Latest Honeywell flight planning iPad app improves safety

The Honeywell GoDirect Flight Bag Pro is available via an iPad app,
Honeywell GoDirect Flight Bag Pro is available via an iPad app.

Honeywell has released its latest GoDirect Flight Bag Pro flight planning application for connected aircraft.

The app allows business aviation pilots to create and file flight plans for easy reference, calculate and compare aircraft cruise modes to increase performance, and access real-time weather updates to ensure the aircraft arrives at the destination on time.

GoDirect Flight Bag Pro is available via an iPad app, and versions for other tablets are in development.

Kiah Erlich, Director, Flight Services, Honeywell Aerospace, and a pilot herself, said: “This pilot-designed and pilot-approved technology simplifies flight planning and provides access to important flight information anytime.

With real-time information made possible by inflight connectivity, pilots using GoDirect Flight Bag Pro on a connected aircraft can stay informed of the best routes and weather conditions to get to their destinations safely and on time.”

GoDirect Flight Bag Pro’s simple, intuitive interface works on both domestic and international flights. For access to the app, pilots only need an annual subscription to GoDirect Flight Services and an active Honeywell account.

Justin Stimpson, a captain and aviation safety officer at RJL Aviation, which was a beta trial customer of Flight Bag Pro, said: “I just ran my first flight plan and it’s a huge improvement over the last app.

Now I can make adjustments to the flight plan with fewer steps after it’s been filed, and it makes for a better operational experience with the constantly changing schedules that can be associated with corporate aviation.”

Flight Bag Pro, available to GoDirect Flight Services customers, is part of Honeywell’s GoDirect family — the portfolio of more than 50 value-adding aviation services and applications that provide operators, flight crews and maintenance teams with critical information to control their services and network.

Honeywell says it has a broad range of flight planning services, including GoDirect Flight Sentinel, which helps bring those apps and services together by serving as a flight department’s premier partner, providing a range of proactive services that enhance safety and save time and money, all while improving flight efficiency.

Top pilot benefits of GoDirect Flight Bag Pro:

  • Flight Plan Overview: To view an upcoming flight route, pilots can type in or paste a route from a website, email or text message into the app. Pilots can also view frequently cleared and optimized routes for best aircraft performance. With in-flight connectivity, pilots can even make adjustments while in the air.

  • Flight Bag Pro Performance Calculator: Calculate multiple cruise modes and determine the most efficient flight by comparing speed, flight level, time, fuel, cost of the trip and more.

  • Trip Kit: Package all of the trip documents into a Trip Kit to view during flight. Access the latest weather information for your destination such as icing, winds and temperature, even prior to takeoff.

  • Flight Schedule Updates: Pilots can receive real-time updates to flight schedules when information is released from air traffic control with a pre-departure clearance, when filing status changes, or when weather conditions change.

Honeywell will be demonstrating GoDirect Flight Bag Pro at the National Business Aviation Association show in Las Vegas, Oct. 10-12 on booth #N5100.

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