The New Flight Entry
Flight Entry has been streamlined to make entering multiple legs a breeze. Flight Entry is designed to work while offline (see the Network Status icon), once a network connection has been reestablished flight data will sync with the Flight & Duty Tracker servers.
IMPORTANT: If you are a pilot that works an overnight shift (starts on one calendar day but ends on the next) your flights after midnight are associated with your START DUTY date. Reports within FDT will automatically represent the flights that occurred after midnight in the proper position.
When entering flights after midnight you need to select the date of your shift START then enter your flight like you normally would. Let's look at an example:
Steve starts his shift on the 10th at 1900. Steve gets a flight at 0100 (on the 11th), when he logs back into FDT (if you didn't log out then you can skip this step as the date will not change automatically) he will need to change the date (date selection on the Status Bar under his name) to the calendar date of when his shift began - in this case the 10th. He then goes to Flight Entry and enters his flight as normal. When he logs out, at the end of his shift, Steve again needs to go to the 10th and enter the END DUTY time. If Steve left his END DUTY time blank (since he is still on duty) when he logs back in, the system will take him back to the proper calendar date of his start duty period.
Create A Flight
Flight Entry has seen some small and some large changes. What's changed:
- "New Flight" has been renamed to "Create Flight"
- Formatting and layout changes
- Smartphone layout has been optimized
- Multi-leg option has been added. This must be requested by your company.
Customers that do not need the multi-leg function can continue to use FDT as they did before without any procedural changes required.
For multi-leg flights the customer has to determine where their current Flight Entry fields should be located. The choices are:
- Initial Leg only
- All legs
- Flight Summary
Continue reading for an explanation on multi-leg functionality.
To create a new flight (single leg or multiple leg).
- Click the Flight Entry icon on the side bar menu.
- Click the green '+ Create Flight'.
- Select an aircraft from the list (some pilots will see callsign and registration # others will see just registration #).
NOTE: After selecting an aircraft, next inspection or other maintenance information may be displayed depending on your company's setup.
NOTE: Select 'D RISK' to input your Dynamic risk factors for this flight, if applicable.
- Click the W&B button to complete your weight and balance for the flight/leg, if applicable.
- Fill out appropriate blocks (the blocks seen are based on your company's setup) per company procedures.
NOTE: Blocks are being saved (online or offline indicated by a brief spinner) as you leave each block. Unless your company is using the SAVE once feature, then flights are not saved until the SAVE button has been clicked.
- For multi-leg operators - click the Next Leg icon to create your next leg of the flight.
- Once a flight has been completed, click '+ Flight Summary' to view/edit the flight summary information.
To edit/delete/view a previously entered flight.
- Click the Flight Entry icon on the side bar menu.
- To view a flight in the past click the date in the Status Bar menu on top.
NOTE: Depending on your access level and your company's policy you may not be able to view/edit previously entered flights. Some companies limit access to previously entered flights to a certain numbers of days in the past. Also, some companies limit future entries.
- Click the + next to the flight you wish to review.
FRAT & OCS Approval
For customers that also have Flight Vector CAD we now provide a means for the Operational Control Specialist to approve/disapprove submitted Flight Risk Assessments. The process works as follows:
- COMM creates a flight via FV CAD which is transmitted to the pilot and appears on FDT Flight Entry
- The pilot then prepares the FRAT and signs via Flight Entry's Dynamic Risk button on Flight Entry
- OCS receives notification that the pilot has submitted a FRAT. They provide the approval or disapproval.
- Notification of the disposition of the FRAT from OCS is received, via FDT, by the pilot
NOTE: When new a new flight arrives into FDT the pilot will be notified with "Flights imported. (dismiss)" and a re-sync icon on the status bar. The pilot should acknowledge the message (by clicking/tapping on 'dismiss' and the re-sync icon (chasing arrows).
NOTE 2: When the COMM center updates the flight with additional information (example: departure/arrival times) the re-sync icon will appear. Data is flowing to FDT and those times or other information will appear in the flight. It is advisable the pilot should always click/tap the re-sync icon when it appears to ensure any data the pilot has input syncs with the FDT database.
Flight Strips on Flight Entry.
No Color = FRAT has not been submitted
Yellow = FRAT submitted to OCS waiting approval
Green/Red = OCS approve/disapprove indication
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