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POP­U­LAR FLTPLAN GO APP NOW A PART OF THE GARMIN “ECOSYS­TEM”

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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.

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