Aviation Weather, Flight Planning and Airport Data on Your Cell Phone
Digital CycloneSM, Inc., a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today it now offers AOPA Airport Directory data and Canadian radar, METARs and TAFs on Pilot My-Cast by Garmin, a cell phone based product that provides critical aviation weather data and flight planning services. This content is in addition to the U.S. weather and flight filing data already available on Pilot My-Cast.
Pilot My-Cast is compatible with many popular phone models, such as BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices, and is available from all major wireless carriers in the U.S. including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Alltel, as well as Handmark® and Handango®.
“Pilot My-Cast is an indispensable tool to those who fly regularly,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “It makes it extremely easy to check the weather, make educated go or no-go decisions, and file a flight plan, all directly from your cell phone.”
Recognized throughout the industry as one of the most comprehensive sources of airport information, AOPA’s Airport Directory is now available on Pilot My-Cast and includes information for over 5,300 public-use airports and more than 7,000 FBOs, such as pilot services, ground transportation, lodging, restaurants, and local attractions.
Also new to Pilot My-Cast is Canadian weather information from the Environment Canada weather service that includes radar, METARs and TAFs. The Canadian weather is in addition to the National Weather Service (NWS) data that is available for any location in the U.S. such as NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, PIREPs, visible and infrared satellite loops, lightning, winds aloft, area forecasts (FA), TFRs, and more. Weather information is displayed in either text or graphical format, and some information – METARs, winds aloft, PIREPs, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, TFRs – is presented in both text and graphical formats for easy interpretation.
Pilot My-Cast is unique because its data is transmitted directly from the foremost providers – NWS and Environment Canada, as well as aviation data from the Federal Aviation Administration. By offering data directly from prominent sources, pilots can be confident that the weather and flight planning information they receive is up-to-date and accurate.
Pilot My-Cast was the first to offer the ability to file a flight plan using the phone’s keypad to type in the flight plan data. This easy-to-use flight filing feature stores the most recently filed flight plan, which means pilots only need to alter information that has changed from the last time they filed. When the pilot is ready to submit the plan, a few keystrokes will automatically send the information to the DUATs provider.
Customers can subscribe to Pilot My-Cast by Garmin for $9.95 per month. To order or to see a list of wireless carriers and phones supported visit www.garmin.com/aviation and click on Pilot My-Cast. For a hands-on demonstration, visit the Pilot My-Cast area within the Garmin booth (Hangar D) during Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, April 21-26, 2009.
About Garmin Ltd.:
The global leader in satellite navigation, Garmin Ltd. and its subsidiaries have designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications since 1989 – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. In January of 2007, Garmin Ltd. acquired provider Digital Cyclone, Inc. in an effort to broaden the LBS product offerings and expand capability in the area of wireless application development, marketing, and distribution. Digital Cyclone has been an early mover in the emerging location based services market offering weather solutions for consumers, outdoor enthusiasts, and pilots on a subscription based model that are delivered to customers in partnership with top national wireless carriers as well as regional carriers. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark, and Digital Cyclone and My-Cast are registered service marks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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