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|News and Information for FltPlan Users • June 23, 2016
FltPlan Releases Major Redesign of eLogbook Program
With FltPlan's recent roll out of the newly redesigned eLogBook program, new features continue to be added. Pilots now have the capability to view "at-a-glance" graphical charts of their currency, including flying trends, landings per year, past flights, and flight times, providng a quick way to view all information in one place. The graph can be easily customized based on aircraft make and model, timeframe, and aircraft type.
In addition, as a business tool, pilots can upload documents such as fuel, hotel, and meal receipts and other related expenses directly to a specific flight. This allows for the uploading of important documents as opposed to just photos for formal record keeping. The most efficient way for users to do this is to take a photo of the document with their phone and then upload it to the specific flight through the eLogBook. As always, the photos and documents are stored on FltPlan's secure servers and can be accessed on any device without a subscription.
For a video tutorial on these features, check out our Video Support Page.
Be Sure to Cancel Your Canadian Flight When Plans Change
The U.S. and Canada handle most things similarly, but there is one important difference: the way the FAA and Nav Canada treat flight plans that are filed but not used.
In the U.S., a filed flight plan will simply expire if ATC is not contacted for an IFR clearance. In Canada, however, a filed flight plan is handled as a firm plan to depart. At non-controlled airports, the Canadians take the opposite approach from the FAA. They assume that an aircraft has departed as planned unless they hear differently.
When filing a flight plan departing from an uncontrolled airport, Nav Canada expects to establish contact within 60 minutes of the scheduled departure time. Otherwise, search and rescue efforts begin on the assumption that you have taken off and are now missing.
At controlled airports with operating towers in Canada, this isn't much of an issue, since the pilot would be in radio contact from taxi out. From remote airports (or at airports after the tower has closed), failing to cancel a filed flight plan causes a great deal of unnecessary effort to locate the pilot.
If the flight plan has not been filed yet (FltPlan.com normally files your flight plan 2 hours before scheduled departure time), then just remove the checkmark from the 'File This' column on the Active Flight Plan List and click Press Here When Done. There is no need to contact Nav Canada.
To cancel a flight plan after it has been filed, you must contact Nav Canada. Any Canadian ATC facility that could have given a clearance can also cancel a flight plan. Nav Canada has a national phone number, and a phone call is the most reliable way to cancel your flight plan. The phone number appears on the top right side of your NavLog.
It's also important that contact information on FltPlan be complete and up to date. Nav Canada can see that a flight plan was filed through FltPlan and will contact us if there is an issue (see the article below).
So please remember, at non-controlled airports the Canadians expect departure within one hour of the time on the flight plan or they start looking.
Important: Keep Your Contact Information Up-to-Date
Keeping pilot contact information current on FltPlan is a must. 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 route, or you may have forgotten to cancel your flight plan. Any of these scenarios would make it necessary for FltPlan to call a pilot quickly.
FltPlan is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Frequently the FAA will call us with the need to contact a pilot. We must have a way to reach you quickly and directly as we have to scour an account for phone numbers and sometimes wind up calling the pilot’s family, company HQ, or chief pilot in an effort to track someone down.
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, please go to Main Menu > Settings > User/Pilot Info. We will also check emergency contact info in your A/C 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.
FltPlan Go Apptitude: Using External GPS with FltPlan Go - Dual XGPS 150 & 160, Bad Elf, & Garmin Glo
Using external GPS with the FltPlan Go app is as simple as if it were built into the device. With a few simple steps you are ready to fly. Here are the steps you need to follow:
1. Connect the External GPS to the device via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
2. Ensure Location Services is enabled for FltPlan Go in the Device Settings.
3. Open the Go app.
4. Go to the External tab and set it to Internal GPS and wait for a lat/long to display. This will not appear until your External GPS has three satellite locks.
5. Go to the Maps tab and tap Options (wheel icon top left).
6. Ensure Enable Ship Position is on.
FltPlan suggests testing this in a car with another driver prior to flight to ensure you have everything set correctly. If your testing goes well, you’re ready to fly.
Last month, FltPlan filed 51.4% of all N#-registered flight plans for
Beech Barons, Piper Navajos, and Cessna 414/421 aircraft.
Follow FltPlan on Twitter
If 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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