ForeFlight’s latest update hit the app store today with some fun new features. This includes a new 3D approach preview, which allows you to visualize instrument approaches in a photorealistic environment, complete with stepdown fixes and altitude markers. The update also adds a few additions to the ever-expanding Aeronautical map layer with additional terrain features and quick access to airspace frequencies.
Quick-access airspace frequencies
ForeFlight’s Aeronautical Map layer continues to add new data with each app update. The latest release adds Jeppesen-sourced frequencies for many kinds of controlled airspace for quicker inflight access. This allows you to view tower, approach and center frequencies simply by tapping the airspace:
New Basemap Features
ForeFlight’s High-Resolution Basemap includes new terrain and cultural elements such as mountain passes, highway labels, and additional bodies of water for improved inflight reference. Download the High-Resolution Basemap for any region on Earth in More > Downloads. You’ll find the setting to enable/disable the “Peaks, Passes and Cables” details in the Terrain section of the Map Settings menu:
3D Approach Procedure
Saving the best for last, the new 3D Approach Preview feature allows you to visualize your instrument approach in ForeFlight’s 3D view. After adding an approach to your flight plan using the procedure advisor, press the 3D button on the route editor to load the simulation. 3D Preview displays markers for each waypoint in your route, including labeled approach fixes, allowing you to better visualize every step of your approach down to the runway. 3D Preview also features an interactive navlog, allowing you to view each waypoint and the distances between them and quickly jump to any leg in the flight. 3D Preview is included in ForeFlight Performance plans. Here’s a video showing it in action: