ForeFlight released version 4.6 of their flagship app today that adds a variety of new features, including improved route selection and editing. This release introduces a new set of “Advisor” tools that make flight planning and decision making simpler. Route Advisor™, Procedure Advisor™, Altitude Advisor™, and an all new route editor work in concert to save you time.
With Route Advisor, you’ll see high and low airway auto-route suggestions, preferred routes, tower en-route control (TEC) routes, and a greatly expanded set of previously flown / assigned routes between airports. Procedure Advisor will help you select SIDs, STARs, and transitions. Lastly, Altitude Advisor helps you find the right altitude for your direction of travel and whether you are flying VFR or IFR.
Then use the new route editor to re-arrange waypoints, insert waypoints, or drag them away from the editor to delete them. This is a great feature, and it works a lot like typical Apple apps (like Mail). You can tap on a waypoint, then insert a new waypoint before or after it. It’s also easy to add arrivals and departures from here. Instrument pilots will really appreciate this functionality.
The app update also includes Stratus 2.1 firmware, which unlocks new Stratus capabilities and greatly improves GPS and battery performance. Stratus is the highly acclaimed portable ADS-B receiver made by Appareo Systems and available exclusively at Sporty’s. Check out this article for more information on how to update the Stratus firmware: Updating the Stratus firmware.
Check out this video for a first look at the new features in ForeFlight Mobile 4.6: