Seattle Avionics Software Introduces New
Pocket PC Version of SmartPlates?
Instrument Procedure Management Software.
Flying with the security of all instrument procedures
on-board is now affordable for pilots using Pocket PC?s. SmartPlatesTM
has no subscription fees and automatically updates all approach plates and other
WA ? April 28th, 2005 - Seattle Avionics Software, Inc. announces
the release of SmartPlatesTM
Instrument Procedure Management Software for the Pocket PC.
Building on its successful Voyager
TM flight planning software, SmartPlates-Pocket PCTM
uses the latest hybrid Internet software technology to enable pilots to more
quickly and easily manage their IFR procedures. After loading all the
instrument procedures once, SmartPlates automatically monitors the
Internet to download any plates that have changed, keeping them ready to print
or view, and always current on any PC, laptop, tablet, or Pocket PC. Both the
desktop and Pocket PC versions of SmartPlates include all 12,000+
procedures for all 50 states.
customers never pay annual subscription fees! Because SmartPlates
uses the new, vastly improved NACO plates with color terrain, missed approach
icons, and more, 28-day cycle updates are free courtesy of the FAA.
pilots complain about paying for and carrying thick stacks of approach plates
along in the cockpit, especially when 95% of them are never used, just thrown
away or recycled. But most pilots cannot afford or choose not to take a tablet
PC in the cockpit, or are not yet comfortable relying entirely on digital
plates. SmartPlates has been written specifically for this
?paper-to-digital transition?, providing the best solution for either easy and
inexpensive printing, or digital use.
Ultimately convenient and easy to use, procedures are automatically kept
up-to-date through the convenience of your Internet connection. Each plate
carries a time stamp of valid dates so, even when printed, you can easily
confirm you have the latest, most current plate. Selection, sorting, and
instrument plate management is done automatically on the PC, so no more endless
paper shuffling, sorting or recycling. Plates are crisp digital images with
your choice of sources. Either use original PDF file format direct from the
FAA?s website, or pick Seattle Avionics server for condensed files which can be
downloaded 5x to 10x faster.
According to John Rutter,
President of Seattle Avionics Software, ?IFR pilots have typically had to pay
over a hundred dollars a year for paper procedure plates or over five times that
for digital plates. The only affordable alternative, FAA/NACO plates, have
been available for years but have lacked many features like colored terrain and
missed approach graphic icons. The new NACO plates available through
SmartPlates now combine modern graphics with a level of convenience that had not
been available at any price.?
SmartPlates and SmartPlates for the Pocket PC are both available
now. The SmartPlates software costs $149, and the Pocket PC version is an
additional $49. Neither have any ongoing fees. Free 10-day full product trials
are available on the company Website at
For additional information about
Seattle Avionics Software, please contact Robert Hamilton, 425-455-2209,
Founded in 2002, Seattle Avionics
Software, Inc. is a developer of cutting-edge PC and PDA-based aviation software
for general aviation pilots, including its innovative Voyager flight planning
software and SmartPlates instrument procedure management program. The company
is working on a range of avionics software products designed to make general
aviation flying easier, safer, more fun and affordable.
Voyager and SmartWeather are either registered trademarks, trademarks, or pending trademarks of Seattle Avionics, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.