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Sunrise & Sunset

Submitted by Mathew on Mon, 07/09/2020 - 08:39

Showing sunrise and sunset on the booking formThanks go to one of the schools for this suggestion!

Someone asked whether it would be possible to show the times of sunrise and sunset on the booking system. That way they could tell at a glance whether the flight was possible (Day / VFR).

This feature is now live, with the times shown just underneath the form. It also shows a moon symbol to the side of the time slots before sunrise and after sunset. Pilots are still expected to check official sunrise and sunset times for their location prior to flight to remain legally within VFR rules.

The system calculates the times for any date chosen. To do this it needs a location (latitude and longitude). You'll find these fields in your system under Admin > Basic settings > Location & time zone.

New look booking form

Submitted by Mathew on Mon, 22/06/2020 - 12:00

The new layout shows a popup if you hover over a booking or any unavailability period. It also combines slots into one cell, allowing more details to be shown such as times, aircraft or instructor (space permitting).

The Day View also features the equivalent of a time-bar. Any booking slots prior to the current time are shown greyed out (see the first two slots above). This makes it easy to see who should be active 'now'.

New look booking form

Create your own user groups

Submitted by Mathew on Thu, 11/06/2020 - 10:48

Thanks to one of our existing customers for this suggestion!

If you've used the system to manage your customers, you will already be aware of the built-in roles available. When setting up your users I expect you will have picked "Student" or "Member" for most of them, and perhaps a few people as "Office Staff".

You can now define your own roles (i.e. groups of users).

We're making it easier to sell books & equipment

Submitted by Mathew on Fri, 29/05/2020 - 10:42

We're really pleased with how this feature turned out!

If your school sell logbooks, training books or your own merchandise, you can now set up a short list of products in the billing system. For each product, you choose what gets transferred to a customer invoice, the price, tax code and accounts code (if you use them). Doing this setup once makes it a lot quicker to sell products and means your instructors and office staff can avoid worrying about using the wrong tax code or price.

New fuel log

Submitted by Mathew on Mon, 25/05/2020 - 08:30

The system was developed with a field to record fuel added before booking out. This suits schools that provide their own fuel bowser or jerrycans.

But if you use fuel from an airfield fuel pump and want to record this in the log, this has always been a number of steps: booking out for the taxi to the pump, booking back in and out again with the fuel added.

But now you can record fuel added before booking out or when adding flight details.

Flight summary (including out of hours flights)

Submitted by Mathew on Wed, 20/05/2020 - 13:55

The system has a feature to allow you to send all flights, (including those out of airport hours) to any email address you like. The intended use is for the airport operator to more easily record flights out of hours. The email contains a link to a list of flights for the previous week. It contains only the flight and aircraft details; personal information is removed.

There is now an example link for you to view your flight summary to see how the information is presented.