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.
The purpose of this program is to allow the user to view any of the flight data that has been sent to the flight record archive files. By entering the flight key information, (flight number, day, and origin, plus the month), it is possible to view any category of data that has been archived for any selected flight.
Archiving is done automatically by NFP upon viewing the flight brief in the user interface (Reports screen). The complete recipient list, including a fully expanded alias list, is archived.
The modes available are:
Flight ALC: Enter the desired ALC.
Flight Number: Enter the flight number of the flight whose data you wish to view.
Flight Day: Enter the Flight Day for the flight whose data you wish to view.
Flight Month: Enter the number of the month in which the flight took place. (If you enter a value which is greater than the current month, the program will assume previous year.)
Flight Year: Enter the flight year for the flight whose data you wish to view.
Flight Origin: Enter either the ICAO or IATA code for the airport of origin.
Archive Category: From the list on the right hand side of the screen, select the category of data you wish to have reported.
Once you have made your selection, the cursor will return to a confirmation prompts on the command line. If you select <Y>, then the report you requested will be assembled from the archived data, and will be displayed on screen, with the following options listed on the command line: Search <S>, Top <T>, End Arrows <E>, Scroll Back <Ctrl>-B, Scroll Forward <Ctrl>-F and Quit (Q).
If you select <S>, you will be prompted for entry of the string for which the program is to search with the Search for: message. If the item is found, then the line in which the search string first appears will be positioned at the top of the screen. To search for the next occurrence, you can repeat the <S> command, and just press <Enter>; the previous search string will become the default value, and will be indicated in brackets in the prompt. If the string can not be found, the message Search Expression not found will be displayed. Note that since the search is always conducted starting from the line following the one on which the cursor is positioned, you may wish to return to the top of the report before searching for a new expression.
If you select <T>, the cursor will return to the top line of the report (this is where the cursor is initially positioned, so this option is only useful once you have scrolled down from the first page).
If you select <E>, the display will shift to the End of the document (last page of report.)
The up and down arrow keys can be used to scroll the display one line at a time, and <Ctrl>-B and <Ctrl>-F may be used to scroll backwards and forwards one page (one screen-full) at a time.
Hardcopy mode functions in the same manner as Screen mode, with the exception that the report is sent to the printer and that hence you do not have the ability to terminate the report in mid-stream.
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>.
If flights have been cancelled and/or reinstated the system will generate messages which will be stored in the archives which indicate when the flight was cancelled and/or re-instated.