Thursday, May 12, 2011

 Date: May 18, 2010
Contact: Kirk Scarborough
Public Affairs Dept.
Press Release
Coast Guard Auxiliary Establishes New Float Plan
          
 11 May 2010: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary announced today its new 2010 Float Plan that offers unprecedented flexibility and ease of use. 

The new float plan allows users of Adobe Reader version 8 or later to save any data they enter into the float plan on their computer for later revision or use.  Users now only need to enter information about their vessel one time.  Data related to specific trips can be added or changed as necessary.  “The ability to save data and e-mail a completed float plan to a friend or relative is a huge convenience for the recreational boater” says Public Affairs Web Branch Chief Vern Jansky.  “It was the most requested feature, and we’re very pleased to be able to offer it in this update.”

The update also includes new data fields, additional user defined fields, and new drop-down lists that show all of the available choices for greater ease of use.  The Vessel Type field has been expanded offering a broader range of recreational vessels to choose from.  The Itinerary section has been enhanced to improve readability.  Also, each field on the plan has an explanatory “tip” that is displayed when the user hovers over the field, providing specific guidance on the type of data that should be entered.

In accordance with the 2010 DHS Appropriations Act, the U.S. Coast Guard terminated the transmission of all U.S. LORAN-C signals on 08 Feb 2010.  Additionally, the International Cospas-Sarsat System ceased satellite processing of 121.5/243 MHz beacons on 1 February 2009.  Although Emergency Locator Transmitters used by aircraft may still be used, alerts from these devices or from 121.5/243 MHz EPIRBs will no longer be acted upon unless detected by an over flying aircraft.  The 2010 Float Plan update reflects these changes with the elimination of LORAN C and EPIRB Class A, B, C, S, and Inmarsat E options.

Availability

The updated Float Plan will be available 21 May 2010 worldwide on the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Float Plan Central website: www.floatplancentral.org.

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