Currency Symbol Options

By customer request, the option to choose your Currency Symbol, (or to display none), has been added.

By default, the currency symbol is the US Dollar, however, that can be changed to any international symbol, or you have the option to display no currency symbol at all.

Another option is to keep the default dollar and cents separator as a decimal, or change it to a comma, which is common in several countries outside the US.

To change your currency symbol, go to My Profile and click the blue “Change” link:

You will see a list you can scroll through to locate the symbol you want.    Click to make a selection:

Then click the Change button to confirm:

You will see the Symbol change in:

    • My Invoices
    • Invoice Summary
    • Invoice Payments
    • My Work Orders
    • My Parts list

Note:  The symbol will NOT change in your Billing Receipts, because the amount on your Receipt is in US Dollars.

The symbol will also NOT change if it is built into an FAA Form or other Custom Form.

Next is to either leave the Dollar and Cent separator as is, defaulted to a decimal point (.), or you can change it to a comma (,).

To change it to a Comma, click on the Comma button, making it turn green:

Just as with the Currency symbol, you will see the Comma change in:

    • My Invoices
    • Invoice Summary
    • Invoice Payments
    • My Work Orders
    • My Parts list
  • Note:  The Comma will NOT change in your Billing Receipts, because the amount on your Receipt is in US Dollars.

The Comma will also NOT change if it is built into an FAA Form or other Custom Form.

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Product Improvement: Attach Documents to Aircraft Profile

Product Improvement, by popular request:  Attach Documents to Aircraft Profile

A number of customers thought it might be helpful to upload external documents to specific Aircraft Profiles, to keep things in order, and we agreed.

What kind of documents? 

One suggestion was an old 337, another was receipts.  You can upload photos, old Logbooks scans, or whatever you need to accompany the record.

What formats are accepted?

*.jpg, *.jpeg, *.png  and *.pdf ONLY.   (No Word or Excel docs at this time).
Max file size: 4MB

Here’s how to upload:

View/Open the Profile you want to add the documents to.

Click the +Add Document button (it’s right below the Customer/Owner section, towards the left side of your screen):

Click the Choose File button, and select the File you want.  Add a Name and a Date to the file, and click the Upload button.

Once you have a few files in place, you can Sort them by Name and by Date.  You can also search with a keyword in the Filter Search box.

Give it a try and let us know what you think.  Your feedback is appreciated!

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Product Improvement: Inventory Tracking

By popular customer request, we’ve been making improvements to our Parts List tool.

The most recent improvement is Parts Inventory Tracking, giving you the option, and ability to record quantities for each Part in your list.  This allows you to track what you have in stock.

If a current Part only lists a quantity of 1 (one), you can Edit that part, and now add the actual quantity you have on hand.

When that Part is added to an activity, such as an Invoice or Work Order, that number of purchased Parts is subtracted from your stock.

Parts Inventory Tracking  is defaulted to “OFF”.  You have the option to turn Parts inventory “On” if you’d like to use it, or leave it “Off” if you don’t want to track quantities.  It’s up to you.   Go to My Profile, and click the Inventory button to either “Off” or “On”, whichever you choose.

How to ACTIVATE INVENTORY TRACKING:

To Activate Tracking, go to:

My Profile

Click the Inventory Tracking button so it shows a green On button

Please NOTE the following:

By turning on Inventory Tracking, all quantities will begin at 1. For the best possible user experience, update your parts quantities in My Parts before you add parts to service invoices or work orders.

By turning off Inventory Tracking, all My Parts quantities will be lost. When turning off Inventory Tracking, please make certain that is what you would like to do.

When parts Inventory is turned ON, and you are viewing your Parts List, there is a column for Quantity.   When you go to EDIT a part, the Quantity is available to be changed.

When parts Inventory is turned OFF, and you are viewing your Parts List, there is NO column for Quantity.  When you go to EDIT a part, the Quantity is NOT available to be changed.

How to EDIT a PART:

Go to “My Parts”

Locate the item you want to change. Using the Filter Search can make locating a Part easier and faster.

Click “Edit”.

Make the changes and click Save.

When you Edit a Part, you will see a notation that states:

Warning:  Changes made to this part will not affect parts already added to Work Orders or Service Invoices.

Use Parts in Work Orders & Invoices:

You can use Parts from your list, and apply quantities when using Work Orders and Invoices.

For Work Orders:

Open the Work Order

Either +ADD a new Discrepancy, or VIEW an existing one.

Either +ADD a new Part, or click on the Part name to EDIT it.

Make your changes and click SAVE.

An extra feature of Work Orders is that they be converted into an Invoice.

For Invoices:

Open the Invoice you want to Add or Edit a Part to.

Either +ADD a new Part, or click on the Part name to EDIT it.

Make your changes and click SAVE.

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Over time, more functions will be added to the “My Parts” tool, such as Reporting, to list the areas the parts were used, such as Work Orders and Invoices.  Another ability in the future will be to add more Quantity from within an Invoice or Work Order, instead of having to go back the My Parts, and Edit the part, as you currently have to do.  The Parts Inventory will slowly receive improvements over time. 

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Create a New Aircraft Profile through the Registry

Would you like to create a new Aircraft Profile?

There are several ways to create a NEW Aircraft Profile:

      1. From the Aircraft Registry (preferred and recommended), or
      2. From the Aircraft Profile menu (slower, more steps).

We’ll show you BOTH methods, starting with The REGISTRY:

Go to the Main Member Dashboard > Left Panel > Aircraft Registry > Search by N# or S/N:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type in the N-Number and click Search:   *Click the blue arrow to open the Registry listing:

On the next screen, click the +Add to Aircraft Profile button:

 

Side Note:  – – – – – NO +ADD BUTTON? – – – – –

Occasionally, you may come across a listing that does not offer the +Add to Aircraft Profile button. This will happen for Experimental and Large (over 12,500 lbs) aircraft.  Click HERE to learn how to add those manually.

Side Note: – – – – –  SERIAL NUMBER FORMAT WARNING: – – – – –

At times, you may get a Serial Number warning (in red print). All this means is that you need to click the Edit button and change the Serial Number format to match the exact format description, such as this:

IS THE PROFILE COMPLETE?

Once you’ve set up the Aircraft Profile, you can do a number of other things:

      1. Add a Customer.
      2. Create a new, or link to an existing: AD Report, Logbook Entry, Weight Form, 337, ICA Work Order, or Invoice.
      3. Upload a Photo of the Aircraft.
      4. See what Regulations apply, including ADs, Service Documents (SBs), AMAs, STCs, or Suggested Appliances.
      5. Not all, but some profiles will also display Aircraft Accident / Incident information.  You can learn more about that here:  https://zookaviation.com/blog/2020/06/23/addition-of-aircraft-accident-incident-data/

That was one way to start a Profile.  Here’s the other method by going directly through AIRCRAFT PROFILES (it takes a bit longer, with more steps):

Create a New Aircraft Profile by Model Search

As an extra, here is the step-by-step My Aircraft Guide Book to get you started:

MyAircraftZookAviation

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Search for Engine ADs

If you’re looking to search exclusively for Engine ADs, it’s very simple.

From the Dashboard, go to the left panel and click on AD & TCD Search. That will open a list.

Next, Click on Engine AD & TCD:

Once in the Search screen, type the model digits in to the Model field.  (We suggest leaving the Manufacturer field empty).  Click Search.

You’ll see a Results list appear below (you might have to scroll down to see it). From there you can type into the Filter box to narrow down your search.

Once you’ve found your Engine Model, click the View ADs List (_) link.

If you’re thinking about the Engine ADs within an AD Report, open the report, and click on “Select Engine (Single/Left Engine)”.

Select the engine from the list, or add your own engine.  The ADs assigned to that Engine will be added to your AD Report.  Scroll down to view them.

If it’s a twin, click on “Select Engine (Right Engine)” for the next one, to repeat the process.  Scroll down to view the new Engine ADs you just added.

You can spot the Engine ADs within your report by looking for this symbol:

 

 

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Champion Slick Magnetos

A most recent popular topic has been (Champion) Slick Magnetos.

Q:  Is there an AD requiring a 500 hour overhaul?

A:  No.  Most shops “require” one, imposed by their own standards, and those of the manufacturer.  There is no AD requiring a 500-hour overhaul on Slick magnetos.

Q:  Is there any documentation to reference the overhaul?

A:  Yes.  Champion has issued 2 Service Bulletins:  SB1-15 and SB 1-15A.

SB1-15 makes reference to a 500-hour time-in-service warranty period, however SB1-15A makes no reference to the 500 hours.  Be sure to read both documents slowly and carefully.

Q:  Why doesn’t Zook Aviation include this SB in the AD Toolbox?

A:  Every service document (Bulletin, Letter, Alert, etc) must be directly AD-Referenced for us to include it on our site.  Since there is no AD for the 500-hour overhaul, we have no method to attach the Service Bulletin.  So, we’ve included it here on our blog for your convenience.

To access the Service Bulletins, click the images below:

Champion Slick SB1-15
Champion Slick SB1-15

 

 

Champion Slick SB1-15A
Champion Slick SB1-15A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helpful Links:

Cessna Owner – 500 Hour Magneto Inspection:

The 500 Hour Magneto Inspection

Aviation Pros – Champion Recalls Magnetos:

https://www.aviationpros.com/engines-components/aircraft-engines/piston-engines-parts/news/12438456/champion-aerospace-recalls-all-4300-and-4700-series-slick-magneto-distributor-gears-with-copper-electrodes

Champion – Slick Magnetos:

Slick Magnetos

Champion – Technical Support:

Technical Support

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Addition of Aircraft Accident Incident Data

In an effort to continually improve our service, we have recently added Aircraft Accident / Incident data (from year 2010 forward).

This will allow you to see if there was ever an event that may have compromised the structural integrity of the aircraft, and it can also be very useful during a pre-buy inspection.

If you’d like to see where to access this information, either open an existing “My Aircraft” record, or create a new record.

Upon opening the record, you will see a box on the right side of the screen referencing this data, but only if there was an accident or incident related to that specific aircraft:

When you click on the VIEW button, it will take you to a more detailed screen.  Occasionally, there will be a map associated with the record, so you can see where the event occurred.  The map is zoomable, and movable:

Data included in the Accident / Incident report will be:

  • Date:
  • Location:
  • Lat/Long:
  • Airport:
  • Aircraft:
  • Air Carrier:
  • Category:
  • Amateur Built?:
  • # of Engines:
  • Purpose of Flight:
  • Phase of Flight:
  • Weather Condition:
  • Aircraft Damage:
  • Injury Severity:
  • Fatal Injuries:
  • Serious Injuries:
  • Minor Injuries:
  • Uninjured:
  • Accident Number:
  • Investigation Type:
  • Report Status:
  • FAR Description:
Another way to view the REPORT only is by searching through the left navigation panel.  You can search by:
  • Aircraft
  • Non-TCD Aircraft (experimental/sport)
  • N-Number  (tail/registration)
  • Date Range
  • State
We hope you will find this new addition useful.  Let us know what you think!

 

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Save Save Save

The Value of Save:

Saving frequently helps reduce loss of data.

Most of our documents do not have auto-save.

While working, we encourage you to click the green save button often.

When you make changes in a field or box, then click away, the box will turn YELLOW.  That is an indication and reminder to SAVE your changes.

Clicking the green SAVE button often is the best way to ensure that your work remains intact.

 

It is also best practice to avoid using the “back arrow” in your browser.  Please use the Toolbox or Dashboard link in the upper left hand side of your screen:

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Customer Credit on Invoice

Has your customer made a deposit, or a partial payment on a bill?

Wondering how to record the credit on an Invoice?

Open an existing Invoice, then click Invoice Payments button:

Click +Add Payment:

Add Date of payment, Amount, and a Note.  Click Save.

Click Return to Invoice:

On the Invoice, you will see the Payment applied:

When Printing the Invoice, you will see the applied Payment at the lower right hand side of the invoice:

If you’d like to change the Payment amount, simple Edit the Payment:

Keep in mind that you can make multiple Payment entries.

There’s an older alternate method that will display your Customer’s payment, whether it’s a Deposit, Partial Payment, or is Paid In Full.

Open the Invoice, scroll down to the Misc section, and click the blue +Add button:

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Type in a Description for the Payment.  You can type anything, such as Deposit, Partial Payment, or Paid In Full.  Use your own words.  Be sure to use a NEGATIVE dollar amount in the Cost field, typed like this:   -375.00    Click Save:

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You will see on the Printed Invoice that the credit appears in the Totals section at the bottom:

InvMiscTotals.png

You can always edit the Invoice later to make changes or additional payment lines.  When the Customer makes their final payment, you can reflect the payment by either changing the existing Misc line, or adding a new Misc line.  Remember to type in a NEGATIVE amount, which will appear as a credit.

There is a button at the top of the Invoice that allows you to watermark the page with “Paid in Full”:

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Missing ADs

If an AD appears to be missing…

MissingAD

*Before we get started, let us just say that we try to never miss an AD. 

1. Before contacting us, run a Single AD Search and look for the AD number that you think is missing.  Here’s how to run a Single AD Search:

Member Dashboard > Left Panel > AD & TCD Search > Single AD Search

http://zookaviation.com/blog/2020/04/17/search-for-a-single-ad/

This is an example of how to correctly type the AD number in the Search field:   18-07-03

If we list the AD, then it is in our system and can be added to your report by the methods below.

2.  If the Report is old, it may be time to Update With New ADs.  Here’s how:

http://zookaviation.com/blog/2018/09/05/update-an-old-ad-report/

3.  You may need to add an Appliance AD.  Have you tried the Suggested Appliances tool?  If not, it’s easy to check to see which Appliance ADs apply.  Click below to learn how to check for Appliance ADs:

https://zookaviation.com/blog/2019/02/26/how-to-add-an-appliance-ad-to-your-ad-report/

4.  If you want to add an AD to your report that does not apply specifically to your model, but you need it in your report, here is how to Add a Single AD to your Report:

http://zookaviation.com/blog/2020/01/30/how-to-add-a-single-ad/

As stated above, we try to never miss an AD.  If you have tried all the above steps, and still feel an AD is missing from our system, please Contact Us and we will work to resolve your concern.

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