FAA agrees to work with GA on charts

The FAA has agreed to work with officials from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, as well as other GA stakeholders, regarding the future of world aeronautical charts (WACs).

The decision follows an earlier announcement that the agency would stop producing the charts later this year. FAA officials claim publishing the WACs has become cost-prohibitive as more and more pilots move to digital flight planning. [Read more…]

Jeppesen simplifies Mobile FliteDeck IFR subscriptions

At this year’s AirVenture,  Jeppesen introduced a new structure for Mobile FliteDeck data subscriptions, to simplify the flying experience for general aviation pilots.

Pilots using Mobile FliteDeck on iPad now have 10 global coverage options for IFR navigation data services offered at a lower price point, including full U.S. coverage available for a $299 annual subscription.

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AOPA gets out of EFB market

Over the past several years, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) developed its digital flight planning tools into a suite of products that put flight planning capability, airport directory information and aviation weather in pilots’ hands.  AOPA partnered with Seattle Avionics to create FlyQ EFB, an electronic flight bag (EFB) iPad application, and FlyQ Pocket, a smartphone application.

Shortly after joining AOPA last fall, President Mark Baker began a review of AOPA’s member benefits and products, which included an assessment of where members believe AOPA should spend resources in regards to flight planning benefits.

As a result, AOPA has decided to exit the EFB market, and will develop a distinct smartphone application focusing on content and functions driven by member needs.  The new smartphone application will remain a free member benefit, AOPA officials said.

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