download but not install data when backgrounded, so the next time you open the app it will take a couple minutes to install the new data before all downloads show as completed and the data become available.

Items that are downloaded but not yet installed will show a full progress bar until installed.

iOS may pause the background downloads if you sleep the device while low on battery power, so we recommend connecting to a power source if you plan to sleep the device while downloading.



Airport 3D Runway Lighting

Prepare for a night approach or establish a mental picture with toggleable Day/Night modes and realistic Runway Lights in Airport 3D.

Use the Day/Night toggle in the bottom-right corner of Airport 3D to dim the surrounding terrain and expose the airport’s runway lights.

Runway edge lighting is supported for most paved airports around the world, while larger airports may also display touchdown zone lights, PAPI lights, displaced threshold lights with approach light system if available, centerline lights, end light flashers, and more.

Airport 3D is available with ForeFlight Performance plans. BUY NOW



New Ways to Import Documents

Easily import documents into ForeFlight and add them to custom binders using a dedicated Import button and intuitive drag-and-drop gestures.

The new + button in the Imported Drive’s toolbar allows you to add files from the iOS Files app, your Photo Library, or by taking new photos with your device’s camera.

On iPad you can also drag-and-drop files from other apps that support the gesture into the Imported Drive by opening both apps in split screen and dragging files over to ForeFlight. Import multiple files at once this way by tapping additional items while still holding the initial file to “stack” them, then drag the stack over to ForeFlight and release it.

This drag-and-drop workflow (including the “stacking” gesture for multiple files) also works within any Document Drive to add documents or entire folders to a custom binder. Simply drag the documents and/or folders over any binder in the Catalog on the left and release to add them to the binder, or drop them on the Add New Binder button to create and name a brand new binder containing the selected items.



Link Multiple Jeppesen Accounts

Connect more than one Jeppesen account in ForeFlight for expanded access to chart coverages, or combine linked coverages with those purchased through ForeFlight for even greater flexibility.

Combine your chart coverages from a linked Jeppesen account with those purchased directly through ForeFlight.

Individual customers can sign into multiple Jeppesen accounts by tapping “Add Jeppesen Account” in More > Jeppesen after adding the initial account. ForeFlight Business account administrators can sign into and manage multiple Jeppesen accounts on the web at plan.foreflight.com/account/jeppesen.

Individual customers can also combine their chart coverages from a linked Jeppesen account with those purchased through ForeFlight, allowing access to special coverages that may not be available through ForeFlight and enabling more flexible chart management. BUY JEPPESEN CHARTS NOW

Learn more about Jeppesen charts in ForeFlight at foreflight.com/jeppesen.

Improved Traffic Alerting, Specify Approach Minimums on the Map, and More in ForeFlight 13

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.

Daily/Hourly Forecasts, Parachute Jump Areas, and more in ForeFlight 12.11

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.

Daily/Hourly Forecasts

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.

G-AIRMETs in ForeFlight

In 2008 the FAA’s Aviation Weather Center began phasing out AIRMETs (Airman’s Meteorological Information) in favor of G-AIRMETs (Graphical AIRMETs). In anticipation of the switch to exclusively using G-AIRMETs, ForeFlight recently made the change to displaying G-AIRMETs in the AIR/SIGMETs/CWAs layer in the Maps view. 

AIRMETs and G-AIRMETs have their differences, but since they are made from the same data, they are consistent in their messages. Why are G-AIRMETs used and how does that affect pilots using ForeFlight? 

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Most pilots will notice that G-AIRMETs in ForeFlight don’t contain the same text that is usually associated with AIRMETs. That text usually indicated geographical information for the AIRMET and since G-AIRMETs are graphically depicted AIRMETs, the additional text is not needed. In the past, ForeFlight would parse this geographical description to display it on the map the same way we display G-AIRMETs, resulting in no noticeable change to pilots. 

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Additionally, AIRMETs are limited by a character count, making it difficult for forecasters to fully convey weather conditions. Some forecasters have been forced to combine geographical areas of the forecast or cut out sections of the text to get their message through the FAA system. 

AIRMETs provide geographic data using VORs to describe the area of weather conditions, while G-AIRMETs use lat/long coordinates and can use many more points to describe an area (due to the lack of character limit), giving pilots a more accurate geographical depiction of weather. 

The FAA issues G-AIRMETs in 3 hour blocks and AIRMETs in 6 hour blocks that blend the data into one image. This means that multiple G-AIRMETs issued for different times could be turned into a single AIRMET lasting for much longer than required, possibly preventing pilots from flying in an area that would be otherwise cleared with G-AIRMETs.

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Since G-AIRMETs use smaller time increments, ForeFlight provides a time slider at the bottom of the Maps view when you enable the AIR/SIGMETs/CWA layer. Scrub the time slider to view G-AIRMETs that will be active at different times in the future. If you have another time-based weather layer turned on, ForeFlight will replace the time slider increments with the other layer, letting you view G-AIRMETs that are active at the time of the other layer’s frame. If you combine the AIR/SIGMETs/CWA layer with a longer term forecast layer like Surface Analysis or Icing, you’ll find that the G-AIRMETs will disappear if you move the slider past the expiration time of the final active G-AIRMET.