October 12, 2013
By Ian J. Twombly
Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck may be the only way to get the company’s approach plates on an iPad, but a host of new features makes it a good product beyond loyalty to the procedures.
The new version 2.1 has five key improvements, two of which the company claims are industry exclusives. Own-ship position, or the presentation of the airplane’s current location on the chart, is a must-have in the competitive iPad application market, and now Mobile FliteDeck meets that standard. A full proprietary weather suite and quick ability to measure distances on the chart are also now included, bringing the app up to the general feature level of most competitors.
A new night themed chart option illustrates Jeppesen’s advantage with exclusive charts. Instead of inverting the charts (primarily black with white lines), the night charts include a variety of colors that help to identify geographic features such as water, and other important pieces that need to be seen in charts.
Finally, Jeppesen has developed a more streamlined keyboard that eliminates certain unneeded functions.
The application is currently available for download in the Apple App Store.
AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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