FltPlan.com said it is developing an online safety management system (SMS) subscription service for smaller business aviation flight departments and operators. An online service was chosen because it ensures easy access by all from any location and helps with document control.
Online flight planning service Fltplan.com now offers interactive IFR en route and sectional charts. Users can print the charts and overlay various layers onto charts, such as weather radar, airspace and TFRs, state outlines, grid fixes, airports and victor and jet airways. The airways view also displays SID and Star symbols on the charts, but only those associated with the planned flight.
FltPlan.com, an online flight-planning company that caters to business aviation operators, said it set new records for the number of flight plans filed with the FAA this summer. According to FltPlan.com, it handled 14.5 percent more business jet and turboprop flight plans in August than a year earlier. The number of flight plans filed also increased a similar amount in June and July, the firm noted.
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).
Flight planning Web site FltPlan.com is now offering runway analysis services by Aircraft Performance Group (APG) integrated with flight planning. Runway analysis may allow departures at heavier maximum takeoff weights, according to FltPlan.com, thanks to APG’s Airport Analyzer.
Apple hit a big milestone last month: its App Store officially surpassed 100,000 apps. That’s a mind-numbing number when you consider that the App Store didn’t even exist until July last year. Apple hit the 65,000-app mark a year later. The continued development pace is nothing short of amazing.
Early this morning the FAA’s computerized system for loading flight plans failed, causing widespread traffic delays of up to 90 minutes and some airline flight cancellations. Between approximately 5:15 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. EST the Nadin (national airspace data interchange network) system failed at both its Atlanta and Salt Lake City locations due to a router problem.
Satcom Direct (Booth No. 3208) announced a new product and upgrades of existing ones at the NBAA show on Monday.
The company’s SD Flight Tracker is a Web-based service designed to deliver precise aircraft global positioning via Inmarsat, Iridium, VHF and broadband networks. It also provides real-time satellite system status and expands the capabilities of Satcom’s FlightDeck Freedom (FDF) service.
Sure, you can use an Apple iPhone to make calls, but as devotees of the ubiquitous device know, there’s so much more to Steve Jobs’ wonder product than the phone itself.
A big part of the appeal of the iPhone, of course, is Apple’s App Store, where users can browse a mindnumbing array of applications (more than 75,000 at last count) created specifically for the device.
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.