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 you to establish and maintain a data file of message addresses for any airport. These standard addresses can be accessed by the Send Flight Papers program, thus eliminating the need to re-key addresses each and every time a flight plan is dispatched.
The modes available are:
- Add / New
See Station Addresses Fields for a description of the fields used.
Enter the ICAO or IATA code of the station whose record you wish to amend. The UPDATED field will be revised automatically to show the current date/time.
To edit the address fields you can use the backspace key to delete one character at a time, or <Ctrl>-X to erase the whole field. Erasing an address and then pressing <Enter> will close up the line so that no blanks are left within a line of addresses.
In the REMARKS field a little more flexibility is permitted; the left and right arrow keys can be used to move the cursor within the line. Characters can then be inserted at the cursor position, or you may delete the character on which the cursor rests by pressing the backspace key. You can press <Enter> at any time that you have completed editing; the cursor does not have to be at the end of a line.
To escape from the you address table, you can step through to the bottom of the screen using <Enter>, or simply press <Ctrl>-E. This will bring up the confirmation prompt allowing you to save your revisions, continue to make further changes to the record, or Quit without saving any changes. In the latter case the original record will be restored.
To delete a record, enter the appropriate ICAO or IATA code. The record will be displayed, along with a "Really Delete?" prompt, entering <Y> at this prompt will delete the record from the file. If this turns out to be the wrong record, or you change your mind about deleting it, entering <N> will preserve the record in its original state.
This mode will allow you to call up an individual record for viewing. you may then use the up and down arrows to view preceding and succeeding records in the file. If you pass the limits of the file you will be returned to a blank screen. Records are sorted alphabetically by ICAO code.
This mode can be useful in finding information if you are not 100% sure of the airport code: enter your best guess. If no such record exists the next available will be displayed and you can then search the file on either side of this record using the up and down arrow keys.
This mode allows you to view more than one record at a time, and only those fields which have entries are displayed. You will be requested to enter the range of stations you wish to review. This can vary from: a single station by entering the same ICAO code for both the From and To limits of the search range, or the entire data file by pressing <Enter> twice to call up the default values of 0000 and ZZZZ.
To escape from the Screen mode, either press the Up arrow when the cursor is on the From field, or press <Enter> twice and enter <Q> in response to the confirmation prompt.
This mode functions the same as the Screen mode, with the exception that the output is sent to the system printer. Also, since you can not abort a report in mid-stream, be cautious about requesting entire data file prints which could tie up the printer for lengthy periods.
To exit the program, enter <Q> from the command line. You will then be given the option of entering the next program menu number directly, or of defaulting to the last used menu screen.