Garmin announced several new enhancements and an expanded feature set for the Garmin Pilot application on Apple and Android mobile devices. New for Android, Garmin Pilot customers can now access synthetic vision (SVX), as well as pilot-configurable checklists within the app. Customers using Garmin Pilot on an Apple mobile device can take advantage of weight and balance calculations tailored to helicopter operators, Search and Rescue (SAR) options and more. With the latest upgrade, both platforms also offer connectivity with the GDL 52/GDL 51 portable receivers, the D2 Charlie aviator watch and the VIRB 360 camera. Continue reading "Garmin Pilot adds new features to iOS and Android mobile devices"
MYGOFLIGHT, maker of premium iPad and tablet gear for pilots, announced the release of their new UltraThin iPad Panel Mount. This new product is available for purchase now. Continue reading "Mygoflight’s New Ultrathin Ipad Panel Mount—Many Possibilities for Experimental Aircraft Pilots"
Pilots and flight crews using Hilton Software LLC's WingXPro7 app for iOS can now share flight plans and other flight information on the ground or in the air, even without an Internet connection. FlightShare uses a one-to-one and one-to-many distribution system, which allows pilots to share flight information with one or more other WingXPro7 equipped iPads on the same network.
Beyond FlightShare WingXPro7 now can interface with the iLevil ADS-B receiver, which has a built-in AHRS. "The split-screen functionality is perfect when displaying your PFD and GPS navigation simultaneously," said Ananda Leon, Research and Development Lead at Levil Technology.
WingXPro7 is also compatible with the newest Zaon MX1090 ADS-B traffic receiver, Sagetech’s Clarity receivers, and the SkyguardTWX receivers, giving pilots the ability to choose between a wide range of weather and traffic receivers. Each of these receivers are unique and best of all, they are all are FlightShare® compatible, according to Dr. Hilton Goldstein, founder of Hilton Software.
MyGoFlight (booth C-049) has introduced the iPad Aviator Folio for the iPad mini. This leather, rotating aviation kneeboard, lapboard, and protective case is designed to be strapped to either leg with the clipboard on the outside. As a lapboard aviators have access the iPad and clipboard both at the same time. The MyGoFlight Aviator mount comes in Jet Mount or Standard Yoke configurations. The mounts attach to windshields, yokes, glare shields and panels and are not required to be permanent, nor do they require tools for installation.
The combination of an Aviator folio and an Aviator mount from MyGoFlight makes the iPad mini into a real inflight tool, according to Charles Schneider, CEO of MyGoFlight. “Our products are cockpit ready and allow pilots to operate their iPad with one hand,” said Schneider.
The number 5.0 may just be the charm for Garmin Pilot. The app, available on both iOS and Android platforms, has finally added "track up" to its diverse and useful abilities. (Track up is currently only available on iOS machines.) Best of all, charting data stays right-side up oriented even in "track up" mode.
Garmin Pilot, at around $10 a month (or $79.99 annually), is not the least expensive app in the moving map genre for iOS and Android devices, but with the version 5.0 upgrade it is becoming one of the more robust. Mapping in the app can now be data driven for rapid scaling in and out (versus graphic, which is a scanned sectional or en route chart image). You can get this with the Jeppesen apps, but it will cost you considerably more. Something the Jeppesen app does not do: when zooming into an airport, Garmin’s exclusive SafeTaxi airport diagrams (subscription required) now automatically appear directly on the moving map without the need to switch to a dedicated airport diagram page.
I started this project due to family expansion (when we found out we were about to have our first child). We had a an RV-4 that flew us around the country for over 700 hrs and now the writing was on the wall to get ready for an upgrade.
The kit was ordered in May of 2010, and 22 Months latter it was in the air.
It is has instrumentation for IFR flying, 2-axis auto pilot, Hartzell BA prop, Garmin GNT650, Garmin Aera560, PS5000, Dynon Skyview, Integrated iPad for charts.
Cruise flight is 177-182 KTAS at 10,000 ft burning 11.0-11.5 GPH. Our 1700 ft grass strip is no problem even on hot days at gross weight.
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