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AOPA developing a new smartphone app for pilots

Flying from airport to airport made easier with the new smartphone app
Flying from airport to airport made easier with the new smartphone app
Pierre A. Kandorfer - SkyPressMedia.com

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is developing a new smartphone application for pilots. Over the past several years, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) developed its digital flight planning tools into a suite of products that put flight planning capability, airport directory information and aviation weather in pilots’ hands. AOPA partnered with Seattle Avionics to create FlyQ EFB, an electronic flight bag (EFB) iPad application, and FlyQ Pocket, a smartphone application.

AOPA president Mark Baker began a review of AOPA’s member benefits and products, which included an assessment of where members believe AOPA should spend resources in regards to flight planning benefits. As a result, AOPA has decided to exit the EFB market, and will develop a distinct smartphone application focusing on content and functions driven by member needs. The new smartphone application will remain a free member benefit.

Interestingly, the FlyQ EFB and FlyQ Pocket have proven to be popular applications among pilots and have enjoyed high user ratings. AOPA and Seattle Avionics are working to ensure subscribers and users will experience a smooth transition with all products and services affected by the changes noted in this announcement.

“We are excited about continuing these two great products and have appreciated our partnership with AOPA. We strongly believe that pilots will benefit from the new directions we’ll take the apps,” said Steve Podradchik, CEO of Seattle Avionics.

The pilots association will transfer all responsibility for FlyQ EFB to Seattle Avionics in September 2014, at which time Seattle Avionics will also undertake all marketing, customer support and further development of the app. FlyQ Pocket will be offered solely by Seattle Avionics after the AOPA/Seattle Avionics contract ends in February 2015. The only change FlyQ EFB subscribers and FlyQ Pocket users should notice is that AOPA’s logo and name will no longer be coupled with either product.

The announced AOPA’s replacement smartphone application will be available for members in 2015.