POPULAR FLTPLAN GO APP NOW A PART OF THE GARMIN “ECOSYSTEM”
What Garmin’s purchase of FltPlan.com means for you
Garmin’s purchase of flight-planning specialist FltPlan.com caused a minor stir in the pilot community when users of the FltPlan Go app began asking if it would remain free to use. Good news: A Garmin spokesperson confirmed that all FltPlan.com features that are free now will remain so for the foreseeable future.
FltPlan.com has risen to become one of the largest flight-planning companies in the world, creating more than 6.3 million flight plans annually for its 165,000 registered users. Popular features include a free flight-planning and -filing website, available for the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Panama and parts of Venezuela and Colombia, as well as premium Web-based offerings. The free FltPlan Go app is available for iOS, Android and Windows, and is among the few that are compatible with Garmin Flight Stream database-uploading technology.
The acquisition provides a major boost for Garmin in the Web-based flight-planning market to complement its portfolio of products led by its own Garmin Pilot app.
“We are excited to have the FltPlan team join the Garmin family,” said Phil Straub, Garmin executive vice president and managing director, aviation. “We look forward to combining the comprehensive flight-planning and flight-management services available from FltPlan with our robust lineup of products and services to provide an unmatched portfolio of end-to-end services to our customers.”
In addition to its free features, FltPlan.com also offers a range of premium services, including safety management service, pre-departure clearances, eAPIS and APIS (advanced passenger information system) for Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean, as well as premium flight tracking and runway analysis.
FltPlan.com also generates revenue by selling banner ads on its website. The company is headquartered in Southbury, Connecticut. Those offices will continue to support the portfolio of FltPlan.com and FltPlan Go products while the services are being integrated into the Garmin aviation “ecosystem.”
Financial terms of the acquisition will not be released, Garmin stated.