Northwest Florida Roundup
Coflyt creates software for pilots, aircraft owners to manage aircraft paperwork
Navigating Aircraft Requirements
Pensacola-based software developer Coflyt has created a mobile application that assists pilots and aircraft owners in managing inspections, maintenance, scheduling and billing. The system is designed to replace paper log books and spreadsheets used by pilots and aircraft owners.
Eric Hill created the software for Coflyt while a student at Mississippi State University. He and Tal Clark founded the company and moved it to Pensacola after Clark provided seed funding in 2019. Most recently, the company received $500,000 from angel investors.
Since its release in fall 2019, Coflyt’s software has been used to handle aircraft management for hundreds of single- and multiengine aircraft globally, Clark says.
“One of the things in general aviation that really hasn’t changed since the ‘50s and ‘60s is that there’s really no good software available to track aircraft requirements,” says Clark, a former Marine pilot. “Essentially, what Coflyt does is to bring all those requirements that are needed to manage an aircraft into the palm of your hand.”
- International Paper will pay a $190,000 fine and implement $1 million in environmental mitigation as a result of repeated violations of water-quality standards at its Cantonment mill near Pensacola. The state-imposed consent order also stipulates that IP pay a $10,000 fine each time it fails a water-quality test imposed by the Department of Environmental Protection. The treated effluent from the mill’s paper manufacturing is discharged into Perdido Bay.
- Construction of a second large maintenance, repair and overhaul hangar at Pensacola International Airport is expected to get underway in early 2021, says airport Director Dan Flynn. The 170,000-sq.-ft. hangar is similar in size to one occupied by ST Engineering Aerospace. It is one of three new hangars that will become the centerpiece of a $220-million expansion at the airport. The airport’s four total hangars will include more than 700,000 square feet of covered work space. Singapore-based ST Engineering Aerospace has plans to occupy all of the hangars and eventually employ some 1,200 workers.
- Aviation manufacturer Leonardo reaffirmed its plans to build a multi-million-dollar support center at Whiting Aviation Park near Milton. Leonardo’s reaffirmation came shortly after the Government Accountability Office rejected a protest from Airbus challenging the Navy's awarding of the new helicopter bid to Leonardo. The support center will be designed to provide service and maintenance for the new Leonardobuilt TH-73A helicopters the Navy will use to train pilots at NAS Whiting Field near Milton in Santa Rosa County.
- Miami-based Vitas Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest providers of hospice care, is expanding to Panama City. Vitas’ service area will include Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Homes, Jackson and Washington counties. The company recently gained a certificate of need for the Bay County expansion from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
- As expected, commercial air traffic passenger counts at Northwest Florida’s major airports fell dramatically during the spring. Pensacola International Airport, the largest in the region, saw total passenger counts fall from 188,161 in April 2019 to 12,074 for the same month this year, a 93.5% drop. Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport near Panama City saw similar declines as passenger traffic in April fell by 94.7%. Tallahassee International Airport passenger counts dropped by 95.7% in April. In all, airports across the region reported nearly 300,000 fewer passengers in April.
- Cordova Mall in Pensacola, one of the largest retail centers in Northwest Florida, has reopened with occupancy limited to one person for every 50 square feet of retail space. Employees, contractors and vendors will be required to screen themselves for body temperature prior to coming to work. Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson said the mall will enforce social distancing guidelines and encourage shoppers to wear protective masks and use sanitizing wipes.
- George E. Weems Memorial Hospital in Apalachicola has received a $3-million grant from a $10-billion federal distribution fund for rural hospitals as part of a federal CARES COVID-19 Response allocation. Weems is among 200 health care providers in Florida that will share more than $1 billion allocated to Florida’s rural facilities, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services agency.
- FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researcher Juyeong Choi has received a $152,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Choi and Tarek Abichou, professor of civil engineering, will use the money to study how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected waste-management system-related challenges across the region. “People working from their homes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are generating more residential waste than normal,” Choi says. “We want to know how different facilities are adapting to this situation.”
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