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 VFR NavLog (Navigation Log) and Cross Country Flight Planning Form Dauntless Aviation

VFR Flight Planner.


Tired of playing in-flight origami when using one of the standard cross country / flight planning forms from the standard providers? Consider giving our Better Flight Planner a try. It's ergonomically correct-- laid out cleverly to be usable on a standard kneeboard--and informationally rich--providing a host of important features the others just don't.

We think once you try our Better flight planner, you'll never go back to the standard ones... but don't take our word for it--give it a try yourself. It's FREE. You are welcome to print it out, make copies, and distribute it at your FBO or club. All that we ask is that you distribute it in unmodified form. And if somebody happens to ask you where you got it, we'd be most obliged if you could steer them to our website and our products.

 

"Just downloaded your VFR flight form and it's fantastic." - A.O. Student Pilot

 
 Item  Download
Dauntless Software Better VFR Flight Planner - Version A. Features the course calculation section in the traditional fashion as such:
Header VFR Flight Planner Style A
Dauntless Software Better VFR Flight Planner - Version B. Features the course calculation section in an alternate fashion, as such:
Header VFR Flight Planner Style B
Dauntless Software Better VFR Flight Planner - Version C. Features the course calculation section in an alternate fashion still, that includes a "Corrected Magnetic Course" (CMC) as such:
Header VFR Flight Planner Style C
Flight Planning Tools Submitted by Website Users:
Angela Crossley's (UK) Auto-Calculating VFR Flight Planning Form - you will also find a good number of other neat aviation items of interest at the ActiveAE page.
Christopher Jones' VFR Flight Planning Spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel Format)
Cliff Soon's Further Update of a VFR Flight Planning Spreadsheet (Microsoft Exel Format in a .ZIP file) Includes a worked example of a flight
Michael J. Dark's original VFR Flight Planning Spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel Format)
Timothy J. Briggs' Climb Computation Spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel Format)
Timothy J. Briggs' VFR Planning Spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel Format)
PDF Files Require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view
an IFR Flight Planning Form is also available
Thanks to Marty Weinhous for help with the creation of the three versions

 

VFR XC Flight Planning Form FAQ
(Pertains to Dauntless Software Flight Planning Form)

What is it?
It is a form designed to be used by pilots generally flying VFR cross-country flights.


Why is it?
Traditional 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?
Print 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.


Additionally..
There's 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?
This form was created in VISIO and then transformed into Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) format.


Can I use this form for...
My 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.




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