FltPlan has launched its free, full-feature Android Go app designed as an alternative to the iPad which, until now, has been the primary device available for inflight usage. This makes FltPlan the first company to offer free inflight apps on both Apple and Android tablets.

FltPlan's new redesigned FltPlan Go for Android is the mirror image of its iPad Go app, introduced earlier this year. The company points out that if you are familiar with the iPad Go app pilots can transition easily to the Android Go.

"The beauty of FltPlan is that you can keep and use both, an iPad and an Android," said Ken Wilson, founder and president of FltPlan, the largest flight-planning service in North America.  "Other flight planning companies do not offer such redundancy. We are giving people choices. You are not limited by being tied to one device."

The free FltPlan Go app for Android shows graphical flight plan routes and gives registered users offline and in-flight access to NavLogs, approach plates, weather briefings, high resolution/zoomable sectional, victor low charts, and jet high charts. It also offers a variety of basemaps such as satellite, street, shaded relief, and topographic (with an internet connection). Users have the ability to track flights and access tools and calculators such as checklists, weight & balance, runway wind calculation, and temperature conversion.

FltPlan Go for Android features include streamlined interface for easy access to essential flight planning tools, moving maps for the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Central America, breadcrumbs on moving maps and approach plates, and geo-referenced approach charts and taxi charts for the U.S. and Canada.

Other features include the ability to download and save flight plans, NavLogs, and weather briefings for offline and in-flight use. In addition, FltPlan Go for Android provides U.S. airport/facilities directory (AFD), Canadian flight supplement (CFS), helicopter routes, TAC charts, SUAs for offline use, detailed FBO and airport information, including up-to-date fuel prices, document storage and multiple binders, annotations, scratchpad function, and downloadable world map. All these features will work online and offline.

Wilson said he believes the Android has been a nonevent when it comes to aviation—until now.

"Manufacturers like Samsung and Google now have tablets that are competitively priced and designed to go up against the Apple iPad. So not only is the quality hardware available, FltPlan is providing software for pilots to use with these devices.

Wilson said he already sees a pent up demand for something other than iPad from many of FltPlan's 145,000 users. "Pilots are looking for the increased flexibility, ability to update, and the lower costs, as much as 43 percent, that Android tablets offer."

Four years ago, FltPlan created the Legacy app to provide pilots with airport information and approach charts. The legacy app continued to add more features and functionality as pilots' in-flight needs grew. FltPlan developers determined however that in order to continue to add more robust capabilities it was better to start over with an improved platform and they developed the FltPlan Go concept.

Just like the Legacy app, FltPlan android Go is integrated with the FltPlan website for one-stop flight planning in one centralized user account.

FltPlan's current Legacy app will remain available for use and the company will continue to support and maintain it.

"The Go app concept is our new platform and that is where we are going to continue to grow," Wilson said. "But people can still use the Legacy app if they want to."

Wilson explained that what makes FltPlan's Go iPad app and Go Android app so intriguing is that they are free. "You can put as many devices as you want on the program.  Whatever device you have in your airplane, you can leave it there. No matter where you are, you know you have access to the same data across all platforms and not have to worry about a subscription for every device you use.

Since the service was born on the web, FltPlan's servers save all flight planning information and user documents. Should a pilot's mobile device become unavailable, the pilot is just one internet connection away from his data.

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Say "NO" to Airspace Anxiety - How to Beat the Fear of Busy Airspace and just Enjoy the Experience
Written by Scott Stahl    Friday, 12 July 2013 08:57    PDF Print E-mail

Every year thousands of pilots descend on the biggest spectacle in aviation, AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For many would-be attendees the thought of flying in such busy airspace is a daunting one. However, with proper planning and by using techniques that apply to busy airports in general, flying into Oshkosh can be a fun experience for a pilot of any skill level and should be on the to-do list of any pilot interested in going to the show.

There are several actions pilots can take to make operations in busy airspace less stressful and safer for everyone involved. Thorough consideration of these elements will make any flight into crowded airspace a more enjoyable experience and less an exercise in frustration.


The Benefits of Oil Analysis - Regular Testing Keeps Your Engine Healthy and Happy
Written by Jacqueline Shipe    Thursday, 10 January 2013 08:18    PDF Print E-mail

Engine oil and the lubrication system are critical components of an engine’s health and longevity. Performing regular oil and filter changes, keeping oil levels where they should be, and ensuring that the system is operating at the proper temperature and pressure are essential to getting the maximum life out of any engine.

Engine oil not only lubricates and reduces friction between moving parts, it also cleans the engine, carrying dirt and particles to the filter. It helps cool the engine as it circulates and also aids in compression by helping to seal the gap between the rings and cylinder walls.

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Engine Starting Troubles: Pre-heating and Proper Maintenance Key to Cold Weather Starting
Written by Jacqueline Shipe    Friday, 15 February 2013 09:26    PDF Print E-mail

During the winter months, the often extremely cold temperatures take their toll on mechanical equipment that has to operate outdoors, and airplane engines are no exception.

Most of the time when troubleshooting an engine that runs rough the trouble is with the spark plugs, ignition leads, or magnetos. An older mechanic once made mention of the fact that 75 percent of engine problems were from a malfunction in the ignition system; 20 percent of the troubles were from the fuel system, and only 5 percent were from something that constituted a major repair, like worn lobes on a camshaft or an internal mechanical failure.

Starting issues, however, generally are caused by incorrect amounts of fuel. The secondary cause for starting troubles is usually ignition related. Airplanes, like anything else, can be especially difficult to start in the colder months.


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Finding Ms. Daisy - New Pilot Finds Plane of his Dreams
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Despite my experience and familiarity with the 172, I quickly achieved my complex rating in the Arrow. Like most pilots, I had always dreamed of having my own aircraft and at this point I knew I wanted a Piper.

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Your Avionics Panel: Avionics "Tools" for the VFR Pilot
Written by Bob Hart    Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:58    PDF Print E-mail

In the early 2000s, as Sales Manager of Eastern Avionics, part of our marketing program included yearly participation in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (now called AirVenture) and Sun n’ Fun in Florida. These shows continue to attract thousands of pilots of all budgets and experience and I did forums each year on Designing and Upgrading Your Avionics Panel. The goal was to help pilots of all skill levels with the basics—not so much what units to buy, but more about how they plan to fly their aircraft and what avionics they should have onboard to meet the requirements of their respective goals. I started by asking pilots to categorize themselves into one of the following four flying groups:

1. The “VFR” Pilot in a basic VFR Airplane

2. The “Low-Time” IFR Pilot in a Light IFR Aircraft

3. The “Experienced” IFR Pilot in a Serious IFR Aircraft

4. The “Pro” IFR Pilot flying the aircraft for Business


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