‘Flight Training’ magazine chat’s featured apps

December 10, 2012

App of the week

The crew at AOPA’s Flight Training magazine held their monthly chat on Dec. 4. I didn’t get a chance to sit in, but I did look at the transcript. So this week, I’m looking at the apps mentioned in the chat. These are not endorsements of any app.

  1. FltPln (free)—This was a highly recommended this app, which seems to be like one of those Leatherman tools—one item that does a lot. The app, a companion to its FltPln.com website, offers routes, approach charts, navigation logs, weather, flight tracking, and sectionals. A handy thing is that it all works without an Internet connection. The app is also available on Google Play .
  2. MyWingMan (free)—Honeywell unit Bendix/King continues its move back into the general aviation market with this flight planning and in-flight navigation support app. It offers users full en route navigation on a moving map display, real-time weather information, and synthetic vision for improved flight navigation and safety.
  3. AirWX ($9.99)—This iPhone/iPad app came highly recommended by AOPA members on our Facebook page. It also has a 3.5 star rating in iTunes. Users can get the latest METARs, TAFs, and weather charts for airports across the United States. You also can see sectional charts and get a list of airports close to your current location. The information in the app is automatically updated monthly. The app is available on Google Play .
  4. Radarscope ($9.99)—This weather app allows users to view Nexrad Level 3 radar data and severe weather warnings. It can display the latest reflectivity, velocity, and other radar products from any Nexrad radar site in the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The app is available on Google Play .
  5. FlyQ EFB (free, but paid subscription required)—AOPA enters the electronic flight bag arena with this app. The new app is a complete pre-and in-flight planning tool that provides airport directory information, aviation weather, and flight planning. Key features of FlyQ EFB include geo-referenced moving maps, runway diagrams and approach plates; split screen view; 3-D synthetic vision; Highway in the Sky display; Levil AHRS connection; and smart auto-routing based on predicted winds aloft.

 

If you have any iPad/iPhone/Android apps you think I should review in the upcoming months, please pass them along to me here. Avilution is on my list to review. I promise it will appear before the end of 2012! The next Flight Training magazine chat will be on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. The topic will be the ever popular "how to pay for flight training." Hope to see you all there!