November 15, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
On March 25, I did a review of five instrument simulator apps. Below are another five apps that cover different areas of flight. These are not endorsements of any app.
Radionav Sim ($1.99 in iTunes)—This iPad app helps pilots work on their radio navigation skills by simulating two instruments of choice: automatic direction finder (ADF) displayed on a relative bearing indicator (RBI) or radio magnetic indicator (RMI); VOR, and horizontal situation indicator (HSI). The app has a quiz mode where users have three chances to tap an aircraft’s correct location.
ADFVis ($1.99 in iTunes)—Student pilots can use this iPhone/iPad app to track and intercept ADF courses. It offer settings including heading control, airspeed control, bearing control, and wind speed control.
Aircraft Altimeter (99 cents in iTunes)—This iPhone app uses the GPS function to show an altimeter that looks like one used in general aviation aircraft. Users can see current altitude in both analog and digital displays simultaneously, and displays can be configured to show meters or feet.
iHud Remote ($5.99 in iTunes)—This app can turn iPhones and iPads into a glass cockpit for motion visualization and situational awareness on an animated graphical display. The app uses external attitude and heading reference system sensor modules that can transmit serial data wirelessly through a TCP ad hoc Wi-Fi interface.
GPSCockpit ($1.99 in iTunes)—Students can use a view of a standard single-engine VFR cockpit using the iPhone GPS receiver on this app. The app emulates an airspeed indicator, altimeter, course indicator, climb indicator, turn coordinator, a G meter, and position information.
AOPA is compiling a list of the best aviation apps of 2013 and you can help choose the winners. A list of 30 apps have been complied by the AOPA Online editors. Take this quick poll and choose your 10 favorites from a list of 30. Feel free to write in your favorites if they didn't make our list. The winners will be announced before the end of the year. Meanwhile, you can see the complete list of apps I’ve already reviewed here.
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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