Owning, renting or borrowing an airplane can be complex – from both sides of the relationship – but help is available. Canada-based Buddypilots Aviation has recently launched buddypilots.com to serve everyone from FBOs and flight schools to partnerships, sole owner-operators and even non-owner pilots and mechanics.
I recently met with Thibaut Souyris, Buddypilots’ VP of Business Development for a walk-through.
From the pilot perspective, after setting up an account that includes pilot qualifications, flight time, home-base, aircraft and the like, the Dashboard comes to life once logged in. Weather, recent flight time, qualification status, scheduling, recent flights, invoices and more are just a click away.
A complimentary iPhone app (other platforms coming soon), it will track flight milestones such as engine start, takeoff, landing and engine stop. The data will upload when a connection is available and populate your logbook for fine tuning and approval.
Buddypilots has been three years in the making and is aimed at flight schools and FBOs with five to 25 aircraft.
For businesses pricing is based on the number of aircraft with an unlimited number users able to access Buddypilots.
The feature list is lengthy and growing: Scheduler, pilot logbook, aircraft profile, flight management, pre-flight assistance, student pilot oversight and coordination, billing, maintenance management and more.
Missing from the feature set is true flight planning, but Thibaut (pronounced Tee-bow) assures me isn’t in their plans.
Regardless of the product line that would fit you best, a 30-day free trial is available so you can kick the proverbial tires. UPDATE: Buddypilots is offering General Aviation News readers a 30% discount for 3-months – after the 30-day free trial. Enter promo code GANEWS when you sign up.