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Newsletter - September 27th, 2012

FltPlan.com International Handling Services
Did you know that FltPlan.com offers Handling Services? For over two years, FltPlan.com has been providing personalized Handling Services, with reasonable and fair prices, for our users flying throughout Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
Now you can do your flight planning, eAPIS, and handling all in one account.
 
Our premium ground handling service is designed for the professional, corporate pilot or the private pilot on a tight, demanding schedule. We can help you to be sure that things go off without a hitch. With our network of international contacts, we can provide you with an unsurpassed level of customized service and personal attention to ensure that you are in and out of the airport without delay.
 
With our full handling service we provide:
  • Defining Airports Of Entry (AOE)
  • Overflight and landing permits for Cuba, Central America and South America
  • Optional US CBP overflight permits
  • Fuel availability and pricing
  • Preferred routes and applicable procedures
  • Review aircraft, crew and passenger documentation
  • eAPIS filing
  • Trip briefing and emergency contact number
  • Filing and closing international flight plans
  • Obtaining required permits for "in-country" flights
  • Having a local agent greet the aircraft and process all local paperwork
  • Pay all local service providers and government agencies (no need to risk credit card fraud or carry large amounts of cash)
  • Premium FBO services where available
  • Ground transportation and lodging assistance as requested
  • Arranging special services as required

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    To get a quote for your next trip, look for the Handling message link below your international flight plan on the Active Flight Plan List.
     
    Click on the link, complete the information, and within a short period we will get back to you with a quote for providing complete, personalized handling for your trip.


    Stay On Top of ICAO 2012 Changes with FltPlan.com
    The deadline for using the new ICAO format flight plans is fast approaching. Starting on October 15th, FltPlan.com users can start entering the required data for flight plans for ERAM 2012. FltPlan.com will use the new format for filing flight plans starting on November 1st, enabling you to meet the FAA deadline of November 15th.
     
    As you may already know, FltPlan.com was the first in bringing the ICAO format changes to the General Aviation population in June 2008. As the largest flight planning company in North America, we are very aware of the new changes that will be taking place in November 2012 and will implement them with a simple process for compliance with ICAO 2012. In the coming weeks, FltBrief and the FltPlan.com website will keep you posted with any updates.

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    Let FltPlan.com Help You Stay on the Right Side of Mexican Overflight Regulations
    The word is out that Mexico is now enforcing its overflight fees retroactively. FltPlan.com can help. We can determine if you owe fees and help you manage your payments.
     
    You can read the details about Mexican overflight regulations in our previous article: http://flttrack.fltplan.com/fltbrief/May2012/fltbriefvol3.htm#1
     
    In short, 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.)
  • Handle your payments for future trips

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    For prices and more information contact Support@FltPlan.com or Click Here.

    FltPlan.com Hits the Road: Check us out at the AOPA and NBAA shows
    FltPlan.com will be at the AOPA Aviation Summit 2012 in Palm Springs CA on October 11-13. Visit us at Booth 1329. Look for some great new features and enhancements being announced at the show for both our web programs and mobile based apps for iPad and Android. FltPlan.com will have a large number of staff members at the show, including some of our iPad and Android developers to demonstrate our constantly improving apps.
     
    At the NBAA Convention in Orlando on October 29th, FltPlan.com will be among four panelists discussing iPad use in the cockpit. The meeting starts at 11am and runs to 12:30pm.

    Moving Maps & Charts come to FltPlan.com's Android App
    FltPlan.com is pleased to announce its latest update to our popular Android App.
     
    Some great new features include:
     
    Offline/Online moving map
     
    This feature displays your flight on sectionals and enroute charts (high & low altitude).
     

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    'Track Up' moving maps
     
    The plane icon moves in the same direction as the plane. What's on the left side of the aircraft is on the left side of your moving map. Most iPad Apps do not provide this.
     

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    'Breadcrumbs'
     
    This handy feature lets you record where your flight takes you. From take-off to landing, you can see the actual route that your aircraft flew.
     

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    Take notes on your moving map
     
    With FltPlan.com's Android App, you can write notes on your moving map. With this feature you can make notations along your route, which can be viewed later while in flight or on the ground.
     

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    Import your flight plan routes created on FltPlan.com
     
    Import all of your flight plan routes from your account (plus those from shared accounts) onto your maps/charts with the push of a button. No need to retype your route.
     

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    Simple access to information
     
    All the data you need for your flight is available (offline or online) with a long press to one of your routes.
     

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    Size matters
     
    Android devices come in a variety of sizes from 7-inch tablets to 11-inch tablets. Our Android App also works on your Android smartphone. We're particularly fond of the 7 inch devices, since they are light weight, easy to hold and view, but not as cumbersome as the larger tablets.
     

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    Price matters
     
    Android tablets are less expensive than iPads. You can get a powerful 7 inch tablet for $199 (Nexus from Google) or a $249 Samsung Galaxy II (available at most retail electronic stores).
     
    Whatever your preference for mobile devices, FltPlan.com will continue to provide the tools you need.


    And a Note for iPad Users...
    Look for more upgrades and new enhancements in the coming weeks and months for the iPad and iPhone.

    SMS Seminar Coming to Dallas in October: Guest speaker Randy Babbitt
    FltPlan.com is now taking registrations for a free educational event. FltPlan.com will be hosting an SMS Informational Seminar in partnership with ACSF (Air Charter Safety Foundation). This is a live event, not a webinar. It will take place in Dallas on Wednesday October 17, 2012, starting promptly at 9 am and ending at 5 pm CT. This SMS Seminar will provide helpful information in regard to the development and implementation of your company's SMS Program. We are pleased to announce that Randy Babbitt, former FAA Administrator, will once again be a guest speaker at our upcoming SMS Seminar. Registration is required to attend.
     
    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.
     

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