News and Information for FltPlan Users      •     October 16, 2014
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User’s Manual Available for FltPlan’s eLogbook

Download our eLogbook Manual for detailed instructions for using our updated eLogbook program. The step-by-step manual will assist you with any questions on setting up and using the program.

The eLogbook program can be used as a stand-alone logbook program or in conjunction with your FltPlan account and allows you to transfer your flight plans directly without retyping all your data. You can also import your past totals, add passenger info to each flight, and export your logbook to an Excel spread sheet for printing or emailing. Pilots using the same FltPlan account can use eLogbook while keeping their logbook entries separate.

The eLogbook offers selectable columns and works with flights for both captain and co-pilot. Additionally, it allows you to set up aircraft profiles based on tail numbers. It will then fill in the appropriate categories like twin engine jet, seaplane, etc. You can enter your past flights or begin with totals from previous logbooks. Use eLogbook to store passenger info including names, addresses, and phone numbers and then assign them to the appropriate flights.

Set up your eLogbook on the website before using it on your tablet. You can also add logbook entries directly from your mobile device. To get started, go to Main Menu > Tools > eLogbook.

FltPlan eLobgook
FltPlan eLogbook

FltPlan Chart Finder Tool Use FltPlan’s Chart Finder when Ordering Paper Charts

By now you know that you can get your paper charts at the FltPlan Chart Store, but have you seen our Chart Finder? The Chart Finder offers a complete listing of the charts you need for your trip. Just enter your departure and arrival airports, and the Chart Finder will let you know which Sectionals, Jet Charts, Victor Charts or Approach Plates you need. There are also links for subscription quotes and ordering charts.

Visit the FltPlan Chart Store at Store.FltPlan.com. The Chart Finder link is on the top right of the page. You can also find links to the Chart Store and Chart Finder from the left side of the Main Menu page. Don't forget that our U.S. charts are always 20% off list price.

New Features for FltPlan Go Android

The latest version of the FltPlan Go Android app offers a variety of important features including an updated Downloads section, a Downloads Overview, a CAP Grid, and Track Forward, Track Up, North Up and Auto Centering for the Maps page.

  • The redesigned Downloads section makes viewing of important NavLog information even easier. This section provides detailed information on which Navlogs you have downloaded, including the time and date of each flight, and the time since the last download. The new format mirrors that of the website and the FltPlan Go iPad app.

  • In addition, the latest version of the Android app features a Downloaded Status page that provides a color-coded view of which files have been downloaded, and which downloaded files need to be updated.

  • A CAP Grid overlay is available to provide valuable assistance to Civil Air Patrol members involved in search and rescue training and operations.

  • The Track Forward, Track Up, North Up and Auto Centering options, which are available in the Map Options section, offer pilots the ability to customize the position and behavior of their aircraft icon when viewed over maps.

  • If you haven't downloaded the FltPlan Go app to your Android tablet or hi-res phone, visit the Google Play Store and search for FltPlan Go.



Track Up Map Option
Track Up

North Up Map Option
North Up

Why You Should Use FltPlan’s Planned ATC Route/EDCT Feature

ATC Route/EDCT Main Menu

Many of our users might not be aware that you can get your Planned ATC Route and EDCT up to 90 minutes before your scheduled departure time. The Planned ATC Route feature is available whether you file your flight plan using FltPlan or not. For EDCT, you must use FltPlan to file your flight plan.

You can access this feature by clicking the Flight Tracking button on the left side of the Main Menu page, then clicking the ATC Routes/EDCT link, or (if you are a Premium Flight Tracker) by going to the Flight Tracking link. Getting your Planned ATC Route is as simple as selecting your aircraft tail number or call sign and the email/text message address that you would like the Planned ATC Route to be sent to.

Some additional info about ATC Routes:

  1. The route you see might not be exactly what you will get as a clearance. For instance, when departing out of some airports, especially in Florida, there can be an initial identifier that is used by ATC, but not given to the pilots.

  2. The Planned ATC Route means a clearance has been issued by the ATC system. If you receive a Planned ATC Route, you can rest assured there will be a clearance available when you call Clearance Delivery/Ground/Tower/Approach.

  3. If a new route is assigned, we'll send you the new Planned ATC route. If you are assigned a new routing after your initial Planned ATC Route, or even after you have been issued your clearance, FltPlan will send you the updated Planned ATC Route. This can be helpful for a re-route that might necessitate some additional fuel after you've received your clearance, but before you've taxied out.

  4. EDCT (Expected Departure Clearance Time) notices are part of the package. If you select that you would like to receive your Planned ATC Route, we will also send you any EDCT that may be in effect, along with your wheels-up time (i.e. your EDCT). If your flight is not flying in an area of EDCTs, then you will not receive any EDCT emails.

  5. A Proposed Message (Schd.) is also included. A proposed message from FltPlan is your confirmation that your flight plan is indeed in the ATC system. You can check the departure time, to make sure what you filed is what you thought you filed. The Proposed Message almost always comes at the same time as the Planned ATC Clearance (approx. 90 minutes before departure), but is also an independent check that ATC knows about your flight plan.

While you’re on the Default User Settings page, check out all the other settings that can simplify your flight planning. You can set defaults for everything from VFR flight planning to Weather to ICAO Item 18 STS/Special Handling.

Click here for step-by-step instructions on receiving ATC Routes and EDCTs.


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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