Introducing Upgraded FlightPlan Workflow

Presenting a major upgrade to RocketRoute’s Flight Planning Workflow. Essential features are now concentrated in Step 1 of flight planning.

FlightPlan Updates November 8th, 2018

Introducing the Latest Upgrade to the FlightPlan Workflow

You asked, we listened. Due to popular demand, we have upgraded how flight plans are created within RocketRoute. There are major and obvious changes and lots of less visible improvements, all designed to keep the simplicity of RocketRoute, to enhance performance and add a whole new layer of sophisticated tools for advanced flight planning. Note that these changes apply only to the desktop version of FlightPlan.

With the latest upgrade, Step 1 has now been renamed to ‘Route, M&B and Fuel’, thus allowing users to enter the most vital information at the start of the flight planning process. On Step 2 users can allocate Crew as well as confirm Search & Rescue (SAR) information.

 

Overview of Major Upgrades

An overview of the major updates are:

1. Fuel Calculation Scenarios

2. Improved Mass & Balance Calculation

3. New ‘Flight Log’ Button

4. Improved Performance Profile

5. SID/ STAR & Alternates

6. Notification Bar

7. Step 1 Footer: Button Array

8. Flight List Export

 

1. Fuel Calculation Scenarios

The main part of the upgrade involves moving the ‘Fuel’ and ‘M&B’ sections from Step 2 to Step 1. Both ‘Fuel’ and ‘M&B’ sections have also been given an overhaul in terms of usability and features. 

In this new and improved section, the user can define the Fuel Scenario for your flight and the aircraft Zero Fuel Mass/Weight [ZFM] using the Mass & Balance [M&B] button. The chosen Fuel Scenario & ZFM will be used to build a route and calculate the Flight Log. Click ‘Summary’ button after Autorouting for detailed Fuel & Load information.

1.1 Choosing Fuel Options

Select the most convenient way to calculate fuel required for a flight based on 3 criteria.


• 
Manual (perform manual calculations)
• 
Minimum Off Block Fuel
• 
Maximum Off Block Fuel

Manual Scenario – will compute the route and flight log using exact inputs as specified.

Min. Off Block Fuel – calculates the Minimum Legal Fuel Required including reserves and fuel to alternate. Default setting.

Max. Off Block Fuel – will calculate the maximum fuel that may be uplifted to the aircraft for this route.

All calculations are made using applicable Aircraft Settings.

Minimum, Maximum or Manual fuel calculations can be performed in the ‘Fuel and M&B’ section that has been moved to Step 1. Adjustments to the Taxi, Initial, Additional and Holding Fuel calculations can then be implemented afterwards.

Read more about possible ways to calculate fuel here.

2. Improved Mass & Balance Calculation within Step 1

Payload options have a significant impact on fuel calculations. It is now much easier to Indicate the payload weight before hitting the ‘Autoroute’ button and get the most accurate fuel calculations for your flight. Changes to payload will allow further fuel adjustments.

The M&B button allows the user to recalculate the Zero Fuel Mass of the aircraft in Step 1.

Specify the payload in the Mass and Balance table and press ‘Apply and Recalculate’ button to make the system do the necessary calculations.

2.1 Recalculate

The ‘Recalculate’ button applies the new mass of the aircraft to the existing routes. If you are happy with the selected route, but you’ve changed the payload and want to re-apply your fuel figures, simply use the ‘Recalculate’ button and the system will do the rest.

Read more about possible ways to calculate M&B here.

3. New ‘Flight Log’ Button

A ‘Flight Log’ button has been added under the route display box. A handy option to review the developing flight log while still working within Step 1 without the need to open a full briefing pack and toggle back and forth.

 

4. Improved Performance Profile in Step 1

Note: The expandable section will only appear if the selected aircraft has an associated ‘Advanced’ Fuel and Performance profile. If the aircraft has only a Basic profile then this section will not be available.

To deliver more precise fuel calculations, a Performance Profile section is now presented in Step 1. Create bespoke Power Settings profile for Climb, Cruise, Descent, Cruise to Alternate for individual flights (that can differ from the pre-defined global aircraft settings) to generate very precise fuel calculations.

 

5. SID/STAR & Alternates

Preferences for automating the choice of SID and STAR for a route can now be defined in advance of running AutoRoute. Optimized, intuitive, fast process of Alternate selection has been introduced. New section ‘SID/STAR & Alternates’ provides a user with an ability to input an alternate airport, select a STAR from a drop-down menu and see the route to the selected Alternate airport.

Three options are available:


• 
Off
• 
Longest
• 
Shortest

RocketRoute will build a route taking into account the settings chosen and will include the appropriate SID/STAR options into any auto generated routes.

 

6. Notification Bar

It is still viable to enter the basic parameters of Departure (ADEP), Destination (ADES), Date of Flight (DOF) and Time (EOBT)* and press ‘Autoroute’ to create an efficient route.

More advanced flight planning criteria are located in expandable sections  below the route display box. When any key data has been amended a pop-up notification will appear as a reminder that the changes made will require a recalculation of the Fuel figures or that a new autoroute will need to be generated.
* EOBT = Estimated Off Block Time

7. Step 1 Footer: Button Array

Step 1 now has a permanent footer button array that is always visible on screen.

The Reset, Save and Next buttons remain from the previous design.

Reset: Clears all entered parameters so that a fresh route can be entered.

Save: Saves the route parameters and route strings at the current stage of completion. Whether the route has been validated or not. Returns to the main planning screen.

Next: Continues to Step 2: Crew, Search and Rescue.  

 

Two additional buttons have been added to the footer:

Recalculate: Performs the same action as the ‘Recalculate’ button in the ‘Fuel and M&B’ section. Opens the ‘Loading Summary’ screen.

AutoRoute:  An always available option to generate an AutoRoute. Conducts the same action as the ‘AutoRoute’ button located above the route display box.

8. Flight List Export

The ‘Export’ button presents the option to download a CSV list of all flights in the flight list. This will include all Completed, Active (including Historic) and Draft flight plans from the Flight list section.

The ‘Export’ button is located at the top left side of the ‘All Flights’ screen:
FLIGHTS > ALL FLIGHTS

Click the ‘Export’ button to download the data.

A date range can be selected for export. If a date range is not entered, then 2 years of flight list data will be exported from a Private account and 5 years of data for a Business account correspondingly. Select the date range, press ‘Export’ and the system will start generating a CSV file.

 

We welcome any of your feedback, please feel free to share your thoughts with us at support@rocketroute.com.

Still haven’t signed up to RocketRoute but want to try the new functionality? Sign up today and receive a 14-day free trial!

 

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