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FOMS Menu 220 (Aircraft Characteristics Program) - Other Modes

The Aircraft Characteristics menu has a corresponding web interface. Refer to WebFOMS Aircraft Characteristics Menu for more information.

This data file is for the storage of information on each aircraft in the airline’s fleet. An aircraft record must be entered in the file before a flight can be run using that aircraft. Given only the airline’s identification number (or letters) for a particular aircraft (sometimes referred to as FIN, tail, wheel, hull or airframe number), other programs in the system can access this data file, and obtain information such as aircraft type, operating weights, SELCAL code, and fuel consumption deviations.

When the program is selected, the screen will be filled with a blank record and Command Line.

The modes available are:

  • Add*

  • Edit

  • Delete

  • Video

  • Screen

  • Hardcopy

  • Quit

*For Add mode, see FOMS Menu 220 (Aircraft Characteristics Program) - Add Mode.


Edit Mode

If you want to amend a record:

  1. Select Edit mode from the command line, and enter either the aircraft ID, or registration, for the aircraft whose information you want to edit. 

  2. The record for that aircraft will display, with the cursor on the aircraft type field. 

  3. You may then press <Enter> to move the cursor to the desired field. 

  4. To change any entry, you may use the backspace key to replace one character at a time, or you may use <Ctrl>-X to erase the field for a new entry.

Delete Mode

Use this mode only if you want to remove the entire aircraft record from the file (e.g., if the aircraft has been sold or scrapped.) Enter the aircraft ID or Registration. The record will be display, along with a Really DELETE? (Y/N) prompt.

Note: You will not be able to delete an aircraft that has an outstanding MEL item against it; a Usage report will be printed indicating what must be deleted from other files before the aircraft can be removed from the system.

Video Mode

Video mode will enable you to view a single Aircraft Characteristics record at a time, and to step through the data file alphabetically (by Aircraft ID) by using the up and down arrow keys. If the ID you enter cannot be found, a Record Not Found, Press Enter for Next in File message appears. You may return to a blank screen with the cursor positioned in the Aircraft ID field by pressing <Enter>. To exit to a Command Line prompt, enter <Q>.


Use <UP/DOWN ARROWS> for previous and/or next aircraft.

Use CTRL -F (Forward) / CTRL -B (Backwards) for other/additional screens related to the specific aircraft.

Screen Mode




Indicate whether it is a summary or full report.

Note: In Screen mode it is recommended that you only select Summary. In this mode an individual aircraft record spans three pages hence it cannot be seen in its entirety. Video mode is generally a better option for viewing these records. The Summary report displays only key elements (filling only one line) from each record, thus allowing many records to display at once.


Indicate whether you want the report to include your Company (own) or generic records.


Indicate whether you want the report to include expired aircrafts. Options are:

  • <Y> (yes), 

  • <N> (no),

  • or <A>LL (all).


Enter the range of aircraft FINS to be included in the report.


Enter the range of Aircraft IDs you want to have reported. 

The default values (report everything on file) are 0000 and ZZZZ. You may narrow this down to a single aircraft by entering its registration twice.


Enter the aircraft type designator if you want to have records for only one aircraft type displayed. 

  • The default value is ALL (press <Enter>). This will produce a report containing all types of aircraft in your fleet sorted strictly by Aircraft Registration. 

  • If a specific aircraft type is selected, you can further refine your report by specifying the series of aircraft. Example: If you select a specific series of aircraft, you can select a specific engine type, or press <Enter> to select all engine types.


Refine the report by entering an ETP policy, or press <Enter> to include all ETP policy.


Enter Domestic, International and reclear Reserve Policy numbers. 

Pressing <Enter> without entering a policy number in a field will include all of the corresponding reserve policies in the report.


Refine the report by entering a format number, or press <Enter> to include all formats.


Indicate whether to include TCAS-equipped aircraft in the report.


Indicate whether to include ACARS-equipped aircraft in the report.


Indicate whether to include INS-equipped aircraft in the report.


Indicate whether to include AGCS-equipped aircraft in the report.


Indicate whether the aircraft requires INS realignment. Options are:  <Y> (yes) or <N> (no).

Hardcopy Mode

Hardcopy mode functions in the same manner as Screen mode, with the exception that the report is sent to the printer, hence you cannot terminate the report 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 press <Enter>.

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.

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