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Newsletter - May 2nd, 2012

RAIM Predictions Aren't a Problem for FltPlan.com Users
We make compliance easy

RAIM stands for Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring. It is a technique used within a GPS receiver/processor to monitor GPS signal performance. Basically, it's a check to see if the receiver will be able to validate its position.
If your aircraft profile indicates that you have GPS equipment, FltPlan.com automatically calculates a RAIM predication for your flight. This is a free service using FAA approved methods. An icon on the bottom left of your NavLog lets you know at a glance whether or not there will be probable outages during a 1 hour time window based upon your flight's ETAs at points along your route.

GPS satellite information is available no more than 50 hours in advance. Because of this, FltPlan.com will not calculate or display GPS RAIM Prediction for any flight plan more than two days in the future. FltPlan.com will automatically calculate your flight plan for GPS RAIM for any NavLogs displayed for the current day, or the following day.
FltPlan.com's RAIM Prediction complies with FAA requirement for preflight planning and provides an easy, accurate method to verify that your flight also complies.

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FltPlan.com SMS Informational Seminar was a Success
On April 24th, FltPlan.com, in partnership with the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF), held its first SMS Informational Seminar. The seminar was a great success and it was a pleasure to see so many FltPlan.com users there interested in learning more about SMS. Guest speaker former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was well received for both his comments, and the question & answer session afterwards. We thank Mr. Babbitt, those of you who attended, and everyone involved for their help in making this event a success. Plans are already in the works for holding another free SMS informational seminar at a different location in the near future. We'll keep you posted in FltBrief.

The Votes Have Been Counted!
Announcing the winners of the 2012 Pilots' Choice Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Pilots' Choice Awards. We at FltPlan.com would like to thank all of you who voted. Click here for the 2012 Pilots' Choice Survey Results.

Help Us Help You:
Information you should always include when you email Support

FltPlan.com is committed to providing great customer support. You can e-mail us at Support@FltPlan.com with any concern, and most e-mails are answered within minutes. (Please don't phone our Sales team; they're not equipped to answer your questions.) Giving us the proper information can make a huge difference to the ease and speed with which we answer your questions. Here's what we need from you:
  1.) Always include your full name, your FltPlan.com username, and your N number when appropriate.
2.) Also include a contact phone number, in case we feel a phone call would be more appropriate than an e-mail.
3.) Be very specific with your question and give us as much information as possible. For instance, if it's about a particular flight tell us your name, username, N number, and the departure and arrival airports. If you're writing because you received an error message, copy and include the message in your email. Also, let us know what device and which browser you're using to access FltPlan.com. Unlike other companies who only work with one device, FltPlan.com supports a variety of tablets and smartphones.
We'll be able to answer you more efficiently if we have all the necessary details right from the start.

Just to Let You Know:
Flying over a stadium could get you fined.

The warm weather is here, and more of you may be unintentionally flying over a sporting event. To this end we want to remind you that flying over a stadium can get you in hot water. While it's not news, it is important to remember that a 2009 notam (FDC 9/5151) restricts flights over "any stadium having a seating capacity of 30,000 where a regular or post season Major League Baseball, National Football League, or NCAA Division One football game is occurring. This notam also applies to Nascar Sprint Cup and Indy Car." This 'standing' TFR covers an altitude up to 3,000 feet, and a 3 nautical mile radius. With close to 170 such stadiums, it pays to be aware of this. It's your responsibility to know. Please see http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_5151.html for complete details on this important notam.

Transfer Aircraft Performance with FltPlan.com's Donor Feature
Did you know that you can easily transfer aircraft performance from one FltPlan.com account to another? Or that you can copy the performance from one of your aircraft to another aircraft in your own profile? You can accomplish either task quickly with our Donor feature.

Here are some uses for this feature:
  Many times within a flight department, one pilot 'tweaks' the performance numbers for one of their aircraft, and wants to share the performance data with other pilots with different accounts.
You have multiple aircraft in your profile that are the same model, and you want to use your modified data for all your aircraft.
You know a pilot that flies an uncommon aircraft type, and you want to use the performance profile that he has created.
FltPlan.com's Donor feature lets you transfer the data to other FltPlan.com accounts or to another aircraft within your account, with a few easy entries.
It's as easy as following these steps:
1) Go to the Main Menu page and click on the A/C Performance link. (It's on the left-hand side of the page in yellow.)
2) Select the N# for which you wish to import the data.
3) Click the Press Here When Done button.
4) Use Method #1 to copy the Performance data from another pilot's profile:
   a.) Enter the donor pilot's username
   b.) Enter the donor's N# (or call sign)
   c.) Include Donor's ICAO Data
   To include the aircraft A/C ICAO Data, leave the checkbox selected.
   If you do not want to transfer ICAO data, unselect the checkbox.
If you selected "Include Donor's ICAO Data", then the ICAO data will be used; however you will need to go to the A/C ICAO section to enter your emergency contact info.
5) Click the "Copy Profile" button.
After completing these steps, the DONOR aircraft's performance data will now be used for your aircraft.

Shared Accounts
Over the past several months, FltPlan.com has expanded our 'Shared' NavLog and Weather feature to include the iPad/Android Apps, Multi Print-out, Route Weather, and now the Flt Listing (left side of Main Menu). With your account set up for sharing data across independent FltPlan.com accounts, pilots and schedulers can view NavLogs and Weather entered from an other's account. Access is restricted to viewing the NavLog and Weather. Your account and flight plan data are protected from changes by other users. The Flt Listing is a great way to quickly view or print out information on future flight plans.
For more information, please see our March 2012 FltBrief Newsletter http://flttrack.fltplan.com/fltbrief/March2012/fltbriefvol1.htm#2.

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