March 29, 2011
By Alyssa J. Miller
Pilots are always looking for a faster, easier way to plan their flights: from pencils and paper charts to electronic E-6Bs to online flight planners that do almost all of the work—except for choosing the departure and destination airports.
Online flight planning providers are striving to make it even simpler, and AeroPlanner has taken a stab at doing so using a familiar interface—Google Maps.
AeroPlanner integrates maps, weather, temporary flight restrictions, airport data, a logbook, and more. With the new Google Maps interface, pilots can easily move their flight plan into Google Earth for a virtual look at the obstacles and airspace along their route of flight and check out the airport environment at their destination. The charts and flight plan can be saved as a single PDF to be printed or even pulled up in flight on an iPad or other device.
AeroPlanner offers monthly and yearly subscriptions. Prices range from $4.95 to $12.95 per month and $49.95 to $249.95 per year.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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