"AvBrief was awarded the best E-business Start-up Award as part
of Computer Weekly's prestigious E-Business Excellence Awards, and
achieves break even goals within 3 months."
"As the UK's first Internet service providing a 'one stop shop'
for on-line flight briefing, AvBrief have succeeded in more than
doubling their end of year one target within only six months of
launching. As a result of this,and their superlative attention to
customer service, AvBrief was awarded the best E-business Start-up
Award at the Computer Weekly E-Business Excellence Awards, November
"Following careful research conducted by the AvBrief team in
November 1998 a desire amongst aviators to have easy access to
flight information, especially timely weather data, was discovered.
Hitherto available via disparate sources on a pay-per-view basis, a
need was perceived for a central on-line reference site providing
flight-planning information. Such access to superior data on all
aspects concerned with a safe and enjoyable flight would generate a
positive force for better pilot decision-making, an enhanced
professional attitude and superior airmanship, actively making a
contribution to increased flight safety for all users of the
"The software used to run the system has been written by the
AvBrief team in C, Perl and PHP to run in conjunction with well
established open source platforms such as the Apache web server and
Postgre SQL Object-Relational BMS. For performance and
resilience the servers run as a Red Hat Linux Cluster using the
Linux Virtual Server (LVS) software."