ForeFlight announced the release of ForeFlight 9 this week with updated and new features. One of the top features is the ability to use one of many preconfigured templates or create their own custom checklists, which are fully editable, can be shared through AirDrop or email, and provides color-coded interface showing a clear visual confirmation of the items that have been completed.
The new Glide Advisor element helps pilots quickly assess landing options in an emergency situation. Based on terrain, winds aloft, GPS data, and the aircraft’s best glide speed and ratio, ForeFlight shapes a dynamic glide range ring around the aircraft position icon on the moving map display. Glide Advisor can also be combined with a split-screen Synthetic Vision view for the ultimate in situational awareness.
ForeFlight customers flying with the SiriusXM SXAR1 Aviation Receiver can now connect their Bluetooth headset or audio device to the SXAR1 and stream XM Satellite Radio while in the cockpit. ForeFlight is the interface to browse and select radio stations. In addition, the portable SXAR1 provides access high-quality satellite aviation weather in ForeFlight Mobile including high-resolution NEXRAD with storm cell attributes and tracks, Lightning, Cloud Tops, Echo Tops, Surface Wind Analysis, Winds/Temps Aloft, METAR/TAF, AIR/SIGMET, PIREP, and NOTAMS.
Other new features include the ability to toggle between Light and Dark App Themes and customers may now import and display their own KML geographic files into ForeFlight, allowing them to define specific areas for their custom navigation needs.