NOTE: The PlaneBase download only includes the software installation program and sample databases. You must still purchase either the AIRPAC Plane CD, a custom databases from AIRPAC, or purchase the download edition of the AIRPAC Plane CD.
PlaneBase™ is a complete redesign and rewrite of our popular Plane CD™ database management software. In addition to an updated user interface, it adds many new features and capabilities.
The AIRPAC Plane CD™. All Plane CD databases can be used with Plane Base. In fact, we designed PlaneBase to access old Plane CD databases going back to 1996.
PlaneBase can access the Plane CD from your local CD or DVD drive or you can have PlaneBase download the current edition of the Plane CD from our server.
Custom Databases. All features of PlaneBase will work with custom databases you order from AIRPAC. This includes subsets of Aircraft Owners, Pilots, A&P Mechanics and others. An example of a subset custom database would be all Business Jet Owners in Texas.
PlaneBase can access custom databases that we email to you, or send on a CD or Floppy, or you can have PlaneBase download your custom list from our server.
Specialty Databases. Over the years, AIRPAC has developed software that allows us to produce lists of the most active aircraft owners and pilots. Some of these lists include:
PlaneBase can access specialty databases that we email to you, or send on a CD or Floppy, or you can have PlaneBase download your specialty list from our server.
Direct Server Access. Most of our customers can use PlaneBase to directly access the Plane CD™ databases on our server. Enter you search rule in PlaneBase, click Search, and your requirements are sent over the internet to our server database. Results appear on your screen nearly instantly - the response time is often times faster than accessing the Plane CD on you local CD/DVD drive.
Internet connection is required. Direct Server Access may not be compatible with all systems. Contact Us to learn more about Direct Server Access.
Searching a database can be very difficult and technical. PlaneBase makes searching easy to learn and use without sacrificing capabilities. For example, to look up an N-Number, click on the edit box under the "RegNum" column and begin typing. Your search begins when you hit the Return key.
Complicated searches are just as easy. For example, enter "Cessna" in the ModelName field and "ca;fl;tx" in the State field to locate all Cessna owners in California, Florida and Texas.
After you have entered and verified a search, you may want to save it to use again later. You aren't saving the results, just the search rule. So when you update your database, your saved search rule will work with the new data.
The last 15 searches you run are automatically saved in "Saved Searches->Recent Filters". If you forget to save a complex search, look it up under the Recent Filters and run it again. Then save it permantantly using "Saved Searches->Save This Filter".
Show All Search Rules
Using the "Filter->Show Filters" window, you can see all of your search rules at one time. This window includes a larger text box for data entry plus "Lookup" buttons the help with spelling of repeatable fields such as ModelName, City or State.
Download A Search Rule
If you're having trouble building a search rule, AIRPAC can build it for you. Then, click on "Saved Searches->Load Saved Filter->Download Filter from Server" to retrieve your filter from our web server. Note: Programming charges may apply for designing custom filters.
We include several mailing label formats and list formats that are ready to use. You can easily change fonts or reposition labels using the "Design" button.
Unlike Plane CD, PlaneBase uses the same designer as labels and lists. This allows you to easily design a blank form letter with your logo and address information. Then, click the Copy button to make a copy of the form letter, leaving your design intact for future use. The body of the letter includes basic formatting and mailmerge with many features defined under Microsofts RTF (Rich Text Format).
Print to Preview
This allows you to quickly see how your output will look without actually printing. You can print from the preview window either a single page or the entire report.
Because an accurate count of records can not be determined unless processed individually, we provide a "Count Only" button. When selected, PlaneBase will ask for your exclusion rules, then apply those rules to your data. Nothing will be printed, but you will receive a visual report of how many names were excluded due to bad addresses, duplicate addresses, and other exclusion rules you entered.
Excluding Unwanted Addresses
When you begin printing or counting, a separate window will appear that allows you to exclude duplicate and bad addresses from being printed. For example, you can exclude duplicate addresses, government owned aircraft, invalid addresses, addresses that you have flagged as "Do Not Mail", and more. If a record meets your exclusion rules, it will not be printed. Depending on a variety of factors, can save you 10% or more on your mailing costs.
Example: We ran a search of all light single engine owners in Pennsylvania - the total was 2,950. When we select a Print, Print Preview, or Count Only button, PlaneBase™ analyzed these 2,950 records and removed 634 addresses due to duplicates, bad address, etc. The result was a mailing list of 2,316 addresses. If we were sending postcards that cost $0.40 each including postage, we would reduce our mailing cost by $253.60!
Download Formatters From Server
If you need a custom formatter, AIRPAC can design mailing labels or reports to meet your specific needs. Once designed, you can download your custom formatter from our website using the "Download" button. Again, a wizard will step you through the process. Your new formatter will be placed in the correct folder on your computer and appear under the Label, List or Letters tab.