CHICAGO – OpenAirplane, an online service that connects pilots to planes across the U.S. much like a rental car company, has secured $500,000 in seed funding from several investors in Chicago and abroad. The funds will help OpenAirplane hire more developers, accelerate growth, and build new products. [Read more…]
CHICAGO – OpenAirplane reached a milestone this week as it topped more than 10,000 pilots signed up to fly with the airplane rental service.
More than 58% of those pilots’ home airports are now less than 25 miles from the nearest participating airplane, compared to just 22% when the service launched in mid-2013, according to officials. Hours flown using OpenAirplane have more than doubled year over year. [Read more…]
DULUTH, Minn. — Cirrus Aircraft is collaborating with OpenAirplane. Pilots who participate in the Cirrus factory approved initial and proficiency training will be offered rental credentials through OpenAirplane for the same model of Cirrus, without the hassle and expense of another checkout.
With its universal checkout, OpenAirplane makes renting an airplane as easy as renting a car. Once pilots pass the checkout, they can go to OpenAirplane-affiliated flight schools and FBOs and rent an airplane.
KAPOLEI, Hawaii – OpenAirplane has inked a new partnership with Barber’s Point Aviation Services to provide Hawaii-based and visiting pilots easier access to aircraft for rental and use on the island of Oahu, through its Universal Pilot Checkout (UPC) system.