What is it?
is a form designed to be used by pilots generally flying VFR cross-country
Why is it?
VFR Flight planner forms have not been designed with the pilot in
mind. Specifically, this form has been designed for use on kneeboards
without the folding, flipping, and reclipping necessary of most
standard 8.5" x 11" forms. True, some kneeboard-sized forms have
been made, but these are generally skimpy on space/information.
How do I use it?
out the flight planner onto the front and back of a standard 8.5x11
sheet of paper. IMPORTANT: print it so that the arrows (in the black
circles on the center crease on each side) are on the same side.
Now, fold along the center crease such that the page with the large
"notes" section in the center is the "cover" of your "book."
Before you depart, fill in everything as you normally would
on a VFR Flight Planner. You may notice that one face of the
form is upside down. This will make sense when viewed in the
context of a kneeboard. The face that faces the kneeboard
is generally unusable in flight. Indeed, I have placed on
that side information that is generally on read, not written
in flight. While in the air, you can flip the flight planner
UP to see the information on this bottom face. Does it make
sense now? :)
Generally, when you clip this form into your kneeboard, you
clip it such that only the inside face is clipped. This allows
it to swing open like a book as well, for you to have easy
access to the writing surface with your waypoint information.
a spot on one of the pages where you can, using your favorite paint
program, insert a chart / sketch of your own area so that you can draw a weather
depiction chart onto it.
How did you make this form?
form was created in VISIO and then transformed into Adobe Acrobat
What is 'TPA'?
Traffic Pattern Altitude. This abbreviation is found regularly in aviation including in several FAA publications, though it does not
appear in the AIM. It does appear in the Chart Publications Aircraft Facility Directory.
How can I get help with using this form?
If you have questions about how to use this flight planner, we'd be very grateful if you coiuld ask your question
on an online or social media aviation forum that you might happen to frequent. This a win-win for all involved:
you'll likely get better and helpfully wideranging answers than our helpdesk staff might be able to offer, you'll
likely start a discussion that you may find illuminating and helpful on other aviation matters, and,
by including links back to this page or our website, you help spread the word about our free resource to other
pilots who could benefit from it. If you don't currently visit any such forums, you can try
Dauntless Aviation's own Ask a CFI forum.
Can I use this form for...
flight school? my FBO? my club? sure! go ahead. But just don't remove,
alter, or obscure the copyright notices.
Furthermore, you may modify
the form--but only if you are the end-user of those modifications.
That is, don't make modifications and then distribute it. This is
not allowed. You may NOT sell this form or make money off of it
in any other way without our permission, however. This includes
- you may NOT include this form on a CD-ROM of shareware / freeware
or charge money for printing for others, and so forth.