Air Sortie Add/Edit
Adding a sortie can be accomplished by selecting the “Add Sortie” link that was reviewed previously or via the scheduling module. Either way, once a new sortie is added, you will either be directed to the sortie add page or to a page with a drop-down requiring selection of a mission symbol to continue.
The Add Sortie form is used to enter all pertinent information for creation of a sortie. The initial sortie creation form will consist of the following fields:
Sortie Type – Use the drop-down menu to select the appropriate type of sortie to be flown.
Sortie Date – Select the date the sortie will be flown. Note: if using Zulu time, select the Zulu date. If using a local time zone setting, select the local date.
Dep Airport – Enter the departure airport identifier (i.e. KMQJ, KUMP, 2R2, etc.).
ETD – Estimated Time of Departure. Select the hour and minute that best represents the expected engine start time for the sortie. For scheduling purposes, the time selected here will be used to schedule the aircraft for the sortie being built (schedule start time).
Dest Airport – Enter the destination airport identifier (i.e. KMQJ, KUMP, 2R2, etc.). Note: the destination airport is the airport the engine will be shutdown at for the end of the sortie. This does not include intermediate stops where no engine shutdown or crew change will take place.
ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival. Select the estimated time of engine shutdown at destination. For scheduling purposes, the time selected here will be used to schedule the aircraft for the sortie being built (schedule end time).
Tail No – Begin typing the tail number of the aircraft to be used including the N prefix of the N-number (i.e. N486CP). As characters are entered the list will populate possible N-numbers. Either continue typing or click the tail number when the tail number being entered is visible. After selecting the tail number several other fields will populate based on previously saved information for that aircraft.
A/C Type – Select aircraft type from the drop down. Note: this will load automatically if Tail No is selected first.
Call Sign – Enter the call sign for the aircraft flown. The CAP call sign is entered as “CAP1286” – CAP plus the three- or four-digit number assigned to that aircraft. Call signs will be reviewed in more depth later in this guide. Note: call sign will automatically load if Tail No is selected first.
TAS (Knots) – Enter the planned true airspeed for the flight. Note: this field may load when tail number is entered.
Color/Description – Enter the color(s) of the aircraft flown. Standard flight plan color abbreviations are acceptable. Note: this field may load when tail number is entered.
Corp/Member A/C – This drop-down selector is used to indicate if the aircraft used is a corporate owned aircraft (Corp) or a member owned aircraft (Member). Note: this field may load when tail number is entered.
Fuel (in Hours) – Enter the fuel planned on board at engine start in duration. This is not the planned fuel burn for the flight. This number should be determined based on aircraft performance as determined for the type of flight being planned.
Home Base – Enter the airport identifier for the airport where the aircraft is currently assigned.
Equipment on Board – Check all boxes that apply for the aircraft being flown. Some boxes may automatically check when a tail number is selected. When selecting GPS an additional box will appear to allow entry of specific system onboard the aircraft (i.e.
Crew Contact (Phone, E-Mail, etc.) – Enter the phone and e-mail for the pilot in command of the flight. This information provides easy and quick access to accurate contact information for mission staff or FROs if needed.
Create sorties days apart – Certain missions may result in numerous sorties being flown with the same general details. An example of this would be cadet orientation flights where the pilot may fly four or five orientation flights in a day with each sorties detail’s being nearly identical. To reduce the workload in creating those sorties the number of duplicate sorties to be created may be entered here. If the sorties will span over days, the spacing between sorties may also be entered to ease creation.
Upon entry of all pertinent information review the entire form to make sure the key pieces of information are correct: dates, times, tail number, start/finish airports. When all information appears correct, click “Add Sortie” on the floating grey bar at the bottom of the screen.