News and Information for FltPlan Users      •     December 23, 2014
FltBrief Newsletter

A New Design for FltPlan’s FBO Notification

In our continuing effort to make our look more streamlined and our website easier to use, we have updated the design of our FBO Notification.

FltPlan's fax feature is a reliable way to inform the FBO of what you and your passengers will need, including ground transportation, catering, hangar space, etc. Because much of the information is already stored on FltPlan.com, it can take less than a minute to complete the information for each trip.

Additionally, you can set your defaults for FBO notifications to make the process even easier. Go to Main Menu > Flight Planning > FBO Notification. You can find the Set Default Information button at the bottom of the FBO Notification page. Enter or update your information, then click Press Here When Done to save the changes. You only have to complete the default information once.

To use the FBO fax briefing feature, first create your flight plan, then click the Send Fax link on the right side of your Active Flight Plan List.



FBO Briefing

Count on FltPlan for Winds Aloft Information

Winds Aloft MatrixAt FltPlan we strive to give you the most accurate, up-to-date information possible. Our Winds Aloft information is no exception. Winds Aloft information can be found on the NavLog, and expanded winds aloft information can be viewed in our Winds Aloft Matrix by clicking the Winds Aloft Matrix button at the bottom of your NavLog and on our Weather Page.

When you check the Winds Aloft Matrix, you'll find that it is set up for fixes (left hand column) and altitudes (across the top). You'll get the following information within each matrix box:

  • Forecast winds data (available up to 36 hours in advance).
  • Wind direction and speed. ( i.e. 270/30, which would mean the winds are from 270 degrees at 30 knots)
  • ISA (International Standard Atmosphere) temperature is the deviation from standard temperature at this altitude and fix. For example +3 means the temperature is 3 degrees warmer than standard; -8 means the temperature is 8 degrees less than standard. The number in brackets next to ISA is the standard temperature at the associated altitude.
  • Comp is the Wind Component. + means tailwind and - means headwind (i.e. +24 means a 24 knot tailwind).

On the NavLog, four different altitudes are displayed. On our Winds Aloft Matrix you can get up to ten different altitudes of winds along your route of flight

The type of winds data FltPlan uses varies. For example, FltPlan uses historical winds aloft data for domestic flights more than 72 hours in advance. For international flights, we use the winds forecast that most closely matches the time of your flight.

Any time you display the NavLog, FltPlan gives you the most current winds data available based on the criteria listed above.

Important: Keep Your Contact Information Up-to-Date

User/Pilot InfoSometimes it's necessary for FltPlan to contact a pilot. If a flight plan can't be filed because of incorrect data, we need to talk to the pilot to correct it. There might also be an emergency, a problem with your flight plan, or you may have forgotten to cancel your flight plan, making it necessary for FltPlan to contact a pilot.

If you've been using FltPlan for years, your information may have changed since you created your account. Avoid unnecessary delays by making sure your phone numbers and email are current. There is room in the pilot info slots to label whether the number is for home, office, or cell, for example 203-555-1222 cell. Utilizing this is a great way to avoid us calling your family and worrying them needlessly.

To keep your contact information current, go to the User/Pilot Info link on the left side of the Main Menu page of FltPlan.com. We will also check emergency contact info in your ICAO data for your aircraft.

Rest assured, we will not sell your phone number or email address or use it for any other reason than an emergency or an issue with your flight plan.

Need to Fly in Privacy? Use a DCM Call Sign or Block your Tail Number

In the not-so-distant past it was possible to fly your aircraft in relative privacy. Flight tracking vendors didn't release information to the general public. Now your flight information and history are easily available from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you feel your flight schedule and history should remain private, you might want to either block your tail number or use one of FltPlan’s DCM (Dot Com) call signs. The features included with each program are listed below:

DCM CALL SIGNS • Available to FltPlan Filers Only
  • DCM call signs take effect immediately.
  • You can block/unblock your aircraft at will.
  • Once assigned a call sign, you are known as DOT COM.
  • There are two levels assigned, FAA blocked and trackable.
  • If trackable, you will be known / seen as FltPlan on public flight tracking websites.
  • If you are a Premium Tracker, you can have a third Call Sign blocked at the FAA Vendor level.

FAA VENDOR BLOCKING
  • Only the FAA can block your N Number.
  • In order to block your aircraft, you must send an email to the FAA.
  • Blocking takes effect the first Thursday of every month.
  • There are two levels of blocking, FAA level and ASDI Vendor level.
  • If you are blocked at the ASDI Vendor level, you can only track with our Premium Flight Tracking service.
To enroll, please call our Premium Services office at 731-855-8000 between 9am and 5pm Eastern Time.

Follow FltPlan on Twitter

TwitterIf you haven’t been following FltPlan on Twitter, now is the time to start. With access to FltPlan’s tweets, you can be among the first to get news about our changes and enhancements. FltPlan’s Twitter feed is a great resource for helpful tips, useful information, and updates regarding new features on our website or apps. Click here to follow FltPlan on Twitter.

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