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Going Direct: Here’s The Future Of Your Airplane’s Cockpit

Are you ready for the next big thing, a new way to see the aviation data we all rely on to fly safely and surely? You probably should be, because it’s coming.

At Sun ‘n Fun Seattle Avionics’ Steve Podradchik showed me the coolest gadget I’ve seen in years. An iPhone. Okay, the iPhone wasn’t the big thing; it was the app, called FlyQ InSight, that pilots can use on their iPhone or iPad to point out the window and see where the airports are. Augmented reality is hot right now, though it’s not brand new. But as demonstrated by Seattle Avionics, it has the potential to greatly enhance our piloting experience by putting together the two things we want to know: what’s outside the plane (not inside it, on the panel) and where the stuff out there is. I say “stuff” because, while FlyQ InSight shows where airports are now, it won’t be long before other features are available, if not on FlyQ InSight then on some device.

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