15 August 2018

Air Navigation Pro Pilot Feature: Benjamin Sanders from Germany

We had the chance to interview 43 year old Benjamin Sander who lives in Höltinghausen near Cloppenburg, Germany with wife Christine and kids, Emma and Piet. Benjamin is a technical manager for a company that provides onsite machining and 3D measurement services all over the world (www.maschinenbau-becker.de). He loves to fly whenever he can, whether it's to get to another place for business, or just flying during his free time.

What do you love most about flying?

The love for flying is a little bit different for me since I fly privately and also for my business.

I love private flying as my hobby, flying with my family, enjoying the freedom and possibilities, relaxing, watching beautiful landscapes and also as a little challenge (straight-line, procedures, new airport/areas.)

For business flying, it's having the advantage of quick jumps to our sites or for a meeting. I drive around about 50.000 km per year by my car and I try to replace the time on the street with airtime as often as possible.

What is your favorite aircraft?

I own a quarter of a Cessna 172RG from 1980 - since the ninth month, we're on a first-name basis. Before I flew a Cessna 172SP and Piper PA28, it was a conversion from them to the RG-model.

What's your favorite destination so far?

I like flying to Norderney (EDWY) - it's just a short trip, and we can walk to the beach, have a good day with my family and comeback shortly before sunset.

For business trips, the airports in Leipzig (EDDP), Hamburg (EDDH), and Finow-Eberswalde (EDAV) are my favorites.

What is your dream travel destination?

I've dreamed about flying in the area of Cape Town, South Africa. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to make it during my last visit.

How did you come across Air Navigation Pro?

I've tested many software products and using Air Navigation Pro, is the best for my requirements. Also, the price is good for the service that you provide.

What are the 5 best things that you like about our app?

- Planning a route is quite easy - you can optimize the route with one finger (insert additional waypoints to fly round ED-R). Changing of the planned height in the profile (elevation with airspaces) is a good feature.

- Restoring of saved routes for recurrent trips

- FVK - I can see just in time the position where I am to transfer to FIS ... Perhaps that button can increase a little bit.

- Quick availability of charts (also for other countries)

- Zoom-function for the elevation and airspace window

- Can connect to simulators

Have you tried other navigating apps? And how do you find these apps in comparison?

Yes, I have - just last week, I used MobileFlightDeck and the month before, I used ForeFlight. Both software were delete from my devices after a few test. Many features are not available or they're hidden in the apps, also the apps are not suitable for my use.

SkyMap is a software that two of my C172RG alliance use, I like the trip kit feature, my favorite on that software, but using during flight (perhaps in a not-quite-air) is not pleasant. I actually send my route to a guy who uses SkyMap and they prepare the trip kit for me... not the best way, but possible.

Can you please tell us a story of the best times you have had with our app?

Sorry, I don't have a specific story because I am happy with your software all the time.

If you could talk to non-users about our product, what would you tell them?

Easy-to-use, intuitive and great usability during flight.

What do you when you're not flying?

Family! I'm also a founder of a technical club for kids from 6 to 11 years to teach them technical issues outside of school (started 5 years ago).

What do you see yourself doing three years from now?

I'm always looking for new challenges in occupational and private things. My dream is to work in the management of a company with reference to aviation, e.g. airports, aircraft producer or maintenance.

What is your favorite flying memory?

I flew to Helgoland while I was in flight school and there was nothing around us, just a small little point at the horizon. The FI told me that we should land there. At first, I couldn't believe that it was possible, but I made it possible without problems and without the help of the FI. It was the most beautiful day during flight school.

Last year I flew to Croatia, right at the coast line - that was very pretty. The controller sent us to a height of 500 ft above the sea level because of incoming traffic to Pula. After 15 mins, I asked is I could increase the height, and he only asked if I couldn't swim. At the end the of the discussion he told me, "enjoy the beauty of my country!"

What would you tell non-pilots about the joy of flying?

It is the best hobby you can choose! And it isn't more dangerous than other hobbies if you just follow all procedures correctly.

Most people in aviation are pleasant guys with the same target: enjoying their hobby!

We must be thankful for the chance to do this hobby - many people can't do it because of health or because flying is expensive.

Do you have an Instagram/Facebook/Twitter account?

Yes, I have Instagram and Facebook, but I am not very active in these things (remember, I have two kids).

You can check out Benjamin on Facebook and Instagram.

If you're interested to read more about our users and some interesting persons in the aviation industry, you can check out our other features:
- Arnaud of Latécoère Aircraft Rally 2018
- Marcelo Riegel from Brazil
- Juan Carlos Ala Luna from Peru
- Bruno Temporetti from Argentina
- Lio Mougel French Pilot for Air Race 1
- Mirko Ragni from Italy
- Kirsten Augustyn from Norway
- Stanislav Klajban from The Canary Islands

We've got other articles for you to know more about our other features and highlights:
- Air Navigation Pro Offers The Standard Worldwide Package
- Air Navigation Pro Subscription Packages are now available on iOS with a 2-week free trial!
Are you a pilot with cool travel stories and you want to be featured on our blog?

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to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team


10 August 2018

Air Navigation Pro Monthly Inbox - July

The team behind Air Navigation Pro is always working hard round the clock to make our app suitable for your needs and to make flight planning easier for you. Last month, our wonderful support team collated all the concerns and inquiries and compiled the top 5 questions asked for the month of July 2018 to make it easier for you to find the answers to your questions.

Here's the Air Navigation Pro Monthly Inbox.

1. How do I get rid of 'database is outdated' warning?

The 'database is outdated' warning pops up after opening the Air Navigation Pro app. It means that you need to update you Aeronautical Database.

If you want to remove this warning, all you need to do is tap 'More Info' on the pop up then it will direct you to the Map Store to upgrade your Aeronautical Database. You need to regularly update your Aeronautical Database subscription to ensure that you have the most recent data.

2. What OS version does Air Navigation Pro support?

Currently for iOS devices, the Air Navigation Pro app still supports devices that run on iOS 9 for the 7.0 version, the latest version, Air Navigation Pro 7.1 and upcoming versions are compatible only with Apple iOS 11. Devices running iOS 9 and iOS 10 should be updated with the latest iOS 11 in order to get benefits from the latest Air Navigation Pro app updates.

For Android devices, the app version 2.2 is supported from Android version 4.2 (IceCream Sandwich API level 17) upwards.

3. Can I change the symbol of the aircraft?

Yes, you can! The symbol of the aircraft can be changed. To do this, go to Documents > Aircraft > name of aircraft, from there you can choose which symbol you want for your aircraft.

For iOS devices:

For Android devices: 

4. I have subscribed using my iOS device, do I need to pay again for the desktop version (MAC OS X)

Yes, Air Navigation Pro iOS and Desktop (MAC OS X) versions do not share the same license, since they run under different Operative Systems. The code engine is different as well. Therefore, you need to purchase them by separately.

Regarding maps, charts, 3D data, subscriptions and other products that you already purchased. They will be available to use on both versions without having to purchase the product again.

All you need to do is synchronize the purchased products on the new device using your Xample account.

If you don't have a Xample account yet, you can create it for free at our Services Site.

[You can also check out our blog on the 9 Things You'll Enjoy with the New Air Navigation Services Site.]

5. How can I backup including my recorded flight using an iOS device?

The easiest way of backing up and restoring an iOS device is using iTunes File Sharing. If you want to know how iTunes File Sharing works, you can check https://support.apple.com/en-us/ht201301 for instructions on how to share your files to your Mac desktop.

6. I've already subscribed to Aeronautical Database and I'm interested in one of your country packages, could you explain how your pricing works for this?

Yes, we can definitely give you a breakdown of how it works. We'll give you two example scenarios that most likely happen. (Note: The scenarios are just examples and are not based on real data.)

Scenario 1 - The user has more than 3 months left in his first product subscription (example product: Aeronautical Database), and the user decides to purchase a country package (example package: France), since the user still has more than 3 months left on his first subscription (Aeronautical Database), then the expiration date of the user's country package will be carried over to the first subscription and will have the same expiration date as the user's first subscription.

Pilot has subscribed to Aeronautical Database last March, currently he has 6 months left for his Aeronautical Database subscription and he decided that he wants to subscribe to the Standard France Package.

99.99/12 = France Package is 8.33 per month; Pilot has 6 months remaining; 8.33 * 6 = 49.99

19.99/12 = Aeronautical Database is 1.665 per month since Pilot has already paid for his subscription, so we minus the 6 months that he's paid for his Aeronautical Database subscription 1.665 * 6 = 9.99

(6/12) * 99.99 - (6/12) *19.99 = 40.00

0.5 * 99.99 - (0.5 * 19.99) = 40.00 (Simplified)

49.99 - 9.99 = 40.00€ (Simplified)

Scenario 2: The user has less than 3 months remaining to his first purchased subscription (example subscription: Aeronautical Database), and the user decided that he wants to purchase a country package, then remaining months left of his first subscription (Aeronautical Database) will be added on top of the whole year of the user's new package expiration date.

Pilot has subscribed to Aeronautical Database and has 1 month left in his subscription and he decided that he wants to subscribe to the France Standard Package.

(1/12) + 99.99 - 1.665 = 106.66€

8.33 (remaining 1 month) + 99.99 - 1.665 (Aeronautical database) = 106.655€

7. I see that you have multiple products, what kinds of products do you have?

We have categorized our products to non-subscription products and subscription products.

Products that are classified as non-subscription have a once-off purchase, products that don't have a validity period and can still be accessed within your account after purchasing.


*non-consumable ICAO charts aren't categorized as a subscription. 
You can still access and use the ICAO chart that you purchased but it becomes outdated as new charts are released. 
You need to purchase again to get the updated charts.

The products that are classified as subscriptions have annual payment, and has a validity period.

 Subscription products that can be purchased individually:

If you have questions that aren't listed above, feel free to leave a comment below or message us on Facebook or visit our FAQ page and support center.

Are you a pilot with cool travel stories that you want to share? Send us a message on our social media accounts Facebook, Instragram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.

to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team

19 July 2018

9 Things You’ll Enjoy with the New Air Navigation Pro Services Website

If you're wondering about what we’ve been working on, we’re happy to announce that the new Services site is ready!

We love everything about the new site and we’re sure that you’ll enjoy the new look and feel. We made sure to make it as seamless as possible with all the information you need easily accessible with this updated interface.

Are you ready to find out what’s in store for you? Let’s dive right in!

1. Featured Items

When you enter the site, a slider displays all the most up to date news and features available. Just below the slider, featured items such as the latest country packages that are available.

For new comers, the Sign Up section is displayed on the upper right side corner when you’re on your desktop and just below the slider if you're on your tablet or mobile. Account holders can easily get access to their accounts by just tapping on the Sign in text displayed below the Sign up section.

2. Latest News & Updates

Learn about the latest Air Navigation Pro charts and map updates in this section or dig into some of our most enjoyable articles featuring aviation leaders and industry news.

You’ll find it just below the Featured Items list on the tablet or mobile and on the lower right side for desktop users.

3. New User Profile Page

When you sign up as a new user, you’ll need to fill in required user details like a username, email, age, gender, language and phone which can be edited anytime.

With the new services site, it’s easier to remove and add devices. You can register multiple devices with an Air Navigation Pro services account that you can use on your flights.

4. New Header Menu

We’ve made some adjustments to make sure that your experience is as easy as possible. The new header displays the important aspects that pilots use on a regular basis. This includes the store, live tracking, routes, and an extended menu for the rest of the Air Navigation Pro ecosystem.

5. New Store with the Search Function

Shopping for maps, charts and other Air Navigation Pro tools is made easier with the Store Search Function. We’ve been getting a lot of requests for this feature and we’re happy to announce that this has been implemented. 

Searching for maps and charts will now be easy as searching for your next flying destination. 

6. Store

We've redesigned the Store to make it easier for you to get the package you want with the inclusions. You can click on 'More Information' if you want more details regarding the inclusions.

 It's also easier to purchase products individually, which is perfect for cross-country flights! Just use the search bar to search for the country, then the individual products with appear below the search.

7. Live tracking Share Function

Want to send updates to friends and family? Well, now there’s a better way to keep them updated. You can share your flight details after landing with options to share via the social media buttons (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn) or send thru email.

Awesome, isn’t it?

8. Home button

If you have questions about the features and want to know more about Air Navigation Pro? Or  are you planning on visiting another country and you wanna see our other country packages? We've created the Home button for that exact reason to make it easier for you to navigate.

Just click on the Home button and it will route you to our Air Navigation Pro website.

9. Connectivity

The beautiful revamped services site design now comes with a QR code login (iOS only) that can be especially handy when you’re in a rush or multi tasking. 

It also gives you access to your Manager accounts with just one touch of a button!

We hope you'll love this updated look. Let us know if there's anything that we can improve to make your Air Navigation Pro experience a real treat!

You may also like to check out our other blogs on our different features:

You can follow us on TwitterInstagram or like our Facebook page to keep a lookout for all the latest updates and tips from us.

to discover more about the planning application Flight Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
You can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features. 

Blue Skies,
The Air Navigation Pro Team


11 July 2018

A Guide to Ground Support Equipment

Ground support equipment forms an integral part for any aviation setting around the world. Many people are drawn to the technological prowess that comes with compelling aircraft, but without effective equipment on the ground, these models lose a large proportion of their functionality.

Here at GSE Solutions, we have provided the aviation industry with a wide range of ground support equipment for over 25-years. In that time, we have gained an unparalleled amount of knowledge and expertise that will be shared throughout this guide.

A brief history  

Ground support equipment dates back to the early 18th century, but it wasn’t until the height of World War II that the industry started to take flight. This period oversaw increasing demands from Allied militaries, especially the US Army, which increased its aircraft fleet from 3,600 to 300,000 in just six years.

This created the first marketing opportunity for companies to get their designs into circulation. Among the many beneficiaries were Stewart & Stevenson, who supplied ordnance loaders to the US military, and FMC (Food Machinery Corp.) who designed and constructed landing craft.

The next watershed moment wasn’t until 1969, when Eagle Tugs introduced the world to the Bob Tail Tow Tractor. This design is still the best and only choice for sturdy and effective towing in the present day. 

What is Ground Support Equipment?  

Ground support equipment is needed to maneuver equipment found in the servicing area of aviation environments. They are the tools in which trailers can be towed, luggage can be transported and planes can be re-fueled.  

For more information about any ground support equipment, check out the GSE Solutions website – www.gsesolutions.eu

Here are the most common pieces of the Ground Support Equipment

Tow Tractors

Both military and domestic applications will require a strong and reliable tractor for effective maneuvering. There is a multitude of both large-scale and low-profile designs to adhere to a selection of aviation tasks.  

The most significant model is the Bob Tail Tow Tractor. This design uses an ergonomic Ford Super Duty F-350 chassis and runs on a Ford V-8 engine to ensure equipment as heavy as 95,000 lbs can be towed with ease.

Ground Power Units

These models can power and start up aircraft from the ground. They are more commonly referred to as GPU’s and run on either electric power, battery power or a combination of both. There are certain models that can produce up to 5200 amps, using a voltage of 30.3V DC. 

Passenger Access

This is an especially vital component for commercial airlines, since they provide a safe method of entering and exiting aircraft. Some of the more prominent designs can reach heights of up to 161” and use standing platforms with a weight capacity of around 1,000 lbs.

Baggage & Cargo Carts  

This enables people’s luggage to be transported around airports both safely and methodically. Closed baggage carts are the most recognizable design, with certain models able to carry up to 8000 lbs of luggage.

State of play

According to prnswsire.com, the aviation industry will reach £18.2 billion by 2022. This has largely been attributed to the increasing demands for both electric and hybrid designs.

As of July 2017, the breakdown of the primary participants in ground support equipment were as follows:

Asia-Pacific – 46%
North America – 27%
Europe – 18%
Rest of the world – 9%

This article was written by David Newman. David is the Director of UK Magento Web Design Agency Ad Lab.

to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Do you have a cool Air Navigation Pro story you want to share? Send us a message in one of our social media accounts Facebook, Instagram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team