FltPlan Has Launched its New RAFT System FltPlan has launched its newest system called RAFT (Reactive Advanced Filing Technology). RAFT is a proprietary interface that works closely with the FAA’s Traffic Management system in order to alert users of any current or upcoming ATC delays or ground stop programs. Once the FAA informs us of the possibility for ATC delays at an airport, FltPlan will react by advance filing the flight plan (immediately, up to six hours in advance), ensuring that users have the best possible positioning for their flight in the queue in the event of delays, ground stop programs, or re-routes. For more information regarding FltPlan’s new RAFT system please click the following links: http://imageserver.fltplan.com/FltBrief/September2015/September2015_Issue1/FltBrief-September2015_Issue1.html https://www.fltplan.com/messages/RAFT_info_page.pdf
FltPlan's New Web-Based Map Builder FltPlan's newest NavLog feature is the Map Builder. The Map Builder is a tool that is user defined and can be defaulted to best fit a user's induvidual needs. Users can choose from 12 different background maps, 11 map layers, six weather layers (including Winds Aloft), and four metar layers to create the map that they would like their route displayed on. The Map Builder is accesible from any device, whether you are using a desktop, laptop, or a handheld device. To access the Map Builder create a flight plan, and click any of the following buttons from the top of your NavLog: Imagery, Sectionals, WAC, Jet Airways, and Victor Airways. For more information regarding FltPlan's new web-based Map Builder click the following links: http://imageserver.fltplan.com/FltBrief/July2015/July2015_Issue2/FltBrief-July2015_Issue2.html https://flttrack.fltplan.com/TutorialPDFs/MAPBUILDER_NavLogDirections_withScreenshots.pdf
Fuel Prices Available Offline on FltPlan Go for iPad Fuel prices are now available offline and inflight on the FREE FltPlan Go iPad app! FltPlan posts the most accurate fuel prices for over 4500 FBOs. With this new enhancement, there are two ways to access fuel prices from the FltPlan Go app for iPad:
1.) Tap Airport>FBO (for a particular FBO) OR Airport>Fuel (for a complete list).
2.)Tap Map>Layers>Fuel Prices and select Av Gas OR Jet Fuel. You will then be able to view fuel prices along your route of flight.
For more information click on the following link: http://imageserver.fltplan.com/FltBrief/July2015/July2015_Issue2/FltBrief-July2015_Issue2.html
FltPlan Go for Android Now Supports Four ADS-B Receivers The FltPlan Go app for Android now supports four ADS-B receivers. Android users now have the same freedom and flexibility that iPad users enjoy. Currently, FltPlan Go supports the Dual XGPS170, Flight Data System's Pathfinder, SkyRadar DX, and the iLevil AW ADS-B receivers on both the Android and iPad. By supporting a variety of different ADS-B units, FltPlan gives their users the freedom to choose which ADS-B receiver works best for them based on individual needs and price range. Several other aviation apps lock their users into using only one type of ADS-B receiver. FltPlan does not limit their users. FltPlan Go users are able to select which device they want to use as well as which receiver they want to use.
New Feature on FltPlan Go App: Auto Sync The latest release of the FltPlan Go app features auto syncing of NavLogs and routes from the FltPlan website. Checklists and Weight & Balance profiles are also sent to the app. This new feature allows users to move seamlessly from web to app by eliminating the download process. When you create a flight plan on the website, your NavLog, Routes, Weight & Balance calculations, and Checklists are sent to the iPad app. This simplifies the flight planning process and ensures that you have access to important pre- and in-flight information. For more information, please click on the following link: http://imageserver.fltplan.com/FltBrief/May2015/May2015_Issue1/FltBrief-May2015_Issue1.html
VFR Capability for FltPlan Users FltPlan is now filing VFR flight plans in and out of the Washington DC SFRA zone. The airports included are: K2W5, KANP, KBWI, KFME, KGAI, KHEF, KIAD, KJYO, KNYG, KW00, KW18, MD14, KW50. This feature is easy to use, while still meeting the FAA regulatory requirements. Create your VFR flight plan to or from one of the above airports, and we will submit the flight plan in the correct format for filing. Your Active Flight Plan List will also show links to the FAA SFRA Checklist and FAA DC SFRA Course.
CWA/AIRMETs/SIGMETs Now Available with Your Route Briefing You can now select Center Weather Advisories (CWA), Significant Meteorological Information (SIGMETs), and Airmen's Meteorological Information (AIRMETs) to display on your weather briefing. A CWA is an unscheduled weather advisory, SIGMETs advise of meteorological conditions that are potentially hazardous to all aircraft, and AIRMETS advise of weather that may be hazardous to light aircraft and VFR pilots. These settings can be manually selected for each flight or pre-selected by using the Default Settings page. For more information on this new enhancement, please click the following link: http://imageserver.fltplan.com/FltBrief/April2015/April2015_Issue2/FltBrief-April2015_Issue2.html
Add Your Company Logo to Your PAX Briefing For a one-time setup fee of $50, users can customize their Passenger Briefing to include their company logo. The ability to modify and customize the Passenger Briefing gives FltPlan users flexibility in terms of what information is provided to their passengers. To create a PAX Briefing, log in to your account and, from the Main Menu, select Flight Planning > PAX Briefing.
To add your company's logo, please call 203-262-6020.
WAC Charts WAC Charts can be accessed from any of the map pages on FltPlan or by selecting WAC on the mobile apps. WAC charts are especially helpful for jet and turbo prop pilots to use on mobile devices because they take up less space than sectionals and are available for offline use. FltPlan's WAC charts include Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, and norther Mexico as far south as Cabo San Lucas.
FltPlan Go Measure Tool The free FltPlan Go apps for iPad and Android include a ruler function. This feature can be used while on the ground for trip planning, or for measuring distances in the air. To use the measure tool, tap on the ruler icon from the header in the Maps section of FltPlan Go, and a measuring tool box will appear. Tap on the screen at the two points you wish to measure the distance between. You will see and orage line with the distance measurement between the two points. The distance will also be displayed in the measure tool box. You have the ability to select as many legs as you wish using the ruler function. The Reset button will reset your ruler measurements to zero.
W & B on Android FltPlan’s FREE Weight & Balance program is now on the Android FltPlan Go app. The Android app’s Weight & Balance tool is integrated with the Weight & Balance information on the FltPlan.com website. Therefore, users can import Weight & Balance data directly to the Android FltPlan Go app. Also, Weight & Balance data can be saved for offline use, allowing users to access their Weight & Balance data when an internet connection is unavailable.
Keep Your Contact Information Up-to-Date Be sure to keep phone numbers and email addresses current to evade potential and preventable delays. In some cases, it is necessary for FltPlan to contact a pilot. There could be an emergency or an issue with a flight plan, making it necessary for FltPlan to contact a pilot. To update or keep your contact information current, please go to the User/Pilot Info page and the A/C ICAO Data page.
FltPlan Adds Multiple, Customizable FRATs FltPlan has added multiple, customizable FRATs (Flight Risk Assessment Tool) to its Safety Management System (SMS) program. FRATs are customizable for both a flight department's operation and the department's different aircraft. Enabling users to create multiple FRATs helps users to develop the most effective and operative SMS for their organization. Click for more information on the addition of multiple and customizable FRATs.
FltPlan Go Features Cap Grid The Civil Air Patrol (or CAP) is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. One of the missions of the Civil Air Patrol is the search and rescue of downed aircraft. For that purpose, they use a grid which breaks the U.S. down into specific regions by identifier so a local CAP squadron can search a specific, pre-defined area.
This new feature can be viewed online on the FltPlan.com website as well as offline on the free FltPlan Go app for Android and iPad. The Cap Grid feature, when used in conjunction with our geo-referenced sectionals, helps pilots to see where they are within the boundaries of a particular search area.
CAP Grids can be accessed on the FltPlan.com website by going to Enroute Charts and selecting the CAP Grid option. To download them for offline use on FltPlan Go, go to Downloads > Maps > Layers > Download CAP Grid. After they have been downloaded, go to Maps > Layers > CAP Search Grid.
The FltPlan Go app for ipad can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. For Android users, visit the Google Play Store and search for FltPlan Go.
FltPlan on Twitter If you haven't been following FltPlan on Twitter, now is the time to start. With access to FltPlan tweets, you can be among the first to get news about our changes and enhancements. FltPlan on Twitter is a great resource for helpful tips, useful information, and information about updates to the website and FltPlan Go app.
FltPlan and ADS-B The free FltPlan Go app for iPad is now compatible with five ADS-B receivers: Sagetech Clarity, Dual XGOS170, Flight Data System's Pathfinder, iLevil AW, and the SkyRadar D2/DX.
FltPlan offers Velocity Weather by Baron™ FltPlan has added Velocity Weather by Baron Services™ to offer our users a selection of real-time predictive weather information. FltPlan users can integrate weather data featuring sophisticated weather graphics, with their flight plan route on high/low IFR charts and VFR sectionals. With Velocity Weather by Baron Services™ FltPlan users have access to U.S. and Canadian weather data with selectable weather overlays for routes and maps.
FltPlan Adds Free Canadian Flight Supplement, VNCs, and Geo-referenced Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams FltPlan provides flight planning to, from, and intra Canada. Features include the Canadian Flight Supplement, VNCs (Canadian Sectionals), Canadian Airport Diagrams, Geo-referenced Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams, and Moving Maps.
FltPlan Completes Rapid Decompression Testing for Android Tablets FltPlan completed the Federal Aviation Administration's required rapid decompression testing for Android tablets. The tests were successful, showing the Android’s integrity in the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure. Tests were conducted to an altitude of 51,000. This means your Android tablet can be FAA-approved for in-flight use.
Testing was performed on four different Android tablets made by two different manufacturers: Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab, and ASUS MeMO. View the testing video here.
FltPlan will be making these test results available, so FltPlan users can use it to become certified by the FAA to use android devices in their aircraft. Last week we announced that FltPlan Go is available on the Android. This great tool allows you to keep FltPlan at your fingertips in-flight and offline. Android FltPlan Go’s latest version includes:
FltPlan Celebrates 15 Years Establised in 1999, FltPlan is now celebrating 15 years of providing free flight planning / filing and other services. We thank our users, advertisers for making our 15-year anniversary possible. Here's to another 15 years!
FltPlan Adds Mexican APIS Service FltPlan is now an approved provider of APIS data to the Mexican government.
As of January 1, 2014, Mexico now requires pilots to submit electronic Advanced Passenger Information (APIS) to the Mexican government before every flight entering or exiting Mexico. The fine for not complying can be as much as $5000.00. FltPlan submits your Mexican APIS electronically and provides a dedicated 24-hour phone number to comply with the Mexican requirement to send your electronic manifest after the cabin door is closed.
To enroll, please contact our Premium Services office at 731-855-8000.
12/19/13• Free checklist tool now available on Android and iPad apps. You can now enter your checklists into your account and use them on your iPad or Android device. Access this feature by clicking on the Tools button on the left side of the Main Menu page then select the Checklist link. For detailed instructions, see our Checklist Tutorial.
11/25/13• Free geo-referenced approach charts on FltPlan Go. In addition to Geo-Referenced Taxi Charts, our FltPlan Go iPad app now has Geo-Referenced Approach Charts for the entire U.S.
11/6/13• Up-To-Date fuel prices now available on our free Android app. Our free Android app now includes our full database of up-to-date fuel prices for more than 3,300 FBOs. You can access current fuel prices by going to the FltDeck Guide and selecting the airport.
11/6/13• Donor method for transferring Weight & Balance profiles. Quickly transfer a Weight & Balance profile from one FltPlan account to another. From the Weight & Balance page:
• Select the aircraft tail number from the Add/Edit/Delete Profile drop-down menu
• Enter the Donor's username and tail number in the Copy Profile fields
• Click Copy
10/1/13• FltPlan Go app for iPad is available on the App Store. FltPlan Go features include: rubber banding for flight planning, the ability to create and edit offline routes, breadcrumbs, XMWX Weather from Baron Services, ADS-B weather and traffic using Sagetech Clarity receiver, geo-referenced taxi charts, geo-referenced IFR approach charts, helicopter routes and TAC charts, graphical SUAs (Special Use Airspace) for offline use, multiple binders for easy access to necessary information, the ability to save notes and highlight on multiple approach charts, enhanced FBO information, current fuel prices, downloadable street map for offline viewing.
9/4/13• Find the paper charts you need with our Chart Finder. The Chart Finder, available on the FltPlan Chart Store at Store.FltPlan.com, offers a complete listing of the charts needed for your trip. Enter the departure and arrival airports and the Chart Finder will tell you which sectionals, jet charts, victor charts or approach plates you need. The Chart Finder also provides links for ordering individual charts or a subscription so that you can stay current.
7/24/13• Helicopter route charts added to selection of Charts & Maps. Helicopter route charts are now offered on the FltPlan website. To find them click on the Charts and Maps link on the left side of the Main Menu page then enter your airport pair in the Sectionals with TFRs and Weather. Check Helicopter Routes in the list of available map layers. You can also access the helicopter routes from the links on the NavLog.
6/27/13• Get PDCs from FltPlan Android and iPad apps. In addition to receiving PDCs through email or from the website, subscribers to FltPlan's PDC service can get PDCs directly from the FltPlan Android and iPad apps. For information on our PDC service click here.
5/20/13• New features for viewing sectionals added to Charts and Maps. Toggle TAC charts on and off and select weather radar, airspace and TFRs, state outlines, airports, victor airways, and jet airways. These new features work on large screens for easier long range flight planning. To view sectionals click on the Charts and Maps button on the left side of the Main Menu.
5/1/13• FltPlan Mobile available for Blackberry Playbook. Available on the Blackberry World App Store, the app features approach charts, A / FD, flight tracking, weather briefings, Runway Wind Calculator, eLogbook, and Weight & Balance tools, and more.
2/28/13• Weight & Balance program now available on the FltPlan iPad app. Import Weight & Balance information to the iPad app from the FltPlan website. Once the data is imported into the app, it is available for offline use – no internet connection required.
5/1/13• FltPlan Mobile Available for Blackberry Playbook Features include Approach Charts, A / FD, Weight &: Balance, eLogbook, Flight Tracking, Weather briefinfs, runway wind calculator, and more.
5/1/13• Runway Wind Calculator for Android mobile app. Enter your landing runway winds, including gust factors, on the app and the crosswind and headwin/tailwind components will be displayed. In addition, colored cautions and warnings are displayed when user-defined limited are exceeded. Tailwind warnings.
2/28/13• Weight & Balance Program Available on the FltPlan iPad App Import Weight & Balance information to the iPad app from the FltPlan website. Once the data is imported into the app, it is available for offline use – no internet connection required.