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.
Part 6 - Part 61, 63, 65, or 67. The principal purpose for which the information is intended to be used is to allow you to submit your flight plan. Submission of the data is voluntary. Failure to provide all required information may result in you not being able to submit your flight plan. Printable FAA flight plan form & VFR cross-country NavLog Featuring radio frequency column. VFR Flight Planner (PDF). Version 1.9 — 2 Pages (Front/Back) My flight planning forms are always free to. It is emphasised that the flight notification form is NOT a flight plan. What you do in flight has not changed, and the requirements for flights under the IFR and VFR have not changed (see AIP and ERSA). It is recommended that pilots consult AIP ENR 1.10 for the requirements on flight planning and flight.
'Just downloaded your VFR flight form and it's fantastic.' - A.O. Student Pilot
|Dauntless Aviation Better VFR Flight Planner - FAA Version A. Features an FAA flight planning form and the course calculation section in the traditional fashion as such:|
|Dauntless Aviation Better VFR Flight Planner - ICAO Version A. Features an ICAO flight planning form and the course calculation section in the traditional fashion as such:|
|Dauntless Aviation Better VFR Flight Planner - FAA Version B. Features an FAA flight planning form and the course calculation section in an alternate fashion, as such:|
|Dauntless Aviation Better VFR Flight Planner - ICAO Version B. Features an ICAO flight planning form and the course calculation section in an alternate fashion, as such:|
|Dauntless Aviation Better VFR Flight Planner - FAA Version C. Features an FAA flight planning form and the course calculation section in an alternate fashion still, that includes a 'Corrected Magnetic Course' (CMC) as such:|
|Dauntless Aviation Better VFR Flight Planner - ICAO Version C. Features an ICAO flight planning form and the course calculation section in an alternate fashion still, that includes a 'Corrected Magnetic Course' (CMC) as such:|
|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 Aviation Flight Planning Form)
What is it?
It is a form designed to be used by pilots generally flying VFR cross-country flights.
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.
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» Go to VFR flight planning forms (PDF)
A better VFR flight planner, featuring a simple layout with radio frequency column.
As a student pilot, I relied on the Jeppesen flight planning sheets that I found stacked next to the photocopier at my Santa Monica flight school. They were free and adequate.
I am extremely picky when it comes to flight preparation, however, and as I learned more, I became less satisfied with the forms. They made very poor use of space and lacked an area for radio frequencies or runway information. I tried some alternatives from ASA and Dauntless, but I disliked them even more. The well-advertised offering from Dauntless deserves credit for ingenuity, but I’m pretty sure if I ever actually used their origami style of flight planner, I would end up performing some unintentional aerobatics.
Keep in mind that I am someone who went through five flight bags in my first few months of training before I found one that I liked, and that was after making a lot of special modifications myself. The same remains true for pretty much everything from flashlights to kneeboards to sunglasses, all of which take on more gravity — pardon the pun — when you start flying.
So not long after I got my private pilot certificate, I decided to create my own flight planning form. I kept it as simple as possible but spent many hours fine-tuning every inch. I have been using it ever since. It was worth the time just for my own use, but I think a lot of pilots will find that it’s an improvement over the commonly available flight planners.
I’m a tech geek, and I appreciate that a lot of pilots are using electronic flight planning methods these days. An iPad is a great addition to any flight bag, but I still prefer to plan most flights with a pencil and paper. I feel like this forces me to learn the route as I create it, which is why I found it particularly helpful as a student pilot.
For a bullet list of enhancements and to download the free, printable PDF forms, follow this link: Flight plan forms
Vfr Flight Planner Sheet
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