Seems that online flight planners may be that wave of the future.
Received a newsletter from AOPA in my email alerting me to a flight planner being beta tested now. Coming out of beta in about a week per message on the online flight planner.
Hope that Flight Aware will offer the same graphical features on the route map with better response performance then AOPA.
aopa.org/aifp/index.cfm is the link. A DUAT(S) account is required for weather briefings and flight plan filing and I’d suspect an AOPA account will be needed to access the above link.
The huge difference I see (besides the eye candy) from the offline AOPA flight planner and the new online planner is that I can store routes (wasn’t available on the offline version)
Lots of good eye candy within the AOPA flight planner. Downside to this eye candy is that it does slow down the planner as a whole.
The offline version of the RTFP AOPA planner looks to be shut down in January 2009. That program truly has been a workhorse in my past flight planning activities