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Newsletter - June 8th, 2012

New Enhancement: Pick up your IFR clearance over an enroute fix
FltPlan.com now lets you file starting from an enroute fix, like a VOR or intersection. By doing so, you can now depart VFR, and ATC will have an IFR clearance waiting for you starting from a point along your route.
In addition, FltPlan.com's NavLog will still reflect your full route, so you have accurate ETEs and Fuel Burns and not just numbers starting at the clearance point.
This feature can be very practical for those departing airports in certain areas of the country where an IFR clearance requires lengthy delays or routing.
 
Using this feature is easy: Just create the NavLog as you always have. If you desire to pick up your IFR clearance from a point along your route, simply use the box and enter the fix.
 

 
The NavLog will reflect this type of filing by putting a message on the NavLog with an asterisk. FltPlan.com will take care of the math by figuring out the crossing time over the fix, and we'll file the flight plan with the appropriate time with ATC.
 

 
If your plans change (e.g. because of weather), and you want to get your clearance on the ground at your departure airport, just modify your flight plan by removing the fix from the box. Your flight plan will then go back to being a standard flight plan with the departure airport being your filing point.

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Use FltPlan.com to Plan Your Next Trip to Canada
With the Summer months almost here, Canada becomes a popular destination or stopover point going to Alaska. FltPlan.com can help plan your flight.
 
One year ago, FltPlan.com expanded its coverage of filing IFR flight plans to, from, and intra Canada.
Now, through a licensing agreement with Nav Canada, FltPlan.com provides digital enroute charts, and digital approach charts.
FltPlan.com is also a licensed distributor of Nav Canada paper products, including the Canadian Flight Supplement, low and high altitude enroute charts, approach charts, sectionals (VNC), and terminal area charts.
 
FltPlan.com continues to provide the tools necessary for pilot's to easily plan, file, and execute their flights.
 
When flying to Canada, you can plan on us!

In Case You Missed It:
FltPlan.com can help with Mexican overflight regulations

In our last FltBrief we reported that Mexico is now enforcing its overflight fees retroactively. Just in case you missed it, here's what you need to know if you've flown through Mexican airspace in the last ten years.
 
What makes Mexico's regulations unique from other countries are four things:
1. The regulations are published in Mexico's tax code, not in their Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and therefore do not appear in any international aeronautical publications.
2. Airspace fees are calculated based on the wingspan of the aircraft and NOT on weight.
3. Mexico does not issue an invoice to advise pilots that they have incurred a fee. It is the pilot's responsibility to correctly determine the amount owed and to make payment per the regulations.
4. Airspace and over-time fees can only be paid via a Mexican bank.
 
Consequently, many pilots are unaware that they owe these fees and over time these fees accumulate interest and back charges which can grow into very significant amounts.
 
Who is affected: Pilots should be aware that if during the last 10 years they made a flight through Mexican airspace that neither took off nor landed in Mexico, they are subject to airspace fees. Flights that flew to, or from, an airport within Mexico, ARE NOT subject to these fees. Also, any pilot that used a Mexican airport outside of normal hours has incurred an ATC overtime fee which must be paid using the same procedures as airspace fees. Although these regulations have been in place for many years, they were not strictly enforced until December of 2011. As a result, many pilots trying to fly through Mexican airspace with unpaid fees are being denied entry by ATC.
 
What do I do?: Understanding the frustration felt by pilots who find themselves in this situation, FltPlan.com has developed a plan to assist pilots in resolving this situation and to avoid it happening again. For a reasonable fee, we can do the legwork for you, so you have smooth flying.
 
Our Mexican Overflight Fee Payment Service can help you:
* Find out if you owe fees to the Mexican government and how much they are
* Distribute your payment to the Mexican authorities for flights already made, and sent you a receipt as proof of payment. (Keep in mind that the Mexican government requires that payment be made from a Mexican bank. Credit cards, checks and wire transfers from U.S. banks are not accepted.)
* Handle your payments for future trips
 
For prices and more information contact Support@FltPlan.com or Click Here.

SMS Seminar Coming in July to Chicago
Our first SMS seminar was a great success, so we're doing it again. FltPlan.com will be hosting the second in a series of SMS Informational Seminars in partnership with ACSF (Air Charter Safety Foundation). This is a live event, not a webinar. The presentation will take place in Chicago on July 18th, starting promptly at 9:00am Central Time and ending at 5:00pm. This SMS Seminar will provide helpful information in regard to the development and implementation of your company's SMS Program.
 
To register Click Here. Each attendee is required to register separately. After receiving the registration form and being qualified as an SMS participant, further details will be provided via email.


Export Your Submitted eAPIS History to a CSV Spread Sheet
You can now export your submitted eAPIS HISTORY from FltPlan.com to a CSV spread sheet, such as Excel.
 
Simply log into your account and click on the eAPIS link on left side of the Main Menu page. Go to the Historical eAPIS section, and click on the "Export to CSV File" link at the bottom of the list. It's that simple.
 



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