July 24, 2012
By Benét J. Wilson
Lightspeed Aviation has created FlightLink, a free, downloadable app that allows pilots using Zulu.2 headsets to turn their iPads or iPhones into cockpit recorders. With the app, all communications through the intercom are recorded and available for instant playback and permanent archiving, and recordings may be stored either on the iPad or iPhone or in an iTunes account.
FlightLink allows for up to two minutes of instant playback of ATC transmissions, and the entire flight can be recorded and saved for future use. The iPad version of the app includes a scratchpad, which allows pilots to take notes and draw diagrams with their fingertips.
"Lightspeed has built its reputation on developing leading edge technologies that enhance the flight experience for pilots worldwide, and FlightLink is the latest in a long line of these breakthroughs," said Teresa De Mers, corporate vice president of sales and marketing. "FlightLink is a valuable tool in many situations. It can be used to instantly recall a clearance or capture a complete flight for post-flight debrief and training. Flight Instructors and pilots at all levels of training will find it useful."
FlightLink is available now for newer Zulu.2 headsets, which already work with the app. Older Zulu.2 headsets can be factory retrofitted for $69.
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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