New version of the iCrew html flight plan

This page has some information about the new version of the iCrew html flight plan that was set to be implemented in Febrary 2019. You can download a compiled Java program and run your samples if you simply enjoy this kind of thing or want to make some examples for training. However, if you simply want to translate a flight plan use, https://www.johnfbell.com/WebForm1.aspx. Using this code is not convenient.

 A little background: This project started in Excel as a VBA macro. I then updated this to a website using ASP and VB .NET based on the original VBA code. While I offered that code to Flight Operations, the problem is that they use Java. I offered to clean up the code and add a lot of remarks. It wasn't long before I figured out that it would be much better if I learned enough Java to re-wrote the code in Java. The flight plan text is an argument for a Java function that returns the text of the html version. I added a little code to open the input file and save the html file in order to test the function that creates the html flight plan.

This document has more details and screen shots of what has changed: HTML_Flight_Plan_update.pdf

How to use this code:

  1. To run the converter, you will need Java installed. You will then be able to download and run the following file: https://johnfbell.com/RunnableFlightPlanConverter.jar
  2. When you run the program, it asks for a text file containing the flight plan. To get this, copy the iCrew plain text version into something like Notepad and save it as a text file.
  3. The output will be the html file. It might take a few seconds while the conversion is running before the dialog box to save the flight plan appears.

There are several things that my website version has that the iCrew version lacks. Among other things, my website version has links to open the flight plan into ForeFlight. This makes a great demonstration for functionality that I think should be available in ForeFlight. However, it would be inappropriate for the iCrew version since ForeFlight is not an approved app. However, there are many improvements that I have made to my web version that would make useful enhancments to the iCrew version.

Updates from current iCrew version as of 8/28/2018:

Update 11/12/2018:

Update 12/03/2018:

Update 12/07/2018:

Update 01/06/2019

Update 01/10/2019

Update 03/05/2019