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Tony Phillips
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#1 Posted: 12/14/2010 08:05:17

    As many of you know the RunwayFinder website was a simple and functional flight planning site. It's now offline as they run off by the attorney's of another monster organization.

Info about the situation is found here: http://blog.runwayfinder.com/ 

 



#2 Posted: 12/16/2010 20:14:45

It's interesting that in this issue of EAA e-hotline the same company is going after fltplan.com with the same tactics



Marty Santic
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#3 Posted: 12/18/2010 19:25:02 Modified: 12/18/2010 19:34:14

I have sent the following to all of the members of our chapter.  Please copy my text and forward it to all of your chapter members, and any other GA pilots you may know.  Put it in your chapter's newsletter.   FlightPrep is driving the small little guys that are providing all of us a free service, out of business.  This is truly a sad day.  I would hope the EAA, the AOPA and Jeppesen engage FlightPrep and end this madness.  Several of the FREE internet flight planning services have ceased in providing on line, scrollable sectionals.

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Are you and your GA friends aware of this important issue.  FlightPrep is threatening all of the small websites that offer flight planning, such as RunwayFinder with a patent infringement lawsuit.  RunwayFinder.com is no longer.  http://blog.runwayfinder.com/  Several other internet flight planning websites are no longer providing chart data on their websites.  FlightPrep is clearing going after the little guys.  Jeppesen, the AOPA and FlightAware have publically told FlightPrep to pound sand.

Also see the thread on the VAF forum related to this issue.  http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=65912

I will never again purchase a product from FlightPrep nor Roger Stenbock who sells his flight instruction materials thru several outlets.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION TO ALL OF YOUR GA/HOMEBUILDER FRIENDS.    All internet flight planning services are at risk.

Please support Dave Parsons at RunwayFinder anyway you can.  His email is dave@runwayfinder.com

 

 



James Dippel
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#4 Posted: 12/24/2010 11:57:13

I sure won't use flightprep now or anytime in the future nor purchase any of their products and even if they wind up, through litigation, being the ONLY flight planner service available, I still won't use them. Compared to some of the other trip planner sites, like the now defunct runwayfinder and navmonster, flightprep is less user friendly, harder and more complicated to use and less comprehensive in the information presented. Maybe this all started because flightprep was jealous about how much better these other sites were at presenting the flight planning information, who knows, but no matter, the damage is done. Flightprep can pretend "innocence," talk all around it and plead their case anyway they want but It all boils down to selfish greed. It's really sad that someone, in this case flightprep, has to spoil it for everyone else and no matter how all this turns out, flightprep's name and now questionable reputation won't soon be forgotten! Way to go guys!!..... Okay pull out the sectional, get a piece of string, a ruler, an E6B, a pencil and call FSS...Uh,oh wait a minute, they don't have a patent on any of those things, do they? 



Marty Santic
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#5 Posted: 12/27/2010 19:05:32

Why is the EAA so silent with respect to the RunwayFinder/Flightprep issue?  AvWeb is the only source that have expressed their views.

 Have not heard ANYTHING whatsoever from what I thought was MY organization.



Ron Wanttaja
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#6 Posted: 12/28/2010 02:46:48
Marty Santic wrote:

 

Why is the EAA so silent with respect to the RunwayFinder/Flightprep issue?  AvWeb is the only source that have expressed their views.

 Have not heard ANYTHING whatsoever from what I thought was MY organization.

They posted a Mac McClellan article about five days back:

http://www.eaa.org/news/2010/2010-12-23_flightprep.asp 




Ron Wanttaja