Some ideas just make sense. You hear about a new product, service, or tool, and you think, "Now that's something I can really use!"
That's the response that thousands of pilots, passengers, and aviation enthusiasts had last week when the Federal Aviation Administration launched its new mobile website, FAA Mobile 1.0.
This new site, customized for today's smartphones, helps the FAA more effectively serve the 4.4 million visitors each year who access FAA.gov with a mobile device. By creating a new web page exclusively adapted for FAA's mobile customers, the agency can deliver a web experience that offers more information with fewer clicks and less need for entering text or searching.
FAA Mobile is an easy-to-use website that provides quick access to popular FAA-related tasks for folks on-the-go. You can look up N-numbers, find Advisory Circulars, and more. Of course, the most useful app for our nation's air travelers will be looking up airport and flight delays.
Imagine getting ready to board a flight at the airport and fretting about whether that flight will depart in time for you to make your tightly scheduled connection that gets you to your destination. A quick look at faa.gov/mobile and you can rest easy: there are no delays at your airport and your flight will depart on time.
For pilots, checking the latest FAA Advisory is also a snap, and that's good for everyone's safety.
- N-Number Lookup
Look up any aircraft's N-number to see ownership, registration, aircraft manufacturer and model, and more information.
- U.S. Airport Status and Delays
Review information about airport status and delays across the entire National Airspace System (NAS), or look up the status of a particular airport to plan your travel schedule.
- Advisory Circular (AC) Lookup
Find and read advisory circulars to help you comply with FAA regulations.
- Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) Locator
Locate the closest offices based on your current location, if you have Location Services enabled on your device. You can also locate FSDOs by region or by office name.
- Wildlife Strike Reporting
Report an aircraft wildlife strike or edit an existing wildlife strike report.
- News and Press Releases
Read the three most recent FAA news stories and press releases.
So, whether you're in the hangar, at the airport, or on a train to catch your flight, the FAA's new mobile website allows you to stay connected with the most popular features of FAA.gov. And you can always access the full web version of FAA.gov by tapping a link at the bottom of any FAA Mobile page.
I hope you'll take advantage of this new tool developed by the fine professionals at FAA. But please don't visit the new website--or any website--when you're behind the wheel.