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CAPFlight Pro Sortie Manager



This page describes CAPFlight Pro Sortie Manager, available in the App Store for $5.99.

CAPFlightPro2 is being rebranded CAPFlight Pro Sortie Manager.  It is established as the premier tool for integrated sortie management on iOS, consolidating the best features of CAP Preflight, CAPFlight Pro, and CAPFlightPro2.

If you're new to CAPFlight Pro, here's a quick 2 minute video to help you get things setup to get the most out of the app.


The integration is tighter now with WMIRS 2.0 than in the previous version.  To see some of the differences in use, watch the following video:



Overview

CAPFlight Pro is your complete mission information solution for Civil Air Patrol sorties.  CAPFlight Pro  is designed by CAP aircrews to be used by pilots and aircrew from mission inception all the way through post flight to include mission briefing, flying the sortie, and debriefing the mission.

During Preflight, CAPFlight Pro aids in completing the Sortie Info and Briefing in WMIRS and uses it to complete the 104, and Weight/Balance worksheets through a simple, touch-friendly interface.  The app provides completed photos of the worksheets and completes the 104 briefing section so you can focus on the mission instead of paperwork.

As you fly the sortie, CAPFlight Pro tracks your progress and records user-specified events with a simple press of a button, allowing the crew to focus their attention outside the cockpit.

After the flight, your debriefer will be impressed as you bring up a hybrid map displaying your track with markers where significant events occurred.  Pressing a log entry will zoom to that location for a detailed inspection of the area.  The log, notes, tach/hobbs, and other information is uploaded to the WMIRS 104 automatically, along with a PDF of the fuel receipt, allowing you to close out the mission quickly and prepare for the next sortie or get home in time for lunch.

Home Screen


The Home Page displays after launching the app.  

 New Sortie Creates a new sortie and starts the workflow process.
 Existing Sorties Lists all previous sorties.  Select the sortie of interest to view/modify the sortie information.    
 Delete  Puts the table into edit mode to delete existing sorties no longer needed.
 Personnel  Navigates to the Personnel Database to view/edit personnel information.
 Aircraft   Navigates to the Aircraft Database to view/edit aircraft information.
 Defaults  Navigates to the Defaults page to edit the default values for certain CAPF104 fields.

Personnel Database

    

In the Personnel Database, press Add Personnel and enter the name, capid, phone number, weight, and associated qualifications.  This data is used by the app the prepopulate components of the 104, ORM, and WB worksheets.  Repeat this process for every member of your aircrew.

Aircfraft Database

  

Aircraft in the Aircraft Database can be entered manually, but it is by far easier to import the aircraft for your wing by selecting the Import Aircraft Button, finding your wing, and loading the aircraft directly from the CAP Preflight Cloud Services.  

Select the Aircraft involved in the sortie and enter the remaining aircraft specific information such as the TAS, Color, Home Base, and aircraft equipment.  A custom load station is now available to account for constant standard aircraft loads such as survival kits.  In this case the survival kit is 32 lbs in Baggage Area C, which has an ARM value of 129.  This will be accounted for automatically in the WB worksheet.

Repeat this process for all the aircraft you fly.

Defaults View

The Defaults page lists various 104 fields that tend to remain relatively static.  These values are prepopulated on the 104, but can customized as necessary per sortie.  Pressing "Log Buttons" displays the configuration page when flying to customize the log buttons and various other settings.

Main Workflow

The Main Workflow view makes navigating the app easy based on the phase of flight.  As progression of the sortie takes place, the buttons turn green with a check box to indicate completion.  Once the next phase is begun, the previous phase becomes unavailable.

Preflight


The Preflight workflow contains all the necessary steps to go from initial phone call to flight release.  

Weight & Balance Worksheet

In the Weight & Balance worksheet, the aircraft, and crew information is prepopulated.  Simply set the expected flight time, verify the fuel burn rate, and the weight & balance is done.

View Mission Files

The view mission files screen lists the files associated with this sortie and the PDFs can be previewed and sent to other apps on the iPad like iCAB Mobile, if PDFs are required.  For more specific instructions, see: http://www.goflycap.com/ipad

Upload Brief to WMIRS

The last step in the Preflight process is to upload the 104 and files to WMIRS.  Once again, navigate to the 104 in WMIRS.  All the information from the app is automatically loaded into the 104.  The appropriate check boxes are set automatically, the Fuel field is accurate, based on the Weight & Balance, the appropriate ORM Risk Assessment is checked, based on the ORM total risk value. the current weather information is placed in Crew Notes.  Be sure to press the "Update Briefing Information" button to save the data and then upload photos of the ORM and WB worksheets.  If PDF files are required, see the "View Mission Files" section above for information on how to upload PDFs to WMIRS.

Fly

  
In the flying phase, CAPFlightPro2 turns into a valuable sortie tracking tool to keep an easy, accurate, real-time log of sortie events.

Control Buttons

Pressing "Cancel" will return to the Home screen.  Cancel is only available until the Sortie begins.

"Undo" removes the last log entry.  Continuously pressing Undo consecutively removes log entries.

Notes provides a notes popover where notes can be taken or pasted.  The notes are added to the 104 debriefing after sortie completion.

Selecting the configuration icon transitions to the Log Profiles screen.

Pressing "Select Profile" provides the ability to select different profiles any time during the sortie.  This provides for virtually unlimited log button configurations.

Map

The Map View is centered on the current position of the device.  If the map is scrolled or zoomed, it suspends the centering feature and displays a "center map " symbol.  Map centering is resumed at the current zoom level when the "center map" symbol is pressed.

The map is annotated with a symbol containing the log number when a log button is pressed.

When the map is moved, a center target is displayed with the Lat/Long of the target in the lower right of the map view.  To log the target coordinates, press "Mark".

Note about offline maps:  Starting in iOS 6, Apple began supporting automatic offline use for a wide area in Apple Maps.  This allows the device to cache a large area of map detail while online and have it available offline.  If the map is not showing, data will still be logged and shown appropriately once Internet connectivity is restored.  To ensure map data is available, press "New Sortie" while the device has Internet connectivity.  The map will automatically download and be available during the sortie.

Log

The Log View provides the details for each log entry.

The format is: log number | Zulu Time | Latitude | Longitude | GPS Altitude | Magnetic Course | Log Text

The most recent log is displayed at the top.

Buttons

The Log Buttons are initially disabled until pressing "Engine Start/Begin Sortie".  Once starting the sortie, it will continue until "Engine Shutdown" or "End Sortie" is pressed. 

To add a log entry, simply press a log button.  If the same button is pressed multiple times, the log will indicate the text with an incrementing number beside it.  For instance, if the button text is "Photo" and it was pressed for the fourth time, the log entry will say "Photo 4".

To make a custom log entry, press the text field and type in the text.  The log entry is made upon pressing "Done" on the keyboard.  To repeat the same text again, press the "Custom Log" button again.

Real-time Data

The bottom bottom of the screen provides real-time data from the GPS.

 Time  24-hour time format in Zulu
 Timer  Timer begins after pressing "Engine Start/Start Sortie" and continues until sortie completion
 Latitude  Current Latitude provided by the GPS in the format specified in Settings
 Longitude  Current Longitude provided by the GPS in the format specified in Settings
 Altitude  Current GPS Altitude
 Magnetic Course  The current course of the device.  Magnetic course is provided if the device has a magnetometer.  If not (in the case of iPod Touch), true course is displayed
 Speed   The current speed provided by the GPS in the unit specified in Settings

Postflight


The Postflight menu contains everything required to perform a detailed debriefing and close the mission in WMIRS.

CAPF104

The debriefing section is filled out to include Tach/Hobbs times.  The Debriefing section automatically fills in with the notes taken during the flight and the sortie log.

Debrief

The Debrief View displays the entire sortie track along with the log and other information.

Map

The Map View begins showing the entire sortie track and annotates the map where log entries were made.  The map can be scrolled and zoomed as desired to facilitate discussion.

Pressing on a log symbol will display the log number and text to help reference the details in the log.  Pressing on an Annotation Button displays the Log Number and Log Text.

The map type can be changed from map to Hybrid to Satellite using the control in the bottom right corner of the map view.

Log

The log view lists the log entries in chronological order as they were made.  Pressing any of the log entries will zoom the map to that event.

The format of each log entry is: log number | Zulu Time | Latitude | Longitude | GPS Altitude | Magnetic Course | Log Text

Time/Distance

The total time and distance flown is shown here.

Exporting Sortie Data

Once the debrief view is viewed for the first time, the app creates several files that can be viewed in the "View Mission Files" screen.  

GPX Track - to view the track in GPX compatible apps
KML Track - to view the track in KML compatible apps (i.e. Google Earth)
csv Log - to export the log into a spreadsheet or view as a file
png Map - a picture of the track and log annotations to upload into WMIRS as an additional file or to e-mail to a debriefer

Fuel Receipt Capture


View Mission Files

Upload Debriefing to WMIRS

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