Flight Explorer and Satellink Technologies Inc. Team Up to Put Real-Time Ground and In-Flight Situational Awareness Information into the Cockpit
FE InFlight provides, for the first time, a fully functional aircraft situation displayfor subscribers in the cockpit.
Fairfax, VA and Ft. Lauderdale, FL - November 8, 2001 - Flight Explorer®, the world's leading provider of Internet-based real-time flight tracking information, and Satellink Technologies Inc., the premier provider of broadcast satellite information delivery systems, today announced an agreement to offer Flight Explorer as part of the Satellite Technologies Merlin™ System. The agreement provides, for the first time, a fully functional aircraft situation display for subscribers in the cockpit.
The new service, called "FE InFlight," will provide live flight tracking and decision tools to pilots in the cockpit to enhance situational awareness during ground and in-flight operations. Specifically, pilots will be able to view, in real-time, air traffic and weather along their routes and at their destinations to help them make decisions about the route and timing of their flights. Merlin uses satellite broadcast technology to provide a suite of flight information, weather data and other capabilities directly to pilots in the cockpit.
The service will be available in the first quarter of 2002. The announcement was made at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Flight Explorer is the maker of Flight Explorer Professional™, the easiest, most powerful and reliable aircraft situation display in the industry. With only a personal computer and Internet access, anyone -- from a major airline dispatcher, fleet operations or airport manager, even an awaiting limousine company -- can use Flight Explorer Professional to track, in real time, aircraft anywhere over the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, the UK and portions of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Flight Explorer Professional information is updated every 10 seconds.
Walter Kross, CEO of Flight Explorer, said, "We're excited to team up with Satellink to bring the power of Flight Explorer's real-time situation display directly into the cockpit, giving pilots another tool to enhance flight safety, awareness and efficiency."
Harlan Hamlin, vice president and general manager of aviation services for Satellink Technologies, said, "The addition of Flight Explorer's aircraft situation display to Merlin's broad range of high-quality, real-time graphical and text weather products is exciting news for all pilots. The combination of real-time weather and air traffic information provides pilots, for the first time, with a vast array of flight-safety and mission-critical information. We believe this system will significantly improve flight safety and reduce the cost of operations. Initial reaction from the aviation community has been outstanding."
About Flight Explorer
Flight Explorer is the world's leading provider of Internet-based real-time flight tracking information, reporting and display products. It produces the industry's most reliable and widely used aircraft situation display system. Customers include United Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, UPS, US Airways, Continental, MCI WorldCom, AirTran Airways, Atlantic Coast Airlines, American Trans Air, Air Alaska, Spirit Airlines, Raytheon, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Atlanta Hartsfield International airport, Miami International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and airport and port authorities in more than two dozen states. For more information, call 703-383-0048 or visit http://www.flightexplorer.com.
About Satellink Technologies
Satellink Technologies is an information services company that delivers real-time data sets to a broad range of users worldwide. The company is pioneering the use of direct broadcast satellites to distribute weather and other critical real-time information at affordable prices to users throughout the world. More information is available at http://www.satellinktech.com or by contacting Harlan Hamlin at 703-579-4061.