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Confusion around Closing FPL using SD


Confusion around Closing FPL using SD

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If I log-in to the SD website and go to 'Manage Subscritpion'-->'Manage Flightplans' I can see the FPL's I created in the SD app. I can close an fpl there. On a recent flight I asked the tower to close my flightplan (which I had filed through SD), which they did. I logged-in to the web-page some time later and the options were still Cancel/Close for that fpl. I closed it through the app just in case, and it showed the status closed.

What does SD actually do to close an FPL?‌ Does it matter if I close one that's already been closed by someone else?‌‌ Also, why doesn't it know that the fpl is already closed? I cannot see how SD then knows that the fpl is really closed when it closes it itself.

The final question is that if I close an FPL using the SD web page, and it shows status 'Closed' , am I 100% sure it is really closed?

Does anyone out there use the fpl close function exclusively ? Does it always work ? ‌‌Input appreciated. ‌‌

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Easy Cruising - 6/21/2017 1:26:19 PM
If I log-in to the SD website and go to 'Manage Subscritpion'-->'Manage Flightplans' I can see the FPL's I created in the SD app. I can close an fpl there. On a recent flight I asked the tower to close my flightplan (which I had filed through SD), which they did. I logged-in to the web-page some time later and the options were still Cancel/Close for that fpl. I closed it through the app just in case, and it showed the status closed.

What does SD actually do to close an FPL?‌ Does it matter if I close one that's already been closed by someone else?‌‌ Also, why doesn't it know that the fpl is already closed? I cannot see how SD then knows that the fpl is really closed when it closes it itself.

The final question is that if I close an FPL using the SD web page, and it shows status 'Closed' , am I 100% sure it is really closed?

Does anyone out there use the fpl close function exclusively ? Does it always work ? ‌‌Input appreciated. ‌‌


I never closed a flight plan via the web interface of SD‌, but when filing a delay, I get an email stating "...your flight plan has been successfully delayed."
For me, th‌is is prove enough.
Do you receive a similar email when closing the flight plan via the web interface?
I guess, SD is not p‌ermanently synchronizing it's display with real world.

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Just adding some information to this post : a few days ago I filed an FPL using SD for a flight Germany-->France , to a French airfield without tower. The FPL was opened by the information service in-flight. After landing I immediately closed the FPL via SD .. and got a 'Confirmation of Closure' email. About 10 minutes later Reims control called me on my phone number and asked if I had landed safely. Obviously they hadn't seen that my FPL had been closed. Looks like they are not yet sufficiently aware that FPL's can be closed 'direct' with Eurocontrol without going through the local system (just my guess).
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Closing a flightplan just means sending an ARR (arrived) message to all its original recipients. We can do that, or somebody else can do it. If someone else does it, we won't usually get the message so we won't know it's been closed, but that's fine. It's only the pilot who needs reassurance that it's been closed.

In the example above the French unit, if they'd looked, could probably have seen that an arrival message had already been sent.‌
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