News and Information for FltPlan Users      •     August 20, 2015
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Display Wind Information as Wind Barbs on FltPlan Go

FltPlan’s Winds feature on the FltPlan Go app for iPad now includes the option to display wind information as Wind Barbs along your route of flight. Go to the Maps section, tap the Winds tab, and select to display Winds as Wind Barbs. Tap on any Wind Barb along your route, and a pop-up box will appear with various winds information, including the Altitude, Direction, Wind Speed, and ISA Temp. Wind Barbs are an addition to our color-coded wind arrows.

New! Restricted Canada Air Pilot (RCAP) now available and geo-referenced on iPad and Android.

How to Personalize FltPlan's New Web-Based Map Builder

Set your defaults for FltPlan’s new Map Builder to display the specific Background Maps, Map Layers, Route Options, Radar Layers, Winds Layer, and Metar Layers along your route for your particular flight planning needs. Select from more than 20 defaults. For example, you can choose to always have your Winds Aloft altitude set at the same level, to always have Jet Airways displayed, or have your route line displayed with a specific percentage opacity. To assign these default settings for the Map Builder, head to the Main Menu page. Click on the Settings link on the Dashboard, then click on the Default User Settings link and you will be brought to the Default Settings page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Set Default Map Settings link. From the Default Map Settings page you can customize which features you want to appear on the Map Builder. They will then be displayed every time you view your flight on the map.

For more information on using the new Map Builder, click here.

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FltPlan's Planned ATC Route / EDCT Feature... Are You Using It?

FltPlan has offered planned ATC routes for the last ten years. These are the routes that ATC is planning for your flight and will most likely be the route segment of your ATC Clearance. Find the 5 most recent planned ATC routes and other recent planned ATC routes when you are creating your flight plan on the Flight Plan Entry page. On the Flight Plan Entry page you can create a NavLog using one of the planned ATC routes, view the planned ATC route on a map with radar, or view the winds along the route. You can also get notification of your Planned ATC Route and EDCT texted or emailed to you up to 90 minutes before your scheduled departure time. The Planned ATC Route feature is available whether you file your flight plan using FltPlan or not. For EDCTs, you must use FltPlan to file your flight plan.

You can access this feature by clicking the Flight Tracking button on the left side of the Main Menu page, then clicking the ATC Routes/EDCT link, or (if you are a Premium Flight Tracker) by going to the Flight Tracking link. Getting your Planned ATC Route is as simple as selecting your aircraft tail number or call sign and the email/text message address that you would like the Planned ATC Route to be sent to. FltPlan also displays your planned ATC route on the active flight plan list.

Some additional info about ATC Routes:

  1. The route you see might not be exactly what you will get as a clearance. For instance, when departing out of some airports, especially in Florida, there can be an initial identifier that is used by ATC, but not given to the pilots.

  2. The Planned ATC Route means a clearance has been issued by the ATC system. If you receive a Planned ATC Route, you can rest assured there will be a clearance available when you call Clearance Delivery/Ground/Tower/Approach.

  3. If a new route is assigned, we'll send you the new Planned ATC route. If you are assigned a new routing after your initial Planned ATC Route, or even after you have been issued your clearance, FltPlan will send you the updated Planned ATC Route. This can be helpful for a re-route that might necessitate some additional fuel after you've received your clearance, but before you've taxied out.

  4. EDCT (Expected Departure Clearance Time) notices are part of the package. If you select that you would like to receive your Planned ATC Route, we will also send you any EDCT that may be in effect, along with your wheels-up time (i.e. your EDCT). If your flight is not flying in an area of EDCTs, then you will not receive any EDCT emails.

  5. A Proposed Message (Schd.) is also included. A proposed message from FltPlan is your confirmation that your flight plan is indeed in the ATC system. You can check the departure time to make sure what you filed is what you thought you filed. The Proposed Message almost always comes at the same time as the Planned ATC Clearance (approx. 90 minutes before departure), but is also an independent check that ATC knows about your flight plan.

For more information about the ATC Routes that FltPlan provides, click here.

FltPlan Stats

FltPlan filed more flight plans in July 2015 than in any other month in the company's 16 year history. We saw a 5% increase over last July.


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