v9.0 - foreflight mobile pilot guide

v9.0 - foreflight mobile pilot guide
Pilot’s Guide to
ForeFlight Mobile
ForeFlight, LLC
49th Edition - Covers ForeFlight Mobile v9.0 on iPad
Introduction ...............................................................................................18
iPad Tips....................................................................................................................................18
Setting-up ForeFlight Mobile ..............................................................20
Airports ........................................................................................................21
About the Design ..................................................................................................................22
Finding an Airport using Search ......................................................................................22
Finding an Airport using Browse .....................................................................................23
Favorite Airports List ............................................................................................................24
Recent Airports List...............................................................................................................25
Favorite and Recent Airport Sync ....................................................................................25
Viewing Airport Weather ....................................................................................................26
Model Output Statistics (MOS) Forecasts .....................................................................27
Runway Winds ........................................................................................................................29
Viewing a Procedure ............................................................................................................30
Swipe to Change Plates.......................................................................................................31
Using Geo-Referenced Procedures .................................................................................33
FBO Information ....................................................................................................................34
Fuel prices...................................................................................................................................................34
Comments ..................................................................................................................................................35
Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD) or Canada Flight Supplement (CFS) ...............36
Airport and Aircraft Flight Tracking ................................................................................37
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Maps .............................................................................................................38
About the Design ..................................................................................................................38
Pinch, Zoom, and Pan ..........................................................................................................39
Changing Maps / Map Overlay ........................................................................................39
Global Aeronautical Maps ..................................................................................................47
Aeronautical Maps Features.................................................................................................................48
Aeronautical Maps Symbols.................................................................................................................50
Maps Settings .........................................................................................................................51
Map Touch ...............................................................................................................................54
Smart Airway Labels .............................................................................................................56
Airport popup .........................................................................................................................57
Weather Overlay Color Coding.........................................................................................58
Attitude Indicator / Synthetic Vision (iPad only) ........................................................60
IMPORTANT NOTICE: ATTITUDE INDICATOR DISPLAY .............................................61
Stratus 2/2S Positioning.........................................................................................................................63
Calibrate the AI/SV display ...................................................................................................................63
Synthetic Vision required downloads...............................................................................................64
Finding an Airport or Navigation Aid using Search .................................................65
Planning a Flight using Search .........................................................................................66
Planning a Flight using Touch ..........................................................................................68
Airspace Information............................................................................................................70
Route Line ................................................................................................................................70
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Managing User Waypoints .................................................................................................71
User Waypoint Sync..............................................................................................................72
Working with the Navigation Log, Edit and Profile Views ......................................72
Overview .....................................................................................................................................................72
Edit View......................................................................................................................................................75
Procedure Advisor....................................................................................................................................77
Reverse ........................................................................................................................................................84
Routes ..........................................................................................................................................................85
NavLog View ..............................................................................................................................................86
Profile View.................................................................................................................................................87
Single-waypoint Search .........................................................................................................................93
Engaging the Moving Map ................................................................................................93
Track Up.......................................................................................................................................................94
Distance Rings ...........................................................................................................................................95
Glide Advisor™ ..........................................................................................................................................97
Track Vector................................................................................................................................................99
Direct-To.................................................................................................................................100
Ruler ........................................................................................................................................100
Viewing and Hiding the Instrument Panel ................................................................101
Using Favorite Routes .......................................................................................................103
Using Recent Routes..........................................................................................................103
Favorite and Recent Route Sync ...................................................................................103
Clearing a Route ..................................................................................................................104
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Alerts ..........................................................................................................105
About The Design...............................................................................................................105
Runway Proximity Advisor ..............................................................................................105
Cabin Altitude Advisor......................................................................................................106
Traffic Alerts ..........................................................................................................................106
TFR Alerts ...............................................................................................................................106
Sink Rate.................................................................................................................................108
500’ AGL .................................................................................................................................109
Device Disconnect..............................................................................................................109
Destination Weather Frequency ...................................................................................110
Pack ............................................................................................................111
About the Design................................................................................................................111
Pack for a Flight ...................................................................................................................113
iPad .............................................................................................................................................................113
iPhone........................................................................................................................................................114
Sync ............................................................................................................116
About the Design................................................................................................................116
Using Sync .............................................................................................................................116
Cockpit Sharing .....................................................................................119
About the Design................................................................................................................119
Using Cockpit Sharing.......................................................................................................119
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Plates..........................................................................................................120
About the Design................................................................................................................120
About Plate Binders ...........................................................................................................121
Creating a Binder ................................................................................................................121
Managing Plates..................................................................................................................121
Plate Controls .......................................................................................................................122
NOTAM Advisor for Approach Plates and Airport Diagrams ..............................123
FBOs on Airport Diagrams ...............................................................................................124
Printing Plates From a Binder.........................................................................................125
Ensuring Your Plates Don’t Expire ................................................................................125
Plates and Taxi Diagrams on a Map................................................126
About the Design................................................................................................................126
Displaying a Plate on a Map............................................................................................127
Changing or Hiding the Plate on a Map .....................................................................128
Adjusting Plate Transparency ........................................................................................128
Track Logs ................................................................................................129
About the Design................................................................................................................129
Enabling Track Logging....................................................................................................129
Start/Stop Logging.............................................................................................................129
Track Log Listing .................................................................................................................130
Synchronizing Track Logs to other Devices ..............................................................131
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Viewing a Track Log on an iPad or iPhone ................................................................132
Sharing Track Logs .............................................................................................................132
Exporting Track Logs to other Apps ............................................................................133
Viewing Track Logs in ForeFlight on the web ..........................................................134
Documents ..............................................................................................135
About the Design................................................................................................................135
About Document Binders ................................................................................................136
Creating a Binder ................................................................................................................136
Adding Documents from a Catalog .............................................................................136
Document Syncing.............................................................................................................137
Importing Documents from iTunes or other Apps .................................................141
Viewing a Document .........................................................................................................142
Searching in a Document ................................................................................................143
Adding and Removing Bookmarks...............................................................................144
Managing Documents in a Binder ................................................................................144
Deleting Documents from your iPad...........................................................................145
Ensuring Your Documents Don’t Expire.....................................................................145
Annotating Plates and PDF Documents .......................................146
About the Design................................................................................................................146
Types of Annotations ........................................................................................................147
Adding and Editing Annotations ..................................................................................147
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Choosing Annotation Color ...............................................................................................................148
Fill Color: Transparent or “No Fill”....................................................................................................149
Drawing/Ink .............................................................................................................................................150
Text Box.....................................................................................................................................................150
Rectangle ..................................................................................................................................................151
Ellipse (Circle) ..........................................................................................................................................152
Line .............................................................................................................................................................152
Polygon .....................................................................................................................................................152
Polyline ......................................................................................................................................................153
Sticky-note ...............................................................................................................................................153
Undo/Redo............................................................................................................................154
Selecting Multiple Annotations.....................................................................................154
Copying and Pasting an Annotation ...........................................................................154
Deleting Annotations........................................................................................................155
Imagery .....................................................................................................156
About the Design................................................................................................................156
Selecting a Collection........................................................................................................157
NATIONAL - Featured ...........................................................................................................................157
CONUS WEATHER ..................................................................................................................................159
GFS MOS....................................................................................................................................................163
ADVISORIES..............................................................................................................................................163
WINDS ALOFT..........................................................................................................................................164
ICING ..........................................................................................................................................................164
TURBULENCE ...........................................................................................................................................167
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SATELLITE..................................................................................................................................................168
DOPPLER RADAR....................................................................................................................................169
PILOT WEATHER REPORTS ..................................................................................................................169
Viewing an Image ...............................................................................................................170
Using Favorite Images ......................................................................................................170
Send To...................................................................................................................................170
File & Brief ................................................................................................171
About the Design................................................................................................................171
Before Creating a New Flight Plan................................................................................172
Creating a New Flight Plan ..............................................................................................173
Choosing between FAA/Domestic and ICAO Flight Plans...................................174
Creating an FAA/Domestic Flight Plan .......................................................................175
Creating an ICAO Flight Plan ..........................................................................................175
Obtaining a Weather Briefing.........................................................................................176
Filing your Flight Plan (FAA/Domestic or ICAO) ......................................................176
Flight Plan Acknowledgment Notification ................................................................177
Flight Notifications .............................................................................................................177
Amending or Canceling a LMFS Flight Plan..............................................................180
Activating or Closing a LMFS VFR Flight Plan...........................................................181
Close VFR Flight Plan “PUSH” Alerts.............................................................................182
Amending or Canceling a DUATS Flight Plan...........................................................182
Managing Flight Plan Forms...........................................................................................182
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Flight Alerts...........................................................................................................................182
ForeFlight Briefing ................................................................................184
About the Design................................................................................................................184
Navigating the Briefing.....................................................................................................185
Translated Text vs Raw Text............................................................................................185
Briefing Sections .................................................................................................................186
Adverse Conditions...............................................................................................................................186
Synopsis ....................................................................................................................................................187
Current Weather.....................................................................................................................................187
Forecasts ...................................................................................................................................................187
NOTAMs ....................................................................................................................................................188
Miscellaneous..........................................................................................................................................188
ScratchPads .............................................................................................189
About the Design................................................................................................................189
Open a ScratchPad .............................................................................................................189
ScratchPad Templates ......................................................................................................190
Change Pen Size, Color, Opacity ...................................................................................190
Undo/Redo............................................................................................................................191
Clear ScratchPad Content................................................................................................191
Edit a ScratchPad Name ...................................................................................................191
Reposition ScratchPad Thumbnails .............................................................................192
Send a ScratchPad ..............................................................................................................192
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Delete a ScratchPad ...........................................................................................................192
More ...........................................................................................................193
Downloads ............................................................................................................................193
About the Design...................................................................................................................................193
Grouped Downloads ............................................................................................................................195
Select Data to Download ....................................................................................................................195
Downloading Data ................................................................................................................................197
Downloading in the Background.....................................................................................................197
Keeping Current .....................................................................................................................................198
Deleting Data Downloads ..................................................................................................................198
A Quick Tour of the Data Available for Download.....................................................................199
Preflight Download Check .................................................................................................................200
Troubleshooting Downloads.............................................................................................................200
Accounts ................................................................................................................................202
About the Design...................................................................................................................................202
Viewing your Active Subscription ...................................................................................................202
Purchasing or Renewing a Subscription in the United States...............................................203
Purchasing or Renewing a Subscription in Canada ..................................................................204
Signing In to your ForeFlight Account...........................................................................................204
Signing Out of your ForeFlight Account .......................................................................................204
Changing your Password or Email...................................................................................................205
Removing Devices from your Account ..........................................................................................205
Providing a DUATS Account ..............................................................................................................205
Signing Out of your DUATS Account..............................................................................................206
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Aircraft ....................................................................................................................................207
Create or Edit Aircraft Profile .............................................................................................................207
Delete Aircraft Profile ...........................................................................................................................208
Logbook .................................................................................................................................209
Checklist .................................................................................................................................210
Checklist Pro Migration .......................................................................................................................210
Setting Up Checklists ...........................................................................................................................211
Editing Checklists...................................................................................................................................212
Using Checklists......................................................................................................................................213
Sharing Checklists..................................................................................................................................214
Weight & Balance................................................................................................................215
Settings...................................................................................................................................216
User Waypoints ...................................................................................................................222
Latitude/Longitude Formats .............................................................................................................222
Sharing User Waypoints ......................................................................................................................223
Track Logs..............................................................................................................................224
Devices ...................................................................................................................................225
Location Disabled / Troubleshooting GPS position issues .....................................................225
About ......................................................................................................................................226
Apple Watch............................................................................................227
Overview ................................................................................................................................227
Setting Up..............................................................................................................................227
Airports Page........................................................................................................................229
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Instruments Page................................................................................................................230
Timer Page ............................................................................................................................231
ADS-B Weather.......................................................................................232
Overview ................................................................................................................................232
ADS-B Weather Products .................................................................................................232
Status Information..............................................................................................................233
Animated ADS-B Radar .....................................................................................................234
ADS-B Tower Location on Map ......................................................................................235
ADS-B Traffic ...........................................................................................236
Overview ................................................................................................................................236
IMPORTANT TRAFFIC NOTICE.........................................................................................236
Traffic Access in ForeFlight Mobile...............................................................................236
Status Information..............................................................................................................237
Traffic Symbols ....................................................................................................................237
Hide Distant Traffic Setting .............................................................................................239
Ownship ADS-B Out Information..................................................................................239
Traffic Alerts ..........................................................................................................................240
ForeFlight Connect ...............................................................................241
Overview ................................................................................................................................241
Stratus ADS-B Receivers ...................................................................................................241
Stratus Status Information .................................................................................................................241
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Stratus ESG (Stratus 1S/2/2S Only) ..................................................................................................244
Stratus Replay (Stratus 1S/2/2S Only) ............................................................................................245
Stratus Flight Data Recorder..............................................................................................................245
Recording a Track Log Using the Flight Data Recorder ...........................................................246
Stratus Firmware Update ....................................................................................................................247
Garmin Connext ..................................................................................................................249
Pairing with Flight Stream ..................................................................................................................249
Using Connext ........................................................................................................................................249
GPS and ADS-B from Connext...........................................................................................................250
Sending a Route to Connext (requires Flight Stream 210 or 510) .......................................252
Getting a Route from Connext (requires Flight Stream 210 or 510) ...................................253
Calibrating Flight Stream 210 AHRS ...............................................................................................254
Garmin GTX 345 ..................................................................................................................255
Connecting to GTX 345 .......................................................................................................................255
Using GTX 345 ........................................................................................................................................255
GPS and ADS-B from GTX 345 ...........................................................................................................256
Garmin GDL 39 ....................................................................................................................257
Connecting to GDL 39 .........................................................................................................................257
Using GDL 39...........................................................................................................................................257
GPS and ADS-B from GDL 39 .............................................................................................................258
L-3 Lynx ..................................................................................................................................260
Connecting to Lynx...............................................................................................................................260
Using Lynx ................................................................................................................................................260
GPS and ADS-B from Lynx ..................................................................................................................261
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Avidyne IFD 550/540/440 ................................................................................................262
Connecting to IFD 540/440 ................................................................................................................262
Getting a Route from IFD 550/540/440 .........................................................................................262
GPS from IFD 550/540/440.................................................................................................................263
Dynon SkyView....................................................................................................................264
Configuring SkyView WiFi...................................................................................................................264
Connecting ForeFlight and SkyView...............................................................................................264
Sending a Route to SkyView ..............................................................................................................265
Getting a Route from SkyView ..........................................................................................................267
GPS and ARHS data from SkyView...................................................................................................268
FreeFlight ADS-B .................................................................................................................269
Connecting ForeFlight and FreeFlight RANGR ...........................................................................269
GPS and ADS-B data from FreeFlight RANGR ..............................................................................270
SiriusXM SXAR1 ...................................................................................................................271
Connecting ForeFlight to the SXAR1 .............................................................................................272
SXAR1 Available Weather Data.........................................................................................................272
SXAR1 Status Information ..................................................................................................................274
SiriusXM Satellite Radio .......................................................................................................................275
Connecting a Bluetooth audio device to the SXAR1 ................................................................276
SXAR1 Audio Controls..........................................................................................................................278
Baron Mobile Link/WXWorx............................................................................................280
Mobile Link Available Weather Data...............................................................................................280
Mobile Link Status Information ........................................................................................................281
LogTen Integration...............................................................................282
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Flight Simulator Integration..............................................................283
Before Using a Flight Simulator with ForeFlight Mobile ......................................283
X-Plane ...................................................................................................................................283
Infinite Flight ........................................................................................................................284
Prepar3D/Flight Simulator X...........................................................................................286
Redbird ...................................................................................................................................286
ELITE ........................................................................................................................................286
AeroFly FS 2 ..........................................................................................................................287
Frasca ......................................................................................................................................287
Sharing Flights .......................................................................................288
Twitter.....................................................................................................................................288
Email ........................................................................................................................................288
Miscellany ................................................................................................289
Radar Legends (when from Internet) ..........................................................................289
Rain - Radar Intensity (dBZ) vs. Color...........................................................................290
Mixed Rain/Snow - Radar Intensity (dBZ) vs. Color ................................................291
Snow - Radar Intensity (dBZ) vs. Color ........................................................................292
Four-color Radar - Radar Intensity (dBZ) vs. Color ..................................................293
Baron Mobile Link/WXWorx XM Radar Intensity (dBZ) vs. Color .......................294
Radar Legends (when from Internet) ..........................................................................295
PIREP Legend........................................................................................................................295
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Enhanced Satellite..............................................................................................................296
Color IR Satellite ..................................................................................................................298
KML User Map Shapes.......................................................................................................300
Learning More ........................................................................................301
Pilot’s Guide Change History ............................................................302
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Introduction
This pilot’s guide provides an overview of ForeFlight Mobile and its capabilities on
the iPad. After reading this guide, you will have the ability to:
• Plan flights quickly
• Gather preflight intelligence information efficiently, and
• Use ForeFlight Mobile to best support your type of flying.
This guide presumes a basic level of proficiency with general iPad use and
navigation. If you are new to Apple iOS devices, including the iPad, you will want to
view the guided tours available on Apple’s website at www.apple.com/ipad/guidedtours/ as well as the iPad User Guide at support.apple.com/manuals/
IPAD TIPS
There are a few handy iPad features you’ll want to know about when using
ForeFlight Mobile:
✤ Multiple Orientations: The iPad supports portrait (tall) and landscape (wide)
orientations. When you rotate an iPad from one orientation to another, an
application typically alters its user interface to better take advantage of the space
supplied.
✤ Rotation Lock: Having the screen content rotate when you rotate the iPad
isn’t always a good thing. Rotation lock is helpful for preventing Terminal
Procedure rotation or accidental rotation in turbulence. Fortunately, you can
choose when the screen rotates and when it doesn’t. There are a few methods for
locking the orientation of content on your iPad’s screen:
Physical Switch: A physical switch is located immediately above the
volume buttons on the right side of some iPad models (models without the
switch are the iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, and iPad Air 2). When switched on, this
prevents an application from changing its orientation as you change the
orientation of the iPad. On some iPads, this switch instead functions as a
“mute” switch. You can change the function of this back to a “lock” switch by
using the iPad’s Settings application. Tap General, and use the options in the
Use Side Switch to: section. If this section is not displayed, you may need to
update your iPad’s version of the iOS operating system to enable this.
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iPad Soft-Lock: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the
Control Center and find the rotation lock soft-button. This method is not
available if you have the physical slider switch set to manage screen lock.
ForeFlight Procedures Lock: ForeFlight Mobile also provides a soft-lock
switch on the Procedures viewer for more flexibility.
✤ Settings App: The iPad includes a special application called Settings. Within
Settings, you can modify the way the iPad and its applications behave. ForeFlightspecific settings are addressed in the Settings section of this guide. All ForeFlight
settings are available in the More view of ForeFlight Mobile as well.
✤ Brightness Control: There is a brightness control accessible in iPad Settings
app. It is also available for quick access in the Control Center by swiping-up from
the bottom of the screen. This control is helpful for reducing brightness at night,
or for dimming the screen during the day to preserve battery life.
For night use, if the iPad brightness control set to full dim (slider all the way to the
left) doesn’t dim the screen enough, use the brightness slider in ForeFlight Mobile
in the More view or at the top of the Maps Settings menu to dim the screen
further. The ForeFlight brightness slider integrates with the iPad’s brightness
slider, but allows for additional dimming beyond the lowest setting of the iPad’s
slider.
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Setting-up ForeFlight Mobile
First, download ForeFlight Mobile to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch from the
Apple App store. See www.foreflight.com/support/getting-started for detailed
instructions.
If this is your first time using ForeFlight Mobile on that device, you’ll get a 30-day
free trial of the data. The free trial includes all standard (not Pro) features, but you
won’t be able to “bulk download” charts and plates for different states.
You can purchase a subscription anytime at www.foreflight.com/buy.
IMPORTANT: If you have a subscription, follow these steps:
✤ Sign in: Your ForeFlight Mobile subscription is associated with your email
address. This address does not have to be the same as the AppleID email address
used in the Apple App store. Sign in on the More > Accounts tab (iPad) or the
Menu > Account page (iPhone). See Signing in to your ForeFlight account.
✤ Choose Chart Data to Download: See Select Data to Download. Tap on
More > Downloads (iPad) or Menu > Downloads (iPhone), then tap on the
Country area(s) for which you have a subscription. For example if you have a US
subscription, you would tap on United States. Choose the types of charts to
download, then scroll down and select (tap) each state you want to download.
Then tap the <Downloads button to go back to the Download status page, and
tap the blue Download button to download the data.
✤ Confirm Data Sync: If you have previously used ForeFlight Mobile 6.2 or later
on any device(s), your User Waypoints, Favorites (Routes, Airports, Plates, Imagery)
and Recents (Routes, Airports, Plates Imagery) will automatically be loaded after
you sign-in. If you have lots of User Waypoints, Favorites or Recents, it may take a
few minutes for the data to load.
✤ If using an iPad: Tap on Documents > Catalog and choose any documents you
would like to have in-flight. The Pilot’s Guide is in the ForeFlight category; the FAA
category has A/FD Supplementals, Legends, and FAR’s and FAA Handbooks.
Before flying, be sure to complete the pre-flight check, including Downloading
Data, and use Pack to confirm you have charts, METARs, NOTAMs, TFRs and Fuel
prices covering your route.
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Airports
The Airports view displays airport information, frequencies, airport thumbnail
diagrams, taxi diagrams, terminal procedures, service provider details, fuel prices and
terminal area weather for over 20,000 airports worldwide.
Buttons located on the Airports view menu bar will help you find airports near the
current airport, find airports near your current position, display the airport’s location
in the Maps view, and add or remove an airport to your Favorites list.
Browse
Favorites
Recents
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ABOUT THE DESIGN
The Airports view is designed to fill the whole screen, reduce scrolling, and reduce
the effort required for your eyes to lock on to important airport information. The
colors selected reduce brightness, draw attention to the top half of the page, and
help highlight critical information.
Airport Detail information is displayed on the top half of the Airports view. Refer
to this portion of the view when preparing to taxi or when approaching an airport, as
it contains elements such as the current flight rule; field elevation and pattern
altitude; automated weather frequencies, and controller frequencies.
Additional information from one of the eight available lower views is displayed in
the bottom half of the screen. There are views for airport related frequencies, current
and forecast weather, runway details, terminal procedures, notices to airmen, airport
services, the Airport/Facility Directory entry, and supplemental airport information.
FINDING AN AIRPORT USING SEARCH
Search is a useful method of finding information and creating flight plans within
ForeFlight Mobile. Find airports by entering a search term in the search box, then
tapping the ‘Search’ button displayed on the iPad’s on-screen keyboard.
Valid search strings include
Federal Aviation Administration
airport identifiers (three-letter
identifiers), International Civil
Aviation Organization identifiers (four-letter identifiers), city name, or keyword.
If ForeFlight doesn’t find an instant match for the search term used, a list of close
matches will appear.
Example Searches:
✤ KJFK - immediately displays airport information for Kennedy Int’l.
✤ CDG - immediately displays airport information for Charles De Gaulle.
✤ Kennedy - produces a list of all airports with “kennedy” in the airport or city
name.
✤ N35388 - returns aircraft information for the tail number N35388, including a
link to FlightAware.com to track that aircraft’s flights.
✤ KXIH - shows the METAR and related info for the KXIH weather station
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FINDING AN AIRPORT USING BROWSE
The Browse button on the Airports view menu bar allows browsing
airport listings by country and region. Search is the preferred method for
locating airports, but Browse is a helpful option for locating an airport
using the same State/City hierarchy you may already be familiar with from using
Airport/Facilities Directories.
Tap the Browse button to display the Airports List. Use the ‘A - Z scroller’ on the
right hand side of the Airports List to move forward and backwards quickly through
the list. Tap the All Countries tab at the bottom of the airports list to view airports
outside of the United States.
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FAVORITE AIRPORTS LIST
Use the Favorites list to store frequently visited airports, area airports, and airports
for upcoming flights. Having a nicely populated list of favorite airports makes
scanning airport conditions a snap.
While viewing an airport, tap the single star button on the Airport view
menu bar to add the airport to your Favorites list. Tap the button a second
time to remove the airport from your Favorites list.
When in landscape mode, the Favorites List is displayed on the left side of the
screen. When the iPad is in portrait mode, tap the double-star button on the
Airports View menu bar to display the Favorites list. While the Favorites list is
visible, tap any airport listed to display that airport’s full information.
Tap the Edit button in the top-right
corner of the Favorites list to reorder or
remove airports. Reorder an airport by
touch-holding on the stacked lines to the
right of the airport, then sliding it up or
down in the list. Remove an airport by
tapping the red circle to the left of the
airport and tapping the Delete button that
appears. Tap Done to exit Edit mode.
Airports can also be deleted outside of
Edit mode by swiping left across the airport
to reveal the Delete button.
Each airport in the Favorites list displays
the most recent weather information for the
airport (if available).
Information displayed includes the
current flight rule, observation age, wind
speed and direction, ceiling, barometric
pressure, temperature, and dew point. Weather warnings (e.g., fog, thunderstorms,
cumulonimbus clouds, lightning, mist) - are displayed and highlighted in red when
present. ForeFlight Mobile automatically checks for updated weather observations
every minute. If a more current observation is available, it is downloaded immediately
and the display is updated.
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ForeFlight uses the following convention for conveying the airport’s current Flight
Category:
Green
VFR
Blue
MVFR
Red
IFR
Magenta
LIFR
RECENT AIRPORTS LIST
Tap the history button to display the Recents list. The Recents list displays
the last twenty airports viewed in the order they were viewed.
To remove airports from the Recents list, there are two methods available:
clear and swipe-to-delete. Tap the Clear button to remove all airports from the list. To
remove a single entry from the Recents list use the standard Apple ‘swipe-to-delete’
function: swipe your finger across the airport, then tap the red “Delete” button.
FAVORITE AND RECENT AIRPORT SYNC
Changes to your Favorite and Recent airports, including adding, removing and
changing the order of Airports, are automatically synchronized to each device that is
signed-in to your ForeFlight Mobile account. For more information, see the Sync
chapter.
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VIEWING AIRPORT WEATHER
Current Flight Category and a summary of weather (METAR) are shown for each
airport on the Favorite Airports list. Tap the “Weather” tab to view detailed weather
data for the selected airport, including METAR, TAFs, Model Output Statistics (MOS)
forecasts, the Forecast Discussion for that area (US only), and Winds and
Temperatures aloft with calculated difference from ISA (International Standard
Atmosphere). Scroll down to see future forecasted TAFs and Winds Aloft.
The forecast Temperatures Aloft at different altitudes are colored based on
temperature range:
Grey
Above +2° C
Magenta
From +2° C down to -25° C
Tan
Below -26° C
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MODEL OUTPUT STATISTICS (MOS) FORECASTS
Model Output Statistics (MOS) forecasts are derived from the output of numerical
weather prediction models. An automated process developed by research
meteorologists at NOAA, MOS takes the "raw" model forecast and uses a statistical
approach to produce an objective site-specific forecast. For most stations, MOS
forecasts are updated hourly for the first 24 hours, then updated every six hours from
25 hours to 3 days in the future. The new forecast is ordinarily available at 30 minutes
past the hour.
IMPORTANT: MOS should ONLY be used as a supplemental product for
enhanced situational awareness and is not meant as a substitute
for official NWS forecasts.
While TAFs provide the official forecast for over 660 civilian airports throughout
the US and its territories, MOS provides weather guidance for over 2000 airports
including some military air bases.
MOS builds on the original forecast model by taking into account an historical
record of observations at forecast points (such as airports), removes any known
systematic model biases, and quantifies any uncertainty (like precipitation or
thunderstorm chances) into probabilistic forecasts. MOS also transforms the model
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data into sensible weather elements basic to aviation such as sky cover, ceiling
height, visibility, wind speed and direction, the probability of precipitation, and the
precipitation type.
MOS is a point forecast similar to a TAF. That is, MOS is valid at the station (airport)
and should not be used as zone or area forecast. Pilots should use MOS in a similar
way they may use a TAF, keeping in mind that TAFs are constructed by highly trained
meteorologists and will ordinarily be more accurate than a MOS forecast for the same
airport. Although MOS cannot be used as a forecast for dispatch to the airport or for
IFR alternate requirements as required by FAA regulations (use TAFs and the area
forecast (FA) for this purpose) they are useful for getting a picture of likely weather at
airports without a TAF, and for getting a more recently updated forecast for airports
that do have a TAF, since MOS are updated hourly. The use of "Nearest MOS" is provided strictly for convenience. Keep in mind that a
MOS forecast for an airport that is 20 miles away, for example, may not be
representative of the forecast for the intended airport.
Despite its advantages, the MOS has some important limitations vs. TAFs:
✤ MOS is only available for US airports and some airports in US territories.
✤ MOS forecasts are never amended.
✤ MOS does not predict temporary conditions.
✤ MOS cannot forecast multiple cloud layers.
✤ MOS does not predict specific cloud layers above 12,000’ AGL.
✤ MOS cannot forecast weather in the terminal area’s vicinity (e.g., showers, fog).
✤ MOS cannot forecast precipitation intensity and cannot distinguish between
rain and drizzle.
✤ MOS cannot distinguish between freezing rain, freezing drizzle and ice pellets.
so if any is present, it just says “Freezing Precipitation.”
✤ MOS cannot predict variable winds. ✤ MOS cannot forecast non-convective low level wind shear (LLWS) or no
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RUNWAY WINDS
Tap on the Runways tab to view the preferred runway based winds reported in the
last METAR received by ForeFlight Mobile. Headwinds are indicated by a green arrow
and tailwinds by a red arrow in the first column. The first column assumes the runway
heading is straight up & down, and the direction of the arrow reflects the relative
direction of the winds when flying that runway heading.
The magnitude and direction of the crosswind are shown next to the
the middle column. The far right column shows the magnitude of
tailwind.
Wind direction
Crosswind
Remember that Runway
relative to runway component from
heading is listed in Magnetic, Green = Headwind
direction of arrow
while Wind direction is True. Red = Tailwind
ForeFlight automatically
applies the current Magnetic
Variation when calculating the
wind components. You can see
the Magnetic Variation on the
Airports page “More” sub-tab,
under Features.
grey arrow in
headwind or
Headwind or
tailwind
component
on runway
In this example, the most
recently received
METAR for
KPMP reports the winds are
from 140° at 9 knots.
This
means that the wind on Runway
10 is a headwind from the right:
the resulting right crosswind
component is 6 knots and the
headwind component is 7
knots.
Tap on each runway in turn
to view the expected headwind
and crosswind components for
that runway.
Current
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VIEWING A PROCEDURE
Terminal Procedures include Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs), Departure
Procedures (DPs), and approach plates. These are all accessible from the Airports view.
Use the search or browse methods of finding an airport, then tap the Procedures tab
located on the segmented menu bar in the middle of the Airports view. Depending on
the procedures available for this airport, several types of procedures may be
displayed according to type (e.g., Arrival, Departure, Approach). Takeoff minimums
and alternate minimums can be found in the Departure and Arrival tabs, respectively.
Custom procedures can be added using ForeFlight Mobile’s Bring Your Own Plates
feature. For information about using BYOP, see: www.foreflight.com/support/byop
Procedures are organized by their type in order to reduce scrolling. Procedures are
saved to the device in one of two ways:
✤ Downloads View (bulk downloading procedures): Using the Downloads view
allows bulk downloading of procedures for one or more regions for access when
offline. This is the preferred and most efficient method for ensuring you’ll have
the procedures you need, whether or not you’re online when it’s time to view
them.
✤ On-demand (downloading procedures one at a time): If you have not
previously downloaded a procedure, tap a procedure name to download it
immediately. This download method requires an Internet connection and thus will
be unavailable while in flight. For this reason, ForeFlight recommends either using
the bulk download functionality described above, or using this on-demand
method while on the ground to ensure you’ll always have the procedures you
need while in flight.
Procedures are marked as Saved or Not Saved. Procedures marked Saved (in green)
are stored locally on your iPad and are available when offline. Procedures marked Not
Saved are NOT stored on your iPad and must be downloaded by viewing them or by
using the Downloads view to download that region’s terminal procedures in bulk.
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From the Procedures tab, touch a procedure’s name to display the ForeFlight
procedure viewer. The procedure viewer includes buttons for: accessing a list of
recently viewed procedures, sending a plate to the Map (if you have a Pro or Pro Plus
subscription) printing a procedure, adding a procedure to your current Plates binder,
and locking the procedure.
ForeFlight Mobile’s Lock button disables touch interaction (zooming and
scrolling) with the terminal procedure viewer, which minimizes the risk of accidental
closure when in turbulence. It also disables the automatic rotation that would
normally occur when the iPad is turned. The lock button can also, optionally, disable
all buttons on the screen, including those that change views. That feature is
configured in Settings.
Multi-page procedures can be viewed be sliding pages left or right with a single
finger.
To print the plate, tap the Send To button in the upper toolbar and choose
“Printer.” An AirPrint capable printer is required. For more information about this
requirement, see:
support.apple.com/kb/HT4356
Tap the Rotate button
degrees per tap.
in the upper toolbar to rotate the plate clockwise 90
Note: Procedures are also available directly from the Plates view.
SWIPE TO CHANGE PLATES
When viewing a plate from the Airports page or the Plates page (including in a
binder) you can quickly change between plates by swiping three fingers from Right
to Left (or Left to Right).
When viewing plates at an Airport, swiping from Right to Left with three fingers
will display the next Procedure in that airport’s list and swiping from Left to Right will
display the previous Procedure in that airport’s list.
When viewing plates in a binder on the Plates page, swiping from Right to Left
with three fingers will display the next Procedure in the binder and swiping from Left
to Right will display the previous Procedure in the binder.
In either case the lists do not “wrap around” so when you get to the end of the list,
additional swipes in the same direction will not take you to the end (or beginning) of
the list or binder.
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IMPORTANT: The “Zoom” Accessibility option (in Apple Settings, General,
Accessibility) must be OFF for plate swiping to work. If the “Zoom” Accessibility
feature is ON, swiping with three fingers will not change between plates.
Recents
Annotation
Close
Instrument
Panel
Tap to hide/show
Instrument Panel
& menu
Rotate
Send
Add to Binder
Soft-lock
Touch-hold, then release
to show Annotation
menu, or tap Annotation
button in Menu bar
NOTE: Displaying the Instrument Panel and aircraft position on a Plate requires a
ForeFlight Pro or Pro Plus subscription. Basic and Basic Plus subscriptions do not
show the Instrument Panel on the Plates page.
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USING GEO-REFERENCED PROCEDURES
Geo-referencing is an optional feature that requires a ForeFlight Pro or Pro Plus
subscription. Go to www.foreflight.com/buy or the Accounts view to learn how to
purchase or upgrade your subscription.
Most instrument procedures can be geo-referenced. This allows ForeFlight Mobile
to display the aircraft's position on the procedure.
Only approach plates and taxi diagrams are geo-referenced; STARs/DPs are not
drawn to scale and so cannot be geo-referenced. But using the “Procedure” button on
the NavLog you can add the points on the SID/STAR to your route.
When a geo-referenced procedure is displayed, a blue square is drawn around the
geo-referenced area. This is the only area of the plate in which your aircraft will be
shown. Note that some plates are only drawn to-scale in the center portion - if your
aircraft’s location is shown outside that area it is positioned based on the scale of the
center area and must only be compared to elements within that center area.
Until GPS data senses movement and provides a track over the ground, position is
indicated using a small blue dot. Once your aircraft starts moving, the aircraft icon
selected in ForeFlight Mobile settings is shown. Much like the Maps view, the aircraft
speed, track, etc. is displayed at the bottom of the view. Tap an item in the
Instrument Panel to change it. Geo-referenced approach plates and taxi diagrams
can now also be displayed on the Map page, see the Plates on a Map section.
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FBO INFORMATION
To access a list of Fixed Based Operators providing pilot services at an airport, tap
the FBOs button. FBO details displayed include hours of operation, fuel prices,
location on field, fuel availability, comments, contact numbers and frequencies, and
any additional services provided. ForeFlight includes FBO details for thousands of
airports worldwide.
The location of FBOs that sell fuel can also be shown directly on the Airport
Diagram.
Tap FBO or Service boxes
for more detailed
information or to update
fuel prices
Fuel prices
Fuel price data is provided for thousands of FBOs. This price data is not
guaranteed, so it is important to verify the price information with the FBO when
complete accuracy is required. The price data does not differentiate between cash or
credit pricing, nor will it reflect any discounts that may be available.
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Tap for
Details
Tap to Add Comment
Tap to Update Fuel Prices
Fuel price data updates can be submitted within the application. Tap the “Update
Fuel Prices” button when viewing an FBO’s details. When submitting price data, leave
unknown prices blank. Blank values will be ignored when the prices are updated on
the ForeFlight system.
Comments
User-provided comments are available for FBOs and airports. View FBO comments
by tapping the Comments button just under the fuel price information. Once you
access comments, they are saved to your device so you’ll be able to view them again
later - even when you are offline.
To add a comment, tap the “Add Comment” button. Comments are moderated by
ForeFlight and will appear for all users to see after they are reviewed.
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AIRPORT/FACILITY DIRECTORY (A/FD) OR CANADA FLIGHT SUPPLEMENT
(CFS)
For additional airport information like pilot-controlled lighting procedures,
parachute jumping activities, etc., sometimes there’s just no better place than a good
old-fashioned Airport/Facility Directory (or the Canada Flight Supplement).
Each airport’s A/FD entry is available from the A/FD tab (or CFS tab for Canadian
airports) - just as you’d see it in the familiar green-covered printed version. If the
entry has multiple pages you can single-finger swipe to the left or right to change
pages. A single-tap on the A/FD page will display the “1 of n” at the bottom of the
page, where n is the number of pages relating to that airport.
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AIRPORT AND AIRCRAFT FLIGHT TRACKING
Flight tracking data is provided by FlightAware.com, and is available only while
connected to the Internet. On the Airports page, tap on the More tab then choose
Flight Tracking. Tap Scheduled Arrivals, Scheduled Departures or Enroute to open
Safari and show a list of aircraft scheduled to arrive or depart, or that are enroute to
the airport.
To track an individual aircraft, type an aircraft Tail-number in the Search box, then
tap the “Track” button in the aircraft registration information pop-up.
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Maps
ABOUT THE DESIGN
The Maps view is the place to visualize airspace, weather, terrain and other factors
that may affect your route. The maps view is also the place to chart your progress
during a flight. The maps themselves take center stage with supporting data
surrounding them.
Map layer
Hide/Show Flight Plan
(! indicates Pack needed before flight)
Map
Synthetic Hide/Show Instrument Panel
Favorites Recents
Settings
Vision
Search box
Auto-center
Track Log
Record
Radar /
Satellite
Animation
Zoom to
Route
Zoom In
or Out
Instrument
Panel
Route line
(future legs)
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PINCH, ZOOM, AND PAN
Each map in the Maps view supports the standard iPad gestures for zooming and
panning. Drag your finger on the map to slide it to a new region. Use two fingers in a
pinch or expand gesture to change the zoom scale of the map. You can also double
tap the map to zoom in one level or tap once with two fingers at the same time to
zoom out one level. Anytime you display a new route on the map the zoom level and
region shown will auto-adjust to bring your route into view.
Tap the Zoom to Route button in the lower left of the Maps screen to
automatically zoom the map in or out to show the entire Route.
CHANGING MAPS / MAP OVERLAY
A variety of map types are available. To change which map is displayed, tap the
Map mode button at the top left of the view. Tap a map name to select it and update
the map.
The current zoom and location will not change
when you change maps.
If you have entered a route of flight, the route line
is always displayed no matter which map type you’re
viewing.
Each map is geo-referenced and seamless. This
means that you can view your current location on the
map and do not need to change maps to view a new
region - simply drag with your finger.
Radar or Satellite data can be overlaid on any base
map selection (such as VFR charts). Additionally, any
marker or shape overlay can be selected for viewing.
Examples of these are TFRs or Visibility. Only one
marker-type can be selected at once. To de-select a
overlay and hide it, tap it in the menu.
Map types:
✤ ForeFlight Map - The permanent,
customizable base map that all other maps and
layers are overlaid on, which shows political
boundaries and geographic features. See Maps
Settings for more information.
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✤ Aeronautical - ForeFlight’s Global Aeronautical Maps. These display dynamic
and customizable aeronautical data , such as airports, airspace, ARTCCs, VORs,
waypoints, and more. See Global Aeronautical Maps for more information.
✤ Street Map - Detailed street map. This map can only be used when connected
to the Internet. However, views you display while connected to the Internet are
cached in memory and may be available in-flight, provided the cache is not
cleared or filled to capacity.
✤ Aerial Map - Satellite image map including street labels. This map can only be
used when connected to the Internet. However, views you display while
connected to the Internet are cached in memory and may be available in-flight,
provided the cache is not cleared or filled to capacity.
✤ U.S. VFR Sectional - Terminal Area Charts (TACs) are automatically displayed
when a VFR sectional is zoomed in to major cities containing a TAC inset.
✤ U.S. IFR Enroute - low or high.
✤ Canada VNC - VFR Terminal Area Charts (VTAs) are automatically displayed
when a VNC is zoomed in to major cities containing a VTA inset. Requires
ForeFlight Canada subscription.
✤ Canada IFR Enroute - low or high. Requires ForeFlight Canada subscription.
✤ U.S. IFR (planning) - IFR planning chart covering contiguous 48 states.
✤ World Aeronautical - VFR chart covering the contiguous 48 states + Alaska.
WAC charts covering northern Mexico (extending south to the tip of Baja) and the
northern Caribbean (extending south to Guadeloupe island) can also be
downloaded. Tap More > Downloads > Caribbean, Mexico, Central America,
then turn World Aeronautical Charts to ON.
✤ U.S. IFR (ocean) - Atlantic and Pacific ocean IFR charts.
✤ Carib/Mexico IFR - IFR Low or High charts covering Mexico and the Caribbean.
Tap More > Downloads > Canada, Mexico, Central America, then turn IFR Low
Charts and/or IFR High Charts to ON.
✤ U.S. Helicopter - Three-color charts showing aeronautical information useful
to helicopter pilots navigating in 9 major metro areas with heavy helicopter
activity. Includes helicopter routes, heliports, navaids and obstructions. Can be
selected with any U.S. base map.
✤ Heli Gulf VFR - U.S. VFR Sectional-style chart of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM)
showing airspace, GOM blocks, airspace, and oil rig and weather station locations.
Can be selected with any U.S. base map.
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✤ Heli Gulf IFR - IFR style chart of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) showing GOM
blocks, GPS waypoints, airspace and weather station locations. Can be selected
with any U.S. base map.
Map overlays:
Map overlays IMPORTANT NOTICE:
An active Internet connection or in-flight weather receiver such as a Stratus 2 ADS-B
or Baron Mobile Link/XM are required to display timely map overlay information.
Immediately before your flight: While still connected to the Internet, use the Pack
feature to ensure all relevant TFR and weather data is downloaded. Note the timestamp in the upper-left corner of the Maps page, indicating the time when the
overlay data was received.
✤ Radar (Composite) - Radar for the US and Canada showing a composite of
multiple angles of radar scan.
✤ Radar (Lowest Tilt) - Radar for the US and Canada showing only the lowest
angle (tilt) radar scan, useful for determining where precipitation is actually
reaching the ground.
Both radar layers can be animated by tapping the “play” button in the lower left
corner of the map. The radar layers check for updates every three minutes. For more
details, see the Radar Legend, and radar color vs. intensity legends for Rain, Mixed
Rain/Snow, and Snow.
Radar requires an active Internet connection or ADS-B “In” receiver or SiriusXM/
Baron Mobile Link in-flight weather receiver. Selecting Radar in-flight without one of
these will display diagonal hashmarks with the message “Radar not Available” across
the Map. Clear the hashmarks and message by de-selecting the Radar overlay using
the Maps drop-down.
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✤ Enhanced Satellite - Visible- or infrared-derived (depending on time of day)
grayscale satellite with color infrared highlights for high-altitude cloud tops.
✤ Color IR Satellite - Infrared satellite colorized to depict the temperature of the
cloud tops. Ground temperature depictions are masked out to show regions
without clouds. Color-temperature scale is the same as used in the Infrared
Satellite imagery.
Both satellite layers can be animated by tapping the “play” button in the lower left
corner of the map. The satellite layers check for updates every three minutes, but new
images are typically transmitted every 30 minutes.
Satellite requires an active Internet connection or Baron Mobile Link weather
receiver (IR Satellite is not available with Baron Mobile Link). The Satellite overlay is
not available with an ADS-B or SiriusXM weather receiver.
✤ Echo Tops (requires SXAR1) - Displays the height where ground-based radar
detects reflectivities above 18 dBZ. Use the altitude slider on the right to filter out
echo tops at lower altitudes. Covers CONUS plus Northern Mexico and Southern
Canada.
✤ Cloud Tops (requires SXAR1) - Displays cloud top height derived from
satellite temperature sensors. Use the altitude slider on the right to filter out
cloud tops at lower altitudes. Covers CONUS plus Northern Mexico and Southern
Canada.
✤ Hazard Advisor - Terrain-based map, colored red or yellow based on terrain
height relative to aircraft position (yellow for terrain between 1,000’ and 100’
below the aircraft, red for higher terrain). Also shows obstacles in local area
within 1,000’ of aircraft altitude. Available on iPad 2 and iPhone 4 (or newer) with a
ForeFlight Pro or Pro Plus subscription.
✤ Search & Rescue Grids: These map overlays are available when Search and
Rescue is enabled in Settings. For more details see the Search and Rescue Supplement
in Documents > Catalog > ForeFlight:
✤ CAP Grid - “Conventional” 15-minute quadrangle grid squares, in the
format ORD385.
✤ Cell CAP Grid - “new” grid based on 1 degree of latitude/longitude, in the
format 40092AA.
✤ GARS Grid - Grid Area Reference System made up of 30-minute cells with
15-minute quadrants and 5-minute areas, in the format 175LX.
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✤ Traffic (requires ADS-B) - When connected to an ADS-B receiver, the Traffic
option is shown. When selected, ADS-B traffic is displayed on the map. TRAFFIC
DISPLAY WILL BE LIMITED UNLESS YOUR AIRCRAFT IS EQUIPPED WITH ADS-B
OUT. SEE ADS-B TRAFFIC SECTION FOR MORE DETAILS.
✤ TFRs - covers regions provided by FAA as well as 3rd party sources (Stadium
TFRs). Tap a TFR shape to see more details. TFR shapes are shown in yellow until
8 hours before the scheduled start time. Within 8 hours of the TFR being active, it
is shown in red until the end of the TFR.
TFRs IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Graphical TFR information is ONLY updated and displayed if you select the TFR
Map overlay while connected to the Internet, or while using an in-flight weather
receiver.
However if the FAA publishes a TFR without associated graphical shape information
it may not be possible for ForeFlight Mobile to show the graphical TFR on the Maps
page.
Therefore you should also check the Airports page, under NOTAMs > TFRs for
airports along your route, and contact FSS or ATC to confirm that your route does
not cross any such TFRs
Immediately before your flight: While still connected to the Internet, use the Pack
feature to ensure all relevant TFR and weather data is downloaded. TFRs issued
after you Pack will not be shown, unless you are using an ADS-B or XM in-flight
weather receiver.
For limitations when using a Stratus ADS-B receiver or Baron Mobile Link XM
weather receiver, please see the Stratus ADS-B Weather or XM Weather chapters.
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✤ AIR/SIGMET/CWAs - covers regions provided by FAA, as well as international
SIGMETs. The shapes are colored-coded
based on type:
Blue for freezing level and icing
conditions.
Orange for turbulence and high winds.
Gray for IFR and mountain obscuration.
Yellow for convective outlooks.
Red for SIGMETs of all types.
Light Blue for Center Weather Advisories.
These types can be selectively filtered from
the map using the four buttons that appear
at the bottom of the screen when the layer
is selected.
Tap an AIR/SIGMET/CWA shape to display a
pop-up listing all advisories at that
location, then tap on one to see full details
about the advisory, including the
highlighted lateral boundary (thick red border in the image at right); this is
especially useful when multiple *METs overlap in one place.
✤ Weather Overlays - a variety of weather measurements can be displayed on
the map: Flight Category, Winds Aloft, Dewpoint Spread, Temperature, Visibility,
Surface Wind, Ceiling, Sky Coverage, PIREPs, and Lightning. The weather overlays
are updated every five minutes when connected to the Internet. See Weather
Overlay Color Coding for details of color coding for each type of overlay.
✤ Winds Aloft - Forecasted Winds Aloft, up to 6 hours ahead. To adjust the
altitude of the displayed forecasted winds, touch on the altitude slider and
move it up or down until your desired altitude is shown. You can select
altitudes from 3000’ to FL540 in 3000’ increments.
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Tap a winds barb to see the forecasted wind speed, direction and
temperature at that altitude, and the “Valid at” time for that forecast.
✤ Surface Winds - derived from METARs at Airports, shows wind speed and
direction at those locations only. See below for side-by-side comparison.
✤ Surface Wind Analysis - generated from an automated forecast model, shows
forecast wind speed and direction at tens of thousands of evenly spaced points
across the country. Good for viewing low-level circulations across a wide area.
Surface Winds
Sfc Wind Analysis
✤ Obstacles - shows obstacle markers based on the FAA’s USA data.
✤ User Waypoints - all User Waypoints view are shown on the Map.
✤ Fuel prices - prices for 100LL or JetA fuel. Fuel prices are color coded by price
in the region where the airport is located - less expensive prices are in green,
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average in orange, most expensive in red. When searching for the best prices,
Zoom-in to display more vendors’ prices in a given area.
✤ KML User Map Shapes - display a custom shape overlay on the Map. Multiple
KML files can be imported, but only one can be displayed at a time. See the KML
User Map Shapes section for details about creating the files and importing them
into the app.
NOTE: The radar map requires an Internet, ADS-B, or XM WX (SiriuXM SXAR1 or
Baron Mobile Link) connection. The satellite map requires an Internet or XM WX
(Baron Mobile Link only) connection. Weather maps require an Internet connection.
Fuel price maps require an Internet connection the first time they are used. The
Downloads view can be used to download Obstacles as well as World, IFR, and VFR
charts for use when offline.
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GLOBAL AERONAUTICAL MAPS
ForeFlight Global Aeronautical Maps utilize a new kind of mapping technology
which uses sets of digital aeronautical data to display information on the map. This
differs from traditional VFR and IFR charts which are digital image files of charts, also
known as “raster” charts. Building a map or chart overlay using pure digital data
allows information to be manipulated and displayed in many useful and powerful
ways.
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The data used in the Aeronautical Maps come from the FAA, Nav Canada,
Eurocontrol, and other official sources. Updates are delivered as part of the Airport
and Nav Database updates, which are delivered every 28 days, or more often as
needed.
Global Aeronautical Maps are available with the Basic Plus, Pro Plus, and Business
Pro subscription plans, and are also available as an add-on for other plans.
The Aeronautical data can be displayed over either a “Light” or “Dark” color
scheme, or pilots who like the traditional “World Map” from previous versions of the
app can choose “Classic.”
When viewing the Aeronautical data by itself, Terrain data can also be included on
the map via a switch in Maps Settings.
The Aeronautical data can also be overlaid over any available chart or map type.
Aeronautical Maps Features
✤ Continuous Zoom - Icons, shapes, and text labels smoothly fade in and out as
the zoom level changes, in contrast to raster charts which have to re-render at
certain zoom levels to maintain their clarity.
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✤ Decluttering - The information shown on the map changes along with the
zoom level, with large-scale features like ARTCC boundaries and major airports
appearing when zoomed out, and small-scale features like waypoints, VORs, and
smaller airports appearing as you zoom in. This prevents the map from becoming
too cluttered with information, and ensures that the most relevant information at
any zoom level is shown.
✤ Always-Up Labels - Labels for airports, waypoints, and other map features
always appear in the proper orientation, even when the rest of the map is upside
down, as when flying south in “Track Up” mode.
✤ Customizable Data - The data shown on the map can be customized to the
type of planning or flying you’re doing. Airspaces can be turned on or off, airways
can be set to either high or low IFR, and ARTCC borders, heliports, and private
airports can be toggled on or off. See Maps Settings for more information.
✤ Adjustable Text Size - The text size of labels for every map element can be
adjusted using a slider. See Maps Settings for more information.
✤ Single Tap - When the Aeronautical layer is enabled, tapping on the icon for
any map item will open that item’s detail view, allowing you to bypass the taphold action and “Add to Route” popup that is normally required to see details
about a map item.
✤ Embedded Airport Diagrams - ForeFlight airport diagrams are directly
integrated with the Aeronautical Maps, fading in as you zoom into an airport. The
diagrams include labels for runways, taxiways, hold pads, and FBOs.
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Aeronautical Maps Symbols
The following symbols are shown on the Aeronautical Maps layer:
Civil Airports with Services
(with and without tower)
Civil Airports without Services
(with and without tower)
Military Airports
(with and without tower)
Private Airports
(with and without tower)
Seaplane Bases with
Services (w/ and w/o tower)
Seaplane Bases without
Services (w/ and w/o tower)
Heliports (light map color
scheme)
Heliports (dark map color
scheme)
Standard fix
RNAV fix
VOR Navaid
VOR/DME Navaid
VORTAC Navaid
NDB Navaid
NDB/DME Navaid
FBO Location (on ForeFlight
airport diagram)
ARTCC Boundary
ADIZ
Class B Airspace
Class B Altitude
Class C Airspace
Class C Altitude
Class D Airspace
Class D Altitude
Class E surface area
Mode C
TRSA
SATR Area
CTRs
MOA/Alert/Training Airspace
Caution/Warning/Danger
Airspace
Prohibited/Restricted Airspace
Other Airspace
VOR Airways/Jetways
RNAV Routes
Airway ID (MEA)
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MAPS SETTINGS
Tap the Maps Settings button
next to the map selection button in the dark
blue tool bar to show the following Map settings:
Screen Brightness
✤ The brightness slider integrates with the iPad’s
brightness slider, but allows for even more dimming (see
the Settings section for more info).
✤ Invert Chart Colors - turn ON to invert black and
white colors on charts for improved low-light viewing
(does not affect Street or Aerial maps). This setting can
also be independently enabled for Plates and
Documents. NOTE: The Aeronautical map is not affected
by Invert Chart Colors, so you may want to choose the
Dark Map Theme (see below) for low-light viewing when
no chart is selected.
ForeFlight Map
✤ Map Theme - select the color theme of the base map.
Three options are available: Classic, Light, and Dark.
✤ Terrain - turn ON to overlay the global terrain map,
which is colored based on terrain height data. Low
resolution data available worldwide, higher resolutions available for certain
regions. Available on iPad 2 or iPhone 4 (or newer).
✤ Place Labels - adds text labels that identify political and geographic features.
Aeronautical (when Aeronautical layer is selected)
✤ Airports - customize what airports are shown on the map by enabling or
disabling heliports, private airports, and seaplane bases.
✤ Airspace - customize what airspace is shown on the map by enabling or
disabling controlled airspace, SUA/MOA, TRSA, Class E, Mode C, and ADIZ.
✤ Airways - change the airways, waypoints, and VOR radials shown on the map.
Three options are available: Off, Low, and High.
✤ ARTCC/FIR - change the ARTCC frequency stamps shown on the map. Three
options are available Off, Low, and High.
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✤ Slider for adjusting the text size of aeronautical elements on the map. The full
range of the slider goes from 75% to 150% of normal text size. The slider does not
affect place labels or text on other maps or charts.
Auto-Center Mode
✤ Mode selector for auto-center/moving-map operation: North Up, Track Up
Centered, Track Up Forward (see Track Up for additional information).
Map Overlays
✤ Hide Distant Traffic - turn ON to hide traffic beyond 15nm radius and +/3,500’ from your location/altitude (setting is only shown when connected to an
ADS-B receiver; see ADS-B Traffic).
✤ Route Labels - turn ON to enable waypoint and airway labels on route lines.
✤ Extended Centerlines - turn ON to enable extended runway centerlines at
airports in the current route. Centerlines extend 5 NM from runway end.
✤ Distance Rings - turn ON to enable three concentric rings around your aircraft
(See Distance Rings for additional information).
✤ Glide Advisor - turn ON to enable the green Glide Advisor ring. Glide Advisor
ring is hidden at GPS altitudes below 200’ AGL.
✤ Glide Settings - select glide data to use for Glide Advisor, enter glide
performance information (speed and glide ratio, assuming ratio is to 1, eg 8.0:1),
and shortcuts to edit glide information for aircraft in the More > Aircraft menu.
✤ Track Vector - turn ON to display a projected track vector ahead of your
aircraft icon (see Track Vector for additional information).
✤ Track Log Record Button - turn ON to display the “REC” button on the Maps
view for recording ForeFlight Track Logs.
✤ Four-color Radar - turn ON to display radar in a low resolution, four-color
scheme that complies with dBZ-to-color mapping standards defined by the Radio
Technical Commission for Aeronautics. See Radar Legends for more information.
✤ Map Touch Action - select what happens when you tap on multiple
overlapping charts. “No action” displays charts seamlessly stitched together in the
default order. Choose “Bring chart to front” and single-tap the chart to cycle
through the charts that overlap at that point. Choose “Bring chart to front with
legends” to also show the chart legend and border when tapping to cycle through
the charts. See additional details in the Map Touch section below.
Opacity Sliders
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✤ Slider to change the opacity of radar, TFRs, and other weather overlays, and
another to change the opacity of plates overlaid on the map (see Plate on Maps
for additional information).
Devices
✤ Quick access to external device status info (see ForeFlight Connect for
information on compatible devices).
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MAP TOUCH
Map Touch is an enhancement to the traditional seamlessly-stitched charts that
allows each individual chart to also be displayed either as a “trimmed” version
without legends or margins, or as a “collared” version that shows the unaltered chart
with all legends and borders.
The Map Touch Action is selected using the Maps Settings menu, or in More >
Settings.
When Bring chart to front or Bring chart to front with legends is selected in
Maps Settings, a single tap on a point where multiple charts overlap will cycle
through the charts that overlap at that point. This is useful if there is information on
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one chart that is obscured by the seamless chart “cut” line. Additional single taps will
bring each chart forward in turn.
Bring chart to front
1 tap = this
chart on top
1 tap = this
chart on top
IMPORTANT: Because not every chart is published at the same time, airspace or
restricted areas may not be depicted the same on overlapping charts. Consult all
applicable charts when planning a flight.
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SMART AIRWAY LABELS
When the route entered in the Route
dynamic labels appear along each airway
segment, including the name of the airway,
MOCA, if it has one. These labels expand to
adding more information as you zoom in.
Editor includes one or more airways,
segment with information about the
the segment’s MEA, and the segment’s
fill available space between waypoints,
Smart airway labels only appear when an airway is explicitly named in the Route
Editor, meaning that one of the route “bubbles” is the airway’s name. Building a route
with the individual waypoints in an airway but without naming the airway itself will
result in the airway labels not appearing.
Smart airway labels are tied to other route labels, and can be disabled by turning
off Route Labels in Maps Settings.
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AIRPORT POPUP
The Airports popup allows you to quickly check the same information contained in
the Airports view right on the Maps view.
When displaying the Aeronautical Map or a weather overlay on the Maps view, tap
on an airport’s icon to display the Airport popup. The Info filter shows airport
information like runways, frequencies, approaches, etc... The METAR, Forecast, and
Winds filters show weather information, and the FBO filter shows FBO information
and fuel prices.
If a tappable overlay is not selected, tap-hold on the map near the airport’s
location. Tap More, and then Details to display the Airport popup.
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WEATHER OVERLAY COLOR CODING
Weather Overlay
Color coding
LIFR: Magenta. Ceiling less than 500’ and/or
visibility less than 1 mile.
IFR: Red. Ceiling 500’ to less than 1,000’ and/or
visibility 1 to less than 3 miles.
Flight Category
MVFR: Blue. Ceiling 1,000’ to 3,000’ and/or visibility
3 to 5 miles inclusive.
VFR: Green. Ceiling greater than 3,000’ and visbility
greater than 5 miles; includes sky clear.
Unknown: grey question-mark
Winds Aloft
(wind barb color)
Surface Wind
(wind barb color)
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Altitudes ≥ 12,000’
0-29 knots
0-69 knots
30-39 knots
70-89 knots
40-49 knots
90-109 knots
50-59 knots
110-124 knots
60-69 knots
125-149 knots
≥70 knots
≥150 knots
Black: Peak <20 knots
Orange: Peak 20-30 knots:
Red: Peak >30 knots:
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Wind direction is in “true” degrees depicted by a stem
(line) pointed in the direction the winds are coming
from. Barbs indicate speed in 5 knot increments and
can be combined on the stem to show faster winds.
Wind Barb
symbology
Short barb = 5 kts; Long barb = 10 kts; Flag = 50 kts
Examples:
Calm
5 kts
Dew Point Spread
15 kts
60 kts
0-4° C: Orange
≥5° C: Green
<3° C: Red
Temperature
3-34° C: Green
≥35° C: Orange
<1 SM: Magenta
Visibility
(same as Flight
Category colors)
1-2 SM: Red
3-5 SM: Blue
>5 SM: Green
<500’: Magenta
Ceiling
(same as Flight
Category colors)
500’-999’: Red
1000’-2999’: Blue
≥3000’: Green
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ATTITUDE INDICATOR / SYNTHETIC VISION (IPAD ONLY)
Tap the Attitude Indicator/Synthetic Vision (SV) button
at the top of the
Maps page to view the Attitude Indicator display showing GPS altitude (MSL), GPS
ground track, GPS ground speed and GPS calculated rate of climb (ft/min). If
connected to a Stratus 2/2S or other AHRS-equipped external device, the display will
also include AHRS-derived horizon (pitch & roll). However if using a GPS source that
does not include an AHRS sensor, then attitude information (pitch, roll) is not
displayed and the horizon will appear level regardless of your aircraft’s attitude.
If you have a subscription that includes Synthetic Vision (SV), the display will also
include a 3D depiction of the terrain ahead of you. Obstacles and Terrain are colored
based on the relative altitude (tied to the Profile view altitude selection). By default,
Obstacles or Terrain more than 1000’ below you are colored green; within 1000’
below your altitude are Yellow; and within 100’ below to above your altitude are Red.
The gridlines on the SV view are aligned North-South and East-West for easy
orientation.
Attitude Indicator with GPS input
but no SV subscription or AHRS
input.
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When the iPad is in Landscape orientation the AI/SV display is shown on the left
side of the screen. When the iPad is in Portrait orientation the AI/SV display is shown
at the top of the screen on the Maps page.
Tap the full-screen/half-screen button in the lower left corner of
the screen to switch between split-screen and full-screen AI display
in either landscape or portrait orientation.
Active Leg
information
Attitude
indicator
GPS Rate of
Climb (ft/min)
Ground speed (kts)
GPS Altitude (MSL)
Calibrate AHRS
& Data Source
Full/Half-screen button
Ground Track
with cross-track
error
IMPORTANT NOTICE: ATTITUDE INDICATOR DISPLAY
THE FOREFLIGHT ATTITUDE INDICATOR / SYNTHETIC VISION (AI/SV) DISPLAY
IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. DO NOT USE THE FOREFLIGHT AI/SV
DISPLAY AS A PRIMARY INSTRUMENT IN ANY PHASE OF FLIGHT.
THE FOREFLIGHT AI/SV DISPLAY SHOWS THE ATTITUDE OF THE AHRSEQUIPPED EXTERNAL DEVICE. IF THE DEVICE IS NOT MOUNTED PROPERLY AND
SECURELY IN THE AIRCRAFT, THE ATTITUDE SHOWN MAY NOT CORRESPOND TO
THE AIRCRAFT’S ACTUAL ATTITUDE.
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The AI display will automatically begin dimming to a darker “night” mode
beginning 20 minutes before local sunset and will be fully dimmed 20 minutes after
sunset. 20 minutes before local sunrise the AI display will automatically begin
brightening to “day” mode.
Red chevrons are shown on the AI/SV display if the nose-up or nose-down attitude
approaches 30 degrees. The chevrons point in the direction of pitch recovery.
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Stratus 2/2S Positioning
For accurate pitch & roll indications the Stratus 2/2S
must be positioned in the aircraft with the long axis of
the device aligned fore and aft with the aircraft
centerline and with the LED lights facing towards the
back of the airplane. The device does not need to be
mounted exactly on the aircraft centerline, and can be
mounted up to 90 degrees on edge for applications such
as mounting to a side window using a suction cup.
Calibrate the AI/SV display
When using a Stratus 2/2S, the Attitude Indicator can be calibrated to straight and
level by tapping the AHRS “data source” label (1) in the lower-left of the Attitude
Indicator display. Tap the “Calibrate” button (2) on the pop-up window and then tap
on the “Zero Pitch & Bank” button (3) to automatically set the current condition as
level, or tap on any of the four Pitch & Bank arrows to adjust the pitch and roll in
small increments. To save the calibration tap the “Save” button (4) in the upper right
corner of the display. Tap the “Cancel” button (5) to cancel the calibration.
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2
4
3
5
To calibrate the Attitude Indicator when using a Garmin Flight Stream 210, see
Calibrating Flight Stream 210 AHRS. Currently the Attitude Indicator cannot be
calibrated when using a Garmin GTX345 transponder for AHRS input.
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In the event that AHRS or GPS data becomes unreliable, the affected instrument(s)
will be X’d out until reliable data is received.
Synthetic Vision required downloads
To display Synthetic Vision terrain, you must first turn on the “High Resolution
Terrain” switch in More > Downloads > United States (and/or Canada or
Caribbean, Mexico, Central America), then tap the black <Downloads button to go
back to the Download status page, and tap the blue “Download” button to download
the High Resolution Terrain data, which includes the data for Synthetic Vision.
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FINDING AN AIRPORT OR NAVIGATION AID USING SEARCH
To quickly center the map on an airport, navigation aid, or waypoint, tap the
search box in the top right of the view. Type the location’s identifier, and tap the
Search button on the keyboard.
You can search by identifier, latitude/longitude, or bearing and distance from a
waypoint.
The waypoint will be shown with a marker. Typing in a waypoint will not clear any
route showing on the Maps view.
To remove the animated waypoint marker, simply tap elsewhere on the map.
Example Searches:
✤ KJFK - Centers the map on KJFK airport
✤ FLW - Centers the map on the FLW VOR
✤ 32.3N/99W - Centers the map on the latitude/longitude
✤ 324455/-0804557 - Centers the map on 32°44’55”N, 80°45’57”W
✤ N324455/W0804557 - Centers the map on 32°44’55”N, 80°45’57”W
✤ 3244.92/-08045.95 - Centers the map on 32°44’55”N, 80°45’57”W
✤ 3244556/-08045576 - Centers the map on 32°44’55.6”N, 80°45’57.6”W
✤ HIGAL/320/15 - Centers the map on 15nm bearing 320°M from HIGAL. If a VOR
is given as the reference waypoint, then the directional information is assumed to
indicate a radial, not a bearing
✤ LAX/246R/20 - Centers map on the 246 radial, 20nm from LAX
✤ LAX/246M/20 - Centers map on the 246 Magnetic bearing, 20nm from LAX
✤ LAX/246T/20 - Centers map on the 246 True bearing, 20nm from LAX
✤ MZB293/SLI148 - Centers map on intersection of MZB’s 293 radial and SLI’s
148 radial
For more information about the following SAR grid waypoint options, see the Search
and Rescue Supplement in Documents > Catalog > ForeFlight.
✤ CAP@ORD451C - Centers the map on the middle of CAP Grid ORD451,
quadrant C.
✤ CAP@40092CD - Centers the map on the middle of CAP Cell Grid 40092CD.
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✤ GARS@176LW3 - Centers the map on the middle of GARS Grid 176LW,
quadrant 3.
✤ 15RTN50008000 or MGRS@15RTN50008000 - Centers the map on the
middle of MGRS grid UTM zone 15, latitude band R, 100,000m grid square TN,
easting 5000, northing 8000. MGRS coordinates no longer require entering
MGRS@... before the coordinate values.
PLANNING A FLIGHT USING SEARCH
Create a route across any of the available
maps by typing in multiple identifiers in the
Search box, separated by a space, in the order
in which you will visit them.
When typing a search, look for the helpful
hints that appear underneath the search box.
These hints provide example route searches
that act as great reminders for quickly
visualizing your route. Any of the search
options specified in the “Finding an Airport or
Navigation Aid using Search” section are supported as route waypoints. Additionally
airways, arrivals and departures are supported, as well as any custom waypoints you
have created.
Your current location, if it can be determined, can be used as the origin for your
route, as in the last example in the screenshot above: D KSGR. ForeFlight will replace
the “D” with the coordinate for your position.
Entire airways can be viewed on the map by searching for just the airway
identifier, for instance: V16. Airways can also be used in a route, just as ATC would
issue them. For example: NIKOL V244 ILC. ARINC 424 coordinates (ex: 5275N) can also
be entered in the Search box or NavLog.
DPs and STARs (as well as associated transitions) are also supported in a route. If
the DP or STAR requires a runway input, ForeFlight Mobile will prompt you for one
and provide an example. When briefing and flying these procedures, it is critical to
always refer to the official arrival/departure plate from the Airport view as the
ForeFlight Maps view is not able to show heading vectors, altitude info, and certain
other details you'll need.
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When building a route in the search box you can also provide basic performance
information about your aircraft. These can be in any order, but must come after the
route waypoints. These include:
✤ True airspeed in knots or miles per hour. Knots is the default unit unless MPH
selected in the Settings view.
✤ Altitude in feet.
✤ Fuel burn in gallons, liters or pounds per hour. GPH is the default unit.
Example route searches:
✤ KJFK KSFO - this is a simple direct route from NY to San Francisco.
✤ D KSFO - this is a direct route from your current position to San Francisco.
✤ KJFK FLW 32.3N/99W - this is a route from NY to the FLW VOR to a lat/lon
waypoint.
✤ KSFO FLW/320/15 - this is a route from KSFO to a point on the 320 radial 15nm
from FLW VOR. If a VOR is not given as the reference waypoint, then the
directional information is assumed to indicate a bearing, not a radial. Enter “M”
after the bearing to position the point on the magnetic bearing; enter “T” after the
bearing to position the point on the true bearing.
✤ KCLT 36R.MERIL7 RDU J209 ORF J121 SIE CAMRN4 KJFK - this route includes
a runway-specific departure, multiple jet airways and an arrival.
✤ KUZA KOSH 165kts 17gph 8000ft - this is a route from Rock Hill to Oshkosh
with a true airspeed of 165 knots, a fuel burn rate of 17 gallons per hour, and an
altitude of 8,000’.
✤ KUZA KOSH 165 17 8000 - this is the same route and performance data as the
previous example, this time using the default units.
✤ KJFK YQM V311 YQX 5050N 5330N 5315N EGLL - This hypothetical route
from JFK to London Heathrow uses ARINC 424 coordinates between Gander and
Heathrow. See http://code7700.com/arinc_424_shorthand.html for additional
information.
A route search can also include a tail number of an aircraft setup in the More >
Aircraft view. When that aircraft has performance data it will be automatically used.
In this case, you won’t need to include altitude, fuel burn, or true airspeed - unless
you’d like to use different numbers than you provided in the aircraft’s profile.
Lastly, you can also indicate a departure time in your route search; ForeFlight will
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usage calculations. If you don’t provide a time, ForeFlight Mobile assumes you are
departing ASAP. You can include the departure time as a specific time or as a time
relative to now, as a local time or Zulu time, like this:
✤ KUZA KOSH 165 17 8000 1315Z - The route details will be calculated for
conditions starting at 1315Z. The time can be designated in Zulu time, as in the
example, or local time, such as: 13:15, 1:15p, 1:15pm, 1:15a, 1:15am, or 1:15
(with no am/pm given, ForeFlight will assume you desire the next upcoming 1:15).
✤ KUZA KOSH 165 17 8000 +60 - The route details will be calculated for
conditions starting 60 minutes from now. This relative time must begin with a +
and may be specified in minutes, hours, or a combination; +60 or +60m for
minutes, +2h for hours, +2:30 for 2 hours 30 minutes.
To clear the current route, bring up the edit view and tap the Clear button.
PLANNING A FLIGHT USING TOUCH
You can also create or edit a route using a single finger with ForeFlight Mobile’s
“Touch Planning”. Touch Planning is based on touch-and-hold gestures on the Map:
place your finger on a waypoint or other location on the map and hold it there for a
second. A dialog will appear asking you to specify which location near your touch
point should be used.
✤ Add a waypoint to your current route, or start a new route: Touch-and-hold
until a pop-up is displayed. Then, select the desired waypoint in the pop-up by
tapping the name. If you already have a route on the map, the new waypoint will
be added to the end.
✤ Remove a waypoint from your current route: Touch-and-hold on the waypoint.
Tap the Delete button in the top right of the pop-up.
✤ Insert a waypoint in the middle of an existing route leg: Touch-and-hold on
the route leg line until it turns blue. Then, keeping your finger on the screen, drag
to the location you want to add. Remove your finger from the screen and select
the desired waypoint from the pop-up view by tapping its name. Or tap More to
see additional options: Direct, Add to Route, or Details.
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The pop-up view that appears as part of
touch planning allows you to select from a
list of locations near your touch point, sorted
by distance. The list shown is filtered by All (which includes airspaces), Airports, Nav
(VORs, NDBs), and Waypoints (intersections and user waypoints). To change the filter
mode, tap the buttons in the bottom of the pop-up view.
To cancel a touch planning operation, tap the Cancel button that appears in the
pop-up view or tap the map outside the pop-up view.
When Adding a waypoint using touch, the pop-up window shows an icon next to
the name to help identify the type of waypoint:
User Waypoint
VOR, VORTAC
Waypoint
NDB
Airport
Tap the “More” button next to an entry in the pop-up to show additional options
for that entry (see following example for KDUA):
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Tap the orange Direct To to make a new route
direct-to that airport or waypoint from your
present position.
Tap the magenta Add to Route to add that
airport or waypoint to the end of the route.
Tap the blue Details to see that airport’s or
waypoint’s detail view.
AIRSPACE INFORMATION
To see information about Airspace, MOAs
and Restricted Areas, tap-hold on the airspace
or area on the Map. Next, tap the All filter at
the bottom of the pop-up. Airspace information
is shown in gray at the top of the pop-up and
the outline of the airspace you selected is
bolded on the Map. You can further highlight
the airspace by tapping on its name in the popup. Tap Cancel (or anywhere on the screen) to
close the pop-up.
ROUTE LINE
The route line drawn on the map is color-coded to indicate the active leg.
Magenta is the current leg, blue is a future leg, and orange is a past leg. Waypoints
in the route are drawn with an icon to represent their type, such as a VOR.
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MANAGING USER WAYPOINTS
Sometimes you’ll want to include a waypoint in your route that isn’t an airport or a
navaid. A user waypoint is a method of saving any single point on the map for future
reference, inclusion in routes, or direct-to operations. Use a custom user waypoint
any time you’d like to save a position that isn’t already associated with an existing
waypoint.
While using touch-planning, create your own custom waypoint from a point on
the map: Tap-and-hold the point until a pop-up is displayed. Tap the More button,
then the Save button to create and name the waypoint, which you’ll be able to use in
future routes.
User Waypoints may be entered one at a time at More > User Waypoints, and can
also be added in bulk from KML or CSV files. See this page for instructions on adding
user waypoints in bulk.
✤ Name: Create a recognizable name for the
waypoint. Names must be one word with no
spaces and must contain at least one letter.
Once a waypoint has been named, you’ll be able
to reference it while creating routes just as you
would any other waypoint.
✤ Description: Provide a brief description of
the waypoint. The description appears in the
waypoint callout when you tap that waypoint in
your route in the Maps view.
✤ Lat/Lon: When creating a user waypoint via
touch-planning, the latitude and longitude are
determined for you based on the point on the
map that you touch. Lat/Lon coordinates can be entered in 4 different formats.
NOTE: You can also enter a user waypoint as a distance and radial from an
aviation point by entering the point/radial/distance information in Latitude and
leaving Longitude blank. For example, entering GEP/125/10 in Latitude would create
a user waypoint 10 NM away from the GEP VOR on the 125 Radial.
You can also enter a User Waypoint using the MGRS@... format described in the
Search & Rescue Supplement, found in Documents > Catalog > ForeFlight. Similar to
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the point/distance/radial method above, enter the MGRS@ point in Latitude and leave
Longitude blank.
Tap the Done button to finish creating the user waypoint. Once the waypoint is
created, it functions just as any other waypoint in ForeFlight Mobile.
To delete a single user waypoint from your device, tap More > User Waypoints
and use the swipe-to-delete gesture: swipe your finger across the name of the
waypoint, then tap the red Delete button. To delete ALL User Waypoints, tap the
“Clear” button.
To remove a user waypoint from the route on the Maps page, tap the user
waypoint bubble in the Route Editor, then choose Delete. Or touch-hold on the user
waypoint in the route on the Maps page, then choose Delete.
User waypoints can be:
✤ Searched for: Using the Search box at the top of the Maps view.
✤ Included in a route: By entering the name of the user waypoint in the same
way you would use any other airport
name or navaid when planning via
search.
USER WAYPOINT SYNC
Changes to your User Waypoints, including adding and removing waypoints, are
automatically synchronized to each device that is signed-in to your ForeFlight Mobile
account. For more information, see the Sync chapter.
WORKING WITH THE NAVIGATION LOG, EDIT AND PROFILE VIEWS
Overview
The Maps view has an overlay view at the top that can be hidden or shown. Tap the FPL
button in the Maps view toolbar to hide or show this upper overlay view.
This overlay view can be setup to show either a route Edit view, the NavLog view or the Profile
view. To change between the views, tap the selectors in the lower portion of the overlay
view.
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At the bottom of the view is a summary of route and performance data (when
available), as well as the winds aloft for the flight. Winds aloft are only incorporated if
a true airspeed and altitude are provided as part of the route.
Winds aloft calculations also require an active network connection to retrieve the
latest winds aloft forecast. However, once a forecast has been downloaded it will be
saved for a few hours for use when offline.
To see your route without wind adjustments input an altitude that is too high in
the route search, such as 80,000’. That will override any altitude in the default aircraft
and prevent the calculations.
The suitcase button
displays the Pack menu. Pack offers a 1-step method of
downloading all chart, weather, TFR and fuel-price data needed for the route of flight
currently in the NavLog.
The star button toggles the favorite status of the current route. When the star
icon is orange
, the current route has been saved as a favorite. When marking a
route as a favorite, you have the opportunity to name the route as something other
than the default “<Origin> to <Destination>” name; having a custom name can be
helpful when locating a route in the Favorite Routes list.
The rectangle-with-arrow button
show multiple options:
is the Send To button. Tapping this will
✤ “Mail” creates a new email message with your navigation log and a screenshot
of your trip. The message also includes a link that other ForeFlight Mobile users
can tap to load your route onto their iPad or iPhone. Note: this option only
appears if an email account is set up in your device’s Mail app.
✤ “File & Brief” copies the current route and performance data to the File & Brief
view, creating a new flight plan there. Note: tapping this button does not file the
flight plan or submit a request for a briefing. Rather, it takes you to a page where
these actions can be performed.
✤ “Logbook” creates a new entry in ForeFlight Logbook and auto-fills it with the
current route, aircraft, and estimated time enroute. Note: this option only appears
if you have a subscription that includes Logbook.
✤ “Print” allows printing of the navigation log to a connected AirPrint printer.
(Requires iOS 4.2 or higher.)
✤ “Clipboard” will copy the flight plan to the iPad internal clipboard to allow
“pasting” in another application.
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✤ Other devices on the same WiFi network that are running ForeFlight (listed by
device name). See Cockpit Sharing.
✤ “Twitter” composes a new Twitter message with your route and a screenshot of
your trip. (Requires iOS 5 or higher, plus Twitter account setup in Apple Settings.)
✤ “Facebook” composes a new Facebook post with your route and a screenshot
of your trip. (Requires iOS 5 or higher, plus Facebook account setup in Apple
Settings.)
✤ “LogTen” sends a copy of your route to the LogTen logbook app, if installed on
your device.
✤ “Aspen” will copy the flight plan to your Aspen Connected Panel.
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Edit View
The NavLog Edit view allows for easy creation and editing of routes on the iPad.
To create or append to a route, simply tap the center area and use the keyboard to
enter the new route element. Any route element accepted via the Search input is
valid in the Edit View, including airways and SIDs/STARs. As you make changes to the
entries, the Map and NavLog views will update to reflect the new route.
Aircraft
Airspeed
Route Elements
Reverse
Procedure:
SID/STAR,
Approach, Traffic
pattern, SAR
Routes:
Airway, ATC,
Preferred, TEC
Altitude
Fuel Burn
Clear Route
ETD
The Route Elements are color-coded for easier identification:
Airport
Airway (J or V)
VOR
SID/STAR
Waypoint
NDB
Traffic Pattern
Error
Performance information (such as average airspeed or fuel burn) can be typed into
the route elements area or entered using buttons provided in the Edit view (by
tapping the associated button) to configure those items. NOTE: the more accurate
aircraft Climb, Cruise and Descent performance information can only be entered in
the Aircraft profile on the More > Aircraft page. The aircraft’s information is then
applied to the route when that aircraft is selected using the Aircraft button.
When there is a large difference between your aircraft’s climb speeds and
burns and cruise speeds and fuel burns, depending on the length of the flight
may see a bigger difference between the “Detailed” option (with Climb, Cruise,
Descent performance specified) and the “Simple” option (with only an average
burn and speed specified.)
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In the table below you can compare the performance results for three different
routes for both the “Detailed” (with all performance information entered) and
“Simple” (with just average speed and fuel burn entered) performance profiles.
Performance Examples: Detailed vs. Simple
Route
(winds included)
“Detailed”
Climb: 100 kts, 20 GPH, 500 ft/min
Cruise: 145 kts, 13 GPH
Descent: 145 kts, 9 GPH, 500 ft/min
“Simple”
Fuel burn: 14.5 GPH
Speed: 145 kts
KMIC - KFAR
(182nm) at 8000’
18.6 gallons, 1h23m
19.1 gallons, 1h19m
KPAO - KSMO
(273nm) at 11000’
31.2 gallons, 2h09m
29.5 gallons, 2h02m
KHOU - KELP
(587mn) at 6000’
60.8 gallons, 4h09m
59.9 gallons, 4h08m
The Altitude button displays the Altitude
Advisor™ which shows the modeled winds aloft at
various altitudes, provided the required route and
performance data are available. Altitudes resulting
in a net average tailwind over the route are shown
in green, while those resulting in a net average
headwind are shown in red. Airports included
between the departure and destination in the
NavLog are treated as navigation waypoints, so
the calculated time and fuel burn do not include
descending to and climbing up from those
airports.
If you have entered your aircraft’s Climb
performance on the More > Aircraft page, the Altitude Advisor will automatically
calculate whether it is possible to reach the listed altitude based on your aircraft’s
rate of climb and the distance of the route.
NOTE: If it will not be possible to reach an altitude given your aircraft’s
performance, the current winds, and time available before needing to descend, the
Altitude Advisor will show “-----” for that altitude’s row.
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When connected to a Stratus ADS-B receiver, Altitude Advisor™ will only display
wind effects if you have received recent winds aloft data for the entire route.
Procedure Advisor
The Procedure button in the upper-right of the NavLog Edit view opens the
Procedure Preview allowing you to add or replace Arrival procedures (STAR),
Departure procedures (SID), Approaches, VFR traffic patterns and Search & Rescue
(SAR) patterns in the route.
Departures, Arrivals, Approaches and Traffic Patterns require that at least one
airport be entered in the NavLog. SAR patterns can be entered without an airport in
the NavLog.
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Departure
Tap Departure to see a Preview map of the different SIDs available from the
airport in the NavLog. The Preview map can be panned and pinch-zoomed so you
can see details of the different SIDs.
Tap a Departure name in the list on the left, or tap the boxed name on the Preview
map to see all of the transition options for that SID.
Then tap the Transition (and runway if required). When the desired SID, Transition
and runway (if needed) are displayed, tap “Add to Route” to insert that SID into the
route.
After adding a SID the Procedure Preview stays open so you can add additional
elements to your route, such as an Arrival or an Approach.
To close the Procedure Advisor window and return to the Maps view, tap “Close”
or tap anywhere not on the Procedure Preview window.
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Arrival
Tap Arrival to see a map of the different STARs available at the destination airport
in the NavLog. As when adding a SID, tap an Arrival name in the list on the left, or tap
the boxed name on the Preview map to see all of the transition options for that STAR.
If the list of Arrivals is longer than the Procedure Preview window, scroll down to
see the remaining Arrivals. Then tap the Transition (and runway if required). When the
desired STAR, Transition and runway (if needed) are displayed, tap “Add to Route” to
insert that STAR into the route.
Approach
Tap Approach to see the available approaches for that airport. If a current METAR
is available, the runways with the most favorable winds are highlighted in the list.
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Tap an Approach to see the preview including the available IAFs. Choose an IAF by
tapping in the list on the left, or on the Maps page, then tap “Add to Route”.
Once the Approach has been added you can change between approaches or IAFs
by tapping the Procedure Advisor button again and selecting a new Approach. Or tap
the colored Approach oval in the NavLog and choose Change Approach... or Change
IAF...
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If an Approach entry includes a hold, ForeFlight Mobile will automatically insert
the correct Direct, Parallel, or Teardrop entry based on the direction you’re coming
from.
Direct Entry
Teardrop Entry
Parallel Entry
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Activate Vectors to Final
Activate Vectors to Final erases any existing IAF, draws a light magenta 30nm
extension from the FAF, and plots a direct-to route from your present position to a
point 3nm outside the FAF. You can reactivate Vectors to Final anytime to redraw the
line from your current position to the point 3nm from the FAF.
Tap the colored Approach oval in the NavLog and choose Activate Vectors to
Final or tap the Procedure Advisor button and re-select the approach and choose
Activate Vectors to Final.
FAF extension
Direct-to from
present position to
3nm outside FAF
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Traffic Pattern
Tap the Procedure button, then tap Traffic Pattern to display VFR traffic patterns
for the airport at the end of the current route. If current winds are available, the
runway selections with the best winds are highlighted in the list. Wind direction,
speed and age of observation are also shown at the bottom of the list (scroll down if
necessary to see the winds).
After selecting a runway the available pattern entry options are displayed, such as
Cross Midfield or Straight-in. For non-towered airports the entries are sorted based
on each runway’s pattern side (right or left).
Additionally, entries are highlighted that make the most sense for your route’s
direction of flight. Tap an entry to add it to the end of the current route (or to replace
one already in the route). Traffic patterns are automatically removed from a route
when certain route edits are made, such as reversing the route.
IMPORTANT: Traffic patterns cannot currently be sent to another device via
Cockpit Sharing.
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Search and Rescue
On the iPad, Search and Rescue (SAR) patterns can also be inserted using the
Procedure button (when the Enable Search and Rescue setting is ON). For more
details about SAR features, see the Search and Rescue Supplement, in Documents >
Catalog > ForeFlight. SAR patterns created on an iPad can be sent to an iPhone, but
cannot be created on an iPhone.
Reverse
The Reverse button reverses the current route, and removes SIDs, STARs and
Approaches.
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Routes
The Routes button displays the Route Advisor and any special routes that can be
found for the origin and destination you entered in the route entry area. When
selecting a route in the list, it will replace the route setup in the entry area. Multiple
types of routes are displayed when available, these include:
✤ TEC/Preferred - these routes
are commonly used and can be
viewed even when offline.
✤ ATC - these are routes that ATC
has issued as clearances for in the
past.
✤ Airway - these are victorairway based routes. These are
generally only available when
connected to the Internet, though all routes are saved to the iPad once
downloaded.
The Clear Route button can be used to remove all route entries. A confirmation
button will be shown when the Clear button is tapped.
Route Entry Area
The main route entry area is used to add, reorder, or remove route entries. A route
entry is any waypoint, airway, or other route element. To add an entry to the end of
the route, tap anywhere in the dark blue area of the route entry box. This will show
the keyboard. Type in the ID of the route entry to add.
To add a route entry in the middle of the route,
tap any existing entry to reveal the action menu for
that entry.
Tap either of the insert buttons to show the ID
entry field. Type in the new entry to add and press
Insert or tap the return key on the keyboard.
To jump to an entry on the Map, tap the entry
and tap the “Show on Map” button.
To go Direct-To a route entry, tap it and tap the
“Direct To” button.
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To remove an entry, tap it and select Delete. Alternatively, you can hold you finger
on the entry briefly to “pick it up”. Then drag it out of the route edit area and release
it to delete it.
To move an entry, hold your finger on it briefly to “pick it up” then move it to the
new location and lift your finger to “let go.”
NavLog View
The navigation log displays each leg of the route, with course (or heading, if winds
aloft are included for your route), distance, fuel burn, and time statistics.
The table listing shows the start and end points of each leg, along with the leg
statistics. You can select whether to display only Totals columns, only Leg columns or
Both Totals and Leg columns (as below) in More > Settings > Nav Log Columns.
✤ Planned Data: Information in the From, To, Heading (or Course), Totals, and Leg
columns represent the planned route and is based on the information provided in
the Search box, or based on your selected aircraft’s performance profile. This
information is not updated once displayed.
✤ Real-Time Distance, ETE/ETA: The Remaining and ETA columns are updated in
real-time based on current GPS position and groundspeed. The distance
remaining on the leg, estimated time enroute for the leg, and estimated time of
arrival at the next waypoint are displayed.
NOTE: during pre-flight planning on the ground, the Remaining and ETA columns
will not show accurate information, because they require actual (real-time) GPS
speed and position to update.
Tap on a waypoint ID in the table to jump to that
waypoint on the map.
to adjust your
Tap the arrow button
route to any leg, or direct to a waypoint on a leg.
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Profile View
While planning your flight, the Profile view (iPad only, Pro or Pro Plus subscription
required) shows a cross section with your planned altitude relative to the terrain and
obstacles within a selectable-width corridor along your planned route of flight
(default is 2nm-wide: 1nm on either side). In flight, the Profile view automatically
switches to show obstacles and terrain 50nm ahead of your current location. US
Obstacle and Terrain data must be downloaded to the iPad to use Profile view.
By default, the terrain profile is colored green in areas where there is more than
1000’ clearance between your planned altitude (or actual altitude while airborne) and
terrain/obstacles. The terrain profile changes to yellow for those areas where the
terrain/obstacle clearance is between 100’ and 1,000'. The terrain profile changes to
red in those areas where there is less than 100’ terrain/obstacle clearance or where
the terrain/obstacle is above your planned or actual altitude.
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After you enter a route in the NavLog box, tap the Profile button at the bottom of
the NavLog to display a cross-section of the terrain and obstacles along the chosen
route.
Waypoints along your route are depicted as thin vertical white lines with the
waypoint identifier displayed along the bottom of the profile view beneath the
vertical line.
Adjust the planned altitude by touching the altitude block on the left side of the
Profile view and sliding it up or down as desired. If your proposed altitude along your
route intersects an obstacle or terrain ahead, the sky area will change from Blue to
Red, the Clearance numbers will display in Red, and the First Strike section will
indicate how far away (in nautical miles) from your present position the conflicting
terrain or obstacle will intersect with your proposed altitude.
Distance Ruler
Planned altitude: touch-hold,
slide up/down to change
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If the route is in the US, you will also see obstacles depicted along the route as
thicker vertical lines. The obstacles are displayed to scale based on their altitude AGL.
Obstacles
Clearance at planned altitude
Corridor Width / Alert Altitudes
Tap the gear button to the right of Profile to choose different total corridor
widths. Any obstacle or terrain feature within the selected corridor width centered on
the route will be shown on the Profile view.
Choose the Hazard Altitude to select the relative altitudes from your aircraft for
terrain & obstacle yellow & red warnings for the Profile view and Hazard Advisor.
Zoom in/out
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The default Profile view automatically scales to show your entire route. To zoom in
on an area of interest, touch two fingers to the Profile view then slide them apart
horizontally. Pinch them together to zoom out.
Slide two fingers apart horizontally
to zoom in
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Show altitude by “scrubbing”
Touch and hold a single finger anywhere in the Profile view to open a pop-up
display with altitude and clearance details for that point. A colored icon (dot) is
displayed along the route line at that location. Scrub (drag) a finger left or right
across the Profile view to view the terrain clearance at your desired point.
Touch and Scrub (drag) 1 finger across profile to
see altitude, clearance and distance from origin
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Ruler
When you touch two fingers to the Maps page to display the ruler, the Profile view
changes to display the Obstacles and Terrain information under the ruler. You can
also “scrub” along the Profile view to see the altitude and clearance pop-up for the
area corresponding to points along the ruler’s path.
Single-tap on the Maps page to remove the ruler and return to the Route/Flight
Profile view.
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Aircraft view in flight
In flight, the Profile view automatically changes to “Aircraft” mode, which shows
obstacles and terrain 50nm ahead of your present location. Pinch-zoom the Profile
view to view less than 50nm ahead. Also in Aircraft Mode, your GPS altitude (MSL and
AGL) are displayed to the left of the aircraft icon. Tap the “Route” button to show your
planned route at your planned altitude in the Profile view. Tap the “Aircraft” button
to return to the aircraft view mode.
Aircraft
Route
Single-waypoint Search
To find out about another waypoint, airport or navaid that is not on the active
route in the NavLog, simply enter the waypoint, airport or navaid into the Search box.
The route will remain active, but the searched-for item will be highlighted on the
screen. You can explore that waypoint (such as viewing an airport’s details in a
popover view) without affecting the active route, and you can also add it to the route
as you would any other location on the map.
ENGAGING THE MOVING MAP
When the aircraft is not in motion, the current location is shown as a blue dot.
When the aircraft is in motion, the current location is shown as an aircraft, which is
selected in the More > Settings view. If the aircraft doesn’t show up on the Map,
please review the GPS troubleshooting tips on our web site at www.foreflight.com/
support/gps
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The map can be set to automatically scroll to keep the current location
on the screen. Activate this auto-centering mode by tapping the crosshair
button in the top right of the screen, in the gray toolbar. The button turns
blue when auto-centering is engaged.
Track Up
Auto-centering can be set to operate in Track Up mode (the top of the screen is
rotated to your current GPS track direction), Track Up Forward mode (Track Up mode
with the aircraft moved slightly down the screen) and North Up mode. Change
modes by tapping the “configure” button with the gear icon in the Maps toolbar. You
can also quickly toggle between North Up and your last Track Up mode by tapping
the circular “orientation” button just under the auto-center button.
NOTE: If Track-up is selected while stationary, the map will not rotate. Once the
aircraft starts moving, the map will rotate so the direction of travel is at the top of the
map.
Tap the gear icon
in the Maps
toolbar to display
Settings, then
choose Autocenter Mode:
North Up
Track Up Centered
Track Up Forward
Tap the crosshair
button to engage
Track Up
Tap the orientation
button to toggle
between
Track Up:
and
North Up:
Tap the crosshair button again or manually pan or zoom the map to disable the
auto-centering mode. If you pan the map while in track-up mode the current map
rotation will be maintained until you tap the auto-center or orientation button in the
upper right of the Maps view.
You can prevent the automatic disabling of auto-center mode when panning by
changing the Auto Center Deactivate mode in Settings. When that is set to Manual,
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you cannot pan the map when auto-center mode is ON. Tap the crosshair button to
turn auto-center mode OFF so you can pan the map.
Note that only the iPad Cellular model contains a GPS receiver. The Wi-Fi-only
iPad does not contain a GPS receiver. In order to use the mobile map functionality
with a Wi-Fi-only iPad, you must use use a Stratus ADS-B + GPS receiver or an external
GPS receiver (see: www.foreflight.com/support/gps).
Distance Rings
Distance Rings displays 3 concentric rings with markers around your aircraft’s
current position, so you can quickly judge the distance or time from your location to
other locations on the chart.
The small green triangles on the rings align with your track and the ring scale
labels (either nm or time) align with your right wing.
To display the Distance Rings, tap the Map Settings “gear” button to display the
drop-down menu, then slide the Distance Rings switch ON or OFF, or change the
setting in More > Settings. As you zoom out on the Map the inner rings and scale markers automatically hide
to de-clutter the view.
The 3 concentric Distance Rings can be displayed in several styles, selected in
More > Settings.
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Automatic
NM, ring scales adjust
automatically as the map
is zoomed in and out
Distance
Time
5, 10, 15 NM
5, 10, 30 minutes
10, 20, 50 NM
10, 20, 60 minutes
20, 40, 100 NM
If an Automatic or Distance-based measurement is selected, the rings are only
displayed if you have a GPS fix. If a Time-based measurement is selected, the rings are
only displayed when you have a GPS fix AND are moving at more than ~10 knots. The
rings are hidden when there is no GPS fix, or when moving at less than ~10 knots
when a Time-based measurement selected.
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Glide Advisor™
The Glide Advisor uses your aircraft’s glide ratio, current GPS altitude AGL,
surrounding terrain height, and winds aloft (either Packed before your flight, or
updated in-flight via ADS-B or SiriusXM) to present a continually-updated ring
showing your glide range. IMPORTANT: Prior to use, Glide Advisor must be
configured with your aircraft’s best glide speed and glide ratio (see below).
The Glide Advisor ring shows when your GPS altitude is more than 200’ AGL. When
the Glide Advisor ring is displayed, the parameters are shown in the lower-right
corner of the Maps page. If you have entered glide information for each aircraft (see
below), the N-number of the selected aircraft is also shown for quick verification that
the correct parameters are being used.
In the examples below note the difference between the Glide Advisor ring shape
in relatively flat terrain, vs. rising terrain, where the ring shape appears irregular due
to the height of the surrounding terrain. In these examples the ring is not centered
on the aircraft’s position due to the effect of winds.
At 6,500’ AGL, flat terrain ahead.
At 12,500’ AGL, rising terrain ahead
Before using the Glide Advisor, you must enter the best glide speed and best glide
ratio for the aircraft you are flying. It is recommended that you take a few minutes to
look-up and enter this information for each of the aircraft you fly so that you can
display a correct Glide Advisor ring. Best glide speed and glide ratio information can
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be found in your aircraft’s POH. You can enter this information in More > Aircraft, or
you can enter it on the Maps page in the Maps Settings menu:
Although a Glide Ratio is typically expressed as a number like, “8.0:1” you only
need to enter the “8.0” portion in either the overall Glide Ratio box, or when entering
an aircraft’s specific information.
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Track Vector
When the Track Vector is ON, a projected track is displayed in front of the aircraft
icon. The length of the vector is controlled by the setting on the More page under
Settings, and can be 15, 30, 45, 60 seconds; 2, 5, 10 minutes or 1/2, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50
Nautical Miles.
While your track direction is changing at more than 2 degrees-per-second (i.e., the
aircraft is turning) the track vector changes to a curve in the direction of your turn.
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DIRECT-TO
To create a direct-to change to your route, tap
a waypoint on the route. Then tap the orange
Direct To button. An alternate method is to tap
in the navigation log, or to
the arrow icon
tap the colored oval in the NavLog Edit view and
choose Direct To.
Choosing Direct To removes all waypoints in
the route prior to the selected waypoint and
adds a new direct-to leg from present position to
the selected waypoint.
Additionally, a direct-to change can be made
to utilize a waypoint not already in the route. See
the “Touch Planning” section for details.
RULER
Distances can be measured on the Maps view at any time by holding down two
fingers on the map until the ruler appears. Hold both fingers on the Map and slide
them across the map to reposition the ruler to take measurements between other
locations. The ruler is also handy for quickly visualizing great-circle (direct) routes
between two points. When measuring distances less than three nautical miles the
distance will also be displayed in feet, helpful for measuring available runway.
When using the ruler in flight, the current groundspeed will be used to show the
time of travel for the distance measured. When not in flight, the TAS from your
current route or default aircraft will be used instead.
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Fuel burn estimates are also shown using the fuel burn provided for the current
route or from the default aircraft. All time and fuel estimates are based on no-wind
conditions. Initial course bearings are also shown from each side of the ruler.
The ruler will remain on the Map after you remove your fingers. To remove the
ruler, tap on the Map.
VIEWING AND HIDING THE INSTRUMENT PANEL
To show or hide the Instrument Panel, tap the “instrument” icon (on the iPad, now
located in the menu at the top of the screen)
When a position fix is available, the instruments in the Instrument Panel at the
bottom of the map update to reflect the latest values for groundspeed, track, and
geometric MSL altitude. Additionally, an accuracy value is provided as an indication
of the quality of the fix (lower numbers are better).
On the iPad, 6 instruments are displayed in the Instrument Panel in portrait
orientation and 8 in landscape orientation. On the iPhone, 4 instruments are
displayed in portrait and 6 in landscape.
The instruments on the right and left ends of the
Instrument Panel in Landscape mode are hidden when the
device is rotated to Portrait. The default instruments
displayed in the Instrument Panel can be replaced with an
instrument of your choice by tapping an instrument and
selecting a new one from the pop-up list.
The Select Instrument pop-up displays all available
instruments. Be sure to scroll the list up/down to see each
instrument. The list provides a description of each
instrument’s function, as well as an indication of which ones
are already displayed. NOTE: When in Portrait orientation, the
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2 additional instruments visible in Landscape are shown as being “(already shown)”
even though they are not visible on the screen.
The following instruments are available in the Instrument Panel:
Standard
Next Waypoint
Destination
Other
Groundspeed
ETE Next
ETE Dest
Current Lat/Lon
GPS Altitude
ETA Next
ETA Dest
Zulu Time
Pressure Alt *
Distance to Next
Distance to Dest
Blank
Height AGL #
Bearing Next
Bearing to Dest
Height MEF #
Course Next
Descent to Dest
Track
Cross Track Error
Accuracy
Nearest Airport
Rate of Turn
Nearest Navaid
Vertical Speed
Climb Gradient
Pressure Alt is the pressure altitude as detected by a barometer sensor, if present.
*: iPhone 6/6+, iPad Air 2, or appropriately equipped external device required.
Height AGL shows the GPS altitude above the highest terrain within a 1/4 nm
circle around your present location. #: iPad only, Pro or Pro Plus subscription
required.
Height MEF shows a dynamic Maximum Elevation Figure for a 1/2 degree latitude
by 1/2 degree longitude box centered on your aircraft’s location. MEF is calculated
as: the tallest obstacle or terrain in that box, rounded up to the nearest 200 feet. #:
iPad only, Pro or Pro Plus subscription required.
Nearest Airport shows the Cardinal position and distance from the nearest
airport to your present location.
Nearest Navaid shows the Navaid identifier and the radial and distance from that
Navaid.
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USING FAVORITE ROUTES
To view a favorite route, tap the double-star button in the dark blue tool
bar at the top of the Maps view. A list of your favorite routes is displayed.
Tap a route in the list to make it the current route.
To delete a route from the favorites list, use swipe-to-delete on the route.
The favorites list can be re-ordered by tapping the Edit button. Once in Edit mode
a three-bar icon is displayed on the right of each route in the list. Tap-and-hold on
the three bar icon until the row appears to lift up, then drag the row to the desired
location in the list. You can also delete the route by tapping the red button on the
left.
Note that removing routes from your Favorites list will not affect items displayed
in the File and Brief view.
USING RECENT ROUTES
Every route shown on the Map is automatically saved to the Recent
routes list. This provides a great way to quickly jump to a previously viewed
routing or performance configuration.
View this list by tapping the clock icon in the dark blue tool bar at the top of the
view. Tap a route in the list to make it the active route.
Delete a route from the recents list using swipe-to-delete, or delete all routes from
the recents list by tapping the Clear button at the top of the list.
FAVORITE AND RECENT ROUTE SYNC
Changes to your Favorite and Recent routes, including adding, removing and
change the order of the routes, are automatically synchronized to each device that is
signed-in to your ForeFlight Mobile account. For more information, see the Sync
chapter.
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CLEARING A ROUTE
Clear a route from the Map by tapping the “Clear” button in the NavLog Route
Entry area bar in the upper overlay view of the Maps view. Tap the “3-bar” NavLog
button (bright blue in top-middle of this screenshot) to show the NavLog:
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Alerts
ABOUT THE DESIGN
ForeFlight Mobile provides a number of in-app audio and visual alerts that help to
keep pilots aware of potential hazards and improve situational awareness in flight
and on the ground. Alerts appear in red or beige rectangles in the upper third of the
screen and persist for several seconds; they can be dismissed more quickly by tapping
on them. Audio alerts can be silenced, and individual alerts disabled entirely in More
> Settings > Alerts.
RUNWAY PROXIMITY ADVISOR
ForeFlight Mobile has a visual and audio alert system that triggers when you taxi
near or onto a runway. This system uses GPS and geographic runway safety areas to
alert pilots as they approach or enter a runway environment. This feature is available
for all ForeFlight subscriptions.
The system runs automatically in the background, regardless of which part of the
app is currently visible. ForeFlight Mobile must be running and visible on the iPad
screen for the system to function. Essentially all airports in the USA are supported.
As you near the runway the system will
provide an “Approaching” alert which
includes the name of the runway. Upon
entering the runway itself, the system will
provide an “Entered” alert, which includes
both the name of the runway and the
length of runway remaining in feet,
rounded to the nearest hundred. If the
aircraft is not clearly at one particular end
of the runway, the system will alert with
both runway end names and will not
include a length remaining upon entering
the runway. For instance, it will say “02-20”
instead of just “02”.
To receive audio alerts in your headset,
use a bluetooth-capable headset and
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connect it to the iPad. Ensure that the iPad volume is set to an appropriate and safe
level.
If you are using a vibration-capable device, like the iPhone, the device will vibrate
when audio alerts are given.
Alerts are automatically disabled when the aircraft is stopped or traveling faster
than 40kts. Note that you may receive an alert on take-off if you cross a different
runway early in the take-off roll. Similarly, on landing you may receive an alert if you
cross another runway while rolling out. You will not be alerted about entering your
landing runway when landing - you have to taxi onto or near a runway to get an alert.
CABIN ALTITUDE ADVISOR
If your iPad/iPhone is equipped with a barometric pressure sensor, or is connected
to an external device that provides that capability (such as a Stratus 2S or Garmin
Flight Stream 210), ForeFlight will monitor your cabin’s pressure altitude and provide
alerts when you pass 12,000’ MSL and 25,000’ MSL.
Each alert will not sound more than once every 30 minutes.
TRAFFIC ALERTS
When connected to an external device that provides ADS-B traffic data (such as a
Stratus 2S), ForeFlight can issue alerts when another aircraft passes within 1.8NM
horizontally and +/- 1,200’ vertically of your aircraft’s position. See Traffic Alerts for
more information.
TFR ALERTS
TFR Alerts monitor your GPS position and track for nearby known TFRs and
provide visual and/or audio alerts to warn you if your present track will take you
inside (or over/under) a known TFR within the next 5 minutes, even if you don’t have
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the TFR map layer turned on. Four different alerts are possible based on your position
relative to the TFR: “TFR Ahead”, “TFR Below”, “TFR Above”, and “Inside TFR”.
If ForeFlight detects that you will enter or pass
within three nautical miles of an active (or soonto-be active) TFR within the next five minutes it
will issue a “TFR Ahead” alert, or “Upcoming TFR
Ahead” if the TFR is not yet active. A TFR’s altitude
(MSL or AGL) is taken into account when
determining if you will enter it, and an adjustable
altitude buffer is provided in More > Settings >
Alerts so you can customize how close your
altitude must be to the TFR for the alert to
activate.
The altitude buffer has settings for 500’, 1000’,
2000’, and 5000’. If you are outside a TFR’s
altitude but within the selected buffer altitude,
ForeFlight will issue “TFR Below” or “TFR Above”
alerts as you pass respectively above or below the
TFR. If you enter a TFR within its altitude range
ForeFlight will issue an “Inside TFR” alert.
TFR ALERTS IMPORTANT NOTICE:
TFR alerts are provided only as a tool to increase situational awareness in flight.
They do not replace conventional tools and practices for avoiding TFRs and should
not be used as such.
ForeFlight can only provide alerts for TFRs that it has information for, which requires
you to download that information before flying. Failing to do so may prevent
ForeFlight from displaying alerts for active or soon-to-be-active TFRs.
Immediately before your flight: While still connected to the Internet, use the Pack
feature to ensure all relevant TFR and weather data is downloaded. Alerts for TFRs
issued after you Pack will not be shown, unless you are using an ADS-B or XM inflight weather receiver.
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SINK RATE
The Sink Rate alert warns you when your downward vertical speed exceeds a
certain amount, which varies based on your height above ground so as to warn you
sooner at lower altitudes.
At all altitudes, the descent rate required to trigger the alert must be maintained
for five seconds, and the alert will only sound once every 30 seconds. This alert is
automatically disabled if your groundspeed is less than 40kts.
Above 2,500’ AGL (or when AGL is not known), the alert is triggered if your
descent rate exceeds -4,000‘ per minute.
At 2,500’ AGL, the alert is triggered if your descent rate exceeds -3,000’ per
minute.
Between 2,500’ AGL and 500’ AGL the descent rate required to trigger the alert
decreases linearly along with altitude, down to a threshold of -1,500’ per minute.
At 500’ AGL the alert is triggered if your descent rate exceeds -1,500’ per minute.
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500’ AGL
The 500’ AGL alert is a simple callout that triggers when you descend through 500’
AGL after having been above 1,000’ AGL. The alert will only sound once every 60
seconds, and is automatically disabled if your groundspeed is less than 40kts.
DEVICE DISCONNECT
The Device Disconnect alert is triggered if the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection to a
portable or panel-mounted device that ForeFlight supports is lost. This allows you to
take appropriate action to restore the connection, to switch to a backup device (if
available), or to continue the flight knowing that the previously connected device is
no longer available. The alert is only triggered if your groundspeed is above 40 knots
or if your device does not have a GPS fix.
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DESTINATION WEATHER FREQUENCY
The destination weather frequency callout provides you with your destination
airport’s weather frequency (whether ATIS, AWOS, or ASOS) as you near the airport.
The callout requires that the last item in your route be an airport (there must be
more than one item in your route) and that the airport has a weather frequency. The
callout occurs at a certain distance from the airport, which is greater at higher
altitudes - at 5,000 feet or below the callout occurs at 20nm from the airport.
Unlike other alerts, the weather frequency popup does not disappear after a few
seconds - it will remain on the screen until you dismiss it by tapping on it.
The callout will not occur more than once every 20 minutes for the same airport,
but if you change the destination airport then the callout can occur again in less time
for the new airport.
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Pack
ABOUT THE DESIGN
While connected to the Internet, use Pack to supplement your Downloads by
running a preflight check to ensure you have the information you need for a trip
downloaded to your device for offline (inflight) use.
Packed data is not saved somewhere different than you’re used to, but is
seamlessly integrated with the rest of the data you already have downloaded or are
viewing over the Internet. You view the Packed charts, plates, and data as you are
used to doing: on the Maps page, Plates page, Airports page, etc...
Charts and plates downloaded using Pack are for the current data cycle only and
will not automatically update at the next data cycle.
Pack analyzes the route in the NavLog (or Routes page on the iPhone) by looking
at a corridor 50 NM wide (25 NM on each side of your route) and 100 NM in diameter
around your departure and destination. Pack will download charts and plates for any
states that fall inside the boundary. In the example below the route from KMIC to
KCID runs from Minnesota to Iowa but the borders of Wisconsin and Illinois both fall
inside the Pack boundary. So charts and plates for WI and IL will also be selected for
download when using Pack for this route.
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IMPORTANT: Pack only analyzes the charts along your route based on the chart
type selections you made in the Download Settings view. So for example if you are
planning a flight above 18,000’ be sure you have IFR High Charts turned ON.
Pack also downloads any Weather (METAR, TAF and MOS), AIR/SIGMETs, TFRs and
fuel price data inside the 50 NM route corridor and 100 NM diameters departure/
destination circles.
Pack will automatically analyze your route if the Pack “Enable Auto Check” is ON in
More > Settings. If it is OFF, Pack will analyze your route only when you tap the Pack
button at the bottom right of the NavLog:
If Enable Auto Check is ON, Pack periodically re-analyzes the route and will alert
you if new items become available. Once you Pack for the trip METAR, TAF and TFR
updates will be downloaded automatically, provided the route has not been changed.
Even with Pack, it is a recommended best practice to check that the desired areas
have been selected on the Downloads page. This will speed up packing since fewer
charts and plates will need to be downloaded when using Pack before a flight.
If your route includes states you have not selected to download in More >
Downloads > United States, Pack will download that state’s data but the state will not
be selected for ongoing downloads (in future data cycles) in More > Downloads >
United States. This means that when the next data cycle goes live, the states that
were Packed will shows as Expired. Clear the message by tapping More > Downloads
> Delete > Delete Expired.
Tip: Pack for your flight (see below) once you’ve finished planning your route to
ensure you have the data needed for your flight and so you have time to review
relevant TAFs, METARs, NOTAMs, TFRs, etc. Shortly before you head to the plane for
the flight, use Pack one more time to make sure you have the latest available data.
IMPORTANT: While Pack is downloading, DO NOT start or cancel downloads on
the Downloads page.
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PACK FOR A FLIGHT
iPad
After entering a route in the NavLog, Pack analyzes the route to determine if any
data needs to be downloaded. If data does need to be downloaded, a red “!” is
displayed on both the Pack (suitcase) button and the NavLog hide/show button.
Tap the Pack (suitcase) button at the bottom of the NavLog to open the Pack popup and review the list of needed downloads. An estimate of the amount of data to be
downloaded is shown in the lower left corner.
Tap the blue Pack button to download all listed items. If you are short on time and
only want to download a few items, instead of tapping the Pack button, tap on the
blue download arrow next to each item(s) you want to download. REMEMBER:
information you don’t download will not be available in flight.
Tap outside the Pack pop-up to close the pop-up and continue using ForeFlight while
the Pack data is downloading. Tap the Pack (suitcase) button on the NavLog to open
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the pop-up to check Pack status. When Pack has finished downloading the ! will
disappear.
If the route is changed significantly while Pack is
downloading, the Pack downloads will stop automatically and
the Pack Alert pop-up will appear.
If Pack seems to stop downloading, close the Pack
window, return to the NavLog and make a change to the route
(e.g., delete then reinsert a point). This will cause Pack to reset and re-analyze the
route.
iPhone
Pack is available on the Route page, which is accessed by tapping on the Menu
button, scrolling down to the Routes section and either (1) tapping on any one of the
listed routes; (2) tapping on the Favorites or Recents button and selecting a route; or
(3) tapping on Create to make a new route.
After choosing or entering a route, scroll to the bottom of the Route page to the
Pack line. After a few seconds, Pack will analyze the route to determine if additional
items need to be downloaded.
If items are needed for your trip, the “Pack” line will change to, “You need to pack
for the trip (## MB/GB).” The ## MB/GB is an estimate of the amount of data to be
downloaded.
Tap the “You need to pack for the trip” line to view details of the the items that
need to be downloaded. Tap the blue Pack button to download all listed items.
If you are short on time and only want to download a few items, instead of
tapping the Pack button, tap on the blue download arrow next to each item(s) you
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want to download. REMEMBER: information you don’t download will not be
available in flight.
If Pack seems to stop downloading, return to the Routes page and make a change
to the route (e.g., delete then reinsert a point). This will cause Pack to reset and reanalyze the route.
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Sync
ABOUT THE DESIGN
Sync is a fast, cloud-based system that works seamlessly in the background to
synchronize Recent and Favorite Airports, Routes, Weather Imagery, User Waypoints,
Aircraft Profiles, ScratchPads (iPads only), Flight Plans (both filed and un-filed), and
Weight & Balance profiles between all devices signed-in to your ForeFlight account.
Because sync’d information is also stored in the cloud, changes made on one device
will automatically be delivered to the other device when it is connected to the
Internet.
IMPORTANT: Sync is disabled by default for multi-pilot accounts with a shared
single login.
USING SYNC
Activate Sync on each device in More > Settings by turning Synchronize User
Data ON. After Sync is turned on, User Waypoints and the Recent and Favorite
Airports, Routes, Aircraft Profiles, ScratchPads (iPads only), Flight plans from the File
& Brief page, weather Imagery, and Weight & Balance profiles are synchronized to all
devices.
If you change the order of items in a Favorites or Recents list on one device, the
order of the items in the list will be synchronized to all other devices.
For example, suppose you have an iPad and an iPhone signed-in to your account,
and two User Waypoints: WPT1 and WPT2 on your devices:
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When you add a new User Waypoint WPT3 on the iPad, Sync will add WPT3 to the
iPhone via the cloud:
WPT3
If you make changes on one device while it is not connected to the Internet, the
next time that device goes online Sync will send those same changes to the other
device(s) via the cloud.
IMPORTANT: If you delete a sync’d data from one device, Sync will also delete it
from ALL other devices on which Synchronize User Data is ON. For example, if you
delete WPT1 from the iPhone, Sync will delete the waypoint from the iPad via the
cloud:
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WPT1
If Synchronize User Data is OFF on one device, as soon as you turn it ON, the item
that was deleted from the first device will then be deleted from the other device.
NOTE: If you sign-out of the ForeFlight account on a device, ALL sync’d data is
also removed from that device. Then when you sign back in to your account, all
sync’d data is restored to that device.
When you install ForeFlight Mobile on a new device, turn Synchronize User Data
ON to automatically load all of your User Waypoints, Recent and Favorite Routes,
Aircraft Profiles, Flight Plans from the File & Brief page, and Weight & Balance profiles
Add Plate
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NOTE: If a User Waypoint with the same name is manually created on two devices
while one or more of the device(s) is offline, or while Synchronize User Data is OFF on
one or more of the device(s), then when the devices are online or Synchronize User
Data is turned ON, two User Waypoints will be shown with the same name on each
device. Resolve this by changing the name of one of the same-named User
Waypoints, or by deleting one of the same-named User Waypoints.
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Cockpit Sharing
ABOUT THE DESIGN
Cockpit Sharing allows you to share a route with another device running
ForeFlight Mobile, provided both devices are on the same WiFi network: either an
Internet-connected WiFi-hotspot on the ground or a WiFi-equipped ADS-B receiver
like the Stratus family of portable ADS-B receivers.
USING COCKPIT SHARING
Activate Cockpit Sharing on each device by tapping on More > Settings and
turning “Cockpit Sharing” ON.
Send from an iPad: Tap the Send To button
on the NavLog to see a list of all
possible destinations. Tap the desired destination to send the route.
Send from an iPhone or iPod Touch: Choose a Route on the Routes page, then
tap the Send To button and tap name of the destination device in the list.
On the receiving device, tap View Route on the pop-up to load the route, or tap
Cancel to ignore the route sharing request.
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Plates
ABOUT THE DESIGN
Instrument pilots use their procedures differently in the air than when on the
ground. Often, you’ll view an arrival, approach, and then taxiway diagram - all
without needing to return to a chart or A/FD in between. The Plates view is designed
to account for the way you use procedures while you’re flying.
The Plates view provides access to approach plates; taxiway diagrams, and arrival
and departure procedures. This view enables you to organize the plates in the way
that makes the most sense to you and streamlines your access to each procedure.
Edit
Settings
Recents
Plate Thumbnail
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ABOUT PLATE BINDERS
Binders provide a method for organizing plates into logical groups for easy access
while in flight. A plate binder can contain any combination of:
✤ Airport Diagrams
✤ Hot Spots
✤ Take-Off Minimums
✤ Departure Procedures
✤ Arrival Procedures
✤ Instrument Approach Procedures
CREATING A BINDER
To create a new binder, tap the Binder Selector in the
top toolbar. Use the + button to add a new binder and
provide a name when prompted.
The binder is created and the Plates view automatically
displays your new (empty) binder.
MANAGING PLATES
There are two methods of adding plates to a binder.
The ‘Tap to add plate here’ thumbnail displays an intelligent list of airports
gathered from airports you’ve used in other parts of ForeFlight Mobile. Tap an airport
to see the available plates. Tap one or more plates to add them to the binder.
The Plate Search box in the top toolbar allows
you to search for a plate by airport, or by a specific
procedure.
Example Searches:
✤ KJFK - Lists all procedures associated with
the JFK airport
✤ RHV GPS - Lists the RNAV (GPS) approaches
to the RHV airport
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✤ MDW ILS 13- Displays the ILS Rwy 13C approach to MDW airport in the
procedure viewer.
Tap the
icon to the right of any procedure to add it to the current plate binder.
Tap the procedure name to view it.
To reorder or delete plates in a binder, tap the Edit button on the left side of the
top toolbar.
To change the order in which a plate is displayed in the binder, hold and drag the
plate to the new location. Note that you can add the same plate to the same binder
more than once. For example, you might create a binder that contains plates for three
local airports. You could elect to include each airport’s taxiway diagram both before
each airport’s departure procedures and after each airport’s approach plates, making
it easier to find the diagram in context during both arrival and departure operations.
To remove a plate from the binder tap the X icon in the upper left of the plate
thumbnail.
PLATE CONTROLS
To hide/show the plate controls across the top of the plate and the Instrument
view across the bottom of the plate, single-tap on the plate.
The plate control buttons, including Invert Plate Colors under “Settings”, are
shown below:
Close Settings
Recents
Annotate
Send to
Rotate
Tap Plate to hide/show Menu
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NOTAM ADVISOR FOR APPROACH PLATES AND AIRPORT DIAGRAMS
When you display an Approach Plate or Airport Diagram on the Plates page,
ForeFlight cross checks downloaded NOTAMs and displays a warning banner at the
top of the plate showing a count of relevant NOTAMs related to that plate or diagram.
Tap the banner to view the NOTAMs that are associated with the airport diagram
or instrument procedure. Tap again anywhere off of the pop-up to close it.
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FBOS ON AIRPORT DIAGRAMS
When viewing an Airport Diagram (either FAA or ForeFlight) tap the “FBO” button
at the top of the Plates menu to show/hide the location of FBOs that are known to sell
fuel at that airport. FBOs can also be shown when the Airport Diagram is displayed on
the Map (Pro or Pro Plus subscription required).
Show/hide FBO locations
FBO location
Featured FBO location
Featured FBOs are shown with a yellow flag; other FBOs are shown with a grey
flag.
Tap an FBO’s flag to open the FBO pop-up with details about the FBO including
fuel prices.
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PRINTING PLATES FROM A BINDER
Tap the Print button in the top toolbar of the Plates view. The Printer
Options dialog box is displayed. From here, select a printer and a number of
copies. Tap the Print button to send the selected number of copies of ALL
plates in the binder to your printer.
To print only one procedure, tap the plate’s thumbnail to display it in the
procedure viewer, then tap the Send To button and choose “Printer.”
Printing requires an AirPrint capable printer.
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ENSURING YOUR PLATES DON’T EXPIRE
When you view a plate or add it to your binder, ForeFlight uses either a copy of
the plate stored locally on your iPad (by virtue of the fact that you’ve already
downloaded it), or uses your iPad’s Internet connection to fetch the plate and store it
locally on your iPad. In either case, the plates are viewable until they expire - whether
you have an Internet connection at the time you view them or not.
When these plates expire, they are only automatically replaced if you have used the
Downloads view to download new terminal procedures for the states/regions associated
with the plates in your binder. Otherwise, the plates are only replaced when you open
the binder and have an Internet connection. In-flight is not the time to discover this.
Be sure to check your selections in More > Downloads to ensure ForeFlight is set
to download terminal procedures for all states covered in your binders and that all
requested data has been downloaded. This ensures all plates in your binder will be
current and available to you at any time - on the ground or in the air.
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Plates and Taxi Diagrams on a
Map
ABOUT THE DESIGN
This feature allows you to overlay geo-referenced US and Canada approach plates
or airport diagrams on the Maps view. Viewing plates and taxi diagrams on a Map
requires an active ForeFlight Pro or Pro Plus subscription. To upgrade, visit
www.foreflight.com/buy.
In North-up mode, the plate or airport diagram is displayed on the chart rightside-up; in Track-up mode, the plate rotates along with the chart so that your ground
track is towards the top of the map.
Using in-flight ADS-B or XM weather, radar and other weather information can
also be displayed on the Map with the plate. Radar or Satellite can be displayed while
on the ground and connected to the Internet.
You can add the waypoints on the approach by rubber-banding your route: for
each waypoint, touch-hold the route line, then drag it to the waypoint and release to
display the waypoint pop-up. Choose the waypoint name to add that point.
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DISPLAYING A PLATE ON A MAP
You can display a US Approach plate or Airport diagram on the map in five ways:
1. From the Airports page, tap the
Map button next to the desired
approach in the Procedures list.
2. From the Maps page, tap the desired
airport, then tap the grey More button,
then the Details button in the pop-up to
select the airport, then scroll down to
the Procedures section and tap
Approach. Finally tap the Map button
next to the desired approach.
3. From the NavLog Edit box, tap the
colored oval and choose “Show
Plate...” (or “Show Airport Diagram”).
4. From the NavLog Edit box, tap the
Procedure Preview button then choose
the Approach.
5. From the Plates page tap the Send To
button and choose Map:
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CHANGING OR HIDING THE PLATE ON A MAP
Once you have displayed an approach plate or airport
diagram on the map, you can change or hide it by
tapping the gear button
or by tapping on the plate
itself to display the pop-up. There you will see the
selected plate (highlighted in yellow with the checkmark) and you can scroll through the list of available
plates to select a different plate. Tap a different plate to
display it on the Map.
You can also tap Hide Plate to remove the plate from
the Map, or tap View Fullscreen to open the plate on the
Plates page. Turn Show Annotations OFF to hide any
annotations you made to the plate. Turn Invert Plate Colors ON for easier viewing in
low-light situations, and you can adjust the transparency of the Plate on the chart
using the slider.
ADJUSTING PLATE TRANSPARENCY
Once you have displayed an approach plate or airport diagram on the map, tap
the Map Settings “gear” button to adjust the transparency of the plate from fully
opaque (completely covers the underlying map) to more transparent so the
underlying map shows through. You can also adjust the transparency of the Radar
overlay (if selected).
Fully-opaque (slider to right)
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Track Logs
ABOUT THE DESIGN
Track Logging records details about your flight including track and altitude using
any compatible GPS, such as an external device like a Stratus 2S, or your iOS device’s
internal GPS. Track Logs are synchronized across your devices using Sync. Track Logs
can be sent to Facebook, Twitter and via email, are available for viewing and
downloading at the ForeFlight website, and can be exported to apps like CloudAhoy
and Google Earth, as well as to KML and GPX files. Track Logs can also be imported to
ForeFlight Logbook as new entries if it is part of your subscription.
Track Logging is very efficient: the log files require less than 300KB per hour
recorded.
ENABLING TRACK LOGGING
Track Logs can be enabled for either manual or automatic recording. tap
More > Settings, then scroll to the Track Log section. To enable manual
recoding, switch Enable Start/Stop Control to ON. When this setting is ON,
the REC button and a timer indicating the length of the current recording are
shown in the lower-left corner of the Maps view above the zoom buttons. To
enable automatic recording, switch Enable Auto Start/Stop to ON.
START/STOP LOGGING
When automatic recording is enabled, a new Track Log is started as soon as the
app detects a takeoff, which corresponds with a certain speed threshold. A new Track
Log can also be started at any speed by tapping the REC button. In either
case the REC button turns blue and the timer starts counting up, indicating
the length of log file. The recording continues until the REC button is tapped
again, or until the app detects a landing, which is also associated with a
speed threshold.
With automatic recording, your location data prior to takeoff and after landing are
added to the front and back of the Track Log, respectively, to account for taxiing. This
extra recording time at the front of a Track Log is reflected in the timer upon takeoff.
When using the built-in GPS or a Bluetooth GPS, the recording will continue even
if you switch to another app. NOTE: background recording is not currently available
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when using a Stratus device for GPS. If you put ForeFlight Mobile in the background
or quit it completely while recording a track log, the recording will stop or be
incomplete.
If you put ForeFlight Mobile into the background while logging, verify that the
REC button is still blue (Recording) when you re-open ForeFlight Mobile.
TRACK LOG LISTING
Tap More > Track Logs to see a list of the available Track Logs. Each log entry
shows the date it was recorded, the length of the recording in hours and tenths of an
hour, the GPS source, and the aircraft’s tail number, if it has been entered or
automatically captured from ADS-B Out.
Edit
Settings
Binder Selector
Catalog
You can delete a Track Log using swipe-delete: swipe your finger from right to left
across the listing, then tap the red “Delete” button. IMPORTANT: Once you swipedelete a Track Log, it is gone forever, and will no longer be available via Sync or on
the ForeFlight website.
Document Thumbnail
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Tap a Track Log to see and edit basic
information about it. Track Logging makes
a “best guess” as to the starting and ending
airports, but you can change those by
tapping and typing over the default entry.
You can also change the name of the
Track Log to something more descriptive,
and add additional information such as
Pilot’s Name, Tail Number and Notes. If
ForeFlight detects ADS-B Out capability for
your aircraft it will automatically capture
the tail number and add it to the Track Log.
All changes you make to a Track Log will
be sync’d to the other devices on your
account.
SYNCHRONIZING TRACK LOGS TO OTHER DEVICES
Newly-recorded Track Logs are automatically uploaded to the ForeFlight Cloud
when your device connects to the internet after a flight. You can then view and edit
the Track Log’s information on other devices on your account, as well as import it to
ForeFlight Logbook, share it on social media, view it on ForeFlight’s site, and email a
link to the Track Log.
Emailing the full Track Log or opening it in
another app on your device require that you
download the Track Log’s file; a pop-up when
selecting one of these options prompts you to
download the Track Log.
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VIEWING A TRACK LOG ON AN IPAD OR IPHONE
When viewing a Track Log’s details, tap the
Send To button in the upper-right corner and tap
the “foreflight.com” button to open Safari and
view a summary of the flight on the ForeFlight
website.
in the
Tap the Chart selection button
upper-left corner of the map to choose between
Street Map, Aerial (Satellite) Map, US VFR charts,
and US IFR Low and High charts.
SHARING TRACK LOGS
Track Log details can be shared via email, Twitter, and Facebook (provided you
have set up your accounts in Apple Settings). Tap the Track Log entry, then tap the
Send to button in the upper-right of the screen and choose how you would like to
share the Track Log. You can also send the Track Log to your logbook, which creates a
new entry and auto-populates it with the Track Log’s details.
When sharing the full Track Log via email, a KML file of the Track Log is attached
to the email, along with the a link to view basic information about the Track Log on
the ForeFlight website.
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EXPORTING TRACK LOGS TO OTHER APPS
Tap the Track Log entry, then tap the Send To button in the upper-right corner to
export the data to CloudAhoy, Google Earth, or other compatible apps.
Google Earth is an excellent resource for viewing the 3-D view of the Track Log on
your device.
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VIEWING TRACK LOGS IN FOREFLIGHT ON THE WEB
Sign in to your ForeFlight account by clicking the Login button at
www.foreflight.com, then click on the “Track Log” menu item to view all of the Track
Logs on your account. Click the track log you want to view from the list on the left.
Click on the “Download” button in the upper-right then choose one of the KML
options, GPX, or CSV to download the Track Log file in that format.
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Documents
ABOUT THE DESIGN
The Documents view provides access to legends, manuals, or just about any
document you wish to bring with you. This view enables you to organize documents
in the way that makes the most sense to you, bookmark areas of interest inside of a
document, and quickly switch between reading a document and other views in the
app.
Documents for the FAA, NAV CANADA, and ForeFlight are provided in the Catalogs
view. These catalogs include useful supplemental materials like the Digital Terminal
Procedures Supplemental, Class B enhancement graphics, and Aeronautical
Information Manual. The Catalog view also includes any PDF, image, or Microsoft
Office documents you have imported into ForeFlight Mobile from iTunes or apps like
Safari, Mail, or Dropbox. NOTE: Microsoft Office documents can be viewed, but unlike
PDF documents they cannot currently be annotated.
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ABOUT DOCUMENT BINDERS
Binders provide a method for organizing documents into logical groups for easy
access while in flight. A document binder can contain any combination of:
✤ FAA Documents
✤ NAV CANADA Documents
✤ ForeFlight Documents
✤ Imported PDF files
✤ Imported image files (PNG, JPG, TIF, GIF)
✤ Imported Microsoft Office documents (XLSX, DOCX, PPTX)
CREATING A BINDER
To create a new binder, tap the Binder Selector in the
top toolbar. Use the + button to add a new binder and
provide a name when prompted.
The binder is created and the Documents view
automatically displays your new (empty) binder.
ADDING DOCUMENTS FROM A CATALOG
The Catalog view lets you add documents to
your binder from the FAA, NAV CANADA, or
ForeFlight catalogs. If you have a ForeFlight Pro
or Pro Plus subscription, see Document Syncing
for details about automatically adding
documents to ForeFlight Mobile.
The Catalog view also lets you add
documents to your binder that you have
previously imported into the app. You can
bring up the Catalog view by tapping the
Catalog button in the top-right corner, or by
tapping the ‘Tap to add doc here’ thumbnail at
the bottom of your binder.
The Catalog view has two panes. On the left
pane is a list of the available catalogs. Tap the
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catalog name to view that catalog. On the right pane is the list of documents for that
catalog.
Tap the
icon to the right of any document to download the document. After
the download is complete, it will be added to your current binder.
Tap the
icon to the right of any document to add it to the current binder. This
icon indicates that the document has already been downloaded to your iPad, but is
not included in the current binder.
The
icon indicates that the document has been downloaded and is already in
the current binder.
If you wish to delete a document from your iPad and from all binders, find the
document in the Catalog view, swipe from left-to-right on the name of the document,
and then tap the red Delete button.
DOCUMENT SYNCING
If you have a ForeFlight Pro or Pro Plus subscription, you can link your ForeFlight
account to a Dropbox, Amazon S3, or Box account (free or paid) at
https://plan.foreflight.com/account/integrations/documents.
Click the “Connect” button (which shows if there is not yet a connected account)
to link your document storage account to your ForeFlight account. If your ForeFlight
account has already been linked, click the “Manage” button to manage the Catalog
name (which is the name of the Smart Binder shown in the app), change sharing
options, or to un-link the account.
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Once linked, any compatible documents you place in the appropriate folder on
your computer are automatically shown in the Smart Binder download list in
ForeFlight Mobile. The Smart Binder name is set to whatever you enter in the
“Catalog Name” box.
Computer folder locations where documents should be saved:
Dropbox: /Dropbox/Apps/ForeFlight
Box: /Box Sync/ForeFlight
Amazon S3: folder is selected at the time of account linkage
If you do not want document to synchronize automatically with the Smart Binder
in ForeFlight Mobile, un-check the “Document Syncing” option:
When “Document Syncing” is un-checked, any documents in the Smart Binder in
ForeFlight Mobile remain unchanged, and the pilot can manually add documents to
or remove them from the Smart Binder.
When “Document Syncing” is checked, any documents that had been manually
added to the Smart Binder when “Document Syncing” was un-checked will be
removed, and the Smart Binder will automatically be updated and synchronized to
match the sync’d folder. Any changes or updates you make to a document in the
sync’d folder on your computer will be synchronized to ForeFlight automatically.
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Whenever new documents are added to your sync’d folder, ForeFlight Mobile will
display a red dot with a number in it on the corner of the More tab, and on the
Downloads section.
To download individual documents into the Smart Binder, tap on the Documents
tab, then tap the Binders drop-down to choose the Smart Binder. Then tap on the
rectangle with the document title that you wish to download. To download ALL listed
documents into the Smart Binder, tap the Download button in the upper-right corner
of the Smart Binder. The Download button is only visible when the Smart Binder is
selected.
Or tap More > Downloads, then tap the blue “Download” button to download the
new documents.
Documents listed in the Smart Binder can also be saved into another binder:
switch to the other Binder using the Binders drop-down, tap the Catalog button,
then select the name of the Smart Binder from the category on the left of the screen,
then tap the Document title. Saving a document in another location does not make a
2nd copy of it, so can be done without worry of filling up storage space.
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Other Binder
selected
Smart Binder
After a document is removed from the sync’d folder your computer, it will also be
automatically deleted from any iPads that have downloaded it the next time the
iPad(s) connect to ForeFlight’s servers via the Internet. The removed document(s) will
be deleted from both the Smart Binder and any other binders where the document(s)
had previously been saved.
If the sync’d account is un-linked from your ForeFlight account, all sync’d
documents are retained on the iPads that had downloaded them. The documents will
remain on the iPad until they are either deleted by the pilot, or the pilot signs-out of
their ForeFlight account on the iPad. Signing-out removes all sync’d documents.
If a sync’d account is un-linked but then re-linked with a different name than
before, a new Smart Binder will be created on all signed-in iPads. To remove the
“orphan” Smart Binder, change to More > Downloads and swipe-delete the individual
documents in that “orphan” Smart Binder. Once all documents in the “orphan” Smart
Binder have been deleted, quit and restart the app to automatically remove the Smart
Binder. Or, sign out of your ForeFlight account in More > Accounts to remove all of
the documents in the “orphan” Smart Binder, as well as the “orphan” Smart Binder.
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IMPORTING DOCUMENTS FROM ITUNES OR OTHER APPS
You can import PDF, JPG, TIF, PNG, and GIF files into your document binders using
iTunes, and you can import PDF documents from other apps.
✤ Importing from iTunes - Plug your iPad into your computer using the Apple
USB cord and start iTunes on the computer. Inside iTunes, click on the name of
your iPad under the Devices listing on the left. On the right pane, click the Apps
tab at the top. Scroll to the File Sharing section at the bottom of the page and
click on ForeFlight. On the right, you will see a table titled ForeFlight Documents.
Drag and drop your files onto this table. While the files are copying over, you will
see a brief Sync in Progress message on your iPad. After the copying has
completed, launch ForeFlight Mobile and tap on the Documents tab. The files will
be imported into the app and appear at the end of your current binder. After a file
is imported, it will disappear from the iTunes listing.
You can import PDF (but not JPG, TIF, PNG or GIF) files from other apps, such as
Safari, Mail, or the Dropbox app.
✤ Importing from other apps - Send yourself
the PDF document via email as an attachment,
open the email on the iPad, then tap the PDF
icon, or touch-hold the PDF document if it is
displayed to show the “Open in” pop-up menu.
Then tap “Open in ForeFlight.”
If a document does not import, make sure it is a supported file format: PDF, JPG,
TIF, PNG, GIF. Very large image files or PDF files containing scanned images may
open slowly, especially on earlier iPad models.
After a document is imported, it is always added to the current binder. To also
add it to a different binder, open that binder, tap the Catalog button at the top right,
and select that document from the Imported catalog. Imported documents cannot
be added to a Smart Binder.
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VIEWING A DOCUMENT
Tap any document thumbnail in a binder to launch the ForeFlight Document
Viewer. This viewer supports standard pinch and expand zooming, and panning
touch gestures. Swipe left and right with a single finger to change pages. You can
close the document by pinching (zoom out gesture) from the view on any page and
you can open a document by expanding (zoom in gesture) from the Binder view.
Tap once on a document page to bring up the toolbar at the top and page
scrubber at the bottom. Tap again on the document to hide these overlays.
Settings: shows the screen brightness slider, and the Invert Document
Colors switch for better low-light viewing of documents.
Shows the table of contents for a document (if available) and any pages
you have bookmarked. This menu is only shown for PDF documents.
Toggles between full page view and thumbnail view, which shows a
thumbnail for each page in the document. This button is only shown for
PDF documents.
Display the Annotation menu. This button is only shown for PDF
documents
Search for text in the document. This button is only shown for PDF
documents
Bookmarks a page in the document. This button is only shown for PDF
documents.
Shows a menu for Printing or Emailing a document.
available for copyrighted document catalogs.
Emailing is not
Disables touch interaction (zooming and scrolling), which minimizes the
risk of accidental closure when in turbulence. It also disables the
automatic rotation that would normally occur when the iPad is turned.
The lock button can also, optionally, disable all buttons on the screen,
including those that change views.
That feature is configured in
Settings (“Lock Disables Buttons”).
Document View Toolbar Buttons
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At the bottom of the screen, the page scrubber shows thumbnails for each page
and lets you quickly jump around in your document.
Close
Soft Lock
Settings
Send-to
Show Table of
Contents or
Bookmarks
Create bookmark
Full page /
Thumbnail view
mode
Annotation
Search in document
Tap document to
hide/show overlays
Thumbnails /
scrubber
SEARCHING IN A DOCUMENT
Tap the Search button
to display
the search box, then enter your search
term(s). All matches will be shown in the
scrollable expanding list. Tap the entry to
jump to the desired page, where the search
term(s) will be highlighted in yellow.
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ADDING AND REMOVING BOOKMARKS
While viewing the page you would like to
bookmark, tap the Bookmark button
then enter
the name you would like to give the bookmark and
tap the “Add Bookmark” button. View all bookmarks
for the current document by tapping the Table of
Contents/Bookmark button and choosing the
Bookmarks filter.
To remove a bookmark, tap the “Show Table of Contents or Bookmarks” button,
then swipe-delete the bookmark you want to remove: swipe your finger across the
title, then tap the red “Delete” button. Or you can tap on the bookmark you want to
remove to will change to that page of the document. When that page is displayed,
tap the bright-blue Bookmark button to remove the bookmark.
MANAGING DOCUMENTS IN A BINDER
To reorder or delete documents in a binder, tap the Edit button on the left side of
the top toolbar.
To change the order in which a document is displayed in the binder, hold and
then drag the document to the new location.
To remove a document from a the binder tap the X icon in the upper left of the
plate thumbnail while in edit mode. If a document is saved in multiple binders,
removing a document from only one binder does not delete it from your iPad (see
below for information on how to permanently delete a document).
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DELETING DOCUMENTS FROM YOUR IPAD
There are two ways to permanently delete a document from your iPad:
1. If the document is only saved in a single
binder, delete it by tapping the “Edit” button
in the upper-left corner, then tapping the “X”
in the corner of the document. This will
remove it from the binder as well as the
Download list.
2. If the document is located in multiple
binders, delete it by opening the Document
Catalog then using “swipe-delete”: swipe
your finger from right-to-left
across the
name of the document (or from left-to-right
on iOS 6 or earlier) then tap the red Delete
button to delete it from all binders as well as
the Download list.
IMPORTANT: If you “swipe-delete” the
document from the Document list on
More > Downloads, the document will be
removed from memory but immediately queued
for download.
Swipe
If a document is showing in the Download list but is not in a binder, you must first
save it into a Binder before using one of the methods above to delete the document
completely from the iPad.
ENSURING YOUR DOCUMENTS DON’T EXPIRE
When a new version of a document is available, a red badge will appear on the
app icon and there will be a new item in the Downloads view. Tap the blue
Download button at the bottom of the Downloads view to download the latest
documents, along with any other data updates that are available.
FAA and NAV CANADA documents that are updated on a regular 28-day or 56-day
cycle will be available for download a few days before the document expires. Your
document binder will always show the version of the document that is effective, if it
is available.
Once the new version of a document becomes effective, it will
automatically start showing in your binders and any old, expired versions will be
deleted from your iPad.
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Annotating Plates and PDF
Documents
ABOUT THE DESIGN
This feature allows you to add your own full-color annotations to Approach plates,
SIDs, STARs, Airport Diagrams and PDF Documents. This can be useful for highlighting
important elements such as crossing altitudes or taxi instructions, or adding notes to
your PDF documents.
Annotations are available in all subscriptions and require an iPad 2 or higher.
Annotations are not available on the iPad 1. If you have a ForeFlight Pro or Pro Plus
subscription, annotations you make on an Approach plate are displayed when you
show the annotated Plate on the Map.
Annotations you add to a Plate, SID, STAR or Airport Diagram are saved at the data
cycle change-over, unless the SID, STAR or Plate name changes in the new data cycle
(e.g., if the TEXXN5 STAR becomes TEXXN6, or RWY03 ILS becomes RWY04 ILS due to
updated magnetic variation).
Annotations you add to a PDF Document are saved if the document is updated,
provided the document title stays the same during the update.
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TYPES OF ANNOTATIONS
There are 8 kinds of annotations available:
Drawing
Text Box
Rectangle
Ellipse
Line
Polygon
Polyline
Stickynote
ADDING AND EDITING ANNOTATIONS
There are two ways to add an annotation. When you open a plate or PDF
Document, tap the Annotation button in the menu at the top of the page to display
the annotation toolbar:
or simply touch-hold on the plate or PDF Document until the magnifying glass
appears, then release your finger to display the pop-up Annotation menu:
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Tap the button to choose the type of annotation you want to add (Text, Sticky
note, or Ink drawing), then adjust the formatting and color of the annotation (if
needed) by tapping the colored Annotation setting button (the colored dot) at the
top of the page.
You can reposition an annotation by touch-dragging inside of the selection box.
and you can resize the annotation by touch-dragging one of the blue “handles”
around the annotation.
Choosing Annotation Color
Tap the Color drop-down in the top menu bar to display the line Color, Opacity,
and Thickness picker.
You can choose from 8 presets: six with transparent “fill” colors (with the red / )
and two with white fill.
Or tap the Color button to display the color picker. Change between the 5 color
selection pages by swiping from left to right.
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Swipe between color pages
When using the color “circle”, touch in the circle to choose the color you want,
then slide the horizontal slider below the circle to adjust the brightness of the color.
Fill Color: Transparent or “No Fill”
To choose a transparent or “no fill” color, select the
Fill Color box with the red diagonal line.
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Drawing/Ink
The freehand Drawing/Ink tool allows you to choose the line Color, Opacity and
Thickness. To edit a previously drawn line, tap it, then choose the “Inspector” menu.
Text Box
The Text Box tool lets you pick the Text Color, the Text Box fill Color, the Opacity,
the Font (Font style in a sub-menu), Font Size, text alignment, and whether a Callout
line + arrow are automatically attached to the text box.
To create a text box, select the Text Box tool, tap on the Plate or Document where
you want the text to appear, then type the desired text. When typing into a text box,
several formatting options are available at the top of the on-screen keyboard:
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To edit a previously drawn text box, tap it, then choose the “Inspector” menu, then
tap the attribute you want to change.
If converting the Text Box to include a Callout line + arrow, tap “Callout” in the
Convert to line, then choose the Line End type.
You can reposition the callout line by touch-dragging on the green “corner”
points.
Rectangle
The Rectangle tool allows you to choose
the line and Fill Color, rectangle Opacity and
line Thickness. To draw a rectangle, touchhold then drag your finger to make the
rectangle. Lift your finger to complete the
drawing. To edit a previously drawn
rectangle, tap it, then choose the “Inspector”
menu.
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Ellipse (Circle)
The Ellipse tool allows you to choose the
line and Fill Color, ellipse Opacity and line
Thickness. To draw an ellipse, touch-hold
then drag your finger to make the ellipse. Lift
your finger to complete the drawing. To edit
a previously drawn ellipse, tap it, then choose
the “Inspector” menu.
Line
The Line tool allows you to choose the line Color, Opacity, Thickness as well as
start and end-point type (e.g., arrow, dot, diamond, etc...). To draw a line, touch-hold
then drag your finger to make the line. Lift your finger to complete the drawing. To
edit a previously drawn line, tap it, then choose the “Inspector” menu.
Polygon
The Polygon tool lets you choose the line and Fill Color, polygon Opacity and line
Thickness. To draw a polygon, tap your finger to each desired “corner” of the polygon.
Each additional tap will extend a line segment from the previous corner to the new
tap. When you tap “Done” in the menu bar, a final line segment will automatically be
added to “close” the polygon.
To edit a previously drawn polygon, tap it, then choose the “Inspector” menu.
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You can edit the corners of the polygon by touch-dragging the green “corner”
point handle to the desired corner position.
Polyline
The Polyline tool is similar to the Polygon tool, except that the shape is not
automatically “closed” when you tap “Done”, and like the Line tool you can choose
the start and end-point types (e.g., arrow, dot, diamond, etc...).
To edit a previously drawn polyline, tap it, then choose the “Inspector” menu.
Sticky-note
Tap the note icon, then tap the “Edit” button to
choose the note background color and icon type. Tap
anywhere not on the Sticky-note to close the Edit
menu.
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UNDO/REDO
While adding annotations to a Plate or Document, tap the Undo (left) arrow
button to remove recent annotation elements, and tap the Redo (right) arrow button
to restore removed annotation elements.
Undo Redo
SELECTING MULTIPLE ANNOTATIONS
Tap the Selection button
then touch-drag across multiple annotations to
select several at once, then tap Group to group the items together, Copy to copy all
items, or the Trash can to delete the selected annotations.
COPYING AND PASTING AN ANNOTATION
Tap a previously added annotation to select the annotation and display the edit
pop-up menu, then tap the Copy button.
Paste the copied annotation in a different location or onto a different page (or
document) by touch-holding on the Plate or Document until the magnifying glass
appears. Lift your finger, then tap the Paste button in the pop-up Annotation menu.
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DELETING ANNOTATIONS
Tap the annotation to select it, then tap the Trash-can button in the edit pop-up
menu.
To remove all annotations from a page, tap the Annotation button, then tap Clear:
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Imagery
ABOUT THE DESIGN
The Imagery view provides collections of weather images from around the globe.
Images are divided into categories by type. When viewing a category a current
thumbnail image is shown for each available image.
Full size images are displayed full screen and support standard pinch and expand
zooming, and panning touch gestures.
Favorites
Recents
Collections list
Geography
selector
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SELECTING A COLLECTION
Tap a collection in the left-side list to show thumbnails from that set on the right
side. Other collections are available by tapping the USA/Global geography selector at
the bottom of the list.
In addition to the previous Imagery selections, ForeFlight Mobile 7.1 adds several
new Imagery Collections and chart types:
NATIONAL - Featured
Flight Category - Updated once every
30 minutes, the flight category chart
highlights adverse flight conditions
affecting the conterminous U.S. and
southern Canada. Using colored dots this
chart depicts the lowest flight category
considering both ceiling and visibility for
stations reporting marginal VFR (blue), IFR
(red) or low IFR (magenta). Also included
are recent pilot weather reports of
moderate or greater turbulence (tan) and
moderate or greater icing (green) using standard pilot report symbology.
Weather Depiction chart - Issued every
three hours, the Weather Depiction chart
shows an analysis of the location of surface
frontal systems, surface troughs, and IFR/
MVFR conditions for the conterminous U.S.,
southern Canada and northern Mexico. Also
included are station models consisting of
sky coverage, ceiling height and present
weather (precipitation, mist, fog). Shaded areas are regions of IFR
conditions with ceilings less than 1,000 feet
and/or visibilities less than 3 statute miles. Contours without shading are regions of
MVFR conditions with ceilings greater than or equal to 1,000 feet to less than or equal
3,000 feet and/or visibilities greater than or equal three statute miles to less than or
equal to five statute miles. No contours or shading imply ceilings are greater than
3,000 feet and visibilities greater than 5 statute miles.
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Latest Surface Analysis - The mean sea
level (MSL) surface analysis chart is issued
every three hours by a forecaster at the
Weather Prediction Center (WPC). This chart
depicts the synoptic and sub-synoptic/
mesoscale features including the location
of high and low pressure centers, fronts,
troughs, outflow boundaries, squall lines,
dry lines and an isobaric analysis. The
domain includes much of North America,
the Western Atlantic and Eastern Pacific
oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. This analysis is valid at the synoptic times of 0000
UTC, 0300 UTC, 0600 UTC, ..., 2100 UTC. The latest surface analysis becomes available
approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes after these synoptic times.
Today’s Forecast - The Weather
Prediction Center (WPC) National Forecast
Chart provides an overview of expected
weather for today, with emphasis on certain
hazardous and significant weather. They
summarize forecasts from several of the
National Centers for Environmental
Prediction (NCEP) Service Centers including
the Storm Prediction Center (for severe
thunderstorm and tornado outlooks), the
National Hurricane Center (for tropical
storm and hurricane forecasts), and the
Weather Prediction Center (for information concerning heavy rainfall, flooding,
winter weather, and general weather). With overlaid frontal forecasts, these displays
serve as a good overview of the expected weather for today.
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CONUS WEATHER
Prog Charts - The Prog Chart collection
contains the latest surface analysis chart
which is updated once every three hours.
This is not a forecast, but represents the
latest surface conditions valid in the recent
past. This collection also contains short and
extended range forecasts that are also
known as "prog" charts. Short range
forecasts are updated at various times
throughout the day as labeled below each
thumbnail image.
The primary goal of the short range forecasts are to depict the evolution of major
weather systems that will affect the conterminous U.S. during the next 60 hours.
These forecasts combine the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) forecasts of surface
fronts, MSL pressure (isobars) and high/low circulation centers along with a depiction
of the expected weather type (precipitation). The precipitation forecast shown on this
chart defines expected coverage and is valid at the time on the chart (not over a
range of time).
Prog charts use the following colors to depict different weather types
(precipitation):
•
•
•
Rain (Chance) - There is chance of measurable rain (≥0.01") at the valid time.
Rain (Likely) - Measurable rain (≥0.01") is likely at the valid time.
Snow (Chance) - There is chance of measurable snowfall (≥0.01" liquid equivalent) at
the valid time.
•
Snow (Likely) - Measurable snow (≥0.01" liquid equivalent) is likely at the valid time.
•
Mix (Chance) - There is a chance of measurable mixed precipitation (≥0.01" liquid
equivalent) at the valid time. "Mixed" can refer to precipitation where a combination
of rain and snow, rain and sleet, or snow and sleet are forecast.
•
Mix (Likely) - Measurable mixed precipitation (≥0.01" liquid equivalent) is likely at the
valid time. "Mixed" can refer to precipitation where a combination of rain and snow,
rain and sleet, or snow and sleet are forecast.
•
Ice (Chance) - There is a chance of measurable freezing rain (≥0.01") at the valid time.
•
Ice (Likely) - Measurable freezing rain (≥0.01") is likely at the valid time.
•
T-Storm (Chance) - There is a chance of thunderstorms at the valid time. Areas are
displayed with diagonal hatching enclosed in a dark red border.
•
T-Storm (Likely and/or Severe) - Thunderstorms are likely and/or the potential exists
for some storms to reach severe levels at the valid time.
Extended range Progs are also prepared by forecasters at the WPC. A new
extended range forecast is issued daily around 0330 UTC and updated again at 1500
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and 1900 UTC. Only surface fronts, MSL pressure (isobars) and high/low circulation
centers are depicted from 72 hours (Day 3) through 168 hours (Day 7). Each forecast is
valid at 1200 UTC. A forecast of instantaneous precipitation is not depicted on
extended range Progs.
6 HR Quantity of Precipitation Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts, or
QPFs, issued by forecasters at the Weather
Prediction Center (WPC) depict the amount
of liquid precipitation expected to fall in a
defined period of time, in this case, six
hours. Valid times are shown in the lower
left. In the case of snow or ice, QPF
represents the amount of liquid that will be
measured when the precipitation is melted.
It is important to recognize that QPF does
not forecast the precipitation type or whether
or not the precipitation will be from convection. It is solely used to forecast the
amount of precipitation over a given location in inches using solid colored contours
based on the legend on the lower left of the chart. An “X” on the chart simply defines
a local maximum precipitation amount within a contoured area. Keep in mind that
precipitation amounts can vary significantly over short distances, especially when
thunderstorms occur, and for this reason QPFs issued by the Weather Prediction
Center (WPC) are defined as the expected "areal average."
12 HR Probability of Precipitation The Probability of Precipitation (PoP)
forecast issued by forecasters at the
Weather Prediction Center (WPC) depicts
the chances of precipitation over a 12 hour
forecast period for the next three to seven
days. Probabilities are contoured using
solid colors as shown in the legend at the
bottom of the chart. Numbers shown on the
map represent a probability for a particular
city over the valid forecast period.
Important: The valid time in the lower left
defines the ending time of the 12 hour forecast period. For example, a forecast valid
at 00Z on February 13th would include the period from 12Z February 12th to 00Z
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Outlook (SIGWX) - The low-level SIGWX
graphics is a forecast of aviation weather
hazards, primarily intended to be used as a
guidance product for briefing VFR pilots.
The forecast domain covers the
conterminous U.S. for altitudes below
24,000 feet (400 mb). These charts are
issued four times a day and are valid at
0000 UTC, 0600 UTC, 1200 UTC and 1800
UTC. Each issuance includes both a 12 and
24 hour forecast depicting the freezing
levels (dashed cyan), turbulence (dashed orange), and low cloud ceilings and/or
restrictions to visibility shown as contoured areas of marginal VFR (blue) and IFR
conditions (red). A two-panel chart is also provided that presents the 12 and 24 hour
forecasts in the same image.
Convective Outlooks - The convective
outlooks issued by forecasters at the Storm
Prediction Center (SPC) provide an
overview of areas that may experience
thunderstorms over the next eight days
with emphasis on the location of severe
convection. Included in this collection are
the latest severe thunderstorm (blue) and
tornado (red) watch areas along with
categorical and probabilistic forecasts for
Day 1 (today), Day 2 (tomorrow), Day 3 (the
day after tomorrow) and a categorical forecast for severe thunderstorms only for Day
4 through Day 8. Colored contours are shown to depict the threat risk of severe
thunderstorms as shown in the legend below. Additionally for Day 1, a probabilistic
forecast for tornadoes, large and damaging hail and strong and gusty winds is
included.
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Convective Forecast - The
Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)
Convective Forecast Planning (CCFP)
guidance is a graphical representation of
convection meeting specific criteria of
coverage, intensity, echo height, and
confidence. CCFP graphics are produced
every two hours and is valid at 2-, 4-, 6-, and
8-hours after issuance time. This forecast is
generated automatically and does not use
the same criteria as is used for issuing convective SIGMETs. Hatched contours include
sparse coverage-low confidence, sparse coverage-high confidence and medium
coverage-high confidence. A forecast for echo tops is also included. Keep in mind
this is not a maximum tops forecast. This is best used for strategic planning purposes
for aircraft making longer flights at altitudes above FL250.
Extended Convective Forecast- The Extended CDM Convective Forecast Planning
(CCFP) planning tool is a graphical representation of the forecast probability of
thunderstorms. This forecast is automatically generated and identifies where
thunderstorms are likely over the next 78 hours. It is important to note that this is not
a precipitation forecast. Areas outside of the shaded contours could contain areas of
precipitation that are not as likely to be convective. Contours are shaded on based on
convective probability as shown in the legend below.
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GFS MOS
GFS MOS Ceiling Forecast - Provides a
categorical forecast for cloud base heights
that are expected to be overcast or broken
based on a forecast from the Global
Forecast System (GFS) Model Output
Statistics (MOS). Categories shown are very
low IFR (brown), low IFR (dark yellow), IFR
(bright yellow), marginal VFR (bright green),
VFR (medium and dark green) and clear
below 12,000 feet (black). Forecasts are
provided at three hour intervals out to 84
hours. GFS MOS Visibility Forecast - Provides a categorical forecast for prevailing
ground visibility based on a forecast from the Global Forecast System (GFS) Model
Output Statistics (MOS). Categories shown are very low IFR (brown), low IFR (dark
yellow), IFR (bright yellow and bright green), marginal VFR (medium green), six
statute miles (dark green) and greater than six statute miles (black). Forecasts are
provided at three hour intervals out to 84 hours. ADVISORIES
Graphical AIRMETs - Also known as GAIRMETs, Graphical AIRMETs provide a
graphical representation of en route
advisories for adverse weather including IFR
conditions and mountain obscuration,
turbulence, icing and freezing level.
Graphical AIRMETs are issued by the same
forecasters at the Aviation Weather Center
(AWC) that issue the legacy AIRMET and
Area Forecast (FA). Forecasts are issued four
times daily at 0245Z, 0845Z, 1445Z and
2045Z. Graphical are amended as necessary. Unlike the legacy AIRMET that is valid
over a six hour period with a six hour outlook, the Graphical AIRMET consists of five
snapshots valid at three hour intervals out to twelve hours. The first three Graphical
AIRMET snapshots including the Initial, 3 HR and 6 HR make up the same area as
included in the legacy AIRMET.
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SIGMETs - These en route advisories are
issued on an as-needed basis by forecasters
at the Aviation Weather Center (AWC). They
include advisories for convection, nonconvective severe or extreme turbulence,
non-convective severe icing, dust storms
and sandstorms lowering visibility to below
3 miles and volcanic ash. When issued,
these advisories are valid for a four hour
period.
WINDS ALOFT
The winds aloft section provides twodimensional graphics of winds at a
multitude of altitudes from the initial time
(analysis) with a lead time out to 48 hours.
Standard wind barbs (direction and speed)
are shown on each chart with the highest
winds color contoured in knots using the
legend at the bottom of the chart.
ICING
Lowest Freezing Level - Updated
hourly, this includes both an analysis and
forecast of the height of the lowest freezing
level through the next 18 hours. The lowest
freezing level is depicted at 2,000 ft
increments in hundreds of feet above mean
sea level (MSL) using the color scale at the
bottom of the chart. Areas depicted in
white consist of regions where the entire
temperature profile above the surface is
below 0 degrees Celsius. Hatched or
stippled areas imply there are multiple freezing levels with the color presented in the
hatched areas being the lowest of the multiple freezing levels.
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Icing Probability Analysis (CIP) - The
Current Icing Product (CIP) combines a
Rapid Refresh model forecast with the
latest surface observations, visible and IR
satellite, NEXRAD, lightning as well as pilot
icing weather reports to describe an hourly,
three-dimensional analysis of the icing
environment using a calibrated probability.
Probabilities are shown as percentages
using the scale below. A new CIP analysis is
generated hourly every 2,000 feet for
altitudes from 1,000 feet MSL to FL290. Also
a Maximum Icing Probability analysis is
provided that is a composite of the
maximum probability of all altitudes up to and including FL300. The hourly analysis
becomes available about 20 minutes past each hour. Note that this is not a forecast,
but a peek in to the recent past.
Icing Severity Analysis (CIP) - The
Current Icing Product (CIP) combines a
Rapid Refresh model forecast with the
latest surface observations, visible and IR
satellite, NEXRAD, lightning as well as pilot
icing weather reports to describe an hourly,
three-dimensional analysis of the icing
environment using icing intensities. CIP
Severity encompasses five categories
represented by shades of blue to include
trace, light, moderate and heavy as shown
in the legend below. Additionally, overlaid
on the severity chart is an analysis of the
Supercooled Large Drop (SLD) potential
shown in red hatching. A new CIP analysis is
generated hourly every 2,000 feet for altitudes from 1,000 feet MSL to FL290. Also a
Maximum Icing Severity analysis is provided that is a composite of the maximum
intensity for all altitudes up to and including FL300. The hourly analysis becomes
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available about 20 minutes past each hour. Note that this is not a forecast, but a peek
in to the recent past.
Masked Icing Severity > 25% (CIP) - The
Current Icing Product (CIP) masked severity
combines the CIP Probability and CIP Severity
analyses. Shown in shades of blue are icing
intensities with probabilities greater than 25
percent. Icing intensities in areas with less than or
equal to 25 percent probability are masked and
show up as light gray as shown in the legend
below. This allows pilots to visualize the
intensities for the icing environment with the
highest probability. Note that Supercooled Large
Drop (SLD) potential is not shown on this analysis.
Masked Icing Severity > 50% (CIP) - The
Current Icing Product (CIP) masked severity
combines the CIP Probability and CIP Severity
analyses. Shown in shades of blue are icing
intensities with probabilities greater than 50
percent. Icing intensities in areas with less than or
equal to 50 percent probability are masked and
show up as light gray as shown in the legend
below. Note that Supercooled Large Drop (SLD)
potential is not shown on this analysis.
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2, 3 and 6 HR Icing Severity Forecast - The Forecast Icing Product (FIP) uses the
Rapid Refresh model forecast to describe a
three-dimensional forecast of the icing
environment using icing intensities. FIP
Severity encompasses five categories
represented by shades of blue to include
trace, light, moderate and heavy as shown
in the legend below. Additionally, overlaid
on the severity chart is a forecast of the
Supercooled Large Drop (SLD) potential
shown in red hatching. Forecasts are
provide for 2, 3 and 6 hours.
TURBULENCE
Graphical Turbulence Guidance - The
Graphical Turbulence Guidance (GTG-3)
includes an analysis and forecast for both
clear air turbulence (CAT) and mountain
wave turbulence (MTW), as well as an (All)
section that combines them, with a new
forecast updated every hour. The GTG
includes turbulence from 1,000’ to FL450
with a vertical resolution of 2,000’.
Turbulence is measured in eddy dissipation
rate (EDR), which is an objective measure of
atmospheric energy dissipation, with larger
numbers indicating a more turbulent
atmosphere.
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SATELLITE
Visible - The satellite imagery contains
national and regional satellite images from
the GOES-15 (West) and GOES-13 (East)
satellites. These images are updated every
15 minutes. On the visible images clouds
and snow appear bright white, but oceans,
lakes and trees are much dimmer. After the
sun has set and before the sun has risen,
these images will be totally black leaving
just the geopolitical boundaries.
Infrared - The infrared satellite is a
colorized depiction of temperature in
degrees Celsius and is available during both
the daytime and nighttime hours. The data
measured by the satellite are calibrated and
colorized according to this temperature
with red shades representing warmer
temperatures and blue shades representing
cooler temperatures. Typically the
temperature of the atmosphere decreases
with increasing height. Therefore, using this
depiction can give you an idea of which clouds are high-level and which are low-level
based on the cloud top temperature. Keep in mind that with low-topped clouds near
the surface, the temperature of the cloud tops can be actually a warmer than the
temperature of the surface. Therefore, this depicts the temperature of the surface of
the earth during clear skies or the temperature of the cloud tops. Additionally, cloud top temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius and warmer are
typically dominated by liquid water. So temperatures that are in the range of yellow,
pale green and sometimes light blue imply the potential for supercooled liquid water
to exist in the clouds below, representing a significant airframe icing hazard.
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DOPPLER RADAR
The Doppler radar static images and
loops are regional/sector depictions of the
national NEXRAD mosaic built from the
lowest elevation angle base reflectivity
data. Looped images are 10 minutes apart
over the most recent one hour period. The
reflectivity presented on these images has
limited filtering to remove nonprecipitation returns. As a result, during the
early morning and overnight hours, it is
quite common to see a significant amount
of ground clutter and anomalous propagation depicted on these images and loops.
Also included is the national radar summary chart. This chart is created from what
is called the Radar Coded Messages (RCMs). The RCM reflectivity data has spatial
resolution of about 12 km and is updated every 30 minutes. The numbers on this
image represent the maximum tops for each radar's area of coverage. Please note
that some of the tops reported on this graphic are often erroneous.
PILOT WEATHER REPORTS
This includes the most recent pilot
weather reports (PIREPs) of icing,
turbulence and sky and weather over the
conterminous U.S. using standard
symbology. National and regional views are
available for each of these three pilot
weather report categories.
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VIEWING AN IMAGE
View a image full screen by tapping on its thumbnail. View a list of recentlyviewed images by tapping the Recents button
. The full screen view supports all
the standard zoom and pan gestures, as well as rotation.
Dismiss the full screen image by tapping the Close button at the top left.
Tap the star at the top right to add the current image as a favorite.
USING FAVORITE IMAGES
View all favorite images by tapping the double star
tool bar above the thumbnail images area.
button in the dark blue
Tap an image in the list to view it full screen.
The favorites list can be re-ordered by tapping the Edit button. Once in Edit
mode, a three-bar icon is displayed to the right of each image in the list. Tap-andhold on the three bar icon until the image row appears to lift up, then drag the row to
the desired location in the list.
Delete an image from the favorites list using swipe-to-delete. Or, tap the Edit
button and then the red circle icon beside the image. Then, tap the Delete button.
SEND TO
Tap the Send To button
in the bottom-right corner while viewing an image to
save, email, or copy the image to your device’s clipboard. Saving the image adds it to
your device’s Photos app so you can view it offline.
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File & Brief
ABOUT THE DESIGN
The File & Brief view of ForeFlight Mobile provides a quick way to enter details
about a flight to depart 10 minutes from now or days in advance. The fields in the
flight plan form correspond to the standard paper form, with the added ability to
specify an email address to which a filing confirmation and briefing will be sent.
Flight plans list
Sort selector
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Send-to (Maps/Copy/Logbook)
New Flight plan
Brief
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BEFORE CREATING A NEW FLIGHT PLAN
You can use ForeFlight Mobile to file most flight plans with Lockheed Martin
Flight Service (LMFS) or DUATS. Canadian VFR ICAO flight plans are sent directly from
ForeFlight to Canadian flight services. Available flight plan types for each service are
shown below:
Lockheed
Martin Flight
Service
DUATS
ForeFlight
FAA/Domestic VFR
YES
YES
NO
FAA/Domestic IFR
YES
YES
NO
FAA/Domestic VFR (DC SFRA)
YES
YES
NO
ICAO VFR in US
YES
NO
NO
ICAO IFR in US
YES
NO
NO
ICAO VFR (DC SFRA)
YES
ICAO IFR in Canada, Mexico, & to/
from US
YES
NO
NO
ICAO VFR outside of US, except
Canada
YES
NO
NO
ICAO VFR from US to Canada
YES
NO
NO
ICAO VFR from Canada to US
NO
NO
YES
ICAO VFR in Canada
NO
NO
YES
Flight Plan Type
To file a flight plan with LMFS, sign out of your DUATS account on the More >
Accounts page. NOTE: All non-Canadian ICAO flight plans are filed directly with LMFS
even if you have entered DUATS credentials.
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The following actions are available on the File & Brief page in ForeFlight Mobile
when filing a flight plan with Lockheed Martin Flight Service:
Flight plan type (filing with LMFS)
Action
IFR - Filed
VFR - Filed
VFR - Active
File
ETD
ETD
n/a
Amend
ETD -30 minutes
ETD +2 hours*
Until closed*
Cancel
ETD -30 minutes
ETD +2 hours
n/a
Activate
n/a
ETD +2 hours
n/a
Close
n/a
n/a
Until closed
* ETD cannot be changed. If the ETA needs to be changed, amend the ETE.
IMPORTANT: VFR Flight Plans are only used for Search & Rescue purposes and are
not sent to Air Traffic Control.
Flight plans can be filed with LMFS up to 27 days prior to departure. Flight plans
filed with LMFS are released to ATC approximately 3 hours prior to your ETD.
Flight plans filed with DUATS can be filed up to 24 hours prior to departure. Flight
plans filed with DUATS cannot be Activated, Closed, Amended or Cancelled inside of
ForeFlight Mobile. However if your flight departs more than 2 hours in the future, you
can sign-in to your DUATS account at www.duats.com to Amend or Cancel the plan.
NOTE: As of October 2014, pilots calling Flight Service to activate a VFR flight plan
filed using ForeFlight (as well as other electronic tools) may still be asked for their
pilot information, even though that information was transmitted by ForeFlight when
the plan was filed. This may be especially prevalent for VFR flight plans filed in Alaska.
CREATING A NEW FLIGHT PLAN
Flight plans can be created in three ways: From a route created in the Maps view,
or by tapping the New or Copy button on the File & Brief page.
Map: As discussed in the Maps section of this guide, a new flight plan form can be
started from a map-based route by tapping the Send To button on the Navigation
Log and choosing File & Brief. The flight plan form will be filled in according to the
route details (including speeds, times and fuel burn) and last-filed values as in a new
plan.
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New: To create a new flight plan form from scratch, tap File & Brief button at the
bottom-right, then tap the New Flight Plan button in the upper-right corner. This
displays a new flight plan form and automatically fills in some details by using the
last filed values such as pilot name, phone number, and aircraft. The majority of the
fields will be blank.
Send To: To use a previous flight plan form as a template for a new one, select
the desired plan form from the list and press the Send To button in the lower-left of
the plan and choose Copy. This creates a new flight plan form and fills in all details
based on the selected plan with an updated departure time; any fields can be
changed as needed.
Tapping the Send To button on the File & Brief page and choosing Maps will
display the current flight plan on the Maps page. Use this option if you edit the route
or altitude on plan on the File & Briefs page. Changes made on the Maps page are not
automatically reflected in the plan on the FIle & Brief page, so if you make changes
you will need to tap the Send To button on the Navigation Log and choose File &
Brief to start a new plan with the updated details.
CHOOSING BETWEEN FAA/DOMESTIC AND ICAO FLIGHT PLANS
ICAO flight plans are required when:
1) The flight will enter international airspace, including Oceanic airspace
controlled by FAA facilities.
2) The flight expects routing or separation based on Performance Based
Navigation (PBN), e.g., RNAV SIDs and STARs
3) The flight will enter Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) airspace, e.g.,
FL290 or above.
4) The flight expects services based on ADS-B.
Flights that remain wholly within domestic United States airspace and do not
meet any of the 4 criteria listed above can still use a FAA/Domestic flight plan.
So if you are filing a regular VFR, IFR, or non RVSM flight-level IFR flight plan, you
can file using the FAA/Domestic flight plan. If you're planning to file for a GPS T-route
or Q-route or to fly a GPS approach at your destination, then you can still file using
the FAA/Domestic flight plan.
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CREATING AN FAA/DOMESTIC FLIGHT PLAN
The majority of the flight plan form has the same usage as the corresponding field
on the paper form. A few items are described below in greater detail.
In the Flight Rules section at the top, the options are VFR, IFR and VFR (DC SFRA).
When VFR (DC SFRA) is selected, you 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 enter + REQ PTTN in your
remarks.
ForeFlight Mobile can store profiles for your aircraft. In the Aircraft section, the
aircraft used for the most recently filed flight plan will be chosen by default.
Tap the Aircraft field to edit or change the aircraft. To change the selected aircraft
for the current flight, tap on the appropriate tail number in the list of aircraft. New
aircraft can also be created. See the Aircraft section of this guide for more details.
You can add a call sign to your flight plan by entering it in the Call Sign (Optional)
field. When a flight plan is filed under a call sign, the call sign is transmitted to ATC in
place of the aircraft’s tail number, and the tail number is copied to the flight plan’s
remarks so as to be available to ATC. If no call sign is entered the flight plan will be
filed under the aircraft’s tail number.
The Route entry in the Enroute section can be as simple as DIRECT (leave blank for
DIRECT routing) or as complex as you like, but note that the departure and
destination airports are specified separately and thus should not be entered in the
Enroute field.
All required fields are marked as such. Your email address is required for receiving
a filing confirmation and a copy of the briefing for your flight. This email address is
independent of your ForeFlight account, and you can change it at any time. If you
enter a different email address than your ForeFlight account, briefings and flight plan
emails will be sent to both addresses.
CREATING AN ICAO FLIGHT PLAN
For details about creating an ICAO flight plan and entering the ICAO-specific
aircraft information in More > Aircraft, refer to “Filing with ForeFlight” available in
the Document catalog under ForeFlight.
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OBTAINING A WEATHER BRIEFING
This section pertains to the old text briefing. To read about the new, graphical
briefing, see ForeFlight Briefing.
After defining your flight details, you can receive a weather briefing by tapping
the Brief button at the bottom right. ForeFlight will request the briefing from
Lockheed Martin Flight Service (or from DUATS if you entered your information on
the More > Accounts > Account Logins) and present the briefing as a collection of
logical sections.
Sections listed in bold have content for you to review; plain sections are empty.
Once you have selected a section, you can use the left and right arrows at the top
right to skip to the previous or next section, respectively.
Tapping the top left button (labeled with the origin and destination) takes you
back to the briefing section list. Tap File & Brief at the top left to return to the flight
plan form.
Briefings are stored on the iPad. To show a previous briefing, tap the Briefing
button again when viewing the previously briefed flight plan.
Existing briefings can be refreshed to show the latest data. Select the desired plan
form from the list at the left, tap the Brief button at the bottom right, and tap the
Refresh button at the bottom left of the briefing segment list to refresh the briefing.
Briefings can only be obtained or refreshed when an active network connection is
available.
FILING YOUR FLIGHT PLAN (FAA/DOMESTIC OR ICAO)
Once your flight plan form is complete, you can file it using the File button at the
bottom right of the form and confirming the action by pressing the File button on
the pop-up. An active ForeFlight subscription is required to file a flight plan.
The flight plan will either be accepted and you will be notified of a successful file,
or it will be rejected and ForeFlight Mobile will identify the error reported by LMFS or
DUATS. If rejected, you can correct the error and re-file.
Once a flight plan has been filed, it will no longer be editable, but it can be
Amended. To create a new flight plan form from the filed plan, tap the Send To
button
and choose Copy.
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FLIGHT PLAN ACKNOWLEDGMENT NOTIFICATION
After you file your flight plan with LMFS you should receive two notifications, by
email and if you have Push Notifications turned ON, directly on the device that was
used to file the plan. First that device will receive a “Filing Succeeded” message,
indicating that the plan was successfully filed with LMFS.
After LMFS transmits the plan to ATC (at ETD -3 hours, or immediately if your ETD
is within 3 hours) and ATC acknowledges receipt of the plan, that device will receive a
“ForeFlight Notification”.
Under certain circumstances ForeFlight may not receive the ATC notification from
LMFS; in that case, the device that filed the plan will receive a message, “ForeFlight
has not yet received a notification from Flight Services indicating that ATC has
acknowledged your upcoming flight from KXXX to KZZZ (N9999). Please contact
Flight Services at 1-800-WX-BRIEF to check the status of your flight plan.”
FLIGHT NOTIFICATIONS
After filing your flight plan via Lockheed Martin Flight Service, two hours prior to
your scheduled departure time ForeFlight will begin monitoring your route of flight
and providing weather and other alerts relevant to your filed flight plans (requires an
active Internet connection, and ForeFlight Pro or Pro Plus subscription).
ForeFlight notifies you if there are updates to: TFRs, airport/runway closed/unsafe
NOTAMs, urgent PIREPs, SIGMETs, Convective SIGMETs, AIRMETs, Center Weather
Advisories (CWAs), and Severe Weather Watches/Warnings that affect your filed route.
To activate the Flight Notifications, Sync
must be ON. Then before filing the plan you
must scroll down to the bottom of the
flight plan on the File & Brief page and
move the Flight Notifications switch to ON.
NOTE: The Flight Notification state (ON
or OFF) is retained between flight plans.
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Once you file a flight plan, ForeFlight will notify you of any new conditions via a
red badge (showing the number of Notifications) on the File & Brief tab, and via text
on the Flight plan listing on the left side of the File & Brief page.
Select the Flight Plan in the left column, then tap the “View Alerts” button at the
top of the flight plan to view a summary of the alerts. A thumbnail of each alert’s
graphic is shown to the left of the alert.
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Tap an individual alert to view all details, including the full-size graphic. Tap the
“Mark All As Read” button to remove the badge on the File & Brief tab.
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AMENDING OR CANCELING A LMFS FLIGHT PLAN
After you have filed a flight plan with LMFS, tap the “Amend” button at the
bottom of the File & Brief page to make changes to the plan.
Once you have made your changes, tap the “File Changes” button to file the
amended plan, or tap “Discard Changes” if you don’t want to make changes to the
plan.
To cancel a plan, tap the red “Cancel” button.
IFR flight plans can be amended or canceled until 30 minutes before the filed ETD.
VFR flight plans can be amended or cancelled up to 2 hours after the filed ETD.
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ACTIVATING OR CLOSING A LMFS VFR FLIGHT PLAN
Once you have filed a VFR flight plan with LMFS and you are ready to depart, tap
the “Activate” button on the File & Brief page to view the confirmation dialog. This
lets your know the departure time that will be logged with Flight Services, as well as
your ETA based on your ETE and the activation time.
To activate the flight plan directly with Lockheed Martin Flight Service, which is
equivalent to calling Flight Service to activate a VFR plan, tap “Yes”.
VFR flight plans must be activated within 2 hours of the filed ETD. If it is more than
2 hours after the filed ETD, you must re-file the flight plan with a revised ETD.
After your VFR plan is activated, the “Close” button will be displayed for that plan.
Active VFR plans can only be closed in ForeFlight Mobile if 1) the plan was Filed and
Activated using ForeFlight Mobile, and 2) your device is connected to the Internet.
IMPORTANT: After you land, or if you decide to cancel the flight after activating,
be sure to tap “Close” to close the activated flight plan using ForeFlight Mobile, or
call Flight Service to close the activated flight plan.
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CLOSE VFR FLIGHT PLAN “PUSH” ALERTS
If you activated a VFR flight plan using ForeFlight Mobile and have not closed the
plan 20 minutes after your calculated ETA (Departure time + ETE), ForeFlight will send
a “push” notification to your devices reminding you to close your flight plan. You can
close the plan using the “Close” button on the File & Brief page, or by calling 1-800WX-BRIEF.
If the plan still has not been closed 30 minutes after your calculated ETA
(Departure time + ETA) LMFS will send ForeFlight an “OVERDUE” status update, and
ForeFlight will then send another “push” notification to your devices reminding you
to close your flight plan immediately.
AMENDING OR CANCELING A DUATS FLIGHT PLAN
Once a DUATS flight plan has been filed using ForeFlight Mobile, it cannot be
Amended, Cancelled or Closed using ForeFlight Mobile. However if you have entered
your own DUATS sign-in credentials in ForeFlight Mobile at More > Accounts AND
the flight departs in more than 2 hours, you can modify or cancel the flight plan by
signing-in to your DUATS account at www.duats.com.
MANAGING FLIGHT PLAN FORMS
When viewing the listing of flight plan forms, you may wish to remove some to
keep the length of the list under control. To remove a flight plan form, swipe your
finger from right to left across the entry, then tap the red “Delete” button. This will
not close or cancel a filed plan, but will remove its details from ForeFlight Mobile.
FLIGHT ALERTS
Flight Alerts (IFR flight plans only, requires a ForeFlight Pro or Pro Plus
subscription) notify you when ATC issues an expected route for an IFR flight plan
filed using ForeFlight Mobile.
When updated expected route information
becomes available from ATC, ForeFlight’s servers
send a notification of that route information
directly to your devices. ForeFlight also sends you
a message if our servers do not receive an expected route for your flight from ATC.
ForeFlight’s servers also send you an email with the expected route.
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NOTE: if you are a member of a multi-pilot account, the notification is sent only to
the device that filed the flight plan.
Swipe Down to display
You can also view Expected Route Flight Alerts in the iOS Notification Center,
which is accessed by swiping down from very top of the screen with a single finger.
When you tap on the notification or the link in the
email, a pop-up containing the expected route appears on
the screen. Tap Yes to load the route into the NavLog.
When the expected route is loaded, the flight plan form
(on File & Brief) is updated with the expected route and a
link to FlightAware for flight tracking.
IMPORTANT: ForeFlight cannot parse Expected Routes that do not originate at a
Fix (e.g., “Radar Vectors to V17...”). If your Expected Route doesn’t originate at a Fix,
ForeFlight plots a route “direct-to” the next Fix on the route. The “direct-to” route
may differ significantly from the instructions you will be given by ATC. After loading
an Expected Route, verify that all legs are displayed correctly and be prepared to
follow ATC instructions for legs not originating at a Fix (e.g., “Radar Vectors to V17...”)
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ForeFlight Briefing
ABOUT THE DESIGN
ForeFlight Briefing provides a graphical and translated weather briefing in place
of the older wall-of-text briefing. The information it presents is the same as the text
briefing and comes from the same source (Lockheed Martin Flight Services), but the
layout and navigation have been overhauled to improve readability and ease of
comprehension. You can enable or disable ForeFlight Briefing in More > Settings >
File & Brief.
Menu
Advisory list
Briefing refresh
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NAVIGATING THE BRIEFING
ForeFlight Briefing is organized into sections
that can be accessed by tapping the Menu button
in the upper-left corner of the screen, or by
swiping right. This opens a sidebar with a
summary of the briefing at the top, followed by
the list of sections. Sections with a carat next to
them contain subsections which can be accessed
by tapping the section to expand it. Tapping on a
section with no subsections will take you to that
page of the briefing. Orange dots indicate that a
section (or one of its subsections) has not been
viewed. Swipe left or tap the “X” button next to
the sidebar to hide the menu.
At the bottom or bottom left of each page is
the “Next” button, which shows what the next
page in the briefing is. Tap it to move to the next
page, or tap the smaller “Back” button to its left
to move back one page.
TRANSLATED TEXT VS RAW TEXT
Most pages in the briefing allow you to view both the raw text of the briefing and
the translation of that text. On split-screen pages like those in the Adverse Conditions
section or the Synopsis page, you can view the raw text by tapping “Show Raw Text”
at the bottom of the right column. On full-screen pages like the METARs, TAFs, or
NOTAMs pages, a “Plain Text” slider at the top right of
the page allows you to toggle the text between raw and
translated. The position of this slider is retained between
pages in the same briefing.
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BRIEFING SECTIONS
Adverse Conditions
The Adverse Conditions section includes important safety advisories such as TFRs,
closed/unsafe NOTAMs, and AIRMETs and SIGMETs.
These pages are laid out in a split-screen view: on the left is a list of selectable
advisories with basic information about each, and on the right is more detailed
information about the selected advisory, including the translated text and a map
showing the advisory against your route of flight.
The time at which the advisory is active is shown at the top, and below that is the
time interval during which you will pass the advisory. This interval is color-coded
based on how close your passing time is to the time at which the advisory is active:
Green means the advisory won’t be active during or near your passing time, Orange
means the advisory will be active near your passing time, and Red means the advisory
will be active during your passing time.
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Synopsis
The Synopsis page provides an overview of
the weather trends for each geographical area
through which your route passes. As with the
Adverse Conditions section, you can select each
area’s forecast from a list on the left, and read
the translated text of that forecast on the right.
At the top of the right column is the most recent
Surface Analysis Chart for the Continental US
published by the Hurricane Prediction Center
that day.
Current Weather
The Current Weather section includes information on current conditions along
your route.
The METARs page shows the most
recent METARs issued for the
airports along your route. At the top
of the page is a map showing your
route and colored bubbles indicating
the flight category at each airport.
The coloring system for the bubbles
is the same as what is used in the
Flight Category layer on the Maps
view.
Below the map is the list of
current METARs issued for each
airport. You can view previous
METARs issued for each airport by
tapping the clock icons next to each
flight condition bubble.
Forecasts
The Forecasts section includes information on forecasted conditions along your
route.
The Area Forecasts page is similar to the Synopsis page, but provides forecasted
weather trends for each geographical area through which your route passes. It also
includes the most recent 6 HR Prog chart at the top of the right column.
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The TAFs page
displays TAFs for every
airport that issues them
along your route. Like
the METARs page, it
includes a map at the
top showing your route
and flight categories
that correspond to the
TAFs that will be valid
for each airport during
your passing time.
Below the map is a
list of TAFs that will be
valid at or near the time
you pass each airport.
Highlighted TAFs will be valid at the time of your passing, which is shown in a box on
the left. If a TAF will be valid within an hour of your passing, but not during your
passing, the time difference between when that TAF is valid and your time of passing
is shown on the left, with an arrow pointing at the TAF. These numbers can be
positive or negative. For example, if a new TAF becomes valid 29 minutes after I pass
an airport, that time difference is shown next to the TAF, as in the screenshot above.
This feature is meant to let you know when weather might take a turn for the worse
near your passing time.
NOTAMs
The NOTAMs section includes all the NOTAMs for your flight, apart from the
closed/unsafe NOTAMs, which are found in the Adverse Conditions section.
Nearly all of these pages have the same layout, with a map showing your route at
the top and the NOTAMs below. The only exception is the Enroute Obstruction
NOTAMs page, which has a table at the top showing the total number of obstructions
along your route, and how many of them are within 500 feet, 1000 feet, or beyond
1000 feet of your filed altitude, and how many have an unknown MSL altitude.
Miscellaneous
The Miscellaneous section includes any NHC bulletins that have been issued, as
well as a page showing three days of convective outlooks issued by the Storm
Prediction Center.
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ScratchPads
ABOUT THE DESIGN
ScratchPad lets you choose from six different Scratch Pad templates to quickly
record useful information. Any changes you make to a ScratchPad are automatically
Sync’d to any other iPads signed-in to your account (ScratchPads are not currently
available on the iPhone).
OPEN A SCRATCHPAD
Tap the “+” button (upper-right) or “+ NEW SCRATCHPAD” rectangle to open the
ScratchPad template chooser, or tap an existing ScratchPad thumbnail to open it.
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SCRATCHPAD TEMPLATES
When creating a new ScratchPad page, there are six templates to choose from:
DRAW: Freehand drawing using the selected Pen type & color.
TYPE: Text ScratchPad for typing using the on-screen keyboard.
GRID: Freehand drawing with underlying grid.
CRAFT: For IFR pilots: Cleared-to, Route, Altitude, Frequency, Transponder.
ATIS: Fields for ATIS information using freehand drawing.
PIREP: Fields for required and optional PIREP information using freehand drawing.
CHANGE PEN SIZE, COLOR, OPACITY
Tap the Pen Settings button at the top-left to change the size of the pen used for
drawing on the ScratchPad. Choose the Color, Opacity and Thickness as desired.
IMPORTANT: Leave Fill Color as transparent (white background with a red slash)
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UNDO/REDO
While entering information on a ScratchPad, tap the Undo button one or more
times to undo recent changes. Tap the Redo button one or more time to redo
changes that were recently undone.
CLEAR SCRATCHPAD CONTENT
When viewing a ScratchPad, tap the Clear button near the top-right to clear all
information you have entered on the ScratchPad. A confirmation window will appear
to confirm that you really want to clear everything.
EDIT A SCRATCHPAD NAME
The default name for a ScratchPad is the date and time that the ScratchPad was
created or last edited.
Edit
Done
Tap in
thumbnail
To rename a ScratchPad, close any ScratchPad so you’re viewing the main
ScratchPad page. Tap the “Edit” button in the upper-left corner of the screen, then
tap the text you would like to edit in the blue area at the bottom of the ScratchPad.
Type the new name, then tap “Done” in the upper left corner or on the keyboard.
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REPOSITION SCRATCHPAD THUMBNAILS
To change the position of ScratchPads thumbnails, tap the “Edit” button in the
upper-left corner of the screen, then touch-hold on a ScratchPad thumbnail and drag
it to the new position. Tap “Done” when you have finished repositioning the
ScratchPad thumbnails.
SEND A SCRATCHPAD
Tap Send-To button to send a PDF copy of a ScratchPad via email or Message.
DELETE A SCRATCHPAD
From the main ScratchPads page, tap the “Edit” button (upper left) then tap the
“X” button in the upper left corner of the thumbnail of the ScratchPad you want to
delete.
IMPORTANT: ScratchPads are deleted immediately when you tap the “X”.
Or tap the “Delete All” button in the upper right to Delete All ScratchPads, then
tap the button to confirm deletion.
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More
The More view provides access to account info, application settings, aircraft, user
waypoints, and the About view. Tap the options on the left to view each of these
different sub-views.
DOWNLOADS
About the Design
The Downloads view lets you keep ForeFlight Mobile up to date with the latest
airport data, diagrams, procedures, and charts. Select the data you want to download,
then come back to the whenever new data is available. Look for the red number on
the “More” tab, and the “Downloads” view to see when new data is available. All the
data you download is available offline, whether you’re up in the air or just away from
an Internet connection.
Settings
Completed download
Pending downloads
Command buttons
Scrollable Downloads list
Delta Downloads
ForeFlight Mobile 7.0 introduced Delta Downloads, which after the first download
of “full” data for the selected geographies, automatically downloads only the changes
in following months. This provides for up to a 70% reduction in download time. Delta
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Downloads include terminal procedures, taxi charts, IFR and VFR charts, FAA A/FD,
and Canada Flight Supplement data.
Prior to ForeFlight Mobile 7.0, the app downloaded only the parts of the
seamlessly-stitched charts that were inside the borders of the states you selected in
More > Downloads > United States. The charts for the selected states then all had to
be downloaded each data cycle.
With Delta Downloads when you select a state for download in More >
Downloads, if a chart crosses a state border, then the whole of that chart will be
downloaded. For example North Dakota is covered by the Billings and Twin Cities VFR
Sectionals, so ForeFlight Mobile will now download both of those charts if you select
North Dakota.
South Dakota is also covered by the Billings and Twin Cities, as well as Cheyenne
and Omaha VFR Sectionals. So selecting South Dakota will download all 4 Sectionals.
Or if you previously had selected North Dakota, adding South Dakota will add just
Cheyenne and Omaha VFR Sectionals.
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Grouped Downloads
Delta Downloads groups downloads by state, resulting in less clutter on the
Downloads page while also allowing you to expand the states to see the individual
charts. States with a caret
the caret.
next to them can be expanded and retracted by tapping
Downloaded charts that cross states that are not “subscribed” to, such as charts
downloaded with Pack, are stored in a group called “Packed and Unselected Regions”.
This makes it easy to locate and delete these charts when they are no longer needed
and device memory is limited.
Blue arrow =
not yet
downloaded
Green check
mark =
already
downloaded
Red badge
on More tab
= number of
downloads
pending
Because charts may cross multiple state borders, the same chart may appear under
multiple state listings. In the example above, the Albuquerque Sectional is
downloaded for both New Mexico and Texas.
Select Data to Download
When you first install the app, visit Downloads and select the data you’ll need to
bring with you. In Download Settings at the top, tap on the country in which you’ll be
flying. A view will slide in with the available data types for the country listed at the
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top and an ON/OFF toggle switch next to
each one.
Decide on the appropriate data for your
type of flying and toggle it to ON. VFR pilots
will need Taxi Diagrams & A/FD and VFR
Charts, but will not need Terminal Procedures
or any IFR Charts. IFR pilots will also want
terminal procedures along with low and/or
high enroute charts.
Below the data types is a list of all regions
in the country with available data. Tap on a
region to select it - a check mark appears on
the right and the row will be highlighted in
yellow. To deselect it, tap again and the
check mark disappears and the row will no
longer be highlighted. U.S. pilots will want
to select all of the states in which they
regularly fly.
After you have finished selecting your regions, tap the <Downloads
button in the top menu bar bar to go back to Downloads.
New listings with all of the data types and regions that you selected are displayed.
For example, if you had toggled Taxi Diagrams and A/FD to ON and selected Texas and
Louisiana, you’d see a table titled Taxi Diagrams and A/FD with the Texas and
Louisiana diagrams. A blue arrow next to each region indicates that it is available to
download. A green checkmark next to each region indicates that it has been
downloaded.
If you’d like to download additional data types or choose new regions, go back
into the Download Settings at the top. Continuing our example, if you were to set
Terminal Procedures to ON and also select Oklahoma, the Downloads screen would
add Oklahoma to the list of Airport Diagrams available for download and show a new
Terminal Procedures table with Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.
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Downloading Data
Tap the blue arrow to download an individual region, or tap the blue
Download button at the bottom of the screen to start downloading all of the
data, two to four items at a time. You can stop the download at any time by
tapping the Pause button. If you stop in the middle of a download, don’t worry it will automatically resume where it left off later.
When your download has finished, you’ll see a green check mark on the right side.
When all of the downloads have completed, the blue Download button at the
bottom becomes disabled. All the data you downloaded can be used offline - you’re
now ready to fly!
Tip: if at all possible, use a Wi-Fi connection for these downloads. Downloads
over the cellular network are much slower and, depending on your mobile contract,
can result in bandwidth fees.
The new data for the next data cycle is generally made available to download 5-7
days before the effect date of the next data cycle. During that time, tapping the blue
Download button will download data for both the current data cycle and the future
data cycle.
Touch-hold on the blue Download button to choose to download only the
Current data cycle data, or only the Future data cycle data.
Downloading in the Background
Background downloading is currently available on devices running iOS 6 or later.
However iOS 6 and later may halt a batch of background downloads before they are
complete, especially if a large amount of data is being downloaded. Additionally,
downloading will automatically stop if it was started when on a WiFi connection and
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the WiFi signal is lost. A download batch that was started when on a cell-data
connection will not continue in the background.
A Notification Center alert notification will be shown on the screen once the
downloads are complete (or if they fail for any reason).
Keeping Current
New data is available every 28 days for diagrams, procedures, and VFR charts, and
every 56 days for IFR enroute charts. A few days before the current data will expire,
you’ll see a red badge with a number appear on the Downloads button. This is the
number of data downloads available for the next data cycle. When you see the red
badge, it’s time to download new data.
To download the new data, go to the Downloads view and tap the big blue
Download button at the bottom. All data you’ve selected will queue up and
download. If you don’t already have a region downloaded or it’s expired, then the
new data will be used by the app immediately. If you already have current data for
the region and you’re downloading the new data a few days in advance, ForeFlight
Mobile will save it on your device but keep using the current data.
The first time you start the app after the current data expires, the new data starts
being used and the old data is deleted. This data cycle changeover happens
automatically.
Deleting Data Downloads
All data downloads can be deleted by
tapping the Delete button at the bottom of
the Downloads view. The option is given to
delete All data or just Expired data. Expired data is deleted automatically but for
performance reasons, may not disappear immediately upon expiration. After
updating to ForeFlight Mobile 7.0 or later, you can delete older non-Map Touch
enabled charts by tapping Delete and choosing Delete Legacy Charts.
To delete an individual download, for example if a region has been downloaded
that is no longer needed, swipe-to-delete the data row. Slide your finger from right
to left across the entry you wish to remove and a red Delete button pops up. Tap on
the button to remove the download. If you never want to download data for this
region again, be sure to remove it from the list of regions that ForeFlight keeps track
of for you by unchecking it in the Download Settings view.
Deleting an individual chart that appears under multiple states will remove it from
all the states that it appears under. If a state includes charts present in other states,
swiping to delete that state will display a pop-up to choose to delete only the charts
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that are unique to that state, or to delete all of its charts including those that appear
under other states. If a state has only “unique” charts, no pop-up appears.
A Quick Tour of the Data Available for Download
✤ Airport and Nav Database is an international A/FD with over 27,000 airports
and NAVAIDS from 220 countries. This data is used in the Airports view
(frequencies, runways, hours, FBOs, etc) and in the Maps view (locations, routes,
NAVAIDS, airspaces), and includes data used in the Aeronautical data layer.
✤ Business Directory contains the information about FBOs and services at
airports.
✤ North American Obstacles are FAA-provided towers, bridges, etc. These are
shown as markers on the Map view when enabled.
✤ Worldwide Terrain is the low-resolution terrain data used to add terrain
features to the base map via the switch in Maps Settings. This map provides
global coverage and is only available if downloaded.
✤ Taxi Diagrams and A/FD contains thumbnail diagrams with FBO locations for
over 1,200 worldwide airports and taxi diagrams for U.S. airports. These are
displayed at the top of an airport in the Airports view. Additionally, A/FD pages
for that region are included. These are displayed in the lower portion of the
Airports view.
✤ Terminal procedures and approach plates for U.S. airports or Canadian
airports, viewable in the Procedures tab of an airport in the Airports view.
✤ VFR, IFR High, and IFR Low Charts (United States) contains FAA seamless
sectionals and enroute charts of the U.S. and southern Canada for use in Maps.
✤ VNC Charts (Canada) contains Nav Canada seamless VNC and VFR Terminal
Area (VTA) charts.
✤ IFR High, and IFR Low Charts (Canada) contain Nav Canada seamless enroute
charts of Canada and the Atlantic ocean.
✤ Helicopter Charts - US Helicopter charts for 9 major metro areas (downloaded
when switch is ON and containing state is selected) and US Gulf of Mexico VFR and
IFR Helicopter charts (downloaded when Gulf of Mexico is selected).
✤ High Resolution Terrain (ForeFlight Mobile Pro or Pro Plus only) contains
high-resolution terrain data used for the Terrain map layer, Hazard Advisor™, and
Synthetic Vision.
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✤ Documents are updated via this Downloads view once added to a binder in
the Documents view.
Approximately 8GB of data is available for download each month in the
continental United States, and 2GB in Alaska.
Note: It isn't necessary to have all the data downloaded to make the app function
properly. The downloads are only required for in-cockpit (or offline) use. Most pilots
will download the states they will be flying through and leave other states alone if
they are not flying there. If plans change, you can just grab the additional states in a
few minutes of downloading. Downloading all items for all states can be
unnecessarily time consuming - particularly if there are items you’re likely to only
reference when you’re on the ground with an Internet connection.
Preflight Download Check
Remember: If it’s not downloaded, you’re not going to see it in flight.
Before your flight, make sure you have the necessary data downloaded:
✤ Use the Pack feature to automatically download relevant METARs, TAFs, AIR/
SIGMETs, TFRs, Fuel prices and Airport NOTAMs.
✤ Go to Settings for your iPad and switch Airplane Mode ON. This will keep the
app from retrieving data over the Internet, simulating the condition in flight.
✤ Launch ForeFlight Mobile
✤ Tap More and then Downloads and ensure there is a green check mark next to
each region where you’ll be flying.
✤ Tap Airports and search for each airport on your route. If you’re flying IFR,
make sure there is a green “saved” mark next to each procedure.
✤ Tap Maps and search for each airport on your route. Toggle between VFR, IFR
Low, and IFR High, panning around each chart to ensure that it is downloaded
properly on your device. Make sure to zoom into the airports you will be flying to
and ensure that the charts are downloaded.
Troubleshooting Downloads
ForeFlight hosts all of the data for downloads on a network of servers located
across the United States and around the world. When you start a download, the data
comes from the server that is closest to you in order to provide fast and reliable
downloads.
Depending on the amount of data you are downloading, download time can be
considerable. If downloading all items for the USA, 8-10 GB of data will be
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downloaded. Even on a fast Wi-Fi connection, this will take a significant amount of
time.
ForeFlight strongly recommends that you only download data for regions you will
fly over or near. This will save a significant time and disk space.
Given the nature of networks and the large amount of data transferred every
month, connection errors can occur. If a download fails, the app will automatically
retry a few times. If you see a red error message on the download, that means the
retry attempts did not work and you will need to restart the download for that
particular item.
Try these troubleshooting tips:
✤ Enable Diagnostic Logs - in More > Settings, turn Enable Diagnostic Logs ON
to save a log file of your download attempt. Then try the download again. If the
download doesn’t work, make sure that your Mail client is set-up with an email
address that can send message. Then in ForeFlight Mobile, tap More > Settings
then tap the word “Settings” in the header area at the top of the page, 3 times in
quick succession. This creates a diagnostic email pre-addressed to the ForeFlight
Pilot Support Team at team@foreflight.com. Send that email along with an
explanation of your download difficulty and we will investigate.
✤ Try downloading on another network - if you’re using your home Wi-Fi, try a
download over a different Wi-Fi hotspot or, in a pinch, over 3G/4G.
✤ Update the firmware on your router - some older Wi-Fi routers are not
compatible with the iPad. Visit your manufacturer’s website to see if there is a
firmware update available.
✤ Reboot your iPad by pressing and holding the button on the top of the iPad.
A red slider appears on the screen - swipe where indicated to shut down your
device. Wait a few seconds, then press the button again to start it back up. Once
it has finished starting up, try the downloads again.
✤ Double check Download Settings to ensure the proper regions and data
types are still selected.
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ACCOUNTS
About the Design
The Accounts view shows the status of your ForeFlight subscription and allows you
to purchase a new subscription or renew your existing subscription.
If you’re setting up a new device or retiring an old one, use Accounts to sign in and
out of your ForeFlight account.
Current Plan and Expiration Date
Available Plans
NOTE: customize your plan or add a
second geographical region at
www.foreflight.com/pricing
ForeFlight & DUATS Sign-In
NOTE: DUATS sign-in only needed if
you intend not to file via Lockheed
Martin.
Viewing your Active Subscription
The table at the top of Accounts shows the status of your account. If you’re a trial
user, it shows the day you started using the app and when your trial will expire. If
you’ve already purchased a subscription, it shows the day you placed your order and
when you need to renew.
A valid subscription is required to continue using the app.
If your expiration date is not correct, then you need to sign in to your ForeFlight
account (see below). Apple does not provide us a consistent method to automatically
detect when you start using a new device, so ForeFlight Mobile won’t recognize your
subscription until you sign in. Also, subscription information can be lost in certain
upgrade, backup and restore operations of the device or application, making it
necessary to sign in.
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Purchasing or Renewing a Subscription in the United States
To purchase or renew a subscription for the US, visit www.foreflight.com/pricing
or tap on a plan:
✤ $99.99 (USD) Basic Plus - US, 1 Pilot for 1 Year
✤ $199.99 (USD) Pro Plus - US, 1 Pilot for 1 Year
The Basic Plus plan includes all the essential ForeFlight features, including VFR
sectionals and High and Low IFR Enroute charts, extensive flight planning
capabilities, flight plan filing and briefing (including ForeFlight Graphical Briefing),
aviation weather information, and more. The Basic Plus plan also includes the
Logbook and Weight & Balance features, as well as Checklist and the Aeronautical
Data layer.
The Pro Plus plan has everything that comes with the Basic Plus plan, as well as
more advanced features such as geo-referenced plates and airport diagrams, Plates
on Maps, Hazard Advisor™, flight plan notifications, route Profile View, and Cloud
Documents, which allows you to sync documents you’ve uploaded through ForeFlight
Manage to all your devices. Pro Plus includes Checklist, and also Synthetic Vision for
iPad, providing a detailed 3D terrain view. When connected to an AHRS receiver such
as the Stratus 2/2S your view includes pitch/roll.
These subscriptions do not provide access to Canadian terminal procedures or IFR
enroute charts from Nav Canada. You can add Canadian data to your plan at
www.foreflight.com/pricing.
After you tap on the plan you wish to purchase, follow instructions for entering
your email address and iTunes password. This will place an order through your
iTunes account, which will show up on your credit card like other iTunes purchases
(e.g., music or apps).
After your purchase is complete, you’ll have immediate access to the app and all
data downloads. You’ll also receive an email with your new ForeFlight Account
password, and an email from Apple with your iTunes receipt.
If you have trouble placing an order due to a slow network connection or a
“jailbroken” device, you can purchase a subscription online at www.foreflight.com/
pricing.
If you’d like to place an order for multiple iPads, please visit www.foreflight.com/
pricing or send an email to sales@foreflight.com.
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Purchasing or Renewing a Subscription in Canada
To purchase or renew a subscription for Canada, visit www.foreflight.com/pricing
or tap on a plan:
✤ $99.99 (USD) Basic Plus - Canada, 1 Pilot for 1 Year
✤ $199.99 (USD) Pro Plus - Canada, 1 Pilot for 1 Year
These plans have all the same features as their respective US plans, with the
exception that Canadian aeronautical products from Nav Canada are provided in
place of US data. These include monthly data updates to download terminal
procedures from the Canada Air Pilot (CAP), Canadian IFR low and High enroute
charts, and Canadian VNC & VTR charts and Canadian Flight Supplement (CFS).
Canadian subscriptions do not provide access to US plates, sectionals, or enroute
charts. You can add US data to your plan at www.foreflight.com/pricing. Note: If you
purchase Synthetic Vision it applies to all geographies on your subscription plan.
Signing In to your ForeFlight Account
After you purchase a subscription, you are automatically signed in on that iPad or
iPhone.
To use your subscription on a new device, you’ll need to sign in to your ForeFlight
Account inside the application:
✤ Tap the “More” tab at the bottom, then “Accounts” in the left side list
✤ In the Account Logins section, tap ForeFlight
✤ Enter your email and password for your ForeFlight account. (Your autogenerated password was emailed to you when you originally placed your order.)
If you can’t find your password, enter the email address that you originally used to
purchase your subscription and tap the Forgot Password button. An email will be
sent to you with your password.
Signing Out of your ForeFlight Account
When you’re ready to retire your old iPhone or iPad and won’t be using it
anymore, remember to sign out of your ForeFlight Account on that device:
✤ Tap the “More” option at the bottom, then “Accounts” in the left side list
✤ In the Account Logins section, tap ForeFlight
✤ Tap Sign Out at the bottom and confirm.
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This will “unhook” the device from your account. Afterwards, we recommend
deleting the app from your device to free up space if you don’t plan to use the app on
that device again. Tap-and-hold on the ForeFlight icon until it starts to wiggle, then
tap the “X” button displayed on the top-left corner of the icon.
Changing your Password or Email
To change your password or email address inside the app:
✤ In the Account Logins table at the bottom, tap ForeFlight
✤ A screen is displayed with your email address and password. Tap Change
Password or Change Email at the bottom.
✤ Follow the on-screen instructions for changing your password or email.
You can also use the ForeFlight Manage website to change your email, password,
and manage which devices are associated with your account. ForeFlight Manage is
available at: www.foreflight.com/manage.
Removing Devices from your Account
If you are signed in to your ForeFlight account on other devices, they will be
shown on the Accounts view under “Also Signed In On”. You can remove a device
from your account, which is the same as signing out of your account on that device,
by tapping the red Remove button and entering your ForeFlight credentials.
Providing a DUATS Account
A CSC DUATS account can also be optionally provided by tapping the DUATS
option at the bottom of the Accounts view. When your DUATS account is set, the File
& Brief view will use it when filing or briefing flight plans.
When your CSC DUATS account is not provided and you select the “FAA/Domestic”
flight plan option, ForeFlight Mobile will automatically use the ForeFlight corporate
DUATS account. If you select the “ICAO” flight plan option, ForeFlight Mobile will file
the plan with Lockheed Martin Flight Service.
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Signing Out of your DUATS Account
If you are signed-in to a CSC DUATS account but would like your flight plans to be
filed with Lockheed Martin Flight Service, you first need to sign out of your CSC
DUATS account. Tap More > Accounts then tap on your CSC DUATS number.
On the next page, tap the red “Sign Out” button.
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AIRCRAFT
NOTE: For creating and editing aircraft profiles in ForeFlight Logbook, please refer
to the Logbook in ForeFlight Mobile guide in Documents > Catalog > ForeFlight, or
at www.foreflight.com/support.
Create or Edit Aircraft Profile
Create a new Aircraft profile on the More > Aircraft tab, by tapping the “+” button
to create a new Aircraft profile from scratch, or by tapping the “i” to the far right of an
existing aircraft profile and copying that profile by tapping the “Copy” button in the
upper right.
Edit an Aircraft profile by tapping the “i” to the far right of an existing Aircraft
profile.
Scroll down in the Aircraft pop-up and tap each item to enter your aircraft’s
information.
IMPORTANT: Do not tap outside of the pop-up, or the information you have
entered will be lost.
The aircraft performance sections include Ground Performance for your aircraft’s
taxi/take-off fuel burn, as well as Climb, Cruise and Descent Performance sections.
All performance numbers use the units selected at the bottom of the Aircraft pop-up.
Any performance numbers you enter are used in NavLog on the Maps view to more
accurately calculate your time en-route and fuel burn. In the Glide Performance
section, enter your aircraft’s Best Glide Speed, and Best Glide Ratio. For the Best Glide
Ratio, enter the part before the :1. eg: For a ratio of 7.8:1, enter only “7.8”. Tap Done
when the Aircraft profile is complete.
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Tap an aircraft's row to set it as the default aircraft. It will then be used to provide
flight performance characteristics in route planning when those details are not
specified (see Maps section of this guide).
Delete Aircraft Profile
To delete an aircraft profile, swipe your finger over it from right to left, then tap
the red Delete button.
SWIPE
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LOGBOOK
The Logbook feature lets you track your hours, currency, ratings, endorsements,
medical certificates, and more across all your devices. It is included in the Basic Plus
and Pro Plus subscription plans, and as an add-on for other plans.
Your current logbook can be imported from ForeFlight Web for easy transfer of
data, and new entries can be entered manually, or automatically if Track Log autostart/-stop is enabled.
Aircraft can be copied directly from your current aircraft profiles, and people can
be copied from your contacts and assigned various roles for each flight, including SIC,
instructor, student, and more. An endorsement feature allows instructors to sign off
on a student’s progress with a digital signature.
Pilots can also export a flight experience report or FAA 8710 that can be used for
completing annual insurance forms, rental applications, job applications, and more.
Logbook is part of the ForeFlight Cloud, allowing you to make new entries and
track your currency from any device signed into your account.
For complete details, see the Logbook in ForeFlight Mobile guide in Documents
> Catalog > ForeFlight, or at www.foreflight.com/support.
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CHECKLIST
ForeFlight Checklist lets you complete a checklist with a series of taps, and also
includes easy access to Abnormal and Emergency checklists. The app includes
checklist templates for a variety of fixed-wing and select rotorcraft models, all
derived from pilot operating handbooks. The templates can be customized as needed
to fit your particular aircraft.
Checklist preserves your progress and location in a checklist if you tap away to
another part of the app, such as the Maps view, and puts you right where you left off
when you tap back into More, allowing you to seamlessly move between Checklist
and your other inflight tools.
Checklist is included with ForeFlight’s Basic Plus and Pro Plus subscription plans,
and is available as an add-on to other plans. Visit foreflight.com/pricing to upgrade
your plan level or add Checklist to an existing subscription.
Checklist Pro Migration
If you used ForeFlight’s Checklist Pro for iPhone app (on iPhone and/or iPad) and
your Checklist Pro account email address is the same as your ForeFlight Mobile
account address, your checklists were automatically migrated to ForeFlight Mobile.
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If the email address you used for the Checklist Pro account is not the same address
you use for your current ForeFlight account, please contact the Pilot Support Team at
team@foreflight.com with details about your Checklist Pro account email address,
and we will assist you with migrating your checklists to ForeFlight Mobile.
Setting Up Checklists
Tap the Plus button in the upper-right corner of
the Checklist view to set up a new checklist. You can
enter a tail number manually, or tap “Lookup Aircraft”
to select from your list of configured aircraft profiles doing so does not affect the profiles in any way, it
only copies their tail numbers. Entering a tail number
is optional, as is entering a name for the checklist, but
this can be useful if you want to identify a checklist by
more than the tail number, such as with a specific mission type.
Tap “Template” to select from a list of
preconfigured templates provided by ForeFlight.
These templates are based on the operating
handbook’s of various aircraft types and
configurations. At the bottom are some templates
not associated with any aircraft, including the
“IMSAFE” checklist for determining readiness for
flying and a “Passenger Brief” template. The
default “Basic” template includes examples of
each type of checklist component to help you
build a checklist from scratch if you don’t use any
template.
Checklists based on templates are fully
editable after being created and do not affect the
templates themselves it any way, so even if your
particular aircraft type or configuration isn’t
provided it can be helpful to start with a template
for a similar aircraft.
IMPORTANT: After creating a checklist for your
aircraft from one of the available templates,
before using the checklist you must verify that all
entries correspond to your aircraft’s POH.
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Editing Checklists
All checklists include three “groups” for organizing lists: Normal, Abnormal, and
Emergency. Apart from those three groups, every aspect of a checklist can be edited
however you like, whether it is built from scratch or copied from a template.
Every page within Checklist has an Edit button in the upper-right - tap this to edit
the contents of each page.
From the main Checklist view (where you can view all the checklists you’ve
created) you can edit the tail number, name, and
description of each checklist by tapping a checklist’s
Edit button while in Edit mode. You can also re-order
checklists by tap-holding on the far right and
dragging them up or down, and delete a checklist by
tapping the minus button on the left and then
tapping Delete. You can also delete checklists
without entering Edit mode using swipe-delete.
After tapping into a checklist, tap the Edit button
to edit either the lists or subgroups within a given
group (Normal, Abnormal, or Emergency). When
editing subgroups you can change their names, reorder them, or delete them, and add new subgroups
using the black button at the bottom of the screen.
When editing lists you can change their names,
change the group they’re in, or change the subgroup
they’re in (which is based on which group they’re in).
You can also re-order and delete lists, and add new lists using the button at the
bottom of the screen.
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Tap Edit while viewing a list to make edits to it.
Tap Edit on a check item to change its “Challenge” or
“Response”, and add optional notes that will appear
at the bottom of the check item.
Tap Edit on a detail item (used to separate check
items and provide information not associated with a
check item) to change its title and text. Create new
detail and check items using the buttons at the
bottom of the screen and delete or re-order as on the
other pages.
Using Checklists
After setting up and editing a new checklist so that it matches your POH, using it
is very straightforward.
Tap into a checklist and tap on a list to start
using it. Use the Check and Skip buttons at the
bottom of screen to check or skip check items, or
tap directly on an item to check it. When you
check an item, the empty circle on the left turns
green with a checkmark; when you skip an item,
the circle turns yellow. As you check or skip items,
the selection indicator advances down the list,
allowing you to move through an entire list using only those two buttons. You can
clear a checked or skipped item by tapping on it, allowing you to quickly check off
previously skipped items, or clear items that you want to re-check.
Once you’ve checked or skipped every item in a list, a blue Next button replaces
the Skip and Check buttons at the bottom of the screen, allowing you to jump
straight into the next list.
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Use the Reset button in the lower-left corner of a list to clear all items within that
list. The Reset button can also be used when viewing a checklist to clear every list
within that checklist. NOTE: Resetting a checklist also clears lists in other groups that
you can’t see from the group you’re in.
If you tap the Back button in the upperleft to leave a list before completing it, your
progress in that list is indicated by a circle
that fills in as you complete more of the list.
Once fully completed the list is marked
with a check.
The red Emergency button in the topright is available on every page within a
checklist for quick access. Tapping it will
place you directly into the Emergency list
group, allowing you to select and begin using one of the emergency lists.
Sharing Checklists
From the main Checklist view, tap the Send To button at the bottom of the screen.
Tap on the checklist that you want to share and tap the Share button in the upperright. Tap on a nearby iPad’s/iPhone’s name to share it with AirDrop, or tap Mail (or
another email app) to create a new email draft with the checklist’s file attached.
Checklists received via AirDrop will automatically be imported into ForeFlight
Mobile, which will open and jump to the Checklist view so you can see the new
checklist. If you receive an email with an attached checklist, tap on the attachment
and tap “Copy to ForeFlight” to import the checklist and open ForeFlight to the
Checklist view.
Checklist files can only be opened and edited within ForeFlight.
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WEIGHT & BALANCE
The Weight & Balance feature allows you to quickly determine whether your
aircraft is loaded within its envelope, an important part of every pre-flight. It is
included in the Basic Plus, Pro, and Pro Plus plans for individuals, as well as the
Business Pro plan for multi-pilot business subscribers.
The Weight & Balance feature can be used for fixed-wing aircraft that meet these
requirements:
✤ Constant weight limits (i.e., weight limits do not vary with CG)
✤ CG is in length units, not %MAC
✤ Takeoff and Landing CG limit envelopes are the same
✤ Only 1 fuel moment table (i.e., a single variable-arm fuel station)
Weight & Balance includes the SmartOptions™ interview, which uses data from
Type Certificates to allow you to answer a few questions to quickly set up your
aircraft’s W&B profile based on its tail number and the empty weight, moment, and
CG from the POH.
The SmartOptions™ interview is
available for many popular Cessna, Cirrus,
Diamond, Mooney, and Piper aircraft.
Once your aircraft’s W&B profile is setup, you can quickly create a Loading
Summary for each flight, and you can share
the profile and a PDF copy of the Loading
Summary via email. W&B profiles are
automatically synced between your devices
when Synchronize User Data is enabled in
More > Settings.
For full details, see the Weight &
Balance in ForeFlight Mobile guide in
Documents > Catalog > ForeFlight, or at
www.foreflight.com/support.
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SETTINGS
ForeFlight Mobile supports a variety of settings to let you customize how you like
to use and view your data. Settings are changed in the More view or the main
Settings application on the iPad.
All settings will be reset to their default values if you uninstall ForeFlight Mobile.
✤ Brightness Slider - integrates with the iPad’s brightness slider, but allows for
additional dimming if the lowest setting of the iPad’s slider is not dark enough.
✤ App Theme - sets the app’s overall color scheme to a “Light” color (same as
prior app versions) and new “Dark” color, ideal for flying at night.
Airport View
✤ Show Weather First - turn ON to show the METAR view first when viewing an
airport. Turn off to see that last-viewed data category first.
Weather View
✤ Past TAF Translations - turn ON to see expired TAF forecast time periods in
the weather view. Turn OFF to hide expired TAF forecast periods.
Route View
✤ Airway Decoding - set to Bends Only to filter out airway intersections that do
not cause a course change. VORs and NDBs will always be shown in an airway.
✤ Airway Entry/Exit - select Any Waypoint or Radio Navaids Only for auto
routing from the “Routes” button in the NavLog.
Map View
✤ Auto Center Mode - select Track Up, Track Up Forward, or North Up.
✤ Auto Center Deactivate - select from automatic (auto center mode will turn
off the instant you manually pan or zoom the map) or manual (the auto center
crosshair button must be pressed to disable auto center mode).
✤ Extended Centerlines - turn ON to see extended runway centerlines for
airports in the current route. Centerlines extend 5 NM from runway end.
✤ Distance Rings - turn ON to show 3 concentric rings centered around your
aircraft’s location, in the the style selected in Distance Rings Style.
✤ Distance Rings Style - choose between: Automatic, which changes the NM
scale of the rings as you zoom in and out on the Maps; Distance-based: 5, 10, 25
NM or 10, 20, 50 NM or 20, 40, 100 NM; or Time-based, which adjust the size of the
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rings based on groundspeed to show where your aircraft will be in: 5, 10, 30
minutes or 10, 20, 60 minutes.
✤ Track Vector - turn ON to display a vector in front of your aircraft’s icon.
✤ Track Vector Length - tap to select the length of the track vector: 15, 30, 45,
60 seconds; 2, 5, 10 minutes; 1/2, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 Nautical Miles.
✤ Profile Corridor Width - total width of the profile corridor; obstacles and
terrain within the corridor are shown in the Profile view: 1/2, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 20
Nautical Miles wide.
✤ Route Labels - turn ON to see labels on route waypoints on Map. When ON,
these labels will each hide/show to prevent overlapping with each other.
✤ Nav Log Columns - select columns to display in NavLog on Maps page: Totals
Only, Leg only or Both (default).
✤ Current Location Marker - select an image to be used on Maps view to show
your current location when in motion.
✤ Initial Map - whether the last-viewed map should be shown when the app
starts, or a different base map.
✤ Hazard Advisor - select minimum groundspeed for Hazard Advisor layer to be
active when it is selected on Maps.
✤ Hazard Altitudes - altitudes for the Red and Yellow colors in Hazard Advisor
and Profile view. First number is the altitude below the aircraft for the Red color
(also includes above current altitude), 2nd number is the altitude below the
aircraft for the Yellow color: Normal (100’/1000’); Heli - Normal (50’/300’);
Heli - Medium (25’/200’); Heli - Low (25’/100’).
✤ Map Touch Action - No Action: charts are seamlessly stitched together; Bring
chart to front: single-tap on a chart to bring it forward, covering any adjacent
overlapping charts; Bring chart to front with legends: same behavior as Bring
chart to front but also displays the frontmost chart’s legend and borders.
✤ Four-color Radar - turn ON to display radar in a low resolution, four-color
scheme that complies with dBZ-to-color mapping standards defined by the Radio
Technical Commission for Aeronautics. See Radar Legends for more information.
✤ Cockpit Sharing - turn ON to allow sharing routes between devices running
ForeFlight Mobile on the same WiFi network.
✤ Show Annotations on Map - turn ON to show plate or airport diagram
annotations when displaying a Plate or Airport Diagram on the Map.
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✤ Auto-Receive Panel Flight Plans - turn ON to automatically load new routes
received from a Garmin Connext connected panel to your NavLog. Turn OFF to
receive a notification when a new route is available and manually load it.
Plate and Document Views
✤ Lock Disables Buttons - turn ON to disable all buttons on Plates and
Documents views when lock button is bright blue in top toolbar. This will also
disable the bottom buttons that are used to change to other views like Airports,
Maps, etc.
Traffic
✤ Hide Distant Traffic (when connected to a Stratus ADS-B receiver) - turn this
ON to hide traffic more than 15NM from your current GPS location and/or more
than 3,500’ above or below your current GPS altitude.
Search and Rescue
✤ Enable Search and Rescue - turn ON to enable the SAR grid overlays and SAR
patterns (iPad only). See Search and Rescue Supplement, available in Documents
> Catalog > ForeFlight. SAR features are accessed via the Procedure Preview.
✤ SAR Waypoints as Lat/Lon (iPad only) - turn ON to display the waypoint labels
in a SAR pattern as Latitude/Longitude, instead of SAR-01, SAR-02, etc...
Pack
✤ Enable Auto-Check - turn ON to have Pack automatically check whether
downloads are needed prior to the flight. Turn OFF to only activate Pack by
tapping the Pack “suitcase” button at the bottom of the NavLog.
Track Log
✤ Enable Start/Stop Control - turn ON to show the Track Log “REC” button and
the Track Log timer in the bottom-left of the Maps view. Starting or stopping a
Track Log by tapping the REC button overrides the Track Log auto start/stop
functionality, if that setting is enabled.
✤ Enable Auto Start/Stop - turn ON to automatically record Track Logs without
tapping the REC button.
File & Brief
✤ New Plan Format - Same as Last Filed, ICAO, or FAA/Domestic: lets you choose
the default type of plan that will be created when you tap the New Flight Plan
button on the File & Brief page. An individual flight plan type can be changed
while creating the flight plan on the File & Brief page.
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✤ ForeFlight Briefing - turn ON to use ForeFlight Briefing when requesting a
weather briefing from the File & Brief view. Turn OFF to use the legacy text
briefing instead.
Taxi Diagram
✤ Auto Show Taxi - turn ON to automatically switch to the current airport’s taxi
diagram, when available, upon landing.
✤ Show Taxi on Map - turn ON to show the automatically-displayed taxi diagram
overlaid on the Maps page; turn OFF to show on the Plates page.
Preferences
✤ Alerts - adjust settings related to in-app alerts. See Alerts for more information
about each alert.
✤ Speak All Alerts - turn ON to receive audio alerts via your device’s
speaker or a connected headset for all active alerts in ForeFlight. When
toggled ON a confirmation message is played; use the iPad/iPhone volume
buttons to adjust volume. NOTE: TFR and Traffic alerts will not play audio
when ForeFlight detects that you are below 250’ AGL, even if Speak All Alerts
is enabled.
General
✤ 500’ AGL Alerts - turn ON to receive an alert when your aircraft descends
past 500’ AGL.
✤ Cabin Altitude Alerts (requires iPad/iPhone or external device equipped
with barometric sensor) - turn ON to receive alerts when your aircraft passes
12,000’ MSL and 25,000’ MSL.
✤ Runway Proximity Alerts - turn ON to receive alerts when nearing or
entering a runway.
✤ Sink Rate Alerts - turn ON to receive an alert when your descending
vertical speed becomes excessive (-4,000’ per minute above 2,500’ AGL,
-3,000’ per minute at 2,500’ AGL, down to -1,500’ per minute at 500’ AGL).
✤ Traffic Alerts - turn ON to receive an alert when traffic is within 1.8 NM
and +/- 1,200’ GPS altitude of your aircraft’s current position. NOTE: Traffic
audio alerts are only issued when ADS-B Out is detected in your aircraft.
Route-Based
✤ Destination WX Frequency Alerts - turn ON to receive a callout with your
destination airport’s weather frequency as you near the airport.
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TFRs
✤ TFR Alerts - turn ON to receive alerts when you are approaching or near a
TFR.
✤ Include DC SFRA/FRZ - turn OFF to prevent ForeFlight from issuing TFR
alerts for Washington DC’s Special Flight Rules Area and Flight Restricted
Zone. Other TFRs within the SFRA/FRZ (e.g. stadium TFRs) will still trigger
alerts when this setting is OFF - only the SFRA/FRZ are affected by it. Pilots
are encouraged to leave this setting ON unless they regularly fly through the
SFRA/FRZ.
✤ Altitude Buffer - height in feet added above and below TFRs that
determines whether an alert is displayed based on your altitude relative to
the TFR. For example, approaching a TFR whose top is 4,000’ below your
current altitude will trigger an alert if the altitude buffer is set to 5,000’, but
will not trigger an alert if the altitude buffer is set to a smaller height.
Available buffers are 500’, 1,000’, 2,000’, and 5,000’.
✤ Units/Time - menu containing the following settings:
✤ Show Local Times - turn ON to see times in the local time zone. Turn off
to see times in Zulu time.
✤ Wind Speed - select preferred units.
✤ Pressure - select preferred units.
✤ Temperature - select preferred units.
✤ Visibility - select preferred units.
✤ Coordinates - select preferred units for viewing coordinates.
• DD.ddº - degrees and hundredths of degrees.
• DDºMM.mm - degrees, minutes, and hundredths of minutes.
• DDºMM’SS” - degrees, minutes, and seconds.
• MGRS 6-/8-/10-digit - Military Grid Reference System with three
precision levels (more digits equates to greater precision).
✤ Aircraft Speed - select preferred units for airspeed and groundspeed.
✤ Distance - select preferred units for distance.
✤ Allow Device to Sleep - turn ON to allow your device to sleep while running
ForeFlight Mobile, including when on Plates view or when downloading data. Turn
OFF to ensure that the iPad will not enter sleep mode while ForeFlight Mobile is
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running in the foreground, even if your iPad is set to usually sleep after a certain
period of inactivity.
✤ Automatic Clock Check - turn ON to automatically verify that your iPad’s
system time is set correctly. If it is found to be incorrect, you will get an alert.
Proper system time is important for many features in the app.
✤ Confirm Before Dial (iPhone only) - turn ON to display a pop-up when you tap
on a phone number so you can confirm that you want to call the number.
✤ Enable Ownship - ALWAYS: shows your aircraft position on charts, and with
ForeFlight Mobile Pro, on approach plates and airport diagrams; NEVER: your
aircraft position is not shown on any chart or plate. This is required for certain
operators; LIMITED: with ForeFlight Mobile Pro, shows your aircraft position on
the airport diagram when your speed is under 80 knots; above 80 knots, or when
GPS location accuracy degrades below the requirements in AC-120-76C, the
aircraft position will not be shown.
✤ Show Heliports - turn ON to view heliports in nearby airports lists. You can
always search for heliports (and use them in routes) regardless of this setting.
✤ Show Private Airports - turn ON to see private airports in nearby airports lists.
Private Airports include any airport not open to the public, including Military
airports.
✤ Start on Last Screen - turn OFF to start on the Airports view on next launch.
This can help if one view is causing the application to quit immediately after
launch.
✤ Extra Keyboard Keys - turn OFF to hide the row of numbers 0-9 shown above
the regular keyboard. When OFF, 0-9 are still accessible using the “.?123” key in
the lower-left of the keyboard.
✤ Synchronize User Data - turn ON to synchronize user data automatically
between devices via the cloud. See Sync for details.
✤ Enable Diagnostic Logs - turn ON to record diagnostic information as you
download chart data. This information can then be sent to the ForeFlight Pilot
Support Team to help troubleshoot problems you may be having downloading
data.
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USER WAYPOINTS
For more information about User Waypoints see Managing User Waypoints. Go to
More > User Waypoints to display previously saved user waypoints. To edit a
waypoint’s details, tap the
button. You can create a new user waypoint by using
the + button in the upper-right. This is the easiest way to create a waypoint if you
elect to describe the waypoint using lat/lon (as opposed to selecting the point on a
map).
Tap a waypoint’s name in the list to view it on the Maps view. Swipe-to-delete can
be used to remove a waypoint. The clear button will remove all waypoints.
Waypoints can also be inserted by tapping on the Maps view. Tap & hold your
finger on the Map for a moment then release it. A list of possible waypoints will pop
up. Tap the grey “More” button next to the Lat/Lon coordinates and tap the blue
“Save” button to to view the “User Waypoint” pop-up. Give the waypoint a name and
optionally a description, then press the Save button to save it.
Waypoint names cannot contain any whitespace such as spaces or tabs.
Waypoints can be added to a route on the Maps view like any other waypoint - just
type the waypoint name as part of the route. User Waypoints can be added in bulk as
well, using a KML or CSV file. See the ForeFlight website for details:
www.foreflight.com/support/user-waypoints.
Latitude/Longitude Formats
For *input* of latitude/longitude in User Waypoints or the Search box on the Maps
page, 4 formats are supported:
✤
DD.dd
✤
DD MM SS
✤
DD MM.mm
✤
DD MM SSs
Examples of these formats using this location 32°44’55.6”N, 80°45’57.6”W are:
✤
DD.dd
32.75N/080.77W
✤
DD MM SS
324456/-0804558
✤
DD MM.mm
3244.93/-08045.96
✤
DD MM SSs
3244556/-08045576
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NOTES:
1) Latitude is always DD, and Longitude is always DDD.
2) Include a minus sign for Longitudes west and Latitudes south.
3) After *input* into the User Waypoint, these formats are *stored* in the DD.dd
format. Or when tapping File & Brief from the NavLog, the DUATS filing form stores in
the DDMMSSs format.
For *reading* Airport coordinates and ad-hoc tap-and-add coordinates ForeFlight
allows you to select from 3 formats:
DD.dd
DD MM.mm
DD MM SS
To change formats within ForeFlight Mobile, go to More > Settings > Units/Time
> Coordinates and select the format you want.
Sharing User Waypoints
You can export your user waypoints as a .kml file and
send them via email. Tap the Send To button in the
bottom left of the User Waypoints page and tap Mail to
create a draft email with the .kml file attached. NOTE:
You must have an email account set up in your device’s
Apple Mail app for the mail option to appear.
If you receive an email containing another pilot’s user
waypoints, you can import them into ForeFlight directly
from the Apple Mail app. Tap-hold on
the attached file (named “userwaypoints.kml”) and tap “Copy to
ForeFlight” in the popup. This will open
ForeFlight and automatically import the
user waypoints. Importing new
waypoints does not delete any
waypoints that are already in ForeFlight,
unless they have the same name (e.g.
“HOME”), in which case the new
waypoint will replace the original.
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TRACK LOGS
The Track Logs view is where you can view and edit details about recorded Track
Logs and export them to your logbook, share them via email, Facebook, or Twitter, or
open them in other apps, such as Google Earth and CloudAhoy.
See Track Logs for more information.
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DEVICES
The Devices view shows any connected devices explicitly supported by ForeFlight.
The box for Stratus ADS-B, Baron Mobile Link for XM, and Flight Simulator data
connections can be tapped for additional information.
The box for Bluetooth GPSs like the Bad Elf Pro, DUAL, and Garmin GLO indicates
that the GPS is connected, but no additional information about the GPS, such as # of
satellites or battery % is available. For that information, use the helper app provided
by the GPS manufacturer.
Location Disabled / Troubleshooting GPS position issues
Check the following if your GPS position does not show in ForeFlight Mobile or if
the “Location Disabled” pop-up displays:
Open Apple Settings, tap Privacy, then Location Services.
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Confirm that Location Services are ON, and the setting for ForeFlight is Always.
If the setting for ForeFight is Never, tap “Never >” then choose Always.
Then open ForeFlight Mobile, tap More, then Settings. Confirm that Enable
Ownship is set to: Always.
If these steps do not resolve the issue, contact the ForeFlight Pilot Support Team
at team@foreflight.com for assistance.
ABOUT
The About view provides more information about ForeFlight, LLC as well as version
information (at the top of the view).
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Apple Watch
OVERVIEW
Apple Watch interfaces with ForeFlight Mobile on your iPhone to provide easily
accessible information on current weather and flight data. Raise your arm to awaken
the watch, then tap the ForeFlight icon to open the app. The app contains an optional
glance page, as well as three primary pages: Airports, Instruments, and Timers. Move
between the pages by swiping sideways.
SETTING UP
Apple Watch can only be used with an
iPhone running iOS 8.2 or later.
Tap the Apple Watch icon on your
iPhone’s home screen to display a list of
apps that have extensions on the Watch,
and tap ForeFlight to open the options
page for ForeFlight on the Watch.
Show App on Apple Watch - turn ON to
enable ForeFlight’s extension on the Watch.
This setting is turned on by default.
Show in Glances - turn ON to enable
ForeFlight’s glance page on the Watch. This
setting is turned off by default.
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The ForeFlight icon will appear on your Watch face if you have installed ForeFlight
Mobile version 7.0 or later on your iPhone and have paired your Watch with your
iPhone.
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AIRPORTS PAGE
The Airports page displays the flight conditions at up to 30 airports: the ten
nearest airports to your position (NBY), your ten most recently viewed airports (REC),
and your top ten favorite airports (FAV). You can select which group of airports to
view by tapping the bar at the top of the screen. The color coding is the same as on
other ForeFlight devices:
Green
VFR: Ceiling greater than 3,000’ and visibility greater than 5 miles;
includes sky clear
Blue
MVFR: Ceiling 1,000’ to 3,000’ and/or visibility 3 to 5 miles inclusive.
Red
IFR: Ceiling 500’ to less than 1,000’ and/or visibility 1 to less than 3
miles.
Magenta
LIFR: Ceiling less than 500’ and/or visibility less than 1 mile.
Next to the airport name is the time since the weather information was updated,
based on the latest METAR.
Tapping on an airport brings up more detailed weather information, including
surface winds, visibility, cloud cover, temperature, altimeter, and weather warnings, if
present.
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INSTRUMENTS PAGE
The instruments page displays flight information that is normally accessible via
the app’s Instrument Panel. Three instruments can be displayed at once.
Tapping on an instrument will bring up a menu showing all available instruments,
each of which can be tapped on to replace the current one. A checkmark indicates
which instrument is currently selected for that slot.
The available instruments are:
✤ ETA Next (estimated time of arrival at next waypoint)
✤ Dist Next (distance in nm to next waypoint)
✤ ETE Next (estimated time enroute to next waypoint)
✤ ETA Dest (estimated time of arrival at destination)
✤ Dist Dest (distance in nm to destination)
✤ ETE Dest (estimated time enroute to destination)
✤ Ground Speed (in nm)
✤ GPS Alt (altitude in ft)
✤ Track (in °M)
✤ Accuracy (in m)
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TIMER PAGE
The timer page contains two up-counting timers. Tapping on a timer will start it,
and tapping again will stop it. Force touch on the screen to bring up a menu with the
options Reset All, Reset Top, Reset Bottom, and Cancel.
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ADS-B Weather
OVERVIEW
ForeFlight Mobile can display ADS-B FIS-B weather data from a number of
supported portable and installed ADS-B receivers. See https://foreflight.com/
connect/ for full details about the currently supported receivers. Please consult your
specific device’s documentation to learn about how to set up and connect the device.
ADS-B WEATHER PRODUCTS
These are the weather products available from ADS-B:
✤
Radar - local and CONUS, shown on Maps. See radar color vs. intensity
legends for Rain.
✤
METARs and METAR-derived data shown on Maps, such as temperature
✤
TAFs
✤
Winds Aloft
✤
TFRs on Maps page SEE IMPORTANT NOTICE BELOW
✤
PIREPs on Maps page
✤
AIRMETs/SIGMETs on Maps page
✤
Special Use Airspace status - shown on Maps page when viewing
airspace details. Hold finger on airspace to view pop-over. Make sure
All is selected at bottom of pop-over to see airspace details.
✤
Outage messages - messages about outages in ADS-B system can be
viewed in Stratus status view.
The items listed above are viewed just as they are when on the ground using an
Internet connection. There is no user-configuration required beyond ensuring the
iPad or iPhone is connected to the ADS-B receiver’s Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection.
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TFRs IMPORTANT NOTICE:
While using an ADS-B receiver, up-to-date graphical TFR information is ONLY displayed if
you select the TFR Map overlay.
However if the FAA publishes a TFR without associated graphical shape information it may
not be possible for ForeFlight Mobile to show the graphical TFR on the Maps page.
You should ALWAYS check the Airports page, under NOTAMs > TFRs for airports along your
route, and contact FSS or ATC to confirm that your route does not cross any such TFRs.
TFR data may not be updated or displayed if you are using an ADS-B receiver that does not
“replay” data received while the iPad is “asleep” or is not connected. Stratus Replay in the
Stratus 2/2S saves 30 minutes of recent TFR data for display when ForeFlight Mobile is reopened. TFR data may also not be updated or displayed if the ADS-B receiver is not
receiving data from ADS-B towers, or if the ADS-B towers are not broadcasting information
about that TFR.
STATUS INFORMATION
When an ADS-B receiver is connected and a Map overlay is selected, the number
of Towers being received is shown in the upper-left corner of the Map, underneath
the timestamp. The name of the receiver (if known) is shown to the left of the number
of towers. When 0 towers are being received, 0 Towers is shown in Red. When 1
tower is being received, 1 Tower is shown in Orange, and when more than 1 tower is
being received the text is shown in white:
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ANIMATED ADS-B RADAR
When the Radar overlay is selected on the Maps page, the animation play button
is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen. ForeFlight Mobile will animate
(loop) up to 5 frames of NEXRAD data. Regional NEXRAD (within ~250 nm of your
position) is updated every 5 minutes, while CONUS radar is updated every 15 minutes.
If you tap the play button before 2 or more frames of
radar data have been received, you will see a message
that the radar cannot be animated until more data is
received.
Tap the Maps Settings (gear) button and then select the ADS-B receiver > Status to
see how many radar frames have been received.
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ADS-B TOWER LOCATION ON MAP
When Show ADSB Towers is ON in the ADS-B receiver > Status settings, the
location of each ADS-B Tower currently being received is shown on the Map.
The Lat/Long location of each tower is shown under the tower icon, and the signal
quality (0-100%) is shown to the right of the tower icon. If quality decreases, the
signal quality is shown in yellow or red, and fewer graphical signal quality indicators
are shown above the antenna:
As long as you are receiving data from 1 tower you should be receiving timely
weather data and radar updates.
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ADS-B Traffic
OVERVIEW
ForeFlight Mobile can display ADS-B TIS-B traffic from a number of supported
portable and installed ADS-B receivers. See https://foreflight.com/connect/ for full
details about the currently supported receivers. Please consult your specific device’s
documentation to learn about how to set up and connect the device.
IMPORTANT TRAFFIC NOTICE
TRAFFIC DISPLAY FEATURES MAY NOT SHOW ALL AIRCRAFT IN THE AREA AND
ARE NOT TO BE USED AS A PRIMARY MEANS OF AIRCRAFT VISIBILITY, DETECTION
OR AVOIDANCE. TRAFFIC DISPLAYED WILL VARY DEPENDING ON ADS-B
COVERAGE AREAS AND ON THE TYPE AND VERSION OF ADS-B “IN” AND ADS-B
“OUT” EQUIPMENT INSTALLED IN YOUR AIRCRAFT AND OTHER AIRCRAFT.
IF YOUR AIRCRAFT IS NOT EQUIPPED WITH ADS-B “OUT”, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE
A COMPLETE PICTURE OF TRAFFIC. YOU MAY EVEN RECEIVE NO TRAFFIC AT ALL.
THIS IS DUE TO THE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ADS-B/TIS-B SYSTEM
BY THE FAA.
TRAFFIC ACCESS IN FOREFLIGHT MOBILE
Some ADS-B receivers like the Stratus 1/1S
include a single-band 978 MHz UAT receiver,
while dual-band receivers like the Stratus 2/2S
include a dual-band 978 MHz UAT + 1090 MHz
receiver. ADS-B traffic may be transmitted over
one or both bands. Aircraft operating above
18,000’ use the 1090ES band, though these aircraft
when descending below 18,000’.
Important Note:
ADS-B traffic data is NOT saved
by Stratus Replay. When using any
Stratus device, ForeFlight Mobile
must be running in order for
ADS-B traffic to be displayed.
continue to broadcast on 1090ES
To display Traffic, tap the Maps drop-down and select the
Traffic overlay. Use the “Filter Traffic Settings” (later in this
section) to hide traffic beyond 15nm or +/- 3,500’ from your
location.
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STATUS INFORMATION
To learn the status of the ADS-B receiver connection, data availability and more,
use the Devices view as described above. When connected, the ADS-B receiver will be
an option shown in the Devices view. Tap it to see full status information. The
following Traffic-specific details are provided on the status view:
✤
Traffic Update (978/UAT): single- and dual-band receivers - shows the traffic
updates received from ADS-B ground stations and aircraft broadcasting on
the 978/UAT band.
✤
Traffic Update (1090): dual-band receivers only - shows the traffic updates
received from aircraft broadcasting on the 1090ES band.
TRAFFIC SYMBOLS
Moving traffic targets are displayed as “arrowheads” pointing in
the direction that the target is traveling. Stationary targets, or ones
with no direction or speed information, are shown as diamonds.
Airborne traffic targets are shown in blue while surface targets are
shown in brown. When a traffic target is within 5 NM horizontally
and +/- 1,200’ vertically of your current position, the target’s color
changes to yellow.
The relative altitude (in 100’s of feet) between your current
altitude and the target’s altitude is shown with a + indicating above
and a - indicating below your current altitude. In this example, the
stationary target (or one without direction/speed information) is 300’ below the
aircraft’s altitude.
IMPORTANT: Because of the way the ADS-B system (including aircraft ADS-B
transmitters & receivers, and ADS-B ground stations) operates, ForeFlight Mobile may
at times show relative altitudes of traffic targets based on the pressure altitude
detected from your aircraft’s ADS-B transmitter, and the pressure altitude read from a
traffic target’s ADS-B data. As a result of the cumulative inaccuracies in pressure
altitude systems, you should consider any target shown to be within 500’ vertically as
potentially being at the same altitude as your aircraft. Never use ADS-B traffic data
from ForeFlight Mobile as the sole means of traffic avoidance; always use “See &
Avoid” or direct instructions from ATC.
NOTE: Some transmitted traffic data can be incomplete at times, so aircraft flight/
tail number, vertical speed and velocity vector may not be available for one or more
targets.
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The TrafficTrend™ vector is projected out of the
front of the arrowhead to indicate the target’s
expected position in the next 60 seconds (longer
vector = faster speed). In the example to the right,
targets are 2,000’, 2,100’, 2,900’, 1,100’ and 1,300’
above the aircraft’s current GPS altitude.
Aircraft equipped with ADS-B “Out” transmit
additional data such as their tail or flight number,
which is shown below the target symbol. If the
target is climbing or descending at 500 ft/min or
greater, a vertical arrow indicating the climb or
descent is shown to the right of the target. NOTE:
When you zoom out, the TrafficTrend™ vector and additional data is hidden.
In the example on the left, UPS218 is 28,500’ above the aircraft’s current altitude
and descending. AAL263 is level 32,500’ above the aircraft’s current altitude and
N132VU is 800’ above the aircraft’s current altitude and descending at more than
500 ft/min.
In the example on the right, FDX0623 is 3,400’ above the aircraft’s current altitude
and climbing at more than 500 ft/min. DAL1416 is level 32,400’ above the aircraft’s
current altitude and an unidentified target is 200’ below the aircraft’s current altitude
and descending at more than 500 ft/min.
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You can tap on any target to display a pop-up with additional information, which
can include target tail or flight number, heading, speed, and whether the information
was broadcast via 978UAT or 1090ES. Tap anywhere to close the pop-up.
HIDE DISTANT TRAFFIC SETTING
The Hide Distant Traffic setting, shown when your iPad or
iPhone is connected to an ADS-B receiver, is accessed via the “Gear”
button on the Maps page or on the More page under Devices >
ADS-B receiver > Status.
When switched ON, this setting hides traffic that is more than
15NM away from your current GPS location and/or more than 3,500’
above or below your current altitude. This allows you to hide
distant traffic targets and may be useful if you are flying in busy
airspace or near large airports with lots of commercial traffic.
OWNSHIP ADS-B OUT INFORMATION
If your aircraft is equipped with ADS-B Out that is correctly
configured and transmitting, tap the Ownship ADS-B Out entry in
ADS-B Receiver Status to see the tail-number, altitude and location
being broadcast by your ADS-B Out equipment.
If your aircraft is not equipped with ADS-B Out, or the ADS-B Out
is improperly configured or is not transmitting, the Ownship ADS-B
Out entry shows Not Detected.
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TRAFFIC ALERTS
When the Traffic Alerts setting is ON in More >
Settings > Alerts, a traffic pop-up will be
displayed if your aircraft is moving at over 40kts
and an ADS-B traffic target comes within 1.8 NM
horizontally and +/- 1,200’ vertically of your
aircraft’s position.
The pop-up includes “clock” direction (relative
to your aircraft’s current track) and relative altitude
information to help you locate the target more
quickly.
If ForeFlight detects that your aircraft is
equipped with ADS-B Out, an audio alert will also
be issued with the same information as the visual
pop-up. If no ADS-B Out is detected, you will not
receive traffic audio alerts, but you will still
receive the visual pop-up.
If your aircraft is not equipped with ADS-B Out but you fly within range of the
traffic “puck” around another aircraft that is equipped with ADS-B Out, you may see a
false target representing your aircraft, and a visual traffic alert may also be displayed.
NOTE: Traffic alerts are ADVISORY in nature and are NOT a replacement for “See
& Avoid” or ATC traffic advisories.
IMPORTANT: Because of the way the ADS-B system (including aircraft ADS-B
transmitters & receivers, and ADS-B ground stations) operates, ForeFlight Mobile may
at times show relative altitudes of traffic targets based on the pressure altitude
detected from your aircraft’s ADS-B transmitter, and the pressure altitude read from a
traffic target’s ADS-B data. As a result of the cumulative inaccuracies in pressure
altitude systems, you should consider any target shown to be within 500’ vertically as
potentially being at the same altitude as your aircraft. Never use ADS-B traffic data
from ForeFlight Mobile as the sole means of traffic avoidance; always use “See &
Avoid” or direct instructions from ATC.
Like the Runway Proximity Advisor™, the Traffic Alert pop-up will display on any
screen in ForeFlight Mobile. However if ForeFlight Mobile is not displayed on the
screen (e.g., if you are viewing another app, or the iPad or iPhone is sleeping) Traffic
Alert pop-ups will not be shown.
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ForeFlight Connect
OVERVIEW
ForeFlight Connect allows ForeFlight Mobile to wirelessly connect to and
exchange information with portable devices as well as panel-mount avionics to make
flying easier, safer and more efficient.
STRATUS ADS-B RECEIVERS
ForeFlight Mobile supports the Stratus family of ADS-B receivers, which are
manufactured in the USA by Appareo. These devices provide ForeFlight Mobile with
the ability to access ADS-B FIS-B (weather) and TIS-B (traffic) data from the network of
ADS-B ground stations. Please consult the Stratus documentation to learn about how
to set up and connect the device.
Multiple iPads or iPhones running ForeFlight Mobile can simultaneously connect
to a Stratus using Wi-Fi. There is no significant practical limit to the number of iOS
devices that can be connected to Stratus at once.
It is recommended that cellular data be turned OFF when using a Stratus ADS-B
receiver.
Stratus Status Information
To see more detailed Stratus status information, tap the Map Settings “gear”
button and then tap the Stratus entry, or tap on More > Devices > Stratus > Status.
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Scroll down to see
additional settings
and GPS Satellite
Status
The following details and Settings are provided on the Status view:
✤
Connected - shows “Yes” if a Stratus is connected via Wi-Fi.
✤
Battery - indicates remaining battery life in percent remaining. Not shown
when charging Stratus.
✤
Power Source - indicates whether Stratus is being charged.
✤
Serial Number - Stratus serial number, only needed for technical support
concerns.
✤
Firmware version - current version of firmware installed on Stratus.
✤
General NOTAMs - list of NOTAMs provided by ADS-B that were not assigned
to an airport in ForeFlight Mobile.
✤
Local/National Update - date of most recent radar data, local data is generally
< 5m old, national is generally < 15m old.
✤
Text Update - last time a new text report was downloaded (ex. METAR, TAF,
Winds Aloft).
✤
Text Report Count - number of ADS-B-provided text reports in ForeFlight
Mobile.
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✤
Receiving From - number of ground-based towers currently providing Stratus
with data. Number of towers is also shown on the Map below the timestamp.
✤
Stratus Replay Status (Stratus 1S/2S/2 Only) - indicates if the ADS-B data
saved by Stratus, while ForeFlight Mobile was in the background or the iPad
was sleeping, has been sent to ForeFlight Mobile. Up to 30 minutes of data is
saved.
✤
Traffic Update (978/UAT) and (1090) - when traffic data was received on
either band (1090 requires Stratus 2/2S).
✤
Ownship ADS-B Out - if your aircraft is equipped with ADS-B Out, tap this
entry to display the information detected by the Stratus about your ADS-B
Out transmissions.
✤
LED Brightness - used to adjust brightness of LEDs on Stratus.
✤
Turn On When Plugged In - when ON the Stratus will turn on when power is
provided over the USB cable and turn OFF when power is removed. When
power is removed the Stratus will turn OFF in 2 minutes only if the speed is <
5 knots. If speed is > 5 knots, the Stratus will not turn off until the speed
drops below 5 knots, or the power button is pressed.
✤
Use As GPS - when ON, the Maps and other views will use GPS fix info from
Stratus.
✤
Logging - used only for diagnosing problems, this manages logging of ADS-B
data stream received by Stratus. Leave this OFF normally, as it reduces app
performance.
✤
Power-Saving mode - reduces the WiFi transmit power to increase battery
life.
✤
Show ADS-B Towers - show the location on the Map of the ADS-B Towers
currently being received.
✤
WiFi Settings - implements WiFi security for the Stratus local network.
Disabling SSID Broadcast makes your network’s name invisible to other iPads/
iPhones, preventing them from joining your Stratus network unless they
know the name of the network. Enabling WPA2 Security allows you to add a
passcode to your device’s WiFi which must be entered in the WPA2 Passcode
box when joining the network. Changes to the Stratus WiFi Settings require
that the device be restarted. Note: If you forget the Network name or WPA2
passcode you set for your device, perform a factory reset to return it to
default conditions: SSID Broadcast - Enabled, WPA Security - OFF, and no
passcode. You can perform a factory reset by holding the Stratus power
button for 30 seconds
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✤
Ignore Mfg. AHRS Settings (Stratus 2 and 2S) - when ON, Stratus will
automatically recalibrate its AHRS every time it is powered on. It is
recommended that this setting remain OFF unless the Stratus is providing
subpar AHRS readings, which can happen after the Stratus is dropped or
subjected to very large temperature variations. If you are receiving subpar
AHRS readings, turn this setting ON and power cycle the Stratus while
keeping the device as stationary as possible. The setting should then be
turned back to OFF.
✤
Save AHRS Calibration (Stratus 2 and 2S) - when ON, Stratus will save a
manual AHRS calibration between power cycles so it does not automatically
re-adjust to straight and level every time it is turned back on. This setting is
useful for pilots who cannot calibrate the Stratus on the ground due to their
aircraft (or Stratus device) not being straight and level, such as with tail
dragger aircraft. Note: The use of this feature depends on the Stratus not
being moved after it is calibrated; moving the Stratus between flights will
cause the saved calibration to become inaccurate, requiring a re-calibration
during the next flight.
✤
Flight Data Recorder (Stratus 2/2S only) - when “Enabled “ is ON, Stratus will
begin recording a track log as soon as it is turned on and the GPS senses
motion (see Stratus Flight Data Recorder for more information)
✤
Track Logs (Stratus 2/2S only)
Stratus.
✤
Auto-Detect Segments (Stratus 2S only) - when ON, Stratus will automatically
detect trip segments based on your ground speed and create a separate track
log for each segment.
✤
GPS Satellite Status - shows location and signal lock for GPS satellites
currently visible.
-
tap to view any track logs recorded by
Stratus ESG (Stratus 1S/2/2S Only)
Stratus ESG is Appareo’s all-in-one certified ADS-B Out transponder solution. The
Stratus 1S, 2, or 2S can connect to Stratus ESG via USB cable (included in the Stratus
ESG installation kit provided by the avionics dealer) to take advantage of the Stratus
ESG’s certified WAAS GPS receiver and aircraft-mounted ADS-B antenna to boost GPS
accuracy and provide improved ADS-B In tower reception. When connected via the
USB cable, the Stratus ESG also supplies power to the Stratus 1S, 2, or 2S to keep the
battery charged.
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When a Stratus 1S, 2, or 2S is connected to the Stratus ESG, the Accuracy
instrument in ForeFlight’s Instrument Panel will show “Accuracy (ESG)” to indicate
that it is receiving GPS position data from the ESG.
Stratus Replay (Stratus 1S/2/2S Only)
Stratus Replay saves the last 30 minutes of ASD-B weather
information received by the device, including NEXRAD Radar,
METARs, TAFs, etc. Stratus Replay automatically sends saved data
to ForeFlight when you reopen the app after sleeping the iPad or
iPhone, or switching from another app. This allows you to
conserve battery life by opening ForeFlight only when needed
without fear of missing useful ADS-B weather information.
Stratus Replay requires that the device be updated to
Firmware v1.4 or later for a Stratus 2 and v1.0 or later for a 1S/2S.
See Stratus Firmware Update for instructions on updating the
Stratus firmware. NOTE: Stratus Replay is not available with the
Stratus 1.
You can check the Stratus Replay status by tapping the Map
Settings “gear” button and then choosing Stratus, or on More >
Devices > Stratus > Status.
Stratus Flight Data Recorder
The Flight Data Recorder feature allows a Stratus 2/2S to save a Track Log file of
your flights. The Track Log file includes your position, speed and altitude data
throughout each of your flights, and it can be saved regardless of whether you record
a Track Log in ForeFlight Mobile.
When activated, the Flight Data Recorder will save up to approximately 20 hours
of data, and will automatically delete the oldest track log file from the device to make
room to record the new track log file. The Flight Data Recorder becomes available
with Firmware v1.6 for a Stratus 2 and v1.0 for a Stratus 2S.
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Recording a Track Log Using the Flight Data Recorder
Turn on the Flight Data Recorder on the Maps page by tapping the Maps Settings
(gear button) then tapping Stratus Status. Alternatively you can tap More > Devices
> Stratus > Status and slide the “Enabled” switch to ON.
Track log files will begin recording automatically as soon as the Stratus 2/2S is
turned on and the GPS senses motion.
The Track Log file will record until the device is turned off, unless “Auto-Detect
Segments” is turned ON, in which case a Track Log will stop recording when Stratus
detects a full-stop landing, and another Track Log will be started. Once the device is
turned back on, the most recent Track Log file or files will be shown in the “Track
Logs” section, accessed by tapping below the Enabled switch.
Tap “Track Logs” to see any track logs recorded by the Stratus 2/2S. To save a
Track Log to ForeFlight Mobile, tap the “Cloud” icon next to the Track Log.
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Once that Track Log has been saved to ForeFlight Mobile, you can transfer it to
your ForeFlight account where it can be viewed and shared like other Track Logs.
Disconnect your iPad from the Stratus 2/2S WiFi network, connect to the Internet,
then tap More > Track Logs and tap the “Cloud” icon next to that Track log. See
Viewing Track Logs on your ForeFlight Account for more details.
When connected to a Stratus 2/2S, Track Logs can also be accessed directly from
the More > Track Logs page by tapping the Stratus Logs button.
Stratus Firmware Update
Appareo, the manufacturer of the Stratus ADS-B receivers, periodically releases
updated firmware to activate new capabilities or fix issues. This firmware can be
installed by ForeFlight Mobile. For more information, please watch this video: https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-5spKWk40Y
Before beginning the update process, make sure that your iPad or iPhone AND the
Stratus each have enough battery power to run for at least 15 minutes. If you are
unsure, plug each device in to an appropriate charger.
Turn the Stratus ON, then open Apple Settings, tap WiFi and connect your iPad or
iPhone to the Stratus WiFi network.
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Open ForeFlight Mobile, then go to the Devices view and tap the Stratus button.
Then tap the “Tap to Update” on the Firmware row:
to begin
the update. Once the update is complete, tap the “Close” button to return to
ForeFlight Mobile.
IMPORTANT: The Stratus will reboot during the firmware update process. When
this happens, if there is a known WiFi network in range your iPad or iPhone will
reconnect to the other WiFi network. This will cause an error message at the end of
the update process since ForeFlight Mobile is no longer connected to the Stratus WiFi
network and cannot verify the firmware update.
If this happens, simply quit ForeFlight Mobile, re-connect your iPad or iPhone to
the Stratus WiFi network, re-open ForeFlight Mobile and go to the Devices, Stratus
page. Verify that the new Stratus Firmware version is listed.
You can avoid this error message either by doing the update in an area with no
other WiFi networks, or by, before starting the update, opening Apple Settings,
tapping WiFi and “forgetting” any WiFi networks to which your iPad or iPhone may
automatically connect.
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GARMIN CONNEXT
The Garmin Connext system allows ForeFlight Mobile to receive GPS position data,
ADS-B weather and ADS-B traffic from select Garmin avionics by connecting to a
Garmin Flight Stream 110, 210, or 510 bluetooth gateway. The Flight Stream 210 also
includes an AHRS sensor, providing pitch and bank information to the attitude
display in ForeFlight Mobile, and supports two-way flight plan transfer between
ForeFlight Mobile and select Garmin navigation displays. ForeFlight Mobile does not
currently support receiving XM Weather or music through a Flight Stream.
Pairing with Flight Stream
Once a Garmin avionics dealer has correctly installed a Flight Stream 110, 210, or
510 and connected it to your Garmin avionics, open Apple Settings and tap the
Bluetooth tab on the left. If your Flight Stream is already in Bluetooth pairing mode it
will appear in the list of available Bluetooth devices and you can tap on the entry to
connect. If it doesn’t appear, follow the instructions provided with the Flight Stream
to enable Bluetooth pairing mode, then tap the Flight Stream entry to pair it with
your device.
Using Connext
After pairing with the Flight Stream, open ForeFlight Mobile and tap on More >
Devices. You should see a box for Garmin Connext indicating that the connection is
established and listing the data being received through the Flight Stream.
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Tapping this box will open the device’s status
page, providing detailed information about the
device and the data being received from it. In
addition to the Flight Stream, the status page will
also show any Garmin avionics that are connected
to the Flight Stream.
“Attitude from access point” indicates whether
AHRS data is being provided by the Flight Stream
210 (the “access point” to the chain of Connext
devices) or from another device in the chain.
If connected to a GNS or GTN unit with a route
loaded, the details of that route will also be
displayed. Tap on the route to load it into
ForeFlight Mobile’s NavLog.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT PRESS the “Reset AHRS”
button at the bottom of the Settings page unless
specifically directed to by the ForeFlight Pilot
Support Team or your Garmin Avionics dealer.
GPS and ADS-B from Connext
When GPS data is being sent from the Flight Stream to ForeFlight Mobile, the
Accuracy instrument will show “Accuracy (Connext)”.
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When an ADS-B overlay such as Radar or Traffic is selected on the Maps view, the
number of ADS-B towers being received by the Flight Stream is shown in the upperleft corner of the view below the timestamp indicating when the last update was
received.
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Sending a Route to Connext (requires Flight Stream 210 or 510)
On an iPad, tap the Panel button at the top of the Maps view and tap “Send to
Panel”, or tap the Send To button in the bottom-right corner of the NavLog and tap
the Panel button to send a route to a GNS 430W/530W or GTN 600/700 series GPS
navigator. NOTE: Flight Stream 510 only supports route transfer to GTN 600/700 series
GPS navigators.
On an iPhone, tap Menu, scroll to the Route section and choose the Route. Then
tap the “Send to” button in the bottom-right and tap “Panel.”
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After sending the route a pop-up will open in ForeFlight confirming that the route
has been successfully sent to the panel. Tap “OK” to dismiss the pop-up.
NOTE: Different Garmin GPS navigators support different numbers of waypoints
per route. If you attempt to send a route with a too many waypoints for the installed
Garmin GPS, the transfer will be rejected. A possible solution for this is to go to More
> Settings > Route View and change the Airway Decoding setting to “Bends Only”,
which will remove any waypoints that do not result in a change in course. The route
must be re-entered for this setting to be applied. After re-entering, you can re-send
the route to the Garmin GPS via the Flight Stream 210 or 510.
Getting a Route from Connext (requires Flight Stream 210 or 510)
On an iPad, tap the “Panel” button at the top of the Maps view and tap “Load from
Panel” to load a route from your Connext navigator to the ForeFlight Mobile NavLog.
On an iPhone, go to Menu > Devices > Connext and scroll down to the Route
section. Tap the route to load it into your NavLog.
When “Auto-Receive from Panel” is enabled,
changes to your route in the Connext device produce
a notification in ForeFlight Mobile prompting you to
load the modified route into your NavLog, with
options to Load Route or Ignore. When “Auto-Receive
from Panel” is disabled, changes to your route in the
Connext device do not produce a notification. This
setting is also available in More > Settings > Map View as “Auto-Receive Panel Flight
Plans”.
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Calibrating Flight Stream 210 AHRS
The FlightStream 210 AHRS can be calibrated by tapping the AHRS Setting button
in the attitude display, above the fullscreen button. This will activate Zero Pitch &
Bank mode and a blue Save button will appear in the upper left corner of the display.
Adjust your aircraft so that it is straight and level, tap the Zero Pitch & Bank button to
zero the display, and tap the Save button to save the AHRS calibration.
3. Tap “Save” to save the
calibration.
2. When aircraft is straight &
level, and not accelerating,
tap “Zero Pitch & Bank”
1. Tap to display
“Zero Pitch & Bank”
Note: AHRS calibration should only be performed while in level,
unaccelerated flight, or while stationary and level on the ground. Calibrating the
device while accelerating or decelerating may result in errors in pitch and bank
information.
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GARMIN GTX 345
Garmin’s GTX 345 ADS-B Out/In transponder can provide ForeFlight with WAAS
GPS position data, ADS-B weather and traffic, pressure altitude, and AHRS information
to drive ForeFlight’s attitude indicator and Synthetic Vision. The GTX 345 appears in
More > Devices as “Garmin Connext”, although it can connect directly to ForeFlight
via Bluetooth and does not require a separate Flight Stream.
Connecting to GTX 345
After your GTX 345 is installed in your aircraft by a certified Garmin avionics
dealer, follow the instructions included with it to enable Bluetooth pairing mode. On
your mobile device, open Apple Settings > Bluetooth and select the GTX 345 from
the list of available devices. The GTX 345 can pair with up to two devices at once.
Using GTX 345
Once you’ve paired with the GTX 345 via Bluetooth, open ForeFlight and tap More
> Devices to confirm the connection was recognized by ForeFlight and see what
information is being received from the GTX 345. GPS is only shown here when a
location fix has been established, so it may take a minute to appear immediately after
the GTX 345 is powered on.
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Tap the box to view the details of the GTX 345 and the data being received from it.
There are two settings that can be adjusted at
the bottom of the GTX 345 status page:
✤ Logging - used only for diagnosing
problems, this manages logging of ADS-B data
stream received by GTX 345. Leave this OFF
normally, as it reduces app performance.
✤ Show ADS-B Towers - show the location on
the Map of the ADS-B Towers currently being
received.
The GTX 345 does not support manual
recalibration or reseting of the AHRS, so the
“Reset AHRS” button does not appear at the
bottom of the GTX 345 status page, even if a
Flight Stream 210 is also installed for flight plan
transfers.
The GTX 345 ARHS pitch/roll values (used to
drive the Synthetic Vision display) must be
calibrated by your avionics shop.
GPS and ADS-B from GTX 345
When GPS data is being sent from the GTX 345
to ForeFlight, the Accuracy instrument will show
“Accuracy (Connext)”.
When an ADS-B overlay such as Radar or Traffic
is selected on the Maps view, the number of ADS-B towers being received by the GTX
345 is shown in the upper-left corner of the view below the timestamp indicating
when the last update was received.
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GARMIN GDL 39
ForeFlight can connect to Garmin’s GDL 39, GDL 39-3D, and GDL 39-R ADS-B
receivers, which provide ADS-B weather and traffic, GPS position, pressure altitude,
and AHRS information (GDL 39-3D) to power ForeFlight’s attitude indicator and
Synthetic Vision. The GDL 39 appears in More > Devices as “Garmin Connext”,
although it can connect directly to ForeFlight via Bluetooth and does not require a
separate Flight Stream.
Connecting to GDL 39
After turning on the GDL 39, open Apple Settings > Bluetooth and tap “GDL39”
to connect to the device.
Using GDL 39
Once you’ve paired with the GDL 39 via Bluetooth, open ForeFlight and tap More
> Devices to confirm the connection was recognized by ForeFlight and see what
information is being received from the GDL 39.
Tap the box to view the details of the GDL 39 and the data being received from it.
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There are three settings that can be adjusted
at the bottom of the GDL 39 status page:
✤ Logging - used only for diagnosing
problems, this manages logging of ADS-B data
stream received by GDL 39. Leave this OFF
normally, as it reduces app performance.
✤ Show ADS-B Towers - show the location on
the Map of the ADS-B Towers currently being
received.
✤ Pressurized Cabin - enabling this will cause
the GDL 39 to stop sending pressure altitude
readings to ForeFlight, since those readings
become inaccurate when the device is in a
pressurized cabin.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT PRESS the “Reset AHRS”
button at the bottom of the Settings page unless
specifically directed to by the ForeFlight Pilot
Support Team or your Garmin Avionics dealer.
GPS and ADS-B from GDL 39
When GPS data is being sent from the GDL 39 to ForeFlight, the Accuracy
instrument will show “Accuracy (Connext)”.
When an ADS-B overlay such as Radar or Traffic is selected on the Maps view, the
number of ADS-B towers being received by the GDL 39 is shown in the upper-left
corner of the view below the timestamp indicating when the last update was
received.
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Calibrating GDL 39 3D AHRS
The GDL 39 3D AHRS can be calibrated by tapping the AHRS Setting button in the
attitude display, above the fullscreen button. This will activate Zero Pitch & Bank
mode and a blue Save button will appear in the upper left corner of the display.
Adjust your aircraft so that it is straight and level, tap the Zero Pitch & Bank button to
zero the display, and tap the Save button to save the AHRS calibration.
3. Tap “Save” to save the
calibration.
2. When aircraft is straight &
level, and not accelerating,
tap “Zero Pitch & Bank”
1. Tap to display
“Zero Pitch & Bank”
Note: AHRS calibration should only be performed while in level,
unaccelerated flight, or while stationary and level on the ground. Calibrating the
device while accelerating or decelerating may result in errors in pitch and bank
information.
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L-3 LYNX
ForeFlight can connect to L-3’s Lynx line of ADS-B transceivers, including the
NGT-9000, -2000, and -2500 models to receive ADS-B traffic and weather and GPS
position via Wi-Fi in ForeFlight.
Connecting to Lynx
After the Lynx has been installed in your aircraft, open Apple Settings > Wi-Fi
and select “LynxWiFi” to connect to the Lynx’s Wi-Fi network. NOTE: In order to
communicate with ForeFlight, the Lynx setting “Wi-Fi Dongle Application” needs to
be set to “Other” (which corresponds to port 4000) via the setup software tools menu.
Contact your L-3 avionics installer for information or to have this setting changed.
Using Lynx
Once you’ve joined the Lynx’s Wi-Fi network, open ForeFlight and tap More >
Devices to confirm the connection was recognized by ForeFlight and see what
information is being received from the Lynx (see the note above if the Lynx is not
appearing on this screen).
Tap the box to view the details of the Lynx and the data being received from it.
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There are two settings that can be adjusted at
the bottom of the Lynx status page:
✤ Logging - used only for diagnosing
problems, this manages logging of the ADS-B
data stream received by the Lynx. Leave this
OFF normally, as it reduces app performance.
✤ Show ADS-B Towers - show the location on
the Map of the ADS-B Towers currently being
received.
GPS and ADS-B from Lynx
When GPS data is being sent from the Lynx to
ForeFlight, the Accuracy instrument will show
“Accuracy (L3 Lynx)”. NOTE: Due to how ADS-B
GPS accuracy is calculated and reported by the
Lynx, the accuracy shown in ForeFlight may be
worse than what it actually is. This is because the
Lynx uses a limited number of “buckets” to report
GPS accuracy to ForeFlight Mobile:
Lynx GPS Accuracy
GPS Accuracy shown in ForeFlight Mobile
Between 30m and >10m
30m
Between 10m and >3m
10m
3m or better
3m
When an ADS-B overlay such as Radar or Traffic is selected on the Maps view, the
number of ADS-B towers being received by the Lynx is shown in the upper-left corner
of the view below the timestamp indicating when the last update was received.
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AVIDYNE IFD 550/540/440
ForeFlight can connect to Avidyne’s IFD 550, 540, and 440 panel avionics via Wi-Fi
to receive GPS position and flight plans sent to ForeFlight. Flight plans cannot
currently be sent from ForeFlight Mobile to the IFD 550/540/440.
Connecting to IFD 540/440
After the Avidyne device has been installed in your aircraft and powered on, open
Apple Settings > Wi-Fi and select “LIO_WiFi” to connect to the Avidyne’s Wi-Fi
network.
Getting a Route from IFD 550/540/440
Open ForeFlight and tap More > Devices to see the capabilities being provided by
the Avidyne. Tap on the box to open the Avidyne’s status page. If a route is currently
loaded in the Avidyne it will appear at the bottom of the status page under Route.
Tap on it to load the route into ForeFlight.
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You can also load routes on an iPad from the Maps view: tap the Panel button at
the top of the Maps view while connected to the Avidyne and tap “Load from Panel”
to load the route into ForeFlight.
If the route contains waypoints not supported by ForeFlight they will appear in
the app as Lat/Long waypoints.
On an iPhone, tap Menu > Devices > Avidyne then tap the Route to load it into
your NavLog.
GPS from IFD 550/540/440
When GPS data is being sent from the Avidyne to ForeFlight, the Accuracy
instrument will show “Accuracy (Avidyne IFD540/440)”, though some text will be cut
out due to its length.
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DYNON SKYVIEW
ForeFlight has partnered with Dynon Avionics to bring secure WiFi connectivity
between ForeFlight Mobile and the Dynon SkyView glass panel avionics system. This
connectivity allows flight plans to be transferred between ForeFlight Mobile and the
SkyView, and for ForeFlight Mobile to receive GPS and AHRS data from the SkyView.
To connect your ForeFlight Mobile with your Dynon SkyView, you will need:
✤
A Dynon WiFi adapter for each SkyView screen.
✤
SkyView version 12.0 or later in each SkyView screen.
✤
ForeFlight Mobile version 6.7 or later.
Configuring SkyView WiFi
See the SkyView documentation for instructions on installing and configuring the
SkyView WiFi adapter and setting the network password.
Connecting ForeFlight and SkyView
With the SkyView system ON, open Apple Settings > WiFi and tap the
SkyView-XXXXX WiFi network, then enter the password to connect.
IMPORTANT: If your iPad has the Cellular Data option it should be switched OFF.
iPhones should have Airplane Mode switched ON, with WiFi then turned back ON.
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Sending a Route to SkyView
On an iPad, open the NavLog, tap the “Send to” button and tap “Panel”, or tap the
Panel button at the top of the Maps view and tap “Send to Panel.”
Send to
Panel
On an iPhone, tap Menu, scroll to the Route section and choose the Route. Then
tap the “Send to” button in the bottom-right and tap “Panel.”
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After sending the route a pop-up will open in ForeFlight confirming that the route
has been successfully sent to the SkyView. Tap “OK” to dismiss the pop-up.
A pop-up will also open on the SkyView indicating that the route has been
successfully received.
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Getting a Route from SkyView
You can view if SkyView has a route available to send to ForeFlight Mobile on an
iPad in More > Devices > SkyView > Route; or on the Maps view, tap the Maps
“Settings” button
and scroll to the bottom of the menu. Then tap the “SkyView”
entry at the bottom of the list. On an iPhone, look in Menu > Devices > SkyView >
Route.
To transfer a route from a SkyView to an iPad, tap the “Panel” button at the top of
the Maps view and tap “Load from Panel.” You can also load a route shown on the
SkyView status page in More > Devices > SkyView by tapping the route.
Panel
On an iPhone, tap Menu > Devices > SkyView then tap the Route to load it into
your NavLog.
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GPS and ARHS data from SkyView
When GPS data is being sent from the SkyView to ForeFlight Mobile, the Accuracy
instrument will show “Accuracy (SkyView)”.
When AHRS data is being sent from SkyView to ForeFlight Mobile, the ARHS source
(displayed by tapping the “Gear” button above “AHRS”) will show as SkyView.
ForeFlight Mobile will be receiving the same AHRS data as is displayed on the
SkyView screen(s) so no additional AHRS calibration is necessary in ForeFlight Mobile.
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FREEFLIGHT ADS-B
ForeFlight can receive ADS-B weather and Traffic data, as well as GPS position data
from appropriately-equipped FreeFlight RANGR ADS-B systems.
Connecting ForeFlight and FreeFlight RANGR
After connecting to the FreeFlight RANGR WiFi network using Apple Settings >
WiFi, tap More > Devices to confirm the FreeFlight box is displayed.
Tap the FreeFlight box to see detailed information and settings for the FreeFlight
RANGR.
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GPS and ADS-B data from FreeFlight RANGR
When GPS data is being provided by the RANGR, the Accuracy instrument will
show (FreeFlight).
When an ADS-B overlay such as Radar or Traffic is selected on the Maps page, the
number of ADS-B towers being received by the FreeFlight RANGR is shown in the
upper-left corner of the page below the timestamp indicating when the last update
was received.
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SIRIUSXM SXAR1
ForeFlight Mobile supports the SiriusXM SXAR1 portable, battery-powered
weather receiver when used with a “Pilot for ForeFlight” SiriusXM weather data
subscription. To purchase that subscription from SiriusXM, call SiriusXM Aviation at
1-855-838-8563 or visit www.siriusxm.com/foreflight.
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Connecting ForeFlight to the SXAR1
The SXAR1 uses Bluetooth to connect to a single iPad or iPhone at a time;
simultaneous connections to multiple iPads or iPhones are not currently supported.
To pair your iPad or iPhone with SXAR1 turn the SXAR1 ON and once the lights on
top start to illuminate, open Apple Settings and go to the Bluetooth section.
Tap the SXM_###### entry to pair with your iPad. NOTE: The letters and numbers
after “SXM_” in the list of Bluetooth devices are your RadioID, which may be needed
when subscribing, re-activating, or resetting your “Pilot for ForeFlight” SiriusXM
weather data subscription.
SXAR1 Available Weather Data
ForeFlight Mobile can display these weather data items from the SXAR1:
✤
High Resolution Composite (NEXRAD) Radar, including coverage of
areas of southern Canada and northern Mexico
✤
High Resolution Lowest-tilt (NEXRAD) Radar, including coverage of
areas of Canada and northern Mexico
NOTE: for either Composite or Lowest Tilt radars, see radar color vs.
intensity legends for Rain, Mixed Rain/Snow, and Snow.
✤
NEXRAD Storm Cell Attributes and track markers.
✤
Echo Tops, covering CONUS, northern Mexico, and southern Canada.
✤
Cloud Tops, covering CONUS, northern Mexico, and southern Canada.
✤
Surface Wind - derived from METARs at Airports, shows wind speed
and direction at those locations only.
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✤
Surface Wind Analysis - derived from a forecast model, shows wind
speed and direction at 10 meters above the surface at tens of
thousands of evenly spaced points across the country.
✤
Lightning
✤
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) on Maps SEE IMPORTANT
NOTICE BELOW
✤
Winds Aloft — Graphical
✤
Temperatures Aloft
✤
Dewpoint spread
✤
METARs/TAFs
✤
AIRMETS/SIGMETS
✤
PIREPS
✤
Radar Coverage Map
TFRs IMPORTANT NOTICE:
While using a SXAR1 receiver, up-to-date graphical TFR information is ONLY
displayed if you select the TFR Map overlay.
However if the FAA publishes a TFR without associated graphical shape information
it may not be possible for ForeFlight Mobile to show the graphical TFR on the Maps
page.
Therefore you should also check the Airports page, under NOTAMs > TFRs for
airports along your route, and contact ATC or FSS to confirm that your route does
not cross any such TFRs
TFR data may not be updated or displayed if your iPad is “asleep”, is not connected
to the SXAR1, if the SXAR1 receiver is not receiving data from XM satellites, or if
the XM satellite data does not include information about that TFR.
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Storm cell attributes show the height of the
cell in 100’s of feet. Tap the marker to view details
about the speed and direction of travel. Storm cell
track markers show the projected direction of
travel of the cell, and where it is projected to be in
20, 40, and 60 minutes from the time of the Radar
update.
The storm cell track markers, storm cell
attributes, and other weather symbols (see below)
are all based on the latest Radar frame received,
so do not animate if you tap the Radar ‘play’
button.
Tap on other weather symbol, such as Hail, to
view additional details.
SXAR1 Status Information
Tap More > Devices > SXAR1, or from
the Maps page tap the Maps Settings (gear)
button and scroll down to SXAR1, to see
device status and settings.
There are four settings that can be
adjusted at the bottom of the SXAR1 status
page:
✤ Use as GPS - turn ON to use the SXAR1’s internal GPS to provide position data
to ForeFlight. Turn this OFF if you’d rather receive GPS data from another
connected device, such as a Stratus 2S.
✤ Dim LEDs - turn ON to dim the SXAR1’s status lights, which helps preserve
battery life and reduces brightness when flying at night.
✤ Logging - used only for diagnosing problems, this manages logging of XM data
stream received by SXAR1. Leave this OFF normally, as it reduces app
performance.
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✤ Background Data Connection - when ON, SXAR1 will continue to send updated
weather data to ForeFlight even when it is in the background. We recommend
leaving this ON, because turning it OFF can result in the loss of Bluetooth
connection to SXAR1 if ForeFlight is kept in the background.
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
With a SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription, an add-on to the “Pilot for ForeFlight”
SiriusXM weather data subscription, you can listen to SiriusXM radio while in-flight
via a Bluetooth audio device. This can be a single headset with Bluetooth audio, or an
intercom with Bluetooth audio interface, or a Bluetooth audio adapter plugged-in to
a “music-in” jack in your aircraft’s panel and wired-in to the intercom.
IMPORTANT: the SiriusXM satellite radio does NOT play directly through the iPad
or iPhone speaker or headphone jack. You MUST connect a Bluetooth audio device
per the instructions below.
Playing a satellite radio stream is controlled by the interface in ForeFlight Mobile,
but the audio is sent directly from the SXAR1 to the Bluetooth audio device. This
means the audio will continue to play if you sleep ForeFlight Mobile.
To add SiriusXM Audio to your existing subscription, call 855-838-8563 or visit
https://care.siriusxm.com/login_view.action to upgrade. For more information about
the “Pilot for ForeFlight” plan, visit https://www.siriusxm.com/foreflight.
After adding the subscription to your plan, you will see “Audio: Active >” below
the ForeFlight subscription in More > Devices > SXAR1.
If “Active” does not show, position the SXAR1 so it has a clear view of the sky, then
send a refresh signal to your radio by visiting http://www.siriusxm.com/refresh.
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Connecting a Bluetooth audio device to the SXAR1
To listen to satellite radio programming you must connect a Bluetooth audio
device to the SXAR1. To begin the connection process, tap More > Devices > SXAR1 >
Audio, or on the Maps page tap the Maps Settings button, then scroll down to the
SXAR1 and tap the “Audio >” line.
To connect to a Bluetooth audio device for the first time, turn it on and make sure
it is in pairing mode. If that Bluetooth audio device was previously paired to your iPad
or iPhone, you should “forget” that pairing in Apple Settings so that the device will be
available to connect to the SXAR1. NOTE: many Bluetooth audio devices
automatically enter pairing mode when first turned-on, as long as no other
previously-paired devices are nearby.
Once the Bluetooth audio device is on and in pairing mode, tap “Bluetooth Audio”
to initiate the connection from the SXAR1 to the Bluetooth audio device.
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Tap the name of the device to which you would like the SXAR1 to connect. The
“spinner” will appear and when the pairing is complete, the connected device will
show in the “My Devices” section and audio should begin playing. To disconnect the
device, or to forget it completely (which would require re-pairing) tap the “i” next to
the device name, then choose the desired option.
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SXAR1 Audio Controls
Tap to search for
channel by name or
number
Previous channel
Next channel
Mute
Volume slider
View all Channel
categories
You can tune to a new channel by tapping the Category then Channel, or by
typing the Channel number or name (full or partial) in the “Tune or Search” box. A
vertical scroll bar shows when there are more Channels or Categories than can be
shown, and blue speaker icon shows in the currently-playing Category and Channel.
Scroll bar,
indicating more
Categories below
Currently playing
Tap to tune
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Search by Channel
name or number
For additional information about ForeFlight’s support for SiriusXM Satellite Radio
and troubleshooting tips, visit https://foreflight.com/connect/siriusxm/support/.
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BARON MOBILE LINK/WXWORX
The Baron Services Mobile Link plugs-in to a WXWorx XM WX receiver, and
provides a WiFi connection so that ForeFlight Mobile can access the XM WX data.
Please consult the Mobile Link documentation to learn how to setup and connect the
device.
The Mobile Link firmware 2.0 or higher allows data access to up to 4 devices at a
time. ForeFlight Mobile attempts to get data access whenever it is launched and
again any time data is requested by the user. ForeFlight Mobile will release its access
when the app is closed via the physical home button.
If a device or app has gained access to the data and does not release it properly,
the Mobile Link will automatically release the access for that device after 60 seconds.
The Mobile Link status view in ForeFlight Mobile will state whether data access
has been obtained, see the “Status information” section below for more information.
Mobile Link Available Weather Data
ForeFlight Mobile can display these weather data items from the Baron Mobile
Link/WXWorx:
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Radar - for any subscribed region, shown on Maps. See radar color vs.
intensity legend.
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Satellite - for any subscribed region, shown on Maps
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METARs and METAR-derived data shown on Maps, such as temperature
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TAFs
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Winds Aloft
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TFRs on Maps SEE IMPORTANT NOTICE BELOW
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PIREPs on Maps
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AIRMETs/SIGMETs on Maps
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Lightning on Maps (requires Mobile Link firmware version 2.0 or
higher)
Data is accessed just as it is when on the ground using an Internet connection. There
is no user-configuration required beyond ensuring the Wi-Fi connection to the Mobile
Link is properly established.
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TFRs IMPORTANT NOTICE:
While using a Baron Mobile Link XM WX receiver, up-to-date graphical TFR
information is ONLY displayed if you select the TFR Map overlay.
However if the FAA publishes a TFR without associated graphical shape information
it may not be possible for ForeFlight Mobile to show the graphical TFR on the Maps
page.
Therefore you should also check the Airports page, under NOTAMs > TFRs for
airports along your route, and contact ATC or FSS to confirm that your route does
not cross any such TFRs
TFR data may not be updated or displayed if your iPad is “asleep”, is not connected
to the Baron Mobile Link, if the Baron Mobile Link receiver is not receiving data from
XM satellites, or if the XM satellite data does not include information about that TFR.
Mobile Link Status Information
To learn the status of the Mobile Link connection, subscription, data availability
and more, please use the Devices view as described above. When connected to the
Mobile Link Wi-Fi access point, Mobile Link will be an option shown in the Devices
view.
Tap it to see full status information.
This information is useful for
troubleshooting if you experience problems with the Baron Mobile Link/WXWorx
combination.
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LogTen Integration
ForeFlight Mobile can export routes or flight plans to the LogTen app, when
LogTen is installed. To create a new logbook entry in LogTen based on a route, create
the route on the Maps view and tap the Send To button in the Navigation Log. This
will show LogTen as one option. Tap that to open LogTen and create a new log entry.
Logbook entries can also be created from the File & Brief view, once LogTen is
installed on the iPad. Run ForeFlight Mobile, go to File & Brief and select the plan to
export. Tap the blue LogTen button below the flight plan details list on the right to
open LogTen with a new logbook entry.
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Flight Simulator Integration
BEFORE USING A FLIGHT SIMULATOR WITH FOREFLIGHT MOBILE
The iPad (or iPhone) running ForeFlight Mobile must be on the same network as
the flight simulator. Both the iPad running ForeFlight Mobile and the flight simulator
can be connected to the network using WiFi, or the flight simulator computer can be
connected to the WiFi router via Ethernet cable, while the iPad is connected via WiFi.
After setting-up a compatible flight simulator and activating its data connection
(see below for instructions for popular flight simulators) open ForeFlight Mobile, tap
More > Devices, then tap on the box containing the name of the flight simulator and
slide the “Enabled” switch to ON.
For example if using X-Plane, in ForeFlight Mobile tap More > Devices, then tap
the “X-Plane” box, then switch the Enabled switch ON:
After connecting the flight simulator and turning the Enabled switch ON, verify
that the iPad or iPhone is receiving simulated GPS data from the flight simulator by
displaying the Accuracy instrument on the Instrument Panel on the Maps page.
X-PLANE
ForeFlight Mobile can receive GPS input from the X-Plane flight simulator v10.11
or newer on any supported platform. To enable this feature in X-Plane, bring up the
Settings > Net Connections menu. Change to the iPhone/iPad tab and check the
appropriate ForeFlight box.
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INFINITE FLIGHT
Infinite Flight (http://www.infinite-flight.com) is a flight simulator available for iOS
(iPhone and iPad) and Android (phone and tablet). Infinite Flight version 15.04 or
later (either iOS or Android) is able to send simulated position, attitude and traffic
data to ForeFlight Mobile running on an iPad or iPhone, provided both devices are
connected to the same WiFi network.
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Open Infinite Flight, tap the “Gear” button in the upper-left corner
down to the bottom of the list
and tap the “Enable ForeFlight
Link” switch ON.
, then scroll
If you are using Infinite
Flight Live (additional charge),
you can see the other traffic in
your area in ForeFlight Mobile
by tapping the Maps drop
down and enabling the Traffic
layer.
If Synthetic Vision is
included in your ForeFlight
subscription, tap the “AI”
button to enable the SV splitscreen view showing color
coded obstacles and terrain.
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PREPAR3D/FLIGHT SIMULATOR X
ForeFlight Mobile can receive GPS input from the Prepar3D or Flight Simulator X
flight simulators over a WiFi network when the FSXFlight plug-in is installed on the
flight simulator computer. For more information and instructions visit
www.fsxflight.com.
Pilots who prefer a wired option can use the Cygnus Home Direct. For more
information, visit
www.kingschools.com/pilot-supplies/flight-simulator/iPad-connection-wired
REDBIRD
ForeFlight Mobile can receive GPS input from a Redbird simulator via the Cygnus
Pro Wireless connection. For more information visit
www.kingschools.com/pilot-supplies/flight-simulator/iPad-connection-bluetooth
ELITE
ELITE 8.6 (Core, Premium, PCATD, BATD or AATD) can send GPS input to ForeFlight
Mobile using the ELITE “Sim to App” iPad Connection Software, available for purchase
at www.flyelite.com/shop/sim-to-app-2/
After installing the add-in, follow the included instructions to
activate the connectivity with ForeFlight Mobile. NOTE: on the
ELITE iPad Configuration screen in the ForeFlight box, press the
“SEND” button corresponding either with Broadcast (to all iPads
on your network) or to specific devices based on IP address.
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AEROFLY FS 2
AeroFly FS 2 for the PC supports sending GPS position data to ForeFlight Mobile.
To activate, first identify the IP address of your iPad by tapping More > Devices, then
tap the “i” in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Record the numbers of the IP
address labeled “Wi-Fi”; they will look something like this example: 192.168.1.119
Open AeroFly FS 2 Miscellaneous Settings, enter your iPad IP address into the
“Broadcast IP address” box. Make sure the Broadcast IP port is set to: 49002, then click
the “Broadcast flight info to IP address” ON.
FRASCA
Frasca simulators (www.frasca.com) can provide
location information to ForeFlight Mobile using the
Frasca Upgrade kit, which includes both WiFi and
Bluetooth interfaces, as well as the Frasca NorthStar
software that provides the simulated GPS position.
The WiFi interface is provided via a wireless router
connected to the Frasca FSTD PC, and the Bluetooth
interface is provided by a DUAL XGPS160 connected to
the FSTD PC by USB cable.
For information about purchase and installation of the upgrade kit in a Frasca
simulator, please contact Frasca’s Customer Service Department at (217) 344-9200 or
support@frasca.com.
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Sharing Flights
To share a flight on Twitter or via Email, create a route in Maps. Bring up the Nav
Log, if it is not already showing, and tap the Send To button. Then tap either
“Twitter” or “Email”.
Note that Twitter will not be an available option until you
configure your twitter account in the main iPad Settings app. Twitter is also only
available on iOS 5 and higher.
TWITTER
Tapping the Twitter option will present a window similar to that shown below.
Edit the text as desired and press Send to create the tweet.
EMAIL
Tapping the email option will show a view like that seen below. Provide the email
address of the recipient and tap Send. Note that the email will include a link that
other ForeFlight Customers can tap to open the route on their own iPad or iPhone.
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Miscellany
RADAR LEGENDS (WHEN FROM INTERNET)
Snowy/Icy
Precipitation
Mixed
Precipitation
Rain
Echo top
(in 100’s of feet)
ex: 24,900’
Storm Track
Estimated position in
20, 40 and 60 minutes
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RAIN - RADAR INTENSITY (DBZ) VS. COLOR
Based on RGB values assigned to dBZ range(s)
dBZ
Internet Color1
ADS-B Color2,3
5
10
SiriusXM Color3
none shown
none shown
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
75
95
1. Colors are interpolated between levels when rendered on an image.
2. ADS-B (FIS-B) NEXRAD radar is displayed with 6 intensity ranges.
3. Some dBZ intensity/color divisions do not fall exactly on 5 dBZ lines, so are shown
as close as possible to specification.
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MIXED RAIN/SNOW - RADAR INTENSITY (DBZ) VS. COLOR
Based on RGB values assigned to dBZ range(s)
dBZ
Internet Color1
ADS-B Color2,3,4
5
10
SiriusXM Color4
none shown
none shown
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
75
1. Colors are interpolated between levels when rendered on an image.
2. ADS-B (FIS-B) NEXRAD radar is displayed with 6 intensity ranges.
3. FIS-B NEXRAD doesn't include precipitation type, so "Mixed" is displayed at the
same reflectivity colors as rain. See AIM Chapter 7: http://tfmlearning.fly.faa.gov/
publications/atpubs/aim/chap7/aim0701.html
4. Some dBZ intensity/color divisions do not fall exactly on 5 dBZ lines, so are shown
as close as possible to specification.
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SNOW - RADAR INTENSITY (DBZ) VS. COLOR
Based on RGB values assigned to dBZ range(s)
dBZ
Internet Color1
ADS-B Color2,3,4
5
10
SiriusXM Color4
none shown
none shown
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
1. Colors are interpolated between levels when rendered on an image.
2. ADS-B (FIS-B) NEXRAD radar is displayed with 6 intensity ranges.
3. FIS-B NEXRAD doesn't include precipitation type, so "Snow" is displayed at the
same reflectivity colors as rain. See AIM Chapter 7: http://tfmlearning.fly.faa.gov/
publications/atpubs/aim/chap7/aim0701.html
4. Some dBZ intensity/color divisions do not fall exactly on 5 dBZ lines, so are shown
as close as possible to specification.
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FOUR-COLOR RADAR - RADAR INTENSITY (DBZ) VS. COLOR
Based on RGB values assigned to dBZ range(s)
dBZ
5
Internet Color
ADS-B Color
SiriusXM Color1
none shown
none shown
none shown
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
75
95
1. Baron Mobile Link/WXWorx radar does not display in 4-color mode. Only available
with SiriuxXM when using the SXAR1 receiver.
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BARON MOBILE LINK/WXWORX XM RADAR INTENSITY (DBZ) VS. COLOR
Based on RGB values assigned to dBZ range(s)
dBZ
5
Rain
Mixed Rain/Snow
Snow
none shown
none shown
none shown
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
75
95
none shown
none shown
1. Some Baron Mobile Link/WXWorx XM dBZ intensity/color divisions do not fall exactly
on 5 dBZ lines, so are shown as close as possible to specification.
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RADAR LEGENDS (WHEN FROM INTERNET)
Lightning (in last 5 minutes)
Mesocyclone activity
(Vortex of rising , rotating air)
Tornado
Hail
PIREP LEGEND
Icing PIREPs
(increasing severity)
Turbulence PIREPs
(increasing severity)
Sky & Weather PIREP
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ENHANCED SATELLITE
The Enhanced Satellite layer uses a
combination of visible and infrared satellite
imagery to provide a global image of cloud
formations.
Visible satellite images are primarily
used during daytime and are “enhanced”
with infrared highlights for the highest
cloud tops. During the night, when visible
satellite images are not available, the layer
relies entirely on infrared images.
Shades of gray are used to represent the
lowest-topped clouds; the darker the shade
of gray, the lower the cloud tops.
Above the lightest shades of gray you
may see blueish colors representing still
colder and higher tops. Above this, shades
of yellow, orange and red represent the
coldest and highest cloud tops.
As the temperature of the atmosphere generally decreases with height, a pilot can
get a pretty good idea which clouds are high-level and which are low-level based on
the color or shades of gray depicted. Cold cloud tops are often indicative of active
thunderstorms that can produce severe or extreme convective turbulence.
One thing to note is that thick cirrus clouds at very high altitudes will also show
up as very cold clouds even though they may not be associated with deep, moist
convection. Most of the time these high cirrus clouds do not have the same cellular
appearance as convective clouds and thus have very little variation in color.
See the temperatures that correspond to different colors in the table on the next
page.
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Based on RGB values assigned to temperature range(s)
Temperature ºC
-83
Color
Relative Cloud Top Height
Higher
-75
-70
-65
-63
-54
-50.2
-50
-38
-28
+12
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COLOR IR SATELLITE
Unlike the Enhanced Satellite layer, the
Color IR Satellite layer relies solely on
infrared satellite imagery to display global
cloud coverage, and uses a more refined
color scale to represent cloud top
temperature.
The IR Satellite layer is a close cousin of
the static color IR satellite images found in
the Imagery view. The static images show
not only the temperature of the cloud tops
using the same colors, but also the
temperature of the surface of the earth.
This can make it difficult to know where
clouds exist and where the sky is clear. The main improvement of the Color IR
Satellite layer over the static images is that
it attempts to mask out regions where the
sky is clear, showing the map background
in those regions instead of the surface temperature.
While this masking algorithm works a majority of the time, it can be difficult to get
it right every single time simply using temperature alone. For example, anytime
there’s a shallow low-topped stratus deck, the tops of the clouds may actually be
slightly warmer than the surface of the earth courtesy of a surface-based temperature
inversion. So the algorithm may have a difficult time discerning where it is cloudy or
clear. It’s important to always overlay the Sky Coverage layer to pick up on these
issues when they occur.
You can learn more about the Color IR Satellite layer and how it can be used to
gauge cloud height by reading this blog post by weather scientist Scott Dennstaedt.
See the temperatures that correspond to different colors in the table on the next
page.
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Based on RGB values assigned to temperature range(s)
Temperature ºC
Color
-72
Relative Cloud Top Height
Higher
-68
-64
-60
-56
-52
-48
-44
-40
-36
-32
-28
-24
-20
-16
-12
-8
-4
0
4
8
12
16
20
24
28
32
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KML USER MAP SHAPES
The User Map Shapes feature enables you to import and display custom KML
shape files in ForeFlight’s Maps view.
KML files are imported using iTunes, and while multiple
KML files can be imported at once, only one can be displayed
at a time. KML files must have the file suffix .ffkml or .ffkml.kml
in order to be recognized by ForeFlight. KML files must be
smaller than 4 MB to displayed in ForeFlight Mobile. All KML
files that have been imported are shown in the list on the
bottom of the right column in the Map Selection drop-down
menu.
For complete details about creating and correctly naming a
KML User Map Shape file for import, along with instructions for
importing the file into ForeFlight Mobile, as well as sample
KML files please visit: https://foreflight.com/support/usermap-shapes/
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Learning More
To learn even more about ForeFlight Mobile, please visit our website for
frequently asked questions (FAQs) and video tutorials.
FAQs: www.foreflight.com/support
Videos: www.foreflight.com/videos
“ForeFlight 101 - Beginner Tutorial” and “ForeFlight 201 - Advanced Course” video
presentations: www.foreflight.com/support/training/
To help us at ForeFlight learn more about how you fly, please send any and all
feedback on our applications to team@foreflight.com - we read and respond to each
note we receive. We also get a kick out of hearing your flying stories, so please do
share!
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Pilot’s Guide Change History
For v9.0 NOTE: REQUIRES iOS 9.2 or LATER
✤
Checklist (included with Plus subscriptions, also available separately)
allows you to add and customize checklists using templates for many
common GA aircraft.
✤
App Theme lets you pick a “Light” (similar to current) or “Dark” app
color-scheme. App Theme does not affect the color of charts, which
are still set separately using Color Inversion (see version 8.3 notes
below).
✤
Glide Advisor™ uses your aircraft’s glide ratio, current GPS altitude
AGL, surrounding terrain height, and winds aloft (either Packed before
your flight, or updated in-flight via ADS-B or SiriusXM) to present a
continually-updated ring showing your glide range. IMPORTANT: Prior
to use, Glide Advisor must be configured with your aircraft’s best glide
speed and glide ratio in More > Aircraft, or in the Maps Settings >
Glide Settings.
✤
User Map Shapes allow a pilot to load a KML shape file into the app
using iTunes to be displayed on the Maps page. The KML file can
include paths, areas, shading, points, etc... and displays independently
of the underlying route. NOTE: ForeFlight Track Log KML files cannot
currently be displayed as a User Map Shape.
✤
When using the SiriusXM SXAR1, SiriuxXM audio channels are now
supported; audio is controlled from ForeFlight Mobile and can be
played through a Bluetooth device paired with the SXAR1.
✤
Microsoft Office Documents (Word: DOCX, Excel: XLSX, and
PowerPoint: PPTX) can now be imported for viewing directly in the
Documents tab. Microsoft Office documents can be imported via
linked Dropbox, Box, or S3 account, or using iTunes. However unlike
PDF documents, Microsoft Office documents cannot currently be
annotated in ForeFlight Mobile.
✤
A Surface Wind Analysis overlay is now available to pilots flying with a
SiriusXM SXAR1 weather receiver. This model-based layer shows
predicted surface winds over the next hour in a regularly-spaced,
densely-populated grid across the USA, providing a better overall
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picture of surface winds than the METAR-based Surface Winds which
are irregularly spaced due to actual airport locations.
✤
The Device Disconnect Alert is triggered if the Bluetooth or WiFi
connection to a wireless device, such as Stratus 2S, a Garmin Flight
Stream 210, or a SiriusXM SXAR1, is lost.
✤
The Traffic Pattern Advisor Teardrop traffic pattern entry shape has
been refined to represent a more traditional “teardrop” shape.
✤
Customers can now use the ICAO flight plan form to file with VFR (DC
SFRA) flight rules and a DVFR flight type.
✤
MGRS coordinates can now be done entered directly; it is no longer
necessary to add MGRS@... before the coordinate.
✤
For pilots flying in far-northern or southern latitudes or in areas of
larger magnetic variation, ForeFlight Mobile now supports entry of
both True and Magnetic bearing from Named Fixes, Airports, Navaids,
and User Waypoints in the Flight Plan and Search boxes. For example:
LAX/276M/20.
✤
AeroFly FS 2 PC flight simulator can now send simulated position data
to ForeFlight Mobile.
✤
Moved Stratus ADS-B receiver information, SXAR1, and Baron Mobile
Linx/WXWorx, to the ForeFlight Connect section.
For v8.3 NOTE: REQUIRES iOS 9.2 or LATER
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The Color Inversion setting allows you to invert colors for easier lowlight viewing on the Maps, Plates, and Documents views.
✤
The new Color IR Satellite overlay on the Maps view provides a
visualization of cloud top temperature that’s helpful for minimizing
the risk of airframe icing.
✤
SiriusXM’s SXAR1 weather receiver now provides two additional
weather overlays in ForeFlight: Echo Tops and Cloud Tops.
✤
The new Destination Weather Frequency callout provides you with
your destination airport’s ATIS, ASOS, or AWOS frequency as you near
the airport.
✤
The Climb Gradient instrument displays your climb performance in
feet per nautical mile.
✤
Added MGRS as a default coordinate system, in More > Settings >
Unites/Time > Coordinates.
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✤
The global data-driven Aeronautical Maps now provide additional
aeronautical data types, including airspace altitudes, ARTCC frequency
stamps, Mode C rings, Class E surface areas, TRSAs, and SATRs.
✤
New in-flight alerts for sink rate and 500’ AGL provide added
situational awareness. Also, Runway Proximity Advisor now tells you
how many feet of runway remain when you enter a runway at either
end.
✤
The Screen Brightness slider in the Maps Settings is now linked to the
iPad’s brightness slider and also allows for additional dimming if the
lowest setting of the iPad’s slider is not dark enough.
✤
A new optional field in the flight plan form allows you to file with a call
sign. This field can be enabled in More > Settings > File & Brief.
✤
ForeFlight’s filing capabilities now support VFR and IFR flight plans
within or between both the U.S. and Canada, in either direction.
✤
Updated Rain Radar Intensity color mapping for SiriusXM SXAR1.
For v8.1 NOTE: REQUIRES iOS 9.2 or LATER
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For pilots who prefer a portable, satellite weather solution, ForeFlight
Mobile supports the SiriusXM SXAR1 weather receiver.
✤
To preserve documents on the iPad in the case of an inadvertent
account “unlinking” or a system connection issue, the Smart Binder
created when you link your ForeFlight account to a Dropbox, Box, or
Amazon S3 account is no longer deleted immediately after the account
is un-linked or the system connection is interrupted. See full details in
the updated Document Syncing section.
For v8.0 NOTE: REQUIRES iOS 9.2 or LATER
✤
Introducing the Global Data-driven Aeronautical maps, including a
selectable Aeronautical data layer (requires Basic Plus, Pro Plus, or
Business Pro subscription) can be overlaid over any underlying chart,
or can be displayed over a “light” or “dark” background map.
✤
TFR Alerts will display a visual and/or audio alert if your track will take
you into a known TFR within the next 5 minutes, even if the TFR layer
is not selected ON.
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✤
Added support for the Garmin Flight Stream 510, the Garmin GDL39
family of portable ADS-B receivers, and L3 Lynx family of installed ADSB transceivers, via the ForeFlight Connect program.
✤
Color updates for Download and Pause buttons on More > Downloads.
✤
A firmware update for the Stratus 2 enables support for the Stratus
ESG ADS-B Out transponder.
For v7.7 NOTE: REQUIRES iOS 9.2 or LATER
✤
A new weather layer called “Radar (Lowest Tilt)” provides a better view
of where precipitation is actually reaching the ground. The older Radar
layer is still available but has been renamed “Radar (Composite)”.
Radar (Lowest Tilt) is only available while connected to the Internet.
Radar received via ADS-B is Composite.
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A new option in Maps Settings called “Four-color Radar” allows you to
display radar in a low-resolution color scheme that mimics most
onboard radars. This setting works for both radar layers.
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A “Descent to Dest” instrument has been added to the Instrument
Panel, showing the rate of descent required to reach 0’ AGL at your
destination given your current speed and altitude.
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The Lightning layer has improved decluttering to show more lightning
at once, indicating where dangerous convection may be occurring.
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A firmware update for Stratus 1S and 2S devices adds additional
settings for AHRS calibration and Stratus Log recording, and enables
support for the Stratus ESG ADS-B Out transponder.
For v7.6 NOTE: REQUIRES iOS 8.2 or LATER
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Logbook enhancements, including unlimited imagery attachments,
FAA 8710 report exporting, medical and knowledge test certificates,
and type ratings. See the Logbook in ForeFlight Mobile guide for
details.
✤
ForeFlight can connect via Bluetooth to the new Garmin GTX 345/335
ADS-B Out transponders to receive ADS-B weather and traffic, GPS
position, and AHRS information.
✤
ForeFlight can connect via Wifi to the Avidyne IFD 540/440 panel
avionics to receive GPS and flight plans from the Avidyne.
For v7.5 NOTE: REQUIRES iOS 8.2 or LATER
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Introducing two new subscription plans for individuals: Basic Plus and
Pro Plus, along with Business Pro for multi-pilot account. Each offers
new features and added value over the previous plans.
✤
ForeFlight Logbook is now available with Basic Plus and Pro Plus
subscriptions, allowing pilots to import their existing logbook and log
new flights automatically.
✤
Area Forecast Discussions are available for US airports in the Weather
tab on the Airports view, and in airport popups in the Maps view.
✤
Document and Plate Annotation controls (including color and line
selection) have been made more consistent and easier to use across
different types of Annotations.
For v7.4 NOTE: REQUIRES iOS 8.2 or LATER
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The wall-of-text briefing has been upgraded to ForeFlight Briefing,
giving you a graphical, interactive, and translated pre-flight briefing.
✤
Track Logs can start and stop recording automatically at takeoff and
landing, and are automatically uploaded to the Cloud after the flight.
✤
Center Weather Advisories (CWAs) and international SIGMETs have
been added to the AIR/SIGMETs layer on the Maps view.
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The AIR/SIGMET/CWAs layer can be filtered by the type of hazard
shown (e.g., Icing, turbulence, IFR, convection).
✤
Support has been added for Apple’s Spotlight Search, which now
includes relevant results from inside the app.
For v7.3 NOTE: REQUIRES iOS 8.0 or LATER
✤
ForeFlight Mobile supports two-way flight plan transfer with select
Garmin avionics through the Garmin Connext Flight Stream 210.
✤
A tool allowing you to view and remove other devices signed in to
your ForeFlight account has been added to More > Accounts.
For v7.2 NOTE: REQUIRES iOS 8.0 or LATER
✤
ForeFlight Mobile can connect to the Garmin Connext FlightStream
110 and 210 bluetooth gateways to receive ADS-B and GPS data from
other Garmin avionics.
✤
ForeFlight Mobile can connect to the new Stratus 1S and 2S ADS-B
receivers.
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Aircraft Weight & Balance profiles (ForeFlight Mobile Pro subscription
required) are now synced between devices when Synchronize User
Data is enabled in More > Settings.
✤
Flight Notification Graphics are included with flight alerts on the File &
Brief page.
✤
The ForeFlight app on Apple Watch has an improved Airports page,
allowing for weather information from up to 30 airports to be viewed:
the ten nearest airports to your position (NBY), your ten most recently
viewed airports (REC), and your top ten favorite airports (FAV).
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