Garmin Pilot adds new features to iOS and Android mobile devices

Garmin Pilot, split-screen SVX iOS

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"

Garmin Updates, Improves iPad App

Garmin Pilot version 5.0 now features data-driven mapping and track up functions.
Garmin Pilot version 5.0 now features data-driven mapping and track up functions.

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.

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Cockpit Apps Launches New Fuel Tankering App

iFUEL_Avatar_v_2Cockpit Apps, maker of the flight log app iLOG, announces the launch of iFUEL, an app that allows pilots to determine when to tanker fuel using an iPhone or iPad.

The app, available through iTunes, takes into account fuel prices at each destination, burn rate for the specific aircraft and ramp fees. It also takes into consideration the possibility of waiving a ramp fee if a certain amount of fuel is purchased. Other calculation factors include taxi fuel burn and reserve fuel requirements.

After the parameters are entered, pilots can definitively determine actual fuel costs and how much money can be saved by tankering. Operators can expect to save several thousand dollars a year by using the app, the company says.

The iFuel app costs $39.99.

For more information, visit, or call 773/570-0166.

Sporty’s Offers Instrument Rating App

SportysInstrumentCourseSporty's Complete Instrument Rating Course is now available as a dedicated iPad/iPhone app. This FAA WINGS-accepted app includes 13 hours of real-world video and advanced graphics, including 3D animations to help explain difficult concepts. Included with the app is a dedicated written test preparation program. The app also includes a flight-training syllabus, interactive maneuvers guide and integrated Practical Test Standards.

The written-test prep program features several modes of operation. Learning mode helps with specific areas of study. Test mode provides a random mix of questions to provide a simulated exam. With Flashcard mode, users can answer questions without seeing any answer choices in a self-graded environment. The app allows users to save video segments for viewing when an Internet connection is not available.

Just like the traditional DVD and online versions, the app also allows users to earn the written-test endorsement and receive FAA WINGS credit directly from the app. The complete course costs $199.99 and can be downloaded at

For more information, visit, or call 513/735-9100, ext. 338.

Free AOPA Summit App from Sporty’s

Sportys new app for the AOPA Summit 2012 is free and ready to download to iPads, iPhones and Androids. The app is designed to help users maximize their time at the AOPA Summit, to be held in Palm Springs, California, from October 11-13.

The old-school attendee is weighted down and juggling maps, notebook, papers, program, pens, highlighter and guides; the new-school attendee simply turns on his or her smart device and is set for the day, said Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. Continue reading "Free AOPA Summit App from Sporty’s"

Free SocialFlight App Connects Pilots with Events

Where2 Interactive announces the launch of SocialFlight, a free mobile app that provides pilots with an interactive map of aviation events. SocialFlight empowers pilots and aviation enthusiasts to find local events, chat, upload photos and network with other SocialFlight users.

SocialFlight’s event database includes nearly 2000 activities of interest to pilots. Events can be viewed on the SocialFlight interactive map or by using the list view; events can be searched by date range, event type, organization and distance from the user’s home airport. SocialFlight also includes a real-time event chat forum for attendees to communicate with one another and tools for organizations such as aircraft owner’s groups. Using a free web link from SocialFlight, organizations can provide their members with an interactive view of their own events right from the organization’s web site.

SocialFlight is available on the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPad. It is also available on the Google Play Store for Android phones and tablets, as well as on the web at

All SocialFlight users registered by September 30, 2012, will be entered in a drawing to win a free iPad. Contest rules are available on the web site.

For more information, call 877/564-4457, or visit