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News and Information for FltPlan Users      •     August 18, 2016
FltBrief Newsletter Pratt & Whitney
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FltPlan’s New Clearance Hotline

IMAGEIf you've created a NavLog in the last week, you may have noticed a new phone number in red print on the upper right side of the page. This is FltPlan's new Clearance Hotline number. On the rare occasion that ATC doesn't have your clearance, you can use this number to contact FltPlan. We will immediately ask your username and check your account to see what the problem is.

The most common clearance issues are caused by pilot oversight. They are, in order of occurrence:

  1. Forgetting to select the flight plan for filing.
  2. Filing for the wrong day.
  3. Filing for the wrong time.
  4. Filing with the wrong tail number / call sign.
  5. Calling for the clearance more than 30 minutes before scheduled departure time.

With FltPlan's new Clearance Hotline, you now have a 'friend', 24/7, who can quickly check what the issue might be and correct it for you. When warranted, we will refile the flight plan. This number is specifically for clearance issues; no other questions will be answered, as the line must be kept free for pilots with immediate clearance concerns.

A couple things to keep in mind:

  • Clearance Delivery / Ground / ATC should have your clearance no more than 30 minutes before departure. If your departure time is more than 30 minutes in the future, then tell ATC what your proposed departure time is, and ask if they can 'pull it up' from the system.
  • The Hotline is solely for use when ATC doesn't have your clearance. Support questions are handled by emailing Support@FltPlan.com.

FltPlan's Clearance Hotline is just one more free service that FltPlan provides to help your flight go smoothly.

Latest Enhancements to FltPlan’s Map Builder and FltPlan Go

FltPlan.com now has mosaic radar for Alaska and also lightning data on our state of the art Map Builder.

The Map Builder can be accessed from any desktop, tablet, phone or laptop using FltPlan.com. Our Map Builder includes, route overlays, NexRad, color coded METARs, lightning data, winds aloft, TFR & SUAs, TACs, helicopter charts, fuel prices, and much more.

Please see our video on how to use our Map Builder.

You can also find these great features on FltPlan Go for iPad, iPhone, Android, and Windows 10 (Alaskan radar and lightning data will be added to FltPlan Go for iPad / iPhone in an upcoming release).

With FltPlan, there is no need to pay for costly licenses. FltPlan provides free visual and IFR charts for the U.S. and Canada for use on as many devices as you'd like.

FltPlan Apptitude: ‘True’ GPS vs ‘Assisted’ GPS

Buying iPad, Android or Windows devices can be confusing for pilots. These devices can either come with built-in Assisted GPS or with True GPS. Assisted GPS is a Wi-Fi based location service. True GPS gets data from the GNSS / GLONASS Satellite Systems. Tablets with only Assisted GPS will need an external GPS (like Dual XGPS150 and Bad Elf) or an external ADS-B source.

When shopping for devices, it's not always easy to find out if the device has True GPS. Many sales associates do not know there's more than one way to get GPS, so just asking if the device has GPS does not ensure that your device will be using satellite data for GPS. We suggest being very clear that you are shopping for a tablet that uses satellite data instead of Wi-Fi.

For iPad buyers, you will need to buy an iPad capable of cellular service in order to get built-in true GPS (you do not need cellular service activated to use True GPS).


FltPlan Stats

For the month of July, FltPlan filed 86.1% of all N#-registered flight plans for CitationJets / CJ Series / M2s.

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