favorite ForeFlight instruments?

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  1. GeorgeC

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    I use:
    • Cross-track error
    • Track
    • Course next
    • Descent to dest
    • Nearest baro
    • Groundspeed
     
  2. Cap'n Jack

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    The magenta line :target: :)

    ETE is useful to me. I like the distance rings too.
     
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    I mainly use FF on the iPhone in portrait mode, so there's only room for five of them. I have:

    - Distance Next
    - Bearing Next
    - Track
    - Groundspeed
    - ETE Next
     
  4. Let'sgoflying!

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    Are the ring supposed to be accommodating for winds aloft?
    My ring is a like an earthworm on crack, no where near a circle.
     
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    It depends on which rings, I suppose. I was thinking of the concentric distance rings.
    Are you thinking of the glide distance rings?
    My ground reference maneuver tracks look like an earthworm on crack though. :rolleyes:

    I use FF a lot on business trips- What am I seeing out the window? Will we fly past that interesting thing? I've gotten pictures of Monument valley, Mt. Denali, Crater Lake, Mt. St Helens, and other things because I could see we were going to fly past them.
     
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    ya, wasn’t aware other rings were available:


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    I wasn’t aware this was available. Will be looking up my glide ratio and tinker with this feature. Admittedly new to FF and use mostly for Charts and flight planning.
     
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    When I have an ADS-B connection, I like the nearest barometer setting feature.
     
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    The glide distance ring is based on a combination of your plane's entered glide ratio, winds aloft, and terrain.
     
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    Likewise, I wasn't aware the glide distance rings were available. OTHO, all of Nebraska is an emergency landing field :)
     
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    In addition to the above mentioned features, I like the extended runway centerlines. It's helpful when approaching unfamiliar airports with cross-wind runways.

    -David

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    Is that "teardrop to 01" something you created? Or is that an option somewhere, only ask because I've never seen that before.
     
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    It will generate pattern entries for you. I just noticed that you can also insert an along-track offset waypoint, eg 10mi before your destination. Too bad it doesn't do that for TOD.
     
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    Plus one on the extended center lines. One thing I am not great at is picking out the field early from a distance that are new to me.
     
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    In my four copies of ForeFlight...:
    Track x4
    Groundspeed x4
    Vertical Speed x4
    Accuracy x3
    Nearest Airport x2
    GPS Altitude x2
    ETE Dest
    Cabin Pressure

    Dave,

    You live in an area with a lot of terrain, which is why your ring is pretty squiggly. The glide ring is corrected for both winds aloft and terrain. In flat area, it'll be practically circular. When winds aloft are strong, there'll be an obvious offset. It's a great feature.

    It *kind of* does. At some point, they added a route line in the Profile view, so you can start the descent there. Hopefully they'll add it to the Nav Log, or add a VCALC-style "instrument" and/or alert. I wouldn't expect it to look like the Garmin banana... Maybe they'll put a dot on the magenta line.
     
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    There's a TOD in the navlog under Flights, but unfortunately it doesn't get exposed in Maps. In the meantime, I just wait for "descent to dest" to become something reasonable.
     
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    I have looked in settings, but can’t figure out how to get it to plot the pattern.
     
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    This. Hit "Procedure" and then "Traffic Pattern".

    I really never do it, simply because at that point, I've got the field in sight, I don't need the magenta line and I'd prefer to keep my eyes outside instead of on the iPad. I suppose if you have GPSS and an autopilot that can make those turns, you could send the plan to your GTN/GNS and have it do all the work, but that's just asking for your flying skills to atrophy.

    I mean, I love gadgets, and what they can do for us in aviation, but it needs to have its limits.
     
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    Notwithstanding the fact that the pattern entry is not correct. Too close to the airport and it's not 45°. Might as well do whatever you want.
     
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    Repeat after me:
    A 45º pattern entry is not a requirement.
    A 45º pattern entry is not a requirement.
    A 45º pattern entry is not a requirement.
    (repeat as necessary)

    Now, when you punch this flight plan in and go to Procedure->Traffic Pattern->Rwy xx, you have the option of straight in, or 45º, midfield teardrop, or midfield direct entries into either right or left traffic. So, if you need to be a purist:

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    Coming from the direction in this flight plan, a 45º entry requires pretty much a complete 180 as well. Since RFD is towered, they're likely to tell you to just enter on a right base anyway.

    FWIW, when going to an untowered airport, ForeFlight only offers entries on the correct traffic pattern side. That *IS* required (for airplanes).
     
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    Really appreciate this thread..added many of the above especially as I have things like groundspeed and vsi in other screens.

    The nearest airports and nearest nav aid is a big Time saver.
     
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    Agree. I didn't know some of this stuff was available.
     
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    I know FF shows traffic on the moving map, but does it have a traffic page with the distance rings showing the traffic? I noticed that Garmin Pilot has that. I was flying with someone who was doing a split screen with the map on top and the traffic on the bottom as seen below.

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    I didn't say it was required. But encouraging performing a procedure that sort-of looks like the recommended one but is really a half-assed version is probably worse than not doing it at all. However, it's good that FF gives you multiple options to choose from.
     
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    Anybody know if you can look at cloud tops on the imagery area of FF? When I get a briefing there is the cloud tops pics like you find using the online GFA tool. That is helpful for planning at times but I don’t want to bother with requesting a briefing for a flight.
     
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    We don’t need another page for traffic..it has distance rings and traffic on the same screen. Also, I like the AHRS and I sometimes use the ipad stopwatch and timer with ForeFlight. Screen shots in my home office..the Stratux next to my computer monitor..waas gps normally gets 2 meter accuracy in flight.
     
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    Frustrating as it pulls it for your briefs. The gfa tool online is great but crappy to use with a phone. Any serious flight planning it’s not an issue as I get the briefing and get it that way. But I like so a lot of flight planning for fun quick and FF makes that nice.
     
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    Send a feature request, with a link to the tool you use, to team@foreflight.com. Sounds like it would be a good addition.
     
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    And I did jus that now!! Thank you for the suggestion. Doesn’t hurt to ask. Maybe get an explanation as to why they can’t. But they have access to the maps. Shouldn’t be to hard to update the imagery section of the app
     
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    Course Next or Bering Next on Foreflight
    Normally they give the same reading in Foreflight

    Definitions:
    Course Next- desired course to next way point
    Vs
    Bering Next- Bering to next waypoint

    Which one do you use and why?
     
  34. Doug Reid

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    If I am remembering correctly, Bearing Next will show mag bearing to next waypoint. As long as you stay on course, Course Next will read the same. If you drift off course, the Course Next will change to the new corrected course needed to fly direct to the next waypoint.

    I have Cross Track Error between Bearing Next and Course Next . The Cross Track Error is my CDI for the most part when flying waypoint to waypoint.
     
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    The reason I ask is I was playing around with FF during an approach, after I loaded the Garmin 430w, and wanted to compare what the Garmin 430W was giving me vs FF.
    When I decided to go vectors to finial on the Garmin and FF, Atc was vectoring me around for other traffic, basically 180 degrees away from the FAF.
    I noticed that the Course Next was exactly what would be expected for the finial approach course, and exactly what Garmin was giving me.
    For fun I switched he Next Course to Next Bering in FF on the bottom ribbon. As I thought, FF gave me directions to the Next Bering (as the direction to take To get to the FAF). I found that different information quite helpful and thought I should share.