Operational rules allow you to control certain values of flights planned in Dispatch that are automatically applied to every flight that meets the parameters you set. These are helpful for ensuring compliance with your operation specification and 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 with a G450 into KSFO.

Adding Operational Rules

Use the Rule Type drop-down on the left side of the page to select what type of operational rule to add. You can add rules for alternate airports, fuel policies, and AFTN addresses. 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. 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.

  • Maximum Fuel -  calculates and applies the largest amount of starting fuel that can be used without breaking any weight limits or the aircraft’s maximum fuel capacity. This is the only Fuel Policy rule that doesn’t require you to specify a fuel value.
  • Extra Fuel - adds the specified quantity of fuel on top of 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 provide warnings to let the flight planner know.

AFTN address - specifies one or more AFTN addresses that should be sent a copy of certain flight plan 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.

Example uses cases for the AFTN rule include copying special ATC units on certain flights, copying handlers in airports specific to your operation or even copying your company’s own AFTN relay on flight plans.

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.