ForeFlight Offers ADS-B, Adds CO Monitor, Glance Mode

 - July 11, 2018, 10:51 AM
The new glance mode in ForeFlight allows users to change the viewpoint in the synthetic vision mode.

ForeFlight has unveiled the Sentry, a portable ADS-B receiver that shrinks the form factor while offering a full set of features that includes a carbon monoxide (CO) detector and alarm. The company also released Version 10.2 of its “integrated flight app” with new synthetic vision, logbook, flight planning, military, and day/night enhancements.

Like the ForeFlight Scout ADS-B receiver, Sentry is designed by ForeFlight and manufactured by uAvionix, but it adds features that aren’t included in the smaller $200 Scout. Priced at $499, Sentry is about half the size of an iPhone+ or Samsung Galaxy mobile phone and weighs 119 grams. With dual-band ADS-B In for delivery of ADS-B In weather and traffic information, Sentry also features a WAAS GPS receiver, AHRS (attitude sensors), an internal battery with more than 12 hours of endurance, and a CO detector and alarm. “This is a first for an ADS-B portable,” said Stephen Newman, executive v-p of sales and marketing.

Sentry allows up to five users, connected via Wi-Fi. The CO monitor provides visual and audible alerts on ForeFlight as well as on the Sentry device. A green light on Sentry indicates less than 35 parts per million (ppm) of CO, while yellow indicates between 35 and 50 ppm, and red lights up at 50 ppm, which also activates an audible alarm.

Sentry comes in a padded case and includes a suction-cup Ram mount. It can be purchased online at Amazon and will be available at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from July 23 to 29.

The new Version 10.2 of ForeFlight adds a significant change for synthetic vision, a “glance” mode that allows the user to change the viewpoint to anywhere around the aircraft. Most synthetic vision system (SVS) displays are fixed, always presenting the pilot’s viewpoint. But ForeFlight’s glance mode lets pilots “look” around to either side, up or down, or even behind the aircraft when using SVS. Glance mode pops up with a touch on the iPad screen when SVS is running, and it remains active for at least six seconds without further input.

In glance mode, a field of view indicator shows where the view is oriented, and data elements disappear to keep the view uncluttered. The pilot can adjust the camera’s position by panning with a single finger or zooming in and out with two fingers. Touching an airport symbol in SVS now pops up an airport information box.

When connected to an ADS-B In receiver, glance mode will display traffic targets on the SVS view, for traffic that is within 11 nm, and targets are scaled and sized based on proximity, growing larger as they get closer. Numbers next to each target show its horizontal and vertical separation, and an up/down arrow shows whether it is climbing or descending. If available, the target will also display a registration number or callsign.

ForeFlight’s new auto day/night mode automatically transitions between day and night modes based on local sunrise and sunset times. Users can modify the day/night settings to suit their needs.

Flight planning updates include fresh organized track systems routes every day for the Atlantic, North Pacific, and Australasia regions. “Tracks are color-coded based on direction and have labels showing each track’s name and component waypoints,” according to ForeFlight.

Military ForeFlight users have access to the new Bullseye feature, which helps users define any point on the map and then measure their position and other assets’ positions in relation to that point. Any waypoint, airport, address, or coordinate-based position can be set as a Bullseye.

Other flight planning enhancements include entering multiple comma-separated email addresses for sending flight plans and updates to other pilots and crew; SMS text messages added to email and push notifications for flight plan updates; a flights info button that shows details about departure, destination, and alternate airports; and the ability to copy filed and expected route strings in the flight plan filing form to the clipboard.

The ForeFlight logbook has added FAR 61.58 jet currency.