Press Release Summary:
Pilot My-Cast subscription-based cell phone service enables pilots to file their personal flight plans using their mobile phone. All flight plan data is saved, facilitating future flight filings by only requiring pilots to alter information that has changed for new flight plan. Subscribers also have access to current and predicted National Weather Service data for the current airport, destination airport, or any terminal waypoint.
Original Press Release:
Garmin's Digital Cyclone Brings Flight Filing Feature to Pilot My-Cast(TM)
LAKELAND, Fla., April 16 Digital Cyclone, Inc., a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd., today unveiled a new version of its Pilot My-Cast cell phone application that gives pilots a fast and easy way to file a flight plan while on the go using a mobile phone. Pilot My-Cast is an industry recognized subscription-based cell phone service that gives pilots personalized flight planning and weather information in the palm of their hand.
"Pilot My-Cast is a wonderful flight planning tool because it offers pilots precise, personalized weather reports," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "Now that you can also file a flight plan directly from Pilot My-Cast, pilots will be able to use the weather information they see on their phone to make informed route planning decisions before they file."
The innovative Pilot My-Cast filing feature makes it possible to conveniently file a flight plan from a cell phone without talking to the flight service station. The first time a pilot uses the Pilot My-Cast service, they are asked to input all required data for the FAA flight plan such as the pilot's name, address, aircraft identification, aircraft type, departure point, cruising altitude, route of flight, fuel on board and estimated time enroute. When the pilot is ready to submit the plan, a few keystrokes will automatically send the information to the DUATS provider.
One of the many benefits of using the Pilot My-Cast flight plan service is that it lets pilots look at the weather along their route and make necessary route changes before filing. In addition, after the first flight plan is filed, Pilot My-Cast remembers all previous settings. This makes future flight filings simple because pilots only need to alter information that has changed for the new flight plan.
In addition to the new flight plan filing feature, Pilot My-Cast subscribers have access to current and predicted National Weather Service data for the current airport, destination airport or any terminal waypoint in the continental U.S. Weather information includes NEXRAD, METARs and TAFs displayed in text and graphic formats, moving weather maps, satellite loops, lightning data, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, PIREPs, infrared imagery, winds aloft and more. Digital Cyclone's powerful weather engine receives a direct data stream from the National Weather Service, and plots both current and predicted weather to 1km resolution.
The Pilot My-Cast flight filing feature is expected to be available in July. Digital Cyclone will demonstrate the new Pilot My-Cast flight filing feature April 17-23, 2007, at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In and trade show (Hangar D). Customers can subscribe to Pilot My-Cast for $9.95 per month. A list of wireless carriers and phones supported is available at www.digitalcyclone.com/ .
About Garmin Ltd.: Through its operating subsidiaries, Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) designs, manufacturers, markets, and sells navigation, communication and information devices and applications -- most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the consumer and general aviation GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. In addition to the mobile location based weather information and wireless health information offered by Digital Cyclone, Garmin International offers leading solutions in the location based services market such as Garmin Mobile(TM) providing turn-by-turn utility to mobile phone users and the Garmin LBS Toolkit(TM) for third party wireless application developers. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin and Digital Cyclone are registered trademarks, and Garmin Mobile, Garmin LBS Toolkit and Pilot My-Cast are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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