Creating a trip can be done in two ways from the Calendar View or Schedule View. To create a new trip, tap on the appropriate blank day. On the popup window, select "Create Duty Period" or ". This Add a Leg". If you choose "Create Duty Period", this will display a "New Duty Period" window. You must enter the trip number and tap save to continue. Duty on and duty off times may be entered if desired. If you leave the duty times blank, they will be automatically calculated according to your Airline settings. You will now be on the Trip View in "Edit Mode". Tap the "Add SegmentLeg" row to add a segment leg to Day 1 of the trip. Enter the appropriate payroll category, flight number, departure, destination, and scheduled times in order to continue. When entering times, tap the active row to close the time editor or tap the next row to edit the next time. Tap save to return to the trip view.
If you choose "Add a Leg", you can go directly to entering the payroll category, flight number, departure, destination, and scheduled times for the first leg. The duty period will automatically be created for you, respecting your duty period adjustments configured in your Airline settings.
Continue adding legs until you have added all legs for that day. To add another day to the trip, tap the "Add Duty Period" row. This will display another Duty Period window. An alternate method to add another day to a trip is by tapping on a blank day immediately following a trip on the Calendar View or Schedule View.
Repeat the process above to continue adding days and flights to your trip. When finished entering all legs of the trip, tap the "Done" button at the top right of the screen to exit Edit Mode. You can also add a leg to an existing duty period by making a long press on that duty period and selecting "Add a Leg".
FAR 117 categorizes Reserve Availability Periods (RAP) into different categories. Typically these categories are Long Call Reserve, Short Call Reserve, and Airport/Standby Reserve. APDL also treats Reserve Availability Periods as different categories. A Reserve Category in APDL can be thought of like a Payroll Category. Each Reserve Category has a group of parameters which you can customize to fit the common Reserve assignments issued by your specific company. These parameters include start and end times, a custom label, and some legality options. This allows you to quickly insert Reserve Availability Periods into APDL which are repetitive in nature.
Before you start inserting Reserve Availability Periods in APDL, you'll want to go to Settings > Reserve Categories and configure the Reserve Categories to match the Reserve Availability Periods that are common at your company. For example, your company may have morning Short Call Reserve RAPs that always start at 0500 and afternoon Short Call Reserve RAPs that always start at 1300.
Creating a Reserve Availability Period (RAP) can be done from the Calendar View or Schedule View. To create a new Reserve Availability Period, tap on the appropriate blank day. On the popup window, select "Reserve Availability Period". This will display a the "New RAPReserve Categories" window. Enter RAP begin and end times and tap save to continue. You will now be on the Trip View. Select one of your Reserve Categories and it will be immediately added to that day and return you to the Trip View. You can repeat this process very quickly to enter all Reserve Availability Periods on your schedule, even if they are not all the same type.
Adding legs to a RAP functions exactly as described in Creating a Trip above. You can also use a long press on a day on your Calendar or Schedule View which has a RAP on it and select the "Add a Leg" option. This will insert a leg into the existing RAP.
If you have a nonstandard RAP time from your usual RAPs, but need to create more than one that match it for the current week, you can also use the Copy and Paste function described below for RAP.
For accurate Legality and Payroll results, it is critical that pilots on reserve set ALL legs to Short Call Reserve, Long Call Reserve, or Airport Standby Reserve as appropriate. DO NOT select Block as the payroll category or 117 Unaugmented/Augmented as the regulation while on reserve.
To create any type of non-flying duty, follow the same initial steps as outlined in Creating a Trip. After the duty period has been created and you are on the Trip View, create a "leg" and change the payroll category to the appropriate selection. Depending on the selection chosen, the "Leg View" layout may be adjusted to reflect the appropriate options for that type of duty.
If you have multiple instances of the same trip on your schedule, you may want to copy and paste that trip rather than creating the entire trip multiple times. To copy and paste a trip, long press on a day of the trip to be copied. Now long press on a blank day to paste in the copied trip.
Use extreme caution when copy and pasting trips! Some trips look the same but have slight differences in times which you may not notice at first glance. NC Software recommends only using this feature when the trip numbers are exactly the same.