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21-1 New Features

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1       Introduction 

21-1 New Features 

21-1 New Features for N-FP 

We estimate that this will take 7 minutes to complete.

2       Detailed Explanation 

NFP-650 – ATS Flight Plans for VFR Airports 

 

N-Flight Planning now supports generating ATS flight plans using Item 8 flight rules codes for
VFR (V), IFR-to-VFR (Y), and VFR-to-IFR (Z). When using Y or Z, the system also allows you
to select up to two flight rule changeover points, which are specified in the route string in Item 15.

Note: Currently, there are no changes to the flight planning engine. The engine will not stop
a user from using SIDs, STARs, airways, navaids, IFR Enroute waypoints or approaches.
The engine will also not adhere to VFR cruising altitudes. It remains the responsibility
of the customer to generate a flight-rules compliant route.

Let's look at the process... 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Plan tab.

On the List screen, select a flight and then proceed to the Plan screen. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the  button.

Expand the flight information dialog. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flight Rules dropdown button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the I list item.

The dropdown allows you to select from four different Flight Rule options:

        I - Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). This is the default setting.

        V - Visual Flight Rules (VFR).

        Y - Indicates a flight starting under IFR which at some point changes rules at least once to VFR. There can be more changes if needed.

        Z - Indicates a flight starting under VFR which at some point changes rules at least once to IFR. There can be more changes if needed.

Let's begin with the default value of I.
 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Compute button.

Compute the flight. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Send to ATC button.

The Flight Report displays. Let's send it to ATC. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Plan tab.

Note the details show the flight using IFR on Line 8. VFR would show here if you had selected it as the flight rule.

Let's now check out the other options.
 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the  button.

Once again, let's expand the Flight Info dialog. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flight Rules dropdown button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Y list item.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the First Rules Chg dropdown button.

This time, let's pick a waypoint to change the Flight Rule. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the IKLEN list item.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Compute button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Send to ATC button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Plan tab.

Note the Flight Rule now indicates Y on Line 8. Line 15 now indicates the flight proceeding direct through BOLMO via airway T614, and at IKLEN, it switches to VFR before proceeding direct to the destination. 

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the  button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Flight Rules dropdown button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Z list item.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the First Rules Chg dropdown button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the BOLMO list item.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Second Rules Chg dropdown button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the IKLEN list item.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Compute button.

Interaction 1

Interaction 1 Click the Send to ATC button.

Note the Flight Rule now indicates Z on Line 8, meaning it begins in VFR. Line 15 now indicates the flight proceeding direct, switching to IFR at BOLMO, continuing via airway T614, and at IKLEN, switching to VFR before proceeding direct to the destination. 

REMINDER 

There are no changes to the flight planning engine. The engine will not suppress a user from using SIDs, STARs, Airways, NAVAIDS, IFR Enroute Waypoints or Approaches. The engine will also not adhere to VFR cruising altitudes. It remains the responsibility of the customer to generate a flight-rules compliant route. 

NFP-1195 – Add Destination Taxi to Plan Screen and Input Defaults (FOMS 171) 

A new field in the Plan Screen allows customers to edit their destination taxi times on a flight-by-flight basis.

NFP-1195 – Add Destination Taxi to Plan Screen and Input Defaults (FOMS 171) 

 

NFP-3323 – Minima - OTS/LTS/SA Approval 

 

Use the new fields in Aircraft Characteristics (FOMS 220) allow an operator to specify if an aircraft is authorized  to perform CAT I/II OTS/LTS/SA approaches. When N-FP performs airport suitability checks, these fields determine whether the aircraft is eligible for the approach. 

NFP-3323 – Minima - OTS/LTS/SA Approval 

 

NFP-3327 – Minima – Calculation Standard 

 

 

A new field in Airline Code Parameters (FOMS 170) allows an operator to specify their minima calculation standard when Minima Source  is set to “Common Only” or “Common if no ALC”. Options include:

        TERPS

        TP308

        PART OPS

        STATE (AIP).

Operators are able to select one standard. If TERPS, TP308, or PART OPS is selected and there are no available minima, the system checks for STATE minima.

NFP-3327 – Minima – Calculation Standard 

 

NFP-3426/4015 – Minima – Published Approach Minima

 

 

This release includes a new menu, Published Approach Minima (FOMS 327). As part of this menu, you are able to see the minima for the following standards:

        TERPS

        TP308

        PART OPS

        STATE (AIP).

The data in this view-only display is sourced from the same NAVBLUE team that supplies our Charts+ product and cannot be edited

Note: Our data teams are in the process of uploading Published Approach Minima information for all the airports in our database. With the initial release of Version 21-1 of N-FP, this data may be incomplete. We will continuously improve the data over the course of the year with each AIRAC cycle.

NFP-3426/4015 – Minima – Common Data Viewer 

 

 

NFP-3757 – Add ARFF Codes to Aircraft Characteristics Menu (FOMS 220) 

 

A new field in Aircraft Characteristics (FOMS 220) allows selection of the ICAO Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Code (ARFF) for an aircraft. Accepted values range from 1 to 10. There are format options to display this value in the flight plan.

NFP-3757 – Add ARFF Codes to Aircraft Characteristics Menu (FOMS 220) 

 

NFP-4031 – Add ARFF Codes to Airports Menu (FOMS 105) 

 

A new field in Airports (FOMS 105) allows an operator to view the ICAO Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Code (ARFF) for an airport. The data is maintained and updated with each AIRAC cycle.

Note: Our data teams are in the process of uploading ARFF information for all the airports in our database. At release, this data may be incomplete but is continuously improved over the course of the year with each AIRAC cycle.

NFP-4201/4030 – ARFF Suitability 

 

With the addition of the ARFF Codes to the Aircraft Characteristics Menu and the Airports Menu, ARFF has been added as a criterion for airport suitability. Customers who wish to have ARFF checked need only identify the ARFF level of their aircraft to take advantage of this functionality.

Depending on customer settings, airports whose ARFF level is below the aircraft’s generate a system warning or error. Where an airport does not have its ARFF level defined, the system warns the customer. Customers who do not define their aircraft ARFF level will not see any messages.

 



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