Chapter 11 (Flight Following Program (FFP)


The Flight Following Editor is the final piece to the puzzle so to speak. This is the screen where you enter all of the times and other information. The times are imperative to the operation on the Galaxy system, whereas much of the most of other data that can be entered is informational only and could be used to create various reports.



Figure 11-1


As you look at this editor, you can see that there are basically three columns, “Actual”, “Scheduled” and “Estimated”. The “Scheduled” Times column shows the Scheduled times as they were built into the schedule, using the Aircraft Schedule Editor. The “Estimated” column is the same as the Scheduled Times in the beginning but as actual times are entered in the “Actual” Times column, the Estimated Times change to reflect the Actual Times. As an example if you were scheduled to depart at 0800 and you actually blocked out at 0823, then the Estimated Times change to reflect what was entered. When the Actual Out time is entered. , then the “Out Time” in the estimated column changes to the Actual Out time. This impacts and changes all of the times below the “Out Time” in the estimated Column except the “Enroute Time”, which is the estimated flight time. That remains the same. Below is an example of a flight that departed 23 minutes late and that impacted the other times below that.




Figure 11-2


By entering the Out and Off times, the Galaxy Ops display changes to depict that the flight has departed. Notice that in figure below, the color of the Flight Tag has changed to a dark blue color and the new Estimated Time of Arrival now appears just above the Aircraft Tag.




Figure 11-3


Also notice that within the Aircraft Tag, on the right side the four letter airport ID has changed from KSEA to KSFO. So this means that the aircraft is scheduled to arrive in KSFO at 1003. When the Block On and In times are entered, then the Estimated Arrival time just above the Aircraft Tag will disappear. The airport ID of “KSFO” would then indicate that the airplane is on the ground in KSFO.
There actually another data field that plays an active role in operation of the Crew Tracking system and that is the “PAX” field. This field is initially blank. If it is left blank the flight times will apply to the Flight Attendants. But if “0” is deliberate entered into this field, then flight time will not be counted against the Cabin Crew. This is because if there are no revenue passengers, then the airplane is being operated as a FAR part 91 flight for the Flight Attendants only. The times count against the Flight Deck crew in all cases. Below is the Flight Following form after having been completed.




Figure 11-4


Also notice that there are two check boxes in the center part of the screen on the right side. They are “Canceled” and “Diverted”. The meaning of these buttons is self-explanatory and it changes the Flight Tag when used. The Diverted action turns the Flight Tag to Purple and the Divert action turns the Flight Tag to a Turquoise color.





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