Flight School Software for your FBO

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When I first developed AeroClub Manager at Cornerstone Logic 25+ years ago my focus was on flight schools, partnerships, and flying clubs. That program evolved to FBO Manager which rose to be one of the most popular aviation point of sale programs in history. Flight School Software for FBOs has been lacking since I left the market with no experience and only the legacy of companies from last century continuing to support this small segment.

At the time FBO Manager had modules for flight schools, shop orders and work orders, fuel management, recurring billing, and of course exporting data to QuickBooks and PeachTree. In 2017 I started FBO Director to recapture the spirit of FBO Manager and embrace the industry I love – aviation. Since then we have built all of the same modules that FBO Manager once had.

Our new flight school software module tracks pilots and instructors. This includes the logic required for basic medical and knowing if a pilot is over or under age 40. In addition, we track checkouts for each pilot and know when a BFR is expiring. You can even add user-defined currency requirements.

Aircraft in the new software has all of the fields you would expect. In addition, we track the maintenance coming due on each airplane by calendar or tach reading as needed.

So how is FBO Director better than FBO Manager, TotalFBO or any other program on the market? We provide pictures of your aircraft, pilots, and instructors. FBO Director also provides block rates and can track individualized and custom pricing for each student, aircraft, or combination thereof.

One of the advanced features we have in FBO Director is our handling of sales tax. In Florida, a solo student versus a student in a dual flight pays a different tax rate. This is automatically handled by the software so your front desk personnel at the flight school or FBO do not have to make mistakes.

Check out a free demonstration version or call us with questions if you want to learn how FBO director can automate your flight school, replace TotalFBO, or even replace FBO Manager.

FBO Director and Flight Bridge Integration Tutorial

Welcome to a demonstration of FBO Director and our integration with Flight Bridge. My name is John Nelson, president of Essinta Labs, and I have a long history of software development in the aviation industry, formerly owning FBO Manager Software and also working at EPIC Aviation managing the compass system. This breadth of experience has led my company to develop an integration between our point of sale software and the leading concierge tool for flight departments and FBOs, called Flight Bridge.

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What you see on the screen right now is our main dashboard screen within the FBO Director software showing a variety of open invoices that are available for editing. Keep On Reading…

FBO Director Connects with FlightBridge

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Real Time Connection

Port Orange, FL – FBO Director connects to FlightBridge by completing the second phase of its existing integration with FlightBridge. Integrating provides two-way communication of reservation details and status between FBO Director and FlightBridge. Operators see the status of reservations in FlightBridge, while the FBO no longer has to enter information in two different systems.

“The integration between FBO Director and FlightBridge is another step forward for customer service in general aviation,” said Dudley King, President of FlightBridge. “Providing greater visibility into the delivery status of concierge and FBO services allows both the FBO and operator to deliver bespoke service and operate more efficiently.”

FBO Director’s connection to FlightBridge is the only two-way real-time integration exchanging reservations entered in either system, updating status, and posting payments and invoices from FBO Director for access and viewing in FlightBridge. Keep On Reading…

Use FBO Director’s Pole Display to Increase Sales

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How can you implement a pole display and start driving increased sales? By using customer counter-top marketing?  With FBO Director it’s as easy as uploading a few graphics with your promotions and then just clicking a button in the software.  With any device, like a second monitor, iPad, or Android tablet, your promotions are displayed for the pilot to see while engaging with the customer service representative.

FBO Director and now supports Customer Countertop Marketing displays and integrated signature capture.  As an FBO owner or general manager, you might ask yourself, “why does this matter?” Customer Counter Marketing displays drive sales and increase business, and more importantly, some states and local authorities require displaying sales transaction data from electronic point of sale systems.  Legacy products in aviation, like FBO Manager Keep on reading!

Essinta Labs Announces rebranding of its FBO Point of Sale Software

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DATE: 28 Mar 2019

Port Orange, FL – Essinta LabsTM  announced that its core FBO Management and Point of Sale software, formerly known as EssintaWINGS, will now be branded FBO Director.

“FBO Director more properly reflects our passion and commitment to the general aviation industry, as well as paying homage to our experience and expertise in this market”, said John Nelson, President of Essinta Labs.   Since its release in February 2017, over sixty thousand (60,000) transactions have been run in FBO Director, worth over $35 million.

Since 1996, John Nelson has been building products for the aviation industry, including the FBO Manager software program he founded, Keep On Reading…

FBO Director Certified To Accept EPIC Cards

Port Orange, FL – FBO Director developed by John Nelson, formerly of FBO Manager software, has been certified to accept EPIC cards and all other payment forms accepted through the EPIC Fuels payment gateway. EPIC customers began processing on the FBO Director system on March 5, 2018. EPIC branded FBO locations now have a modern aviation point of sale transaction processing software option that is a complete replacement for Compass, FBO Manager or Total FBO.

Nelson and Ken Edwards, both formerly of EPIC, bring first-hand experience and knowledge of EPIC’s branded programs and workflows to FBO Director, making it a natural upgrade for EPIC Fuels branded FBOs. Keep On Reading…