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Power Flying Logsheet Entry #

Description #

To enter details of flying in club powered aircraft other than normal airtows. This includes motorglider flying, tug off-tow flying and aerotow retrieves.

Conditions #

Write access. Month is open for daily transactions.

All relevant membership sales for the day have already been entered.

Operator Level #

Full entry.

Usage #

Introduction #

Entering power flying is more complicated than entering glider flying because different information is recorded and entered for each aircraft type. For example, motorgliders typically have tachometers to measure engine usage and/or hobbs meters to measure flight time whereas tugs are not typically fitted with these.

These differences are dealt with in the charging rules for power flight transactions. In particular, the charging rules use the aircraft registration to determine the contents of flight-input, tacho-input, hobbs-input and retrieve-input computed fields which are, in turn, used to enable and disable appropriate fields on the form.

In addition to changing which fields are input the aircraft type can also determine the way in which they are input:

Note also that some information should be entered even though it is not used for charging. For example, aerotow retrieves may be charged on nautical miles to the land-out position but the flight times should still be entered to allow aircraft logbook data to be determined or checked from the Max2 records.

Some of the code within Max2 deals with chocks times (in addition to flight, tacho and hobbs times). These times are never actually used but the fields are still present in the transactions for backward compatibility.

Setup #

To start entering power flight information choose Input -> Power Flights... in the main window's menu.

Before entering flight information for a particular aircraft for a particular day enter the Date and last two letters of the aircraft registration (Aircraft) in the top part of the form. The aircraft type should be shown in the box next to the registration and the appropriate fields are enabled in the main part of the form.

It is also useful to fill in the logsheet page and line numbers at the top right of the window. These are included in the transactions and can be used to reference back to the original paper log. The line number is automatically incremented by one for each flight posted - the number will need to be adjusted for any out-of-sequence flights entered and when going from one sheet to the next.

Flight Entry #

For each flight by the aircraft, enter the required details. For these purposes a "flight" is one logsheet entry though sometimes it might be more than one actual flight, e.g.:

In the these cases the number of actual flights should be entered for the aircraft logbook as described below.

Member Number #

Enter the account number of the person paying for the flight. Note that this person may not actually have been in the aircraft at the time of the flight - e.g., they might have been in the glider for an aerotow retrieve.

P1 Number #

Enter the account number of the person who was in command of the aircraft if this is different from the person paying. This will be the tug pilot for aerotow retrieves or the instructor for motorglider or tug pilot training.

Flight/Tacho/Hobbs Times #

Enter the start time and either duration or end time as allowed by the program. Enter hours and minutes separated by a colon and hours and decimals of an hour separated by a decimal point - see Time for more details.

When you tab away from entering the second field the other field out of duration and end time will be filled in. Check it is reasonable. Also the charging information for this component is shown on the right and should be checked.

Retrieve Miles #

For tug aerotow retrieves, enter the distance to the land-out location in whole numbers of nautical miles. Typically the charging rules are set up to use this for charging, rather than the times though the times should still entered for the aircraft logbooks.

Leave this field as zero if the flight is not an aerotow retrieve.

When a value is entered the charge is shown on the right.

Number of Flights #

Enter the total number of take-off/landing pairs involved in the flight. This is used for the aircraft logbook.

Fixed Price #

Enter a currency amount in this field if the flight is to be charged a particular amount. Typically this is used for aerotow retrieves given to members of clubs who have landed out at Booker and from whom payment is taken in advance for a tow to somewhere where they can glide home.

The charging rules are normally set up to use this amount, if given, in preference to amounts calculated from the times or retrieve miles.

Heading and Total Fee #

These fields are not inputs - they show the total amount charged for the flight and the sales heading for the flight. Once the other data has been entered check these fields for reasonableness.

Transaction Details #

The Transaction Details button at the bottom right-hand corner of the window can be used to display the details of the transaction as it has been entered. This is typically useful if the values displayed for the charged amounts does not look right - it allows the operation of the charging rules to be examined. See the procedure Displaying Transactions for more details of the displayed window.

Enter and Done #

Once all the details for a flight have been entered and the results appear correct choose Enter to post the Power Flight transaction.

When all of the flights have been entered and posted choose Done to close the window.

See Also #

Glider Flying Logsheet Entry
Power Flight Intrinsic Fields