Loss of Flight Planner
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Joined 03/02/2020 - 1 Posts
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This is truly a loss to this community. I use it on a daily basis and this service needs to continue. Like Eric said, I will not cancel my membership, but I will not be quiet about this either!
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Joined 03/02/2020 - 1 Posts
My recommendation:  AOPA make a deal with Garmin Pilot.  They have a great flight planner with modern features for use on my iPad.  They should be able to adapt for a desktop as well.
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Joined 03/02/2020 - 2 Posts
This is one of the primary reasons I have kept my AOPA membership.   No planner will likely have me let my membership of 20+ years expire.  Sorry, I have no sympathy for you guys not being able to negotiate a deal and that results is giving your Customers less than 60 days notice..... not very Customer focussed at all...
 
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Joined 03/06/2018 - 1 Posts
I guess I'm  a dinosaur.  I use Flight Planner the night before a flight for all legs of an upcoming trip. I print out the NavLogs for each leg plus the airport data in kneeboard format, plus approach procedures for home airport, destination, and a most likely diversion airport. I'd look at all this stuff anyway just for my normal flight preparations.

I've flown a Garmin 1000 since 2008, but I still print out this information.  No iPads required.   

I am a member of AOPA for a number of reasons, but the Flight Planner is the thing I use most often.
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Joined 02/13/2020 - 6 Posts
Suggestion for replacement might be Avare. while it may lack a few things that the current planner has, it has all the basic functions. I will miss the profile view as that is a great planning tool for VFR flights over the smokies where I potentially fly from Tennessee to the east coast.
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Joined 07/01/2018 - 5 Posts
Shocked, stunned and really disappointed that Boeing/Jeppesen has this much influence over AOPA and General Aviation.  Like all commenting a big part of my interest in the AOPA website is in the flight planning and weather apps .. that's the value … because of it's simplicity and ease I use it daily not only to plan and file my flights but also to "experiment".  Nothing is comparable.  Personally at my level I don't find the Jeppesen charts of much use and "like" the FAA VFR and IFR charts better.  If the "big boys" (Jeppesen, Boeing, Garmin, ForeFlight) want to exert their muscle on general aviation I recommend AOPA start a conversation with Seattle Avionics (FlyQ a past relationship) and others.  Without a flight planner of the existing quality, AOPA's vision of a complete resource for general aviation is falling short.  Thanks to leadership for putting this in front of membership for comment. 
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Joined 12/09/2017 - 3 Posts
Oh no....this is a terrible loss. The AOPA flight planner is MY flight planner. It has tons of info that's easy to access. The enroute fuel costs, and enroute weather are awesome. No one comes close with ease of interpretation. I print out my flight plans with this and don't know where to go without it. The altitude optimization is fantastic. The weather overlays are also fantastic, especially the echo tops. You guys simply MUST find a replacement and ensure these features are included. By far, this is the feature I use the most on the AOPA website.
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Joined 09/29/2018 - 2 Posts
No, I don't think you're a dinosaur.  The reliability of print outs, Charts,  and easy organization of the nav logs etc. keep your eyeballs outside and the thinking clear. You don't have to mulittask in and out of the cockpit into the iPad flying map/ ADSB-IN, for the basic flight parameters.  Weather is helpful, but not as helpful as Flight Following and the old Model i-Ball.  I teach a lot of new kids and cognitive overload for them is a real thing. Keep it EZ, Reliable, and plain.
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Joined 09/29/2018 - 2 Posts
AOPA Flight Planner is Easy to use, not every feature I would like, but Free, straightforward and official.

I Would like many of the features of the other EFPs, like exportability to any of the EFB/Ps. Not a fan of the Jep Charts anyway, as they don't match the charts of most of the EFB/Ps in use and offer not much except the Name (and Jeps actually mask stuff based on altitude chosen, not good-thinking u will always stay at the altitude... not wise). 
I would like Plate overlays and "Load"  approaches on VFR charts so students can see what's going to happen etc. Like a few of the other advanced version of EFBs.  Stuff like that.
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Joined 03/03/2020 - 2 Posts
I use the Planner the night before, and the day of every flight. I also Use Garmin Pilot, but find the desktop planner to be essential to painting the "big picture." I consider this planner the prime benefit of my membership. I sincerely hope AOPA has another planner option waiting in the wings.
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Joined 03/03/2020 - 1 Posts
The online flight planner and it's associated features are invaluable to me on any extended cross country flight. To get this short notice of a loss of this feature without a suitable & improved replacement is surprising. 

Will AOPA provide any help or advice or just leave us empty handed?