should be the last flight in the list. Click “Archive.” Click “Ok” when prompted for the folder location. Go to “Flight” -> “Close” and then, “Flight” -> “Exit.”
Open the folder where the flight was archived. There should be three files that were generated. They will look something like “TXXX,” “HXXX,” and ,”BXXX,” where XXX represents the flight number. Highlight the three files. Right-click and select “Send To” -> “Compressed (Zipped) Folder. This will place the three files together in a single .zip file.
The new zip file must file must be renamed. Right-click on the .zip and select “Rename.” The new name should follow the following format:
StationID(lowercase)Year(2 digit)Month(2 digit)Date(2 digit)FlightTime(2digit)
For example, suppose you had just worked the 00z flight from Amarillo, TX, on 1 April 2008. The file name would look like:
The original three files can now be deleted.
Open the “NCDC Upload” shortcut on the desktop. Click on “Page” and select “Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer. After a few seconds, a new Explorer window will open. Drag the renamed .zip file from the archive folder to the NCDC FTP folder. After the file has transferred, in the FTP folder, right-click and select “Refresh.” If the transfer was successful, the file should disappear.
If no other work is required, close all remaining open windows and logoff the workstation.
If an unusual error occurs during the flight, it might be necessary to capture the flight for NCDC review. After you have completed all other steps, click on the “Capture” icon on the desktop. Select your flight from the pull-down menu and hit “Capture.”
Go to the MIRS website and complete form B-26. Use the information from the paper log to fill out the form.