October 22, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
As I continue with my flight lessons, I’m always looking at apps that can help with the study process. The good news is that developers are bringing training apps to the market regularly for all aspects of aviation. Below are five you may want to consider for your own studies. These are not endorsements of any app.
King Air 200 ($10.99 in iTunes): Use this iPhone/iPad flash card app to study the aircraft systems of the King Air 200. Areas covered include limitations, memory items, ice and rain, hydraulics, powerplant, pressurization, electrical systems, and fuel systems.
Prepware Aviation Maintenance Technician ($9.99 in iTunes and $4.99 for each exam prep in Google Play): This smartphone/tablet app offers users comprehensive preparation, study, and test tool for the general, airframe, and powerplant FAA knowledge exams. More than 1,000 questions, answers, and explanations are included, with a true-to-form practice test.
US Aviation Academy (free in iTunes): Users of this iPhone/iPad app can access training materials such as videos, FAA publications (Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Instrument Flying Handbook, FAR/AIM), syllabi, sectionals, and approach plates.
King Schools Companion (free in iTunes): Are you taking the King Schools Online Knowledge Test Course? Then download this iPhone/iPad app, which allows users to connect to course content and video lessons.
Instrument Pilot Checkride ($9.99 in iTunes): This iPhone/iPad app lists the questions most likely to be asked by examiners during the last step in the pilot certification process—the practical exam—and provides succinct, ready responses. More than 450 questions and responses ensure all the subjects an instrument rating candidate will be tested on during checkrides and instrument proficiency checks are covered. It also teaches applicants not only what to expect, but also how to exhibit subject mastery and confidence when under the examiner's scrutiny.
I only had one Android app to highlight this week. So I need readers to send in more Android aviation apps, since I’m on the iOS platform. Please email them to me here. I’m especially interested in the following categories for iOS and Android: FBOs/services, flight data, fuel, instrument simulators, and weather. The complete list of apps I’ve highlighted since October 2012 is in AOPA’s online archive.
Pilot Training and Certification,
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck VFR for iPad has been expanded; iFly GPS is now available on Android platforms; and iFlightPlanner 2.0, FltPlanGo, and FlightPro have all been updated.
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