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FltPlan.com Redesigns Site, Sets Record

September 17, 2013 - FltPlan.com, the free online flight planning and flight plan filing service, posted its busiest month ever in August when it created 460,193 flight plans. The service also provided 452,000 weather briefings in that month.

FltPlan.com automatically calculates flight plans including time en route, fuel burn, routing, and all of the information you expect. The service also files the flight plan automatically. And there is no charge since FltPlan.com is advertiser-supported.

You can access the service with any device or connection that gets you online, including tablets and smartphones.

For the first time since the service began 14 years ago, FltPlan.com has redesigned its site. The new look is cleaner and less cluttered. But, for regular users - and there are more than 130,000 of them - the basic operating techniques of using the site are not changed. You can create a flight plan months in advance and FltPlan.com will use historic wind data to give you a realistic plan.

As your flight nears, the service uses actual wind forecasts to refine the plan. And you can tell FltPlan.com to file your flight plan days or more in advance, and it will when the time for your flight nears.

FltPlan.com also shows you routes that pilots have filed between the airports you are planning, and shows actual cleared routes ATC has issued. The service can handle flight planning and filing for Canada and most of the Caribbean, as well as other international destinations.

The weather briefing capability of FltPlan.com is also different because it stores a record of the briefing you received. If there is ever a question about your preparation for flight, FltPlan.com can show the FAA exactly what weather information you reviewed and when.

Though FltPlan.com is a free service, you must be a pilot to use it because it enters your flight plan directly into the system. FltPlan.com was initially most popular with jet pilots, but the number of piston pilots using the service is now growing strongly.

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