To cut costs and improve efficiency, the FAA is moving to end its direct-to-public retail sales of aeronautical charts and related paper products. Last week the agency stopped accepting or renewing chart subscriptions. While individual charts will be available through the agency’s website through September, on October 1 it will stop selling individual charts.
Subscription business model
Latitude Technologies announced that its Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system is now available on a subscription basis, which gives fleet operators the opportunity to reduce upfront capital costs dramatically. Latitude Technologies President Mark Insley explained the reason for the move away from the purchase-only option. “We want to make it simple for operators to get FDM embedded in their fleet operations so they see how the data captured by the IONode can help improve flight safety and operating efficiencies.”
ATP has introduced its new HubConnect document management pplication and mobile service for the iPad. The app combines the power of ATP’s single-source knowledge services with the portability of the iPad.
Aircraft Sales and Parts is now available to anyone free of charge to search, request pricing and contact the advertiser directly. “If you are looking to buy or sell any type of aircraft or aviation product you have come to the right place,” CEO and co-founder Rob Taylor said. The service is subscription-based (rather than commission-based) for the seller, so any individual can make free inquiries and there’s no charge for sales. Users are allowed to list up to a million parts and/or aircraft from a single account.
Aviation fuel-management software provider FuelerLinx has unveiled a new fueling pricing aid. The San Francisco-based company, which developed software that automatically finds the latest fuel prices for its customers, is demonstrating its FBOLinx Web site (www.fbolinx.com) here at the NBAA convention (Booth No. 5748).
Avinode (Booth No. 3117), the business- to-business platform for online buying and selling of charter flights, was conceived barely a decade ago by three students as part of a joint thesis paper for the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenberg, Sweden. As a business venture, it was modified and launched in 2001 with European charter operators as its primary market.
New subscribers to either the online aircraft sales statistics of JetNet or the online maintenance tracking system of Flightdocs can receive a $3,000 voucher and 90 days of free service, under a joint marketing agreement. Subscriptions to Utica, N.Y.-based JetNet include the firm’s premium services and database updates.