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News and Information for FltPlan Users      •     August 22, 2017
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IMAGEFltPlan Go Course Deviation Indictator (CDI)
Displays the Deviation from Your Route While In Flight


FltPlan Go now offers a Course Deviation Indicator (CDI). CDI uses your current GPS position to determine your deviation in nautical miles from your route of flight. When your map is zoomed out, CDI allows you to see if you are on course. If not, a green line on the Course Deviation Indicator will display how many nautical miles off course you are. If it lines up directly under the aircraft symbol, then you are perfectly on course. If the green line displays on the 4, then you are off course by 4 nautical miles. If you are entirely off course, the Course Deviation Indicator will display red.

To enable the Course Deviation Indicator, go to Maps – Options – Course Deviation Indicator. This will display the Course Deviation Indicator at the bottom of the Maps section. Tap and hold on the aircraft in the center of the CDI to adjust the scale. You can choose from 1nm, 2nm, and 4nm. You can also tap on the aircraft to remove the CDI. Select your route from the Routes button and start flying.

Download our FltPlan Go app for free from the Apple App Store.


Try FltPlan’s Free Checklist Tool


If you’re not taking advantage of our convenient Checklist tool, maybe it’s time you started. FltPlan’s Checklist is an important step in safe flying for all your preflight, in flight, and post flight needs. Use this feature, in addition to your flight planning, to make sure nothing is forgotten. Create your checklist in your account and have it at your fingertips with our FltPlan Go app for iOS, Android, and Windows 10.

With FltPlan’s Checklist tool, you can see each item being checked off as it’s completed, ensuring that no step is accidentally missed. You can also quickly transfer your checklist to other tail numbers or to another account.

A checklist can be set up and created for each individual aircraft within an account by going to Main Menu > Tools > Checklist. If you need a custom checklist, please let us know, and we can create one for you. Print your checklist or take it to go with FltPlan Go. With a mobile device, you can quickly transfer your checklist to other tail numbers or to another account, save or print the checklist, or utilize the optional voice synthesizer.

Click here to read our Checklist Tutorial.


Registering Your ELT Prevents Unnecessary Search and Rescue

Registering your ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) is federal law, and it might just save your life.

If the ELT is registered, authorities are able to contact the registered user and confirm whether it’s an emergency, said Lt. j.g Nate Gilman, from NOAA Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) Operations.

A false alert – which is a non–distress activation of a 406 MHz emergency beacon – has the potential to put rescuers in harm’s way and tie up resources that could otherwise be available to respond to a real emergency. "No matter what time it goes off, the Civil Air Patrol and everyone else responds,"Gilman said. Every week there are over 100 false alarms.

Helpful Links

To register your ELT and keep it up to date, click here

For more information on registering your beacon, click here

Here’s more on how to find your beacon’s HEX ID.

As a note, our free FltPlan Go app for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 offers both Search & Rescue (SAR) Patterns and CAP Grids. For more on SARs, click here

To download CAP Grids for offline use on FltPlan Go, go to Downloads > Maps > Layers > Download CAP Grid. After they have been downloaded, go to Maps > Layers > CAP Search Grid.


FltPlan Stats

Due to the total solar eclipse, we saw a 17.5% increase in the number of flight plans filed for a Monday.

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