Airmate allows you to file quickly an easily a VFR or IFR flight plan for any of your planned flights:

Find best route for your flight

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Finding the best routing between origin and destination airports may be a tricky matter, especially in IFR.

Airmate provides you an Auto-Routing feature that will propose several routes for your flight. You have the opportunity to review them, validate them to make sure they are valid in your flight context, and then select and modify them. Proposed routes may include routes provided by Eurocontrol (Europe only), or past routes flown or filed before. Proposed routes should be validated to ensure they are still valid.

To launch Auto-Routing, click on the Auto button at the left of the flight plan route: a list of routing proposals will be searched and displayed. In order to validate one of the listed proposals, click on the Validate button. Button will grey out during validation process and then change to either Validated or Failed. In case of failure, you could click on the Failed button to view the reasons for failure.

The Use button may be used to copy the flight plan proposal data to your flight planning form (route, flight rules, level). It is recommended to use data having passed validation, but you could copy data having failed validation and then modify them manually before validating your complete flight plan.

Select the aircraft to be used for the flight

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You need to indicate the aircraft to be used for the flight, by selecting it from the list of your stored aircrafts. Airmate will use the following aircraft characteristics to finalize flight plan filing:

  • aircraft cruise speed
  • aircraft radio, transponder and RNAV/PBN capabilities
  • aircraft survival equipment (jackets, dinguies, and so on).
  • aircraft color and endurance

If you do not already have defined an aircraft, the aircraft list window will only list a template test aircraft (C172 NTEST) and will allow you to create your aircraft immediately.

By selecting Create new aircraft, you could define a new aircraft, set its characteristics and then use it right away for flight plan filing. Please refer to the Aircraft Hangar for more information about aircraft profile definition.

Complete flight planning form

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In order to file a VFR or IFR flight plan with aeronautical authorities, you need first to enter all data needed for flight plan filing in the flight planning form. This includes at least:

  • origin and destination airports
  • flight rules: either I (IFR), V (VFR), Y (IFR then VFR), Z (VFR then IFR)
  • flight route, either manually entered or found using the Auto-Route system
  • flight level or altitude
  • speed
  • aircraft to be used: you need to select one configured aircraft in your aircraft list (see Aircraft Hangar)
  • number of passengers
  • flight date/time: in Europe it is possible to file flight plans up to 5 days in advance (120 hours). In other territories flight plan filing may have to be done within 24 hours of the flight.

Once all the required information has been provided, the Validate button at the left of the route field will become active and launch flight plan validation

Performing final validation before filing

Even if the route was found and validated with Auto-Routing, you will need to perform a final validation using the Validate button before filing the flight plan. This final validation will check with Air Traffic Control servers if your whole flight plan is valid in your context, taking into account your origin, destination and alternate airports, your proposed route, level, flight rules and your aircraft and its capabilities.

Once validation passed, a File button will replace the Validate button to trigger the flight plan filing with Air Traffic Control. If you change any of the validated data before filing (eg your speed, aircraft or flight level), the Validate button will happen again as a new validation will be needed before filing.

If the validation fails, a KO button will appear. You could click on this button to view the reasons for failure. You will then need to change at least one field in the flight plan in order to be able to validate again the changed data (KO button will change back to Validate) Même si vous avez trouvé et validé la route avec la fonction Auto-Route, il est nécessaire de valider le plan de vol juste avant son dépôt, grâce au bouton Valid . Cette validation s’effectue en liaison avec les serveurs du contrôle aérien afin de vérifier si le plan de vol est valide dans son contexte complet, incluant tous ses élements ainsi que les équipements de l’avion utilisé.

Après une validation correcte, le bouton Dépôt remplace le bouton Valid et permet de déclencher le dépôt du plan de vol auprès du contrôle du trafic aérien. Si vous modifiez avant le dépôt certaines des données validées (par exemple la vitesse, le niveau, l’avion, etc…), le bouton Valid réapparaîtra car une nouvelle validation sera nécessaire avant le dépôt.

Si la validation échoue, un bouton KO sera affiché et permettra de visualiser la ou les causes de l’échec. Il sera nécessaire ensuite de changer au moins un élément du plan de vol afin de pouvoir le revalider (le bouton KO sera alors remplacé par Valid).

Confirming flight plan filing

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Clicking on the File button will open the flight plan filing dialog box. It will present you the flight plan to be filed and will request you enter or confirm the name of the Pilot-in-Command and your mobile phone number. This information will be transmitted to Air Traffic Control in case it is needed to contact you.

If your name and phone number were previously saved (either using Settings or automatically during a previous flight plan filing), they will be used to fill in by default the fields that you could modify, otherwise you have to enter them to enable flight plan filing.

Before clicking on the Submit under my responsibility button, please check the following information is correct:

  • flight date and time (displayed in yymmdd hhmm format)
  • origin and destination airports
  • flight plan information to be submitted

You are responsible to file accurate data to the AFTN (Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network) Please make sure you file only flights you intend to fly. Please cancel flights if you are unable to fly them as planned, so they are removed from the network.

Flight plan filing is chargeable, so if you do not already have at least one flight plan filing token credited to your account, you will have to purchase one before filing. This is done online immediately using Apple Store.

If the filing of a flight plan fails for any reason, your flight plan filing token will be credited back to your account and could be used to request again a flight plan filing for the same or another flight plan. If a flight plan is later on cancelled or rejected, the flight plan token could not be reused. If you feel that a flight plan token has been unduly charged, please contact Airmate team (airmate@airmate.aero)

Checking filing acknowledgment and messages

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Even when validated, a flight plan could be rejected or delayed by the global Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN) that is routing and processing flight plans.

For this reason, it is very important to check after filing the acknowledgement or error messages received after flight plan submission. The acknowledgement message is usually available one minute after filing.

Once filed, a Msg button appears and allow you to view messages pertaining to your filed flight plan. According the received messages, you could take appropriate action:

  • ACK: Acknowledge: the flight plan has been successfully filed. Please note that slots may be imposed later on, so it is good practice to check messages one to two hours before flight departure time to make sure you don’t have to comply with a slot. The EOBT field (Estimated Off-Blocks Time indicates planned departure time.
  • REJ: Rejected: the flight plan has not been accepted and will need to be filed again after correcting the error indicated in the error message.
  • SAM et SRM: Slot Allocation Message et Slot Revision Message: in this case, you should look at the CTOT field (Calculated Takeoff Time) that indicates the slot takeoff time. Take care to make sure you could comply with the CTOT that indicates the takeoff requested time.
  • SLC: Slot Cancellation Message: you do not have to comply with a slot CTOT
  • FLS: Flight Suspension: this message is seldom issued, for example it may be issued in case of airport or airspace closure. The flight could not be flown, flight plan should be cancelled and reissued after making changes appropriate to the situation.
  • DES: De-Suspension: flight could be flown again.

Delaying or cancelling a filed flight plan

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On the flight plan list, a Delay button allows to delay a filed flight plan. When delaying a flight plan, you will be prompted for the new flight departure time on 4 digits (hhmm). New departure time should be entered in UTC.

The Cancel button allows to cancel a filed flight plan. Cancellation could not be reversed, but it is possible to file again the flight plan if needed.

It is recommended to use Delay instead of Cancel and filing again, because this avoids to use another flight plan token for filing. It is not authorized to advance the flight time in AFTN network, so if you may be able to takeoff earlier than planned, it is best to file the plan with an earlier time and delay it, otherwise a Cancel / File again operation will be needed to advance flight time.

Flight plan synchronization between devices

The planned flight list is automatically synchronized between all your iOS devices using the same Airmate account, including the filing status. You could then plan and file a flight plan on one device (e.g. iPhone) and then delay the flight plan and navigate the flight using another device (e.g. iPad).

Warning: Pilots are filing their flight plans under their Pilot-In-Command responsibility. Please don’t forget to cancel flight plans you will not fly.