Quick Tip: Aeronautical Map with AutoHighlight in ForeFlight

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    Most all pilots began flying with a Sectional Chart, initially on paper and for most now on an EFB. Lots of info on a Sectional... maybe too much. This video is a quick introduction to what seems largely undiscovered by many ForeFlight pilots… the Aeronautical Map, including the use of the Airspace AutoHighlight feature. Have you tried the Aeronautical Map (without the Sectional overlaid)? And with AutoHighlight of airspace? Your thoughts on pros/cons versus the Sectional?
    Thanks for your insight and enjoy the flight!
    Wayne, GeezerGeek Pilot
     
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    I really wanted to like aero maps, but it was still too cluttered the last time I tried it.
     
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    Good point... I found out that the AutoHighlight (on; it's off by default) really helps in clutter reduction. Wayne
     
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    I actually switched back to the aeronautical chart from the sectional this evening on a flight for all the reasons you listed in your vid. Wasn't aware of the autohighlighting for airspace, that's pretty cool, though not much of a factor for my local area.
     
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    Tristan, cool that you checked out the aeronautical/autohighlight!
    Thanks for watching,
    Wayne
     
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    Wayne, I count a day as lost if I fail to learn something new every day and this video was it for today!! I have not used "track up" on sectionals for the reason you say. I didn't know that the aeronautical chart fixes that!! Really slick! Thanks!!!
     
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    Wow, well your kind words just made my day!
    Thanks for watching,
    Wayne
     
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    Wayne, I've been flying that way for some time now and really like it too. I remember last year landing at an FBO somewhere in Montana or Wyoming and one of the guys was looking at the iPad display, wondering what app I was using. He'd never seen anyone use Foreflight that way before and didn't realize it was Foreflight.

    One thing I found that you don't see with the sectional off is parachute jumping areas, so for VFR flights, I typically review the route with the sectional layer on before departing. There may be other important things that would also be missed -- if anyone knows of such please chime in.

    And of course, it's so easy to flip layers on and off that you can periodically do this in flight as desired. I often do this on long flights, confirming landmarks, etc, just for something useful to do.
     
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    It appears that now defunct Pro subscription doesn’t have aeronautical charts :(
     
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    Aeronautical view is the primary view that I use. It is much easier to read than a sectional chart, IMO.
     
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    Excellent point on the jump areas. There are also other notes on the Sectional (e.g. military procedures). I'm going to start during preflight to look at the Sectional, scribble on the map, and the scribbles will also show with only the aeronautical enabled.
    Thanks for the heads up,
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    Aeronautical maps was the singular reason I upgraded to the pro plan. In the very congested oddly shaped SFO bravo the VFR sectional was difficult to read the bravo’s boundaries. Aeronautical option Was a huge improvement. I also like the feature where they have the local center displayed floating on the map in near the area you’re flying.
     
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    NordicDave, I totally agree... a huge improvement. The AutoHighlight of airspace... and then the Profile (terrain, airspace, selectable) top it all off nicely.
    Thanks,
    Wayne
     
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    aero charts was a $25 add on with Pro. I tried it a couple of times before I gave up on it.
     
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    I never added it and, since the Pro or its add-ons are no longer available, can't add it now.
     
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    Good timing since my subscription was due this month. I upgraded to pro plus.
     
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    Gary, in my opinion, well worth the upgrade cost.
    Wayne
     
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    Nice video, good job in highlighting the downsides of the sectional. I mostly use iFly, but I utilize the vector map feature 99% of the time.
     
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    I thought Aero charts are part of all of the "plus" packages, including the now minimum "Basic Plus" *


    *An artifact of the pricing model changes over the years but its pretty silly that all of the available packages are now Plus packages. They might as well just rename them Large, X-Large, and XX-Large :rolleyes:
     
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    A video about the base map being discussed

     
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    A screen shot of the current subscription plans.... see my red circled item in left column.

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    A simple "Yes, that is correct" would have been simpler
     
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    That's the news from Foreflight, where all the packages are above average...
     
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    Thanks for this. Learned something new. Was supposed to do my first solo XC yesterday and the highlight feature woulda come in handy as I have to skirt around SFO’s bravo. I unfortunately had to scrub it for the second time in a week due to winds.
     
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    Thanks for watching... and best wishes on your cross country!
    Wayne
     
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    Thank you. Nicely done. I’ve been set in my ways.
     
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