FltPlan is offering its free aircraft weight-and-balance program via its website and mobile apps for more than 400 models. Since the program was launched 18 months ago, pilots have created 38,000 customized aircraft weight-and-balance profiles. In the past six months alone, FltPlan has added 165 aircraft models, ranging from a Cessna 150 to a Gulfstream G280. The cross-platform format works on the web, as well as on iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices, FltPlan said.
Smartphone maker BlackBerry (née RIM) plans to close its corporate flight department as part of a comprehensive restructuring plan aimed at stemming losses that are set to total as much as $995 million during its second fiscal quarter, which ended last month. New chief executive Thorsten Heins has decided to sell a Bombardier Global Express that the Waterloo, Ontario-based company bought pre-owned as recently as July for an undisclosed price.
Dubai-based trip support specialist United Aviation Services (UAS, Booth 371) is here giving live demos of its new Trip Management System (TMS). TMS is “a web-based and mobile trip management application” that will give customers real-time access to UAS’s range of business aviation services. For example, customers will be able to track, in real time, the status of their flights and service requests. They will also have access to handling and fuel confirmations.
Arinc Direct (Booth 1200) is showcasing the preproduction version of Xplore, a communications service that offers, on an iPad, Acars messaging, voice and a messaging platform for SMS and instant messaging and BlackBerry email services. The new product is “in the final stages of testing before certification and full production,” according to Arinc Direct, which is taking pre-orders at the EBACE show.
Fractional provider Avantair has released “owner portal” applications for iOS, Blackberry and Android devices, allowing customers to book and view scheduled flights via smartphones and tablets. “Our mobile application allows customers more flexibility when traveling. They can now book flights, view their scheduled flights, view peak travel days and even change profile settings online by using mobile devices,” said Avantair CIO David Fitzgerald. “This is essential for our customer base since our clients are constantly on the go.”
Apple, Android and BlackBerry owners operating Sikorsky aircraft have a new tool to help them interface with Sikorsky Aerospace Services. SAS has launched new mobile applications for the Sikorsky360 Web portal, a proprietary online support capability currently used by more than 4,000 operators globally.
Earlier this month a BeechJet 400A left Fort Lauderdale’s Banyan Air Service for Argentina outfitted with the Thrane & Thrane Aviator 200 Swift Broadband system. “About half our customer base is in South America, and that market is about to explode,” Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics, told AIN.
Landmark Aviation made its Bay Area debut last month at Oakland International Airport. The new site occupies Hangar 5 and half of hangar 3 on the airport’s North Field, which was formerly part of Kaiser Air’s FBO until its lease on those facilities expired.
Visitors to this year’s NBAA show can wave goodbye to sore shoulders with a brand new app from SmartBag. The company’s new Digital Tradeshow Bag uses Quick Response (QR) code technology, which enables iPhone users to scan icons displayed on participating booths. Attendees can then download exhibitors’ marketing materials directly to their own devices.
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