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Newsletter - April 12th, 2013

FltPlan.com's Free Android App - FltPlan.com Mobile
iPads and iPhones have been getting a lot of press, but we want you to be aware of the continued growth of Android mobile devices. Android devices provide pilots with most of the same features available on iPads and iPhones at a fraction of the cost. Android 7" inch tablets can be as in-expensive as $199 (versus over $500 for a comparable 7" iPad Mini). A full size Android tablet can be $329, which is quite a savings over a full size iPad. Combine an Android phone or tablet with FltPlan.com's free, full-featured Android app, and you have a great combination. Take a few moments and find out more.
 
FltPlan.com Mobile is available on a wide variety of devices and offers several features tailored for our users. Our app is free and is constantly growing with new features. Our support team is second to none.
 
If you're familiar with our website, then you'll have no trouble navigating our app to find the feature or document you're looking for. Our app is made to increase the simplicity of FltPlan.com while you're on-the-go. All the features on our app can also found on the website. We find that navigating a large website on a small phone can sometimes be difficult. If you're simply looking for a weather briefing, then why not do it in the shortest time possible and with the least amount of clicks?
 
Whether you have a phone, a mid-size tablet, or full 10" tablet, FltPlan.com Mobile works the same. Note that the device must have access to the Google Play Store (almost all Android devices do). If you're unsure about a certain device, then don't hesitate to ask us: Support@FltPlan.com
 

FltPlan.com's Android App on a Motorola Xoom, Nexus 7, and Samsung Galaxy SIII.

 
Just in case you're new to our Android app, here's a list of the features we offer. We continue to add new enhancements on a regular basis.
 
Moving Maps
Our Moving Maps feature allows you to download your flight plans and view them over VFR and IFR maps. These maps are also available for download and can be viewed while offline. In addition, your flight plans are saved to your device, so this feature can be used without an internet connection.
Viewable maps include:
  • U.S. Sectional charts
  • U.S., Canada, and Caribbean Victor Low Airways
  • U.S., Canada, and Caribbean Jet Enroute
  • There are also a few non-aviation related maps available, although only with an internet connection:
  • Street Maps
  • Satellite Imagery
  • Shaded Relief
  • Topographical

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    Considering the number of options the Moving Maps feature has, it can almost be considered an app itself. You can use GPS positioning to pin-point your location on the map (note: an external-GPS device is usually required for signal within a cockpit), or view your position in real-time with updates every 1000, 500, or 100 meters. You can view your actual course taken against the flight plan course using the Breadcrumbs feature.
     
    Moving maps are viewable in two ways: Track-Up or North-Up. Track-Up will rotate the map and keep the airplane icon stationary. North-Up will display the map traditionally, where North is always at the top of the screen and the airplane icon rotates in the direction you are headed.
     
    FltTrack is another great feature that displays the name of the nearest fix, the distance in nautical miles to it, and also the estimated time of arrival to the fix.
     
    In addition to the VFR and IFR base-maps there are several layers that can be viewed. These layers are only available with an internet connection (except for the TAC Charts layer - a download is required). Layers include:
  • Weather Radar
  • Airport Icons
  • State and Country Outlines
  • Airspace and TFRs
  • NRS Grid Fixes
  • Jet Airways
  • Victor Airways

  • One notable layer is the Notes layer. The Notes layer allows you to write or draw directly on the map. This is very handy for marking frequencies, hold entry patterns, highlighting fixes, or anything you may want to jot down.
     
    The Route Edit feature allows you to temporarily change your route. This does not affect your flight plan on FltPlan.com and is local to your device. This feature was made specifically for editing a route after you've been cleared direct, are landing at an alternate airport, (or any other possibility).
     
    NavLogs & Weather
    One great feature to have on your device is your NavLog and/or Weather brief for your flight plan. While it's still possible to send an email copy of the NavLog to your device, with the app you can download it directly.
     
    Approach Plates
    Here at FltPlan.com we offer Approach Charts for the U.S., Canada, and Brazil. A great way to get these handy documents on your device is right through our app. The Approach Charts feature gives users the ability to download all approach charts (and additional information) for an entire State. In addition, it will keep you informed on their concurrency with the FAA's 28-day and 56-day cycles. If you're unfamiliar, the FAA provides updates to the documents every 28 days (and in some cases, every 56 days). The approach charts are available in high-resolution PDF format. (Note: Brazil approach charts are available only on the website; they will soon be added to the app).
     
    Airport/Facility Directory
    The FAA offers a digital/downloadable version of the A/FD, called the d-AFD. With the app you have the ability to download the d-AFD directly to your device. It's updated every 56 days.
     
    Documents
    If you haven't taken advantage of it yet, our Documents feature allows you to store up to 10MB of data at FltPlan.com. This means you can access your documents on any computer or device that has access to FltPlan.com. With the Documents feature you'll have direct access to your documents folder. Download your documents to your device for offline viewing/reading. In addition to custom document storage, we offer a wealth of pertinent Legends and General Information documents from a variety of FAA sources. Access the Table of Contents for both U.S. and Canada Approach Charts, the A/FD Legend, AeroNav's Aviation Chart User's Guide, FAA ATC Phone Numbers, Tower Enroute Control (New England and Southern California), and also the map legends for VFR and IFR charts.
     
    FltDeck Guide
    FltPlan.com's FltDeck Guide provides information for over 6,000 airports in 17 countries. The FltDeck Guide is designed to be used without the need for internet. A typical FltDeck Guide page is comparable, but not entirely the same, to FltPlan.com's Airport Information page. Latitude, longitude, elevation, variation, along with frequencies and FBO information are all available.
     
    Weight & Balance
    The Weight & Balance feature is an offline, interactive calculator. This feature is a companion tool to our popular web-based Weight & Balance program. The app's W&B feature integrates with your online Weight & Balance information. You can import multiple aircraft weight and balance data directly to the app with no need to re-enter your specific aircraft parameters. This data is made to be available without the need for an internet connection. It's a great tool that allows you to do last minute calculations on the ramp or when enroute and planning your next fuel load.
     
    eLogbook
    You can enter your flights into our eLogbook feature either online or offline. The logbook information will automatically be transmitted to our web based eLogbook program, with no other actions necessary, and combined with your other flights. With this new feature, you can enter all your flight information including departure/arrival airports, flight time, flight type (IFR, Actual), and more. This can all be done while still in the aircraft or anywhere else.
     
    Location and Enroute Weather
    The location and enroute weather features allow you to quickly view a weather briefing for a specific airport or route. The information is displayed in the same, easy-to-read FltPlan.com format that you're familiar with. You can store airports and routes that you commonly visit for easy access.
     
    Flight Tracking
    This feature is created with similarity to the Location and Route Weather features. You can bring up the tracking information for a specific aircraft, and if need be, store the tail number to a quick-button for future use.
     
    Runway Wind Calculator
    The Runway Wind Calculator allows you to quickly calculate the tailwind and crosswind components of a specific runway. Enter a runway number, a wind-from direction, and wind speed for an instant calculation. If you also have gusting winds, you can enter the speed for an additional calculation.
     

     
    There are two versions of the Runway Wind Calculator. The first is basic and requires to you enter the runway number. The second allows you to type in an airport ID and you'll be given the option between the available runways. As you adjust the wind speed and direction you can quickly view which runways have poor wind conditions, and which might be suitable for take-off/landing.
     
    Fuel Conversion Calculator
    Sometimes it's difficult calculating the number of pounds if you're given the gallons or vice versa. With the Fuel Conversion Calculator you can enter in a pound per gallon amount, and quickly see how many gallons (or pounds). We also offer Kilogram and Liter conversion. In addition, you can set a price per gallon (or liter) and it will automatically be calculated as well. This feature also has pre-entered AvGas (6 lb/gal) and a Jet A1 (6.7 lb/gal) fuels.
     
    Temperature Conversion Calculator
    This feature has the same concept and operates similarly to the Fuel Conversion Calculator. It will quickly convert degrees Fahrenheit to and from Celsius.

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