How do I add my own plates using the "Bring Your Own Plates" (BYOP) feature?

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 version 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:

AirportCode_ProcedureName.pdf

  Examples:  

     KRDU_Raleigh Seven.pdf

     KRDU_MyPlate.pdf

AirportCode_CategoryName_ProcedureName.pdf

  Examples:     

     KRDU_Departure_Raleigh Seven.pdf
     KSFO_Arrival_Big Sur Two.pdf
     KHOU_Special Ops_NVG Approach.pdf
     KCLL_Taxi_Airport Diagram.pdf
     KJFK_My_Procedures_MyPlate.pdf

Image 1.  A folder that has 4 PDF documents correctly formatted for BYOP.

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.

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.

If you are using a Mac, select all of your files inside Finder, right click, and select "Compress X Items" from the pop-up menu. This will create a file named Archive.zip. Rename it to 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

Image 2:  Create a zip file containing all your files.

 

Image 3.  Rename the zip file to be "Procedures.zip"

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 4.  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 'Apps' tab for your device

Inside the window for your device, click on the 'Apps' tab at the left. It should show all of the apps you have installed on your device.

Image 5.  Click on the apps tab.

Step 6: Drag your zip file into iTunes

Scroll to the 'File Sharing' section at the bottom of the page and click on 'ForeFlight'. On the right, you will see a listing of 'ForeFlight Documents'. 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. While the file is copying over to your device, and you will see a brief 'Sync in Progress' message on your device.

Image 6.  Drag the "Procedures.zip" file into the ForeFlight File Sharing 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 7.  BYOP Plates is listed on Airports page under Procedures.

 

Image 8.  BYOP found on the Plates page by searching for the airport identifier.