The latest version of the Me & My TBM app includes new features to help owners of the single-engine turboprop fly more precisely and safely as well as ways to more efficiently monitor the performance of their airplanes.
For pilots, the app is like having a coach or mentor in your pocket. After a flight, pilots can review approach speeds, angles, pitch attitudes, and other parameters to understand when they are straying from acceptable norms. The new version of the app presents the data in easy-to-understand graphics and will also email an in-depth report about each flight. It also stores the data so pilots can see over time how they improve or regress against certain approach and landing parameters. The data can be shared with a flight instructor to help develop curriculum for the next training session.
There’s also a gamification element called My TBM Challenge, which allows TBM pilots to score themselves against others in the fleet. Given that pilots tend to be competitive by nature, the effect is to have pilots striving to be the best of the best, which can only help to improve safety.
The app helps maintenance crews as well. The new version automatically sends flight times to the CAMP Systems maintenance tracking program, where staff can monitor the aircraft for upcoming maintenance events and help improve flight scheduling.
The app is free to download at the Apple App Store and Google Play, but is only functional for those who can connect it to their TBM. The features are free to TBM owners.