With more than 1.2 million apps in iTunes and more than a million on Google Play, developers continue to create ones that target the aviation market. Below are five submissions from app developers for your review. These are not endorsements of any app.
X-Plane to GPS ($0.99 on Google Play): This smartphone app allows users to connect PC flight simulator X-Plane to an Android device. Once the connection is established, the app spoofs the GPS location so that the tablet appears to be at the location of the simulated aircraft. You can now use any moving-map application that depends on GPS location, such as Garmin Pilot, Naviator, or EasyVFR.
Yalldo Flying Mobile (free in iTunes and Google Play): Users of this smartphone/tablet app can track flights using GPS, add pictures to a flight log, connect with friends to go flying, and get flying news from friends and clubs.
Prepware Private Pilot ($9.99 in iTunes, Google Play, and Windows Store): This smartphone/tablet app offers users a comprehensive preparation, study, and test tool for the private pilot (airplane, rotorcraft, glider, lighter-than-air, powered parachute, and weight-shift control) FAA knowledge exam. It covers more than 1,000 sample questions, answers and explanations included, for you to study by subject or with a true-to-form practice test. Users can study by subject, take practice tests, and review the graded test.
Pirep Pro (free in iTunes): Pirep Pro is an iPhone/iPad reporting tool for real-world pilots. Users can share and read pilot reports with only few clicks, even when the Internet isn’t available. The app also offers real-time pireps on an interactive map that includes weather symbols.
PilotZeus ($4.99 in Windows Store): This smartphone app is the first electronic logbook created on the Windows mobile platform, according to its developer, Ideas Design. The app tracks currencies, ratings, and certificates, as well as information about your aircraft, and offers a satellite view look-up of airports, approach chart look-up, and route and gas planning.
Thanks to those who continue to send in apps from the Windows Store. Please send them, along with apps from iTune and Google Play here. I’m also interested in charts and maps, FBO/services, games, instrument simulators, maintenance, and radar apps. See a complete list of apps reviewed here.