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Collins Aerospace to acquire FlightAwareCollins Aerospace has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held FlightAware, a leading digital aviation company providing global flight tracking solutions, predictive technology, analytics, and decision-making tools. (www.collinsaerospace.com) More...
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Good luck in your retirement
daniel. I am a big fan of flightaware, and i use it daily for aviation information and connection to other people interested in writing and talking about aviation topics, especially the squawks section. A topic becomes a squawk, people who know about it comment and contribute, and some who know little or nothing expound some too. There was Preacher who know all about flying complex aircraft and had lots of common sense to share. I have the same concern as the rest of the fans: what incentive do the new owners have to perpetuate this site as it has been for the times flight aware was yours? I don't think they have much incentive to leave well enough alone, and this is saddening. If they make it a site that extracts monthly payments, well i guess i will cough up the bucks. I have seen companies i liked acquired, then rearranged for the worse. Flight Aware is a precious gem- you made it so, If you are left in place and allowed to keep this site as is, i will be very pleased, very amazed. If you are entering retirement, enjoy the fruits of your vision and labor. I remain a fan. Thanks for the time this site mattered to me. patrick baker
Today's open forum is no barometer for what Collins will turn it into within six months to a year.
After 50 years in aerospace I have seen lots of takeovers or buyouts... I am betting it is going to change and everyone that had their heart into FlightAware, will be replaced by some bean counter whose sole interest is corporate profit. i.e. Collina takeover of ICG, in 6 months even the janitor was replaced (little exaggeration here but you get the gist)
Yep... Seen it too many times in too many industries firsthand. Including aerospace, software and online service offerings. Many buyouts are simply for trademark or technology acquisition and results in the outright elimination of the product. Don't be too shocked if that's what happens here, despite Daniel's message here. It's no longer at his discretion.
I reached this realization over 15 years ago when we released our first commercial services and our early adopters became concerned that we’d put an end to free flight tracking. Over a decade later, it’s still core to who we are, and core to the concerns of our community. So, after sixteen years, I’ve gotten used to people saying we’re going to change for the worse, and you should get used to the fact that it’s not.
We’re committed, as always, to continuing to offer the same high quality services we always have, with the same team (over 120 folks, of which 30 are pilots), and the same focus on quality and experience.
P.S. I hope this open forum is further proof of the above.