Pilot Dan Stratman says his Airport Life app makes flying a little easier.

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    Capt. Dan Stratman had been a Northwest Airlines pilot for two decades when the carrier filed for bankruptcy in 2005. He says Northwest's financial problems sparked his "entrepreneurial spirit."

    "When you realize your whole financial life is dependent on the crazy airline industry," he says and then pauses, "it motivated me."

    The pilot began looking for independence. He started a couple of businesses - an aviation consulting company and a photo-to-canvas business - but it wasn't until he saw a CNBC program called Planet of the Apps that he found the key to what he believes may be his early retirement from the airline industry.

    "When you think about it, smartphones and apps and travel are just made for each other," says Stratman, who now flies for Delta. "It's like a match made in heaven."

    Plenty of travel apps already existed - and Stratman had them all on his phone. But he says those earlier apps offered just one or two features. Stratman wanted a comprehensive app. He decided to take his inside knowledge of the airline industry and cram it into a mobile app called Airport Life.

    Stratman (along with RareWire co-founder Kirk Hasenzahl) is one of the featured speakers at Go Mobile KC Thursday, June 21 (from 7 to 9 p.m. at 1800 Baltimore, sixth floor). The mini-conference is part of One Week KC, the nine-day push to make Kansas City an entrepreneurial hub.
    He knew the difficulties of airline travel firsthand. His pilot's uniform, he says, is "a magnet for frustrated, lost and confused passengers."

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    Glad to see someone trying to take their industry knowledge and make good with it.
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