Tuesday, May 24, 2011
20 Great Aviation Apps
Enhance your cockpit with an iPad
If you're a member, this is a great way to access the AOPA database on airports. It includes all the standard AF/D information and a list of FBOs, hotels and food. The information here is also incorporated into ForeFlight and a couple of other apps. Free for members. Available for iPhone only.
FAR/AIM By ASA
Since the FAA persists in making and changing rules, it's worth keeping a current copy of the Federal Aviation Regulations. The Airman's Information Manual also gets regular updates in the explanatory material. For $9.99, you keep up on both in one app.
The digital successor to the ubiquitous little brown book of airports, the iPad version has the data quality you've come to expect, with moving maps that include the TACs needed in busy airspace. The IFR subscription adds procedure plates. For non-3G iPads, the software will interface with the Fly-WI bluetooth WAAS GPS. $9.99-$19.99 per month.
For my family, when they're wondering where I am, this app shows the track of any flight in the ATC system and NextRad radar. One safety-of-flight use is to zoom in on an area with worrisome weather and see how flights that are already in the air are dealing with it. If the tracks are all fleeing the line of clag between you and home, it's just one more hint to grab that comfy hotel bed. Free. Available on iPhone only.
Like the FltPlan website, this app is a bare-bones tool for looking at airport information, but the price is certainly right, and it saves you from carrying an AF/D. It includes a not-yet-ready-for-prime-time plate reader. Free.
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