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New Billing & Point of Sale now open for beta signup

We're excited to announce that the new Billing & Point of Sale module is open for business!

Watch the video below to see what it's all about :)

 

 

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Four Ways Flight Schools Can Attract Students Without a Big Budget

By Kathryn Creedy

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About Flight Schedule Pro v4

We think you'll agree . . . Flight Schedule Pro v4 is our best product yet; redesigned and completely re-imagined from the ground up. The upgrade process has begun and we're not far from making v4 available to everyone. With over 90,000 flights booked already, we believe v4 is going to be a huge success!

Here's more about what's coming and the release plans.

So what's new with v4? Pretty much everything.

  • Modern, Easy-to-Use Interface
  • Responsive Web UI: Works on Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, and Smartphones
  • Drag-and-Drop Scheduling
  • New Pilot Records Management
  • New Aircraft Maintenance Tracking
  • New Billing and Point of Sale
  • Student Curriculum Tracking (in Private Beta)
  • All New Reporting
  • And lots of other goodies.

With many thousands of hours of research and development, it’s impossible to sum up v4 in a single blog post. However, here’s a few of the main features and benefits . . .

Clean & Simple Design

Let's face it, it's a real challenge to make things simple. Most software teams aren’t able to achieve this, but doing so makes people’s lives easier. At Flight Schedule Pro we think that’s something to be proud of. Our goal with version 4 has been to make complex features more intuitive for all.

Works on Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, & Smartphones

Today's user is on the go, accessing information from all sorts of different devices. Products that aren’t mobile friendly will be a thing of the past in the not so distant future. We designed the new Flight Schedule Pro to play nice with hundreds of different devices. The new responsive Web UI is a thing of the future! Best of all, this means you, your staff, and your customers can do things while on the go. Book it, dispatch it, pay for it . . . from right where you are.

Drag-and-Drop Scheduling with Instant Updates

At the core of v4 you'll find powerful new drag-and-drop scheduling that makes booking and rescheduling appointments faster than ever before. Just click-and-drag an appointment to the new slot and confirm the change . . . it’s that easy. The schedule now updates live in real-time. New appointments or changes to appointments will “pop” onto your screen without needing to refresh. We’re also planning a few new scheduling views we think you’ll really be excited about.

Better Pilot Records

The future of Flight Schedule Pro is an easily searchable index of pilot and student pilot documentation. We completely redesigned the user profile and pilot records! Document forms are easier to fill out and document status is now more visible to both staff and end users. Best of all, keep your records up-to-date automatically by requiring specific document be filled out prior to booking or dispatch. All reservation and dispatch checks can now be customized per type of activity that's scheduled.

Flight Logging w/Self-Dispatch & Check-In

Logging flights in Flight Schedule Pro is the start of many great things: Better pilot and aircraft records, better maintenance status, and less paper. It’s also the key to a bright future of getting paid faster. We really wanted to streamline this process for you here: so it just works. If you want to allow pilots to dispatch and check-in their own flights, just give them the permission to do so. The new version makes this easy via smartphone, and we think you’re going to love it.

Improved Aircraft Maintenance

With v4, aircraft maintenance status is becoming more and more visible. As always, you have complete control over who can see and manage this information. The new aircraft profiles provide clean maintenance overview for anyone you grant access. We made it easier to log aircraft squawks during check in, and managing / resolving squawks is much more user friendly. Maintenance personnel will love the new color coded status of reminders which enables them to review the status of the entire fleet at a glance. We made a few good strides here and more features yet to come.

Billing & Point of Sale

Customers have processed millions of dollars worth of transactions using Flight Schedule Pro already, but we have an entirely new and exciting vision for this module. Driving sales is often about removing friction and making it easier for people to pay you. Our v4 Billing & POS module is all about helping you get paid faster. . .and more often. We want running your business or organization to be so easy and profitable that you actually enjoy it. Stay tuned for more progress in this exciting area.

Student Curriculum Tracking (In Progress)

Student retention is a real sore spot in the industry. What if you could increase your completion rate by 10 or 20%? That could be a real game-changer for your business and for the industry as a whole. Nothing can replace the importance of instructors having quality interaction with students, but we think our new student curriculum module is a huge step toward better retention, less paper, and more reliable records. We’re getting interest in this new module from both Part 141 and 61 schools and everything in between. Join the discussion, read more about this exciting new module here.

 

Send us your Feedback, we are Listening!

We designed the improvements in v4 by listening closely to customers like you. We’ll be posting preview links for admins in v3 soon. Please try the new version. If you see something that’s not right or an area we should improve in, please let us know. 

Thank you for using Flight Schedule Pro and for telling your friends about us! We're excited to show you v4 and we're confident these new updates will have a positive impact on your business. Please let us know your thoughts . . . we are listening!

All the best,

Jasen Barnes

Co-Founder, Flight Schedule Pro

 

We reached 25,000 app downloads

IPhone-iTunes-smlThe Flight Schedule Pro app hit 25,000 installs!

At FSP, one of our important goals is to help your business achieve and maintain relevance in today's mobile landscape. We think this iPhone app is a step in the right direction!

Don't have the app yet? Download it here

New features released in v4 private beta

A lot of new features have been added to v4!

. . . here are a few we thought you might like to hear about:

New Aircraft & Instructor Profiles

You'll find a new permission when editing roles in v3 called "Can View Resource Profiles". If users have this permission they'll get read-only access to the new aircraft and instructor profiles which have been completely redesigned for v4.

New Instructor Work Schedules

Work schedule management in v4 has been redesigned for mobile friendliness. In addition, time off / on can now be booked via the schedule in v4.

New Read-Only Maintenance Reminders

You'll find a new permission when editing roles in v3 called "Can View Maintenance Reminders". If users have this permission they'll get read-only access to view aircraft maintenance reminders in v4.

New Warning Period for Maintenance Reminders

You can now define warning periods for maintenance reminders in version 4. Fill out warning periods to bring awareness to upcoming reminders that are not yet expired.

Will you use any of these features? Comment below to let us know what you think!

Powerful new Pilot Records

Bigstock-Carry-Pile-Of-Paperworks-7701942In the world of aviation, maintaining and enforcing pilot records and documentation is a major hassle for today's operators. Managing pilot documentation is an important requirement for running a safe aircraft operation.  However, its one area that's proven a major challenge for even our brightest and most successful customers. 

This is why we're completely redesigning how pilot records are stored and enforced in Flight Schedule Pro. Imagine pulling a pilot's digital record and having everything you need at your finger-tips.  An organized store of information that you need about the people you do business with.  Not only will you be able to store this information, you'll be able to enforce document requirements and setup reminders in Flight Schedule Pro to keep things up-to-date.

This is not a a far off feature for The Jetsons, we've been working on it for a few months and are tying up the loose ends as I write this post. Thank you for your interest and please stay tuned!

 

Our visit to Aspen Flying Club

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 Every once and awhile, we highlight a customer we're really impressed with. We visited Aspen Flying Club last fall and thought you might like to hear about them.

For starters, Aspen Flying Club has a great location within flying distance of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado.  Location is a big factor but we think its team and diverse fleet of over 40 aircraft is a big part of the club's success.  At Aspen, they're not just training pilots, they've created an atmosphere where people can connect and have fun together as they pursue their passion.

It's main location is at Centennial Airport (KAPA) and through their recent partnership with Alliance Flight Training, members of Aspen Flying Club also have access to the rental fleet at Front Range Airport (KFTG).  No longer do students who obtain their license have to go elsewhere to fly.  With such a comprehensive fleet, students are assured they will have a plane to rent at Aspen Flying Club. Through monthly club fly-outs, many of the students and pilots team up to fly together. 

Why does Aspen Flying Club use Flight Schedule Pro?  "With such a large and diverse fleet, it’s important we have a system that can keep up with our demands.  We log well over 1000 hours each month.  Without a robust and automated system like Flight Schedule Pro, we would never be able to schedule and dispatch so many flights. Our members like Flight Schedule Pro because of its simple and intuitive user interface.  There’s no need for training.  After setting up an account, our members can easily figure out how to schedule flights on their own.  They also love the iPhone App." - Chris Dillis, President, Aspen Flying Club.

Be sure to visit Aspen Flying Club's website,  www.aspenflyingclub.com, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/aspenflyingclub.

For more information about Flight Schedule Pro, please visit our website at http://www.flightschedulepro.com/.

 

Latest iPhone app release


If you're one of the thousands of people who have installed the app, we think you'll be a bit happier with the latest version.

What's New in this Version?

  • We've made it a lot easier to get around the schedule with new larger buttons for easy navigation
  • You can now see aircraft make and model if you have permission
  • Click to call or email people on a reservation
  • We added support for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus

To install the latest version, click here using your iPhone.

We are committed to making mobile friendly products that are easy for you and your customers to use. We hope you enjoy this update.

We reached 15,000 app downloads!

IPhone-iTunes-smlMost iPhone apps don't hit 1,000 downloads in their first year, much less in the first few months. And the Flight Schedule Pro app just hit 15,000 downloads after only a few months on the app store!

We couldn't have achieved this without you and the support of so many great customers in our community. So, we extend our congrats to you and your team as well!

At FSP, one of our important goals is to help your business achieve and maintain relevance in today's mobile landscape. We think this iPhone app is a step in the right direction!

Flight Training Student Syllabus / Student Curriculum Tracking (in Private Beta)

We've heard it time and time again: there is no simple, flexible, web-based system that makes student record keeping easy. Paper is often inefficient, error prone, hard to read, and can disappear all at once.  FSP is committed to providing a solution that offers easy-logging, easy look-up, great reporting, and peace of mind so you know your records are safe.

We're excited to announce that we're building the next generation of pilot records management.

Let us know you're Interested

We need your feedback to make it great!  Please answer our brief survey to show your interest and tell us more about your operation.  

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What we think you'll love about FSP's new Syllabus Tracking...

Green-Checkmark Easy-to-Use  (And we're not just saying it)

Green-CheckmarkOffline iPad app for Lesson and Task Grading

Green-Checkmark Customizable solution that supports both custom and "off-the-shelf" syllabi

Green-Checkmark Satisfies Part 61 and Part 141 requirements

Green-Checkmark Customizable to meet the needs of our customers located in over 30 countries  (FAA Transport Canada, CASA, EASA, CAA, DGCA, etc.)

Green-Checkmark Track Student Course Enrollment  

Green-Checkmark Student Progress Reporting

About FSP

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