Poised to chip away at flight-planning monolith Universal, Air Routing unveils a new suite of online flight-planning products and services this month. Existing clients can use the new system October 1; new clients can sign up at the NBAA Convention later this month.
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.
Garmin’s GPSmap 696 is a capable and feature-filled portable GPS navigator that doubles as a Class 1 or 2 electronic flight bag (EFB) with the ability to display weather, terrain, approach charts and airways. While the 696 displays own-ship position on moving maps and SafeTaxi airport diagrams, potential buyers should know that it does not do so on approach charts.
Flight planning and trip-handling company Air Routing has released a fuel stop analyzer as part of its new online Trip Quotes service. Customers can use Trip Quotes to “determine Air Routing arrangement fees, international third-party charges and estimated fuel costs before planning a trip,” according to the company. With the fuel stop analyzer, pilots and dispatchers can evaluate tech stops along a great-circle route and compare fuel prices.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90, Bloomingdale, Ga., Sept. 15, 2007– According to the board, the probable cause of the crash of the King Air C90 was “loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion as a result of the pilot’s improper preflight planning and preparation.
Because operators choosing to use a self-service flight planning system (FPS) face some significant challenges when flying in Europe, Universal Weather and Aviation (Booth No. 643) has developed UVflightplanner.com to leverage the local knowledge and hands-on experience of its London-based European Operations Centre (EOC) to actively manage every flight plan it files into Eurocontrol.
The TAG TransPolar08 team and friends celebrated the official approval of the crew’s record-breaking flight around the world last year at a pre-EBACE event here at Geneva International Airport on Sunday. Marcel Meyer, Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) executive officer of records, presented diplomas designating the record to the five pilots who participated on the more than 52-hour journey.
The greatest strength of the International Operators Conference (IOC) since its inception has been that it combines a review of the basics of international operations–avoiding gross navigational errors (GNEs), Customs and Immigration notification issues and ATC rules–with a relentless push to update flight department managers and crews about ever-evolving topics such as the moving target of new RNP technologies used to navigate oceanic airspac
Business aircraft flight activity last month increased nearly 8 percent over February, according to data from Cincinnati-based ARG/US. This marks the second month-over-month upward trend in recent flight data from ARG/US and further strengthens hope that this is indeed a solid recovery sign for the business aviation industry.
According to ARG/US TRAQPak data, business aircraft flight activity increased 28.55 percent in February over the previous month, possibly indicating early signs of recovery. ARG/US’s data covers all turbine business aircraft on IFR flight plans in the U.S., including international flights departing from or arriving in the U.S.