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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.
Pilot Weather Briefing Services,
FAA Information and Services,
AOPA has joined the “Know Before You Fly” campaign that seeks to educate users of unmanned aircraft systems about safe and responsible operations, including where and how high unmanned aircraft may be flown.
Alaskan aviators now have 221 cameras scattered across the state that can be accessed online, offering a real-time picture of fast-changing conditions during daylight hours.
With solid instrument meteorological conditions extending hundreds of miles in every direction, a VFR-only pilot was stuck on top. The controller who helped him was among those honored March 4 with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award.
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