Going through a checklist before taking to the skies and during flight is a must. In the past, pilots relied on paper/laminated checklists, but with the advent of smartphones and tablets, checklists have become digital. This week, AOPA highlights five checklist apps recommended by members. These are not endorsements of any app.
- PRO Pilot Cessna 172 Checklist ($6.99 in iTunes)—This iPhone/iPad app includes HD photos, video, and animation. You can create and navigate through multiple aircraft and checklists and add unlimited self checklists. You can also send any issues or problems directly to an FBO, mechanic, or anyone you choose via email.
- AirCheck Aviation Checklist ($1.99 in iTunes)—Users can store hundreds of checklists on their iPhone or iPad with this app. Aircraft covered include the Cessna 172, Piper Archer, Beechcraft Baron 58, and the Diamond DA40. The app comes with preloaded checklists for the Skyhawk 172SP and the Piper Warrior II, but more than 20 user-generated checklists are available for download.
- ForeFlight Checklist Pro for iPhone ($19.99 in iTunes)—This app allows users to create multiple checklists, use day or night mode, edit checklists on the iPhone or iPod Touch, share and download checklists, and back up checklists to ForeFlight’s servers. It also has more than two dozen aircraft templates.
- i-FLYTE Time & Checks ($7.99 in iTunes)—This iPhone/iPad app allows users to create, edit, and use checklists for different aircraft. It comes loaded with six templates for common aircraft categories, and allows for personalization by aircraft being flown. The app also allows users to share checklists and create emergency checklists.
- Pilot Checklists (free in iTunes)—The creator of this iPhone/iPad app offers checklists for the Cessna 152 and the Piper Archer II for free; other aircraft cost $7.99 each. It allows you to add your own checklist categories and group them by color.
I’m running short of Android apps, so please send me your recommendations here. I’m also still looking for fuel, FBO/services apps, along with pitches from aviation apps developers. The complete list of apps I’ve reviewed since October 2012 is in AOPA’s online archive.