January 23, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
Seattle-based SkyVector has launched its World FBO Directory as part of its chart viewer. The new directory seamlessly integrates into SkyVector’s mapping interface.
The free directory displays real-time fuel prices on the charts in relevant currencies and units of measure. It also allows users to filter for FBO features and facilities, including participation in fuel card programs or amenities offered. SkyVector added the FBO directory in response to its users, said founder David Graves. “They have long asked us to finish our airport pages with FBO data, so we finally decided to do it,” he said.
The directory launched on Jan. 18, so data is still being filled in, said Graves. “Our hope is that FBOs will take an active role in claiming their listings and filling out their information,” he said. “But there are a lot of important FBOs out there whose information we don’t want to go stale, so we’ll call them to get the latest information.”
SkyVector will do its best to keep FBO information current, said Graves. “But we will also depend on our users to fill out reports on Skyvector.com,” he said. “If we see prices that are too good to be true, we’ll check them. Users are required to enter an email when they add data, and if we see too many bad changes, we can block their updates.
“The basic free listing is incredibly powerful, helping pilots discover FBO’s in places they may never have thought to look,” said Graves in a media release. “As operators see how efficiently SkyVector brings airplanes to ramps at participating FBOs, we anticipate enthusiastic participation worldwide.”
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
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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