July 22, 2011
By Ian J. Twombly
Synthetic vision is now a reality on the iPad. WingX, one of the more popular moving-map applications, announced this week that it has added the computer-generated view out the window to its offerings.
The technology takes the app’s terrain database, airport database, and obstacle database, and wraps them into a powerful piece of situational awareness. Users have the ability to scroll the display as they like, but it also can be tagged to the current location via the iPad’s integrated GPS, or an external model.
WingX also worked with Levil Aviation to include a new attitude heading and reference system (AHRS) to drive the synthetic vision. With this capability, WingX can provide the synthetic vision wirelessly. This service requires an additional piece of hardware that costs $750.
An application update will be available this month. Synthetic vision requires an additional $99 annual subscription.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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