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May 19, 2014
By Benét J. Wilson
Every day, thousands of new apps are released in iTunes and Google Play, along with smaller numbers for the Windows Store. This week I take a look at five aviation apps that were submitted by their developers. These are not endorsements of any app.
Prepware Private Pilot ($9.99 in iTunes, Google Play, and Windows Store)—This smartphone/tablet app serves as a comprehensive preparation, study, and test tool for the private pilot FAA knowledge exam. More than 1,000 sample questions, answers, and explanations are included; users can study by subject and read explanations of answers.
AerovieReports (free in iTunes)—Developer and AOPA member Bryan Heitman says his iPhone/iPad app was designed for pilots and airline passengers to report weather conditions outside at airports as well as ride and weather conditions while in flight using on-board Wi-Fi. The app has an easy interface to submit the reports. It also combines real-time pireps within the interface and flight tracking.
VOR Tracker ($7.99 in iTunes)—EasyJet Capt. Karsten Heiland developed this app to help pilots practice holds and radial interceptions in real time. It’s also for pilots who want to refresh their navigation skills.
Area Forecast (free in iTunes, but an additional $4.99 for premium features)—This app, optimized for the iPhone 5, offers users a fast way to view and interpret FAA area forecasts. Users have access to all FAA region forecasts and a text and graphical display of forecast time, expire time, and next forecast date/time.
mccPilotLog (free in iTunes and Google Play, a companion to the PC software program)—Boeing 737 Capt. Pat Boone sent in this smartphone/tablet logbook app that connects to 200 airlines worldwide to retrieve planned and actual flight data. A single mouse-click prints more than 100 reports and graphs, and other 30 different official logbook formats. Boone says it’s the largest database worldwide, with more than 40,000 airfields.
Thanks to those who are sending in the Windows apps. They are greatly appreciated, so keep them coming, along with the Android apps. You can send them to me here. I’m currently looking for apps in the following categories: checklists, FBOs/services, fuel, instruments, and logbooks. View my complete list of columns 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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