If you are in aviation and have some form of mobile computing device you have heard of Apps. These “APPlications” seem a natural for aviation being task specific, simple to download, and easily updated on the web. So what are YOU using to make your aviation life easier? Here is a picture of my phone and several I use. FltPlan is free and a robust fully capable program that works fairly well on phones or tablets. Plan and file your flight, get weather, all for FREE! We have ForeFlight on the club iPads and it is easy to use and provides all of the above plus the current nav charts VFR/IFR, terminal procedures and other current data. The downside here is $120 a year! The key strength of Apps is the easy to download and install feature that keeps all this information up to date. One simple, free App I use daily is Aeroweather. On one page are the five closest weather stations…METAR and TAF always up-to-date. What is your favorite?

3 thoughts on “What is your favorite App?

  1. OK, I’ll start:
    – Preflight — I do flight planning using Foreflight on the iPad, Fltplan, Weathertap, Duats, and Aviation Weather (ADDS) both on the web and on the iPhone. Weathertap and Foreflight are by subscription. The others are free.
    – In the cockpit — Foreflight on both the iPad and iPhone provides primary enroute, sectional, and approach plates. The iPhone backs up the iPad. Since our Aerostar already has XM Weather (GDL69) for the GNS 530/430, I haven’t selected an App to show weather on the iPad/iPhone.

  2. I have foreflight and aero weather. But in addition I also have radar scope. It’s a 10$ app that shows major weather conditions through the regional radar services. But remember. Radar is what has been. Not what will be.

  3. We’ve categorized our more serious iPad and iPhone apps in two groups: Flight Nav and Flight WX (see below).

    Flight Nav – (WingX, AOPA Airports, SkyRadar and ForeFlight(which we don’t use but will revisit, and others).

    Flight WX – (more serious flight weather apps, some of which are for evaluation MyRadar, wxRadar {both somewhat interesting}, RadMap showing combined stations OR you can select single facilities like BGM, BUF, TYX, CCX plus you can select various return modes like you can with wxRadar. We tried Lightning Finder but it is not very high resolution and rarely seems to detect strikes near us. and we have an assortment of other apps to supplement what we get from WingX, Weathertap etc.) Bottom line, the radar apps are not very professional but the state of the art is improving. Since we have ADS-B live in the plane, above 3G coverage we don’t use most of these anyway, we revert to WingX.

    Lastly we have the play apps for flying plus the ground navigation on another screen logically grouped. Some fun ones include the compass apps, checklist apps, V-Cockpit and Glass Cockpit which you don’t want to use in the air but they’re fun. We also have the IO360 app which shows various engine operating profiles for the Mooney.

    Just as you would qualify core weather apps by correlating them with what you see for real conditions, for radar apps, watch online and out the window to make sure you understand what the iPad app is showing and also, make sure it is showing the time frame you expect. Correlating the display from several apps can be somewhat disillusioning so learn them before flying them!

    Play with this stuff on the ground then find the top few that you might want distracting you when you’re trying to fly. Ride with someone in the car or plane and spend time learning while they’re being PIC.


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