October 30, 2003
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association today announced the launch of a new, advanced, graphics-based flight-planning tool with real-time graphic depictions of weather and temporary flight restrictions.
"This is one of the most significant improvements AOPA has ever made to our online services," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Our Real-Time Flight Planner brings click-and-drag simplicity to flight planning. It offers advanced features utilizing the latest technology from Jeppesen but is a free service available to our members.
"In today's security-driven flight environment, it's vital that pilots have the most up-to-date information available," continued Boyer. "Every time a member launches Real-Time Flight Planner, it automatically downloads the latest TFR and navigation aid information."
Members download a small application from AOPA Online that interfaces with Real-Time Flight Planner. Once they've done that, they may store a pilot profile, two aircraft profiles, and up to five flight plans online, meaning that they can then use any Internet-capable computer that has the application installed to access their information.
One of the flight planner's most useful features allows pilots to easily alter routes around TFRs or weather by simply "rubber-banding" the course to a new waypoint outside the affected area.
Other features include:
"AOPA is constantly striving to give its members the best tools for flying safely," said Boyer. "And with Jeppesen providing the aeronautical data and electronic charting, including real-time graphical TFRs, pilots can plan with confidence."
If you prefer to use our original flight planner, it will be available through the end of the year. Or you may want to check out an enhanced version of the flight planner from Enflight. Details are available through the link above.
AOPA is the world's largest civil aviation organization, with more than 400,000 members. Since its founding at Philadelphia's Wings Field 64 years ago, AOPA has been dedicated to keeping general aviation fun, affordable, and, above all, safe.
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