ForeFlight Speaks out On AeroNav’s Digital Chart Agent Proposal | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 04.13.15

Airborne 04.14.15

Airborne 04.15.15

Airborne 04.16.15

Airborne 04.17.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 04.13.15

Airborne 04.14.15

Airborne 04.15.15

Airborne 04.16.15

Airborne 04.17.15

Sat, Dec 17, 2011

ForeFlight Speaks out On AeroNav’s Digital Chart Agent Proposal

Draconian AeroNav Money-Grab Finding Few Takers

The folks behind 'ForeFlight' have posted their thoughts on a recent meeting in Washington held between the FAA's AeroNav division (to which media was not only not invited but refused permission to attend... in possible violation of applicable Federal guidelines) and invited members of the aero-business community affected by recent developments in which they have indicated the potential need for aggressive new prices for services provided by their government agency and already paid for by the taxpayers.

Herewith, their report:

ForeFlight attended AeroNav’s December 13th informational session regarding its proposed Digital Chart Agent program. Approximately 70 professionals were in attendance representing avionics manufacturers, aviation software companies, aviation websites, chart makers, chart agents, industry associations, and aviation services providers.

We are grateful to AeroNav for organizing and hosting the meeting. It was “spirited”, complete with rants, emotional pleas, and thoughtful feedback.

Structure of the meeting:
  • Fred Anderson, AeroNav’s director, presented a historical summary of the legislative actions that provide the authority for the government to produce aeronautical charts and recoup certain costs. 49 U.S.C. 44721 authorizes the FAA to produce charts and AeroNav has responsibility for fulfillment. Anderson communicated the need for the directorate to recover $5 million in costs in order to meet financial objectives promised as part of the AeroNav’s conversion to a “High Performing Organization” in 2008.
  • Eric Secretan, AeroNav’s manager of Production Technology and the ATC Products Group, presented a summary of the products that AeroNav intends to include as part of its “standard digital package”.
  • Deborah Sullivan, AeroNav’s planning manager, presented the proposed pricing structure: a tiered pricing structure based on chart agent subscriber counts, with discounts per subscriber for quantity, and a hard dollar cap.
  • Abigail Smith, AeroNav’s Director of Business Development, presented a proposed digital chart agent agreement covering the major terms. Key provisions include no-alteration or approved alteration of products, encryption, application of copyright, audit and reporting requirements, and a minimum purchasing requirement.
  • An industry brainstorming and feedback session.
ForeFlight’s Position on AeroNav’s Proposal:

  • It is unrealistic – both on price and implementation timeline – and falls short of meeting a wide range of pilot needs and use cases.
  • It will greatly reduce the public benefit the digital distribution program has provided for years.
  • Price increases are required to meet the “no adverse safety impact” as provided by 49 U.S.C. (g)(1)(B). AeroNav cited 1985 congressional testimony that a $2.25 per chart price increase did not adversely impact safety. It is a leap of logic to apply a 26 year old data point to the much larger price increases proposed under this plan.
  • It side-steps government no-copyright laws and forces digital chart agents to erect a copyright shield around AeroNav products.
  • For at least these reasons, ForeFlight does not support the proposed plan.
Sky Ahead

We are confident AeroNav will substantially modify the proposal presented at the meeting. It is disconnected from market reality and based on invalid market assumptions. ForeFlight is committed to helping AeroNav find a more reasonable solution that the market will accept.

Ultimately, ForeFlight may have to raise prices if the proposal survives the legal challenge it will invite. The proposal does include quantity discounts and a hard dollar cap, so at this point we don’t foresee a big increase in prices. We are committed to keeping ForeFlight Mobile an exceptional value.

Regardless of what happens with future prices, we are committed to fulfilling subscription obligations for existing customers subscriptions. If you currently have a subscription to ForeFlight Mobile, we will continue to deliver the service you expect.

On AeroNav

AeroNav is an impressive organization filled with incredibly talented individuals that have dedicated their careers to producing products that provide great public benefit to pilots. Many are passionate about the products they create, and it shows. This conflict is a bump in the road for both AeroNav and the companies that have flourished as a result of low cost access to AeroNav products.
Act

If you believe the proposal is out of line, contact your representatives, the Congressional General Aviation Caucus, AOPA, NBAA representatives, GAMA, and FAA management.

FMI: www.faa.gov, www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 04.17.15: DC Gyroplane Fallout, ICAS Airshow Update, Message To Space

Also: Blue Origin, Flying Cucumber?, BBJ Combi, NetJets Partners w/Ohio State, ExIm Helo Deal, Long-Range Navy UAS Obviously, the stunt pulled by Douglas Hughes of Ruskin, Florida >[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.19.15)

"Scientific literature is filled with papers on the characteristics of Pluto and its moons from ground based and Earth orbiting space observations, but we’ve never studied Pl>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.19.15): Air Navigation Facility

Air Navigation Facility Any facility used in, available for use in, or designed for use in, aid of air navigation, including landing areas, lights, any apparatus or equipment for d>[...]

India’s Heritage Aviation Acquires Two H125 Helicopters

Company Has Special Focus On Pilgrimage Tours In an acceptance ceremony held today in Marignane, India’s Heritage Aviation received two H125 helicopters acquired for charter >[...]

Boeing Supports Allen University, Provides Grant Award

Quarter-Million Dollar Investment To Help Restore Historic Chappelle Auditorium Boeing has presented a $250,000 grant for Allen University to support the restoration of an historic>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC