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NAVPAK VERSION 16.0 (JAN-JULY 2005)†
NEW FEATURES AND ENHANCEMENTS

SPEED-KEYS ENABLED ON STARTUP AND FAST WAYPOINT ENTRY SCREENS Each of the functions on the NAVPAK Startup screen can now also be activated by pressing an F-Key on the keyboard. In addition, if you access the Fast Waypoint Entry screen you can press “F1” to show Flight Details, “F2” to show the Scheduler, or “F3” to show the Bidder screen. Function keys are often useful when you are more comfortable with typing than reaching for a mouse. Since the mouse key continues to function well, the user now has a choice.

NUMBER OF SAVED TRIPLOG INCREASED 45% FROM 68 TO 99 When you create a triplog and calculate to the Combined Trip Legs, Scheduler, or Bidder screens, you have the option to save the triplog without assigning your own name to it. This function previously allowed you to save your last 68 triplogs, with the most recent triplog at the top of the list. These triplogs could then be retrieved and modified by clicking on the “SHOW”button on NAVPAK’s Startup Screen. This function has now been expanded by 45% to include 99 saved triplogs.

BID NUMBERS ADDED TO “LAST 99” SCREEN In addition to the display of the Schedule Number, the Bid Number now appears on the Last 99 screen, which is accessed by clicking on “SHOW”button on the NAVPAK Startup screen. If a trip is saved without the Bidder screen being visited, the Bid number information will show as n.a. (not available). Visualizing Bid numbers should provide a distinct advantage in tracking saved cost estimates.

COLUMN SORTING HAS BEEN ADDED TO “LAST 99 TRIPLOGS” SCREEN When you click the “SHOW”button on the NAVPAK Startup screen, the Last 99 Triplogs screen is automatically sorted by the date the triplog was saved, with the most recent trip at the top of the screen. You can rapidly sort the data on this screen by other categories, including Aircraft name, Bid Number, Schedule Number, Departure date, and Itinerary Waypoint sequence. These sorts can be performed by clicking on the heading above the column you wish to sort by, or by clicking on “Sorting Options”in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen and clicking on the sort you wish to perform. Once you have sorted by a column, that sort will remain the default until you ask for a different “sort” subject.

NOW EASIER, MORE PRECISE SEARCHES OF THE CLIENT & COMPANY DATABASE You can search for up to six characters of the Client or Company names database by typing in the Client Finder field in the upper right corner of the CLIENT / COMPANY LIST screen. If you would like to use an even tighter search, click on the “CLEAR – Start name search” button on the right side of the screen. You can then type up to twelve characters and press “Enter” or the “F1” key to execute the search. The Client name information that matches or follows the search string will display.

ENHANCED MANAGMENT OF SCHEDULE NUMBERS FROM SAVED TRIPS If you recall a saved trip, the Schedule Number stored with that trip will display at the bottom left on the Waypoint Entry screen. If you calculate to the Scheduler, the old Schedule Number will be retained. However, if you elect to change aircraft before calculating to the Scheduler, you have the option of using either the saved Schedule Number or the most recent unused Schedule Number. When you select the alternate aircraft, an overlay will display saying “Do you want to increment schedule number by one?” If you click on “No”, the Schedule Number saved with the trip will be retained. If you click on “Yes”,the next unused Schedule Number will be substituted, and it will then display at the lower left of the Waypoint Entry screen.

AIRPORT NOTES ARE NOW ACCESSIBLE FROM WAYPOINT ENTRY AND BIDDER SCREENS If you would like to consult a personal Airport Note while creating a trip or working with the Bidder screen, this option is now available. To browse an Airport Note from the Waypoint Entry screen, enter the waypoints for your trip or load a saved trip. Then click on “Airport Notes”in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen. The waypoints in your trip will be listed in a dropdown in the upper left corner of the screen. Click on the waypoint of interest, and the Airport Note will display. When you are through browsing the Airport Notes, click on “To Prior”.On the Bidder screen, click on “More Bid options”,then click on “Show Airport Notes”.You can also create and save new Airport Notes for the waypoints in your trip from either the Waypoint Entry or Bidder screens if you wish.

AIRPORT NAMES NOW ACCESSIBLE IN THE PILOT SCHEDULE Previously, airport names have displayed only on the Passenger Schedule. Now the airport names can also be displayed in the Pilot Schedule if this is desired. To switch this feature on, click on “Make Pilot Notes”on the Scheduler Screen and click on“Manifest & Templates”in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen. Then put the cursor on Include airport names with each leg and click on “Yes”. To disarm this feature, click on “No”.(The default is Yes.) This feature applies to the Pilot Schedule, but not the Pilot Schedule with Legnotes.

EASIER TO SAVE OR RESTORE NEW/MODIFIED SUBJECT LINES IN BIDDER Each of the line items on the right side of the Bidder screen has a Title caption, such as “Overnight charges” or “Catering charges”. If you click on one of these Titles, you will be taken to the Fine-Tune screen, at which point you can highlight any titles you wish to change and type over them. When you save the trip and exit the program, these new titles are saved, and when you return to the Bidder with a new trip, the modified titles will display. To restore the original titles, access the Fine-Tune screen and click on “Toggles & Restorations” in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen. Then click on the listing for the title you want to restore.

PREVIEW OF BIDS REMEMBERS EITHER FLIGHT DATES OR “OPEN” SETTINGS – You may prefer to set the flight date to open when you are printing cost estimates. Until now, you had to set this condition each time you printed a bid calculation. Now you can set this condition to “Open” or to “Show Dates” and forget it. Each time you return to this screen, the setting will be remembered until it is re-set by you.

THE PASSENGERS COUNT NOW DISPLAYS ON RURAL LEGS Since the Domestic Segment Fee is not applied on legs which the DOT designates as Rural, NAVPAK has displayed the number of Passengers as 0 on Rural legs when the Passenger Federal Tax of 7.5% is invoked. However, it is often useful to display the actual number of passengers flying on each leg, irrespective of whether a Domestic Segment Fee is charged on that leg. Consequently, NAVPAK now allows Passenger numbers to be displayed and modified for Rural legs, and the Total at the bottom of the # Pax column will reflect this cumulative number. The Domestic Segment Fee total at the bottom of the # Pax column will still only be calculated based on Urban legs (Rural = no-no). To see details on how many Passengers will be taxed with the Domestic Segment Fee, put the cursor on the Tax field on the right side of the Bidder screen, and a green pop-up will indicate the Segment Fees, the tax rate, and the number of Taxable Passenger Segments.

EASIER ACCESS TO DEFAULT INFORMATION IN BIDDER The Bidder screen displays five buttons at the bottom of the screen to display Default information. The buttons are numbered 1 through 5, and the button on the extreme right is labeled X. If you put your cursor on one of these buttons, information about that Default file will display. If you click on the button, the information in the Default is invoked on the Bidder screen. Now this information is also available by putting the cursor on any of the Misc fields on the right side of the Bidder screen. The buttons are repeated on the Default display, and the cursor can be placed on them to change the Default number displayed, or the buttons can be clicked on to invoke the Default information.

VARIABLE OVERNIGHT CHARGES There are now two ways to calculate Overnight charges in the Bidder. The charges can be invoked using the Misc #4 field in a Default file, or in rows 4 through 10 on the right side of the Bidder screen. If you want to calculate an Overnight charge for every day of the trip using Misc #4 of a Default, access the Default screen and click on the Misc. #4 dollars field. An overlay will display describing the types of calculations you can perform. Click on A fee * Total trp. days (Eg. 4*DT). A pop-up will display asking for the fee you wish to use. Enter the fee and click on SEND. The fee will be calculated times the number of days in the trip. If you wish to exclude the day on which the trip terminates, click on A fee * Trip days less 1 (Eg. 4*DX). The calculation will be performed with the last day of the trip subtracted. (Note: if there is only one day in the trip, this calculation will return 0.) These calculation strings can also be typed into rows 4 through 10 on the Bidder screen.

FORMAT OPTIONS FOR INVOICE Whenever you click on the INVOICE button on the Bidder PRINTING OPTIONS SCREEN, you are asked if you want to include your company name and address. If you click on No, the header of the Invoice is left empty for use on letterhead stationery. Now you are also asked if you want to include footnote and boiler plate text. If you click on No, any footnote or boiler plate text will be omitted, along with the blank lines that accompany them.

PASSENGER SEATS CAN BE PASTED IN THREE DIFFERENT MODES NAVPAK permits charging a segment tax for a different number of seats per leg when applying urban and rural Taxes. The number of Passenger Seats per leg that are automatically reported on the Bidder screen can be set in the Performance File Builder, and modified for individual trips on the Cost & Wind screen and the Bidder screen. There are three modes that can be used for calculating Segment Fees per leg. If you click on the Passenger seats field in the Performance File Builder, the Seats on Aircraft overlay will display. If you click on the V1 button, 1 passenger will be inserted into the # PAX field on each leg in the Bidder screen, and this number can then be modified to reflect a variation to this number. If you click on the M1 button, the number you have pasted into the Seat count field will be inserted into the # PAX field on each leg in the Bidder screen. If you click on the M2 button, the number you have pasted into the Seat count field will be inserted into the # PAX field on each leg in the Bidder screen, with the exception of Ferry Legs, which will be set to 0.

To invoke the Max-Pax segment charge in the Bidder, click on Options in the Menu Bar of the Bidder screen and click on ENABLE/MODIFY Passenger Segment Fees. Then click on CHARGE for the maximum number of passengers per leg for this aircraft so that a check mark appears in that row. This option will charge the Maximum number of seats which you have designated in your Aircraft Performance file, and will apply this number to any Ferry Legs. If you wish to exempt ferry legs from Segment Fee calculation, click on CHARGE for the maximum number of passengers/leg (except ferry legs) so that a check mark appears in that row. If you would like to charge a minimum number for Segment Fee calculation, click on ENABLE varying number of passengers per leg so that a check mark appears in that row. The number 1 will be inserted into the # PAX field for each leg.

TAX CHANGE - SEGMENT FEE NOW $3.20 From 1998 through 2002, the Domestic Passenger Segment Fee increased every year by $.25. In 2003, the Segment Fee remained at $3.00, the same Fee as in 2002. Beginning in January 2005, the Segment Fee has been increased to $3.20 per passenger per leg. This Fee is automatically calculated if you use the 7.5% U. S. Tax on Passengers, and is added into the total tax. To see a table of Passenger Segment Fees, click on Set-Get Tax Rate on the Bidder Fine Tune screen and click on the Show U. S. Excise Tax Schedule button.

FBO WEB SITE INFORMATION AVAILABLE IN AIRPORT SEARCH If web site information is available for a selected FBO, that data will display in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen when the FBO Details overlay is present. If you click on the web site data, it will be copied to your computer’s Clip Board memory. The web site information can then be pasted into an Airport Note or a Pilot or Passenger note by pressing the Alt and V keys.

MAXIMUM FUEL CONSUMPTION IN PERFORMANCE FILE BUILDER NOW 5 DIGITS If you access the Performance File Builder and call up an Aircraft Performance File for modification, you will see a field captioned Max. Leg length. If you click on this field, an overlay will display which will permit you to enter either a maximum distance or a maximum fuel consumption. Previous versions of NAVPAK allowed only four digits to be entered into this field. Version 16.0 of NAVPAK permits the entry of a five-digit number.

THE “DO IT YOURSELF” FLIGHT CALENDAR AGAIN PERMITS ROLLING FORWARD – A stubborn problem in the Monthly Planner resulted in “Rolling Forward” being blocked for trips in the current month. This feature has been restored. In addition the copy and paste functions from the existing master calendar have been restored so that material that has already been recorded can be copied, pasted, and modified rather than retyped.

PART 135 AND PART 91 ARE TOTALED SEPARATELY IN CREWMEMBER TIME SHEET If you access the Crew Times utility, the Time Entry screen will display the option Display 12-Month Summary in the Menu Bar at the top of the screen. When you click on this option, the totals for Flight Hours and Duty Hours are now supplemented with totals for Part 135 and Part 91 by month, by quarter, and by year.

TIME OR FREQUENCY ENTRIES CAN NOW BE ADDED TO CREWMEMBER TIME SHEET When you are entering crew flight times into the Crew Duty & Flight Hours (Part 135 Ops) screen, you now have the option to enter additional Time or Frequency information for that crew member on that date. To do so, click on the SHOW grid for other times & events button on the Time Entry screen. Five rows will display which will allow you to enter quantities with a maximum of five keystrokes, including one decimal place. The titles of these fields are stored in a preferences file that applies to all crewmembers. The default titles that display when you first access the Time/Frequency screen are “Landings-Day”, “Landings-Night”, “Instr. Approaches”, “Instr. Navigation”, and “Instr. Holds”. These titles can be modified, but it is best to do so before data has been entered. When the information has been entered, click on the HIDE grid button or click on the Save All Times button. Time/Frequency data can be viewed by accessing the Grid for a given month and scrolling to the far right end of the Grid screen. To print a report of the Time/Frequency information, click on Preview/Print Options in the Menu Bar at the top of the Grid screen and click on Monthly Duty, Flight, Times & Events.

TELEPHONE 800 NUMBERS ADDED TO HOTEL SEARCH Large hotel chains often have 800 numbers to permit booking from a central location. To access these 800 numbers in Hotel Search, click on 800 NUMBERS in the menu bar at the top of the Hotel Search screen.

INTERNET WEB SITE INFORMATION AVAILABLE IN HOTEL SEARCH A new column has been added to the Hotel Search Details screen to reflect Web Site data when available. If you click on a Hotel listing which includes Web Site information, that information will display on the Hotel Details for the selected hotel overlay, and will print on the Details printout for that Hotel.

NOW AUTOMATIC CREATION OF FILE PATH ON ALTERNATE DRIVE If you are sharing files on a server for use by multiple installations of NAVPAK, it is now easier to create the correct file path to the server on each workstation. At the NAVPAK Startup screen on the workstation, click on the REVIEW button and click on ALTERNATE DRIVES-FOLDERS. Click on the down arrow for the dropdown next to the number “1", and click on the drive letter of the server. A message will display asking if you would like to save and retrieve files on the server’s drive letter. Click on Yes. The path \NAVPA88\TRIPLOGS will display under Pick Directory. Click on the Press to Select button (marked “3").

If there are Aircraft Performance Files in the NAVPAK88 folder on the server, an overlay will display allowing you to select which options should be shared on the server. If no Performance Files exist on the server, a pop-up will display which will inform you of this. Click OK on that pop-up, and an overlay will display which will allow you to copy files from the workstation to the server. Click on the down arrow next to the Performance files heading, and click on Performance files on the dropdown. The performance files on the workstation will display on the left side of the screen. Click on the down arrow under the heading Select Destination File Path and click on the drive letter of the server.

Click on the NAVPAK88 folder. Then highlight the performance files you want to copy from the list on the left side of the screen and click on the Send button. The files will be copied to the server and will be listed on the right side of the screen. Click on the Prior button. Then click on the Press to Select button again and select which options you want to share on the server. When you click on Prior, a Path Conflict pop-up will display. Click on OK. The Aircraft Selection screen will display, showing Aircraft Performance files on the server. Double click on a Performance file listing, and you will be taken to the NAVPAK Startup screen. You can then share files on the server.

PERSONAL AIRPORTS NOW AVAILABLE ON ALTERNATE DRIVES If you are sharing files on a Server, you may find it desirable to create Personal Airports on the Server, so that the airports can be shared by all of the workstations in the group. First, if you already have Personal Airports on a workstation, copy the Personal Airport files to the Server. The list of airports is in the workstation’s NAVPAK88 folder, and is called AIRPORTS.DAT. There are also three index files associated with the airport list. These files are in the workstation’s WINPAK88 folder, and are called NDX_PAPT.ISM, NDX_PAPT.ISF, and NDX_PAPT.ISD. When these files are copied to the proper folders on the Server, access the NAVPAK Startup screen on the workstation, click on the REVIEW button and click on ALTERNATE DRIVES-FOLDERS. Verify that the path \NAVPA88\TRIPLOGS displaying under Pick Directory references the Server drive. Click on the Press to Select button (marked “3"). An overlay will display listing all of the files that will use the Alternative Path. The last item on this list is Personal Airports & Heliports. Click on the Altern. path field next to that option, so that the field says Yes. Then click on Save & to Prior. The next time you create a Personal Airport, it will save and access it from the Server.

 

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