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If you need technical support you can contact SafiSoft directly at support@safisoft.com. Be sure to include "WinBid Schedule for iPad" in the email subject line, as well as your installed version number as listed in the main About WinBid Schedule menu.

 

 

 

The following instructions are also available in PDF format: WinBid Schedule for iPad User's Manual in PDF format

 

WinBid Schedule for iPad

 

WinBid Schedule for iPad maintains airline pilots' and flight attendants' daily and monthly schedule. Feature wise, it is the iPad equivalent to WinBid Schedule for Windows and Mac.

 

 

WinBid Schedule for iPad shares your line and assigned trips with WinBid Schedule for Windows as well as WinBid Pairings 2 for iPhone using free Dropbox account.

 

WinBid Schedule for iPad keeps all your trips indefinitely, displaying them in a beautiful calendar with color-coded time bars. Your pairings are displayed in a crisp, neat format along with passenger loads, crew names, and pairing notes, etc. All changes are sent automatically to the cloud for display in WinBid Schedule for Windows and WinBid Pairings 2 for iPhone. Likewise, any changes in WinBid Pairings 2 for iPhone or WinBid Schedule for Windows, and those changes are reflected on your iPad.

 

WinBid Schedule for iPad can automatically retrieve monthly lines and pairings for browsing. You can browse the monthly lines, double tapping to see the individual pairings.  You can browse the pairings, arranged by date or pairing number.

 

For daily bidding, WinBid Schedule for iPad provides basic filtering features to find your ideal pairings.

 

A full pilot logbook is included, which can be seeded with the legs from any of your pairings for quick data entry (change only actual time, tail number, etc.).

 

The Tab Bar

 

At the bottom of WinBid Schedule for iPad, you will see the Tab Bar. The Tab Bar is where you can switch between the various viewers and features of WinBid Schedule for iPad.

 

 

 

 

My Schedule Tab

 

WinBid Schedule has the ability to manage the pairings that you fly as well as display reserve, training, and vacation days. You can save your line’s scheduled pairings along with notes; and they are saved regardless of the currently displayed bid month configuration. You can display previous months along with the pairings and notes even if for a different than the currently displayed aircraft. Your pairings and notes are displayed with a tap on the colored timebar in any calendar day.

 

If you have a Dropbox account (free), you can share your scheduled pairings etc. between WinBid Schedule for iPad, WinBid Schedule for Windows, and WinBid Pairings 2 for iPhone. Any changes you make in any app can appear in the other apps.

 

To add an entire line’s pairings from a bid package to your calendar, tap the ++++ toolbar button and select the line to add to your schedule.

To add a single pairing or an event such as training, reserve, vacation, or day note to your schedule, tap the + toolbar button and select the pairing or event to add.

To delete a pairing or an event, tap the event’s timebar on the calendar and tap the Trash button.

To delete an entire month’s activity, tap the Settings toolbar button and select the Delete All Events For Month popup menu.

 

 

If you want to add events to a month other than the currently displayed bid month, simply use the  < (previous month) or  > (next month) button to go to the desired month. If the bid package for that month is present, you can add a line or a pairing to the calendar.

Once a pairing is added to the calendar, you can add or edit its notes without the matching lines/pairings bid package being present on your iPad.

 

The Pairing Viewer

 

The Pairing Viewer is used throughout WinBid Schedule to display pairings in your schedule as well as pairings that are listed, or that you filter.

 

If a pairing is your own (i.e. it has been saved to your schedule as your pairing), additional actions are shown on the Pairing Viewer toolbar. Note: a Wifi or LTE Internet connection is needed for adding/updating passenger loads and/or depart/arrive gates.

 

Note: US Airways does not publish gate information more than 2 days out, however passenger loads are published for up to a year in advance.

When the Pairing Viewer is used to display pairings that are not already saved as yours, it will include a Save toolbar button if the pairing is displayed with a known origination date.

 

Tapping the Save toolbar button will save a pairing to your pairings and it will also be listed in in the My Schedule Calendar Viewer.

 

If the Pairing Viewer is displayed from a list where there are no originating dates, the Save toolbar button will be disabled.

 

When the Pairing Viewer is used to display a pairing other than your own, it will also include operating dates information if it is available.

 

 

My Pairings Tab

 

The My Pairings Tab will display your pairings sorted by date. It will show the same pairings that are displayed in the My Schedule Calendar Viewer, however it will not display non-flying events. A single tap on any listed pairing will display the Pairing Viewer, where it can be updated or edited.

 

 

Select Tab

 

The Select Tab is where you can change the current lines and pairings packages or add a new lines and pairings package. To select a bid package that has been previously downloaded, simply tap on it, and then select the Pairings Tab, Filter Pairings Tab, or Lines Tab.

 

To add a new lines and pairings package, tap the + toolbar button and select your crew base, aircraft, crew position, line holder/reserve, month, and year. If Wifi or LTE is available, when you tap the Done toolbar button, WinBid Schedule will download the required files for you at no charge (data charges may apply from your data provider).

 

Note: Flight attendants must select the All aircraft setting for their crew base. When filtering, you will have the option of filtering by aircraft equipment etc.

 

 

To delete a lines and pairings package when it is no longer needed, simply use the swipe gesture across the package in the list and then tap the Delete button.

 

Note: Deleting a lines and pairings package does not remove anything from your schedule or logbook.

 

Pairings Tab

 

The Pairings Tab lets you browse all the pairings for the currently selected lines and pairings package. You can browse by tapping All (no date information), or by the tapping on origination date. A Search toolbar button is available for scrolling to a pairing by pairing number.

 

Filter Pairings Tab

 

The Filter Pairings Tab displays filter settings to narrow your search down for daily bidding etc. You can filter for trip length, block, pay, depart and arrive time. You can also filter for origination date and aircraft equipment (flight attendants).

 

Lines Tab

 

The Lines Tab lets you browse the lines for the currently selected lines and pairings package. Scroll to any line by using the Search toolbar button.

 

A double tap on any pairing number will display the Pairing Viewer. For optimal viewing, rotate the iPad to landscape to increase the Lines Viewer font size.

 

Logbook Tab

 

The Logbook Tab will display the logbook. The logbook can use the cloud to maintain synchronization with WinBid Logbook for Windows or WinBid Mac, or WinBid Pairings 2’s logbook.

 

The easiest way to add to the logbook is to open any of your pairings and use the Pairing Action toolbar button to send the pairing’s legs to the logbook.

 

Tap on any logbook record to change an entry. To add an empty logbook record, tap the Settings toolbar button and select the Add Logbook Record popup menu.

 

With the Search toolbar button, you can find any item in the logbook. Use the specific format of yyyy-mm-dd to find a specific logbook date entry.

 

Logbook totals can be viewed by tapping the Settings toolbar button and selecting the Logbook Totals popup menu.

 

Preferences

 

Preferences are accessible from most tabs by tapping the Settings toolbar button in the top left corner of WinBid Schedule. Preferences allow you to choose a color theme for the entire app, as well as choose colors for the calendar timebars that are used in the My Schedule Calendar Viewer.

 

You can select how you want WinBid Schedule to sync with other WinBid apps. For either selection you must have already established a free Dropbox account. If you want to use Dropbox, your iPad does not need to have the Dropbox app installed, however your PC or Mac must have Dropbox installed if you want to share data with it.

 

If you want to delete all of your logbook entries, or all of your personal pairings, you can do that with the Database maintenance switch.

 

Note: flight attendants should not enter DECS password etc. DECS access in WinBid Schdedule is for pilots only.

 

Using the Cloud to Share Scheduled Pairings and Logbook

 

WinBid Schedule can keep track of your flying schedule from month to month in “My Schedule.” As well, it can help you keep track of your flying time in WinBid Schedule’s logbook.

 

Using the data sharing feature, if there are any changes to your schedule or logbook in WinBid Schedule, then those changes are sent via the cloud to all your devices and/or computer.

 

Unlike some apps, you are in complete control of how the cloud treats your data. You will always be asked before your scheduled pairings is replaced from Dropbox.

 

Configuring Dropbox

 

To use Dropbox to share your schedule and logbook with your desktop computer, or your iPhone, you must first configure WinBid Schedule for iPad or WinBid Pairings 2 for iPhone to use Dropbox. In either app (iPhone or iPad), go tap the Settings toolbar button, and select Preferences then select Use Dropbox for sync.

 

If you do not have WinBid Pairings 2, WinBid Schedule for Windows; or if WinBid Schedule for iPad has not been configured to use Dropbox, or if you do not have a Dropbox account, Dropbox is not used by WinBid Schedule for iPad.

When you start WinBid Schedule for iPad, Dropbox is checked for a newer version of your scheduled events. If a newer version is found, you are asked if you would like to replace the current version with the newer version. Dropbox is also checked for a newer schedule anytime you select the My Schedule tab. Likewise Dropbox is checked for a newer logbook anytime  you select the Logbook tab.

 

If you want to replace your schedule with data in Dropbox regardless of which location is newer, simply tap the Settings toolbar button, and select the Check Dropbox for Schedule menu (or Settings, Check Dropbox for Logbook from the Logbook tab).

 

Dropbox Configuration Cautions

 

WinBid Schedule for iPad and WinBid Schedule for Windows only share Dropbox only if your Dropbox is configured correctly.

 

Strategies for Sharing Via Dropbox

 

The device (Mac/PC or iPhone) that has made the latest changes, sends that data through Dropbox, and then is picked up by the other devices that are sharing the Dropbox source.

 

At any time, if you want the current device’s data to be the data that Dropbox has stored, simply make a temporary or permanent change to scheduled pairings and the logbook, and they will be automatically sent to Dropbox.

 

For example, if you delete a device’s data, and don’t want empty data to be in Dropbox , simple open the other device and make any temporary or permanent change in the scheduled pairings (and/or logbook), then that newer version (not empty data) is available to all devices.

 

Remember, the latest edited data is what is on Dropbox. That becomes the data that is shared between devices.

 

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