News and Information for FltPlan Users      •     March 26, 2015
FltBrief Newsletter Pratt & Whitney Canada

What You Need to Know to Fly in Private: Blocking, Tracking, and Using a DCM (Dot Com) Call Sign

DCM Call Signs & TrackingNot a week goes by that we don’t hear a horror story from one of our users about a disgruntled employee, a job prospect, or an overzealous fan meeting a plane upon landing because they were able to track the flight. 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.

Blocking an aircraft can be done at two different levels, the FAA level and ASDI Vendor level. In order to block your aircraft, you must send an email to the FAA. If you are blocked at the ASDI Vendor level, you can still track your flight with our Premium Flight Tracking service.

For a higher level of security, you can have your aircraft blocked at the FAA level, which will remove all aircraft flight data before it is transmitted to the ASDI vendors (there are more than 35 of them). This means the information never reaches any ASDI vendor and is not incorporated into their system for later resale to other entities. If you require this type of privacy, but would still like to track your plane, FltPlan can help you with a DCM call sign. With a Dot Com call sign, you have the option to block your aircraft at the FAA level, yet you can still track your own call sign.

The features included in a Dot Com call sign are listed below:

DCM CALL SIGNS • Available for Jet & Turbo Prop Aircraft and 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 (and not by your tail number or company name).
  • If you are a Premium Tracker, you can have a third Call Sign blocked at the FAA Vendor level.

For more information about blocking your aircraft and FltPlan’s Premium Flight Tracking, click here.

To enroll in FltPlan’s DCM call sign program, please call our Premium Services office at 731-855-8000 between 9am and 5pm Eastern Time.

CWA/AIRMETs/SIGMETs Now Available with Your Route Briefing

AIRMET-SIGMET SelectionWhen doing your weather briefing, you can select Center Weather Advisories (CWA), Significant Meteorological Information (SIGMETs), and Airmen's Meteorological Information (AIRMETs).

•   A CWA is an unscheduled weather advisory. It is issued for the guidance of ARTCC personnel, but can be valuable information for pilots.

•   SIGMETs advise of meteorological conditions that are potentially hazardous to all aircraft.

•   AIRMETs advise of weather that may be hazardous (other than convective activity) to light aircraft and VFR pilots.

On the website, you can manually select AIRMETs/SIGMETS (which will include CWA) for each flight, or you can use our Default Settings page to have this option pre-selected. For our mobile apps (iPad, Android, Windows app), you can use the Default Settings page to have SIGMETs/AIRMETs/CWAs included with your downloaded Weather Briefing.

New FltPlan Service. Click for information on adding a logo to your PAX Briefing.

Quick Tip: State Code for FSS and Clearance Delivery on NavLog

FSS and Clearance DeliveryPerhaps you’ve noticed the numbers in parentheses after the FSS and Clearance Delivery phone numbers on the NavLog. These are the correct two or three-number state codes for being connected to the appropriate FSS Briefer. This way you can dial directly without having to listen to the various options over the phone.

FltPlan Stats

82.1% of all flight plans for King Air 300 Series aircraft using an N# were filed by FltPlan in February 2015.

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Last Chance to Vote in the 2015 Pilots’ Choice Awards
Pilots' Choice Awards

Time is running out. Voting for the 2015 Pilots' Choice Awards ends March 31st. Go to today to cast your ballot. Categories include favorite FBO, favorite tower location, and more. Winners will be announced online in April.

Click here to check out last year's Pilots' Choice Winners.

eLogbook Enhancement: Sort by Aircraft Type

eLogbook FilterIf you are using our eLogbook program, you can now filter by aircraft type. This is a great feature for those who fly multiple aircraft types, and it provides a way to keep track of pilot currency. The eLogbook can be found by going to Main Menu > Tools or by tapping the Tools icon on your iPad or Android tablet. Your eLogbook must be set up on the full website,, before using it on a mobile device.

Download our eLogbook Manual for more information about this free tool.

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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