Flight Planner 3000 V6.8 Specification Sheet

Flight Planner 3000 V6.8 Specification Sheet

pictureChampagne PC Services Flight Planner 3000 flight planning software is a total flight preparation, flight planning and flight operation software for the Windows environment. Its functionality goes way beyond just producing a flight plan - it is a flight preparation and information system as well as an extremely powerful flight planning tool which can produce flight plans anywhere in the world. Versions are available for each Australian state, Australia wide, New Zealand, Australia & New Zealand, Africa, ASIA or the WORLD. Version 6.8 of this software includes the following functionality and features -Champagne PC Services Flight Planner 3000 flight planning software is a total flight preparation, flight planning and flight operation software for the Windows environment. Its functionality goes way beyond just producing a flight plan - it is a flight preparation and information system as well as an extremely powerful flight planning tool which can produce flight plans anywhere in the world. Versions are available for each Australian state, Australia wide, New Zealand, Australia & New Zealand or the WORLD. Version 6.8 of this software includes the following functionality and features -

Flight Planning:
  • - Produces comprehensive flight plans in various formats, including the Australian domestic format, the New Zealand format, the ICAO format, the Navigation Log format and the flight note format. The software is suitable for use by private pilots, charter companies, flying schools, regional airlines, international carriers and search & rescue groups operating anywhere in the world!
  • - Supplied with an extensive database of waypoints covering requirements for all VFR and IFR operations. VFR reporting points and IFR turning points, every licensed airfield, thousands of unlicensed airfields, all NAVAIDS and thousands of cities, towns, stations, etc. All international airports across the world are also in the database and an unlimited number of user waypoints can be added. Each waypoint in the database includes latitude and longitude, magnetic variation, navaids, airfield information, frequencies (FIA, TWR, SMC, ACD, APP, DEP, ATIS, PAL, AWIB), ARFOR area number, broadcast station frequency and airfield diagram.
  • - Printed output can be the ICAO International Flight Plan, the Australian Domestic Flight Notification, the New Zealand flight plan, a detailed flight plan, flight note, or a flight summary sheet with all details including flight costing.
  • - Unlimited aircraft definitions can be entered with over 270 common aircraft definitions supplied in the sample aircraft database. Aircraft data can range from eight basic data items to over 420 items for each aircraft, with only the eight basic data items required in order to produce a flight plan. Additional data can be entered as desired to accurately profile the aircraft performance (0 to 60,000 feet), producing extremely accurate flight plans and fuel usage calculations. Single and multi-engine aircraft are supported including ultralights, homebuilts, light single and twin-engine aircraft, high performance turbo-prop types, jets, heavy jets, and helicopters.
  • - Comprehensive fuel management caters for climb, cruise, alternate, holding, area work, taxi, and fixed and variable reserves. The use of multiple fuel tanks is supported and fuel units can be litres, US gallons, Imperial gallons or pounds. Fuel and ETI calculations automatically include provision for climb sections of the flight.
  • - Information on over 3600 airfields is provided in the waypoint database (Australia). The information of each airfield can include elevation, runways (direction, length, width and surface), navaids, frequencies, approach aids, runway lighting, landing fees, fuel availability, owner details including telephone number, operational considerations, nearest town and accommodation availability. In addition to this the software contains diagrams for most airfields including runway layout, windsocks, buildings, parking areas, helipad location etc.
  • - A database of all (IFR) LSALTS is provided (Australia and New Zealand versions) and can be automatically included on the flight plan. An unlimited number of user LSALTS can be added. Grid LSALTS are calculated and displayed for any route where no published IFR LSALT or user LSALT is available.
  • - Grid LSALT (MSA) data is provided with the software (all versions) and covers most of the world, excluding the USA and South America.
  • - Wind information can be nil winds, a specific wind, or an area wind. The software will indicate which area forecasts are required for each flight and will automatically include winds for the appropriate level from the area winds if available. Area winds are retained for use in subsequent flight plans for 12 hours, and then automatically deleted.
  • - A flight plan optimisation feature will automatically optimise the cruising levels for minimum ETI's, if requested.
  • Flight plans can consist of up to 40 route segments. Fuel calculations are produced for the first 7 flight stages. Flight segments can be planned direct or abeam intermediate waypoints.
  • ATS Route designators, alternates, holding and AREA WORK are supported in flight plans. A database if IFR routes and preferred routes (Australia & New Zealand) is provided and any route can be included in a flight plan automatically.
  • IFR flight tracks are calculated NAVAID to NAVAID, while VFR flights tracks are airfield to airfield. This can be modified as required.
  • Full support is provided for operations under "flight number" flights, for approved and unapproved operators.
  • Track information and be Magnetic or True, for operations in the polar regions or for special navigation requirements.
Flight Preparation:
  • - Accurate great circle tracks and distances are calculated for each flight segment.
  • - Flight costing details are automatically calculated and can be viewed on the screen and/or printed. Provides for associated costs such as landing fees, accommodation, meals, etc.
  • - First and last light is calculated for each landing point in the flight plan, and the Morse code ident for each enroute navaid is shown.
  • - A NAIPS interface (new NAIPS as of November 2017) is provided (pre-configured for the Australian NAIPS computer access) to allow weather and NOTAMS to be downloaded and flight plans to be submitted. This functionality is fully automatic – weather and NOTAMS are those specific to the flight and ICAO, Australian Domestic or Sartime flight notifications are supported. Automatic decode of the NAIPS weather into plain English is provided. Weather charts, GAF charts & GPWT charts can also be displayed.
  • - Full graphical weight and balance calculations can be displayed and printed for each departure and landing point in the flight plan. The movement of the aircraft C of G is shown on the aircraft envelope from each departure point to subsequent landing point. Aircraft takeoff weight, landing weight and zero fuel weight can be checked at each takeoff and landing point.
  • - CP and PNR calculations can be performed for multi-engine aircraft, including engine out and depressurised ops.
  • - The completed flight plan can be displayed on the computer screen, including flight costing details.
  • - A Route Map of the flight route can be viewed on the screen and/or printed. This display can be to show the route in as much detail as required. The map data includes high resolution Australian coastline data and medium resolution map data for the remainder of the world. The map is auto-scaling and the scale can be increased (to display the complete world map) or decreased (to show coastline in fine detail). In addition extra information can be selected for display on the map. For example the map can display Controlled Airspace, Prohibited/Restricted/Danger areas, ATS routes, FIS, ARFOR areas, or all waypoints with an airfield (or navaid), or airfields with a runway greater than a specified length only, or locations with fuel available can be displayed. Supports point and click flight planning on the map.
  • - A Route Profile can be viewed and printed. Shows the vertical profile of the flight including TOC, TOD information.
  • - Waypoints for the flight can be uploaded to any GPS supporting the NMEA 0183 or Garmin protocols, or via XML or GPX format data.
  • - Flight plans, maps, W&B envelopes and airfield diagrams can be printed – up to A3 size.
  • - Flight plans can be generated to anywhere in the world. All packages include data for over 8300 airports across the world in the WORLD version. Any number of flight plans can be saved on the computer for later use. These can be recalled, modified and reused any number of times.
  • An interface to Google Earth is included, allowing the flight plan to be displayed on the Google Earth maps. Also, individual airfields on the flight plan or on the FP3000 route Map can be zoomed-in on Google Earth.
Flight Operations:

A comprehensive Enroute Information Sheet is produced specifically for each flight plan. It contains operational information for the flight for each waypoint. This includes accurate latitude, longitude and magnetic variation, FIA /CTAF/TWR/GND/SMC/AWIB and more frequencies, NAVAID frequencies, Morse code IDENTS, airfield elevation, runway information, first and last light, etc. The Enroute Information sheet is designed to be one page in size, an invaluable reference document during the flight.
A GPS Moving map facility is available. A notebook computer and GPS unit with a serial interface supporting the NMEA 0183 protocol is required to have moving map display during the flight. The moving map data can be recorded and replayed at a later time.
The Flight Planner software has a passenger manifest facility which operates in conjunction with the W&B facility in the software.


The Flight Planner 3000 software is designed for use on any personal computer running Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, NT, Vista and Windows 7, 8 & 10, 32 and 64 bit versions. Windows CE is NOT supported. A minimum of 64mb of memory is required and minimum of monitor. The recommended minimum system is a Pentium class PC, 256mb of memory, 800x600 or better resolution colour monitor, mouse and modem/internet connection. Approximately 40mb of disk space is required to install the software, with additional space required for saved flight plans, user aircraft data etc. The software can also be operated directly from a USB device when inserted into any Windows PC, for extreme portability.

  • - The Flight Planner 3000 software is extremely simple to use, even for users with little or no computer experience. Experience with other Windows based software would be helpful. Importantly, only controls for actions appropriate at the particular point in time are presented so that the user always has a clear picture of what to do next.
  • - Comprehensive on-line help is provided with the software, including common questions and answers.
  • - The software is network compatible, supporting multiple concurrent users.
  • - Pilot Selection security is available in the software. Set up a list of authorized users with optional password required.
  • - A Pilot Alert facility is available to raise an alert when a license or medical check is approaching.
  • - A comprehensive user manual is provided with the software or is available for download from our WWW site.
  • - The software may be licensed for use on more than one computer and/or a USB memory stick
  • - Software updates are available via the Annual Update service for a modest cost.
  • - The software is available as a whole of Australia package, or for a single Australian state, for New Zealand, for Australia and New Zealand or for World coverage. The software can still be used to generate flight plans to anywhere in the world.
  • - The Flight Planner 3000 software was designed and developed in Australia by pilots, and incorporates all of the operational requirements specific to flight planning in Australia and New Zealand. The product is the most popular flight planning software in Australia and is constantly updated to reflect current aviation requirements and practices.
Australian Version:

Database of over 9300 waypoints including international airports, and information on 3500 airfields in Australia. All Australian IFR LSALTS. All Australian airspace, NAVAIDS, FIA, TWR, GND, APP, DEP, ATIS, AWIB frequencies, ARFOR area numbers, PAL frequencies, AVFAX codes, IFR routes, VFR & IFR turning & reporting points are included. Airservices Australia approved domestic and ICAO international flight plan formats plus flight notes. Full integration with the NAIPS system for briefings and for flight plan notification.

New Zealand Version:

Database of over 2500 waypoints including international airports, and information on over 230 airfields in New Zealand. All New Zealand airspace, NAVAIDS, area frequencies, and PAL frequencies, TWR frequencies, VFR & IFR routes, reporting and turning points are included. New Zealand domestic flight plans and ICAO international flight plans can be produced.

Africa Version:

Database of over 3,700 waypoints including international airports, and information on over 1,100 airfields in the African continent. IFR reporting points and IFR routes for South Africa and Namibia. Coverage include almost all countries in the African continent

ASIA Version:

Database of over 5,800 waypoints including international airports, and information on over 1,400 airfields for the Asian region. Data for most countries includes all IFR reporting points and IFR routes. Coverage includes Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philipines, Myanmar, China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

WORLD Version:

Database of over 37,000 waypoints including international airports, and information on over 8,300 airfields across the world. Extensive coverage for Australia and New Zealand, good coverage of airfields, Navaids and IFR reporting points for these locations -
Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, South Africa, Italy, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Namibia, Thailand, Austria, Belgium, Angola, Madagascar, Tanzania, Burma, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Iceland, Nigeria, Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Fiji, Botswana, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Polynesia, Malawie, Somalia, Singapore, Ivory Coast, Marshall Islands, Laos, New Caledonia, Cambodia, Uganda, Rwanda, Nauru, Luxembourg, Cook Islands, East Timor, Tonga, Samoa, Brunei, Niue.

Also included in the WORLD version is airfield and some IFR & NAVAID data for these locations -
Japan, Zaire (Congo), Sweden, Spain, Zambia, Norway, Finland, Mozambique, Greece, Switzerland, Portugal, Denmark, Guatemala, Korea, Greenland, Kiribati, Congo, Alaska. ICAO international flight plans can be produced.

For the iPad:

Flight Planner 5000 (FP5000) is the equivalent application for the iPad and is available in the iTunes store. It is available in versions with databases covering Australia, New Zealand, Africa, ASIA and the WORLD, and has the same databases including the same sample aircraft as FP3000, and has similar functionality and familiar mode of operation to FP3000. Download the free "Lite" version (with some usage restrictions and some features disabled) to trial the app. See www.champagnepcservices.com.au/flightplan5000.htm

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