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    When I file my Flight Plan, to what email address are the Briefing and Summary emailed?

    For the single-pilot account, the Briefing and Summary are emailed to the email address shown in the File & Brief form; plus a copy of each is emailed to the ForeFlight account email address, if the two email addresses are not the same.

    For multi-pilot accounts of 2 or more, using the Per Pilot Sign On account style, the Briefing and Summary are emailed to the email address shown in the File & Brief form; plus a second email is sent to the pilot’s personal ForeFlight account email address, if the two email addresses are not the same. No email is sent the account administrator.

    For multi-pilot accounts of 2 or more, using the Single Sign On account style, the Briefing and Summary are emailed to email address shown in the File & Brief form; plus a copy of each is emailed to ForeFlight account administrator’s email address, if the two email addresses are not the same.


    When I file my Flight Plan, to what email address is the Expected Clearance (Pro Plus feature) emailed?

    For the single-pilot account, the Expected Clearance is emailed to the email address shown in the File & Brief form; plus a copy is emailed to the ForeFlight account email address, if the two email addresses are not the same.

    For multi-pilot accounts of 2 or more, using the Per Pilot Sign On account style, the Expected Clearance is emailed to email address shown in the File & Brief form. No other emails are sent.

    For multi-pilot accounts of 2 or more, using the Single Sign On account style, the Expected Clearance is emailed to the email address shown in the File & Brief form; plus a copy is emailed to the ForeFlight account administrator’s email address, if the two email addresses are not the same.


    I fly for the military and use a numeric tail number, but your app requires an alpha first character, how do I file and brief?

    Just use your call sign rather than your tail number, e.g.; Jolly12, Pirat12 or Bolt11.


    When must I file an ICAO flight plan?

    If your flight meets any of these criteria, you must file an ICAO flight plan:
    1) Your flight will enter international airspace, including Oceanic airspace controlled by FAA facilities.
    2) Your flight expects routing or separation based on Performance Based Navigation (PBN), ie: RNAV SIDs and STARs.
    3) Your flight will enter Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) airspace, ie: FL290 or above.
    4) Your flight expects services based on ADS-B.


    How can I learn more about filing ICAO flight plans with ForeFlight Mobile?

    Refer to the Filing with ForeFlight document in Documents > Catalog > ForeFlight, or download Filing with ForeFlight here.


    Can I still file a FAA/Domestic flight plan?

    Yes! If you are filing a regular VFR, IFR, or non RVSM flight-level IFR flight plan that stays in US airspace, you can file using the FAA/Domestic flight plan. If you're planning to file for a GPS T-route or to fly a GPS approach at your destination, then you can still file using the FAA/Domestic flight plan.


    Can I file an international ICAO flight plan?

    Yes, with an ICAO IFR plan you can file to and from the US and within Canada, Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mexico.

    International VFR ICAO flight plans may be filed and will be routed by Lockheed Martin Flight Service to the other-country equivalent of the US FSS, but there is no assurance that the flightplan will be accepted.

    Many countries have their own requirements and may require fees or manual documentation for flightplans. It is recommended that the pilot contact the local authority for specific information about what is involved in complying with their requirements.

    For international VFR flights that cross the US ADIZ, these are routed to the US FSS and must comply with the DVFR flightplan requirements, See the FAQ for DVFR flightplans.

    For international flights, pilots should ensure they are in compliance with all rules and regulations governing their flight.


    What are the differences between FAA/Domestic and ICAO flight plan forms?

    ICAO flight plan forms have more options for the Flight Rules under which you're filing your plan. ICAO flight plan forms also require more details about your aircraft's navigation equipment, surveillance equipment (ie: transponder), wake turbulence class, and survival equipment (if any) carried on board.


    I want to start using ICAO flight plan forms; do I need to make any changes in ForeFlight Mobile?

    Yes, you need to enter ICAO specific information about your Aircraft on the More > Aircraft page. Tap the blue "i" next your aircraft entry then scroll down to fill-in the ICAO information.

    If you need to enter ICAO information such as PBN or NAV, etc... tap the "Other Information >" box to access those fields.


    What do the different ICAO Flight Rules types mean?

    Currently in the US, only VFR and IFR types are used. Choose VFR if the entire flight is planned to be operated under VFR. Choose IFR if the entire flight is planned to be operated under IFR.

    If you plan to change the flight rules under which you the flight will be operated during the flight (ie: VFR from departure to intermediate point, then change to IFR) you should file two flight plans.

    FYI: The ICAO codes YFR and ZFR are not currently supported in the US, but may be used in other countries. YFR means the flight initially will be operated under IFR, followed by one or more changes of flight rules. ZFR means the flight initially will be operated under VFR, followed by one or more changes of flight rules.


    What are valid departure, destination and alternate entries?

    ICAO flight plans can accept 4-letter ICAO airport or heliport codes for departure, destination and alternate. As the pilot, all you need to do is specify the departure and destination airports with ForeFlight, regardless of domestic or ICAO format flightplan.

    With an ICAO format flightplan, ForeFlight will recognize if the format of the departure, destination, or Alternate airport is not a valid 4 character ICAO airport identifier. If the airport does not use an ICAO identifier, ForeFlight follows the ICAO flight plan format rules and automatically replaces the airport with "ZZZZ". ForeFlight also automatically codes the other information in field 18 with the proper keyword DEP/ or DEST/ or ALTN/ followed by the identifier that you coded.


    What equipment codes should I select? For example, is a G1000 a /P or a /S?

    You can select multiple options for Radio Communication, Navigation and Approach aids, on the Aircraft page. In the Radio Communication section, choose:

    S if your aircraft has a VHF comm radio AND a VOR AND an ILS receiver installed (all operational.)

    G if your aircraft has a GPS receiver that is installed and operational.

    If your aircraft has a G1000, you could select both S and G. Same goes for a GTN750, KSN770, GNS430, etc…; each would allow you to select S and G. However a handheld or portable GPS does not allow you to select “G.”


    Can I file Canadian flight plans in ForeFlight?

    It depends on the flight rules. ICAO IFR flight plans are delivered to the ATC center responsible for the airspace surrounding the departure airport. So for Canadian departure airports, ICAO IFR flight plans will go to NavCanada and be filed successfully.

    Additionally, cross-border ICAO VFR flight plans filed from the US to Canada are transmitted to Lockheed Martin Flight Service who forwards them to NavCanada, so those will also be filed successfully.

    ICAO VFR flight plans for flights completely inside Canada can be filed in ForeFlight Mobile version 7.7.2 or later. Some special considerations apply when filing these intra-Canada VFR flight plans, see our blog post for details.

    VFR flight plans for flights that originate in Canada and cross the border must be filed directly with NavCanada.

    For any Canadian flight plans filed in ForeFlight, pilots should check with Nav Canada (FSS or ATC) before the flight to ensure that their flight plan has been received.


    How do I file an SFRA VFR flight plan?

    Before filing an SFRA flight plan, or flying into or out of the SFRA, be sure to complete, review, and understand the material that the FAA has provided in the mandatory FAA SFRA Training Course.

    The SFRA Kneeboard Checklist is also a useful resource for pilots flying into or out of the SFRA.

    To file a VFR SFRA flight plan with the ICAO format flight plan:

    If you start from the Route Editor on the Maps page:
    1. Enter the flight route at your desired VFR altitude.
    2. Use the "Send To" button to send the flight plan to the File & Brief page.
    3. On the File & Brief page, change the "Flight Rules" entry from VFR to IFR, even though it is a VFR flight. This causes the flight plan to be routed to Potomac Approach Control. If you leave this set to VFR, the flight plan will be rejected.
    4. Add "SFRA" to the "Remarks" field.
    5. Set the departure or destination field for the arrival or departure gate you will be using.
    6. Set any of the other fields as would normally be required. After getting your briefing, tap the "File" button to submit the SFRA flight plan.

    If you start out on the File & Brief page:
    1. Select VFR and set the VFR altitude in feet in the altitude field.
    2. Change the "Flight Rules" entry from VFR to IFR, even though it is a VFR flight. This causes the flight plan to be routed to Potomac Approach Control. If you leave this set to VFR, the flight plan will be rejected.
    3. Set the departure or destination field for the arrival or departure gate you will be using.
    4. Add "SFRA" to the Remarks field.
    5. Set any of the other fields as normally required. After getting your briefing, tap "file" to submit the SFRA flight plan.

    Example
    Here is an example of a VFR SFRA arrival flight from KHEF using the FLUKY gate at 4500 feet.
    1. Go to the the File & Brief page.
    2. Set the VFR altitude of 4500 feet in the "Altitude" field.
    3. Change the "Flight Rules" to IFR, even though it is a VFR flight.
    4. Set your Departure airport to KHEF.
    5. Set the destination airport to FLUKY.
    6. Add SFRA to the Remarks field.
    7. Set any of the other fields as normally required. After getting your briefing, tap file to submit the SFRA flightplan.

    To file using FAA/Domestic flight plan forms:
    Choose a 'VFR (DC SFRA)' flight rules option for the flight plans you create.
    You will need to provide an appropriate gate for SFRA entry as your departure point (when inbound to the SFRA) or the appropriate exit gate in the destination field (when outbound). Your ETE value should match when you expect to enter the SFRA (when inbound) or exit it (when outbound). If you wish to do non-towered airport pattern work within the SFRA put '+ REQ PTTN' in your remarks (without the tick marks).


    How far in advance can I file a flight plan?

    When filing through Lockheed Martin Flight Service (ie: you are not signed in to DUATS in More > Accounts) you can file a flight plan up to 27 days in advance.

    When filing through DUATS (ie: you have signed-in to DUATS in More > Accounts) ForeFlight supports filing up to 24 hours in advance.

    A VFR flight plan can only be activated with your FSS in the time period of one hour before your filed departure time to two hours after. An IFR flight plan can be activated with ATC in the time period of two hours before your filed departure time to two hours after.


    Can I cancel or amend a flight plan?

    Beginning with ForeFlight Mobile 6.0 you can Amend or Cancel a VFR or IFR flight plan and Activate or Close a VFR flight plan filed using Lockheed Martin Flight Service.
    All ICAO flight plans are automatically filed with Lockheed Martin Flight Service. FAA/Domestic flight plans are filed with Lockheed Martin Flight Service unless you have entered your DUATS credentials in the app on More > Accounts.

    VFR plan not yet filed using ForeFlight Mobile:
    Amend, Activate and Cancel: Until ETD+2 hours.
    File: Until ETD.

    VFR plan FILED using ForeFlight Mobile:
    Amend or Close: anytime using ForeFlight Mobile.

    IFR plan not yet filed using ForeFlight Mobile:
    Amend, Cancel: Until ETD-30 minutes. At ETD-30 minutes the plan is transmitted to ATC.
    File: Until ETD.

    Filed plans are automatically canceled if not opened/activated within 2 hours following the departure time.

    Flight plans filed using DUATS (ie: if you entered DUATS credentials on More > Accounts) may be able to be amended at the duats.com web site, provided you used your DUATS account to file the plan. However, a plan that DUATS has already sent to the appropriate agency cannot be amended.
    From the DUATS website: "Flight plans that have already been transmitted to the FAA cannot be cancelled or modified. VFR flight plans are usually transmitted to the FAA 1 hour before planned departure time. IFR plans will typically be transmitted from 2 to 6 hours before planned departure time, depending on FAA requirements."


    I have a permit number for my flight plan - where should I put it in the ICAO flight plan form?

    Since there is no dedicated field for permit numbers in the ICAO flight plan form you should put it in the Remarks section at the bottom of the form. Remember that the Remarks section only accepts alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9, and space); if you put any special characters in the Remarks field the flight plan will be rejected.