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Newsletter - January 30th, 2013

Runway Wind Calculator for Mobile Android App
FltPlan.com is pleased to announce a simple-to-use Runway Wind Calculator for our Android app.
 
Enter your landing runway and the winds (including gust factors,) and the app will instantly display the crosswind component and the headwind/tailwind component.
 
Besides displaying the values, FltPlan.com also gives you colored cautions and warnings whenever your user defined limits are exceeded. For instance, if you set 15 knots as your crosswind caution value and 25 knots as your crosswind limit, the app will display orange when the crosswind component exceeds 15, and red when the component exceeds 25. You can also set caution and warning values for tailwinds.
 
The Runway Wind Calculator is another addition to our popular free Android app.
 
The FltPlan.com Android app is available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore for Android:
Flight Plan FltPlan.com Mobile - Android Apps on Google Play
Amazon.com: FltPlan.com Mobile (Kindle Tablet Edition): Appstore for Android

 

 


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Pilots' Choice Awards
Voting starts February 1, 2013

It's right around the corner! Voting will start on February 1st in FltPlan.com's Pilots' Choice Awards. You'll have a chance to cast your ballot for your favorite FBO, favorite tower location, and more. Starting Friday, you'll be able to go to http://www.FltPlan.com to cast your ballot.

New Feature: Email Your Weight & Balance
Our Weight & Balance program has been well-received, and now it's even more convenient. You can now email your Weight and Balance computations for a flight to three email addresses. This is great tool for Part 91 and Part 135 operators that have either company or regulatory requirements for saving their Weight & Balance worksheets. With the push of a button, you can send your W&B form to your dispatcher, Chief Pilot, and a copy to yourself for recordkeeping. The sent email also includes a time stamp of when the W&B was completed.
 
To access this feature, simply use the Email Weight & Balance button at the bottom of the W&B page. You can then fill in the email addresses and click the Send Email button.

Our Weight & Balance Program Continues to Expand
In addition to the email feature just mentioned, and the ability to use our W&B program offline on the Android (see our previous FltBrief), FltPlan.com continues to add more aircraft to our Weight & Balance program. We now have over 235 various makes and models in our database. The latest additions are the Falcon 2000, King Air C90, and the C150M.
 
Use the Weight & Balance link on the left side of the Main Menu to access this feature.

'Lifeguard' Designation is Becoming a Thing of the Past
Use the STS Indicator on Item 18 of your ICAO flight plan

With the implementation of ICAO 2012, the 'Lifeguard' designation (LN) is fast becoming obsolete. To maintain consistency between ICAO and FAA flight plan filing, all civilian air ambulance flights are required to file as 'MEDEVAC' instead of the previous term 'Lifeguard'. The term 'HOSP' has been added.
 
Because of the priority afforded air ambulance flights in the ATC system, extreme discretion is necessary when using the term 'MEDEVAC'. It is only intended for those missions of an urgent medical nature and should be utilized only for that portion of the flight requiring expeditious handling. 'HOSP' flights will receive priority handling only when specifically requested When communicating with ATC, use the call sign 'MEDEVAC', followed by the aircraft registration numbers or call sign (e.g. "Oakland Center, MEDEVAC N1234A, level at 350". or "Denver Ground, MEDEVAC FLYFAST123, ready to taxi").
 
FltPlan.com makes it easy to use the new 'MEDEVAC' designation. Just go to the Default Settings page (bottom left side of the Main Menu page) and select the appropriate STS/ Indicators as an option. You can then select the categories you wish, such as 'MEDEVAC' (a flight for a life critical emergency evacuation) and 'HOSP' (a medical flight declared by medical authorities). These two items will then appear as an option to select when creating a flight plan.
 

 
During this transition time, FltPlan.com has still been supporting the LN designation, however aircraft operators who formerly used the Lifeguard designation, should start getting used to using the STS/ indicator in Item 18 of the ICAO format flight plan. You should also remove any LN profiles in the Edit Aircraft section (bottom left side of Main Menu), and use the registration number when creating the flight plan. On the page that you enter your Altitude, ETD, Route etc., just select 'MEDEVAC' in the STS/ section when appropriate.

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