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News and Information for FltPlan Users      •     February 11, 2016
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New FltPlan Go for iPad Feature: Approach Plates on Maps

FltPlan Go Approach Charts on MapsFltPlan GoFltPlan continues to add new features and enhancements to our iPad app. In our previous release we introduced the split screen. Now, in this latest update, the FltPlan Go app allows users to view approach plates directly on maps.

This new feature has options that allow for viewing of Weather, METARs, and Winds directly over approach plates. The transparency of the approach plate can be adjusted to allow for clear viewing of the selected base map layer. The feature also allows for rubber-banding so that the route of flight can be aligned with the approach path.

All of these features enhance situational awareness when transitioning from the enroute phase to the approach phase of your flight.

For more information here's a link to our video support.

Click here to check out our manual.


RVSM – If You Fly Above FL280, You Need to Read This

There has been a spike of pilots getting in trouble with the FAA/ATC for going into RVSM airspace when their aircraft is not authorized.

The latest trend is a new owner flying a recently bought aircraft that has not yet received RVSM authorization. It can be a last minute maintenance issue that forces the aircraft into non-RVSM status. Operators either forget to remove the equipment qualifier of "W" (indicating RVSM capability), or figure they can just put that they are not RVSM capable in the REMARKS section. Comments in the REMARKS do not over-ride what you have entered as your equipment code. You will be held accountable to what your equipment code says in the flight plan and not your comments in the REMARKS section. If your aircraft becomes non-RVSM capable, for whatever reason, you must remove the "W" before you create the flight plan. This is easily accomplished with FltPlan.com by going to A/C ICAO Data and making sure RVSM is not selected. FltPlan.com will take care of the rest.

If you're still using Domestic Format, then go to Edit Aircraft, and make sure you do not have /L /W or /Z as your equipment code.

How FltPlan helps: If you see an RVSM message next to your flight plan on the Active Flight Plan List, take the time to read what it says.

  • FltPlan tries to catch RVSM comments in the REMARKS section that are in conflict with your equipment codes and give you a message.

  • If your equipment code does not show RVSM, but you file for an altitude of FL290 or above, FltPlan will give you a warning about your equipment code.

Other important things to know if you are not RVSM capable:

  1. Asking the controller and getting the go-ahead doesn't mean you can cruise at an RVSM altitude with a non-RVSM aircraft.

  2. Only a select group of flights can be assigned an RVSM cruise altitude if the aircraft is not RVSM capable. They include Lifeguard flights, Department of Defense, Foreign State governments, and aircraft flown for certification and development. If you are not one of them, don't fly at an RVSM altitude. It doesn't matter if it's 2am with no planes within 200 miles.

  3. A controller might clear you to an RVSM cruise altitude, but it is your responsibility to refuse. This is no different than a controller saying to maintain visual separation when you can't. Just tell him you're unable to cruise at an RVSM altitude.

  4. If you are not RVSM capable, and you are climbing through RVSM airspace to get to an altitude above FL410, please confirm with the controller before you get to FL290 that he knows you are not RVSM capable. Even if you think you have filed correctly, don't climb through RVSM altitude with a non-RVSM aircraft until the controller acknowledges that you are not RVSM capable. This is definitely a case where asking for permission is better than asking for forgiveness.

Let's keep the phones (yours and ours) from ringing with a call from the FAA. Don't fly in RVSM airspace when you shouldn't.


2016 Pilots' Choice AwardsCast Your Ballot in the 2016 Pilots' Choice Awards

Make sure to vote in the 2016 Pilots' Choice Awards. Voting already started and continues until March 31st. To cast your ballot, log in to your FltPlan account and click on the Pilots' Choice Ballot button at the top of the Main Menu. You'll have a chance to vote for your favorite FBO, favorite tower location, and more. Winners will be announced online in May.


Sorting FeatureSorting things out on the Active Flight Plan List

We have added a new feature to FltPlan's Active Flight Plan List. You can now sort the list of flight plans by departure date, both from the past and for the future.

There are now three sort options available.

  1. Sort by Date – Sorts by our traditional way, which is current or future flight plans on the top, followed by older (more than two days old) on the bottom.
  2. Sort by Tail Number – Sorts your flights by Tail number/Call Sign. This a great tool for finding flights for one aircraft in flight departments that have multiple aircraft with lots of flights.
  3. Full Date Sort – Sorts your flights by date, both old and new. This is convenient for those that don't fly that often and want to go back and use the Active Flight Plan List for filling out their logbook. You can even use this sort option just to remember when a flight took place.

As a reminder, you can use our Default User Settings, Main Menu > Settings > Default User Settings, to set which sort method you would like to default to on the Active Flight Plan page.


FltPlan Stats

FltPlan's FAA-Licensed Dispatchers checked and modified 897 flight plans to conform with
Oakland Center's Traffic Flow Management requirements for Super Bowl 50.

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Pilot ServicesFltPlan's Pilot Services Page

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To add a comment for Pilot Services, log in to your account and go to Main Menu > Pilot Resources > Pilot Services. Add your comments and then click Press Here After Entering Comments.


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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Flight Plan LLC, P.O. Box 159, Southbury, CT 06488 • February 2016, Issue 2 • © 2015 Flight Plan LLC. All rights reserved.
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