Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

20 New iPad Apps!


Turn your iPad into the ultimate cockpit resource


Hangar B-17
This app simulates an instrument panel by using the GPS to create a PFD display (a trick it already performs on the iPhone). In the upgraded versions, it can link to X-Plane’s desktop installations for training of emergency procedures. Before using it “to get out of the clouds when all else fails,” it would be a good idea to go over no-gyro procedures with your CFII. Price TBD, www.hangarb17.com

i-FLYTE TC
This flight-time and checklist app is the answer to the question: Why can’t technology automate some of the mundane tasks a pilot does by hand? Using the GPS in your iPad to determine your flight time is a brilliant idea. Pilots can customize checklists for each aircraft they fly and have their log entries e-mailed to them. $7.99, www.i-flyte.com

Jeppesen
As the publishers of approach plates for the entire globe, Jeppesen looks at every possible platform. For instance, at press time, you could get a Solid-FX reader with all of the approach plates for a circumnavigation preloaded. The upcoming iPad application and subscription service will put their clear,legible plates onto another screen. Release date is mid- to late summer. Price TBD, www.jeppesen.com
Using the GPS in your iPad to determine your flight time is a brilliant idea. Pilots can customize checklists for each aircraft... and have their log entries e-mailed to them.
King Schools
John and Martha have progressed from live lessons to VHS, to DVD, to CD-ROM, the web and now onto the iOS platform. Each of their educational apps, such as Complete Airspace and Takeoffs And Landings, features the full King Schools video course in its entirety. For future iterations, we’d like to see bookmarking and note-taking capabilities. $29.99, www.kingschools.com

Logbook Pro
Once you have your logbook set up in Logbook Pro on your desktop, the iPad app allows you to see all your totals, enter flights and sync the data back to the desktop via NC Software’s convenient custom-sync site. This is a smooth and elegant solution, eliminating another bit of dead tree you were dragging around. $29.99, www.nc-software.com

LogTen Pro
LogTen Mobile, the logbook iPhone app, has tremendous power, leveraging the data and detail kept on your desktop installation. LogTen should shine on the iPad. This version will allow a pilot to look at a full page of his or her logbook in the cockpit, a feature that isn’t possible on the iPhone’s small screen. Price TBD, www.coradine.com



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