October 10, 2012
By Ian J. Twombly
AOPA members learn about FltPlan.com’s apps and Web programs during AOPA Aviation Summit.
FltPlan.com users now have easier access to the popular flight planning website thanks to some enhanced mobile features.
The company’s iPad application now offers document support, faster downloads, and georeferenced charts for Central America and the Caribbean.
Document storage is meant to provide easy access to items such as checklists, operations procedures, expense tracking, and other road warrior needs. The application provides up to 10 megabytes of storage. According to the company, chart downloads are now 10 times faster, and individual charts can be pre-selected for download to automatically start. The application also now features hi and low airway charts for most of Central America and the Caribbean.
FltPlan.com also improved its Andriod application with the release of moving maps for the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. This includes the ability to make “notes” on the map, and a feature that stores the plan for recall later.
With the new map capabilities and new hardware on the market that can send ADS-B weather to the iPad, it became a natural fit for the company to do as others have done and partner with a device manufacturer. Users can now get ADS-B weather from a Sagetech device or the XGPS170 that’s coming from Dual.
FAA Information and Services
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AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.