Seattle Avionics Introduces New SmartPlates? Software
at Oshkosh AirVenture 2004
Now pilots never have to pay for current instrument procedures
updates and manages Arrival, Departure, and Approach Plates, Minimums, and
Oshkosh, WI ? July 27th, 2004 - Seattle Avionics, Inc.,
the general aviation software company, today announced the release of SmartPlates
Procedure Management Software.
Building on its successful Voyager Flight Planning Software, SmartPlates uses the latest hybrid
Internet software technology enabling general aviation pilots to more quickly
and easily manage their IFR procedures. SmartPlates
customers will never have to pay for current plates again! The company is offering free 10-day full
product trials for visitors to its Website at
is available now. Product features
- Special, limited-time $99.00 introductory price; $50
off the list price of $149.00.
- Owners never
have to pay for any instrument procedures again. No on-going annual subscription fees or
per use costs.
- Ultimately convenient and easy to use. There?s no postage to pay for or CD?s to
install because SmartPlates constantly monitors and updates all plates in
the background through your Internet connection. Never think about it again!
- All 12,000+ Arrival
(STARs/APs), Departure (SIDs/DPs), and Approach Procedures, IFR Take-off
Minimums, and Airport Diagrams are available to be stored and managed
on the pilot?s PC or tablet, always ready to be printed or viewed, and
- Selection, sorting, and instrument file management is
done automatically on the PC, so no more endless paper shuffling and
- Procedures are automatically kept up-to-date, and
each carries a time stamp of valid dates so, even when printed, you can
easily confirm you have the latest, most current plate.
- 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 and managed even more quickly
as needed. These plates are in a
specially compressed PDF format so that they download 5 to10X faster.
- An optional SmartPlates
for PDAs allows downloading procedures for in-cockpit use on a
According to John Rutter, Senior Vice-President
of Seattle Avionics, ?IFR pilots have traditionally had to pay over a hundred
dollars a year for paper procedure plates or over five times that for
electronic. In addition, 28-day updated
plates are mailed on a CD or DVD that you have to re-install every month! The only affordable alternative, FAA/NACO plates
have been available for years, but until recently they lacked many features
like colored terrain and missed approach graphic icons. The new NACO plates available through SmartPlates are colored with new
graphics and features. SmartPlates also introduces a level of
convenience that has not been available with any other instrument plates, no
matter the brand. And we top it off with
no on-going charges. For only $99, every
IFR pilot should have SmartPlates.?
For additional information about
Seattle Avionics new SmartPlates, please contact Robert
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, SmartPlates and SmartWeather are either registered trademarks, trademarks, or pending trademarks of Seattle Avionics, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.