Tutorial

Welcome to FltPlan.com, a FREE flight planning service for creating and filing IFR and VFR flight plans, obtaining weather briefings and navigation logs for flights in the U.S., Bahamas, Canada, Intra-Canada, Mexico, Central America and most Caribbean airports. FltPlan offers pre-flight, in-flight, and post-flight tools including:

  • FBO / Airport Information
  • Approach Plates / STAR / DPs
  • Sectionals
  • Routes with Radar Overlay
  • Nearby Airports
  • Fuel Stop Info
  • Quick Flight Info
  • Fuel Prices
  • Flight Schedule Calendar
  • Customized Aircraft Performance
  • Stored Routes
  • TOLD Card
  • Flight Tracking
  • Planned ATC Routes
  • Flight Tracking Email Notifications
  • Historical Flight Tracking with Weather Overlay

Jump to:

Free Account Registration

Requesting Permission to File Flight Plans

Creating a Flight Plan

Filing a Flight Plan

Edit Performance Data for Your Aircraft

Weather

Airport Search

Flight Tracking


Free Account Registration

To create your free account, select Become a Registered User on the home page. Create your Username & Password. Usernames and Passwords are limited to a maximum of eight (8) alpha-numeric characters. No spaces, punctuation or special characters are allowed.

You must complete all information on the registration form in order to file IFR and VFR flight plans. You must enter your name in one of the PIC name slots. You can enter up to ten (10) different PIC names and ten (10) different aircraft registration numbers. Performance data is supplied for many popular aircraft types. You can use the generic performance data provided for your aircraft, or customize it to match the way you fly.

Your registration is not complete until you enter your Username and Password and accept the FltPlan.com disclaimer.

Once you have completed the registration information, you arrive at the Main Menu page. Most functions are self-explanatory and there are numerous Help icons incorporated into the program. FltPlan.com enables you to create and store IFR flight plans up to 180 days in advance. 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

To keep your account from being deleted you must log into your account at least once every 120 days. There is no charge for using this website. FltPlan.com can be used by anyone to file an IFR or VFR flight plan, but you must be a pilot with a current airmen certificate and medical.


Requesting Permission to File Flight Plans

The following steps must be completed prior to creating and filing flight plans:

1) Check the accuracy of your User / PIC Info. Main Menu > Settings > User / Pilot Info

This includes:

  • Your Name
  • Your COMPLETE address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address

    Note: Your Name, Address, and Phone Number are used only for the required information on your filed flight plan. Your email address is required in case we need to contact you. Your personal information and flight itineraries are never given out to anyone else (see our Privacy Policy).

    2) Send an email to Support@FltPlan.com giving FltPlan.com authorization to file your flight plans. For example:

    My Username is: __________
    My Name is: __________
    I give FltPlan.com authorization to file flight plans on my behalf

    Emailing your authorization request does not automatically file your flight plans.
    After we process your request, you will receive instructions back on how you can select your flight plans to be filed.

    After you have been processed for filing, no further emailing is required.

    3) Notice to AOL Users:

    If you do not hear back from FltPlan.com within a few hours, after sending your authorization request, it is likely that we did not receive your email because it was rejected as malicious. AOL sells third party ads on your email messages. Many of these ads are 'spoofing' web addresses (similar to viruses) and can be rejected by our email service. If this occurs, we recommend the following:

    • Complain to AOL about their use of these spoofing links on your email messages.
    • Switch to a Yahoo, or Gmail email account.

    3) Notice to Corporate Email Account Users: Please make sure that all FltPlan.com email addresses, Info@FltPlan2.com, Info@FltPlan.com, and Support@FltPlan.net, are white listed by your company so they are not identified as SPAM.


    Creating a Flight Plan

    You can create, edit and delete flight plans by selecting Flight Planning > Create Flight Plan on the Main Menu page.

    IMPORTANT: Departure Times must be entered in LOCAL TIME.

    After entering the departure date, departure and arrival airports, click Press Here When Done to advance to the Flight Plan Entry page.

    The information detailed on the Flight Plan Entry page includes:

    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: The altitude 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.

    Speed: 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 altitude and the performance data for the requested aircraft.

    Estimated 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.

    Alternate Airports: This dropdown box contains six (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 appropriate information block. Or you can enter your own alternate airport by simply typing it in the correct box. IMPORTANT NOTES: The alternate airports suggested 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: If they exist between airport pairs, preferred routes are located in the route selection box. All preferred routes for the city pair you selected will be displayed with a selection button on the left. Select the desired preferred route, or select the Own Route button if you wish to enter your own route. Care should be taken when using a route provided by FltPlan.com. All routes are NOT 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 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, because some have limitations.

    Once you have entered all of the information for your flight plan press the Press Here for NavLog button located in the Route Selection box. This will display a navigation log for your flight. Make any changes to your flight plan BEFORE you save it by pressing the Back button at the top of the NavLog.

    The NavLog contains your:

    • IFR Flight Plan
    • Forecasted Winds Aloft / Wind Component / ± ISA
    • Fix Names / Frequencies / Latitude & Longitude
    • Course / Distance Information
    • Estimated Enroute Times / Time Remaining / Time Between Fixes
    • Estimated Fuel Requirements (Optional)
    • FSS/Flight Watch Frequencies
    • Departure and Arrival Airport Information
    • FBO Information.
    • Winds Aloft Matrix
    • ICAO FP Listing
    • GPS RAIM

    Press the Save button at the top of the NavLog. The Save and Return to Main Menu button at the bottom of the navlog allows you to save the flight plan and carries 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 of the page. Return to the Main Menu by clicking on the Main Menu button at the top right of the page.


    Filing a Flight Plan

    After saving a new flight plan, you are returned to the Main Menu page. In order to file a flight plan, click on the checkbox in the File This column located in the Active Flight Plan List. You may select multiple flight plans for filing. Click Press Here When Done to register your request for filing and return to the Main Menu page. You will see a Flight Plan Will be Filed notation next to the selected flight plans on the Active Flight Plan list.

    Flight plans submitted for filing will be transmitted two (2) hours before your scheduled departure time. If your departure time is within the two (2) hour window it will be filed two to three (2-3) minutes after selecting it for filing.

    Because our Main Menu page does NOT automatically refresh, you must click on another page and return to the Main Menu in order to see the red, Flight Plan Filed notation indicating that your flight plan has been filed. The notation will include the time at which the flight plan will be filed.

    You can modify, cancel or delete any flight plan prior to filing. To cancel your flight plan BEFORE it is filed, remove the check mark from File This column next to the flight plan. Click Press Here When Done. The Flight Plan Will Be Filed notation will be removed from the Active Flight Plan list.

    If a change needs to be made to the flight plan after it has been filed, you should call the local Flight Service Station to cancel the flight.


    Edit Performance Data for Your Aircraft

    On the Main Menu, select Settings, then A / C Performance. Next, select an aircraft and choose the Max Altitude for that aircraft. Click Press Here When Done to save the changes. You will advance to the Aircraft Performance page.

    Four (4) performance parameters are currently used to calculate flight times: 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.

    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 descend using an Indicated Airspeed and use True Airspeed for your enroute planning. Remember to use KNOTS, not MPHs.

    Fuel Calculation Option: This page 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 enter the correct value in each of the boxes. Any open boxes will use the value entered in an earlier box. This option will display a total fuel burn for your flight. The total fuel burn estimate will appear near the bottom of your navigation log. You may enter gallons or pounds of fuel. If you require help please click on the red HELP link.

    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 boxes at the top of the page and in the 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 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 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.



    Weather

    FltPlan.com is an FAA-Approved Weather provider and has extensive weather reporting capabilities. From the Main Menu page, select Weather & NOTAMS, then Weather. Once on the Weather page, you can retrieve:

    • Individual Location Weather
    • State Collective Weather
    • Quick Route Weather
    • Airport Radar Loop
    • Route Radar (Still and Loop)
    • Enroute Charts with Radar
    • Pressure & Density Altitude Calculator
    • Complete Enroute Weather Briefings for Specific Flight Plan
    • ARMETs/SIGMETs Charts
    • Winds Aloft Charts
    • Area Forecast
    • GPS Raim

    The enroute brief located under the Flight Plan Route Weather section contains departure and arrival airport runway information including which runway has a precision approach. You can also 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.  Your Weather Briefing can be emailed by clicking on the envelope icon located at the very bottom of the page. Make sure you check the date and time of all weather data and images.


    Airport Search

    To search for an airport, click on the Airports & FBOs button on the Main Menu page.  Once on the Airport / FBO Info page you can search by the three or four-letter Airport ID, by Airport or City Name, or by State, Province/Territory, or Country.

    The following information is listed on the Airport Info page:

    • FBO Information
    • Runway & Approach Info
    • Runway Weight Capability
    • Approach Charts
    • Current Weather / Notams
    • Customs Information (if applicable)
    • A/FD (Airport / Facility Directory)
    • Airport Diagram
    • Full Scale & Interactive Sectional Maps with the ability to change the background map to Streets, Imagery, Relief, Topo, Jet Enroute & Victor Enroute Charts
    • Sunrise / Sunset times
    • Airport Facilities
    • Airport Services
    • Geographic Data
    • Aircraft Data
    • FAA Services / Federal Status
    • Runway Information
    • Remarks
    • Federal Agreements
    • Airport Inspection Data
    • Airport Communications & Frequencies

    If you do not find the airport you are looking for please email Support@FltPlan.com with the
    Airport ID, state and city name.


    Flight Tracking

    Flight Tracking is a service by which you may check the in-flight progress of a particular aircraft. The selected aircraft's location is overlaid with real-time weather radar display. The aircraft's altitude, speed, departure and arrival times are also shown with 5 levels of zoom available. Whether they are flying a small private aircraft or is a crewmember on an airline...we track them all.

    With our FREE Flight tracking you can receive your Planned ATC Route for up to 2 aircraft. You can also track any aircraft that is not blocked by the FAA.

    For
    Premium Flight Tracking we offer our Flight Tracker Plus ($14.95/month), and our Flight Tracker Plus30 ($29.95/month) This allows you to receive your ATC Planned Route, EDCTs, Takeoffs and Landings sent to your cell phone as a text message or your email address. These notifications can be sent to as many as 20 email addresses at once. If your aircraft is blocked at the ASDI Vendor Level by the FAA there is no additional charge to have it unblocked in your Premium Flight Tracking account.

    FltPlan.com offers two (2) Premium FBO Flight Tracking packages. Our $20.00 per month Basic FBO Tracking package allows FBOs to track their airport arrival and departure flights, map local airport arrivals on a local map, or map airport arrivals using the full US. FBOs can retrieve airport history for the last 3 months to current.

    The second package, FBO Plus, includes all of the above and allows email notifications to be sent to up to 20 email addresses at once for only $24.95 per month.



    You can sign up for Premium Flight Tracking by calling
    1-800-358-7526 or 203-262-8900. Credit cards accepted are Master Card, Visa and American Express.

     

     

     

     

     


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