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March 26, 2014
By Ian J. Twombly
Think you are an expert EFB user? Do you know your iPad better than your panel? Find out if you really know your stuff by participating in MyGoFlight’s new EFB Challenge.
The challenge brings together pilots who use all types of EFBs for a quiz-style competition that will test their speed and accuracy on the device. The questions will be written in such a way that a ForeFlight user can compete alongside a Garmin Pilot user, and an iPad user can compete alongside an Android user. In other words, the device doesn’t matter. Only the pilot’s knowledge will be tested.
The competition kicks at Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Fla. Sessions are being held April 1 at noon, April 2 at 9 a.m., and April 4 and 5 at noon. To participate, pilots should email MyGoFlight at email@example.com.
Additional sessions will be held throughout the year at various events, including IMC Club chapter meetings. The contest will wrap-up with a final round at EAA AirVenture 2015. Prizes will be provided throughout the contest by MyGoFlight and Marv Golden Pilot Supplies.
Although the contest is meant to be fun, there are some serious goals behind it. “We want to help pilots be able to see what proficiency looks like and what to strive for,” said Charles Schneider, CEO of MyGoFlight. “We want to help instructors and app developers find ways to improve the level of use. Our goal is to minimize incidents such as runway incursions, landing at the wrong airport, taking off from the wrong runway, busting a clearance or not having the right chart—all of which could be reduced to near zero by pilots successfully integrating the iPad into their flight deck and work flow.”
Visit MyGoFlight to learn more or sign up to be notified of other contest dates and locations.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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