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Sync appointments with my Personal Calendar (iPhone / iPad / Google calendar / Outlook / etc.)

Allow me to Sync my appointments with iCal.

When you make a reservation or delete a reservation it should link up with you calendar on the iPhone/iPad.

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AdminKay Wegner (Team FSP, Flight Schedule Pro) shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
started  ·  AdminJasen Barnes (Team FSP, Flight Schedule Pro) responded  · 

We’ve been looking into this further. It’s a feature we would love to add and I believe we will. Ideally if an appointment was created or edited in Flight Schedule Pro, your personal calendar would immediately be updated.

However, there’s a real down side to us syncing with personal calendars. It’s the fact that they new appointments won’t show up immediately and when appointments are rescheduled in Flight Schedule Pro the update won’t be seen for many hours in your personal calendar.

For example, if you use Google Calendar, it could take 8 hours or more for an appointment rescheduled in Flight Schedule Pro to show the correct start-time in Google Calendar.

Google knows about this issue, but it’s not something they plan on fixing.

I just wanted to share this information with you and see if you still love this full sync feature.

Would you mind commenting and letting us know your thoughts at the link below?

http://feedback.flightschedulepro.com/forums/230171-pilot-community/suggestions/4925392-sync-appointments-with-my-personal-calendar-iphon

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  • Rory Condon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agree this is very much worthwhile. Would need a prominent note in the calendar item (even in the title) to remind about the sync delays and ask the user to monitor their emails for updates, especially close to the scheduled time.

  • Cole Ettingoff commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Even if it didn't happen automatically it would be great to be able to easily export flights to iCal. For example I scheduled five flights today and had to enter them all by hand into my calendar. I'm sure we've all seen other software where this sort of feature exists.

  • Cameron Spence commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I use FSP all the time, as does my wife, and we both have to manually enter our flights in Google calendar as well. This would be incredibly useful to us both, even with potential delays in Google refresh. Bear in mind that you can force a manual refresh, so you don't necessarily have to wait for the automatic refresh to kick in. So this feature definitely gets my vote!

  • Jesse Sharpe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would love to see this feature despite the delay in showing up. It’s a lot of time and work to manually update my calendars.

  • Bradford Ryll commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Mr. Barnes,

    It would be incredibly useful to add an "additional calendar" in Google Calendar that shows my obligations as an instructor. The intended use would be to stay aware of lesson end times so that I can ensure I'm ready for my next student, or so that I can choose to extend a lesson if there's time available.

    Brad

  • Andy Zhou commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I’m an IT guy. I suggest a simple way to start. Can you just add an calendar invite item to the email sent by the when an appointment created or modified?

  • Michael Larch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yea that's a problem. Not gonna be able to use FSP. Need Google calendar entries transferred and update FSP instantly as i make changes

  • DOUG FATE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please please please get this done! My life revolves around my fsp calendar and my Google calendar. Syncing even with a delay would make my life considerably less complicated. Do we need to start a donation fund? What's it take to get this done?

  • Cameron Spence commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I wouldn't mind 8 hours delay - that's better than having to maintain my personal diary independently of FSP. Ideally publish an iCal feed so that we can then link it into any device or client, e.g. iOS diaries, Outlook, Google etc.

  • Cedric HODES commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please add the possibility to send an ICS file with the confirmation e-mail.
    It will allow sync from FSP to iphone calendar.
    Not that much complicated, but could save lot of time for the users!

  • Zachary Ramsay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's hard to believe this hasn't yet been implemented. If, internally, there are no plans to do this, the least FSP could do is open source the code and allow pull requests for (very basic, to say the least!) improvements.

  • Chris Wilson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have some expertise in this space but more importantly, I use many web-based scheduling solutions for various reasons like kids soccer where games/fields change all the time.

    The "show stopper" sync delay you mention I don't see as a major blocker. Yes in an ideal world everything would be in-sycn. And yes there is a delay and much of it depends on how the persons mobile device is configured which you have no control over. But the benefit to us users, even during the edge case of change, is much greater than the downside.

    They way that most everyone in the industry works around the delay issue is to send an email and/or an SMS when there is a change. This has a some benefits. First most folks look at their calendar a couple of times a day. So even if the event was changed they may or may not notice. It also takes care of the cache latency issue. This lets the user know they should refresh their calendar if it does not match the calendar app or go look at the record on the website.

    My $.02
    Chris Wilson
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yepher/

  • Rob Linford commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Personally I don't want the system synchronizing with my calendar directly but I would really like it to at least include an iCal file with the appointment email so I can decide if it's something I want to add to my calendar myself. It's a little weird that this is not already a feature, I see you can look at appointments on the website (not the app) and ask for an iCal file. It's just a pain to get an email then manually enter an appointment when I know attaching an iCal file would be a simple thing for the system to do. Our last scheduling program did this and it worked well.

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