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Aviation applications raise the bar for flying technology

March 9, 2012, 10:36 am

QinetiQ North America recently launched its Aviation Data Trainer mobile application on iTunes. The application provides air traffic controllers, pilots, airport staff and flight enthusiasts a way to learn and review data sets from the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Transportation Association that are used for air operations all over the world. Once pilots learn the necessary codes for safe air travel, they should purchase pilot insurance to make sure they have all their bases covered for safe flights.

The Aviation Data Trainer provides three levels of support to help aviation professionals memorize and understand aviation codes for daily operations. The app comes equipped with data sets for hundreds of airports, telephony codes, and airline and aircraft identifiers in North American, Europe and worldwide.

Using the app, professionals can take their time learning the codes, using configurable flash cards and tests to measure their progression in preparation for real examinations. There are also games to test user memory throughout their studies. The app is also very affordable, priced at $1.99.

John Radziszewski, executive vice president and general manager of QinetiQ North America, said the app was the end of result of QinetiQ combining its knowledge of the Federal Aviation Administration and interactive technology to create a unique training tool to appeal to both current air traffic controllers and pilots, as well as aviation students.

After the release of the app, the company is planning to deploy more creative training applications to help users learn about a variety of airspaces all over the world. Materials are also in development to help users acquire specific skill sets for air traffic controllers.

Another mobile app developed by Aviation Week was recently recognized by Business to Business Magazine as the winner of the 2012 Social Media Marketing Awards. The mobile app was specially developed for the 2011 Paris Air Show and was downloaded more than 5,000 times during the event alone. At the event, which is considered the biggest business gathering for aviation and defense professionals in the world, more than 150,000 trade visitors and 204,000 public spectators enjoyed aviation exhibits and information sessions, including new technology introductions.

The Paris Show App was one component of a mobile strategy for on-the-go professionals Aviation Week developed. The app provided attendees of the event with useful features and increased mobile traffic to the Airbus site by 200 percent. The app was used to guide attendees through the show, provided in-depth information on presentations and exhibits, and collected feedback directly from mobile users.

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