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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A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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