Chapter 3 (Flt/Update)



Flt/Update is one of the menu items along the top of the Galaxy Ops screen, second from the left, There are four menu items that comes down in the cascading menu from there, “Flight Schedule”, “Aircraft Schedule”, “Canned Routes” and “Archive Viewer”. Only the first two are applicable to your operation.

“Flight Schedule” brings up a flight or series of flights that have already been generated but may or may not have been operated. It is a very versatile program in that it can act as a filter to bring up flights according to ones desired criteria. It defaults for the current days date only but can be set by the user to bring up flights for any date range. 



 Figure 3 -1


If all fields, other than the Date Range are left blank, the programs bring up all flights in that date range. The “Trip Number” and “Trip Type” is no longer being used. If all other fields are left blank except the Date Range, the program will bring up all flights in that date range without using any filters what so ever. Furthermore, the flight’s Scheduled Block Times are the times displayed. Block Time being from “Out Time” to “In Time”. Whereas if “Use This” is checked and “Flight Time” is checked, the program only brings up actual Flight Times. Flight times are defined as from “Off Time” to “On Time”. Flight Times are typically used for aircraft maintenance purposes, whereas Block time is used for Crew Flight Times.

If nothing is checked in the check boxes as depicted above in Figure 3-1, then all times will be displayed in Scheduled Block Time but listed as “ETE” and not actual block times.



Figure 3-2


If the “Use This” check box is checked and “Flight Time” is checked then the output will be as shown as Actual Flight Time as shown in Figure 3-3 below.




Figure 3-3


Notice that in Figure 3-2, the legend shows “ETE” in the time column which is actually Scheduled Block time whereas in Figure 3-3, the time column shows “ATE” as is “Actual Time Enroute” and is depicted as Flight Time and not as Block Time. The FAR “SUPP/INT” is defined in the “Company Default” editor under settings and really has no significance in the program and would have to be changed on a flight by flight basis.
In order to use the use the functions shown in Figure 3-4 below, the specific flight must be selected.



Figure 3-4


The “Flight Plan”, and “Weather” is not applicable in this application. The “Crew”, “Copy Crew” and the “Past Crew” no longer is used in this application. All of the other function buttons in the upper part of this screen are quite useful. When using one of these buttons, you must first select the flight intended for this use. The “Delete” function only works for one selected flight at a time.



Figure 3-5


However the “Duplicate” function can duplicate all flights by clicking on “Select All” then click on “Duplicate”. If you do this, you will get the following screen. First of all, you would normally only want to duplicate one series of flights for one Tail Number at a time. These flights are for one day’s operation for that tail number. You can duplicate a series of flights even where a Tail number wasn’t specified as well.

By clicking on “Select All” then click on “Duplicate”, you will get the following screen depicted in 3-6 below.




 Figure 3-6


Here, attention to detail in important. In this screen, you cannot select any one flight to duplicate. This list only shows which flights that you are about to duplicate. Notice that all of these flights are on 4-05-2013. Therefor you should not use a “Start Date” of 1-05-2013. You should change the “Start Date” to at least 3-06-2013 or later, otherwise you would be duplicating flights on top of flights. Duplicated flights on top of one another flights creates much confusion and frustration in this program. So let’s say that we want to duplicate flights for the rest of April 2013 and only on every other day Monday through Friday. Make the following changes and click “OK” then “Quit”.



Figure 3-7


If you wanted to duplicate these flights for every day of the week, then click on “ALL” and put in your desired Date Range, click on “OK” then “Quit” and you will find that just like magic, these flights will appear on your Galaxy Ops screen for the rest of the month or desired Date Range. Also you will notice that even if the flights that you selected had crews installed or not, the flights that are duplicated in the future will all be un-crewed and color coded in Red.

There are two ways to make changes to a scheduled flight, one is by use of the Aircraft Schedule editor described in chapter 10 below. The other way to make changes to your flight is by bringing up flights in the “Flt/Schedule” program and by using the “Edit” function key on the top of the “Flt/Schedule” output screen. You must select a particular flight from the list then click on the “Edit” button. The following screen will appear.




Figure 3-8



Figure 3-9


Here again, “Trip #” and “Trip Type” is no longer used in this application. As we stated in another instance, attention to detail must be exercised here. This editor can also be invoked by putting your cursor over a flight tag and selecting “Edit” from the pull down list of menu options.

The “Aircraft Schedule” editor is central to the Galaxy System. It is used to build flights, delete flights, add Crews to flights and to edit flights and crews on flights. This program is described in detail in Chapter 10 below.



Figure 3-10


The “Canned Route Editor” and the “Archive Viewer” is not used in this application.


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