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Joined 03/02/2020 - 1 Posts
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I do use the tool for early flight planning purposes as well as to produce a hardcopy "kneeboard" printout to have available for making note of frequencies in flight.  I would suggest opening dialogue with Garmin's aviation division to see how they might be interested in partnering. It would be interesting to learn if they are interested in attempting to increase adoption of the Garmin Pilot app by partnering to create a web-based app that "starts" the flight planning process. This could then be carried forward by the tablet/mobile device based app once ready to go into the cockpit. As another option, the previously mentioned Leidos partnership sounds fundamentally solid.
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Joined 03/02/2020 - 1 Posts
I was wondering if another option would be FlyEQB which was a program that had been used by AOPA previously and is still in use.
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Joined 03/02/2020 - 1 Posts
The problem with FlyEQB is that it is applecentric and leaves non-apple users out in the cold.
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Joined 03/02/2020 - 2 Posts
I have found the AOPA Flight Planning app to be extremely slow to update and not at all user friendly.  I do, however, prefer the flight log that it produces.  I have come to use skyvector.com almost exclusively for initial flight planning because it updates almost instantly, has all current charts, IFR, VFR, Helicopter, High, Low, and instrument procedures, and displays real time weather and TAFs, as well.  Its nav log is not as pretty as the AOPA version, but it wins hands down in all other areas.

I used to use Garmin Pilot in my C-180K which is equipped with a Garmin 430W and a GTX-345.  When I decided that the database update charges for both the 430 and the iPad AND the subscription to Garmin Pilot itself were excessive, I switched to FLYQ EFB.  It is a more powerful app than Garmin Pilot, is FREE (data is subscription, though considerably less expensive than Garmin), and I took advantage of a $399 for life offer which was less than the annual payments for Garmin Pilot.  And my FLYQ EFB  driven iPad will be kept current, VFR and IFR, until I'm 160 years old, if I live that long, with no further expenses.  Oh, and FLYQ EFB also has a better flight planning function than either AOPA or Garmin Pilot.  Check it out!
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Joined 03/02/2020 - 1 Posts
The Seattle Avionics people have a great product and good to work with.  Over the years I have come to rely on AOPA desktop planner and especially appreciate the flight plan kneeboard printout. I have used FlyQefb for many years. I made the change from Foreflight  after learning that Foreflight would not allow open access to display data within the app. Foreflight was the 600 pound gorilla and since being acquired by Boeing it is a 800 pound one.  Anything but Foreflight! 
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Joined 01/28/2020 - 88 Posts
Hi James. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts/suggestions. We are working with several companies in the industry to provide a replacement option(s) for those who wish to continue to utilize a desktop Flight Planning application. While we didn’t have the option to keep the current Flight Planner going, we do understand the value of having a desktop tool. We are also exploring opportunities for those who wish to use an EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) to have this option from our industry partners at the best price possible. We will communicate all details as soon as they become available. Thank you for being a valued member and AOPA pilot.
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Joined 01/28/2020 - 88 Posts
We are happy to announce iFlightPlanner for AOPA, available on Wednesday, April 22. AOPA members can access the new planner through https://www.aopa.org/travel/aopa-flight-planner.

To read the full story on the launch of the new iFlightPlanner, please click here.