Otonomy Aviation (Booth No. 4609) has completed development of its new Parabellum system for guarding aircraft while they are parked on the ramp. The system uses high definition CAMHD-1 video cameras mounted on the exterior of the aircraft. The cameras can also provide video for the cabin entertainment system.
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FlightAware announced here at the show that users of its online flight-tracking, flight-data and flight-planning services can now make fuel arrangements with the new free FuelAware service. FuelAware allows dispatchers and pilots to submit pricing requests anonymously to FBOs for passenger, pilot and aircraft services and to make reservations at FBOs.
The power of Twitter compels you. Well, at least, it should.
When it comes to online business networking, Twitter is king. But business aviation veterans have been hesitant to adopt networking tools, such as Twitter, to increase awareness and outside interaction with the aviation world. I have heard phrases like “It’s not used in our demographic,” and “I don’t have the time,” which to me sounds suspiciously like an excuse.
Palm Springs, Calif.-based Desert Jet is promoting charter quotes via its Facebook page, and the company claims that this is the first air charter quoting program accessible from a social media platform. “This quoting tool provides quick and easy access via Facebook to instant charter quotes for Desert Jet’s entire charter fleet, as well as the ability to request a reservation with a click of the mouse,” the company said.
Desert Jet, an aircraft charter company based near Palm Springs, Calif., yesterday launched what it claims is the first air charter quoting program accessible from a social media platform. With the added feature, customers can request quotes for flights directly from the company’s Facebook page.
In AIN’s first survey of smartphone use by aviators, 82 readers participated. The top three most popular platforms are RIM’s BlackBerry, with 41 respondents, followed by Apple’s iPhone at 36 and Android phones at nine. The greatest daily use of smartphones for flying jobs is e-mail (89.9 percent), checking weather (82.3 percent) Web access (54.4 percent) and flight planning and dispatching (both at 49 percent).
FBO chain Tac Air has added Flight-Aware’s FBO ToolBox at its 13 FBOs in the U.S. The ToolBox enables FBOs to enhance FlightAware aircraft tracking information with fuel uplift calculations and historical visitor counters, according to FlightAware, to aid an FBO’s marketing efforts. The ToolBox also employs Amstat’s aircraft ownership/operator data, which provides FBOs with up-to-date contact information.
FlightAware (Booth No.1693), the first company to offer free flight tracking of private and commercial aircraft, has announced its new FBO Toolbox, a Web-based, market-analysis and flight-tracking application. The new toolbox offers FBO managers an in-depth look into the flying habits of both current and potential customers. Elements of the Toolbox are also available on FlightAware’s just-launched iPhone application.
Seems like the buzz about social media is never ending these days–so much so, in fact, that you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has not heard of a blog or a podcast. That’s the good news. The bad news is that digging a bit deeper, you’ll probably find that most folks are almost clueless about why they should spend any time reading or listening to one, much less building one of their own.
The flight planner available on Flight-Aware’s Web site is still in pre-release beta form, and FlightAware is asking users to submit feedback. Nevertheless, the planner offers a lot of features and capability for the price, which is free.