Pilot Web Enhancements
Release: March 2018 (10.7)
- Removal of Volcanic Ash Advisory (VAA) tab from Pilot Web Briefings
- To reduce the amount of duplicate content in the briefings, the VAA tab and related section in the All tab have been removed from the Pilot Web briefings. The VAA information continues to be included in the Flow Control tab in the Pilot Web briefings and the Flow Control section of Web Service briefing responses.
- Improved EasyActivate™ and EasyClose™ Text Messaging
- The Pilot Web EasyActivate™ and EasyClose™ will now use a SMS provider for providing text messaging service. This provides several advantages for the user; first it allows the system to provide two way interaction with the user via text messages, and second, it eliminates the need for a data connection. The user will now be able to activate or close a flight plan using only text messaging and to receive an acknowledgement of the action via a text message. Pilot Web will no longer be required to acknowledge the action thereby eliminating the need for a data connection. NOTE: Standard carrier text message rates may apply.
Release: September 2017 (10.5)
- Additional NOTAM Graphics
- The Departure, Destination, ALT1, and ALT2 NOTAM briefing tabs have been enhanced with map symbols depicting the locations of the OBST, SUA, and AIRSPACE NOTAMs.
- NextGen Briefing Winds Aloft
- Wind barbs have been added to the Winds Aloft stations. In addition, users can select the desired combination of altitude and forecast period for displaying the wind barbs.
Release: July 2017 (10.4)
- Velocity Azimuth Display (VAD) Winds
A VAD Winds products has been added to the "Single Site
Radar" tab on the Weather page, under a newly renamed
"Single Site Radar/VAD Winds" tab. Both products can be
viewed by selecting a desired radar site from the provided
dropdown and clicking on the corresponding product button.
- Forecast Satellite Water Vapor (WV) and Infrared (IR)
Satellite Forecast Water Vapor and Infrared products are now
available for CONUS under the "Satellite" tab on the
- Graphical Area Forecast (GFA)
Cloud Coverage and Visibility, Surface Winds, Precipitation &
Weather graphical products are now available for CONUS under the
"Prog and Forecast Charts" tab on the Weather page.
Forecasts can be viewed by region and forecast time.
GFA products have also been added to Standard and NextGen web briefings within the "Forecasts" tab. Only those regions and forecast times relevant to your route of flight will be displayed.
As part of the transition to the new Graphical Area Forecasts, the legacy Area Forecast products for the CONUS airspace have been retired and will no longer be provided in the briefings. The legacy FA products will still be provided for Alaska (FAAK), Hawaii (FAHW), Gulf of Mexico (FAGX), and Caribbean (FACA) airspaces.
- Graphical Turbulence Guidance (GTG)
The GTG product has been added as a supplementary product. It is
an automatically generated forecast product to show areas of
upper level clear air turbulence (CAT) and mountain wave (MW)
from 1,000 feet MSL to FL290.
- Current Icing Product (CIP)/Forecast Icing Product (FIP)
The CIP/FIP has been added as a supplementary product. It is an
automatically generated current/forecast product to show areas of
Icing from 1,000 feet MSL to FL290.
- Altitude filtering for UAS Operating Areas (UOA) in briefings and alerting
Altitude filtering is now applied to UOAs in briefings and
ACAS/BCAS alerts. It is available in either Mean Sea Level (MSL)
or Above Ground Level (AGL) values. All UOAs within 10nm of the
departure, destination or alternates are shown and an en-route
UOA is only shown where the flight plan altitude is within 2,000
feet of the UOA's altitude range.
Release: March 2017 (10.3)
- ICAO2016 Speed/Altitude/Flight Rule Changes in Route
Mismatches between Flight Rule field and Route field when filing
a flight plan generate a new warning dialog. Also, the Route of
Flight help dialog has been updated to indicate that speed and
altitude changes are ignored for Briefings and NavLogs, and for
the "Evaluate" and "Optimize" functions.
- Improvements to ACAS and Briefing Update E-mails
Background images have been simplified to dramatically reduce the
size of emails.
- Various Improvements
Several website improvements have been implemented, including:
- Repaired "Change Password" dialog
- Increased character flexibility in account creation dialog
- Fixed airport links in email briefings
- Improved flight planning and briefing stability and consistency
Release: January 2017 (10.2)
- Improved Feedback for Invalid Routes
Improvements have been made to the feedback messages for invalid
routes. If you try to use a disconnected airway in a route, we
will provide a suggestion for how to leave and re-enter the
airway to create a valid route.
- ACAS Alerts Can be Filtered by Altitude
A setting has been added to the Adverse Condition Alerting
Service (ACAS) to filter alerts by altitude. When the checkbox is
selected in the settings window, we will not send alerts for
Adverse Conditions more than 4,000 feet above the filed altitude.
- G-AIRMET Graphics
Graphical AIRMETs (G-AIRMETs) are now viewable from the Weather
Page under Adverse Weather Conditions.
Release: October 2016 (10.1)
- Improved Aircraft Settings
Settings for Aircraft information now include Supplementary
Information for ICAO flight plans.
- Improved UOA Entry and Display
The UOA form now allows users to look up a location using a
street address. Additionally, the Map capability to preview UOA
areas can be displayed with a Street or Satellite background.
Release: August 2016 (10.0.2)
- Name Change to Leidos
The website has started the transition to display our new company
- NOTAM Submission for UAS Operating Areas (UOAs)
The UOA form allows users with a valid Certificate of
Authorization (COA) to request the NOTAMs be submitted for the
Release: July 2016 (10.0)
- Route Planning with SIDs/STARs
The “V (low altitude airway)” option in the Plan a
Route tool now supports pilot entry of a SID and STAR. An
optimized route will be provided between the pilot's departure or
SID (if entered), and destination or STAR (if entered) that
employs Victor airways.
- Flight Plan Form Usability Improvements
Several usability improvements have been implemented that will
reduce route entry errors and improve the use of search features
when filling out the flight plan form.
- Additional NOTAM Graphics
Three En Route NOTAM briefing tabs (SVC, RWY/TWY/APRON/AD/FDC,
and Mil) have been enhanced with map symbols depicting the
locations of these NOTAMs.
- Improved Adverse Condition Summaries
The briefing summaries in the adverse condition and UOA briefing
tabs now better communicate the intersection of your flight with
these weather events, TFRs, and UOAs.
- Improved Pilot Dashboard Flight Alerts
Several usability improvements have been made to the flight
alerts window. This window is available from the Pilot Dashboard
for proposed and active flights.
- ATC Route Changes Available from Pilot Dashboard
A pilot using the ATC Notices service receives a message when the
system detects that Air Traffic Control has assigned a route
which differs from the pilot's filed route. An alert of the
routing change is now available on the Pilot Dashboard.
Release: February 2016 (9.8) & April 2016 (9.9)
- UAS Operating Area
Two new selections are added to the Unmanned Aircraft System
(UAS) dropdown menu bar under UAS Operating Areas, for the
purpose of displaying the UAS operating areas. The new areas are
Caribbean and Guam. Also, a new button labeled GUAM is also added
to the Pacific Weather page under UAS Operating Areas next to
HAWAII, and a new section labeled UAS Operating Areas is added to
the Mexico/Caribbean weather Page and contains a button for
- NTAP Reference
A link to the Notices to Airmen Publication (NTAP) is added to
the top of each NOTAM-related briefing tab.
For the TFR tab and the ALL tab, the following notice is displayed at the top of the text pane: “The published TFRs and special notices around sporting events, power plants, dams, refineries, military facilities and Disney theme parks, as well as all other published NOTAMs, are available in the Notices to Airmen Publication (NTAP).”
For the remaining NOTAM-related briefing tabs, the following notice is displayed at the top of each text pane: “All published NOTAMs are available in the Notices to Airmen Publication (NTAP).”
- Various Bug Fixes
Several fixes have been implemented for NavLog winds and speed
values, and pilot briefing weather charts and advisories.
Release: November 2015 (9.7)
- New Display Route Capability
A new “Map“ button has been added to the
Flight Planning & Briefing form that displays the route of
flight. This will display the route from the form, including
expanding the airways. The graphic can be panned and zoomed to
see the route in more detail.
A “Map“ button was also added to the Plan a Route tool to let you see the routing prior to selecting it.
- Improved Account Settings
Several changes have been made to editing and saving Account
Settings. It is now easier to view and edit account information,
including User settings, Aircraft information, and customizing
Favorite airports and graphics on the Pilot Dashboard.
- New Support Videos
New videos have been added giving detailed information: Register for Briefing Updates, Departure Planning Tool, and UAS Operating Area (UOA) Planning Form.
- Added Forecast Radar Product
The Forecast Radar Product (Base
Reflectivity) is now available in the weather pages.
- Improved Flight List on the Pilot Dashboard
The flight lists on the Pilot Dashboard have been improved to
allow easier access to Activate, Close, Amend, Cancel, and see
Alerts for your Flight Plans.
- Easier Access to Radar and Satellite Imagery
It is now easier to add Radar and Satellite imagery to graphics
in the briefing. There is a new drop-down selection under the
briefing graphic that lets you add weather imagery, including
different radar and satellite products.
- Surveillance-Enhanced Search & Rescue (SE-SAR)
Added Emergency (SOS) support for DeLorme inReach™ devices.
- Other Enhancements
Improved the quality and performance of Sectional graphics.
Alphabetized Favorite flight plans in the Flight Planning and Briefing form.
Improved ordering of TFRs in the briefing.
Organized Obstruction NOTAMs based on if they are inside or outside your flight corridor.
Release: September 2015 (9.6)
- Improved Login Screen
The Login screen has been moved to the Home page. This allows you
to see news and announcements prior to logging in.
- Weather, Airport and UAS Data Available Without Logging In
Weather, Airport and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) data are now
available from the Weather, Airport and UAS menus prior to
logging in, providing easier access to this information.
- New Advanced Services Display on Pilot Dashboard
The Pilot Dashboard now contains an area showing the advanced
services. You can access a description and the registration for
each of the services by clicking the icons. Additionally, the
icons are color coded to indicate the services for which you are
- New Help Videos
Help videos have been created for different capabilities on the
website. Click the video icons to learn more about using the
- Improved UAS Operating Area (UOA) Window
Several improvements have been made to the “UOA
popup window”. This window can now remain displayed, and
will continuously update, after the main PilotWeb window is
closed. From this window you can now access additional
information, including graphics and text for Adverse Conditions
(TFRs, Urgent PIREPs, and Weather Conditions). The window also
provides time filtering for UOAs to see which UOAs are active for
specific time frames.
- Improved SUA NOTAM Graphics
The NOTAM->En Route->SUA tab has been improved to graphically
depict the locations of SUA NOTAMs. The NOTAMs have also been
organized to identify which are within your area or flight
Release: May 2015 (9.5)
- Ability to Change Username
You can now change the Username you use to log in. This allows
you to move all your information over to a new email address.
This setting is available by selecting “Change
Username” in the Account dropdown menu.
- Improved Error Handling for Flight Planning and Briefing
The Flight Planning and Briefing form has been improved to
provide better error messages when required fields are missing or
invalid data has been entered.
- Identification of Viewed Briefing Tabs
The briefing window will now identify which tabs you have
visited. Yellow circles indicate the tabs or subtabs containing
data that have not yet been visited.
- Briefing Control Improvements
Controls in the briefing window have been reorganized to provide
easier access to changing settings and stepping through briefing
- Surveillance-Enhanced Search & Rescue (SE-SAR)
Globalstar devices are now supported for SE-SAR.
- Inclusion of UAS NOTAMs with UAS Operating Areas
UAS Operating Area (UOA) data now includes NOTAMs submitted for
Unmanned Aircraft. These NOTAM UOAs are included in briefings, in
ACAS alerts, and displayed in the “UOA
Release: March 2015 (9.4.2)
- Alaska VFR flight plans with extended ETA
Support has been added for filing Alaskan VFR flight plans with
up to two week flight duration. To access this, select “Alaska VFR with Extended ETA” in the
Flight Planning & Briefing dropdown menu.
- ARTCC and Tie-in FSS information
The airport search feature now includes tie-in ARTCC and tie-in
Flight Service Station information. You can find this information
by using the magnifying glass icon next to the Departure,
Destination, or Alternate locations on the Flight Planning &
- Text Message support for EasyActivate™ and EasyClose™
You can now receive EasyActivate™ and EasyClose™
messages on your cell phone via a text message. A web link will
be provided in the text message to activate or close your flight
plan. To sign up for this service, select EasyActivate™/EasyClose™.
- Register for Briefing Updates to receive emails when briefing content changes
After you get a website briefing, you can register for Briefing
Updates. We will monitor weather, NOTAMs and other data and send
you an Email if conditions change. You can select which
information you care about and select the time range to receive
updates. This capability is available for Route briefings, Area
briefings, and the new Locations briefing.
- Locations Briefings
Locations Briefing allows users to submit a single form to
request Area Briefings for up to 10 different locations. The
Locations Briefing form can be reached by selecting the “Locations Briefing” option in the
Flight Planning & Briefing menu.
- Winds Aloft Corridor
The Flight Planning & Briefing form has been updated to allow
you to adjust the Winds Aloft Corridor. This selection allows you
to configure how far off your route you will receive the Winds
Aloft data. This corridor setting works independently from the
Briefing Corridor, which determines the distance used for all
other briefing content.
- Notices for weather and NOTAM outages
When applicable, the website will show outage notices related to
weather or NOTAMs.
Release: January 2015 (9.4)
- Departure Planning Tool Improvements
The Departure Planning Tool now includes indications of Adverse
Conditions. A hashed bar appears in the departure timeline to
show where your flight is estimated to intersect Adverse
Conditions. This feature is accessible by clicking
"Evaluate" next to the departure time field on the
Flight Planning & Briefing page.
- Coded Routes Added to Plan a Route
The "Plan a Route" button on the Flight Planning &
Briefing page now provides a selection to view and select FAA
Coded Departure Routes.
- Hourly Fuel Burn for NavLogs
Aircraft Performance data can now include hourly fuel burn rates
for cruise performance. This allows for more accurate fuel
consumption results in a Navigation Log.
- System Generated Return Flight Plans
The Flight Planning & Briefing page has a new button to
create a "Return Flight Plan". The departure,
destination and route fields are automatically reversed which
lets you easily create a return flight plan.
- Scheduled Flight Plan Support
Support has been added to create and manage Scheduled Flight
Plans. This feature is available to authorized operators to
schedule recurring flight plans. See Help -> User Guide for more information.
- Notification of ATC Routing
Email notifications are sent for ATC route changes for your IFR
flight plan. When registered, we will monitor the routing that
ATC provides and send an Email if a change is detected. More
details are found in ATC Notices.
- Extended ACAS for IFR
Adverse Condition Alerting Service for IFR flights has been
extended up until the Estimated Time of Departure (ETD).
Previously ACAS alerting for IFR flights terminated 30 minutes
prior to ETD.
- UAS Operating Areas
Support has been added for small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
operators to create and manage UAS Operating Areas (UOAs). These
areas are made available to the piloting community as Briefing
content and ACAS alerts.
- Additional Weather Products
Multiple new weather products have been added, including CONUS
Prog Charts, CONUS Winds Aloft Forecast Charts, and additional
weather products for Hawaii and Alaska.
- High Altitude Briefing Support
An option has been added to the Flight Planning & Briefing
page to request a High Altitude Briefing. When selected, the
briefing content will exclude METARs and TAFs for the en route
portion of the flight.
- Scheduled Email Support for Area Briefs
Support has been added to schedule an Area Brief to be generated
and sent to an Email Address of your choosing.
Release: October 2014 (9.3)
- Advanced Route Planning
Plan a Route button on the Flight Planning page offers advanced
route planning capabilities. The recent ATC assigned option shows
the recently assigned routes for IFR flights. The low altitude
airway option generates a route along published airways for a
low-altitude flight (below FL180).
- Departure Planning Tool
Evaluate departure time options based on forecasted TAF
conditions along the route of flight.
- Customize Area Briefs
Area Brief requests from the Flight Planning pages now support
traditional Standard, Abbreviated, and Outlook briefings.
- Print and Email NavLogs
Navigational Logs can now be printed and Emailed.
- Filtered Winds Aloft Data
Optional filtering has been added to the Winds Aloft tab of
briefings. When selected, the filter shows only data within 4,000
feet of the flight plan altitude. In addition, winds aloft for
2,000 and 4,000 feet above and below the flight plan altitude are
interpolated (when necessary) and presented.
- Adverse Condition Improvements
NextGen Briefing Adverse Condition graphics now only display
adverse conditions that are within the route briefing corridor.
The graphics for TFRs have been simplified to only show earliest
and latest route briefing corridor intersection points.
- Additional Weather Products
Links to additional NWS weather products are available on the
weather page. The links include Skew-T/Log-P diagrams; G-AIRMETs;
and Turbulence, Icing and Freezing Level forecasts.
- Airport Satellite Imagery
Access to satellite imagery for Airports is available on the
airport information pages.
- Simplified Registration
The account registration process for new users has been
streamlined and simplified.
Release: September 2014 (9.2)
- NextGen Briefing
Several improvements have been made to the graphics in the
briefing. Updates include easier access to radar and satellite
data, supplemental data, and ability to change the background map
Plain text translation added for METAR remarks.
Convective Outlook data - improved view of Convective Outlook data in the briefing.
- Website Improvements
Redesigned layout of the Flight Plan and Briefing page. The
flight plan form is easier to use, includes better help dialogs
and feedback messages, and provides direct access to Airport
Improved layout of main menu bar, which allows for easier access to the different features on the website.
Online Pilot History now includes historic NavLog information.
Improved help information for advanced services. It is now easier to register devices and sign up for SE-SAR, ACAS, EasyClose™/EasyActivate™, and Flight Plan Close Reminders.
Release: June 2014 (9.1)
- NextGen Briefing
Traditional Standard/Abbreviated/Outlook briefings - pilots can
now specify desired briefing content prior to requesting a
briefing. The customized settings for Abbreviated briefings are
retained between logon sessions.
Plaintext translation added for NOTAMs.
ATCSCC Messages - traffic flow management messages are filtered based on route of flight and improved graphics are provided.
- Delta Briefings
- A new section, “Delta”, is automatically added to briefings under Adverse Conditions when a prior standard briefing has been obtained. The Delta section contains a summary of all new or modified adverse conditions that have been issued since the prior briefing was received. These items are provided using the NextGen Briefing presentation method.
- Scheduled Email Briefings
- Pilots can schedule a briefing to be generated and emailed to any email address at a specific time. Pilots can specify the desired briefing content (Standard, Abbreviated, Outlook). Scheduled briefing requests can be viewed, modified, and canceled from the home page.
- Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS)
- Readability has been improved for ACAS alert text messages. ACAS alerts received via email now include complete information for the alert including a graphic depicting the location along the route of flight.
- Surveillance-Enhanced Search & Rescue (SE-SAR)
- DeLorme inReach™ devices are now supported for SE-SAR.
- Electronic PIREP Submission
- Interfaces to 3rd party hardware and app providers now allow PIREP submission directly from the cockpit.
- Online Pilot History
- Pilots can view and print transactions on the Pilot Web Portal. The last 15 days of transactions are retained. (Note that pilot transactions on the Pilot Web Portal have always been recorded and are retrievable by Flight Service personnel.)
- Altitude Optimization
- This tool on the Flight Planning & Briefing page shows flight time and fuel burn for the planned altitude plus two levels above and below. The calculations use forecasted winds and aircraft performance information, when available.
Release: May 2014 (9.0)
- NextGen Briefing
Intersection time tags for adverse conditions - intersection
times (first entry and last exit) with polygon-based adverse
conditions are shown both in the graphic view and in the summary
text box. Color-coding and textual summary statements indicate
whether adverse condition is active when passing (red), or active
within an 60 minutes of passing (orange), or not active within 60
minutes of passing (green). The passing time calculations use
forecasted winds and aircraft performance data, when available.
Plain text translation - support added for METARs, TAFs, PIREPs, AIREPs, and Area Forecasts. The user can switch at any time between encoded and plain text translation. This setting is saved between sessions.
NOTAM enhancements - NOTAMs are organized into separate tabs for the Departure, Destination and alternate airports, and a separate section is provide for en route NOTAMs. En route NOTAMs are further organized based on NOTAM types. Altitude-based filtering and a graphics capability are provided for obstruction NOTAMs. Type-based filtering and a graphics capability are provided for Navaid NOTAMs.
PIREPs - new PIREP graphic. Color-coded icons convey the reported conditions for Icing, Turbulence, Sky and Weather Conditions.
- Email Briefings
- Pilots can send copies of their briefings to any email address.
- Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS)
- Delorme inReach™ and Garmin devices are now supported for inflight delivery of ACAS alerts.
- Surveillance-Enhanced Search & Rescue (SE-SAR)
- Garmin devices are now supported for SE-SAR.
- Navigation Logs
- NavLogs are available. They include wind, temperature, magnetic heading, magnetic course, distance, ground speed, and fuel usage. Calculations use forecasted winds and aircraft performance data, when available.
Release: November 2013 (8.8.2)
- NextGen Briefing
Smart plain-text translation - Translations of weather phenomena
for C-SIGMET, SIGMET, AIRMET, CWA, and Area Forecast.
Improved display of Adverse Conditions - Ability to step through individual elements, summarizing the phenomenon and highlighting the area in the graphic. TFR, C-SIGMET, SIGMET, AIRMET, CWA, Severe Weather (Weather watches/warnings) and Area Forecast.
State based Area Forecasts - Briefing now only includes states or regions that are within the route corridor, and are displayable individually with optional plain-text translation.
- EasyClose™/EasyActivate™ Service
- A new optional EasyClose™ or EasyActivate™ service allows pilots to close or activate their flight plans through the click of a link received through an automated email notification, eliminating the need to login to a website or call Flight Service to perform the same action.
Release: October 2013 (8.8.1)
- Local Time Zone Support
- Local time zone support will be added such that pilots can now file their flight plans using their preferred time zone or UTC.
- Sky Connect Support
- Pilots will be able to take advantage of our Surveillance Enhanced Search and Rescue (SE-SAR) with Honeywell’s Sky Connect product.
Release: September 2013 (8.8)
- METAR and TAF Auto-Summarization
METARs can be grouped and summarized based on reported conditions
along the route. Ability to step through the portions of route,
showing graphical highlighting and smart plain-text translation
of each group.
Time-based display of TAFs - Projected flight times are used to identify the applicable forecast periods of the TAF reports. Forecasted flight conditions are highlighted in the text and displayed as color-coded icons in the graphics.
- Sectional Base Layers
- Pilots can now replace their briefing graphics base map with a seamless sectional chart layer that can be overlaid with weather, NAVAIDS, your route of flight, and more. To apply the sectionals base layer, open the graphics configuration panel from the briefing response window and select “Sectionals” under the Auxiliary Layers section.
- Interpolated Winds
- A new column has been added to the Winds Aloft table when a non-standard altitude is entered when requesting a briefing. This new column will display the interpolated wind values for your specified altitude.
Release: August 2013 (8.7.3)
- Military NOTAMs
- Military NOTAMs associated with your home airports will now be displayed on the home page.
- Adverse Conditions
- Adverse conditions can now be viewed from the weather page with interactive text.
- Search and Format
- The Airports page has been updated with a new search capability that allows users to search for an airport by the full or partial text of an airport’s ID, name, city or state. Additionally the formatting of the data has been updated for readability.
- Inactivity Timer
- The inactivity timer has been updated to be based on mouse movement rather than page load.
Release: July 2013 (8.7.1)
- Interactive Flight Plan forms
- Domestic and ICAO flight plan forms are interactive with both hover and helper text capability.
- ICAO IFR flight plan filing from foreign departure locations
- You can now file ICAO IFR flight plans from foreign departure locations.
- Aircraft and Favorite Plan sharing
- You now have the ability to share your favorite flight plans and aircraft profiles with another user from Profile & Preferences -> Aircraft & Favorite Plan Sharing tab. The user can then select your favorite flight plan and aircraft profile for flight planning.
- Home page weather briefings
- You now have the ability to generate an area brief from the home page for home airports. In addition, you now have the ability to generate a route brief for proposed and active flights from the home page
Release: April 2013 (8.7)
- Adverse Condition Alerting Service
- If you are signed-up for the Adverse Condition Alerting Service, you can now view the adverse conditions that become active along your route of flight. These alerts can be accessed directly from your home page.
- Position Report Monitoring
- If you have a satellite-based position reporting device for your aircraft, you can now register for reporting in your aircraft profile. Our system will automatically begin monitoring your flight upon activating your flight plan. If you choose not to have Flight Service monitor a particular flight, simply deselect this option for that flight. If our system detects that the aircraft has stopped moving, or if we stop receiving position reports, Flight Service will begin the search and rescue process. Please note, that currently the only device supported is from spidertracks (http://www.spidertracks.com); however, we are actively pursuing other service providers.
- Pilot Weather Briefing Graphics
- In addition to providing the text portion of the pilot weather briefing, the briefing response now includes weather graphics. Each section of the text weather briefing, e.g., METAR section, AIRMET section, etc, will display the associated weather graphics in a separate pane (window). Another key feature is the route of flight will be overlaid on the weather graphics. Additionally, a Graphics Configuration Panel was added which allows you to overlay various flight planning elements, such as navigational aids, airports/heliports, special use airspace, etc.
- Text Weather Briefing Tabs
- An indicator has been added to the text weather briefing tabs to show whether or not data exists within the each tab. If there is no data in a particular tab, the tab will include “(0)” to indicate the tab is empty.
- Activating Flight Plans
- For the first time on any web site, you can now activate your VFR flight plan directly from your home page or from within the Flight Planning & Briefing tab. You can activate your flight plan +/- 30 minutes from the current time.
- Density Altitude
- If you’ve configured your home page to display airports, you’ll notice the density altitude for these airports are now displayed on the home page.
- Multiple Aircraft
- If you have more than one aircraft in your Aircraft Profile, you can now access all aircraft in your profile in the Aircraft ID field of the Flight Planning & Briefing tab.
- Session Timeout
- The session timeout period was changed from 15 minutes to 30 minutes.
- Creating Accounts
- The system now allows you to create an account containing dashes, e.g., email@example.com.
- Help Menu
- Two new items were added to the Help menu: 1) Frequently Asked Questions and 2) Announcements.
- Account Menu
- The Account menu has been separated to be more intuitive: 1) Profile & Preferences and 2) Change Password.