Apps target pilots training for new certificates, ratings

January 21, 2014

Students at all certificate levels are always looking for the latest apps that can help them as they continue their journey to receiving their next pilot certificate or rating. The good news is that aviation apps developers are specifically targeting pilots in training with apps that can help the learning process. Below are five for consideration. These are not endorsements of any app.

IFR Mastery–Instrument Pilot Proficiency (free in iTunes)—This iPhone and iPad app allows users to master the finer points of instrument flying through a series of online, scenario-based workshops. Each month, PilotWorkshops.com provides a challenging real-world IFR scenario that tests knowledge and hones decision-making skills.

Everything Explained for the Professional Pilot ($69.99 in iTunes)—Users of this iPad app get an online version of the popular book that covers aviation topics in great detail. The app allows for portrait or landscape reading, the ability to highlight or underline text, create notes, tab pages, and automatically link to a Google search of the selected text.

King Schools Companion (free in iTunes)—This iPhone and iPad app connects users to their King Schools Online Knowledge Test Course and allows them to download the course's video lessons so that they can be watched at any time, with or without an Internet connection. Users are required to have a King Schools iLearn account containing at least one King Knowledge Test course.

Steep Turns–Private Pilot (free in iTunes and Google Play)—This smartphone and tablet app gives users 10 minutes of HD video demonstrating how to fly steep turns, along with a quiz to test your knowledge.

FAA Airplane Flying Manual ($1.99 in iTunes)—This app, optimized on the iPhone 5, serves as the official FAA source for learning the basic skills and knowledge essential for learning to fly. Information in the app includes takeoffs and climbs, aircraft traffic patterns, night operations, and emergency procedures.

I only had one Google Play app this week. If you want to see more, please send your recommendations to me here. I’d also like to see more apps from the Windows Store. Meanwhile, if you’re an aviation apps developer who has any changes to your products, please let me know.  The complete list of apps I’ve highlighted since October 2012 is in AOPA’s online archive.