December 26, 2012
By Benét J. Wilson
Hilton Software has released version 6.9 of WingX Pro7, with enhancements including SmartTaxi, search-and-rescue grids, and search patterns. The iPad app supports the Dual XGPS170 bluetooth ADS-B receiver.
SmartTaxi is now adapted to the iPhone/iPad platform and is enabled at more than 4,000 airports. When the aircraft is on or near a runway, the entire runway is highlighted in red or yellow, respectively, on the airport diagram. It also intelligently displays the runway identifiers for takeoff and displays the distance remaining in real-time.
WingX Pro7 supports about 10 WiFi ADS-B receivers. “With runway incursions becoming an increasing issue, SmartTaxi is a great feature. The WAAS GPS in the XGPS170 and XGPS150 ensures that SmartTaxi keeps you accurately informed of your position,” said Greg Lukins, vice president of business development for Dual Electronics.
Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck VFR for iPad has been expanded; iFly GPS is now available on Android platforms; and iFlightPlanner 2.0, FltPlanGo, and FlightPro have all been updated.
For all its regulations and costs, there are options out there to make the dream of aircraft ownership a reality for most pilots.
Piper and Continental have teamed to produce a diesel-powered Archer designed for the international flight training market. The first Archer DX has been flying in Germany since February.
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