Operational rules allow you to specify rules that are automatically applied to every flight that meets the parameters you set. These are helpful for ensuring compliance with your operation specification and for simplifying the flight planning process by automating certain common selections.
An example of a simple operational rule would be to specify KLGA as a default alternate when planning a flight into KTEB. You could also specify a rule to mandate carrying 2,000 lbs of extra fuel when planning a flight with a G450 into KSFO.
Adding Operational Rules
Every rule consists of a command, which determines what value or change the rule will apply to a flight plan, and parameters that control when the rule should be applied.
To add an Operational Rule, click the Rule Type drop down on the left side of the page and select the type of rule to add.
After selecting a rule type, specify the command just to the right of the Rule Type drop down, then specify the parameters using the fields on the right side of the page.
Rule types include:
Alternate - specify one or more alternate airports that will be added by default to certain flight plans. Enter each airport’s four-letter ICAO identifier one at a time in the Alternate Airport field and click Add. Enter airport identifiers in the Departure and Destination parameter fields to determine which flight plans should use the selected alternate airports by default, and select an aircraft in the Tail Number field to only apply the rule to certain aircraft.
Flight plans that meet the parameters will have the specified airports automatically added as destination alternates, although flight planners are free to change these after they’re added.
Fuel Policy - specify a fuel policy and value that will be used by default on certain flight plans. After selecting the fuel policy using the dropdown, specify the value in the field on the right.
Extra Fuel - adds the specified quantity of fuel in addition to taxi/takeoff, flight, alternate, and reserve fuel.
Manual Fuel - specifies an exact starting fuel quantity for the flight.
Landing Fuel - calculates and applies the amount of starting fuel required to land at your destination with the specified quantity of fuel in the tanks, including alternate and reserve fuel.
After setting the fuel policy and value, enter the rule’s parameters in the fields on the right. Enter airport identifiers in the Departure and Destination parameter fields to determine which flight plans should use the selected fuel policy by default, and select an aircraft in the Tail Number field to only apply the rule to certain aircraft.
Flight plans that meet the parameters will have the specified fuel policy automatically applied by default, although flight planners are free to change the fuel policy after it’s selected.
If the fuel policy applied by an operational rule exceeds the aircraft’s weight or fuel limits, including lower limits such as the flight’s minimum required fuel with reserves, ForeFlight will display one or more warnings to the flight planner.
AFTN address - specifies one or more AFTN addresses that should be sent a copy of flight plans once they’re filed. Enter each AFTN address one at a time in the field and click Add. In addition to parameters for departure and destination airports and tail number, AFTN address rules allow you to also specify departure, destination, and overflown FIRs as parameters. Flight plans that meet the parameters will have the specified AFTN addresses automatically added to the AFTN Addressing field in the ATC Data tab, although flight planners are free to change these after they’re added.
Viewing Operational Rules
The Rules list in the lower part of the page allows you to view and delete operational rules that have been added for your organization. Use the dropdown on the left just above the Rules list to filter the list by rule type, or display all rules of any type. Rules are ordered chronologically, with the oldest rules appearing at the top. Click the Delete button to the right of a rule in the list to delete it. Note that deleting a rule will not revert any changes it has already made to flight plans; it will only prevent those changes from being made in the future.