Special Departure Procedures (SDPs) Use in ForeFlight Mobile
Special Departure Procedures (SDPs) have been added for filing purposes into ForeFlight Mobile. SDPs are not updated through the normal 28-day AIRAC cycle and are not in our normal procedures database. In order to use an SDP, you must be an authorized user of the SDP and have a copy of it available to you. Adding the SDP to your route will only make it fileable through ForeFlight, you will not have the procedure available to you in ForeFlight Mobile. You can import the plate using the "Bring Your Own Plates" (BYOP) feature. Using an SDP in ForeFlight Mobile will NOT adjust your flight time or fuel burn, please account for this in your flight plan.
There are three outcomes when attempting to file an SDP using ForeFlight Mobile:
- You successfully file the SDP
- The SDP you are attempting to file is not recognized by ForeFlight, and you receive an error message.
- The SDP you are attempting to file has not yet been locally adapted by the center (FIR) you are attempting to file in, and you receive a flight plan rejection from the FAA.
How to file an SDP using ForeFlight Mobile:
- Confirm that you are an authorized user of the SDP and have a copy of the procedure available to you.
- From the Maps page, tap FPL > enter the departure airport’s ICAO identifier.
- Enter the coded departure as “SDP Name . Transition Fix”, Example, “YEARS1.YEARS”, please be aware of the format with the “.” between the SDP and transition fix. The SDP will show in red and have an associated error message. Ignore this.
- Enter any other waypoints, airways, lat/longs, VORs, etc into the route. You may need to enter the transition fix again as a specific waypoint in order to get a more accurate flight time and fuel burn as the entire SDP and transition fix are NOT accounted for in the flight time and fuel burn.
- Enter the destination airport’s ICAO identifier.
- Make any adjustments to the flight time, altitude, performance calculation, etc. Make sure you are using Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) as opposed to VFR.
- When you have completed your flight on the Maps page, send to the Flights page using the “Send To” button (square box with an arrow pointing up).
- Make any necessary adjustments in the plan, tap Proceed to File.
- Make any necessary adjustments to the flight plan, tap File > verify the information in the pop-up > File.
- If everything works correctly, you will briefly see a green checkmark and text stating that your plan is filed. Following that, you will see a pop-up stating that the FAA has acknowledged your flight plan. In the lower-left corner of the screen, you will see a green “Filed” indication. At this point, you have successfully filed your flight plan with an SDP.
If you attempt to file an SDP that is not recognized by ForeFlight, you will receive an error that looks like this:
(Note: The error in this instance is because we are attempting to file the SDP using VFR instead of IFR.)
If the SDP you are attempting to file has not yet been locally adapted by the center (FIR) you are attempting to file in, and you receive a flight plan rejection from the FAA. The rejection message will follow the green checkmark (indicating ForeFlight has filed the flight plan), and will look like this:
The specific flight will also show "Rejected" in red in the lower left: