Pilots flying Air Journey’s Round the World trip were each given an iPad and a SolidFX e-reader to facilitate their 72-day, 25,000-nm trip circumnavigating the globe. The group departed from Quebec last week and is currently touring Scotland. Air Journey’s Thierry Pouille credits the iPad for helping the group navigate around the clouds of volcanic ash that has troubled European airspace.
“We gave each pilot in our group an iPad that is loaded with the day’s flight briefing, all weather data, NOTAMS, radar images and a Google view of the destination airport,” Pouille says. Flight crews can easily reference all pertinent information while airborne. “We also have an icon on the iPad desk top that enables pilots to upload the very latest information on the movement of the volcanic clouds. Air Journey also loaded Skype onto each iPad, which allows all the guests on his Round the World journey to enjoy real time video conferencing with friends and family.”And thanks to corporate support from Jeppesen, pilots on the journey were able to leave 200 lbs. of paper approach plates behind, Pouille noted. Air Journey supplied each pilot with the new SolidFX e-reader, the only device capable of displaying Jeppesen approach plates for anywhere in the world. Data on the SolidFX is updated every 14 days from any WiFi connection.
“Today the group is exploring Loch Ness with high hopes of seeing Nessie,” Pouille says with a smile. “Tomorrow they’ll receive a brand new briefing on the iPads and prepare to move south toward the Azores.”
Air Journey offers escorted trips to the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Alaska and many other destinations. The company arranges all the required paperwork, the hotels, ground transportation, weather information and variety of activities in each destination.
“The pace of our trips is always leisurely,” Pouille added. “We want everyone to have time to see the sights, sample the local cuisine, meet the people and still have plenty of free time. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we want to make sure everyone comes home with lots of wonderful memories!”
You can follow Air Journey’s Round the World trip at AirJourney.com/blog or get more information by calling 561-841-1551.