Online Service Targets/Tracks VFR Flights

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A new Web site, GAFlightStatus.com, says it offers "a full-featured system" that may be used by operators to publish live flight status, boarding and arrival information -- even if that flight is flown exclusively under visual flight rules. The system can be accessed online or from any Web-enabled cellphone and displayed on systems that "recreate the status board displays of larger international hubs." The information presented can be updated at any time during the flight and can automatically provide flight status changes to customers via text message or e-mail updates, aside from offering an online presentation. The company hopes its system will allow smaller operators, such as charter or air-taxi services that might run without a dedicated dispatching staff, to offer patrons a new level of professionalism, but extends system use even to private pilots flying rented aircraft.