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7. VFR Preflight Planning

7.1 fplan

The fplan application is designed to assist general aviation pilots in creating flight plans for cross country flights in powered aircraft. It reads a planfile containing a description of the flight: departure and destination airports, navigation aids, intermediate waypoints, winds aloft, fuel consumption rates, and produces a flight plan including wind corrected magnetic headings, distance, estimated time and fuel consumption for each leg, latitude, longitude and VOR fixes for each checkpoint, etc. A graphical preview of the flight is available on systems with X11 Windows and the XView Toolkit.


Steve Tynor


John C. Peterson <>

Latest Release:

1.4.2, 01 May 1999


GNU General Public License, version 2

Home Page:


From the author: "The fplan software is now part of the Gnome project. Michael Johnson <> has joined the fplan development team, and will help with the port to the Gnome, Gtk+, Glib environment. A comprehensive graphical user input interface is in the early planning stages. If you would like to participate in the development of fplan you are encouraged to join the fplan-list mailing list. To subscribe, send mail to <> with the word "subscribe" (without the quotes) in the subject line."

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