Flight Planning Enhancements

Oct. 3, 2017   

 

You can now preview all route options visually on an interactive map with Route Advisor. Simply tap through the list to highlight each route on the map, then tap “Select Route” to add it to your flight plan. An interactive Route Preview map in the Flights view provides a quick visual reference of your route, showing the departure and destination airports overlaid on a simple basemap with radar.

There are also enhancements to the flight planning workflow in the Flights view: the airport fields at the top have smart search functionality to help you find the right airports, and the Add Next Flight button makes it faster and easier to plan multi-leg flights by carrying forward departure, aircraft details, payload, fuel policy, and more. You can also export your flight plan in the official ICAO format and print, email, share via AirDrop, or save a copy in ForeFlight Documents.

Improved Planning Features

ForeFlight now offers an enhanced flight planning workflow thanks to improvements to aircraft, the Maps view flight plan editor, and the File & Brief view, which is now called “Flights”.

This video is for ForeFlight customers with subscription plans other than Performance Plus, including the original plans and the Basic Plus and Pro Plus plans. If you have the Performance Plus plan, or want to see what is different with that plan, check out our Performance video series.

Flight Planning Enhancements

You can now preview all route options visually on an interactive map with Route Advisor. Simply tap through the list to highlight each route on the map, then tap “Select Route” to add it to your flight plan. An interactive Route Preview map in the Flights view provides a quick visual reference of your route, showing the departure and destination airports overlaid on a simple basemap with radar.

There are also enhancements to the flight planning workflow in the Flights view: the airport fields at the top have smart search functionality to help you find the right airports, and the Add Next Flight button makes it faster and easier to plan multi-leg flights by carrying forward departure, aircraft details, payload, fuel policy, and more. You can also export your flight plan in the official ICAO format and print, email, share via AirDrop, or save a copy in ForeFlight Documents.

Using the Airports View
The Airports view is your all-in-one source for any kind of information about airports. From current and forecast weather to runways, procedures, and FBOs, the Airports view is one of the most important places in ForeFlight when it comes to flight planning.
Helpful Web Features
ForeFlight on the web includes helpful features that enable fast flight planning from your desktop browser.
Customize the Aeronautical Map
ForeFlight's data-driven Aeronautical Maps allow you to customize which map elements you show or hide. You can also choose between Light, Dark, and Classic map themes and toggle terrain features on and off. With the Aeronautical layer selected you can add or remove airspace, view high or low airways, and adjust label text size. Try mixing and matching the new map settings to find the combination that works best for you.
Enabling Terrain
Having trouble finding the Terrain layer in ForeFlight 8? It just moved next door to the Map Settings menu. You can also recreate the World Map from the Map Settings menu by turning on Place Labels.
Basemap and Terrain Improvements

The ForeFlight map engine has a significantly upgraded basemap, which now renders more quickly, smoothly, and with sharper depiction of features such as major roads, railways, national parks, and state and national boundaries. There’s also a new “Shaded Terrain” option, which uses grayscale shading to depict terrain, providing the same level of detail as the colored terrain option with less visual distraction.

In the Map Settings menu, choose from multiple presentations: Colored, Shaded, or None.

Scheduled Flight Search

ForeFlight now allows you to search for aircraft tail numbers, call signs, and flight numbers on the Maps view to see recently filed flight plans.

Dark App Theme

ForeFlight now allows you to apply a dark theme to the entire app. Go to More - Settings and tap App Theme at the top, then tap Dark. This darkens the background colors on most pages while maintaining highlight colors and prominent white text, so important information is easily visible.

Aeronautical Maps Enhancements
ForeFlight 8.2 brings the first big update to the global data-driven Aeronautical Maps since their introduction with airspace altitudes, ARTCC frequency stamps, Mode C rings, Class E surface areas, TRSAs, SATRs, and US ADIZ. Aeronautical Maps are available as part of ForeFlight's Basic Plus, Pro Plus, and Business Pro subscription plans, and as an add-on to other plans. Visit foreflight.com/pricing to see what other features are offered on these plans and to upgrade.
Single Tap

Single Tap for airports, waypoints, navaids, and airways is a feature of Aeronautical Maps that allows you to quickly access information on the Maps view. With the Aeronautical layer selected, simply quick tap on any airport, waypoint, VOR, or airway to see details about it. Tap Add to Route to drop it into your route.

Global Aeronautical Maps
ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Maps are data-driven, customizable, and powered by an entirely new map engine, purpose-built by ForeFlight’s graphics engineers to deliver a dynamic experience on the ground and in the air.
Global Procedure Advisor

All ForeFlight customers can now access international departures, arrivals, and approaches using Procedure Advisor, expanding the scope of ForeFlight’s global planning capabilities.

These global flight planning features are further enhanced by adding Jeppesen’s industry-leading charts to your ForeFlight account. Check out our other videos on purchasing Jeppesen charts through ForeFlight and linking an existing Jeppesen account to learn more.

Map Touch Action
This video walks you through how to use our Map Touch Action feature. View US VFR Sectional and IFR Enroute chart legend panels directly on the Maps view. Map Touch allows you to rotate through each overlapping chart in turn based on where you tap the chart.
Weather Layer Time Slider

ForeFlight’s radar and satellite layers now use an interactive time slider tool that provides more control when viewing and animating weather timestamps.

Icing, Turbulence, and Surface Analysis Layers

ForeFlight’s weather capabilities now include five new layers for icing, turbulence, and surface analysis forecasts, available on Pro Plus, Performance Plus, and Business Performance plans. The Icing and Turbulence layers each have a US and global option, and the Surface Analysis layer provides a global view of isobars and associated pressure readings, and a more detailed view of pressure centers, fronts, troughs, and other features for North America. All five of the new layers are also available on ForeFlight’s web application.

Opacity Sliders
This handy feature on the Maps view allows you to adjust the opacity of weather overlays and TFRs so you can see details on the chart underneath, without having to remove the overlay entirely. If your subscription includes geo-referenced plates you can also adjust the opacity of plates and taxi charts overlaid on the map.
Profile View
Profile view takes our Hazard Advisor feature into vertical mode and gives you a side view of terrain and obstacles along your planned route. With dynamic color alerting you will know at a glance whether your selected altitude will keep you clear of terrain and obstacle hazards. In flight, Profile shows your current altitude in relation to obstacles or terrain ahead of your track. Profile is a ForeFlight Pro and iPad only feature, and also requires iOS 7.1 or higher.
Pack For Your Flight
Pack is like a trip kit and ensures you'll never be caught in the air without the charts, maps, NOTAMs, and other important data you need. Pack analyzes your route and queues up what is missing from your device - download everything to your iPad or iPhone with a single tap. Charts downloaded with Pack can be found in the Downloads view and deleted after a flight, and more temporary data like weather and fuel prices are automatically removed after reconnecting to Wi-Fi.
Introducing: ForeFlight 8
ForeFlight 8 is a major release that delivers ForeFlight’s new global data-driven aeronautical maps, featuring Continuous Zoom technology and dynamic decluttering powered by an all new map engine, built from the ground up to deliver next-generation maps to pilots. Also included are major enhancements to ForeFlight Logbook and ForeFlight on the web.
Send To
The Send To button on the Maps view provides some quick and easy ways to send a route to different parts of the app or share it with others.
Managing Downloads
Before you take off, be sure to download all the charts, maps, and information you will need for your flight. This video shows you how to do this.
FBOs on Taxi Charts
Use this feature to quickly access ForeFlight's FBO Directory information right from the Taxi Chart. FBO markers make it easy to see exactly where an airport FBO is located. Tap on the FBO marker to check fuel prices and view the available services and amenities for that business.
Annotating Plates and Documents
Annotations in ForeFlight Mobile allow you to mark up plates and documents with an extensive set of annotation tools.
Weight & Balance

ForeFlight Mobile’s Weight & Balance feature allows you to quickly determine whether the aircraft is loaded within its envelope. ForeFlight Mobile’s smart setup interview asks questions about your aircraft and installed options to help you with configuration. Weight & Balance is a ForeFlight Mobile Pro feature.

iPhone 2/3 View
2/3 view is a new design paradigm in ForeFlight on the iPhone that allows you to access information about map elements without losing sight of the map itself. When combined with Single Tap and Aeronautical Maps, 2/3 view becomes a powerful tool for flight planning. 2/3 view also works with the tap-hold gesture, as well as the Map Settings menu, allowing you to see what changes you're making to the map without closing the menu.
Easily Adjust Cruise Speed & Fuel Flow Values

Performance profiles in ForeFlight make it easy to set up aircraft performance data for different power settings, but you can also adjust performance data for a flight without using performance profiles. 

Just type space-separated values for cruise speed and/or fuel flow directly into the Flight Plan Editor at the end of the route string, using standard abbreviations to indicate units for speeds and fuel flow, such as KTS for knots, MPH for miles per hour, GPH for gallons per hour, and PPH for pounds per hour.

ForeFlight will use any values you add this way to calculate performance results instead of the performance profiles. The performance profile field on the left will show the new values in parentheses to indicate this temporary override. If you delete the new values in the Flight Plan Editor, ForeFlight will revert to using the values in the performance profile.

Being able to quickly specify different performance values right in the Maps view provides valuable flexibility when planning a flight.

User Map Shapes

Visit foreflight.com/map-shapes for additional information about this feature and to download sample KML files.

Import Custom User Charts

In addition to user waypoints and user map layers, ForeFlight now allows you to import User Charts that you can manage and display on the map.

The User Charts feature supports MBTiles, an open source file format developed by MapBox that allows for efficient compression and distribution of large charts. The feature does not yet support vector charts, which can also use the .mbtiles extension. A great tool for creating your own MBtiles is MapTiler, which is free to download and allows you to quickly georeference and export raster charts.

Set Up Your JetFuelX Account
This video walks you through the process of setting up your JetFuelX account with aircraft profiles and fuel cards. A JetFuelX account is provided free to every ForeFlight subscriber, and you can access it by signing in to https://portal.jetfuelx.com using your ForeFlight username and password. You can also sign up for a JetFuelX account at http://www.jetfuelx.com
Use JetFuelX to Find the Best Contract Jet Fuel Price
This video shows you how to use JetFuelX to find the best fuel prices, plan a trip, and request a fuel release. Existing ForeFlight customers can sign in to https://portal.jetfuelx.com, using your ForeFlight username and password. You can also sign up for a free JetFuelX account at http://www.jetfuelx.com

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