ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - Oct 30, 2012) - NBAA -- Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. announced today that it has released version 2.0 of its free iPad® application called Universal Ops Brief, available for download from the Apple App Store. Ops Brief 2.0 allows for the notification, viewing, navigation, downloading, printing, and management of operational briefing packages provisioned by Universal® Trip Support Services and/or UVflightplanner.com. Demos of the app will be available at NBAA at Universal exhibit #2516.

"We understand the impact the iPad has had on our clients and the business aviation industry," said Randy Stephens, Division Vice President, Product Management and Specialty Services, Universal. "We give our clients a choice; some still want paper copies of their trip support briefings but we're averaging more than 7,800 briefings per month sent via our app straight to their iPads. That trend will continue upward with the addition of UVflightplanner.com operational briefing packages now included in Ops Brief 2.0."

New features and enhancements included in Ops Brief 2.0 include:

  • Availability of UVflightplanner.com briefing packages - Users can now access UVflightplanner.com flight plan and weather briefings
  • Printing - Users can print their briefings from within the app using Apple AirPrint
  • E-mail Forwarding - Users can forward briefing packages using the default iPad e-mail client
  • Ancillary Document Management - Users can save/recall ancillary trip documents (Flight Summary, Service Confirmations, etc.) to and from a local device
  • "Open In..." - Users can open/upload operational briefing packages within other PDF-compatible iPad apps and services such as GoodReader, iAnnotate, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

"We're committed to continuing to develop tools that allow our clients to work with us the way they want to," said Stephens. "If that means they want to call in and have a conversation with their trip support team, they can do that, but they also have self-service options. It all comes down to enhanced efficiency and making it easier for operators to get in touch with us in a variety of ways -- whichever is most convenient for them."

Universal® clients can download the app for free from the Apple App Store or on iTunes. Non- Universal clients can learn more about the app and Universal by contacting the Universal Global Sales team at (800) 231-5600 ext. 3300. For more information on this and other mobile offerings from Universal, visit www.universalweather.com/mobile, or visit Universal at NBAA exhibit #2516.

About Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
Universal® has 50+ years of experience in supporting business aviation and more than 2.5 million trip legs facilitated. Universal® has the knowledge and expertise to accomplish our shared purpose: the success of your trip. Our comprehensive resources include customized trip support, convenience through the UVair® Fuel Program, worldwide ground support, online flight planning, aircraft data link, safety management systems (SMS) resources, and more. For more information, contact worldwide sales at (800) 231-5600 ext. 3300 (North America) or (713) 944-1622 ext. 3300 (Worldwide).

Additional Ways to Connect

Business Aviation Blog: universalweather.com/blog
Facebook: facebook.com/universalweathr
Twitter: twitter.com/universalweathr
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/universal-weather-and-aviation

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Contact Information:

Media Contact:
Louis Smyth
On-site at NBAA: (713) 703-3269