There are many ways to gain access to information about airports and the services available there. Ac-U-Kwik’s printed pilot guides– and later its Web site–have traditionally been considered among the best. Now the company has refined and expanded its Web site (www.acukwik.com). Not only has more information been added, but now Ac-U-Kwik has sharpened its focus on international operations.
Information on North American airports and FBOs remains free on the Web site (though registration is now required), while detailed data on international facilities will cost $129.95 for a year’s access. But act now, as they say, and you can take advantage of an introductory reduced rate of $69.95 for new subscribers. That incentive remains in effect until September 30.
What you get is real-time data on more than 8,000 airports with runways 3,000 feet or longer. There is information on flight services, including fuel, maintenance, charter, ground transportation, catering, airport diagrams and even a feature that allows users to locate the nearest airport to a street address. The site links users to Intellicast, a division of WSI, for real-time weather information, including METARS, TAFS and graphic displays. A travel-services page lets users book airline flights or make hotel and rental car reservations through Expedia.com. There is even an “employment links” page for aviation professionals. A DUAT link allows aircraft operators to file and submit domestic and international flight plans.
Ac-U-Kwik plans to add more services for international travelers later this year, including global charter services listings; customs information; clearance information; visa requirements; immigration services; health advisories; security alerts; currency, weight-and-measure and time zone conversions; and cultural overviews, including special local holiday considerations. Other planned additions include global scheduling and booking links for FBOs and other handling services; notams, TFRs and associated ground charts; listings of amenities at international handlers; a searchable VOR database; aviation news and updates; and continually updated fuel prices from the suppliers.
Most important, the site is easy to navigate. You don’t have to be a dedicated Internet junkie to find what you need.