Plan a Route

Personal Route Brief/PLOG

Personal Route Brief is the total route briefing package. It enables you to plan and customize your route, from the type of waypoints used, the validity period of the brief, maximum height and width of the route, exclusion of unwanted NOTAM subjects and select from a wide choice of MET briefing charts, all in an easy to use format.

Personal Route feature now includes a PLOG, giving you the ability to enter wind and speed information to calculate fuel burn rates, en route time and estimated time of arrival and to get Airfield and Nav Aid freqs.

skybookGA™ are pleased to announce that the Plan a Route feature now includes a Plog, giving you the ability to calculate fuel burn rates, enter wind information and get/enter en-route freqs. Please view the video below to give you a brief run through this exciting new feature.

Click here to download an example of a Personal Route Brief

Click here to download an example PLOG

Click here to download a guide to creating Personal Route Brief/PLOG

Visualise Your Route

Another feature of Personal Route Brief is the route visualiser. It enables you to see your route in a chart form - as you plan it! The route can automatically update as waypoints are added, allowing you to check if your route conflicts with Danger areas, Restricted/Prohibited areas, Control zones, airfields, airways etc.

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Upload Route to GPS Device

You can now upload your route to your GPS device.

GPS Route Explorer allows you to convert your skybookGA™ route plot into one of over 50 GPS formats.

View Your Route in 3D with Google Earth

You can now view your route in 3D! After plotting your route in skybook GA™ simply click the "View Route in Google Earth" button. The route will appear in Google Earth allowing you to view the flight path from all angles. A fantastic and powerful addition to an already powerful system.

View Your Route Within Virtual Earth

You can now visualise your route in Microsoft Virtual Earth. After plotting your route in skybook GA™ simply click the "View Route in MS Virtual Earth" button. The route will appear in Virtual Earth.

Working with MS Virtual Earth is fun and it has practical benefits for the GA pilot. You can easily zoom in on your intended destination and for most parts of the World get a pretty good impression of the aerial view you will experience when you actually fly there.

Route Plotter

Route planning has just got even easier with the Route Visualisers brand new feature!! The 'Add a point' function allows you to plot a point simply by clicking on the chart. When you click you will be given the lat/long coordinate and any known positions within the vicinity such as airfields, navaids, waypoints or VRPS. Plotting a route has never been so simple.

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NOTAM Plot

Now you can see relevant en-route NOTAM and their associated radius displayed on your plot as you plan your routing. NOTAM locations are numerically coded to match the text in your Briefing Pack.

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Save Route Briefs

Once a route specific brief has been created it can be stored for further use. Each time a brief is recalled it will be updated with METAR/TAFS, NOTAM and weather charts.

Personal Location Point

If you cannot find a waypoint for your route, then create your own. Once stored you will be able to use it in your Personal Route Brief. Up to a 100 Personal Location Points can be created.

Airfield Brief

UK or international airfield brief, search either by airfield name, ICAO or IATA code. The brief includes airfield and runway details, NOTAM/METAR/TAFS/LTAFS/SNOWTAM affecting that airfield and a list of neighbouring airfields.

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Great Circle Route Brief

On entering departure/destination airfields, route width and upper flight level, Great Circle Route Brief will create a route using the shortest course between the departure/destination airfields.  The brief will calculate all FIR and airfields within the routes width and upper limit and provide a NOTAM and MET brief for these FIR/airfields.

Area Brief

Enter an airfield ICAO/IATA code, a maximum flight level and a radius in NM to create an area brief around your airfield.  Area Brief will calculate all FIR and airfields within the defined radius and upper limit and provide a NOTAM/MET brief for these FIR/airfields.

Click here to download an example of an Area Brief

MET/Notam

METAR/TAF

UK or international airfield actual and forecast weather searching either by airfield name, ICAO or IATA code.

SIGMET

A SIGMET provides advice on potential weather hazards, other than convective activity. This advisory affects an area of at least 3,000 square miles at any one time and provides data on icing, turbulence, dust and volcanic ash.

AIRMET

AIRMET are regional weather forecasts for the GA pilot covering regions within the UK, updated at regular times throughout the day.

GAMET

GAMET provide area forecasts by European FIR for flights operating at low level issued up to 4 times a day.

Quick Weather Maps

The Quick weather maps allow you to view the prevailing weather trends at a glance. The maps include windspeed and direction, temperature and dew point, cloud cover, pressure and any significant weather. You can also click an airfield on the map or enter the icao to view the latest METAR, TAF and long range TAFs in a decoded into an easy to read format.

Danger Area Brief

Danger Area Brief allows you to search for international and domestic NOTAM affecting Danger Areas by FIR, an area name or number during specific time periods. Includes easy to view charts of UK Danger Areas to help you decide which areas may affect your flight.

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International NOTAM

Notices to Airmen contain information concerning the establishment, condition or change in any aeronautical facility, service, procedure or hazard. Create your own NOTAM brief for an airfield or FIR, filter by height, subject or whether IFR/VFR.

International SNOWTAM

A special series NOTAM notifying the presence or removal of snow, ice, slush or standing water associated with the movement area. Displayed by issuing airfield.

NATTRACKS

The NATTRACKS message is issued twice daily, activating tracks which affect Eastbound and Westbound flights transiting the Atlantic. The NATTRACK message gives full details of the co-ordinates of the tracks as well as the flight levels that are expected to be in use on each track. In most cases there are also details of domestic entry and exit points associated with individual tracks.

Charts

214/215 Forms

214 - UK Spot Winds chart providing wind speed, direction and temperature for defined flight levels up to FL240 at locations around the UK, updated 4 times per day.

215 - UK low level forecast weather chart and text providing a graphical display of areas of different weather within the UK up to FL150, updated 4 times per day.

International SIGWX Charts

These charts depict general areas of thunderstorm, turbulence, and icing potential in a forecast manner issued four times a day for fixed valid times of 0000, 0600, 1200 and 1800 UTC all regions of the world are covered.

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Mean Sea Level Pressure Chart

These charts depict general areas of thunderstorm, turbulence, and icing potential in a forecast manner issued four times a day for fixed valid times of 0000, 0600, 1200 and 1800 UTC all regions of the world are covered.

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Satellite Images

Worldwide satellite coverage. Includes visual, infrared and water vapour imagery.