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William C 3 years ago updated by Alan Williams 2 years ago 4

I have been an AOPA member since 1953; I do NOT like the new Airport format.  What I want is AIRPORT information like IAPs, FBO phone numbers, operational things that real pilots need.  What I find is cutesie stuff like a Google map.  What's going on up there at FDK? 

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Hello,

First off, thank you very much for being a long-time member! We really appreciate your dedication to AOPA and general aviation.


The new Airport directory does look different than the former directory but the old directory was built using older methods that were becoming harder to support and keep updated as new web browsers, technologies and devices are being used. One of our goals for the new design was to keep all the same information readily available and to make accessing important information quicker than before. Since there is often a lot of airport data, the detail pages can get quite long and require constant scrolling to get to the desired information.


One helpful feature you will find is what we call the "sticky navigation bar" (see red outline in the screenshot below). This navigation menu is always visible no matter where you are on the airport detail page. You can use the links in this menu to quickly jump from section to section without having to scroll.


We have also included additional information that the old directory did not have and, have used color-coding to call attention to important or even dangerous conditions. One example of this is the METAR and TAF section at the bottom. All weather conditions are now color-coded to highlight moderate and severe weather conditions at the airport.


The integration of Google Maps and Google Places allows pilots to locate nearby restaurants, lodging and various activities that are close-by the airports. The intent with this feature is to help pilots explore different places to fly to and provide inspiration for planning trips using general aviation.


While the overall design is different, we are confident that the user experience will be better with a little adjustment period. We always welcome feedback and will be enhancing the new directory as we move forward in efforts to provide the most comprehensive airport and area information to our users.



Sticky Navigation Menu:




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Hello,

First off, thank you very much for being a long-time member! We really appreciate your dedication to AOPA and general aviation.


The new Airport directory does look different than the former directory but the old directory was built using older methods that were becoming harder to support and keep updated as new web browsers, technologies and devices are being used. One of our goals for the new design was to keep all the same information readily available and to make accessing important information quicker than before. Since there is often a lot of airport data, the detail pages can get quite long and require constant scrolling to get to the desired information.


One helpful feature you will find is what we call the "sticky navigation bar" (see red outline in the screenshot below). This navigation menu is always visible no matter where you are on the airport detail page. You can use the links in this menu to quickly jump from section to section without having to scroll.


We have also included additional information that the old directory did not have and, have used color-coding to call attention to important or even dangerous conditions. One example of this is the METAR and TAF section at the bottom. All weather conditions are now color-coded to highlight moderate and severe weather conditions at the airport.


The integration of Google Maps and Google Places allows pilots to locate nearby restaurants, lodging and various activities that are close-by the airports. The intent with this feature is to help pilots explore different places to fly to and provide inspiration for planning trips using general aviation.


While the overall design is different, we are confident that the user experience will be better with a little adjustment period. We always welcome feedback and will be enhancing the new directory as we move forward in efforts to provide the most comprehensive airport and area information to our users.



Sticky Navigation Menu:




There are multiple methods to get to an airport details page. The easiest is from the main search page:

https://www.aopa.org/destinations/


Type in the airport identifier (or airport name) in the Search field but don't click the blue Search button. The system will automatically try to match what you entered to the airport database. In the screenshot I have added below, you can see that I entered KLAL and the auto-search found KLAL: Lakeland Linder Regional (indicated by red arrow). Before you click the blue Search button, click on the search result (indicated by red arrow). This will take you directly to the airport details page for Lakeland Linder Regional airport (or whatever airport you selected). There is no need to use the blue Search button in this scenario.

The Search button can still be used but that will take you to a map search page which may provide multiple results. The map search page is helpful when you are searching for airports in a certain geographic region and are unsure of the name or identifier. The new system allows you to search by city or address if desired.


OK, thank you, I finally got it.  Very clever to have a Search button that you really don't want to click on.  Must be an MS-DOS thing.  I'm a Mac guy so I tend to jump right on an apparent desire default highlighted button.  Anyway, I'm finally on board - AFTER my birthday flight, instead of before.  Regards, Bill Castlen

While not a member since 1953, I have since 1993.  I understand web page development and new techniques.  It also means you don't need to put the web page together like it was a game.  You have now managed to cram one page of data into three and you have to scroll all over the place to find what used to fit on one screen. If I want to play a game I'll load X plane.  I come to AOPA to get concise, detailed airport information, not scroll through page after page of white space.  Heck, I have to hunt around now to find what used to be on the opening page of the AOPA web.  Stop letting the computer geeks run the shop and have a pilot tell them what needs to be there and then they can program it that way.  You could have done the old pages with new languages but I bet they told you it couldn't be done.