You can enter dates by clicking on the calendar icon next to the corresponding date field, or by hand-entering the date. With practice, you will generally find it much faster to enter dates by hand. You can enter dates in virtually any format you find convenient. Some valid examples are:
- 1/4/05 8:00
- December 13, 1971 17:45
- 7/15 20:45
- x ("today")
- xx ("yesterday")
- today 11:30
- x 9:23
- 042330Z ("The 4th of the current month at 23:30Z")
If you omit the year, the current year will be used.
Dates and times are interpreted as UTC. So, for example, if you enter "x" after 8pm on the U.S. East Coast, it will be translated as tomorrow's date. (Note: Certain screens, such as the schedule entry screen, use user-configurable time zones rather than always using UTC.)
If you enter a date with no specific time, 0000Z will be used as the time.
Do not add a 'Z' to the end of any specified times (except when entering METAR format). Dates and times are already assumed to be in Zulu time.
Note that by default, a date entered as "1/4/05" will be interpreted as "Jan 4, 2005" which is the American convention for dates. You can change this to European style under My Profile -> General Preferences -> Dates.