Flight Plan Forms

To view a flight plan after a route has been created:

These actions open a window containing a completed flight plan, including aircraft data from the aircraft model as well as route and aircraft performance information from the Navigation Log.

View FAA Flight Plan Example

View ICAO Flight Plan Example

Editing the Flight Plan

The flight plan forms are editable. Every field on the reports can be changed, but some fields do not save to the route file on the server. When you change certain fields, a warning appears that asks you to confirm your intentions; most changes made in the flight plan are not reflected anywhere else.

If you want to save the flight plan changes with your route on the server, information needs to be changed elsewhere in the application. The following table shows where the information needs to be changed. If the changes are not reflected immediately, refresh the screen by clicking another View and returning to the flight plan.

To change the:

Do this:

Route type

Do one of the following:

  • Select the VFR, IFR, or DVFR check box in the FAA Flight Plan form.

  • Enter the appropriate letter (V=VFR, I=IFR) in block 8 of the ICAO flight plan form. This field can actually be changed in the flight plans, and the change is saved to the server with the route.

  • Open the Route properties dialog box and change the route type. See Renaming and Removing the Route for more information.

Home base in the FAA Flight Plan

Click Edit > Aircraft Data > Edit Current Aircraft. On the Basic Info tab, change the aircraft home base.

Aircraft used with the route

Click Edit > Aircraft Data > Select Aircraft. Select an aircraft and set it as the default. The aircraft fields (Aircraft Identifier, Est. Time Enroute, Fuel on Board, and so on) reset to reflect the changed aircraft. See Selecting a Sample Aircraft Model for more information.

Aircraft identifier for the current aircraft

Click Edit > Aircraft Data > Edit Current Aircraft. Edit the Registration field on the Basic Info tab.

Departure time

Click inside the text box and enter the departure time.

Cruising altitude

The cruising altitude is generated from the first segment of your route. Do one of the following to change the cruising altitude:

  • In the Profile View, change the altitude for your first segment of your route. See Displaying Altitudes for more information.

  • In the Flight Plan, click inside the Cruising Altitude field and enter the desired cruising altitude. This does not change your route altitude on the enroute chart.

Aircraft codes for the current aircraft

Click Edit > Aircraft Data > Edit Current Aircraft, then click View/Edit on the Basic Info tab.

Amount of time for fuel on board

Edit the trip weight and balance by clicking Preflight > Weight & Balance for [Route]. See Trip Weight and Balance for more information.

VFR in the Cruising Altitude Field

If you fly VFR but need to file an IFR flight plan to fly into, out of, or through an ADIZ, enter the cruising altitude field in the format VFR/altitude. 5000 feet is entered as 050, 11000 feet is entered as 110 (example: VFR/050, VFR/110). To change the format, click the Cruising Altitude text box, and manually enter the altitude using the VFR format.

 

Once the change is made in the FAA flight plan, it is carried forward in the appropriate text field when filing a flight plan with DUAT/S. The new altitude is not reflected in the Route Properties dialog box on the enroute chart.

Number of people aboard

Click inside the text box and enter the number of people aboard. Changes to this field are saved to the server with the route.

To change the default number of people on board, click Edit > Aircraft Data > Edit Current Aircraft. In the Aircraft Defaults tab, change the number in the Person on board text field. See Default Settings for more information.

Latitudes and Longitudes

If lat/lon waypoints appear in your route after generating a flight plan, it is because Mark FIR Crossing Points is selected in Tools > Options > Routing. For additional information, see Selecting Route-Around Options.

Altitude Output

The following elements determine the flight level display in the FAA and ICAO flight plans:

Departure Time Exception

In the ICAO flight plan, an exception exists to the departure time rule. If you delete the contents of the Departure Time field of the ICAO flight plan, the field remains blank so that you can fill in the departure time later, when it is known. If you want Departure Time displayed according to the route, simply use the Reset All Fields to Route option described below.

NOTE The FAA report calculates and displays a time, instead of remaining blank.

Resetting Fields

Once a field has been disconnected from the route, the connection can be restored by right-clicking the field and selecting Reset Field To Route. All fields can be restored at once by right-clicking in the area around the report and selecting Reset All Fields To Route.

Warnings

Certain fields do not give a warning if they are edited within the flight plan. Changing the Type of Flight, Departure Time, and Number Aboard actually changes the properties of the route so that data is never disconnected. The warning dialog is used only when a potential conflict exists between the route and the flight plan.

Printing the Report

To print the flight plan, use one of the following printing options: