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Improved System Enables Users to Plan and Map Flights Using a Google Maps™ Interface

(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) March 29, 2011 – Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] today announced an enhanced service offered by its web-based flight planning system enabling users to plan and map flights using a Google Maps™ (Google Inc.) interface. The upgraded service allows pilots to plot their routes on satellite images provided in Google Maps, showing the terrain and airspace in vivid detail.
“We are running the improved service on the Google Maps platform, which makes planning a flight almost as easy as getting online driving directions,” said Sam Bauman, SAIC’s production manager, speaking at the 2011 Sun-N-Fun in Lakeland, Fla. provides pilots access to the charts, temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), weather information, and airport diagrams needed to plan flights. Because the system is entirely web-based, there is no software to load or chart upgrades to purchase. A pilot needs only a standard web browser to plan a flight, view it on Google Maps, and print it or download it to a mobile device for use in the cockpit.
Addition of Google Maps capabilities significantly enhances the flight planning process on Users can now select departure, destination and waypoints simply by clicking on their choice of WAC (world aeronautical chart), Sectional, Instrumental Flight Rules (IFR)-High or IFR-Low chart draped over Google Maps. Panning out, zooming in, and dragging across a map or chart occur instantly and seamlessly without screen refresh. Once the route is planned and mapped, it can be filed and converted into a preflight package in hardcopy or PDF format for use in a mobile device.
Subscribers also have the option of downloading the free Google Earth™ (Google Inc.) applet to view their planned route in a realistic 3-D Google Earth flight preview. 3-D Google Earth imagery allows pilots to visualize their flight path with all controlled and special-use airspace affecting their route color coded.
“The Google Earth 3-D flight preview can enhance situational awareness, which improves safety by giving the pilot a better idea of what to expect before leaving the ground,” said Bauman. is offered at low monthly and yearly subscription rates with no chart upgrade fees. Pilots are invited to take for a free test flight by logging onto

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SAIC is a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company’s approximately 43,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of $10.8 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2010. For more information, visit SAIC: From Science to Solutions®

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