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!
Since July, 1st our customers, final users and prospects can call our hotline (excluding setting support). Available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9 to 1PM and 2 to 5PM.
Strictly limited to individuals who own an aircraft, and limited to one aircraft and five users, you get access with this package to a free professionnal solution to manage your aircraft.
Enter only one time your flight hours and update automatically your flight log, your logbook and the remaining time.
Consult our price catalog and also our General Terms and Conditions to check your eligibility.
- calculation of the total amount of debit accounts;
- unlimited statistics creation on flights, with automatic determination of the kind of flight;
- automatic determination of landing fees billing;
- deactivation/reactivation of useless fligh types;
- new functionality getDebitCredit() accessible to administrators for creating their reports.
OpenFlyers team will be in Bitburg from May 27th to May 29th during the AviationExpo Europe.
Feel free to come and see us!
OpenFlyers will be present at Friedrichschafen from the 13th to the 16th April durin the International Trade exhibition for General Aviation.
OpenFlyers stand number is 103 located in the Hall A4.
Like every year since 2003, OpenFlyers will take a booth on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the FFA to be held in Biarritz on 26 and 27 March 2011.
Feel free to visit us!
The notion of "validity"has appeared in OpenFlyers 3 replacing the concept of "qualification".
Following the establishment of the opportunity to sell subscriptions, the concept of "qualifications" had become far too restrictive. It is therefore replaced by the term "validity"which allows to include consistently as well as the actual qualifications than licenses, insurance or subscriptions.
Our offices are closed from December 18 to January 3.
We remind you that:
- for technical questions, you can post your questions on the support forum available from this website.
- For subscriptions Airline, Fractional Jet or Private Jet, 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 to optimize fixing by the development team, we recommend the use of the BTS
- For sales inquiries, we will treat your applications starting January 3
- For any problem to access to your customer account we offer you a guide that describes how to find the user name and password.
Wishing you a happy holiday season,
The OpenFlyers team
The SMILE file (from the french aeronautic federation) import module is taking shape.
As usual, we have complicated where we could have done simple. This will to complicate things is explained by:
- allow to easily adapt the system for the day the SMILE export format will change
- be able to import any type of format from any source
This translates into the need to create a type of import with queries to define as for the reports where we got access to SQL queries.
The advantage is obvious: the tool is definitely powerful and open.
In parallel, we will attack the second part of this import module: engine with automatic billing and in advance the possibility of charging qualifications.
OpenFlyers 2.1.0 is now published. This closes the developments on the branch "2" and opens the developments on version 3.
Now customers have the choice between version 2.1.0 and version 3.0alpha.
During its development and consolidation, the 3.0alpha version is priced at 2.1.0 in exchange for the support provided by customers to test and validate new developments.
Any customer who subscribes to version 3.0alpha will keep the same rate for 3.0 final.
Launch of OpenFlyers 3.0alpha development!
OpenFlyers launches the sale of the latest version 1.2 of the famous electronic logbook AVIATOReLogBook designed by Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), after having made the French translation.
Pour la première fois, OpenFlyers sera présent au Salon ULM de Blois les 4 et 5 septembre 2010.
The report engine is enriched by the possibility of creating parameters freely.
We aim, in OpenFlyers, is to let our customers the opportunity to shape the application according to their own needs. It is this objective that fits the report generator, unique and practical tool.
Now you can freely create as many parameters as you want and which will thus give you the capability to deal with more powerful reports.
Moreover parameters that can be created are of two types:
"generic" parameters (number, date,etc.)
database parameters which represent an element in the database (user, aircraft, etc.)
This feature thus allows the administrator to create report types even more powerful and to the end user to generate reports for individual items (aircraft, user, etc..) and even mix parameters (obtain list of flights to a particular user on a given aircraft between such date and such date).
The documentation is online on the English wiki.
Now OpenFlyers 2.1 includes the possibility for the administrator to broadcast as many information messages as desired instead of a single message that appeared on the reservation page.
OpenFlyers will be present at Friedrichshafen from the 8th to the 11th april during the International Trade Exhibition for General Aviation
OpenFlyers stand number is 104 located in the Hall A4
OpenFlyers 2.1 includes now a unique airfields database including a large part of ICAO airfields and also french non-ICAO airfields database called "LF dd nn" provided by the FFPLUM .
At the launch of AeroBox 1.0, OpenFlyers offers 5 years of "Airline" package subscription including client subscription and subscription for one aircraft (ie 1000 € discount) for orders of AeroBox before March 31, 2010!
OpenFlyers 2.1beta includes from now, on the planning management page, the lastest METAR and TAF of the nearest weather station.
Follow the Tour Aérien des Jeunes Pilotes on the OpenFlyers RadarWeb
OpenFlyers will be present at Prague from the 22th to the 24th May 2009.
We just exceeded the following figures:
- 200 aeronautical structures
- 900 aircraft
- 30 000 pilots
OpenFlyers will be present at Friedrichshafen from the 2nd to the 5th april during the International Trade Exhibition for General Aviation
OpenFlyers stand number is 423 located in the Hall A7
OpenFlyers 2.0 release is now fully operationnal. We are now working on new accountancies modules (suppliers invoices and payments)
Here are some informations about OpenFlyers software and its team.
About the OpenFlyers software
We are about to finish the version 2.0. There are still remaining some minor remaining bugs that we should correct in the next weeks.
The version 2.0 is no more completely free: it's a semi-free software to prevent a competitor to provide the software at half price without having to pay the development costs. This change is justified by the following explanations.
Change in the OpenFlyers team
We decided to move from an association to a limited corporate. A lot of reasons drive us to this choice. Here are some of them:
since 1 year we have hired one employee to support the functionality of OpenFlyers. But our resources are limited in providing a reasonable compensation. But the employee is indispensable to keep the operation and to improve our service. The structure of a company enables us to obtain more resources and plan longer-term development.
5 years ago, when we created the OpenFlyers association, we had 2 goals in mind: to create a solution requested by flight clubs and to federate around us to get help from flight clubs people. 5 years later, the first goal is achieved: flight clubs are satisfied of the software. But the second goal is a fail: we had some "times to times" help but no real movement enabling to share the work and to reduce the time spent by the team.
OpenFlyers 2.0 added lots of functionalities for the flight clubs and we think that it is beneficial for both sides with a real customer/supplier relationship.
We have identified many areas for continuous improvement in future, and we hope that you will be satisfied with our service.
In the OpenFlyers release 2.0, it's now possible to set a maximum quantity of reservations in order to limit the number of reservations for each pilot.
Publication of the 1.2.1 release which, in addition to small minor bugs patches, includes from now the translations in Italian and Spanish. Thank's to Stefano Marchesin (Italian) and Xavier Tightened (Spanish) for their translations!
It is the occasion to inaugurate a new page in the wiki to follow-up of the translations.
All languages are the welcomes!
The OpenFlyers team did not leave on holidaycool this summer and it is with pleasure that we publish this new version which contains the following functionalities:
- Addition of a right allowing not to have an automatic disconnection
- List only ones availabilities when we are instructor
- Possible restriction of the authorized booking period
- Possibility of listing only ones books
- Creation of the concept of plane non bookable
- Differentiation of the minimum time of an instruction book versus alone book
- It is now possible to carry out successive imports of files CSV
- Addition of time scale every ten aircrafts / instructors
- Possibility for the club of not making post the registration of a plane
- Maximum time limit of a book
- Possible cancellation of the past books while bringing back the hour of end per now.
Each option corresponds to a request formulated by one or more clubs.
Concerning the functionalities:
- Possibility for the club of not making post the registration of a plane
- Creation of the concept of plane non bookable
they are options which take their direction when coupled with the “reservation by type”. Indeed, you have the possibility in OpenFlyers 1.3 of being able to reserve the planes either by registration but by type of plane or to make “overbooking” by creating fictitious planes (in the same way standard).
We continue to debug the OpenFlyers release 2. Some clubs use it already. This version includes accounts management and thus offers an on-line and fully integrated solution for the management of a flying-club. We continue to debug the OpenFlyers release 2. Some clubs use it already. This version includes accounts management and thus offers an on-line and fully integrated solution for the management of a flying-club.
We also designed a key panel for clubs wishing to control the distribution of the keys. If you are interested contact us.
Lastly, we will engage for one year a developer in order to accelerate the consolidation of OpenFlyers and to add functions for clubs hosted by our-self.
In order to finance this employment, we invite OpenFlyers clubs users to send to us money (especially for those which are not hosted by our-selves wink)
We have just published a new release 1.3.1 of OpenFlyers which corrects some bugs minor (see the BTS) and especially which includes the German translation written by Heinrich NAGEL.
Thank you Heinrich!
Following numerous requests from various clubs, we just added in version 2 of OpenFlyers a field enabling each pilot to clarify its destination. Following numerous requests from various clubs, we just added in version 2 of OpenFlyers a field enabling each pilot to clarify its destination.
Moreover, in order to "give" a little hand pilots, we have added an option activated by the administrator of the club, which allows you to oblige the pilot to clarify this famous destination.
Here is how it works:
- The field is empty by default (value "Other")
- If the user does nothing, no destination is taken into account
If the option-forcing the pilot to choose his destination is activated then a stop alert is displayed to ask the pilot to clarify its destination
The option to require the user to set his destination has 3 levels:
Non-functional (free entry)
- Strict (before mandatory for all flights except mechanical and cancel)
Strict - when the length of the reservation is greater than a certain value (to be chosen) multiple of 15 minutes, ranging from 15 minutes to 225 minutes (= 3:45).
We hope that all of this configuration will allow each club to set that element as it wishes.