FLIGHT PLAN FILING
ForeFlight taps you into the real-time flow of data and information in the air traffic control system. File your flight plan, get briefings, and communicate more effectively with air traffic control.
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File Your Flight Plan on iPad, iPhone, or on the Web
ForeFlight saves you time and taps by automatically populating most of your planning details into the flight plan form, including your selected route, departure time, estimated time enroute, as well as ICAO codes and performance data from your aircraft profile. We send your flight plan directly to ATC with no additional configuration required. Your flight plans and preflight Briefing automatically sync across mobile and web for easy access wherever it is most convenient.
File IFR & VFR Flight Plans
ForeFlight supports filing IFR flights to and from the US and within Canada, Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mexico, as well as within and between all EUROCONTROL member states and Greenland using the ICAO flight plan format.
To learn more about the countries ForeFlight supports for filing, click here.
VFR Flight Plans
File intra-Canada and cross-border VFR flight plans between the US and Canada, as well as within and between most EUROCTONTROL member states. VFR flight plans should be opened in the country of departure and closed in the destination country.
US Pilots: Get Comfortable with ICAO
The FAA is soon discontinuing support of the domestic flight plan form and all civil aircraft will be required to use the ICAO format when filing both VFR and IFR flight plans. ForeFlight already supports the ICAO flight plan format and this video walks you through how it works, including how to set up the necessary fields in your aircraft profile.
When You File with ForeFlight:
- Access optimized, preferred, and ATC cleared routes
- Your aircraft ICAO codes are automatically set up
- Receive your PDC via text and email*
- Receive ATIS via text and email*
- Receive your expected route
- Receive your expected departure clearance time
- Receive a copy of your briefing via email
- Receive adverse condition alerts
- File with a FFL call sign for security and privacy
- Easily amend or cancel from any device
*Requires a Performance-tier plan.
Quickly Compare & Select Routes for Filing
ForeFlight’s Graphical Route Advisor tool recommends the best wind-optimized and EUROCONTROL validated routes, and has a user-friendly interface so you can generate a route, file it, and get on with your mission.
For routes in Europe, ForeFlight’s proprietary routing algorithm produces EUROCONTROL validated IFR, YFR, or ZFR routes within a matter of seconds. Simply tap the desired route to add it to your plan. When available, EUROCONTROL generated route proposals are also shown. The estimated route performance calculations based on your aircraft profile are displayed for each route.
Recently Cleared ATC Routing
For US and Canada flights, ForeFlight displays recently cleared ATC routes along with information about when the most recent clearance for that route occurred, the number of times that route was cleared in the past year, the type of aircraft and altitude range for which the route was cleared, and estimated route performance calculations based on your aircraft profile. ForeFlight actively curates the list to eliminate routes with invalid or expired waypoints.
Video: Quick Tip on Altitude Constraints
Video: How to Use Graphical Route Advisor
Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) & Digital ATIS
We partner with Satcom Direct to automate delivery of your departure clearance at over 70 of the busiest airports in North America, simplifying operations and reducing frequency congestion. After you register your aircraft, file with ForeFlight and automatically receive your full clearance via email and SMS. In addition, you will receive the current ATIS as a text message. PDC and Digital-ATIS are included with Performance Plus and Business Performance plans.
After you file, ForeFlight automatically sends emails and push notifications to your device when:
- Your flight plan is acknowledged by Air Traffic Control
- Air Traffic Control issues a revised expected route (US)
- Adverse Weather Conditions arise that may affect your flight
- There are delays due to Traffic Management Initiatives in effect (EDCT and CTOT)
Activate, Amend, Cancel, Close
Amend or cancel IFR flight plans, and activate or close VFR flight plans directly from the app. ForeFlight ensures your flight plan requests are expedited into the Air Traffic Control system. We also send you an email copy of each request for your records.
ForeFlight Graphical Briefing
ForeFlight's Graphical Briefing transforms the standard text briefing information and delivers it in a visually elegant design for better readability.
Go By Your Callsign
If you operate with an FAA-registered call sign, you can enter that information into your flight plan form. Your N-registered tail number remains visible to ATC via the Remarks section. Learn more about registering for a callsign on the FAA’s website.