SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Flight planning service provider FltPlan is now supporting more than 150,000 aviation professionals and private pilots as it celebrates its 15-year anniversary.
“Over that time we’ve made thousands of pilots lives easier,” said Ken Wilson, president of FltPlan, who developed the flight planning program as a college project and has seen it grow to where pilots file more than 5 million flight plans annually and account for about 70% of all U.S. N#-registered flight plans filed.
Making pilots’ lives easier has been a driving philosophy behind many of the features and services that the company has introduced over the last 15 years, he noted.
“We really value the feedback and suggestions that come from our users,” Wilson said. This, according to Wilson, has been one of the reasons for FltPlan’s growth.
Wilson said that without the loyal following that FltPlan has built in its 15 years, it would not exist.
“It is important that we thank our users, many of whom have been with us since 1999,” he said. “We owe our growth and success to them as well as to our advertisers.”
“We came into the market at the right time and at the right place,” he said. “There was a need. We filled it and for the past 15 years we have remained competitive in an ever evolving industry.”
FltPlan is celebrating its 15 year anniversary by highlighting a cross section of users including Bill Cope, who has been a FltPlan user since 2000. Cope flies three to four days a week out of airports around the Little Rock, Arkansas area.
“FltPlan morphs and changes,” Cope said. “Somebody at FltPlan is really on the ball. As corporate aviation changes and evolves, FltPlan evolves right along with it, especially with international flying. If a bunch of techno nerds ran FltPlan it probably wouldn’t be as much on the ball as it is. The fact that pilots are involved with FltPlan makes it very innovative. When FltPlan.com came online I said to one of my co-pilots, ‘this is going to revolutionize corporate aviation and I think it has.'”
Since it began, FltPlan has grown to be much more than a basic free flight planning service for the U.S. and service now extends to Canada, the Caribbean, and Central America. Other free services include geo-referenced approach charts for the U.S. and Canada, a weight-and-balance calculator, and an online logbook. FltPlan’s paid services include IS-BAO compliant SMS and auditing, certified U.S. and Mexican APIS, flight tracking, runway analysis, and the DCM call sign service for security and privacy.
Wilson said he sees no slowdown in demand for FltPlan’s flight planning and other services. “APIS, the iPad and Android tablets, SMS, and flight tracking are among the many things that weren’t around when we started,” he said. “FltPlan has worked hard to keep up with emerging technologies and developments in the industry.”
For more information: FltPlan.com