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Welcome!

Installing the program

  • To install the product, insert the CD into your system. It should auto-start the installation.

  • You may accept all the installation defaults

  • When the installation completes, launch the program from the GoldenEagle icon on your desktop or from the Start Programs GoldenEagle menu command.

If the program does not auto-start, use Windows Explorer to open your CD Rom drive and double-click the Setup.Exe program.

Program Registration

The first time you launch the program, a registration form collects information to help keep your program current.

Please complete the registration form.

Ensure the email address you provide permits you to receive an email from us containing your activation key.

Click Register and you will immediately receive a confirmation email with a link to click to activate the program.

Now, check your email for our registration message.

Open the Registration email and click the included link to complete the registration process.

When you click the link, we activate your software on a web page.

Once you see the message that your activation is complete, close your browser.

We will email you a copy of the activation code for future reference.

Program registration and software activation are now complete.

If you attempted to register your GoldenEagle FlightPrep software and did not receive any emails from FlightPrep;

  1. - verify you can receive email from "support@flightprep.com"

  2. - check your email "SPAM" folder. Some ISPs identify your registration emails as SPAM. Speak with your ISP's Technical Support group for their instructions on how to fix this issue.

Initial setup

To customize your program you need to confirm your pilot information, configure your DUATS access preference, and optionally, define an aircraft.

The Pilot Information setup is reached by the menu option Edit Pilot. If you completed the Registration function, portions of this form will be pre-filled for you.

Be sure to insert your DUATS access code and password.

Optionally, you may specify your FlightPrep.Com account data to automate that login.

Press Ok to save your work.

DUATS access preference is reached by Edit Setup.

Specify Internet or Dial-Up to set your connection method to access DUATS.

[If you choose Dial-Up, confirm your modem device. Satellite users should pick Internet.]

Set your local time zone.

Press to save your work.

[Optional] You can modify an existing aircraft or create your own from scratch.

Aircraft definition is reached by the Edit Aircraft menu option.

If you wish to modify a generic model, highlight the entry you wish to change and click Edit

Be sure you set your Registration "N-number." Use the Performance tab to confirm climb, cruise and descent values.

To create a new model click and complete filling out both pages.

Press to save your work.

You have completed the initial setup steps.

First Flight Planning Session

  1. Click on the Chart tab in the upper left corner of the main display area

  2. In the Dept box enter your departure point as either the location name (Aurora) or the facility identifier (UAO)

  3. In the Dest box enter your destination as either the location name (Arlington) or the facility identifier (AWO)

  4. In the Routing list box select your preferred routing method

  5. Press the Properties button to confirm your choice of pilot, aircraft, departure time, altitude for cruise, and fuel on board. Press Ok to save your work.

  6. Press the Plan button to plan your flight.

First DUATS Weather Briefing

Now that the route is created, click on the Briefing tab to access text based weather briefing sessions.

  1. In the Briefing list window, click on Standard and click the Add button

  2. Verify the data has correctly transferred from the flight you planned in the Chart tab display appears.

  3. Specify your preference of Briefing and Advisories . Press Ok to save your work. Notice this briefing command is transferred to the Pending Commands list.

  4. Press Connect to send this briefing request to DUATS. The system will automatically log you into DUATS making your request then capture all the briefing and automatically disconnect from the DUATS service.

  5. The captured briefing appears in the Briefing display window. The briefing session also appears in the Weather list box to the left side of the display area for future use.

  6. Click on the briefing command in the Pending list and click Remove to delete the request from future connections list.

  7. [Optional] You may wish to edit or print this briefing. Press the Text tool button above the upper left corner of the briefing text display window to start your text editing program. Here you may review the briefing, edit, as well as print the text briefing.

First DUATS Weather Charts Download

Now that the route is created, click on the Weather Charts tab to access graphic charts.

  1. In the Graphics Commands list window, click on Contiguous 48 WX and click the Add button

  2. Pick a set of weather charts you wish to download or click Select All to choose all charts. Press Ok to save your work. Notice this graphic command is transferred to the Pending Commands list.

  3. Press Connect to send this graphic command request to DUATS. The system will automatically log you into DUATS, make your request, receive and capture all the graphic charts and disconnect from the DUATS service.

  4. When the Session window appears, click the Weather Charts button to switch back to the Weather Charts display tab.

  5. The captured charts appear in the Weather Charts list box to the left side of the display area.

  6. In the Weather Charts list, click on the + symbol to the left of the date and time entry to expand the lists of available charts. Click on any chart name in the list to view the image. You may click on the Expand icon to maximize the chart image in the display area. Note: when charts are expanded you may notice projection errors.

  7. Click on the graphics command in the Pending Commands list and click Remove to delete the request from future connections list.

  8. [Optional] You may wish to print these charts. Click on the chart image in the display area. Then, pull down the File Print menu option. The system will format the image for printing.

First Report Output

Now that the you created a route and received a weather briefing, click on the Reports tab to view different reports listing your flight details. All reports are generated fur use with a PDF viewer like Adobe Reader .

  1. Press the Flight Log button to generate a waypoint-by-waypoint kneeboard-type flight log.

  2. Press the Flight Plan button to generate a FAA Flight Plan suitable for filing with ATC or FSS.

  3. Press the Trip Kit button to choose the Flight Log, Flight Plan, Overview, or Strip maps. Press the Ok button to generate the report.

  4. [Optional} All reports may be printed. Press the Printer icon above the report display widow to print your reports.

Saving your work

If you wish to save your flight plan, use the File Save menu option to save your flight planning session. If you do use this option for later use, remember you must receive a new weather briefing using the steps listed above.

Advancing your flight planning skills

  1. Use the program as much as you can to become more familiar with the options and functions

  2. Make extensive use of the Help Contents feature. Every function is explained in detail in the Help system. Several users have printed the entire Help system to have as a paper document to make notes as they experiment with different features.

  3. Provide us with feedback and ask questions using the Help Feedback feature.

Thank you for using GoldenEagle FlightPrep!