Tuesday, July 20, 2010
20 New iPad Apps!
Turn your iPad into the ultimate cockpit resource
This app is especially useful to students and instructors because it provides a simulation of an HSI with moving map to show your navigational aids, airport and flight plan. Along with the price of the application you may need to buy a few terminal-area maps, depending on your use. $37.99, www.i-flyte.com
Beacon North America
This all-in-one EFB app features seamless georeferenced charts and georeferenced approach plates. It offers a perspective view of the data, which is an incredibly intuitive way to maneuver around complex airspace. The feature-rich app offers the ability to set a user waypoint on the map just with a touch, and fields at the top of the moving map can be customized as if using a mini G1000. There even are reminder timers for switching fuel tanks and configurations for multiple pilots. $249, www.zivosity.com
This game is maddeningly difficult, and you easily can spend the few hours you need to wait out a thunderstorm in an FBO playing controller, directing small planes, airliners and helicopters to fly patterns and land on appropriate runways. $4.99, www.firemint.com
Flight Guide iEFB
With detailed information on more than 5,000 airports in the U.S., Flight Guide has information that no one else has. Their little brown book probably has a secure spot near the left seat in your cockpit, but now you’re able to replace it with your slim iPad instead. Rather than just giving you all three Flight Guides in a searchable form, the publishers have moved on to create a real EFB. There are georeferenced charts, approach plates for every state and weather images. The app will feel very familiar to any pilot who has used Flight Guide Online on the company’s website. $9.95, www.flightguide.com
This app, still in development, will feature a well-thought-out EFB. With years of experience developing software to run on both their ChartBook electronic flight bag systems and on a system accessible from any web page, FlightPrep programmers are excited to bring it to the iPad. They have a deep understanding of how new technology can enhance existing steam-gauge cockpits, and how to create a turnkey solution that pilots will be looking for. Price TBD, www.flightprep.com
ForeFlight Mobile 3 HD
From preflight (flight planning, radar images and METARs downloaded), to cruise flight (moving map) and landing (approach plates for the entire country), ForeFlight delivers the entire package. Areas you might touch in flight are larger and easier to hit on every well-designed screen. Constant feedback labels the information displayed and cues the pilot what mode is active: moving map, approach plate, chart or airport information. When you pull up an approach plate, it fills the entire screen and can be pinch-zoomed and panned around. A route displayed on the map can be filed as a flight plan with a single touch. Free for the first 30 days, $74.99 for a one-year subscription thereafter, www.foreflight.com
Garmin Pilot My-Cast
With a successful iPhone app, Garmin is well-positioned to carry their customers to the next generation of devices. Garmin says that the iPad app will deliver the same features and a better experience on the larger screen. We hope they’re working on using the greater storage in the iPad to keep some of the data available offline. Price TBD, www.garmin.com
If you’re a pilot with literary aspirations (Ernest Gann, for instance), you probably want to order a Dodo Case along with the BrightLine Bag. This is a slightly retro way to wrap the iPad in a little protection. It holds the iPad snugly, is easier to hold on to and gives it a cover to flip close.
Obsession can be such a wonderful thing. The idea of spending years perfecting a bag for pilots doesn’t sound like fun to everyone, but that’s what Ross Bishop did. His obsession will become your delight, as you find a pocket already in place for every item you need to carry as a pilot. Ross must be prescient, because there’s a pocket that lets the iPad slide into the ideal place from which you can grab it without fully opening the bag in the cockpit.
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