ForeFlight 5.0 launches, using many new features of the BA3 Mapping Engine
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 at 4:04 pm by — Category: News

ForeFlight 5.0 hit the Apple App Store this week:

New Terrain: ForeFlight 5 Lands in App Store

This new ForeFlight release uses the terrain feature of the BA3 Mapping Engine to create a new feature in ForeFlight called Hazard Advisor:

A highlight of ForeFlight 5 is Hazard Advisor, a terrain and obstacle awareness system for iPad. When you activate Hazard Advisor, it highlights hazardous terrain and obstacles within 1,000′ of your aircraft’s GPS altitude. Terrain and obstacles (“hazards”) within 100′ are colored red, and hazards within 1,000′ of your aircraft’s altitude are colored yellow. Obstacles are dynamically added to the screen as they become threats. The terrain colors change smoothly and look stunning.

This feature helps raise awareness of obstacles and terrain and will hopefully help drive CFIT accidents even lower. In areas like Houston – where 2,000′ towers pepper the landscape – Hazard Advisor is very helpful.

Other features in 5.0 made possible by the Mapping Engine include high-resolution terrain downloads, Extended Runway Centerlines (using the vector features in the engine) and WorldWide Touch Planning, made possible by BA3′s full spherical model.

If you would like to try out the BA3 Altus Mapping Engine, see the video describing the engine’s capabilities and download the free SDK today.

If you have questions about Altus products and services, the demonstration code or licensing, please contact us at: [email protected]. Also, any feedback, comments or suggestions that you have are always greatly appreciated.