Flight planning for dummies – the work before flying

Most flights, unless it is a “play flight” in the local area, are preceded by flight planning to make sure the right amount of fuel is taken on board, winds are with in the limits, weight is not exceeded etc.

At 1400 today, this is what my kitchen table looked like:

One hour later, all the paper work was ready, as far as I could do it, lacking the winds.

The next step was to file the flight plans to the Flight Planning Center , FPC to ensure that air traffic control has all the information they need on my flight. The system that we use is brilliant (all is relative) and sometimes I wonder if they should write:

The confirmation is given via SMS and in text fom online and looks like this (as you can see on leg three a remark is sent back if something is incorrect or changed)*:

Leg 1

(FPL-SEKUZ-VX
-C150/L-S/C
-ESKC1000
-N0090A025 DCT
-ESSK0030
-OPR/UPPSALA FK RMK/SKOL DOF/070610 ORGN/ESSAZPZX)

Leg 2

(FPL-SEKUZ-VX
-C150/L-S/C
-ESSK1215
-N0090F045 DCT 6030N01600E DCT
-ESSD0035
-OPR/UPPSALA FK RMK/SKOL DOF/070610 ORGN/ESSAZPZX

Leg 3

OBS SE FORMAT PÅ KOORDINAT! /FPC
-------
(FPL-SEKUZ-VX
-C150/L-S/C
-ESSD1340
-N0090F045 DCT 6005N01600E DCT
-ESOW0045
-OPR/UPPSALA FK RMK/SKOL DOF/070610 ORGN/ESSAZPZX)

Leg 4

(FPL-SEKUZ-VX
-C150/L-S/C
-ESOW1800
-N0090A025 DCT ELTOK DCT
-ESKC0020
-OPR/UPPSALA FK RMK/SKOL DOF/070610 ORGN/ESSAZPZX)

*For you non-flyers, this means that I will be flying Uppsala-Gävle-Borlänge-Västerås-Uppsala during the afternoon tomorrow. The plan is to have lunch with Fia &/or Alex in Gävle and dinner with Patrik in Västerås

A full report will follow!

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2 Responses to Flight planning for dummies – the work before flying

  1. tuppluren says:

    I think someone at FPC was a bit grumpy today, I got a “KOM IHÅG ATT DU ALLTID MÅSTE ANGE EN PUNKT I RUTTEN!!!!!! /FPC” from them.

    Five exclamation marks.

    Must be *that time in the month*.

    I think you’ll have a blast tomorrow. If you have time. Please go in to the [C] – flight planning room in Borlänge and check if my sunglasses still are there by the computer.

  2. tuppluren says:

    I want to see your “full”/”drunken” report. Now!

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