Seattle Avionics, Inc. Announces Voyager, New Advanced Flight Planning Software for General Aviation Pilots
New product incorporates latest hybrid technology, doing more of the planning work for you.

Oshkosh, WI ? July 29, 2003 ? Today, at EAA AirVenture, the world?s largest annual general aviation gathering, Seattle Avionics, Inc (booth 2160) announced the immediate availability of Voyager Flight Planning Software. Voyager incorporates the latest hybrid Internet software technology enabling general aviation pilots to more quickly and easily assess and manage the vast amount of information required to plan and file safe general aviation flights. The company is giving away free trial version CD-ROMs at their booth.

Unique hybrid program combines the best of multiple technologies.

Seattle Avionics has combined the best of PC-based and Web-based flight planning systems. Like traditional PC-based flight planning systems, Voyager features the speed, security and portability of having personal information, the application itself, and chart databases on your desktop or laptop PC. Like Web-based flight planning systems, it takes full advantage of the Internet by seamlessly loading, in the background, constantly changing information such as TFRs, weather, airspace data and airport information. Using this technology traveling pilots can plan flights without needing an Internet connection or the broadband speed usually required to keep Web-based systems from being slow and clunky.

More of what today's pilots want most.

Through focus groups and usability testing, Seattle Avionics discovered that whether pilots use PC-based flight planning software, on-line planning websites, or do it the "old fashioned way," they are all interested in the same things: easy, fast, accurate and inexpensive flight planning. The power of the latest technology is tremendous, but the typical pilot/user doesn't want to have to understand how it works. "Pilots are smart, busy people who should expect smart, responsive software that maximizes their time by intuitively relieving the drudgery of complex calculations while always leaving the final decision up them," says Steve Podradchik, pilot and CEO of Seattle Avionics. "When we started thinking about Voyager, we saw older PC-based solutions that recently added a few Internet features and Web-based systems that lacked the responsiveness of traditional PC-based software. We think that Voyager shows what seamlessly combining the two can do". Voyager's unique SmartWeather? feature is an example of this combination. Voyager's graphical weather is automatically downloaded in the background (at no extra charge) so the pilot never has to stop working on the plan or tell the application to "go download weather". If the pilot changes route or altitude, Voyager automatically downloads revised weather to match the changes and refreshes the weather information every few minutes to ensure the latest data ? all without the pilot taking action. Voyager's SmartWeather uses a time slider and altitude slider to show forecast weather graphically as the flight progresses, taking variables such as altitude and speed into account. Instead of reviewing large winds aloft tables and coded weather reports, Voyager simplifies the pilot?s work by showing only the pertinent weather.

Founded in 2002, Seattle Avionics, Inc. is a developer of cutting-edge PC and PDA-based aviation software for general aviation pilots. 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.