Mails Archive

#13 - 2005 Feb 15
#12 - 2004 Aug 03
#11 - 2003 Mar 21
#10 - 2003 Jan 01
#9 - 2002 Oct 26
#8 - 2002 Sep 01
#7 - 2002 Jun 03
#6 - 2002 Mar 18
#5 - 2002 Feb 24
#4 - 2002 Jan 27
#3 - 2002 Jan 03
#2 - 2001 Nov 10
#1 - 2001 Aug 27

 


#13 - 2005 Feb 15

It is a pleasure for me to having released the latest progeny of the Flite application family: NoFlite. As I am not directly involved in commercial aviation any more, I plan to diversify and to broaden the target audience somewhat, that is why I started off with a spree and released an alcoholemy estimator application as a freeware. Feel free to forward any feedback and to share your experiences!
In the course of a general rework, I renamed the applications, removing the exclamation mark in the program name. Furthermore, as the use of the FTDR and flight log application is limited to Swiss International Air Lines, I changed its name into FliteLX in order to reflect this. So the new application names are InFlite, FliteLX, FlitePilot, FliteERJ, FliteS20, FliteARJ, FliteADS and NoFlite.
Some users have reported incomplete screen redraws on newer Palm OS devices. I got the chance to reproduce the situation on the simulator and addressed the problem; update to the latest application versions.
Older Palm OS devices with grayscale displays should now automatically switch to the grayscale mode when a Flite application is launched. Please drop a note should you encounter any difficulties concerning this subject.


Project status - FliteLX

Download the latest version of the 'FliteLX.xls' Excel sheet.


Project status - Flite M&B (ERJ, S20, ARJ)

Please send an e-mail should you spot any discrepancies to the actual aircraft masses or indices.


Project status - FlitePilot

I got the latest seniority list 'CCC Seniority List / Type Transition Requests Feb - Apr 05' and converted it into the 'Pilots.pdb' database. Additionally, the second issue of the summer schedule 2005 has been compiled and is ready for download.


Project status - Flite Homepage

The navigation section has been redesigned and the homepage now features the new application names.


Current version numbers

Please check that you have installed the most recent program and database versions. You get the version number of your installation by pressing the small Flite logo at the bottom of the application screen.

InFlite : 1.4

FliteLX : 1.6
FliteLX.xls : 1/05
Airports.pdb : 1/03

FlitePilot : 1.9
Pilots.pdb : 4/05 (Sen), 4/02 (Tf)
OM.pdb : 7/02
Schedule.pdb : 3/05

FliteERJ : 3.3
FliteS20 : 1.4
FliteARJ : 1.4

FliteADS : 1.3

NoFlite : 1.0


What's next?

I plan to build a new application located in the field of personal digital assistants. Although I rather intensely use my Palm handheld, I still catch myself jotting notes on a scrap of paper. I intend to write a program that helps organizing such short-living scratch pads. However, it is too early to disclose details.

 


#12 - 2004 Aug 03

Welcome to the twelfth Flite mailing. More than one year passed since the last issue, anyhow there were quite some activities in the meantime.
From a personal point of view, it is worth to mention that I have quit my flying carreer and that I am now again employed as a software engineer. However, my affection towards aviation still remains, and I assure that I will keep on maintaining my Flite applications up to date.
I finished a major migration step with the Palm OS development environment, that's why I released new versions of all applications. For you as a user, it is mainly the inclusion of high-resolution bitmaps that will please on corresponding displays; the program files however grew somewhat.


Project status - FliteLX

I got some feedback concerning the new flight duty regulations. Please go on with providing me the necessary information to keep FliteLX up to date. At the moment, when you press 'Sync' on the FTDR page on the handheld application, some entries might not exactly reflect the latest release of the Swiss International Air Lines FDRs. Be careful and always cross-check the generated FTDR entries, as I can not take any responsibility for missed expenses.
With the great help and support of SRL, the new FTDR 2004 form has been included into the 'FliteLX.xls' Excel sheet. Continue on using it as before, select the month and year on the old 'FTDRfront' page and press 'Sync'. The new 'FTDR04front' and 'FTDR04back' sheets will then be filled out correspondingly. As the new form features some columns with data that is not logged on the Palm handheld, some cells have to be filled out manually afterwards (all the green marked boxes). - The FTDR 2004 sheets feature an own 'Save' button.
An additional feature is that the sheet automatically shows the month and year of the current date (minus 10 days) as a default.
Please download and install the latest Palm FliteLX application file version 1.5. This version features high-resolution and provides an RHC position for right-hand seated captains. Select it on the 'Particulars' page if applicable.


Project status - FliteERJ

The new pantry regulations for winter schedule 2003/2004 have been included as well as the latest OM-B revision dated April 15th 2004.


Project status - FlitePilot

The latest CCC seniority list dated July 2004 has been released. Check that you have downloaded version 1.8a of the application including the RHC support.


Project status - Flite Homepage

The navigation bar has been divided into the following subsections: 'General Aviation', 'Swiss Int. Air Lines' and 'Swiss Air Force'.


Current version numbers

Please check that you have installed the most recent program and database versions. You get the version number of your installation by pressing the small Flite logo at the bottom of the application screen.

InFlite : 1.3
FliteLX : 1.5
FlitePilot : 1.8a
FliteERJ : 3.2c
FliteS20 : 1.3a
FliteARJ : 1.2c
FliteADS : 1.1

FliteLX.xls : 08/04

Airports.pdb : 1/03
Pilots.pdb : 7/04 (Sen), 4/02 (Tf)
OM.pdb : 7/02
Schedule.pdb : 11/03


What's next?

I have plans to update the InFlite application, and there are some open points concerning the FDRs within the Palm FliteLX program.

 


#11 - 2003 Mar 21

I'd like to start this mailing with two off-topic, personal notes.
First of all it's a great pleasure for me to announce the birth of my son Flurin. He is very sweet and charming and gives us lots of joy and entertainment. If you would like to learn more about him, have a look at http://www.flurin.net/.
Then I have to announce that I will be leased to a German cargo company for the forthcoming time. I am looking forward to gaining new experience. Be assured however that the Flite project will be maintained and that I will continue issuing updates and bug fixes. Only the telephone support will be somewhat reduced as it might become hard to reach me. Please prefer e-mail when you have specific questions.


Project status - Flite

FliteLX is now able to accept PBS crew plans. Only the 'FliteLX.xls' Excel sheet had to be modified: A new 'Get PBS' button on the 'Plan' sheet has been introduced to import the plan. Open your PBS schedule and press Ctrl-A followed by Ctrl-C in order to copy the whole page into the clipboard, then push the 'Get PBS' button. Check the FliteLX manual on http://www.flite.ch/ for more information.
According to the plans from the recent PBS test run, they seem to feature local times instead of UTC compared to the old LISLINE duty plans. That's why a conversion from Swiss local time to UTC takes place when you press the 'Get PBS' button. Note however that the conversion is only correct for the Swiss time zone.
Please drop a note if your PBS plan can not be converted. Copy&paste your plan into the e-mail text and I will convert it for you.


Project status - Flite M&B

As I am no longer in the PIH revision loop, I asked some pilots to provide the latest BOM/BOI updates of their fleet so I can continue to issue regular updates of the loadsheet programs. I got positive feedbacks and I have at least two pilots on each fleet that agreed to forward M&B relevant data, however, if you encounter any BOM/BOI discrepancies, do not hesitate to send me a short note; I will adjust the respective application and distribute an update notification to all registered users.


Project status - FlitePilot

The latest seniority list from the company (OC1 only) has been released.


Project status - InFlite

Please download version 1.2c that incorporates some new and updated Volmet frequencies.


Current version numbers

Please check that you have installed the most recent program and database versions. You get the version number of your installation by pressing the small Flite logo at the bottom of the application screen.

InFlite : 1.2c
FliteLX : 1.4b
FlitePilot : 1.6
FliteERJ : 3.1
FliteS20 : 1.2c
FliteARJ : 1.1b
FliteADS : 1.0

FliteLX.xls : 2003 Mar 21

Airports.pdb : 1/03
Pilots.pdb : 3/03 (Sen), 4/02 (Tf)
OM.pdb : 7/02
Schedule.pdb : 11/02


What's next?

Expect the new Swiss International Air Lines schedule database soon.

 


#10 - 2003 Jan 01

Again I am proud of being able to announce the release of the latest member of the Flite application family, the FliteARJ program for the Avro RJ85/1H fleet.

Recently, quite some time had to be invested into user support. As a major part of the problems could have been solved by having followed the instructions listed on the 'Support' page on http://www.flite.ch/, I would like to remind you of the proposed steps:
- Consult the online help on the respective page of the program by tapping on the small 'i' in the upper right corner of the screen
- Download and install the latest version of the application
- Read the FAQ on the homepage

I had two cases where the user claimed that the money for a Flite application has been sent via co-mail, but I didn't receive anything. I strongly recommend not to sending money via co-mail as there will be no receipt; prefer the bank account transfer option, the numbers may be found on the 'Contact' page.


Project status - FliteLX

A new version of the airports database and an update of the 'FliteLX.xls' Excel sheet have been sent to the registered users. The main change is an update of the flight log where now only the landings as pilot flying are cumulated (JAR regulations).

As a reminder: On the handheld, go to menu 'FliteLX', 'Particulars', and adjust your co-mail address so that it ends with your 3LC and not the box number (like 'ZRHSWR/Crew/1331/RGI' and not 'ZRHCRX/Crew/RGI/1331'). If you fail to do that, the crew wish Excel sheet won't be 'Sync'ed correctly. It might be easier to delete the whole co-mail field, to re-enter your 3LC and then to adjust your box number.

An important issue concerning FTDRs: The pilot has the final responsibility to fill out the FTDR correctly, not the FliteLX application. There might be cases that the 'Sync' algorithm does not handle in a right way, as e.g. the 'LAYOVER' days in earlier versions of FliteLX what finally led to feedback from the base manager secretary. Correct any mistake on the handheld so that your FTDR complies with our FDRs.
However, continue to forward any duties that are 'Sync'ed incorrectly so the FliteLX program can be improved.


Project status - Flite M&B

ERJ: You will have to enter a new registration key for version 3.x. According to the recent update notification, the update to version 3.x was a major change. Considering the effort it took to update to the new M&B regulations and to implement the user-friendly rough estimate form, I unfortunately had to decide to charge CHF 20.- for the update. You received a new temporary key for version 3.x valid until end of February 2002.

S20: Version 1.2 has been released with the new passenger masses.

ARJ: Latest member of the Flite M&B section. The beta test had to be extended as quite some effort was required to update the ERJ and S20 loadsheet programs to the new passenger masses and to split the males and females. However, all loadsheets now feature the new rough estimate form, giving a great hand during the pre-flight planning phase. Have a look at http://www.flite.ch/, loadsheet sections (ERJ, S20 or ARJ) to catch a glimpse of its possibilities.

Please note that all M&B applications calculate the passenger indices of the standard passenger masses even if you selected the alternative passenger masses. Unfortunately there are no guidelines or tables in the OM-Bs concerning this topic.


Project status - FlitePilot

Please download both the latest program file ('FlitePilot.prc') as well as the database file ('Schedule.pdb'). There were a number of inquiries where only one file was updated but not the other, which led to a chaotic flight schedule.


Current version numbers

Please check that you have installed the most recent program and database versions. You get the version number of your installation by pressing the small Flite logo at the bottom of the application screen.

InFlite : 1.2b
FliteLX : 1.4b
FlitePilot : 1.6
FliteERJ : 3.1
FliteS20 : 1.2
FliteARJ : 1.1
FliteADS : 1.0

FliteLX.xls : 2003 Jan 01

Airports.pdb : 1/03
Pilots.pdb : 10/02 (Sen), 4/02 (Tf)
OM.pdb : 7/02
Schedule.pdb : 11/02


I wish you all the best for the year 2003!

 


#9 - 2002 Oct 26

Just a short update on the Flite applications. Check the Palm application directory on http://applications.palmsource.com/Software/index.asp and search for keyword 'flite' - the Flite project is now registered with Palm.


Project status - Flite

I had the chance to compile some user feedbacks so the application will eventually end up in version 1.4. As our FTDR form is likely to become obsolete in the foreseeable future, the further development of the program is hold at a lower priority. However, do not hesitate to continue forwarding suggestions and ideas.


Project status - Flite M&B

Quite some work lies ahead due to the new M&B calculation requirements according JAR. Of course, the Flite M&B applications will be adapted such that the new definitions of average passenger and crew masses are met. FliteERJ will end up in version 3.0 which will as well feature a new user-friendly rough estimate form based on various user inputs. FliteS20 version 1.2 will follow shortly after that, and FliteARJ will adhere to the new mass definitions from the beginning of its release.
Please refer to the essay 'FliteERJ Performance feasibility study' on the Flite homepage, section 'Info' in order to catch a glimpse of the possibilities of a future performance module for the Flite M&B applications. I will stand by with the implementation of the ERJ T/O and LDG performance modules until we have the new RPM in use.


Current version numbers

Please check that you have installed the most recent program and database versions. You get the version number of your installation by pressing the small Flite logo at the bottom of the application screen.

InFlite : 1.2b
FliteLX : 1.3b
FlitePilot : 1.5a
FliteERJ : 2.9k
FliteS20 : 1.1c
FliteARJ : Currently in alpha test
FliteADS : 1.0

FliteLX.xls : 2002 Jun 03

Airports.pdb : 6/02
Pilots.pdb : 9/02 (Sen), 4/02 (Tf)
OM.pdb : 7/02
Schedule.pdb : 4/02


What's next?

Expect the release of the three M&B applications soon.

Regards.

 


#8 - 2002 Sep 01

Once again, a new application livery is introduced. Please download the required program files but do not delete the old versions on the Palm handheld before installation.


Project status - FliteLX

Version 1.3b now handles train positionings and office or FEROP days correctly. Please drop a note should you encounter further situations where the 'Sync' algorithm generates incorrect FTDR entries that have to be corrected manually.


Project status - FliteERJ

Besides some new DOM/DOIs that have been updated, the application hasn't changed. In order to catch a glimpse of possible future steps, you are invited to read the essay 'FliteERJ Performance feasibility study' that is linked on the 'Info' section of the Flite homepage.
Besides the performance extension, I plan to re-design the rough estimate form. If you have some ideas about possible improvements, you are welcome to forward them. The new rough estimate will most probably be based on the entry of an estimated ZFM/ZFI.


Project status - FliteS20

The Saab 2000 loadsheet application is currently in the beta test process. Unless unforeseen problems arise, the program release is planned to take place on September 09.
Already now I would like to thank the FliteS20 beta testers for their effort as I don't have the required Saab 2000 background to solve the specific special cases on my own.


Project status - FlitePilot

I noticed that some users don't know about the existence of the database filters. It is possible to filter the seniority list or the Swiss International Air Lines timetable. The FlitePilot section of the Flite homepage now illustrates this feature.


Project status - InFlite

The application has been adapted to the new Flite livery.


Project status - FliteADS

FliteADS is a tiny collection of tools for the military ADS-95 ranger, the unmanned air reconnaissance vehicle of the Swiss army.


Project status - Flite Homepage

Quite some effort has been invested into the update of the homepage. The layout has been redesigned in order to match the new application icons design. The entry page now features a 'What's new' and a 'Site Map' section so any update is immediately visible to users that re-visit the site.
For users interested in Palm programming, I introduced a 'Library' of the books I acquired in the course of the Flite project. Go the the 'Info' section.


Current version numbers

Please check that you have installed the most recent program and database versions. You get the version number of your installation by pressing the small Flite logo at the bottom of the application screen.

InFlite : 1.2b
FliteLX : 1.3b
FlitePilot : 1.5a
FliteERJ : 2.9k
FliteS20 : Currently in beta test
FliteADS : 1.0

FliteLX.xls : 2002 Jun 03

Airports.pdb : 6/02
Pilots.pdb : 7/02 (Sen), 4/02 (Tf)
OM.pdb : 7/02
Schedule.pdb : 4/02


What's next?

The FliteS20 application and the plans to improve the rough estimate form of the loadsheet programs have been mentioned. Please forward any ideas and suggestions and feedbacks.

Best regards.

 


#7 - 2002 Jun 03

On popular request, the new Swiss International Air Lines logo has been introduced on all four Flite applications: FliteLX, FliteERJ, InFlite and FlitePilot. Download and install the latest versions available at http://www.flite.ch/. Please do not delete the old version prior to updating - if the FTDR application is deleted the associated FTDR and flight log databases are erased implicitly. As well I recommend not to receive the update via infrared from another Palm device as I had to observe the deletion of those associated databases even if the old version hasn't been deleted before. This happened on Palm OS 3.3.


Project status - FliteLX

I released the flight log Excel sheet. Please read carefully the corresponding section of the FliteLX manual - go to http://www.flite.ch/, 'FliteLX', then to 'Manual', 'Checklists'.
The airport database now contains the fuel notams nr. 284.


Project status - FliteERJ

The consolidation process of the received inputs is in its final stage. I do not expect any major changes in version 2.x. Version 3.x will incorporate some interesting performance calculations, more information on this topic will follow.


Project status - FlitePilot

The filter function of the seniority list has been introduced as well for the schedule database. Its use is self-explanatory.


Current version numbers

Please check that you have installed the most recent program and database versions. You get the version number of your installation by pressing the small Swiss International Air Lines logo at the bottom of the application screen.

InFlite : 1.2a
FliteLX : 1.3
FlitePilot : 1.4
FliteERJ : 2.9f

FliteLX.xls : 2002 Jun 03

Airports.pdb : 6/02
Pilots.pdb : 4/02 (Sen), 4/02 (Tf)
OM.pdb : 6/02
Schedule.pdb : 4/02


What's next?

I plan to include the approach minima from the PIH into the airports database - the respective data has been already received. The main issue however are the performance calculation tools for the FliteERJ application.

I wish you all the best!

 


#6 - 2002 Mar 18

Again some time passed since my last mailing. Now it is my pleasure to announce a couple of updates. Please ensure that you have installed the latest program versions - refer to section 'Current version numbers'.
Should you have an expired temporary registration key and would like to extend your trial period, simply re-order the key on the respective section on the Flite homepage. You will get a new key in return, enabling your test-drive of the application for the next FTDR period.
I hope that you enjoy using the Flite applications. Please do not withhold your feedbacks.


Project status - FliteLX

Version 1.2 has just been released, including an extensive airports database with data that has been issued by Crossair Flight Dispatch.

Please accept the following two hints that I would like to emphasize:

- It is not necessary to use the flight log AND the FTDR. These are two separate databases. If you decide only to use FliteLX for FTDR purposes, download your duty plan and perform a 'Sync' even without having entered chocks times in the flight log. Then simply enter the total block times, the number of landings and the C/O times. - The use of the flight log feature will be interesting as soon as the associated Excel sheet will be released.
- If you decide to use the flight log and are logging the aircraft immatriculation and type as well as the crew codes, be informed that it is not necessary to enter this data for all legs. If one of these fields is empty, the data of the preceding leg is valid implicitly.

As the Excel sheet is still not compatible to the Macintosh platform I am looking for a Macintosh Excel user with some experience in Visual Basic programming. I am convinced that together we will be able to make the necessary code adjustments.


Project status - FliteERJ

Version 2.9 has just been released.


Project status - FlitePilot

The March 2002 seniority list is still due.


Current version numbers

Please check that you have installed the most recent program and database versions. You get the version number of your installation by pressing the small Crossair logo at the bottom of the application screen.

InFlite : 1.1a
FliteLX : 1.2
FlitePilot : 1.2a
FliteERJ : 2.9

FliteLX.xls : 2002 Mar 18

Airports.pdb : 3/02
Pilots.pdb : 2/02 (Sen), 7/01 (Tf)
OM-A.pdb : 12/01
Schedule.pdb : 11/01


What's next?

The priorities now are the flight log Excel sheet for the FTDR application and the factored and unfactored landing distances calculations for the FliteERJ application.


Happy landings!

 


#5 - 2002 Feb 24

User support and all the administrative time involved exceeded what I was able to invested in the further development of my applications. I am sure however that with the emerging manual I update on the Flite homepage accordingly, the support requests will decrease again. The only thing I would like to ask is to first read the manual on the homepage before contacting me. A higher update frequency will be the yield.


Project status - FliteLX

Finally, I am releasing the price of the FliteLX FTDR application. Considering a lot of discussions with users and suggestions from their side, the price has been defined to be CHF 90.-, both for CMDs and F/Os. This reflects the amount of work I invested in proportion to the loadsheet application for the Embraer 145, which is still sold for CHF 30.-/40.-. By acquiring the FliteLX FTDR application you get all the required Excel sheets, including the flight log later on.
The new version 1.1 now features the link to the Crossair timetable database included in the FlitePilot application. Please ensure that the corresponding database file is installed. With this link enabled, you simply enter a flight number on the 'Plan' page, and as soon as you tap on an empty area of the screen, the application searches through the timetable database and fills out the departure and arrival airports together with the scheduled times. It recognizes the day of the week if a flight number has a varying schedule for the different days of the week.
A new FTDR Excel sheet has been issued, dated 2002 Feb 22, featuring the 'Save' button by SRL. With that you can store the filled out sheet without the macros.


Project status - FliteERJ

The loadsheet program for the Embraer 145 is available in Version 2.8. Now the convention that tapping on a label of a field to clear its content is valid throughout the entire application, and bars around the index values of the ZFM, the RM and the LM points are indicating their position in respect to the envelope, like previously introduced on the rough estimate form.


Project status - InFlite

Please check that you have installed the most recent version 1.1 of the InFlite application. You get the version number of your installation by pressing the small Crossair logo at the bottom of the screen.


Project status - FlitePilot

Please check that you have installed the most recent version 1.2a of the FlitePilot application. You get the version number of your installation by pressing the small Crossair logo at the bottom of the screen.
The databases are currently available in the following versions:
Pilots.pdb: 2/02 (seniority list), 7/01 (phone numbers)
OM-A.pdb: 12/01
Schedule: 11/01


Project status - Flite Homepage

I drew a new navigation bar for the Flite homepage. Enjoy the new appearance!


What's next?

The further proceeding can be divided into the following subparts:

- Flight log Excel sheet for the FliteLX FTDR application.
- Airports database for the FliteLX FTDR application.
- Factored and unfactored landing distances calculation for the FliteERJ application.


I wish you good fun with my programs and I am looking forward to announcing further updates. Please forward any ideas that could lead to an improvement.

 


#4 - 2002 Jan 27

Again I would like to update you with news concerning the Flite project. Since the release of the FliteLX FTDR application I got quite some mails and phone calls that assure me of being on the right path and motivate to continue, and that justify the 1000hrs+ I invested up to now, besides having answered 400 e-mails and having spent dozens of hours on the phone with users.


Project status - FliteLX

Last time I introduced a general overview of the FliteLX FTDR application and its associated Excel sheets. The 'Plan' sheet has been released in the meantime and the users are now able to import their duty plans into the FliteLX application as well as to generate events in the standard Palm datebook application. The problems that arose on some host PC systems are solved now. The 'FTDR' Excel sheet to print out the FTDR form is currently in the beta test phase and a release can be expected in the course of February.
If you decide to order the FliteLX FTDR application, you will get a temporary registration key valid until March 15, for evaluation purpose. This is due to the fact that not all components of the application are released yet, the ones that are available now however are usable and will fit into the whole system once finished. Please refer to the pending items list on the Flite homepage for more recent information concerning that topic. I would like to draw your attention especially to the planned link between the Crossair timetable database and the FliteLX application that will ease the manual entry of flights significantly.


Project status - FliteERJ

The current release is still version 2.7 whereas I got some minor points that will eventually end up in a version 2.8. Major improvements however are not to be expected within the next time. Anyways, let me know if you have interesting ideas on how to improve or to extend the program.


Project status - InFlite

InFlite is now available in version 1.1 and is still for free. It now includes the frequencies of Volmet stations.


Project status - FlitePilot

The second application that is free of charge has been extended as well. While still featuring the Crossair seniority list, dated January 2002, the phone list, and the OM-A reference, I included a first draft of the Crossair flight schedule, based on the current meal plan. As mentioned above, there will be a link between the FliteLX FTDR application and this database, so if you manually enter a flight number, the arrival and departure airport as well as the scheduled times will be filled out accordingly.


What's next?

The next priorities are definitively in the field of the FliteLX application on the Palm device. The main topics with room for improvement are listed on the Flite homepage. The FTDR Excel sheet to generate the printout finally can be expected in the course of February.


I hope this mailing satisfies your need for news for the next couple of days. However, do not hesitate to write an e-mail if you would like to receive more specific details. I wish you all the best and safe flights.

 


#3 - 2002 Jan 03

Happy New Year!

Finally I am able to announce the release of the FliteLX FTDR application. There are some open points though, but I decided to release the application now.


Project status - FliteLX

At the end, the FliteLX FTDR application will consist of four parts: The Palm application itself and three Excel sheets 'Plan', 'FTDR' and 'Log'. A few words about this organization: The software on the Palm works without the need of the Excel part, it is possible to enter the duties and to log the flights, as well as to store the FTDR data. With the 'Plan' Excel sheet however you can convert your 'duty-plan.pdf' file into a file that can be downloaded onto your Palm device so you will have your crew plan available within the FliteLX application and just need to enter the off and on chocks times. This data can be transferred to the FTDR page on the Palm application which represents a single line of the FTDR form. At the end of the month, the 'FTDR' Excel sheet will be used to print out the FTDR data. The 'Log' finally will provide a way to display the flight log in a way similar to any paper based flight log.
At the moment, the Palm application is fulfilling its task, some minor improvements will follow. The download of the crew plan, so that you don't have to enter it manually, works as well, whereas some problems occurred on specific host PCs. If you are using a Windows PC with a German Excel version, the 'Plan' sheet will most probably work, but I am still working on that issue. The 'FTDR' will be released soon as well.
So the following release procedure will apply: You can order the FliteLX FTDR application now and you will get a temporary registration key valid until mid February. The price of the program will be published at the end of January, so you have a free month to evaluate the software.


Project status - FliteERJ

Version 2.7 of the loadsheet application is available.


Project status - InFlite

Some tools that were previously integrated in the main FliteLX FTDR application are now compiled in a separate program called InFlite. I described the highlights on the homepage. This program is for free.


Project status - FlitePilot

The second application for free is FlitePilot. FlitePilot is a database viewer, currently for two different databases: The Crossair seniority list combined with the electronic phone book of the Crossair pilots, and the OM-A reference by courtesy of Pascal Marti. On the homepage you find a link to his page, as well as an overview of the installation procedure.
Note that you can navigate between all Flite applications. In the FTDR program you find direct access buttons at the lower end of the display. Upon pressing, the FlitePilot, the InFlite and the Flite loadsheet programs are invoked. Those programs provide a return button to get back to the FliteLX FTDR program.


What's next?

As soon as the Excel sheets will run on all Windows and Macintosh computers, the Flite project will enter its consolidation phase. I am convinced that I can issue news in the course of January.


That's all for the moment, I hope you find some time to visit the Flite homepage. Enjoy the new year and let's stand together for the challenges that lie ahead.

 


#2 - 2001 Nov 10

Quite a time passed since the first issue of the Flite mailing list. I did some presentations and wrote an article about the electronic loadsheet. However, the project advanced and I would like to update you with the latest developments. Please refer to the Flite homepage http://www.flite.ch/, section Contact/Info, Mails, in order to read the first mail, dated 2001 Aug 27.


Project status - FliteLX

The database restructuring mentioned in the previous issue is finished. I am now working on details while a first compilation of the application is in the alpha test process. Two crucial project parts are still in the development phase: The electronic crew plan download and the FTDR Excel sheet with the data import function.
In contrast to the example crew plan file, we get a packed (zipped) Adobe Acrobat Reader data format. This complicates the development of a converter program. However, there are still some ideas around on how to solve this, you will receive news as soon as available.
The FTDR Excel sheet development is advancing and should not lead to significant problems.
The next step in the release schedule of Flite is the beta test during December, while the program release is expected in the beginning of 2002. Please wait with ordering until the release has been announced.


Project status - FliteERJ

The FliteERJ loadsheet application has evolved into current version number 2.6, including some ideas that arose during its daily use in the real world environment. The application history in the Download section of the Flite homepage lists the recently added features.
At the moment it is not planned to implement the loadsheet for other fleets, but after having finished the FTDR application, the demand will drive any migration efforts.


Project status - Flite Homepage

I invested some time to update the homepage. I have included the article published in the Flight Operations News 10/2001, besides the two PowerPoint presentations I have held in the meantime. You reach them in the Contact/Info section.


Beta testers wanted

We are still looking for interested people for the beta test in the course of December. They will receive a temporary registration key valid until the end of the year. Beta testers will be asked to send their crew plan PDF file and the desktop copy of the FTDR database, besides being invited to forward any feedbacks and ideas on how to improve the application. Bug reports will serve best when I can reproduce the situation.
A beta version is inherently not stable. One of the goals of the beta test is to discover any bugs. So all testers are asked not to rely their FTDR bookkeeping solely on the beta version of FliteLX. In the course of the test they will be asked to download and to install the most recent program versions.
Interested beta testers willing to invest some time in the course of December are asked to fill out the following questionnaire and to send it to info@flite.ch.

Questionnaire

- Your name?
- Your e-mail address?
- Your HotSync ID? (Refer to the Support section of http://www.flite.ch/)
- Which Palm device do you own? (Palm III, V, Vx, m105, ...)
- Your idea of a reasonable price for the application? (You will be asked the same question again after the beta test)


What's next?

Expect news during the beta test in December.

In the meantime I wish you all a pleasant time and happy landings.

 


#1 - 2001 Aug 27

Welcome to the first issue to the Flite mailing list. I would like to thank you all for the interest you manifested and assure that the whole project is advancing, though the nice weather at the moment hinders somewhat my motivation to spend my off days in front of the computer... Anyway, there are some news I'd like to share with you.


Project status - FliteLX

The Flite project was stagnating because I had to decide to restructure the database to ease future developments. At the moment I am working on a new database API that will enable the link between FliteLX and the Excel-FTDR, as well as the implementation of the download of the electronic issued crew plan.
Mr. Stephen Flanagan provided me an example of an electronic crew plan that we can expect in the near future. The sample looks very promising, it will be possible to write a converter program that transfers the email attachment into a database readable by FliteLX. This converter program will run on a desktop PC. The crew member will have to save the email attachment received from our planning department, start the converter, and synchronize the generated Palm database with his handheld. The next time FliteLX is started, all planned duties will appear in the electronic datebook as well as in FliteLX. So it won't be necessary any more to copy your monthly crew plan.
Regarding FliteLX, please refer also to the beta testing section in this mail.


Project status - FliteERJ

I am happy to announce that FliteERJ has reached its release stage. The product is now mature to being used on line. It runs on color as well as black-and-white devices, and version 2.2 is even downward compatible to Palm OS version 1.0, i.e. to old-generation Palm Pilot devices.
According demand, the FliteERJ application will be programmed for the other Crossair fleets.


Project status - Flite Homepage

You are invited to re-visit the Flite homepage from time to time. Since its launch beginning of August I rearranged the texts and tried to keep it up-to-date. Any feedback is welcome.


Beta testers wanted

It is planned to dispatch a beta version of FliteLX to a group of pilots in the course of September. For that I am currently looking for pilots willing to test FliteLX.
According to the nature of a beta release, I will not be able to guarantee that this version will be stable, and the volunteers are sincerely asked not to rely on it and to retain their present flight and duty log techniques during this phase. However, I can assure that, should an application crash occur, only data belonging to the FliteLX application can be affected and no other Palm application or database is corrupted. The worst case would be that a soft reset is required, but all data are kept and no HotSync will be necessary.
I am looking for advanced and experienced Palm users that know how to interact with the standard Palm UI. The beta testers will receive a temporary key and will be asked during the testing period to download the most recent application versions with the latest bug fixes. At the end of the test phase they will have to send me the desktop copy of the FTDR PDB-file.
Although beta testing will be some additional workload for the pilot, it is a unique chance to influence the project's basic design decisions. I will not care about your data being authentic, I simply need some example databases to continue the development, besides a bunch of user inputs from the real world environment, e.g. concerning bugs or UI improvements. Bug reports will serve best when I can reproduce the situation.
A project like Flite lives on user inputs. In order to keep it alive I am looking forward to receiving numerous feedbacks.


What's next?

In the next issue I will be able to announce the release stage of FliteLX.

I would like to take the opportunity and ask you to tell your friends about the Flite project. The more Flite users are around, the more support we can expect from Crossair.

 


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