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Newsletter - November 29th, 2012

Modify your flight plans Offline with our Free FltPlan.com App for your Android device
The latest feature added to FltPlan.com Mobile for Android is the ability to add, remove, and rearrange the fixes/points of the currently selected route. While in the air and offline, this comes in handy if you need to do a last minute adjustment to your flight plan and you've already left the computer.
 
The modification feature will draw a new line on the map, showing the adjustments made. Your original flight plan will change to a dashed red line (as opposed to the original solid red line). The modifications are only temporary, so you can always reset the flight plan back to its original format by reselecting it.
 
The route modification feature holds a wealth of information, from VORs, NBS, intersections and airports - you can search for the exact spot you're looking for.
 
Make sure you have the latest version of FltPlan.com Mobile, version 2.8.0.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.fltplan
 



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Mexican Overflight Regulations: What You Don't Know Can Cost You
FltPlan.com can help

Most pilots do not realize that Mexico, like most other countries, charges for the use of its airspace and for ATC over-time when pilots use a Mexican airport after hours. If you flew over Mexico at any time in the last 10 years, you may very well owe airspace fees. Here's some background about these regulations and some information on how FltPlan.com can help you.
 
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. With 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 send 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.) FltPlan.com handles all that for you.

  • Handle your payments for future trips
For prices and more information contact Support@FltPlan.com or Click Here.

Important: Keep Your Contact Information Up-to-Date
Sometimes it's necessary for FltPlan.com to contact a pilot. This has been especially true with the ICAO 2012 changes: A flight plan can't be filed because of incorrect data, and we need to talk to the pilot to correct it. There might also be an emergency, a problem with your flight plan, or a question of your whereabouts.
 
If you've been using FltPlan.com for years, your information may have changed since you created your account. Avoid unnecessary delays by making sure your phone numbers and email are current. There is room in the PIC info slots to label whether the number is for home, office, or cell. Utilizing this is a great way to avoid us calling your family and worrying them needlessly.
 

 
Be sure you also have valid email address, phone number, and cell phone number for each PIC in your account. To keep your contact information current, go to the "User/PIC Info" link on the left side of the Main Menu page of FltPlan.com. We will also check emergency contact info in your ICAO data for your aircraft.
 
Rest assured, we will not sell your phone number or use it for any other purposes than those related to filing your flight plans.


New Feature - Graphically See What's Changed on Approach Chart Revision
FltPlan.com now lets you easily see what has changed from the previous approach chart revision to the most current. Any changes to the chart will be outlined in purple on the past and current chart. To access this feature, go to the Charts & Maps link on the left side of the Main Menu page, then enter in the airport ID in the Approach Charts section. The next page will show the available SIDs, STARs and IAPs (Instrument Approach Procedures). If the approach chart (or SID or STAR) has changed, there will be a blue 'Changed' link next to the name of the procedure. When you click on this link, it will take you to a PDF, that shows both the past and current approach plates, with change areas outlined.
 


New ICAO Format Flight Plans are Now in Effect:
If you entered your data years ago, update it today

November 15 marked the changeover to the ICAO 2012 flight plan. FltPlan.com has been filing flight plans under the new format for the past month. If you haven't entered the required data for flight plans for ICAO 2012, don't delay. The old ICAO flight plan is no longer supported by the FAA or ICAO. ICAO 2012 data must be entered to be able to file an ICAO format flight plan through FltPlan.com.
 
Please note that this is not the same as the 2008 ICAO format. If you entered your data years ago, you need to do it again in the new format. Updated ICAO Data is required for assignment of RNAV SIDs & STARs, and RNAV enroute routing.
 
FltPlan.com has created a simple process for compliance. Just go to the A/C ICAO Data on the left side of the Main Menu page, and follow the accompanying instructions. Be sure to read the HELP sections that are linked in on each category.
 
If you have questions about what to enter after reading the HELP section, send us an email (no phone calls, please) with your username and aircraft tail number. Please be specific with your questions. Since we do not have access to your aircraft or documentation, our answers will be limited to what you tell us. Please include a phone number in case we need to contact you directly. In many cases, a call to your avionics dealer or the manufacturer that installed the equipment may provide a quick answer.


 

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