Golden Eagle Flight Prep provides all the tools pilots need to plan a flight route. Offering a surprising amount of useful and specialized features, this is a great addition to any general aviation pilot's software collection.
The program's interface might seem intimidating to nonpilots, since it's peppered with aviation jargon, FAA abbreviations, and other flight-related specifics. However, the manual in the program's Help file clarifies most questions and proves that Golden Eagle Flight Prep is, in fact, a very user-friendly design. The program's primary function is flight itinerary planning, which is made simple as pointing your cursor on the map and selecting the appropriate airports for your journey. Flight routes are laid out on a map. Elevation displays in a handy flow chart and is also easy to select and modify. Golden Eagle's Raster Charts offer a detailed look at air traffic control zones around the USA. These helped us plan a clear path to our destination. In addition, the DUATS chart, which illuminates weather concerns around the country, was clear and easy to read and worked in tandem with our travel route. Golden Eagle's best feature is a real time-saver: By clicking on a map, you can call up information such as longitude, latitude, longest runway, and elevation about any airport on your route. This program seemingly thought of everything you need to plan an air journey.
Golden Eagle Flight Prep is freeware. This is a great tool for pilots to plot their course by, and we recommend it.
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Golden Eagle FlightPrep was developed take advantage of the latest Internet online flight planning capability. Many new features, such as weather overlay, always current TFR's, richer flight planning charts, and a direct online flight planning gateway to FlightPrep, make Golden Eagle FlightPrep the flight planner of choice for pilots facing the challenges of today's complex airspace. The new Golden Eagle flight planner includes: optional VFR & IFR charts as well as approach plates to your flight preparation system, new airspace & TFR tool tips let you touch airspace and get instant identification and effective details, new graphical airspace depiction on the profile view with airspace tool tip capability, new route wizard featuring SIDs & STARs listings, new Internet auto-update feature to alert you of new data and program files.
What's new in this version:
Version 6.2.7 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
With Eagle I can throw together an abundance of flight plans, compare the results, pick the best and run the final out in less time than one half-conceived plan on any of the dozen other planners I've tried. Accessing DUATS from inside is frosting.
I fly South, particularly Mexico. It would be advantageous for the user to be able to put airports directly into the database. I'm backwards: I like to see how far I've gone. Give me control of the output format and I'll buy the "Pro" version.
I've used this product for the last couple of years and I wonder why they hid it at the bottom of the DUATS screen amongst the disclaimers and the Lawyer's Chorus where it took me 2,000 hours to find it. It's fast. Intuitive. Responsive zoom control. Intelligent auto-routing. Independent legs and waypoints modifiable on-the-fly. Flexible, responsive rubber-banding. Winds, METARs, TAFs at your fingertips. DUATS faster than you can find the Bookmark. The first profile view I've seen and with MEAs, Class B airspace, winds aloft arrows, clouds and terrain all laid out in instant recognizability. But the best part, nothing handy is more than two-clicks deep. And it has all this portability, connectivity and interface that I haven't even begun to explore.
My firewall scanned it as containing malicious code, said it changes files. could just be recognizing that the program accesses other servers to obtain data for the planning software. My antivirus scan didn't find it dangerous
Anyone else have any problems or suspect it contains malware? I am afraid to open it.
The software does download database updates to the navigation data and other files. This requires the software to access the Internet and change files on your computer. Your Firewall software may prevent this or warn you about of the changes. Either way, the software always gives you full control over what to download and when to download changes.
Also, all software from CNet is tested to be free of viruses, spyware, and malware. You can read more here: http://www.cnet.com/1991-13403_1-6722508-4.html?tag=mncol
And last, we're planning to get the next major release of the software Certified by Microsoft to ensure that our users know the application is from FlightPrep and is safe to run on their computer.
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