Mon, Nov 24, 2003
AOPA, ASF offer tools for planning holiday travel
This Wednesday is
traditionally the busiest travel day of the year. AOPA's Real-Time
Flight Planner and ASF's online course, Know Before You Go can help
pilots plan their trips and stay clear of temporary flight
restrictions (TFRs) and weather.
The Jeppesen-powered Real-Time Flight Planner has turned into
one of the most popular member benefits AOPA has ever offered. In
the three weeks since it was launched, members have used it more
than 125,000 times. Put another way, in just three weeks, users
have logged 3-and-a-half years of server time.
AOPA turned to Jeppesen to help develop Real-Time Flight Planner
because of Jepp's long track record of providing accurate
electronic charting information. Shortly after the September 11
terrorist attacks, when the government ordered pilots not to fly in
the vicinity of nuclear power plants but refused to issue NOTAMs
with coordinates, it was Jeppesen technicians who, literally
overnight at AOPA's request, charted the plants using publicly
available information so pilots could steer clear.
AOPA says reaction has been overwhelmingly favorable.
But perhaps the most ringing endorsement came from a member who
said, "I'm continually amazed at the breadth and quality of the
services I get from AOPA. You guys are leaving a lot of money on
the table - I'd pay the annual dues just to get the magazine! So
I'll try to make up for that with a donation to the Air Safety
Foundation. Keep up the good work."
Real-Time Flight Planner fulfills the needs of a majority of
Internet users for a graphical flight-planning tool. AOPA's
text-based flight-planning tool is also available through the end
of the year for those who need it.
Real-Time Flight Planner is free to AOPA members, and all ASF
interactive online courses are free to all pilots, offer a
graduation certificate suitable for framing, and qualify for FAA
"Wings" safety credit.
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