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Would you like to sell Trial Flight gift vouchers?

Submitted by Mathew on Mon, 20/01/2020 - 14:00

This post is a follow-up from the post in October about automating your voucher sales. At the time, we integrated with Squarespace eCommerce and automated the voucher sales process. Squarespace use Stripe to take payments, and after the big announcement about our new billing system, so do we. So it makes sense to provide you a better system so you aren't tied and can use any website you like.

More accurate fuel burn figures

Submitted by Mathew on Sun, 12/01/2020 - 12:26
Better fuel consumption figures

If you record the fuel added to aircraft, the system has been showing the average fuel consumption based on the previous 30 days flights.

But we've found over the winter this just isn't accurate enough because the flight time for some aircraft has dropped to single digits per month. That means we're dividing by a small number, which leads to a big variation in the fuel consumption figure.

So we're now running a more thorough calculation, based on the last 100 hours engine run time instead of the last 30 days of flights.

"Members only" pages - Restricted Content

Submitted by Mathew on Fri, 03/01/2020 - 19:58

Where is the Restricted Content link?There may be some information you don't want to post publicly on your school website. The Restricted content area may be a good place to post this, and direct your students and members to it.

Pages can include text, images and even attached files such as PDFs, ZIP files and so on. You can then restrict access to groups of users, for example students, associate members and so on.

You might the restricted content pages useful for:

  • School Rules
  • Airside / Airport Rules
  • Pilot Operating Handbooks (POH) for your aircraft
  • Checklists
  • Recommended routes
  • Links to local weather stations
  • ... and so on.

 

Automated Billing for Flying Schools

Submitted by Mathew on Mon, 30/12/2019 - 08:53

Top-up payment from iPhone using stored card details

I'm excited to announce a new feature is now available!

I know issuing invoices and taking payments from students is part of the job, but I also know it's a headache preparing them, keeping track of who owes what and chasing up people who pay late. In terms of time productively spent doing what you love, it just isn't efficient.

I'm a member at a local flying club and I'm told I'm one of a handful of people who pay invoices early. So at least I'm not costing the school time chasing me up for late payment. But even so, someone has spent a few days working out all the invoices, entering them into the bookkeeping system, issuing them and checking payments have arrived in the bank account. It just seems like such a waste of time and money, especially when the booking system knows exactly who flew, in which aircraft and with which instructor.

New fuel columns for aircraft

Submitted by Mathew on Mon, 25/11/2019 - 16:57

Most of the development focus is on the new billing system at the moment, but we did have some time to add a small feature which may be useful.

When you use the system to record all your flights, the system collects the fuel added (in Litres). The total fuel and the burn rate are now shown on the Aircraft tab, and they look something like this:

Aircraft list showing new fuel columns

Ever been distracted before saving your training notes?

Submitted by Mathew on Mon, 18/11/2019 - 09:43

Imagine you've spent a few minutes with your student, writing their training notes for the last flight. Right at that critical moment when you're nearly finished someone else needs your attention. Perhaps it's the phone, or maybe someone has just arrived for their air experience and you want to make them welcome.

It's easy to get distracted and forget to click Save, which means all those notes you've spent time working on are not stored in the system. You may have even logged out of the computer, or closed the browser window.

However, all is not lost!

Booking on small screens

Submitted by Mathew on Mon, 11/11/2019 - 09:21
iPhone home screen with booking system icon

More than half of all internet browsing is now on a mobile device such as a phone or tablet (as compared to a desktop or laptop).

So it was important that we create a booking system that would run on mobile devices as well as desktops. Typically flying schools have access to computers in their offices, so while on site it isn't such an issue, but I still wanted as much as possible of the system to be mobile-friendly. I'm pleased to say the entire system works on mobile!

Waiting List

Submitted by Mathew on Sun, 13/10/2019 - 14:06

Have you ever wanted to book an hour someone else has already booked? What if they cancelled their booking; wouldn't you like to know?

We thought it would be nice if the system could keep track of which slots you'd like to book and could let you know if they become available. This really only applies to students and members because instructors will generally want to guarantee their bookings with students can go ahead.

Message displayed when a booking clashes with another booking