About SkyDemon

We are an independent, successful software company based in the UK. We're committed to designing the highest-quality software and integrating the highest-quality aeronautical data, in order to provide a service that saves pilots time and money by making flying much easier.

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Innovative Market Leader

Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at SkyDemon, driven by a our own designs and influenced by feedback from thousands of subscribers. Almost every company in our industry describes themselves as a market leader, but in our case, we can actually prove it. Here are just a few examples of the features we have invented, most of which are now standard among all general aviation software.

  • SkyDemon Vector Charts

    We invented the modern aviation vector chart back in 2009 with the first release of SkyDemon. Previously, one well-known aviation GPS supplier had already made the move to vector maps but in a very primitive form, not useable as a substitute for static charts designed for printing. When pilots switch to SkyDemon charts they are amazed by the incredible simplicity and clarity of the information presented, and the fact that nothing has been compromised in order to achieve it. Our charts adapt themselves to you; your planning and your flying.

  • Virtual Radar

    This is a technology that shows a unique projection of a planned route, the trajectory ahead while flying, or a log of a flight previously undertaken. Your passage through space and time is illustrated cleanly, with terrain, airspace, obstructions, airfields and other waypoints depicted intuitively, making it very easy to spot hazards or incursions. Virtual Radar is one of the most significant increases we make to your situational awareness.

  • Airspace Warnings with Advisory

    When flying towards airspace that is controlled or potentially dangerous, we show warnings onscreen to help you stay safe. When we started, nobody else was doing this. It is now much more commonplace but our warnings still lead the way, offering a callsign and frequency where possible so the pilot has options at their disposal.

  • Two-Click Flightplan Filing

    In early 2011 we partnered with EuroFPL to bring two-click filing of VFR flightplans into SkyDemon. Nobody had ever done this before, and pilots were forced to either fax a paper form or use a very tedious online version. Our idea was that once someone has planned their route in SkyDemon, all it should take is a couple of clicks to file a flightplan representing that route. Needless to say, the feature has proved incredibly popular and thousands of VFR flightplans are submitted via SkyDemon every year.

  • More in the Box

    SkyDemon is a premium product; the finest product of its kind. Since we launched we have more than quadrupled the features we include while maintaining a simple, easy-to-use product. In the beginning we supported PC and embedded Windows CE operating systems; now we have iOS, Android and Web versions too. While doing all this, we have never increased the price. Customers get the clearest and most accurate charts available, reliable weather and NOTAM briefing, the most powerful software in the industry and many airfield plates all included in their subscription with no hidden extra charges. Flying is expensive enough!

Stability

SkyDemon is an independent British company and we're owned entirely by our developers, all of whom are passionate about what they do. We've always been profitable and have never borrowed a penny from anybody. We consider it a real privilege to have thousands of people trusting our products every day, and it's great fun to be able to make such a huge difference in aviation.

Our biggest asset is the intellectual property we have developed that powers the SkyDemon product line. Superbly engineered, much of our source code is shared between the various platform versions of SkyDemon, but with native presentation layers developed for each supported device. This means that our customers get the same robust SkyDemon functionality delivered through an experience that feels just right for the type of device they're using.

A Force for Good

Over the years we have built one of the most respected brands in European general aviation. We are trusted and loved by our subscribers because of the approach we take to ensuring their lives are made as easy as possible. We work tirelessly to take away the tedious and boring aspects of VFR flying, dealing with the many and varied problems associated with the provision of aeronautical data and services, leaving the customer only with the very enjoyable parts.

We have established partnerships with a small number of carefully selected companies over the years, to whom we bring significant revenue streams in return for integrating their excellent products within the SkyDemon platform. Services like EuroFPL flightplan filing and products like Pooley's and DFS airfield plates, for example.

Company History

SkyDemon is a trading name of Divelements Limited. In 2006 Tim Dawson, managing director and chief software architect at Divelements, earned his private pilot's license. Shortly afterwards he began work on a tool to help him plan VFR flights, bringing together the various disparate pieces of information needed for such pilots to make decisions before flight. The tool continued to be developed as a hobby. In 2009 the technology used in the tool was ported to Windows CE and GPS functionality added, and at this point the decision was made to launch the project commercially. Thus we entered the flight-planning and aviation GPS moving map industries; two industries that had until that point stagnated and received little of the attention they deserve.

2010

The sales of our flight-planning software did extremely well, and SkyDemon became the standard for flight-planning in the UK. From this we were able to develop the first in our own range of handheld aviation GPS units (the Mobile SD), and these went on sale in September. While many of our competitors were still producing devices that did little more than move scanned paper charts around an aircraft symbol, our devices gave pilots an unparalleled level of situational awareness and safety.

2011

This year saw us broaden our horizons further afield, gaining significant traction in Europe. With the release of SkyDemon 2.0 the product integrated an unparalleled amount of helpful briefing data and content, and supported instant filing of VFR flightplans. We released SkyDemon Light, a basic flight-planning tool completely free of charge to UK pilots and endorsed by NATS. Our new Mobile MD GPS became popular overnight, and SkyDemon Web was launched so that our subscribers could access the service more easily when away from home.

2012

This was the year of the iPad. We made a huge splash with the release of SkyDemon for iPad early in the year, which within two months became the dominant European aviation app on the platform. To date, SkyDemon for iPad remains the highest-rated (by users) aviation planning/navigation app available. We also started integrating airfield plates, licensed from all European AIPs and provided for free to all subscribers, and also with paid content licensed from carefully selected local suppliers like Pooley's. We experienced huge growth among our subscriber base due in part to our availability on more platforms.

2013

With the rapid rise in popularity of the Android platform, we spent the first few months of 2013 writing SkyDemon for Android and bringing it to market. Needless to say, this product is now the dominant general aviation software on the Android platform in Europe. Later in the year we brought SkyDemon to iPhone, again due to popular demand. Georeferenced plates became more and more popular as we expanded the number of third-party providers who sell their content through SkyDemon. Again, we experienced huge growth in our subscriber numbers as our product became available on more platforms, particularly in mainland Europe.

2014

We focused a lot on our European mapping support in 2014, delivering high-resolution terrain in mountainous areas and many other improvements as a result of directly engaging with customers in specific regions. We implemented a programme of chart improvements to ensure our maps look at their best at every single scale. Our Android product proved so popular that we made a significant effort bringing its features inline with those of our iOS product. We sourced GAFOR forecast data directly from authorities and integrated it into SkyDemon, a world first for any company.

2015

We started this year with a massive investment in our large-scale mapping technologies and tools, which made it possible for us to open up useful new map scales including airfield ground details such as taxiways, buildings, paved areas, holds and much more. We also incorporated basic approach guidance for the first time, helping the pilot orientate themselves to the active circuit side and direction. We invented the Airfield Brief, an instrument which appears automatically in certain situations to give you context-sensitive information about your target airfield. A new Satellite Map feature helps pilots create and position user waypoints using aerial photography.

2016

For the first time we incorporated rainfall data into SkyDemon, and revisited the way all weather and NOTAM information is downloaded and displayed in the product. A new Airfields section brings together all documents and airfield information into one handy place, also incorporating circuits and traffic guidance data along with aerial imagery to make studying airfields before flight easy. We made a huge investment into a new printing engine which allows us to produce beautifully rendered pre-flight and post-flight output on all our supported platforms. Our support for GAFOR forecasts expanded into Germany, where GAFOR area information is seamlessly integrated into our maps.

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