This topic will provide a step-by-step tutorial of the methods employed in sending flight plans, and ATC filings.
We estimate that this will take 3 minutes to complete.
This module explores the different options for sending a flight package. The three main sending options are:
1. Send ATC
2. Send Flight Package
3. Send ACARS.
These options are available in the Reports screen after a flight plan has been computed.
You can attach files to a flight package on a case by case basis if needed. To do this, select Attach and a pop-up will appear that allows you to browse your computer to select the file you want to send. Currently PDF, Word, and JPEG documents are allowed with a maximum size of 1-2MB.
Click the Send to ATC button.
The Send ATC button will allow you to send the flight strip to the applicable ATC Centers and also make any manual changes to the strip.
Click the Details hyperlink.
In this example, we will select Details to view our expanded options.
There are five ATC message in addition to sending the original strip:
- FPL - Flight Plan - Clicking on this option brings up the flight plan message to be sent to ATC recipients as listed in the ATC Confirmation dialog.
- CHG - Change - Select this option when there is a change to the data that was originally sent such as flight level, reroutes or flight rules.
- DLA - Delay - Transmitted when departure of an aircraft, for which a FPL message has been transmitted, is postponed or delayed more than 30 minutes after the estimated time of departure contained in the FPL.
- CNL - Cancellation - Transmitted when a filed flight plan (FPL) message was transmitted and the flight is canceled.
- DEP - Departure Message - Can be sent after take-off of scheduled flights whose movements must be notified.
Click the When: dropdown button.
The ARTCC that the route will fly through will autopopulate in the Recipients box. You can also prepopulate addtional addresses or manually type them in at the time of send.
The ATC strip will appear in the Message box and can be edited if needed. This is useful if you need to remove an equipment code, update an altitude, or revise an ATC remark among other tasks.
Clicking the When dropdown will bring up additional options of when to send this message to ATC.
Click the ETD - list item.
If you select ETD-, a Minutes field appears. Enter the number of minutes before ETD you would like to send the message.
If you select Specific Time, an HHMM (Zulu) field appears. Enter a Zulu time in the HHMM format when you want the message to be sent.
Enter 60 into the minutes field.
In this example, we want to send the flight plan 60 minutes prior to the schedule departure, which is referenced from the Plan screen.
Click the Send button.
Once you select Send, the ATC message will be queued until 60 minutes prior to departure.
If you attempt to send a message 60 minutes prior to departure and you are less than 60 minutes out, you will receive an error message and the message will not be queued until revised.
Click the Send Flight Package dropdown button.
In this next example, we will show you the options when sending a flight package.
Click the Send flight plan list item.
The 4 options for sending a flight package are:
- Send flight plan - will send the entire flight package or selected portions
- Send weather - will send current weather which includes METAR, TAF and SIGMETs
- Send NOTAMs - Company and Station NOTAMs will be sent, not FIR NOTAMs
- Send Free Text - will send a freehand message to selected recipients
In this example, we will send our entire flight package out.
Click the Email Type dropdown button.
Recipients will prepopulate if your admin has set up addresses in the FOMS Address database. You can also manually type in addresses as needed, separated by a comma.
You may select PDF, Text, or Both to transmit the flight package.
Click the Text and PDF list item.
Click the Revision dropdown button.
If you have multiple revisions for a flight plan, you have the option to select which revision you want or check the "most recent" box to send the latest flight plan stored in the system for that flight.
Checking this box will allow you to send an additional transmission after you send the first flight package that will only include updates/additions to the original weather and NOTAM package.
Click the Send button.
Clicking Send will queue the flight package to send at the requested time.
Click the 1 / 1 button on the bottom right-hand side of the screen.
If you have queued up your ATC message or flight package to send and you need to make a change to your transmission, select the queue bar in the lower right corner of the flight plan.
Click the 2018-07-02 12:00 (ETD -60) list item.
Once you select this option, a list of available items that have been scheduled to send will populate.
Click the Delete button.
In this option, you can either revise or delete the transmission.
You can only delete a pending flight package or ATC strip if it has not been transmitted yet. The Delete button will be greyed out if the transmission was already sent.
Click the Send ACARS button.
You can also send the flight plan via ACARS if your aircraft is equipped.
This feature is not available for all customers. Please contact Support if you are interested in using the ACARS functionality to send flight plans.
Click the Message input field.
You can send a free text message or select a specific ACARS format if your company has one available.
Enter test into the Message field.
Click the ACARS format dropdown button.
The ACARS format dropdown will include the available formats your company currently utilizes.
Click the 01 list item.
Click the Send button.
Clicking Send will queue up the ACARS message based on the time you selected.