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New Server Installed

Hi everyone,

Let me first apologize for the downtime on July 29; chalk it up to growing pains. Airport Guide has been growing so quickly that we outgrew our old shared server and were required to upgrade to a dedicated server. There were a few hiccups with migrating to the new server which resulted in being offline for most of the day but those should all be behind us now.

This new server is running on a T3 connection with a lot of RAM and SSD hard drives. So what does this mean for you? Speed and Performance

Enjoy!
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11,000 Airports Added

It has been a while but we have been working hard over here. We have recently added approximately 11,000 new landing facilities (airports, heliports, seaplane bases, etc.) to Airport Guide making this the world's largest airport database at over 45,000 airports.
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IAPs and Diagrams for France and French Territories Added

A big announcement today. All instrument approach procedures for French and French Territories have been added into Airport Guide. But that's not all. In fact the entire French Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) documentation is now easily accessible in PDF format through Airport Guide so you will always have the latest airport information including frequencies and airport diagrams.

Check out this link to the Instrument Procedures page for Charles De Gaulle airport

More countries will be coming in the future. Keep checking back.

And don't forget to keep the dirty side down. :)

Mike
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Airport Search Results Update

A Google map has been added to the search results page allowing for you to visually see your airport search results on a world wide map; clustering is used to keep the map from getting too crowded. You can even zoom all the way in on the map and look at the street view.

The second great enhancement to the search results are to the table containing the textual results. The table has been upgraded to allow for much faster searching and filtering on words within any of the text in your results through the new Filter Search. box.

Feel free to play around with it. Just look for the Airport Search box and enter any airport ID (ICAO, IATA, FAA), name, city, state, or country and click Search.

Airport Search

London Airport Search Results Map
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Travel Engine Upgraded

AirportGuide.com has just rolled out a new travel booking engine. One of the biggest benefits is that we now have over 300,000 Hotels, Motels, Resorts, and B&Bs available for you at extremely low prices. You can book directly from the home page OR go to any of our 34,000+ airport pages (also heliport, seaplane base, glider port, etc.) and click on the Flights/Hotels button. A listing of the nearest 25 places to stay will be listed with a link to more information and booking options.

But wait, that's not all. In that listing, there is a Pet Friendly column next to the hotel name so you can easily find hotels that will accept you furry friend.

This just rolled out and is still in Beta so you will be seeing tweaks over the coming months.

Safe travels!
Mike
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Rate Your Airports

You are now able to rate your airport in over 30 categories for travelers and pilots.
On every airport page there is a Ratings & Reviews tab. So what are you waiting for? Go to your favorite airport and rate away on Airport Guide.

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New Social Toolbar and the Continued Redesign

Hi everyone,

I am again (still) redesigning the web site to allow pages to load faster and not look as cluttered with all of the information I'm providing. This will hopefully provide a much nicer user experience when it comes to finding the information you are looking for. To that end, I am focusing on 2 areas at the moment and thought you would like a heads up as pages will be changing over the next few months.

1) I am rolling out a new social toolbar that you can see at the bottom of every page on the site. This toolbar will have the following buttons:

- Select Language: You can change the language on the fly.

- Share: Easily share the page to any social network, email it, print it, etc.

- Google +1: This is the equivalent of a Facebook like button.

- Tweet: You can tweet a comment about this page and a link on Twitter.

- Pin It! on Pinterest: This will post images of your choice from the current page to your Pinterest account.

- Facebook Like: This button will post to Facebook that you like/recommend this page.

- Online: Shows how many users are online, the pages they are on, and where they are in the world.

- Join Chat: You can now have a live chat with your friends on any of the following social networks: Facebook, Twitter, myspace, and Yahoo. The best part is you never have to leave AirportGuide.com.

2) The redesigned airport page, though pretty is loading so much information that it can take up to 15 seconds for a page to load. This is unacceptable. I am going to keep the same tabbed look but will be doing a ground-up redesign to load those pages within a couple of seconds. I think you will really like it when you see it.

That's it for now and as always, I'm always open to suggestions on how to improve the site.

Regards,
Mike
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New Airport Detail Pages Design Released

Hi everyone,

I haven't written in forever but I have been hard at work. Today, I released a redesigned template for Airport Guide and a completely redesigned page layout for the detailed airport pages. Go ahead and search for an airport and tell me what you think. FYI, I am making tweaks to the page daily so don't be alarmed when you see it change from one day to the next.

Mike
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Facebook Like Button Added to Airport Guide

After much procrastination I have finally added Facebook Like buttons throughout Airport Guide so go ahead and Like away.
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Airplane Blog Added to Airport Guide

Hi everyone,

Over the years I have received a ton of emails with really great airplane photos, videos, jokes, you name it. I'm sure most of you have received them too. Well, I have decided to start posting those emails in this Airplane Blog. I'm sure you will enjoy browsing this section of AirportGuide.com.

Mike
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