You can add your own plates or other PDF content to the app using the Bring Your Own Plates (BYOP) feature on both the iPad and iPhone versions of the app. To do so, follow these steps:
Step 1: Name your PDF files you want to add to ForeFlight
Copy all of your PDF files to an empty directory or folder and rename your files following this format:
KSFO_Arrival_Big Sur Two.pdf
KHOU_Special Ops_NVG Approach.pdf
If the files do not match this format exactly, ForeFlight cannot recognize them and they will not show up inside the app. The airport code (FAA, ICAO, or IATA) is required and is always followed by an underscore. This is followed by an optional category name (e.g. Departure, Arrival, Custom), then by the name of the procedure. Filenames can contain spaces and other special characters. The file must have a .pdf extension, or it will not be recognized by the app.
For Taxi Diagrams, you can implement the airport view "Taxiways" button within ForeFlight mobile by using the word "Taxi" as the category name. For example, the KCLL Airport Diagram should be named KCLL_Taxi_Airport Diagram.pdf in order to map the "Taxiways" button to the procedure.
If importing the BYOP plates in a Content Pack, the PDFs will be placed in a "byop" folder in the Content Pack folder, before the Content Pack folder is compressed. See Content Packs Support for instructions.
If importing the BYOP plates via a Procedures.zip file, see the following:
Step 2: Create your Procedures.zip file
Create a file named Procedures.zip containing your PDF files. All of the PDFs should be in the root of the ZIP file, without any directories or folders included.
|IMPORTANT: DO NOT place the PDF files in a folder named "Procedures" before compressing into a ZIP file.|
If you are using a Mac, select all of your files inside Finder (Image 1) or on the Desktop (Image 2), right-click, and select "Compress X Items" from the pop-up menu. This will create a file named Archive.zip. Rename the "Archive.zip" file to "Procedures.zip" (Image 3).
Images 1, 2: Select PDF files then choose "Compress ## Items".
Image 3. Rename the zip file to be "Procedures.zip"
If you are using a PC, use a program like WinZip for making the ZIP file. Make sure to name it Procedures.zip
If your desktop computer is macOS Catalina (10.15) or later, you will use the Finder to import the Procedures.zip file:
Step 3: Connect your device to your computer
Plug your iPad or iPhone into your computer via the Apple USB cable.
Step 4: Open Finder
To do this if needed, you can search for Finder by clicking on the desktop background on your Mac and then pressing the spacebar and typing in "Finder".
Step 5: Click on your iPad or iPhone in the Finder sidebar under "Locations"
NOTE: If your iPad or iPhone do not appear, open Finder Preferences: Sidebar, and click the box "CDs, DVDs, and iOS Devices":
(A popup may appear where you can choose to "Trust this iPad" on your Mac and on the iPad you will need to choose "Trust this Computer".)
Step 6: Click on Files
NOTE: If your iPad or iPhone do not appear, open Finder Preferences: Sidebar, and click the box "CDs, DVDs, and iOS Devices".
Step 7: Drag & Drop the Procedures.zip file onto the ForeFlight icon
You can do this by dragging and dropping the Procedures.zip file onto the desktop and dragging it from there into the ForeFlight icon in Finder. Or you can open a separate Finder window and drag the file from there.
Step 8: Click the "Sync" button in the lower-right corner
Image 4: Import via Finder.
If your desktop computer is macOS/OSX Mojave (10.14) or earlier you will use iTunes to import the Procedures.zip file:
Step 3: Connect your device to iTunes
Plug your iPad or iPhone into your computer via the Apple USB cord. Start iTunes on your computer, or wait for it to automatically start.
Step 4: Click on your device in iTunes
Inside iTunes, click on the logo for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.
Image 5. Click on your connected device.
If you don't see your device, make sure it is plugged in properly. Try disconnecting the USB cable from both your device and the computer, and then and plugging it in again.
Step 5: Click on the 'File Sharing' category for your device
Inside the window for your device, click on the 'File Sharing' tab at the left. It should show all of the apps you have installed on your device. Then click on 'ForeFlight' under the 'Apps' category.
Image 6. Click on the File Sharing tab.
Step 6: Drag your zip file into iTunes
After clicking on 'ForeFlight' on the right, you will see a listing of 'ForeFlight Documents' on the right. If this is the first time you've added procedures to the app, this listing will be empty.
Drag the Procedures.zip file that you created in Step 2 and drop it onto the 'ForeFlight Documents' table on the right. While the file is copying over to your device, and you will see a brief 'Sync in Progress' message on your device. Then click the blue 'Done' button.
Image 7. Drag the "Procedures.zip" file into the ForeFlight Documents Section on the Apps page.
Step 7: Launch ForeFlight
After the copying has completed, launch ForeFlight on your iPad or iPhone. The new procedures will show up automatically in the specified airports. If you were running ForeFlight and viewing an airport while the files copied over, you will need to change to a new airport inside the app before you can see the new files.
If you specified a category in the procedure file name, it will show up in that category (example: "Noise Abatement" in the screenshot below). If you did not specify a category in the file name, the procedure will show up in the "Other" category for that airport.
Image 8. BYOP Plates is listed on the Airports page under Procedures.
Image 9. BYOP found on the Plates page by searching for the airport identifier.