|News and Information for FltPlan Users • May 21, 2015
|New Features on FltPlan Go iPad App: Auto Sync and More
The latest release of the FltPlan Go iPad app features auto syncing of NavLogs, Routes, Weight & Balance calculations, and Checklists from the FltPlan website. This new feature allows users to move seamlessly from web to app by eliminating the download process.
Now, when you create a flight plan on the website, your NavLog, Routes, Weight & Balance calculations, and Checklists are automatically sent to the iPad app. This simplifies the flight planning process and ensures that you have access to important pre- and in-flight information.
In addition to auto syncing, the latest version of the FltPlan Go iPad app includes a selectable winds overlay. Directional arrows and color-coded wind speeds are shown for 1000-foot intervals and can be overlaid on any map with your route. The arrows indicate predominant patterns. Winds can be indicated in two scales: for high performance aircraft (scaled up to 150 knots) or for smaller/slower aircraft (scaled up to 45 knots). This allows pilots flying any aircraft type to see the big picture and select optimum routes and altitudes based on current wind information.
Another significant addition is user-defined, color-coded METARs that indicate current ceiling, visibility, winds, and temperature. This is an industry first. Map overlays showing SIGMETs, AIRMETs, PIREPs, and winds aloft have been added as well.
All of these features will be coming to the FltPlan Go iPhone and Android apps in the coming weeks.
Download the free iPad FltPlan Go app from the App Store.
|2015 Pilots’ Choice Awards – The Votes Have Been Counted
The Pilots' Choice Awards continue to grow with more pilots casting votes than ever before. Our pilots have chosen their favorites in the following categories: Top U.S. FBOs, Top U.S. FBOs by region, Top FBO Chains, Top Canadian, Mexican and Caribbean FBOs, Top ATC Towers, Top ATC Centers, and Top U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Click here to see this year's winners.
Make Sure Your Weather Briefing is Documented
When there is an accident or incident, both the FAA and NTSB go looking for a wide spectrum of information, including what kind of flight planning and weather information were obtained by the pilot.
Unfortunately in some cases, the pilots have not documented that they performed adequate preflight planning for their flight, including checking their weather.
When we say 'documented', we are referring to using a source of weather and NOTAMs that keeps a record of your weather requests and preflight planning (such as FltPlan, DUATS, or FSS does). FltPlan.com keeps a record of the weather and NOTAMs you received for a minimum of 6 months.
The caveat with FltPlan is that you must be logged in with your username and password in order for this data to be associated with your flight.
You must log in to your account. Checking the weather from the link on the log-in page is not a documented briefing. Nor is it a documentable event when using The Weather Channel, a weather kiosk at a FBO (unless logged in with your name or tail number), or any of the multitude of 'aviation weather' websites and apps that are not saving your weather briefing and associating it with your name or your tail number. This undocumented information can be helpful in your preflight planning, but it is not a substitute for a FltPlan documented check of the weather and NOTAMs.
The bottom line for using FltPlan.com is please log into your account when checking the weather. If necessary, FltPlan can easily correlate your preflight planning with your name or tail number and provide the FAA/NTSB the necessary information to show that weather and NOTAMs were obtained and what information you received.
77.3% of all N#-registered flight plans for Beechcraft Hawkers and Premiers were filed by FltPlan in April 2015.
Count on FltPlan for Canadian Charts at Your Desk or on the Go
FltPlan has provided flight planning to, from, and intra Canada for years. Our digital features include the following, free of charge:
- The Canadian Flight Supplement
- VNCs (Canadian Sectionals) and VTAs (VFR Terminal Area Charts)
- Canadian Airport Diagrams
- Geo-referenced Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams
- Moving Maps
All these great features are available on the website or on the FltPlan Go app for iPad and Android. Here's how to find them:
On the FltPlan.com Website
Canadian Flight Supplement (CFS). To view the CFS on the FltPlan website, click Airports & FBOs on the left side of the Main Menu page. Select the Airport/FBO Info link. Enter the airport ID, and then scroll down to CFS.
Maps. Maps can be viewed from any displayed NavLog. You can also view maps by clicking on the Navigation button on the left side of the Main Menu page. Then select the Digital Charts link. Enter your departure and arrival airports for the sectionals, IFR, or VFR charts you wish to view.
Approach Charts. You can view Canadian approach charts (also known as CAPs) by logging in and going to the Main Menu page. Once there, select Navigation, Digital Charts, and use the Approach Charts (U.S. & Canada) section. You can also access the approach charts from the Airports & FBOs section and when creating a flight plan.
On the FltPlan Go App for iPad or Android
Canadian Flight Supplement (CFS). Tap the Downloads icon on the left side of the screen, select A/FD, then tap CFS. Once you’ve downloaded the CFS, select Airports (icon on left side of the screen), then type in your airport ID and tap the Open A / FD button. Reference pages that apply to more than one airport are available in Main Menu > Downloads > Documents and will show up in Binders - My Documents.
VNCs and VTAs. Go to Downloads, tap Maps, then select Sectional. From there choose Canada, then tap the appropriate region to download. Once the download is completed, tap the Maps icon on the left side of the page, tap Layers, select Sectionals, then choose Canada.
Approach Charts. Go to Downloads, select Procedures, choose Canada and then the appropriate province or territory. After the download is completed, you can view by going to Airports, choose Procedures, then tap the approach you’d like to view. Any IFR procedure with a purple icon is geo-referenced.
Geo-referenced Airport Diagrams. Simply choose the desired aerodrome chart.
Moving Maps. If your iPad or Android has a GPS signal, you can view your aircraft on the maps. FltPlan gives you the option of using Track up or North up along with your moving maps. By choosing the Breadcrumbs option you can show a trail of where your aircraft has flown. You can email the file to be viewed in Google Maps.
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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