April 9, 2013
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Pilots can get weather right on their iPad through Bendix/King’s myWingMan electronic flight bag. The app’s latest release includes Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) weather with prog charts, graphical winds aloft, METARs, and TAFs.
To take advantage of the new feature, pilots will need to purchase a Dual Electronics receiver. (The XGPS170 GPS plus ADS-B weather and traffic receiver for the iPad costs $799 or $799.99 depending on the retailer.)
Streamlined flight planning and support for CSC DUATS (the EFB already supported DTC DUAT) are additional enhancements to myWingMan. Other features include direct-to waypoint on the top menu, the ability to lock the screen for maps and plates, a custom keyboard, bearing gauge, on-map distance measuring, communication frequencies, airport/facility directory information, and 2-D/3-D flight simulator.
Those who already have the myWingMan EFB can download the lasted update from the Apple app store. The EFB also is available for a free 30-day trial through iTunes. An annual subscription can be purchased for $99 (VFR) and $149 (IFR).
However, students and flight instructors at Part 141 schools could get a break on the price. Bendix/King also announced its educational support program that provides complimentary copies of myWingMan’s IFR subscription to career-track students and their CFIs. Those wishing to participate in the program must apply on Bendix/King’s website and meet the criteria listed on the application.
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