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GENERAL

What does it do?

Who is it for?

How much does it cost?

How do I get started, Sign up?

 

SYSTEM HELP

How do I sign up ?

What information do I need to sign up?

Can I access my myFLIGHTDATA account from my PDA?

Can I enter my own flight and duty times?

Why is "Sign Up" marked as incomplete?

Why is "Add Aircraft" marked as incomplete?

Why is "Aircraft Status Data" marked as incomplete?

Why is "Manage Alerts" marked as incomplete?

Why is "Manage Pilots" marked incomplete?

Why is "Customize Reports" marked as incomplete?

Is FAA approval required to use the system?

 

REPORTS

What flight and duty time reports are available?

What should I do with the reports?

Can I customize my reports?

Is FAA approval required to use the flight and duty time reports?

 

REGULATORY (Federal Aviation Regulations) REQUIREMENTS

Is it approved Part 135? Part 91?

Are VFR flights tracked? IFR?

Compliance with OPSPECS A-008?

What Part 135 requirements does the system monitor and check?

 

Still have questions? Let us know, we are glad to help.

 

 

Q: What does it do?

A: myFLIGHTDATA is a tool that reduces the time required for Federal Aviation Regulation record keeping compliance. One of the many system features is the automated recording of IFR flight legs via text message when you land. A landing text message example; "welcome to New York's LaGuardia Airport, would like to log this flight leg? If yes respond with Y". You can also automatically import ( IFR flights or VFR with flight following) flight history online, review and edit, and then save. Manual entry can be made by simply logging into your account and selecting the manual flight entry page. All the while the system will monitor and notify you of approaching regulatory limitations.

In summary, the myFLIGHTDATA system is a regulatory compliance tool that helps keep you on the good side of the FAA.

 

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Q: Who is it for?

  • Pilots

Pilot logbooks are free with Part 135 operator accounts, and 91K Fractional operator accounts. In addition, an individual pilot account can be used as a stand alone, automated logbook system.

 

  • Aircraft Owners

Aircraft owners (and operators) can utilize flight tracking, alerts, and maintenance tracking features. Users can receive notifications for upcoming maintenance before its due. During flight you can also allow others to see your progress on a live map, or automatically send a 30 minutes out message before landing.

 

  • Mechanics

Those responsible for maintenance can monitor inspections, and automatically receive notifications during off site aircraft operations. Simply add the aircraft that you are monitoring to your account, and then the aircraft total times update automatically after each flight. NOTE: Flights must be IFR, flight followed, or the pilot must make a logbook entry for the Total Time to automatically update.

 

  • Part 135 Air Charter operators and Part 91K Fractional operators

The system is a must have for today's air charter businesses. Although many still do, the most common practice for air charter (and fractional's) for maintaining compliance is by use of paper forms. Filling out Flight and Duty forms, aircraft maintenance status, and complying with the operational control requirements can quickly become a complicated and time consuming task. The myFLIGHTDATA system simplifies and organizes this task.

 

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Q: How much does it cost?

A: There is a $150 sign up fee, and a monthly fee of $59/month for the first aircraft and $29/month for each additional aircraft. All pilot log books are included at no additional charge.

For more detailed pricing information go to the SERVICES Page.

 

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Q: Is it approved Part 135? Part 91?

A: Yes, and yes. Common sense has to be exercised here, you still have to keep the FAA Inspector happy. At the very least we recommend that you print copies of your forms and send them in to the FSDO. If you need assistance with FAA approval/acceptance we can help at no additional charge.

 

FSIMS 8900.1, Volume 3, Chapter 31, Section 4 - Computer-Based Recordkeeping:

 

"3-3052. REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 121 and 135 require that operators maintain certain records on crewmembers and aircraft dispatchers. Part 121, section 121.683(c) requires that computer-based record keeping systems be approved by the FAA. Part 135.63 neither specifies the method by which part 135 operator records are kept nor requires approval of computer-based record systems for part 135 operators."

 

For more regulatory guidance see:

 

FAA Inspectors Handbook - Operator Record keeping Requirements

 

FAA Inspectors Handbook - Computer-Based Record keeping for Part 121 and Part 135 Operators

 

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Q: Are VFR flights tracked? IFR?

A: Yes, if you get VFR flight following.

 

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Q: Compliance with OPSPECS A-008?

A: myFLIGHTDATA assists Part 135 operators with the new requirements by supplementing flight following on live maps with operational control and Part 135 documentation.

 

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Q: How do I get started?

A: Click here to sign up.

 

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Q: Can I access my account from my PDA?

A: Yes. Flight tracking can be accomplished with only your cell phone by setting up flight alerts.

 

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Q: Can I enter my own flight and duty times?

A: Yes, you can manually enter flight and duty times from a pilot logbook account or operator account. By default, the duty period is your take-off time minus one hour until landing time plus thirty minutes. However, you can easily customize this feature to suit your needs.

 

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Q: What Part 135 requirements does the system monitor and check?

A: The system check the following Part 135 flight time limits for all pilots:

  • 8 hours flight time a day
  • 12 month limitation – 1400 hours
  • Previous 2 quarter limits – 800
  • 1 quarter limitation – 500 hours
  • And the 13 rest periods per quarter requirement

 

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Q: Why is "Sign Up" marked as incomplete?

A: You will see an incomplete status for the sign up task if you have not yet added an aircraft and made payment for the myFLIGHTDATA service. For operator accounts, after creating your username and password, you must add an aircraft to your account and proceed to checkout. Once payment has been processed for your order the "sign up" task item will be marked as complete.

 

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Q: Why is "Add Aircraft" marked as incomplete?

A: You will see an incomplete status for the "Add Aircraft" task item if you have not yet added an aircraft to your account. To add an aircraft simply click the "Manage Aircraft" item in the main menu and follow the instructions.

 

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Q: Why is "Aircraft Status Data" marked as incomplete?

A: The "Aircraft Status Data" task item will remain as incomplete until a status item has been created for each and every aircraft in the operator's account. To add status items for an aircraft visit the "Aircraft Status Entry" item in the main menu and follow the instructions.

 

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Q: Why is "Manage Alerts" marked as incomplete?

A: The "Manage Alerts" task item will remain as incomplete until an alert email address has been specified and verified for a specific myFLIGHTDATA alert. To add an email address simply visit the "Manage Alerts" menu option within the main menu. Once you add an email address you will receive a confirmation email. Reply to the confirmation email to verify your address. Once verification is complete, this item will be marked as complete.

 

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Q: Why is "Manage Pilots" marked incomplete?

A: The "Manage Pilots" task item will remain incomplete until a pilot has been created. To create a pilot simply visit the "Manage Pilots" menu option within the main menu. Once you create a pilot please provide the pilot with your Operator ID and his/her Pilot Code so they can create their Pilot Account.

 

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Q: Why is "Customize Reports" marked as incomplete?

A: The "Customize Reports" task item will remain incomplete until you specify your company's report revision number. To specify your Report Revision Number simply go to the "My Profile" menu option under the main menu. Within the "My Profile" page you will see a section labeled "Report Configuration". Provide a report revision number where specified and this item will be marked as complete.

Note:The revision number and date is required for FAA approval.

 

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Q: Is FAA approval required to use the system?

A: For Part 135 and 91K operators FAA approval for automated and electronic recordkeeping is not required. In some cases, due to size of the operation and complexity, the Principal Operations Inspector can require it. In those cases we will assist you with FAA approval at no cost. In either case it is always a good idea to at least create your reports and submit them.

 

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