Dispatch Feature Releases
For complete details on Dispatch's features and functionality, refer to the Dispatch Guide.
- Operational Rules: Takeoff Alternate
Specify a takeoff alternate airport using operational rules. Takeoff alternates can be automatically selected based on departure airport, destination airport, aircraft type, or tail number. You can create an Operational Rule for takeoff alternates by visiting the Operational Rules tab in Dispatch Settings and selecting the Alternate rule type from the drop-down menu. Once you choose a takeoff alternate, check the Apply as Takeoff Alternate option.
- Weight and Balance: Variable Max Weight Limits
You can now calculate weight and balance for aircraft with variable maximum weight limits. To use this feature you must be using a W&B profile created from a ForeFlight pre-built template, not a template built from scratch.
- Release More Flights as Editable
Flights planned in Dispatch with alternate routing or alternate cruise profiles can now be released as editable. The latest version of ForeFlight Mobile added support for specifying alternate routes and alternate cruise profiles, allowing such flights released from Dispatch to be editable in the mobile app.
Specify a takeoff alternate airport using operational rules.
Release flights with alternate routing or alternate cruise profiles as editable.
Calculate weight & balance for aircraft with variable maximum weight limits.
- Trip ID & Tags in Dispatch
Easily tag and search for flights by specifying a trip ID and custom tags. The new Tags section is available to the right of Flight History in the Flight Edit page's footer. Click Edit to add or edit both. Trip IDs and tags are carried over when you create a new flight using the Next Flight or Copy Flight buttons on a flight that has them, and both are displayed in the summary at the top of a flight's Navlog document. The new Tags column on Dispatch's Flights List also displays the trip ID or tags for any flight that has them, and you can click on these to add them to the Watchlist to quickly find others that match. Click the caret icon to the right of the trip ID to show the full list of clickable tags, and click Edit at the bottom of the dropdown to edit the trip ID or tags. Trip IDs and tags can also be imported with scheduled flight plans via Dispatch's Scheduling API.
- Dispatch Settings: Generate Recall Number Only When Flight is Filed
Choose when a flight's recall number is generated with a new option in Dispatch's Settings view. The "FMS Uplink / Recall" setting provides options for generating the recall code only when the flight is filed, when it is filed or released, or after every save. Recall numbers are available for aircraft that have an FMS Uplink provider configured.
Specify a Trip ID and Tags for a flight
- Operational Rules: Rule Names & Enable/Disable Rules
The flexibility of Operational Rules in Dispatch continues to expand with the ability to specify rule names and toggle rules on/off. When adding a new rule or editing an existing rule you can enter a Rule Name in the new field just to the right of the Rule Type selector. An "Enabled" checkbox to the right of the Rule Name field allows you to temporarily disable rules wihout deleting them. Uncheck the box to disable a rule and prevent it from being applied to future flights, and check the box to re-enable it.
- Generate Gendec from eAPIS
Automatically create and save a General Declarations document as part of the eAPIS workflow in Dispatch. After filling in all the flight, crew, and passenger details on the eAPIS tab, click the GenDec button to the right of the "Review & Submit" button to generate a GenDec form and download it as a PDF or print it.
- Route Builder Improvements
Dispatch's Route Builder page supports more capabilities for modifying a route. Click the trash can button to the right of any waypoint in the Waypoint list to delete it from the route. Also, access Procedure Advisor from the Route Tools dropdown at the top of the page to view, add, or edit departure and arrival procedures to a route.
- Miscellaneous Improvements
• Zulu & Local Time Formats in Release Emails - Flight release emails from Dispatch now show the estimated arrival time (ETA) in both zulu and local time.
• Line Breaks in Dispatch Notes - The Dispatch Notes text field now supports line breaks to allow for more flexible text formatting when release a flight to crew members.
• Upload Files to Archived/Locked Flights - You can now upload new files and documents to flight plans in Dispatch even after they have been archived 48 hours after their ETD.
Add a name for Operational Rules and enable/disable them
Generate a GenDec document for eAPIS
- Operational Rules: Specify Multiple Aircraft per Rule
Create operational rules that apply to more than one aircraft simultaneously to minimize the number of individual aircraft-based rules and configure them more quickly. After selecting a Rule Type and adding a condition based on Tail Number, click the dropdown on the right to select from a list of all aircraft on your account. All aircraft you select will be subject to the new rule once you add it.
- New Operational Rule: Avoid Custom Shape
Automatically apply the Avoid Custom Shape route constraint to certain flights based on their departure or destination airports, aircraft type, or aircraft tail. After specifying the conditions for applying the rule, right-click at least three times within the interactive map below to define the custom shape to be avoided. You can also add a buffer of arbitrary size around the shape using the Buffer field. If you wish to apply the rule to all flights on your account, simply add the rule without defining any conditions.
- Military Flight Bag: Plan with MTRs and ARs in Dispatch
ForeFlight MFB customers can now incorporate and file Military Training Routes and Aerial Refueling tracks as part of their flight plans in Dispatch. You can view MTRs and ARs on the flight plan map by opening the layer selector's Map Settings tab and expanding the Military Tracks dropdown under the Aeronautical header to independently toggle Aerial Refueling Tracks and Instrument, Visual, or Slow Military Training Routes. To incorporate these tracks into a flight plan, enter the Route Builder and scroll down to the list of waypoints. Click the + button to the right of the waypoint where you want to begin or end a track and click Add Adjustment, then select Insert Track from the list. You can now select the type of track to add (MTR or AR), whether to insert the track before or after the selected waypoint, and specify the track identifier. Start typing in the Track field to view and select from a list of matching tracks. Click Preview in the bottom-left to open a preview map showing how the track will be inserted into the route. Click Apply Adjustments to insert the track into your route.
- Route Builder: Additional By-Leg Adjustment Options
New options for by-leg adjustments are now available in the Route Builder's waypoint table.
• Cruise Profile Change - Change the cruise profile used to calculate performance results starting at the selected waypoint.
• Add Delay/STAY - Specify a delay at the selected waypoint by entering the time in hours and minutes.
• Add Point - Specify a waypoint to be inserted into the route before or after the selected waypoint.
• MFB only: Insert Track - Insert an aerial refueling track or military training route before or after the selected waypoint (full details above).
• MFB only: Add/Remove Fuel - Specify a quantity of fuel in pounds to be added or removed from the aircraft at the specified waypoint to more accurately calculate performance results for flights involving aerial refueling. You can also enter Notes to be displayed for the specified waypoint in the Navlog's waypoint table.
• MFB only: Add/Remove Payload - Specify a payload weight in pounds to be added or removed from the aircraft at the specified waypoint to more accurately calculate performance results. You can also enter Notes to be displayed for the specified waypoint in the Navlog's waypoint table.
- Miscellaneous Improvements
• Filing Messages in Flights List - View any messages received from ATC for a filed flight plan directly from the Flights List using the new option at the bottom of the More dropdown on right right.
• + Support in ICAO Form - Dispatch now allows you to include the "+" character in Item 18 of the ICAO form.
• Avoid FIR Altitude Range - Selecting an FIR to avoid using the Avoid FIR route constraint in the Route Builder will now display that FIR's altitude range below the FIR's name in the list of constraints to be applied.
• Sticky Flight Edit Sub-Tabs - The row of sub-tabs at the top of the Flight Edits page containing the Flight, ATC Data, Files, and other tabs will now "stick" to the top of the view as you scroll up or down on the page to ensure quick access to other tabs.
Specify multiple aircraft tails in a single operational rule
Avoid Custom Shape Operational Rule
MTR and AR layers in Map Settings menu
Cruise Profile Change and other by-leg adjustments available for non-MFB Dispatch customers
- Route Constraint: Avoid Custom Shape
Direct ForeFlight's Recommended Route to avoid a custom-defined region when avoiding whole countries or FIRs isn't enough. Select the "Avoid Custom Shape" option in the Route Constraints drop-down menu on the Route Builder page, then right-click on the map in at least three locations to place markers defining the custom shape. Continue right-clicking to extend the shape with additional corners. If you make a mistake or wish to start over, click the eraser button in the lower-left corner of the map to clear all markers. Optionally specify a buffer in nautical miles around the custom shape to ensure your route avoids it by a suitable margin.
If you want to save a given shape so you can apply it to other flight plans, copy the text in the WKT String field (formatted as "POLYGON((long lat, long lat, long lat))" with a minimum of three long/lat pairs) and paste it into the same field on other flight plans to duplicate the shape.
Route Constraint: Avoid Custom Shape
Custom Shape String with Buffer
- Route Rubberbanding
Manually adjust your route line simply by clicking and dragging it in Dispatch’s route map. Click and drag existing waypoints in your route to substitute them with other waypoints, or click and drag between waypoints to insert a new one. After releasing the line a popup displaying a list of nearby airports, waypoints, and more allows you to select the new route element.
- Route Constraint: Avoid Country
Direct ForeFlight's Recommended Route to avoid certain countries as it generates an optimized route for your flight. As with all other route constraints, you can access Avoid Country near the top of the Route Builder page. Like the existing Avoid FIR constraint, selected countries to avoid are highlighted on the map.
- Flights List: Search by Recall Number
Dispatch's Flights List supports searching by recall number, allowing you to enter a particular recall number in the Search field to find the associated flight plan.
- New Operational Rule Types
Control the details of flight plans across your account with new Operational Rule types available in Settings > Operational Rules.
• Taxi Fuel - Set a default taxi fuel based on a flight’s aircraft, type, or departure airport.
• FBO - Set a default FBO for a particular destination airport. This rule requires you to first select a destination airport to determine which FBOs are available, after which you can select one and/or define additional conditions based on aircraft, type, or departure airport.
• Avoid Country - The Operational Rule equivalent of the new Route Constraint, allowing you to automatically apply the constraint based on a flight’s departure or destination airport, aircraft, or type. You can also select countries to avoid without specifying any rule parameters to apply the Avoid Country constraint to all flights planned across your account.
- Improved Operational Rule Filters & Search
Find operational rules you’ve added more easily with three new options at the top of the Rules list, in addition to the existing “Filter by Rule Type” dropdown:
• Filter by Condition Type - filter the Rules list to only those with matching conditions types, such as aircraft type, tail number, departure or destination airports, and more.
• Filter by Condition Value - filter the Rules list based on the specific condition value, such as a specific airport, aircraft type, etc.
• Free Search - filter the Rules list based on matching keywords from any part of the rule. Use Free Search in conjunction with other filters the Free Search to further refine the possible keyword matches.
Route Constraint: Avoid Country
- Integrated Weight & Balance
In conjunction with its release on ForeFlight Mobile for Business and MFB customers, Dispatch now allows you to integrate weight and balance planning directly with your flight planning after setting up W&B profiles for your aircraft. Access the W&B tab in the Flight page to add passenger and payload details.
- Route Tools - Airspace Crossings
View and export a detailed list of all airspaces and countries your route crosses with the Airspace Crossings tool, available in the Route Tools dropdown at the top of the Route Builder page. By default this highlights all airspaces your route passes through on the map and displays the complete list of airspace crossings on the left, with details like time enroute, lat/long positions, waypoints (if the crossing is associated with one), and more. Click the toggle in the top-right to enter Country mode, which similarly highlights all countries your route crosses on the map and displays crossing details on the left. Click Export Table to download the crossing details as a CSV or Excel file.
Integrated Weight & Balance
- Multiple Climb & Descent ForeFlight Performance Profiles
Several dozen popular jet models from Bombardier, Gulfstream, Embraer, and more now support multiple manufacturer-sourced climb and descent performance profiles that you can select on a per-flight basis, just like you already can with cruise profiles.
- Dispatcher Notes in Navlog
Flight planners can now provide pilots with custom notes containing relevant flight information via the Navlog. The "Dispatcher Notes" field in the ATC Data and in the Flight Release confirmation window supports up to 5000 characters that will be automatically included in the Navlog sent to crew members when the flight is released.
Dispatcher Notes in Navlog
- Per-Flight Navlog Selection
Rather than enforcing the same Navlog template for every flight on your account, Dispatch now allows flight planners to manually select any Navlog template - either Standard, International, or a custom-built template - while editing a flight.
- New Operational Rules
Flight Attachment: Upload files that will be automatically attached to flights that meet the specified conditions. Supported file types include PDF, TIFF, TIF, JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, BMPF, TXT, DOC, DOCX, XLSX, XLS, PPTX, PPT, CSV, Pages, Key, and Numbers. File attachments are limited to 25MB or less.
Saved Partial Route: Allows a partial route to be automatically included in the Route Builder for flights that meet the specified conditions.
Per-Flight Navlog Selection
- Share Flights with any ForeFlight Pilot
When adding a pilot outside of your current organization, the release email will now contain a sharing-invitation link. ForeFlight users outside of the organization can click and accept this link, and the flight and associated aircraft will appear on their account in the Flights view.
- Detailed Flight History
The Flight History feature now provides far more detail about what specific changes were made to a flight plan by anyone on your account. Click "Details" to the right of each flight event to see the full list of changes made.
- Auto Routing
Dispatch's automation capabilities take another step forward with the new Auto Route Settings section in the Automation Settings tab. When enabled, Dispatch will automatically assign an optimized route to new flights that do not yet have a route. An additional setting allows you to define how many hours prior to ETD a route should be generated and assigned to a given flight plan.
- Operational Rule: Alternate Routing Mode
Specify a particular alternate routing mode with or without specifying a particular alternate airport to force all flight plans that satisfy the operational rule's conditions to adopt that alternate routing mode. Selecting Manual allows you to define the cruise altitude and route to alternate as well.
- Runway Length Unit Setting
Determine what unit is used to display the runway length: Feet or Meters. Available in Planning Settings under the Units/Time Settings at the top of the list.
- Deep Links in Release Emails
Release emails delivered to assigned crew members now include an iOS "deep link" to open the flight plan directly in ForeFlight if it is installed on the device and the user is signed in.
- Organization Email Settings
Operators who wish to use a single centrally-managed email account to monitor and respond to any flight plan activity by anyone on the account can now do so using the two settings in the Email section of the Planning Settings page. Specify the central email address in the Organization Email field to set it as the reply-all address for all emails sent from Dispatch, and set the "Use Organization email as Flight Watcher" setting to ON to copy that email address on every email.
- Runway Analysis EOPs on Mini-Map
While configuring the Takeoff settings in a flight's Runway Analysis tab, click the Map button below each Engine Out Procedure dropdown to view the selected EOP's ground track on a floating mini-map. Only the Straight Out and RNAV EOPs are supported for displaying on the map; Jeppesen EOPs cannot be displayed.
- Australian Reserve Fuel Policies
Dispatch now supports CASA RPT and non-RPT reserve fuel policies in a flight's Reserve Policy dropdown. Both policies expose fields for Holding Time, Holding Altitude, Contingency Policy, and Contingency percentage.
Flight History Details
Auto Routing Settings
Organization Email Settings
- Runway Analysis Support
Dispatch now supports the new Runway Analysis feature for supported jet aircraft that you have purchased a license for. Click the Runway Analysis tab between the Flight and ATC Data tabs to configure the Runway Analysis calculation for takeoff, landing, and alternate landing.
- Improved Operational Rules Interface
The user interface for adding and editing Operational Rules in Dispatch now more clearly defines the available parameters and logical operations, and provides a plain-language preview of the rule for added clarity.
- Preview Features & Turbulence Avoidance
Enable cutting-edge new features prior to their general release by enabling the Preview Features setting at the bottom of the Planning Settings page. Preview features are clearly marked with a red "Preview" label. The first Preview Feature, Turbulence Avoidance, is a new option in the Route Builder that causes Dispatch to attempt to avoid either moderate and severe or only severe turbulence as it generates the Recommended Route.
- "EUR/PROTECTED" Flight Plan Filing
For flights that require enhanced security by restricting who can view the flight plan's details, a EUR/PROTECTED checkbox is now available under Other Information on the ATC Data tab.
New Operational Rules Interface
Preview Features & Turbulence Avoidance
- Cruise Profile to Alternate
Set a cruise profile for a flight's alternate routing that Dispatch will use to calculate performance independently of the primary cruise profile for the flight. Expand the Alternate Routing section to access the Alternate Cruise Profile field.
- Custom Airport Elevation
Manually define an elevation in MSL for any custom airport you add in Dispatch.
Alternate Routing Cruise Profile
- Overflight Charges
Overflight Report estimates the overflight charges incurred for flying through global airspaces, giving you a more reliable and complete dataset when generating reports.
- Update Emails for Flight Changes
Dispatch sends emails to the crew when you make significant changes to a flight (departure, destination, etd, etc.).
- Editable Flight Releases
Release new flights to pilots in one of two modes - Read-Only or Editable. You can force all flight releases to use either of the two modes, ensuring that the same release mode is used for all flight plans. Learn more here.
- Route Constraints: Avoid Airspace
Use Route Constraints to avoid airspace when generating a route in Dispatch, giving you greater flexibility to tailor routes to your needs. Choose an airspace type and then scroll or search through a list of airspaces to avoid.
Editable Flight Releases
Route Constraints: Avoid Airspace
- DD1801 International Flight Plan Form
Dispatch also gives the ability to change the flight plan type in the filing modal.
- Custom Navlog Builder
The Navlog builder allows you to build a customized Navlog that fits your operational needs. The Navlog consists of widgets that you can edit and move around.
- Improved Route Report
Makes it easier to add the route constraints from the report.
Custom Navlog Builder
- Flight Watchers
Flight Watchers gives you the ability to add email addresses to a flight and receive updates to keep interested parties who aren't crew members up to speed on the status of a flight. Learn more here.
- Auto-Release All Flights Setting
Dispatch can automatically release flight plans to assigned crew members, relieving flight planners of this routine task so they can turn their attention to other flights. This release also includes a status icon indicating if a flight is going to be auto-released. Learn more here.
- Off Route Waypoints on the Map
The Map now displays many types of waypoints not associated with any airway, including off-route intersections, oceanic waypoints, and others.
- Internet Traffic
View FlightAware's global traffic coverage on the Map to view airport activity all over the world. See how ATC is vectoring traffic around active weather systems and plan accordingly.
- Turbulence in Cruise Advisor
Dispatch will mark flight levels with a turbulence icon if there is turbulence at that altitude, allowing you to select the most efficient altitude for a flight.
- Expanded Airport Search Terms
You can now search by City, State, Country, etc.
- Writable Flight Shares
This gives you the ability to share editable flights, allowing others to make changes to the flight.
- Default FMS Uplink
Flights will be uplinked after they have been filed or released.
- Flight Advisories in the Sidebar
This provides greater visibility to important flight information.
- Name Saved Routes
Save your favorite routes for quick access when flight planning. After choosing a route, click the "Save" icon in the route builder and Dispatch will save that route and display it as an option the next time you create a flight with the same airports. View, rename, and delete saved routes in Dispatch > Settings > Saved Routes.
- Alert NOTAMs
Dispatch highlights runway and airport closure NOTAMs that potentially can affect the flight.
- Copy Flights
Dispatch saves you time by letting you copy planned flights. When editing a flight, click the copy button at the top of the screen and Dispatch will open a duplicate of that flight.
- Procedure Advisor
Easily add departure and arrival procedures to a route in Dispatch using Procedure Advisor, which is similar in most ways to the capability in ForeFlight Mobile’s Maps view with a few key differences. Each procedure in the list uses colored labels to indicate which aircraft types are approved to fly it. Learn more here.
- Non-US Date/Time Options
The date and time picker can now display the non-US format DD/MM/YYYY. Change the date format in Dispatch > Settings > Planning Settings
- Preserve Filed Flights
Dispatch will lock Filed Flights as read-only for 48 hours after ETD in order the preserve the briefing/flight record.
- Specific Load
Dial in Dispatch’s time and fuel burn calculations even further with Specific Load planning that offers finer control over crew and passenger weights. While Simple mode limits you to a single average weight to be multiplied by the number of people on board, Specific mode breaks out six types of people – Pilots, Cabin Attendants, Males, Females, Children, and Infants – each with their own customizable average weight. Adjust the default average weights in Settings. Learn more here.
- Custom Airports
Dispatch allows you to create new user airports and manage them from the Flights or Settings pages. Every custom airport is defined simply by a unique four-letter identifier, a name, and a set of lat/long coordinates. When you file a flight plan to or from a custom airport, Dispatch automatically provides the airport's coordinates and name in the proper fields of the ICAO filing form, allowing you to file the flight plan as easily as you would with known airports. Learn more here.
- Map Improvements
Collapse the performance section to view a larger map while planning.
- Release Email
The release email will contain a link that always points to the latest briefing generated for your flight, allowing Dispatch to only send 1 release email per flight.
- Global RAIM
Dispatch supports receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM) analysis for flight plans anywhere in the world. The Dispatch briefing package includes a new page containing details about the calculation and any predicted outages for both your departure and destination airports. Learn more here.
- Operational Rule: Avoid FIR
Avoid FIR is used to generate a Recommended Route that avoids certain airspace, giving you more ability to tailor routes to your needs. Learn more here.
- Attach Flight Documents from Dispatch
Gives Dispatchers the ability to attach view-only files to a flight. Attach PDFs, images, Microsoft Word documents, and many other file types to make them accessible right in ForeFlight for viewing and printing before the flight. Any file that you upload to a flight will appear in the Files tab on ForeFlight’s Flights view for any crew members assigned to the flight (excluding ad-hoc crew members who are not part of your ForeFlight account – read more about ad-hoc crew members below). A red dot appears on the Files tab when new documents are added. Learn more here.
- Winds Aloft
Dispatch’s built-in map now includes a global Winds Aloft forecast layer that you can use to quickly find favorable winds at different altitudes. The Winds Aloft layer in Dispatch also provides a Time Slider to view wind forecasts for multiple time periods, up to more than 6 days in the future. Click the Play button on the right of the slider to animate the layer, showing how the winds change with each forecast period. Learn more here.
- By-Leg-Altitude in Route Builder
Ability to change the altitude by leg in the route builder. This gives dispatchers the ability to constrain altitudes on certain segments of a flight. Learn more here.
- Airport Information in the Flight List.
Find current and future weather that could impact a flight with important weather information in easy-to-access places. View latest METAR, TAF, and NOTAMs sorted in reverse-chronological order. Dispatch will also indicate if an airport has low IFR conditions. Learn more here.
- Auto Refresh
Dispatch automatically refreshes the briefing, Navlog, and performance numbers to ensure that crew members can access the most up-to-date information about their assigned flights. Learn more here.
- Adjustable Contingency Percentages
Adjust your contingency fuel percentages in the Advanced Fuel Options section of a flight plan.
- Saved Routes
Ability to save a favorite route in dispatch and automatically see it the next time you plan a route with the same pair of cities. Learn more here.
- Enhanced Airport Search
Ability to see weather for airports when you search.
- Ad-hoc Crew
Dispatch has the ability to send email notifications to flight team members who are not included in your ForeFlight account. Provide flight details and updates to contract pilots, ground handlers, cabin attendants, or anyone else who needs to be notified simply by entering their email address in one of the Crew fields. Learn more here.
- Flight History
Dispatch will track the history of changes made to each flight and by whom, giving account administrators greater oversight of flight plans in the system. The “Last Change” status at the bottom of the Flight Edit view shows which user made the last change to the flight. Learn more here.
- Indication of Release Type (Locked/Unlocked)
You can see if a flight is released in Locked/Unlocked mode and you can release a single flight as Locked/Unlocked.
- NOTAM Lookup
Allows you to look up NOTAMs for any ICAO code (airport, FIR, etc.).
- Automatically Release Flights
Enable Automatic Releasing in Dispatch > Settings > Automation. Once enabled, set the desired amount of time before the ETD to automatically release the flight.
- International Navlog
The International Navlog offers an alternate format with more space for note taking and other changes. Set the International Navlog as your default template in Dispatch > Settings > Navlog Builder.
- Phone Number Lookup
Dispatch will look up phone numbers on pilot's old filing forms for easier input of flight information.
- FBO Section
We added an FBO section for selecting destination services while planning a flight.
- Partial Routing
Add sequences of waypoints as “Partial Routes” to ensure compliance with strict overflight permits or preferential routing in certain airspace. ForeFlight’s fast route optimizer will then fill in what’s left to complete the route.