First, we'd like to thank everyone who wrote to us with pictures and suggestions! They were all very much appreciated, even though we cannot publish all of them.
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This is a picture of
our first customer, Jeff Mirsepasy (in grey) next
to his Mooney. When he's not flying, he finds time to practice law in
Please send us interesting pictures of you and/or your plane for the next issue.
Introducing New Voyager FreeFlight
We keep hearing that there are still some pilots who don't use Voyager. Some of them use AOPA's Real-Time Flight Planner or Web-based planners. All good products, of course, but in this age of rising 100LL prices, we think every pilot could use a free upgrade. Therefore, our focus this month is on the word FREE. Well, Voyager FreeFlight, more precisely.
Voyager FreeFlight is the newest member of the Voyager family and, as we hope the name implies, it's a 100% free way to plan your flights. Positioned between AOPA's Real-Time Flight Planner and SmartPlan Express, Voyager FreeFlight is a quick and powerful way to plan flights. While it obviously doesn't have all the bells and whistles of full Voyager, we think it offers an unbeatable combination of features and price.
Voyager FreeFlight works either while connected to the Internet or not, and includes both Victor and GPS Direct autorouting, a Profile view over terrain, various weather overlays including NexRad and cloud tops (satellite), full DUAT briefings, powerful printing features, and the ability to file flight plans electronically.
Read the Voyager FreeFlight press release.
Please Pass the Word
If you know a pilot using another free flight planner, please show them the light by sending them the link to our Products page (below) that describes Voyager FreeFlight. They'll thank you for it — and so will we!
We'd also appreciate it if those of you who are members of aircraft or pilot organizations (CPA, Piper Flyer, COPA, etc.) could pass the word about Voyager FreeFlight to your fellow pilots.
Current Version Updated to 184.108.40.206319
With the introduction of Voyager FreeFlight, we also released an update to the full Voyager product. The current version number is 220.127.116.11319. Relative to version '316, we fixed a problem with DUAT support, significantly decreased startup/shutdown time, and fixed some minor bugs. We also added the Profile view to all versions, not just SmartPlan Premier. See all the changes:
We'd like to remind anyone using GlassView/SmartPlates in the cockpit that geo-referenced approach plates and airport diagrams are now available, but they are not part of your current NavData subscription (unless you recently purchased the EFB NavData, of course). Starting with this last data cycle (May 10), the geo-reference information is removed from the update except for those who purchase it. The good news, however, is that until June 2 we're extending the offer we made last month to upgrade to the EFB subscription level. While the usual price for 12 months of NavData at the EFB level is $247, we're offering existing customers the EFB level for just $198. Better still, since many of you have existing NavData subscriptions, we’ll add the new benefits to the time left on your existing plan, then add the additional 12 months. For example, if you’re six months into a NavData plan and buy the EFB level, you’ll get the EFB level for a total of 18 months for just $198! Use Coupon Code GEO when ordering (or just click here). One caveat: while the current version of Voyager (18.104.22.168319) supports geo-referenced plates, we’re still working on the scanned Charts and expect it within 30 days.
This discussion about NavData leads nicely to our next topic....
"NavData" Not a Generic Term?
Bet you thought that NavData was a generic term. So did we -- until we got a letter from Jeppesen® telling us that they have a registered trademark on the word NavData® and that we have to stop using the term. Really. We have our lawyers looking into the ownership of the trademarks for "flight", "planning" and "airplane," too -- just in case.
Seattle Avionics believes strongly in intellectual property rights, so we'll change the name of our update subscription to something else. But let's have some fun in the process.
Contest: Win a year of <Product To Be Named Later> data subscriptions
We can't call NavData "NavData" anymore. What do you suggest? Send your submissions to NotNavData@SeattleAvionics.com by June 2, and the author of the best new name will receive either SmartPlan Premier or one year of EFB-level <Product To Be Named Later> data subscription.
As always, please send your questions and favorite tips to Editor@SeattleAvionics.com.
A reminder that past
Tips and Tricks are available from our Web site at:
Seattle Avionics will be showing Voyager at the following upcoming events. Stop by to say hello, see the latest Voyager features, and ask the experts any questions you have about our products. And remember, you can always get a tour of Voyager from http://www.seattleavionics.com/tours.shtml
June 3, AOPA Fly-in,
Until next time, happy flying!
- The Editor