March 25, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
When I first started my flying lessons, my first instructor encouraged me to download and play with Microsoft Flight Simulator to help me grasp some of the concepts of flight. Growth in smartphone and tablet use has matched an explosion of instrument simulation apps. Below are five apps that cover different areas of flight. These are not endorsements of any app.
I need to make a clarification from my March 13 column on student pilot apps. The PilotFAR/AIM is free to download and includes all of the Aeronautical Information Manual, the Pilot/Controller Glossary, and CFR Parts 1 and 91. But to access all of the CFR, users need to either buy a $6.99 subscription or a one-time update via in-app purchase for $5.
Meanwhile, I need to hear from my Android users. Please send your recommendations here. And for my aviation apps developers, now is a great time to send in your product for an upcoming column. The complete list of apps I’ve reviewed since October 2012 is in AOPA’s online archive.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
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