SkyDemon Flight-Planning Features
SkyDemon flight-planning services are available on multiple platforms. They help you plan a journey,
brief yourself on potential hazards both permanent and temporary, calculate performance, prepare for flight and later analyse your track
logs. Internet connectivity is required for live briefing data to be delivered, including NOTAM, airfield plates, TAF, METAR and other
The easiest way to discover more about SkyDemon is to try it yourself; we offer free 30 day trials of our service which you can access
using any of our supported platforms. You'll save countless hours of planning time during the trial alone. This page gives you a taster of
some of our major features, and how they can help you.
SkyDemon Vector Charts
Our charts are widely recognised as being the clearest available for aeronautical use. Comprised of official data organised cleverly
into visible and hidden elements, they show you only what you need to see and nothing else. Details such as the vertical boundaries
and activity periods of airspace, contact frequencies, runways and much more are easily accessible yet not intrusive. Moving from
national printed charts to SkyDemon's own, you'll be amazed at the difference. And because our charts use vector graphics, they can
be rotated while in flight so your track points upwards with no loss of legibility: all text stays the right way up.
If you're already comfortable with a particular style of chart, no problem. We support six different chart styles: two of our own,
and four designed to use similar colours and line styles to various national printed charts. Plus, unlike our competitors, we don't charge
extra for charts. If you decide to fly to another country, simply turn on the new chart and start exploring.
Planning a route with SkyDemon is as simple as clicking on, or touching, consecutive waypoints on the map. This intuitive method of
route planning was pioneered by SkyDemon and is one of the hallmarks of our software's simplicity of use. Once configured, the route can
easily be adjusted by dragging legs to create diversions.
A journey can also be planned by entering the names or designators or the start and destination airfields, along with any enroute
waypoints. Once entered, the route can be adjusted as above by interacting directly with the map.
Invented by SkyDemon, Virtual Radar changed the way pilots visualise their route and is now an essential addition to the main chart
when planning a journey. It shows a side-on view of your route with respect to terrain, airspace, obstacles and other features of interest
that are likely to affect the flight. At a glance you can tell what adverse (or beneficial) weather conditions are likely to affect you, based
on live data.
This unique presentation of your route also allows you to intuitively change the planned level of any leg, and insert waypoints to plan
vertical diversions around airspace.
NOTAM information is integrated throughout SkyDemon. As you plan a route you'll see the very latest NOTAM in force downloaded and
depicted on the main chart, in the virtual radar and in a dedicated NOTAM briefing section. Our technology makes it possible to visualise
most NOTAM graphically, leading to enhanced awareness of the temporary hazards that could affect your flight. We even colour-code
them so you can distinguish at a glance between the most common types of hazard.
Your NOTAM briefing is updated in real time as you plan, and can show you a narrow-route briefing based on your route corridor or an
area briefing if you plan simply to fly within your local area. You're in control of the time period, flight rules and other filters applied.
These forecasts and observations are key to understanding how enroute conditions at any particular time could affect your flight,
and both are downloaded and displayed in real time as you plan a flight with SkyDemon. Much like our NOTAM integration, TAF and METAR
are represented on the main chart, in the virtual radar (where you can even see the cloud layers and weather) and in their own dedicated
window, where they can be decoded graphically or viewed in their raw form.
You don't have to keep re-checking for new bulletins, either: just leave SkyDemon running with your route loaded, and you'll see new
TAF and METAR appear as they are published.
Our sophisticated document management system monitors your route as you are planning and lists all plates available for airfields
enroute. It is easy to select and view a plate, which is then cached for subsequent offline retrieval.
We supply documents from the national Aeronautical Information Publications of most countries in Europe (both VFR and IFR) as a standard
part of all SkyDemon subscriptions. In addition there are lots of national and private organisations who publish their own plates for airfields,
and many of these have chosen to make these plates available for easy delivery through SkyDemon for an extra charge on top of your
Forecast Winds Aloft
SkyDemon knows what the wind is forecast to be doing anywhere on the globe, at all common VFR altitudes and up to 24 hours ahead.
It uses this knowledge to help you calculate the parameters for your flight, automatically taking account of what the wind is doing through
every stage of your planned flight in order to give you the right headings to fly and the most accurate estimation of your fuel consumption.
You will see the wind represented by symbols on the main chart at regular intervals, which can be inspected to see just what the
conditions are. As you change the planned time and level of your flight you can see these update in real time. In the virtual radar you can
see head- or tail-wind components and easily recognise if it would be beneficial to change your planned level.
Along with the clear presentation of your route over the main chart and in the virtual radar, we also show separate planning warnings
which explicitly call out each hazard. Updated in real time, it's easy to change your route so that the hazards are no longer a problem.
Planning warnings are shown for penetration of all sorts of different airspace, proximity to ground-based obstructions and other situations.
In many cases, planning warnings are interactive: they can be clicked or touched to scroll the main map and reveal the hazard, or to
automatically alter your route to avoid it.
The Pilot Log contains all your waypoints, legs, statistics and calculated data to help you fly an accurate course. This includes
headings, groundspeeds and a minimum safe altitude for each leg based on configurable safety margins. Designed to be taken along while
in flight, the plog contains all the information necessary to navigate a flight by dead reckoning (in combination with a printed chart) which
is a great backup even if you're using a GPS to fly with.
In addition to these traditional contents, SkyDemon automatically adds frequencies for ATS units you're likely to need to speak to, and
for radio navigation aids you may wish to use. You can also turn on extra output such as RNav vectors for waypoints.
Fuel Performance and Cost
When you create a profile for your aircraft in SkyDemon, you specify how much fuel it uses in all flight configurations. This allows us to
produce a very accurate estimation of the minimum fuel required for a trip, including standard reserves and contingencies. Even the
forecast winds aloft are taken account of, which of course affect your timings and how much fuel you use in all stages of the flight.
You can also specify how much fuel costs to purchase locally, and how much your aircraft costs to run or hire. This enables SkyDemon
to keep you updated with the likely actual cost of your flight as you create it.
Weight and Balance
Part of the aircraft profile you'll create when you start using SkyDemon defines the various loading points and their distance from the
centre of gravity datum. When you're ready to fly you can therefore enter the weights of passengers and luggage, and the software will
automatically fill in the weight of the fuel you have elected to carry (assuming only one fuel tank). You can then see at a glance whether
your planned configuration falls outside of the acceptable loading envelope.
VFR Flightplan Filing
Because SkyDemon already knows about your route and your aircraft, it can produce an ICAO flightplan with almost every field filled
in automatically. We have partnered with EuroFPL to deliver instant filing of VFR flightplans, integrated within our software.
Using a modern, internet-connected mobile device, you can file your flightplan from SkyDemon as you sit in your cockpit ready
for takeoff. Your plan is instantly delivered to all air traffic units concerned with your flight, and there is no need to fax or even type
There is a per-flightplan charge of £0.50 associated with filing flightplans.
Flight Log Analysis
After your flight, you can view a log of your journey from your SkyDemon flight-planning software. We support logs produced by our
own software and devices of course, and the import of logs in industry-standard GPX format. Additionally, we support direct interfacing
with many Garmin and SkyMap aviation GPS units for direct log retrieval.
Once loaded, you can not only view the horizontal route you took on the main chart, but the complete trajectory in a dedicated
virtual radar window that precisely shows which features you passed over or near, and which airspace you penetrated.
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