TaxiwayEcho.com ( http://www.taxiwayecho.com/ ) is the latest website to cater to aviation enthusiasts. The info/entertainment website, belonging to Licious Industries, is the brainchild of the company’s founder and CEO Bob Engelhardt. The featured content on the website is research-based predictions regarding new nonstop domestic routes in the U.S. that have high likelihoods of being established by passenger airlines.
Wondering if an airline might start nonstop service between Pittsburgh and Des Moines? You can go to http://www.taxiwayecho.com/NewRoutePredictions/tabid/71/Default.aspx , find the Pittsburgh section, and see if Des Moines (DSM) is one of the five airports listed. If Des Moines is not one of those five airports listed, you can sign up for a premium membership which allows you to see up to fifteen predictions for new nonstop destinations from Pittsburgh. With predictions available for 75 airports, a premium membership grants the user access to as many as 1125 new route predictions on the website, compared to 375 for free users.
The website has a forum ( http://www.taxiwayecho.com/TheRunUpArea/tabid/55/Default.aspx ) where users can discuss the predictions, along with voting polls in each airport section where users can vote on which new nonstop destination they think will be added next.
“The forum is a key component of this website,” says Engelhardt, a lifelong aviation enthusiast. “Enthusiasts really enjoy talking about new nonstop routes; it’s always a hot topic.”
There are also plans for a weekly podcast, in which Engelhardt will discuss aviation news topics from that week and give his opinions on a variety of issues from the aviation industry.