AOPA members bound for the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, April 7-13, will have a better chance of avoiding aerial traffic chokepoints this year, thanks to a special Flight Explorer real-time display of GA traffic in central Florida during the event.
The Flight Explorer aircraft position display will be available at no charge on the AOPA Web site Friday, April 5, through Monday, April 15. It will accurately show positions of all GA aircraft operating under IFR, as well as some VFR aircraft using ATC flight following service. The display will be updated once a minute and will include moving "tags" for each aircraft, showing identification, speed, altitude, and additional information.
"Any pilot who has flown to Sun 'n Fun knows what a high-density environment it is," said Flight Explorer President and CEO Walter Kross. "This display can be invaluable for pilots hoping to avoid the most heavily traveled routes." Last year, more than 52,000 fly-in aircraft movements were recorded at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport during the event.
Centered on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, and with 15-nm and 30-nm rings, the display will also identify other public-use airports in central Florida, including Plant City Municipal, Bartow Municipal, Lake Wales Municipal, and Winter Haven's Gilbert airports. Restricted areas and MOAs just east of the Sun 'n Fun site will also be graphically displayed.
AOPA and Certified partner Flight Explorer offer subscriptions to the fully functional version of AOPA Flight Explorer Personal Edition for just $8.95 for up to 10 hours of real-time flight tracking per month, a discount of more than 10 percent from the regular subscription cost for non-AOPA members. For more information on subscriptions, see the Web site.