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FOMS Menu 325 (STARs Program)

Note: The following descriptions represent the typical access and privileges afforded to users designated as Dispatch Managers/Supervisors. Users with dispatcher privileges will have limited access to a subset of the screens presented.

This program allows the user to view and/or print the file of Standard Terminal Arrivals.

The modes available are:

Add

Edit

Delete

Video

Screen

Hardcopy

Quit

Add Mode

AIRAC Cycle / Cycle: Choose the AIRAC Cycle to use, see AIRAC Cycle for more information.

Destination: Enter the ICAO, IATA or other airport code. The program will verify your entry and display the Airport name.

Name of STAR: Enter the name of the Standard Terminal Arrival Route. Any combination of one to six alphanumeric characters is allowed. Official designations used by Air Traffic Control should be used whenever available.

Waypoint: Enter the ID of the transition waypoint at that the STAR originates. It is mandatory that this waypoint be one that is used in the Airways data file in order that the Flight Plan and Routes programs are able to marry up Airways routings with arrivals. For this reason, Terminal waypoints are specifically excluded from the acceptable list.

STAR Alias: This field is optional, and is reserved for those cases where the name of the STAR is longer than the 6 characters permitted in the Name field. The flight plan will insert the Alias in the ATC filing message as the STAR name in those cases.

Jet/Prop: Enter Jet <J>> or Prop <P> to signify that this route is restricted to use by a particular category of aircraft. Leave this field blank if the route applies to both Jet and Prop aircraft.

Runway: Optional add a runway.

Route: Enter Route/Equipment type <R> RNAV, <F> FMS or <N> Any.

Usage: Enter Usage Type <N> Normal or <A> Atc only.

RPT Name: options are Y, N, <D>CT. Choose to report name in ATC Item 15. Select D to show DCT instead of STAR. Blank is the same as Y.

Domestic: This field allows STARs routes to be identified as domestic. Routes identified as domestic can only be used by certain ALCs and can include domestic data waypoints.

Waypoint/CC/T/Min/Max/C: Enter the waypoints that define the STAR, starting with the one following the transition waypoint and continuing to the waypoint prior to the Airport. Country code and Type need only be entered if there is ambiguity (options are N/V/T/E).  The <?> Search function is available in both fields. If it is desired to profile the altitudes within the STAR this can be done by entering the altitude in hundreds of feet in the FL field. An altitude entered represents the crossing altitude for that fix within the STAR. Use the <C> field to flag a waypoint as compulsory. If you press <Enter> on a blank line in the waypoints table, the program will assume that you have completed the route and will move the cursor to the Comments field.

If you need to insert or delete waypoints in the route table, you may use the <Ctrl>-I and <Ctrl>-D functions.

Type: Enter the STAR type: RNAV <R>, FMS <F>, ATC <A> or normal <N>.

Trk/Dist: As each new waypoint is added to the route, the total distance along the STAR will be calculated and displayed. These fields are filled as soon as the Transition waypoint has been entered in order to provide a comparison with the accumulated route distance that will be calculated as waypoints are added. The distance is shown as nautical miles and

Disabled: Indicate whether or not this STAR is disabled, yes <Y> or no <N>.

Valid From/To: Enter the date and time that this STAR is valid from and to. Enter the From date in the first field in YYMMDD format, and the time in HHMM format. Repeat for the To date and time. Zulu time is not supported.

Published Profile: Indicates whether the profile is maintained by NAVBLUE.

Available For -  This restricts or allows a STAR route to a particular aircraft and engine. The Available For field is used to allow or restrict the aircraft and engine. Up to 12 aircraft and engine series can be added. If the Available for flag = blank (available for all types) / If set to Y = available only for the aircraft types entered / If set to N = not available for the aircraft types entered.

Type: Enter the aircraft type (e.g., DC10).

Series: Enter the series designation of the aircraft (e.g., 30).

Comments: Enter any remarks that you feel are significant.

Date Chg: This is a display only field, and the current system date will be written in as soon as the record is saved.

Changed By: Enter your initials to indicate the source of this route information.

Edit Mode

To edit a STAR, enter the Destination, Name of STAR, and the Transition waypoint. The <?> Search function may be used to select the STAR name from those on file, as well as to select the Transition waypoint if necessary.

Once the STAR has been displayed on screen, you may edit any of the intermediate waypoints. Use the <Ctrl>-I or <Ctrl>-D functions to insert and delete lines as required.

You may not edit the name of the STAR, or the transition waypoint, as these items are both part of the record key. However, a Rename mode is available to deal with the practice of regularly changing STAR procedure numbers. (See below.)

Delete Mode

To delete a STAR enter the Destination ID, STAR name, and the transition waypoint. The record will be displayed, along with a Really DELETE? confirmation prompt. Entering <Y> will erase the record from the data file., while entering <N> will clear the record and reposition the cursor in the Destination field for a new entry.

Note: Before a STAR will actually be deleted, a usage check will be run in background. Only if no usage is found will the STAR actually be deleted from the data file, otherwise a report will be printed listing every route in that the STAR is currently being used.

Video Mode

The purpose of this mode is to allow you to view one STAR record at a time. Enter the code of the destination Airport, then enter the name, and the Transitional waypoint of the STAR you wish to view, if known. If you are not sure, type in anything for the name. The program will respond with a Record Not Found - Press <Enter> for NEXT AVAILABLE prompt, and you can then use the up and down arrow keys to cycle through the available options on file.

To clear the screen in preparation for another entry, just press <Enter> rather than an up or down arrow. To return to the Command Line prompt, enter <Q>.

Screen Mode

This mode will permit you to review several records at once. When this mode is selected from the Command Line, the screen will change to a Report Selector. Enter the ICAO codes for the range of stations for that you wish to review STARs. Enter the ICAO code twice if you wish to have the STARs for just one Airport reported.

Note: Do not use IATA codes to define the range in these fields they will not be converted to ICAO codes.

 

Destination ICAO Range - From: Enter an ICAO code to define the start of the list displayed.

To: Enter an ICAO code to define the end of the list displayed.

Type: Enter whether you want to include RNAV <R>, FMS <F>, ATC <A>, Normal <N> or All (blank) types of STARs in the report.

Show Runways: Enter whether you want to include runways in the list, yes <Y> or no <N>.

Disabled: Enter whether you want to include disabled STARs <Y>, enabled STARs <N> or all (blank) in the report.

PAGING ON (Y/N): If you wish the report to do a page-break for each new Airport, enter <Y>.

Hardcopy Mode

Hardcopy mode functions in the same manner as Screen mode, with the exception that the report is sent to the printer so you do not have the ability to terminate the report in mid-stream.

Quit Mode

Entering <Q> from the Command Line will return the Next PROGRAM-NUMBER prompt so that you have the option of going directly to your next program if you know the menu number, or of returning to the previous menu if you simply press <Enter>.

 

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