March 28, 2012
By Alton K. Marsh
Anywhere Map Freedom is a $79 app that gives you a “personal flight management system” that runs on whatever you’ve got—an Android product, a Windows product, or one of the popular Apple devices.
Features include a patented “Cone of Safety” that shows you how far you could glide if your engine were to quit. The cone shows the safe region around each airport, based on the glide ratio of your aircraft. Its Personal Digital Co-Pilot feature includes obstacle warnings and vertical navigation. It keeps track of radio towers and other obstacles, and issues a warning if needed. Reminders are provided for fuel tank changes and time to descend.
Vertical navigation includes a virtual glideslope to any runway. A flight planning page allows for fuel estimations and editing of multi-leg flight plans. Terrain warning is also provided.
Weather features supported include NOAA weather graphics, which can be saved and viewed even when the Internet isn’t available. The Anywhere Link weather server provides METAR, TAF, and Nexrad radar imagery that can be downloaded and overlaid on map and information screens. The purchase includes a full year of georeferenced map data.
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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