November 1999 Issue

Computer Flight Planners

Prices are up, but so is capability. Destination Direct is the most flexible; Flitesoft and FliteStar excel in overall features.

When last we surveyed computer flight planners three years ago—an eon in the software business— Destination Direct was the clear winner. But none of the major programs could be relied upon to provide hands off, reliable full route planning for IFR.

Things have since changed radically. Today, there is no overall winner in our view, which means selecting a planner boils down to slogging through the details, which we’ve tried to do for you in this report, space limitations notwithstanding.

For PC users, The Big Three–Destination Direct, FliteStar and Flitesoft—have basic features in common and the wide disparity in features which existed three years ago has closed significantly. As...

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