On Tuesday, Oct. 30th at 07:00 AM UTC another update will be released to all FlightLogger customers.
The release focus on two main areas, aircraft/simulator rentals and better offline experience for instructors.
In short a new “Request simulator rental page” has been built using a new technology and the design is different from the original booking pages in FlightLogger. This new page will be used as a tryout to see how the new technology and design performs in production.
If successful this new technology and design might be available in the future for all other booking pages/types.
We, therefore, encourage administrators and schedules to examine this new page and any feedback would be highly appreciated – thank you.
Secondly, crew, instructors and renters will experience that new technology has been implemented in the everyday flight registration pages.
The goal is to minimize the risk of accidentally losing the filled in data during registration offline on tablets and smartphones. This is the first step in a row of updates improving the overall user experience when being “out in the field” using FlightLogger on tablets and smartphones.
Read more about each new features and improvement below.
Control which aircraft is available for rental
To support an easier overview for renters and administrators it is now possible to select which aircraft and simulators are available for rental.
Renters will then only be able to see and request a rental of an aircraft and simulators which is set to be available for rental.
By going to “edit aircraft” administrators can enable/disable rental for each individual aircraft and simulator.
Control if a renter can rent aircraft and/or simulators
Additionally, administrators can now define if a renter is able to request rental of aircraft, simulators or both.
Each renter will then see a “Request aircraft rental page” and/or a “Request simulator rental page” depending on the renter’s user setting.
By going to “edit user” administrators can set up if each individual renter is an aircraft and/or a simulator renter.
The request and approval flow remain the same as before, but:
The new “Request simulator rental page” enables renters to book predefined available slots set by the administrators.
New Request simulator rental page and simulator availabilities
This new functionality gives administrators the ability to predefine available slots for each simulator.
All renters set up as a simulator renter will then be able to see and request any available slot via the new “Request simulator rental page”.
How to enable rental slots on a simulator
By going to “edit aircraft” administrators can enable/disable rental slots for each individual simulator.
How to set availabilities on a simulator
After enabling “rental slots”, available slots can be defined for each simulator.
To define available slots on a simulator go to the simulator profile and to Bookings->Availabilities
Available slots can be defined by simple drag and drop, using a daily, weekly or monthly view upon the users choice.
A repeat functionality enables the administrators to repeat any available slot on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis.
Request simulator rental page
Using the new “Request simulator rental page” a renter will be able to see and request any free rental slot.
On the new “Request simulator rental page” the renter can choose among a daily, weekly, monthly or custom view.
Once a request for a rental is created a notification is sent to the rental administrators including a link to the approve simulator rental page.
Improved offline experience
Working offline is a normal scenario for most crew and flight instructors when registering their flights, comments and gradings.
Crew, instructors and renters will now get a warning if the device loses connection during operation. To avoid loss of data, the save button will be disabled until the device again has a connection. In a similar way, the user will also get a warning if leaving a registration page without saving the details first.
The improved offline experience requires that the user works in a modern browser.
(Chrome, Firefox or Safari is recommended).
Other changes in this update
Together with these new features, FlightLogger has also included more than 20 smaller changes/fixes/improvements.
The FlightLogger Team would like to thank all customers for using FlightLogger and for your continues great feedback!