In the OpenFlyers reports a new module appears: the Aeral Export.
It allows not only to gather on a single interface all the tables necessary to fill in the Aeral form of the DGAC, but it also allows to send automatically or manually the data to the SMILE tool of the French Aeronautical Federation.
OpenFlyers platform managers can set up e-mail alerts for themselves, for users or for other categories of managers. The setting up of e-mail alerts for validations pending certification is an opportunity to take stock of the different categories of alerts and their management in order to avoid burdening messaging systems with useless e-mails while being informed of situations requiring treatment.
Now, OpenFlyers can automatically synchronise appointments linked to reservations with a personal Google Calendar.
To certify a licence certificate, it is now possible to activate the API synchronisation while allowing its upload on the OpenFlyers platform.
The external booking module was initially developed to meet the needs of the Fly Academy client. Recently, a new client, SUPER.AERO, asked us to secure the booking of external appointments with their e-commerce site in order to be sure that the blocking of an aircraft corresponds to a purchase made by an end customer. This security consists of synchronising the external reservations with the client's e-commerce module.
On OpenFlyers, the import of a bank statement is a fastidious action which generates many entries that it can be tedious to delete by hand in case of bad import. In order to make these imports easier, we have made a tutorial video that presents the import of a bank statement and explains the essential steps to be taken beforehand.
When using OpenFlyers, it can be wise to open several pages of the platform at the same time in several different tabs so as not to lose the main page you are on. We have therefore made a tutorial video that presents its use in OpenFlyers.
The closing of an accounting is an important and irreversible action on OpenFlyers. To facilitate this action, we have made a video that presents the closing of an accounting step by step.
OpenFlyers will be present at the General Assembly of the French Aeronautical Federation, taking place at the Exhibition and Congress Centre in Dijon on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March 2022.
OpenFlyers is evolving its graphical interface of the flow entry form.
To further facilitate this lettering work and save additional time, OpenFlyers adds a "basket" to this functionality. We have therefore made a video tutorial to present this new lettering functionality.
OpenFlyers enriches its lettering functionality by adding a "basket" of pending entries. This makes it possible to letter entries that appear in different views.
A new pictogram has been added to the OpenFlyers booking schedule to indicate available seats.
OpenFlyers is evolving its graphical interface by replacing its old "combo boxes", comboboxes in computer language, with new ones that include an auto-completion mechanism.
OpenFlyers API is now in production. Based on the OAuth 2.0 protocol, it allows the implementation of single sign-on (SSO) for customers with a member area or a customer area requiring authentication as well as pulling data from generic and personalized reports.
Now, in addition to the mailing function present in OpenFlyers, it is possible to create a mailing list and manage subscriptions and publication rights directly from each OpenFlyers platform.
Version 4 of OpenFlyers allows to make a copy of the data from the main platform to the sandbox platform at a specific time. This copy allows to perform tests and modifications on the sandbox platform without compromising the data of the main platform. We have therefore made a tutorial video that describes step by step the creation of this sandbox platform.
OpenFlyers now offers a feature that allows both a simple and powerful tool to manage compliance with the GDPR and also to contribute to sustainable development: the removal of obsolete data.
OpenFlyers now offers aeronautical structures a reservation module intended for external customers, ie the general public. This is to allow a person who has no connection with the structure to be able to make a reservation online in total autonomy. This is suitable, for example, for first flights, otherwise known as "discovery flights" for flying clubs or for one-off flights that may be offered by ULMs or on-demand flight companies.
Certain validities are for sale: their attribution to a user generates an invoicing for the latter. It may be necessary to assign a validity to a user without being charged for it. For example, when a pilot arrives during the year and he has already paid for his federal license in his previous structure, it should not be billed to him by the new structure. It is now easy to assign a validity or renew a validity without selling it thanks to the function of disengaging this sale.
By interfacing with Skyzen, OpenFlyers offers to go beyond its maintenance monitoring module. Indeed, Skyzen is a real airworthiness monitoring software, in the sense that it follows the instructions issued by the authorities (CN, AD, etc.) and that it updates the maintenance programs of each aircraft accordingly . Skyzen is web software, like OpenFlyers, which allows it, like OpenFlyers, to offer competitive prices compared to PC software while offering a solution accessible from anywhere and by any authorized person.
Skyzen can be used in two separate settings:
• that of the Part M Light defined by EASA since March 23, 2020 and which eliminates the need for an approved workshop to monitor aircraft if their maximum take-off mass is less than 2,730 kg;
• that of Part M, which distributes actions between the workshop, more precisely the CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization) part, and the aeronautical structure.
We are continuing to develop the validity management module by now proposing to be able to associate several images with a validity. The goal is to allow the front and back, for example, of the same document to be stored separately.
For more than a year, you have been able to create contract validities. It is actually a question, via the configuration interface of the types of validities, of creating validities with documents to be signed. Now, when the need to have a document signed is no longer required, there are 2 possibilities: either to deactivate the type of validity to keep the history of signatures, or to completely delete the type of validity, which makes the user lose 'historical. This choice is possible for all types of validity and not only contract validity.
OpenFlyers includes a module for importing bank statements. By using this module, managers of a structure save time and avoid data entry errors. Therefore, the accounting work essentially consists of reconciling the entries and controlling the automatically generated accounts. To facilitate this work, new functionalities have just appeared: manual lettering of accounting entries, semi-automatic lettering and automatic lettering when importing bank statements.
The list of aerodromes available on OpenFlyers version 4 platforms can now be updated directly by end users. The OpenFlyers robot cross-checks the reporting of a missing aerodrome with the official ICAO and FFPLUM databases and, if necessary, adds the aerodrome to all platforms.
OpenFlyers is regularly enriched with new features. The navigation menu intensifies in order to access these new pages. Its design, dating back several years, no longer allowed quick access to the many pages making up the platforms. This is why we have completely redesigned the menu. This provides clearer and more ergonomic navigation.
With the setting up of the automatic sending of reminders for expiring validities, users can request the stop of these sendings by indicating that they are no longer a client / member of the structure. Also, it became necessary to simplify the deactivation of the users.
KeyGuard key cabinets, formerly marketed by BKS, are still widely used in many structures. This is why OpenFlyers has implemented the interfacing of these key cabinets with its platforms, as part of the access control functionalities.
OpenFlyers renews its maintenance tracking module. Previously accessible via an external spreadsheet, it is now fully usable in platforms. This module makes it possible to record all the maintenance of the aircraft, whether the visits (visit of the 50 hours, etc.) or the interventions carried out on the mechanical components (altimeter, candles, etc.).
Sometimes activities are entered with un-updated billing rules. When the update is done, the billing of activities already entered must be brought into compliance. Until then, the manager had to edit the activities concerned one by one in order to apply the new tariff. This small mistake, although rare, could generate a significant additional workload. From now on, it is possible to recalculate the billing of all these activities in three clicks.
OpenFlyers, in partnership with the German company Charterware, is deploying a solution based on a permanently installed housing in each aircraft. It automatically retrieves block and airborne times and automatically saves flights in OpenFlyers. It is also possible to have the "GPS track" of each flight, useful in particular for training pilots. This tool frees pilots from entering their flights and makes flight information more accurate, including accurate countdown of landings and touch-and-goes. Finally, it traces the hard landings.
It is now possible to import bank statements and automatically generate accounting flows according to settable charging rules. For structural managers, this innovation represents a significant reduction in the time spent on accounting and a drastic reduction in the risk of errors.
In the daily life of a structure, it is sometimes essential to cancel a sale, for example to refund a user who returns unsatisfactory equipment. The pure and simple deletion of an accounting entry is prohibited. Entry reversal offers a solution authorized by the law by canceling the concerned entry by writing it in the opposite direction.
The validity management module has just been enriched with two new concepts: certification of validity and contract-validity.
OpenFlyers will be present at the General Assembly of the Féderation Française Aéronautique, taking place at the Espace Encan in La Rochelle from Friday 29 to Sunday March 31, 2019.
The entry of supplier invoices is now done with greater speed and less risk of error. The OpenFlyers robot detects, on an invoice downloaded on the platform, the amount and the date. Then he automatically enters this data instead of the user. If the detection is not done, the user guides the robot so that it assimilates the new format. Learning benefits all OpenFlyers platforms.
OpenFlyers extends the function of document storage to validities. Since last September, with OpenFlyers 4, it is possible to store documents related to resources or supplier invoices. From now on, it is also possible to dematerialize the storage of the documents corresponding to the validities of the users.
New automation features are available in OpenFlyers. It is now possible to consolidate a customer's purchases into one invoice. When combined with the periodic billing feature, grouping is a powerful tool for lightening a structure's accounting tasks.
The management of a structure is based on software tools and a set of documents of all kinds, in connection with its activity. OpenFlyers connects these two axes with its cloud document storage feature. First Price and above users now have storage space included at no extra cost in their subscription.
OpenFlyers e-mail alerts transmit real-time bookings made to the managers of a structure. Being notified of each reservation could be an information overload and therefore a waste of time. It is now possible to receive alerts only for the desired activities.
Preparing for a flight is not just about booking an aircraft. It is also to study the route and, in the short term, to take knowledge of the meteorological conditions. OpenFlyers has an exclusive partnership with Airmate that allows it to interface with this free flight preparation solution. This allows us today to offer users the best of aeronautical booking and an innovative tool for planning and tracking flight.
The dynamic booking schedule of OpenFlyers now allows to visualize the "realized" (activities in general and flights in particular) in addition to the "programmed" (reservations). The comparison between activities actually carried out with regard to planned reservations is thus immediate. This new feature would not have been complete without the ability to see at a glance the current activities. It's done: the availability of each resource is reported in real time.
OpenFlyers will be present at the General Assembly of the Féderation Française Aéronautique, taking place at the Palais des Congrès Chanot in Marseille 23th Friday to Sunday, March 25, 2018.
Many of you are questioning us following emails received from your banks regarding the shutdown of the TLS 1.0 and 1.1 protocols and the obligation to switch to the TLS 1.2 protocol. These emails are sent by banks that have set up a Virtual Electronic Payment Terminal (TPE) for our customers. They require that the servers with which they perform exchanges use only the TLS 1.2 protocol in order not to create a known security vulnerability. In order to meet this requirement, we updated our servers a few weeks ago to the TLS 1.2 standard.
Two interfaces are available to OpenFlyers 4 clients. This is the light interface and the dynamic interface. The former is particularly suitable for structures in areas with a slow Internet connection and the second is suitable for terminals with a broadband connection, because of the large amount of script-related data to add the layer of data. dynamic interaction. Currently the dynamic interface is in alpha version because it implements as the features of the lightweight interface and its ergonomics is not fixed.
OpenFlyers provides its users with a powerful reporting tool through its library of reports. Each report is configurable to obtain a data extraction corresponding to the need of the structure. This is done simply by means of check boxes or drop-down menus. It is now possible to memorize the chosen options and, thus, to define the default parameters of a given report.
Like every year, the beginning of the year is the closing period of accounting. For this closing to happen in the best conditions, the key word is: "No rush!"
At the beginning of the year, aeronautical structures are responsible for recording their statistics in the Aeral database. In 2018, registration is required from January 10th to March 10th. OpenFlyers users have a library of reports that allows them to get all the data to be reported in this database.
As of January 1, 2018, companies registering their customers' payments using accounting, management or cash register software will have to comply with new legal requirements: to guarantee inalterability, conservation and archiving of accounting entries. OpenFlyers platforms under version 4.2 now satisfy this new regulation while offering a new function to facilitate the cancellation of a bad entry and the automatic generation of receipts sent by email.
OpenFlyers has a notification system based on the automatic sending of emails. In this way, managers and users do not forget important information. For example, the booking reminder email informs the pilot that he has a reservation to make a flight.
Version 4 of OpenFlyers includes, as an option, interfacing with on-line spreadsheets. The first one concerns "maintenance monitoring". It tracks the timelines of aircraft components, such as engine or propeller, based on its maintenance schedule. We have made a video tutorial to describe how it works.
The arrival of version 4 has enabled OpenFlyers users to benefit from new features. Initially, these were not all developed on version 3. Conversely, some key features of version 3 did not find their equivalent on version 4. It is now done , through version 4.1. It also allows you to browse freely between the old interface (version 3) and the new interface (version 4) in order to have access to all of OpenFlyers.
In order to complete the consolidation of our search engine, on which you can find more details in the news Creation of an aeronautical directory, the whole team of OpenFlyers thank you for having answered the associated questionnaire. We closed the survey. Here is a brief summary of your feedback.
As you may have already noticed, we have added a search engine on our showcase site to make it easier for end-users to find the OpenFlyers platform of their structure (https://openflyers.com/en/rechercher). Now, we want to go further by making this search engine a real aeronautical directory.
Aérogligli offers on-line courses for the preparation of the theoretical exams for private aircraft pilot (PPL/A and LAPL/A) and for the Aeronautics Initiation Certificate (BIA). These e-learning courses are made up of theoretical courses and MCQs.
Several electronic payment terminals can be linked to an OpenFlyers platform. This Internet payment functionality responds to the demand for structures charging their activities on several bank accounts.
Upon request, customers running version 3 can upgrade to OpenFlyers version 4. Migration allows you to benefit from the functionality of the new interface while maintaining access to the old interface. The fusion of the two interfaces is a way to take advantage of all the power of OpenFlyers.
OpenFlyers spreadsheets are powerful tools for synthesis and control. They operate and combine data from one platform into a set of formulas to meet specific needs.
Couple flight times captured in OpenFlyers with a progress log? It is now possible thanks to the OpenFlyers/iFly Innovation partnership. IFly Innovation offers an on-line digital progression booklet. This one is customizable to conform to the training program specific to each flying club. Thus, each flight entered in OpenFlyers is imported into iFly Innovation in order to fit into the course of the training.
We have improved the trombinoscope on OpenFlyers version 3. This tool makes it possible to visualize all the users of a platform. These are identified either by a photograph or by a pictogram. Here's all you can do.
We replaced the resource category aircraft by several more specific categories: Aircraft, Drone, Helicopter, Glider, Ultra-light motorized. This allows to generate reports for statistical Aeral distinguishing the total hours for each category.
Report generation has been completely redesigned on OF3 and OF4.
OpenFlyers now includes a mailing sending interface. This allows platform managers to transmit information to users selected with criteria.
The increase of our resources allows us to increase our development team. Thus, Benjamin joined Johnny, Stéphane and Lydie in the development team OpenFlyers after a two-month internship during which he dealt successfully with the complete overhaul of the management of emails.
Email acceptance criteria have significantly hardened in recent years to fight against the scourge of spam. Therefore, more and more electronic mail providers - Gmail first - rejected emails sent by OpenFlyers servers or classified them as "spam." So we decided to take completely creation chain emails sent automatically by OpenFlyers platforms in versions 3 and 4. On this occasion, OpenFlyers OpenFlyers 3.5 becomes OpenFlyers 3.6.
The establishment of a new issue dedicated to commercial service enables contact OpenFlyers free for information on our solution. The request is either handled directly or by appointment with one of our account managers . the commercial service number: +33 5 35 54 58 18.
To accompany the growth of its business, OpenFlyers is equipped with a new data server, more efficient. Customers platforms are gaining speed and stability.
OpenFlyers will be present at the 2016 General Assembly of the Féderation Française Aéronautique, taking place at the Palais des Congrès de Bordeaux Lac, 1st Friday to Sunday, April 3, 2016 .
This feature allows a copy of a production platform to a sandbox platform for testing.
A reminder on the implementation of the calculation formulas for vaildity due dates.
OpenFlyers find on social networks from the top joint bar.
The planning OpenFlyers can view whether a resource is available for booking.
The location is indicated by labels on the booking schedule. It is thus possible to know exactly where aircrafts, cars, boats or instructors are located, at the beginning and end of booking.
In march 2015 newsletter (french) :
- Upgrading to OF4
- OF4 gestures
- OF4 : table edition
- Online video tutorials for OF4
- Better navigation in OF3.5
- Sale validation in OF3.5
Described in the latest newsletter from March 2013:
- OpenFlyers 3.0.3 stable and upcoming release of OpenFlyers 4.0
- French Aeronautical Federation annual general meeting
- Development news
The concept of resource appears in 3.0alpha OpenFlyers release, and replaces the term aircraft.
In order to explore new markets whose needs are similar to those of aeronautical structures, OpenFlyers website underwent a facelift.
OpenFlyers includes now in the 3.0release the Carburettor Icing risk by coloring the temperature/dew point from the METARs provided by the weather stations.
- report on inactive pilot account: this report allows to list the users who have not renewed their subscription for more than two years;
- key panel: if you possess a key panel, the system asks for the key to be put back on the panel only if the landing field corresponds to the structure base.
OpenFlyers team will be on holidays from August, 15th until September, 2nd.
We remind you that:
- for technical questions, you can post your questions on the support forum available from this website;
- for Airline, Fractional Jet or Private Jet memberships, you have an additional support by e-mail to the dedicated address (do not forget to specify the customer account);
- for any bug in the OpenFlyers application, in order to optimize fixing by the development team, we recommend the use of the BTS.
- for sale inquiries, we will process your requests as of September, 5th;
- for ay problem access to your customer account, please find here a guide that describes how to find the user name and password.
Wishing you a happy summer holidays!