FltPlan.com is a FREE service (this is not a trial offer) which assists you in creating/filing IFR flight plans, obtaining a weather briefing and provides you with a navigation log for flights in the U.S., Bahamas, Bermuda, and flights to/from many Canadian/Mexican airports.
While this website is geared towards the IFR Pilot it can still be used by VFR Pilots or Instrument Pilots going VFR.
The navigation log contains your:
IFR flight plan
Forcasted winds aloft / Wind Component / ± ISA
Fix names/frequencies/latitude & longitude
Estimated enroute times / time Remaining / time between fixes
Estimated fuel requirements (optional)
FSS/Flight Watch frequencies
Departure and Arrival airport information
Our website also includes many other aviation related options to help better organize your flight responsibilities.
Expanded Airport Information
Display Approach plates/STAR/DPs
Radar with Route overlay
Nearby Airport feature
Fuel Stop Info
Passenger Flight Briefing Information Sheet
An Emailable Flight Schedule Calendar
Customized Aircraft Performance
VIP Flight Tracking (fee service)
Flight Tracking Email Notification (fee service)
Plus... much more
We strived to make this website easy and flexible to use. It can be used by anybody, but to file an IFR flight plan you must be a pilot with a current airmen certificate and medical.
It is a FEDERAL OFFENSE to misuse this aviation website. Fltplan.com will notify the TSA of any suspicious activity using this website, and will assist any law enforcement agency in the prosecution of any persons found using this service in an unlawful manner.
You are invited to browse through our website. Simply enter the word "PILOT" in the REGISTERED USER User Name: box on our opening page.
You do not need to enter a Password if you use Pilot as the sample User Name. This will enable you to "surf" our site and see the finished product for a typical pilot.
In the Become a Registered User section, you can enter your own Username and Password so you can get started with your own flights.
Again, there is no charge for using this website
When you are ready to make your own flight plans or check weather, you will need to supply Fltplan.com with information concerning the type of aircraft you fly and little or no personal information.
If you will be filing IFR we will need additional information including your address, phone number and aircraft home base. This information is required in order to file a flight plan. Remember, it's against the law to place a flight plan which contains false information into the Air Traffic Control system. The information you supply will not be used for any other purpose other than what it is intended for...to file an IFR flight plan.
Other information you will be asked pertains to the aircraft and PIC name(s) you wish to use. You can enter up to 10 different aircraft registration numbers and 10 different PIC names. Make sure you enter your name as one of the PIC names. Performance data is supplied for many popular aircraft types. You can use this generic performance data for your aircraft or change it to match the way you fly.
Due to the way website programs operate, you need to remember you are not "talking" to the FltPlan.com computer until you register your request by pressing one of the "Press Here When Done" , "SAVE" or "ENTER" command buttons on your computer screen.
For first time users to gain access, click on the link in the yellow bar "Become a Registered User". Once on the New User Registration page you need to submit a Username and Password. Both are supplied by you, the New User, and entered into the Create Login area. If the USER NAME you requested is already taken, you can try again with a different USER NAME. The name and password you select may only consist of alpha-numeric characters and it may be up to 8 characters long. You should make a note of your PASSWORD and USERNAME once they are accepted. It will save you from having to re-enter your user information and aircraft data again. The next time you log-in to FltPlan.com, enter your USERNAME and PASSWORD in the REGISTERED USER box.
IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU ARE CONSIDERED A REGISTERED USER ONCE YOUR USER NAME AND PASSWORD ARE ENTERED AND YOU ACCEPTED THE DISCLAIMER. You don't need to enter any other information to be considered a REGISTERED USER. So if you use the BACK button on your browser to return to the front page of the website, or are just starting over, make sure you enter your USER NAME and PASSWORD in the BLUE REGISTERED USER box.
Once registered, you arrive at the MAIN PAGE. From this page, you select an action you want to take. Most are self-explanatory and there are numerous HELP icons incorporated into the program. From the MAIN PAGE you can make new flight plans or edit old ones. Some other options include obtaining weather reports and changing your user / aircraft information.
FltPlan.com enables you to create and store IFR flight plans up to 180 days in advance. You may create a VFR flight plan however, we do not handle the filing of VFR flight plans.
Flight plans can be created, stored and filed only if you have completed the User Information Page and have entered at least one(1) aircraft into the data base.
Select "New Flight Plan" on the MAIN PAGE to make a new flight plan. You will be asked to fill in all pertinent information related to your flight. Your navigation log will be displayed if the flight plan log is filled in correctly. It is important to note, the information on this navigation log is what will be filed assuming you save the flight plan. Press the PRINT button on your browser to print this log. If you need to make changes, press the "BACK" button. In order to save this flight plan to the data base, press the "SAVE" button at the top of the navigation log. There is also a "SAVE and Create NEXT FLIGHT Plan" button located at the bottom of the nav log. This button allows you to save the flight plan and carry some of the pertinent flight information to your next flight plan. If you do not want to save the flight plan, press the "BACK" button at the top and then press the "Main Page " button at the top right of the page.
After making a new flight plan, you are returned to the MAIN PAGE. You need to click on the square check box in the FILE column in order to have this flight plan filed. You may click on more than one of these check boxes if you have multiple flight plans stored. After your selection, you need to press the command button labeled "Press Here When Done" located at the bottom of the flight plan listing. This will register your request and return you back to the MAIN PAGE. It is very important you understand how your flight plan is handled and when it will be transmitted to the ARTCC computer.
Each flight plan you request to have filed will be transmited 2 hours before your scheduled departure time. Prior to this transmittal, you will be able to modify or delete a flight plan. Also, you can stop the "filing" by removing the "check" from the checkbox in the file column of the MAIN PAGE. If a change needs to be made after the flight plan is transmitted, you will need to call a Flight Service Station. Your flight plan data, for a particular plan, will remain in the data base for 5 days after the departure time. By doing this, you will be able to use this same data to create a new flight plan.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to remember THE INFORMATION FILED FOR YOUR FLIGHT PLAN IS THE SAME INFORMATION YOU SAW THE LAST TIME YOU DISPLAYED THE NAVIGATION LOG.
To put it in clear terms:
1. Your requested route may not be valid if the flight plan was "created / displayed" more than 1 day prior to departure. Major changes to the SID, STAR and airway structure are published every 28 days. What may have been a valid route the day the plan was made, may not be acceptable on the day of the flight. Minor changes take place on a daily basis.
2. The Estimated Time Enroute (ETE) may NOT be accurate for the date of the flight if the plan was "created / displayed" more than a day prior to departure. The ETE placed on file is ETE you saw when the flight plan was last displayed. FltPlan.com uses the current winds in its data base at the time the flight plan is made to determine your ETE. If you make the flight plan 4 days prior to your flight, and never redisplay the navigation log, the ETE on your flight plan is using 4 DAY OLD winds. The closer to your departure time you "create / display" a flight plan, the more accurate the ETE. Depending on when you create your flight plan, our data base can contain current winds aloft up to 24 hours into the future. The possiblility of an inaccurate ETE can cause a number of problems.
Insufficent Fuel Load - The fuel load was OK the day the flight plan was made but an increase in headwinds causes the ETE on the actual day of your flight to exceed the fuel load. The flight plan will be filed with the old ETE and you don't know about the increase in headwinds and run out of fuel short of your destination.
Communication Failure - You need to have an accurate ETE in order to know when to start an IFR approach should you experience a 2-way radio failure.
The luxury of being able to make a flight plan 180 days in advance is just that...a luxury. Visiting this website and updating each flight plan on the day of the flight is STRONGLY recommended. As a professional, wouldn't you really want to know EXACTLY how long your flight is going to take today....instead of how long it would have taken 4 days ago.
ENTERING USER INFORMATION
This section must be completed in order to file a flight plan. It requires you to enter your name, address, phone number, and aircraft home base. This information will be kept in our files and will not be used for any other purpose than filing flight plans.
You must also enter the name(s) of all pilot(s) you wish to use as Pilot-In-Command on your flight plans. An important note...remember to include your name as a possible PIC. The personal information (i.e. address, phone number and aircraft home base) entered on this page will be the information used to file a flight plan. The extra PIC name option is especially useful for a flight department with a number of pilots.
Select "Edit User Information" on the Main Page if you need to make any changes to this information.
ENTER AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
This section must be complete in order to file a flight plan. It requires you to enter information pertaining to the aircraft you plan to use.
The information includes the registration number, an FAA appoved type ident, the color and any special equipment suffixes or prefixes.
The registration number must start with the letter "N" or an approved ATC filing designator (i.e. the 1999 Special Olympics designators for Citations were Dove###.)
The aircraft type must be one approved by the FAA for flight plan filing. (ex. P28A, C650 etc.). To see a complete list of approved aircraft types, click on the HELP icon at the top of the aircraft type column.
A drop down list box contains the approved equipment prefixes and suffixes. Choose the items which pertain to the aircraft you are entering. A detailed explanation of each prefix and suffix is provided by clicking on the HELP icon at the top of its respective column.
Also on this page, you need to select aircraft performance data for each aircraft you enter. Use the drop down list box in the far right column to select an aircraft that either matches or most closely matches the performance of your aircraft. If the exact match for your aircraft is not in our data base, select an aircraft you believe matches the performance of yours. You can edit the performance data to match your aircraft and the way you fly at a later time.
If you need to edit, add or delete an aircraft, select "EDIT AIRCRAFT DATA" on the Main Page. To delete an aircraft, simply leave any of the data blocks, for that aircraft, open and press the "Press Here When Done" button. The program will not save any record that is not complete.
EDIT PERFORMANCE DATA
Select "Customize AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE" on the Main Page to make changes to the performance data assigned to your aircraft. Then select the radio button and verify the Max Altitude for the requested aircraft. At the present time, only 4 performance parameters are used in calculating flight times. They are climb speed, rate of climb, cruise speed and descent speed. There are no provisions, at this time, for calculating runway performance, balance field length or weight and balance computations.
The only limitation in this section is that ALL performance blocks, between sea level ( 0 feet) and the requested max altitude, must be filled in prior to pressing the "Press Here When Done" button.
It is important to remember the correct format for entering climb, cruise and descent speeds.
CLIMB SPEED - is entered in knots and needs to be an INDICATED AIRSPEED.
DESCENT SPEED - is entered in knots and needs to be an INDICATED AIRSPEED.
CRUISE SPEED - is entered in knots and needs to be a TRUE AIRSPEED.
This is not an unusual format....you would normally climb and decend using an Indicated Airspeed and use True Airspeed for your enroute planning. Remember to use KNOTS, not MPH's.
Fuel Calculation Option - This page also contains provisions to enter fuel burn estimates. FltPlan.com does not provide any performance data for fuel burn calculations. All data is provided by the user. You are NOT required to enter or use the fuel burn section. We provide 2 different methods for calculating trip fuel.
HOURLY FUEL BURN - Select the "ON" radio button to turn on this option. Then fill in each of the boxes with the correct value. Any open boxes will use the value entered in an earlier box. This option will display a total fuel burn for your flight. It will be found towards the bottom of your navigation log. You may enter gallons or lbs. of fuel.
ADVANCED FUEL BURN - Select either POUNDS or GALLONS from the "Enter FUEL UNITS " dropdown box at the top of the page to turn on this option. Select the blank option to turn off this option. This option requires you to enter information in both the purple boxes at the top of the page and in the purple column (4th column) with the rest of the performance data. Please read the labels carefully as to what you are supposed to put in the box. For example, the purple box at the top of the page is asking for your Climb fuel FLOW at 2,000 feet...not how much fuel you think you burn climbing to 2,000 feet. The same holds true for the Max Alt Climb box..just the estimated burn at that altitude. Then enter the cruise fuel burn in each of the boxes in the purple column. The data needed for these calculations can obviously be found in your AFM but we have found it more accurate to take actual readings during your next couple of flights. It seems most of us don't get to fly the manufacturer's profile in the real world.
There are no other checks or balances done in this section. The data you enter is up to you. Don't forget to click the "Press Here When Done" button at the bottom of the page to save your data.
FltPlan.com is an FAA approved and certified QICP Weather provider, and has extensive weather reporting capabilities. By selecting "WEATHER" on the Main Page, you can retrieve individual location weather reports, winds aloft charts, radar and satellite images, airmet/sigmet charts or a complete enroute weather briefing for a specific flight plan. The enroute brief also contains departure and arrival airport runway information including which runway has a precision approach.
You can even retrieve an enroute weather briefing for more than one flight plan at a time. Simply check the boxes for each flight plan in the Weather Section. Use the "PRINT" button on your browser to print out the results. Make sure you check the date and time of all weather data and images.
An airport search option is provided for your convience by clicking on "AIRPORT SEARCH" on the Main Page. If you know the airport's Ident, enter it in the box on the left in the Airport Search Section and select either the FULL or COMPACT radio button. The FULL option displays all the data on the airport while the COMPACT option displays an abreviated listing which is easier to print. Both options include the Lat, Long, Radio Frequencies, runway and FBO information. If you don't know the airport ident, enter the first couple letters of the city name in the right box. This will return a list of matches and you can select the airport you desire.
Although the data base of airport locations is large, you may not find the airport you are looking for. If this is the case, please e-mail us using the support link located on our homepage. We'll be glad to have the airport added to the data base.
You can also find a link to airport information for airport listed in your current flight plans at the bottom of the MAIN PAGE.
Note: You can use the three letter(JFK) or the four letter (KJFK) ident. for U.S. Airports.
You can create, edit and delete flight plans by selecting the appropriate icon located on the Main Page.
Most of the flight plan entry is pretty straight forward and should be familiar to you as a pilot. You will see the flight plan entry page after entering the departure airport, arrival airport, requested aircraft and departure date. Listed below are some of the many "information blocks" to assist you in completing your flight plan.
Possible Altitudes - a list of possible altitudes pertaining to your direction of flight. The straight line distance between requested airports and the type of aircraft you selected are used to determine the possible altitudes.
Altitude Block - the altitude information block will be filled in when the flight plan page is first displayed. It is arrived at by comparing the aircraft type and route distance. You may change the requested altitude by using its dropdown box.
TAS Block - the true airspeed information block will also be filled in when the flight plan page is first displayed. It is arrived at by using the default (above) altitude and the performance data for the requested aircraft.
Possible Enroute Times - displays possible enroute times for various headwind / tailwind components. The true airspeed used in this calculation is the speed displayed in the TAS block on the flight plan form when the page is first displayed. Note...these enroute times are NOT recalculated should you change the TAS or Altitude. Also they are based on the straight line distance between the two airports.
Possible Alternate Airports - a dropdown box contains 6 of the closest airports with a terminal forecast. You can click on any of these choices to select an alternate and it will be displayed in the appropiate information block. Or you can enter your own alternate airport by simply typing it in the correct box. IMPORTANT NOTES: The alternate airports supplied by FltPlan.com may NOT have the standard alternate minimums of 600-2 or 800-2. Also, the weather may not be above the alternate minimums for the airport you choose as an alternate and FltPlan.com DOES NOT check to see if you are filing a legal alternate. You need to check your alternate airport weather and requirements prior to your flight.
Preferred Routes - preferred routes, if they exist between airport pairs, are located just below the flight information on the flight plan page. All preferred routes for the city pair you selected will be displayed with an OPTION BUTTON to the left of it. Select the option button to use the preferred route you desire. Select the "OWN" option button if you wish to enter your own route. Care should be taken when using a route provided by FltPlan.com. Not all routes are legal for all aircraft types. For example, you may select an overwater route and not have overwater equipment or you may select a route which contains a DP (SID) / STAR limited to TJETS ONLY and your Cessna 172 doesn't really qualify. You may also select the "DIRECT" option button to file direct between your departure and arrival airport.
SID (DP) / STAR Display - a list of DPs (formerly known as SIDs) and STARs is located at the bottom of the flight plan entry page. They are provided to assist you in planning your flight. You may use your mouse to copy and paste the DP / STAR into your route or type it in yourself. Again, take care because not all DPs / STARs can be flown by all aircraft....some have limitation.
NOTE: One unique feature of FltPlan.com is that Departure Dates and Times are entered in LOCAL TIME.
Press the "Press Here When Done" button at the bottom of the screen after entering all the flight plan data. This will display a navigation log for you flight. Press the "BACK" button on the Nav Log to make any changes to your flight plan. Press the "PRINT" button on your browser to print out the Nav Log. Press the "SAVE" button at the top of the nav log to save your flight plan. You may also press the "SAVE and Create NEXT FLIGHT Plan" button to save the flight plan and carry pertinent information over to your next flight plan. Remember, your flight plan will not be filed until you check the "FILE" box and submit it on the Main Page. This must be done at least 1 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. If you are within 1 minutes of your ETD, you will see the message, Exp. (expired), in the "FILE" box. Any flight plans submitted to be filed will be sent to ATC 2 hours prior to your requested ETD. Any flight plans being made inside this 2 hour window will be sent as soon as you check the "FILE" box and press the "Press Here When Done" button. If your flight plan message on the Main Page shows your flight plan has been filed and you need to make a change to it, you will need to file a whole new flight plan. Flight plans sent to ATC cannot be cancelled or modified. If you do file another flight plan with your changes, you may want to consider requesting a full route clearance and let ATC know which flight plan you want to use.
FltPlan.com checks and verifies your requested routing at the time you SAVED your flight
plan. However, since our data may not totally agree with ATC's data and some ARTCC's do NOT accept DPs (sids) or STARs, your requested route MAY BE MODIFIED when sent to the Center computer. The DP and/or STAR you thought you filed may NOT actually have been filed. If this occurs, you will see a red warning note on your Navigation Log. This red warning does not mean
your routing was changed, it means it MAY HAVE BEEN CHANGED. In either case, FltPlan.com strongly suggests you request a FULL ROUTE CLEARANCE if the warning is printed on your Navigation Log. Here's an example of what may happen. Miami Center doesn't accept DPs (SIDs). They tell you to file the DP name in the remarks section of your flight plan. If you file FLL9.WINCO J73 BNA, FltPlan.com will try to file it that way. However, if it is not accepted, it will be changed to WINCO J73 BNA. If you get a CLEARED AS FILED clearance from ATC, you need to verify the routing because what was filed WAS NOT what was printed on your Navigation Log. Please request a full route clearance so you don't end up flying off in the wrong direction.
Winds aloft for your estimated time of departure will be used to calculate enroute times for your flight plan. If winds aloft are not available for you departure time, FltPlan.com will use the most current stored winds. This will most probably result in an inaccurate enroute time unless you redisplay the flight plan prior to your departure. The closer to your actual departure time you redisplay the flight plan...the more accurate your enroute time will be.
To make changes to a saved flight plan, select the "MODIFY" option button on the Main Page pertaining to your flight plan and make the changes as necessary.
To delete a flight plan, click the "DELETE FLIGHT PLAN" option on the Main Page and check all flight plans you wish to delete. Press "Press Here When Done" to register your request.
IMPORTANT: Remember, the Estimated Time Enroute filed on you flight plan will be the time shown the last time you displayed the nav log.
Flight Tracking is a service by which you may check the in-flight progress of a particular aircraft. The selected aircraft's location and flight path is overlaid on a real-time weather radar display. The aircraft's altitude, speed, departure and arrival times are also shown. It's an excellent way to keep track of those you are concerned about. Whether he/she is flying a small private aircraft or is a crewmember on an airline...it tracks them all.
For advanced features of flight tracking we have Flight Tracking Plus ($14.95/mo), where you can receive your ATC Planned Route to your cell phone (plus much more). You can sign up for Flight Tracking by calling 1-800-FLTPLAN (1-800-358-7526) . We accept Master Card, Visa and American Express. FltPlan.com also offers a flight tracking package to FBO's which allows them to track their incoming flights and another service we call VIP Tracking. We also have an Email Notification option on our flight tracking services. This ALERT MESSAGE can be sent to up to 20 email addresses at once. It will inform the recipient that your aircraft is proposed to depart, has departed or has landed. You can learn more about our Flight Tracking services by clicking on More Info on Flight Tracking.
PASSENGER BRIEFING PAGE
The Passenger Briefing Page is a sheet of paper you may want give to your passengers which contains information pertinent to your flight. You can include as much or as little information as you deem necessary. You can tailor it to meet the needs of your specific flight.
Select Pax Brief from the Main Page to get started. This will display a list of current flight plans you have stored in the data base. Select the flight plan and then select (using the checkboxes) or edit (using the textboxes) the information you wish to include. Changing the information in this section DOES NOT edit or change your FAA flight plan. It simply changes what you would printout and present your passengers.
The items included on the Passenger Briefing Page are:
A Welcome Aboard message.
A Page Heading.
A place to enter any comment or announcements.
Your arrival and/or departure airport.
Your arrival and/or departure time.
Your flight time.
Time zone information.
FBO name and phone number.
Flight crew names.
Flight information such as Altitude, Speed and Distance.
The current weather at your arrival airport.
A weather forecast from the National Weather Service for two nearby cities.
A place to enter any catering information.
A place to enter any other special instructions you would like to rely to your passengers.
The Passenger Briefing Page can be a useful tool in helping to answer some of your passenger's questions or concerns. You also have the option of having FltPlan.com email your briefing to up to 20 different email addresses. Press the "Email This Page" button at the bottom of the briefing, fill in the addresses you want to send it to. Then press the "Press Here When Done" button.
FLIGHT SCHEDULE CALENDAR
FltPlan.com even offers you the option of displaying your flight schedule in a Calendar-type format. On the MAIN PAGE, below the listing of your stored flight plans, you will find a white box labeled "Display Flight Schedule in Calendar Format". The calendar provides a printout of your schedule, using your stored flight plans, up to 7 weeks in advance. It is an excellent way to pass along flight information to friends, family members and fellow employees. You can include the number of passengers in the calendar display by checking the SOB checkbox. You can display the departure and destination city names by selecting the "Display City Names" checkbox. This is particularly useful when someone doesn't know that KY23 is in Chetek, WI. You also have the option to Email the calendar to whomever you wish. Click the "Email This Page" button at the bottom of the calendar and fill in the person's email address, press the "Press Here When Done" button and away it goes. You gotta love it...all those "Where will you be next Tuesday?" questions will be gone.
In addition to the email feature, you also have the option of creating a "web page" to display your calendar. By this I mean, you can give friends, family or employees a static URL address which they can bookmark or save to their favorite places list. This would save you from having to email new calendars every time you make a change. Also, a flight department dispatcher could "get the word out" more efficiently and flight crews could see the "BIG PICTURE". To create this web page calendar, select the "Create/Update a Web Page with your Schedule" option button in the Flight Schedule Calendar box and press the "Press Here" button. This will display the calendar and the URL address needed to access the calendar from the internet. The URL remains the same at all times and cannot be changed. An example URL could be "www.fltplan.com/calendar/john1234.htm". To update the calendar, simply select the same option button on the Main Page that you used to make the original calendar.
If you need to see more information about a particular flight, you can display all the flight plan data by clicking on the little blue bar next to the flight listing. This will display the current flight plan and allow you to start editing it.
NOTE: Select the LANDSCAPE mode when printing out a calendar.
We at FltPlan.com hope this website will prove to be a helpful tool for your aviation needs. We strive to make sure the data is accurate and the program is easy to use. However, if you notice errors while using the website, we hope you will e-mail us at
Support@FltPlan.com. or on the Support Link on the home page.
Also, feel free to e-mail any routes you use on a regular basis. We will be glad to enter them into the data base. This will enable them to show up as a preferred routes.