Best aviation app for the iPad
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Skycharts Pro is a fantastic aviation app that I rely on heavily for flight planning. If you end up getting Skycharts, you'll realize how dirt simple it is to look up a chart and display it. It's much simpler than loading an approach on an IFR-certified Garmin. The ability to use the VFR charts and GPS location of the aircraft on the chart and plot a complex route for a flight is great. Everything is well organized and the charts look great on the screen. Overall, it's an extremely practical app and it's the whole reason I purchased my iPad in the first place.
After years of using Pilot My-Cast, I have become a happy ForeFlight Mobile HD user. This app provides a huge advantage when it comes to flight planning and offers everything I need to quickly get weather, plan routes, brief that route and file a flight plan. Almost anything you might need to know is an intuitive click away both in-flight and pre-flight. Foreflight is a bargain, considering the data it comes with, including CONUS plates, VFR charts, IFR low and high enroutes. Plus the weather products are superb. It's the best aviation app out there...period!
I'm thrilled with my WingX Pro7 app, it's a GPS-enabled moving map for the iPad, and gives you all the aviation goodies like plates, IFR charts, FAR/AIM, and ADS data. During my first flight using WingX, my plane showed up as I taxied on the airport diagram, running down the runway, and while cruising, it shows your progress moving on the charts. For an extra $99, you can activate geo-referenced approach plates to view your aircraft's location on an approach chart. It's a very valuable tool in the cockpit, great app!
Plane Finder HD is a really great flight tracker app for pilots that lets you view airplane traffic in real time. It's a "virtual radar" that tracks planes and flights in the USA, Europe, and Australia plus provides details on each plane such as altitude, speed, plane type etc.
If you fly mostly in Europe, Flightradar24 is another real time flight tracker app for the iPad that works specifically across Europe.
I thought "My Radar" was the best radar app out there until I downloaded Flightwise Chart Explorer. This app has all the features of "My Radar" and more. You can choose between sectional charts, road maps, satellite & IFR Enroute charts to overlay the radar. I have found this app to be such a useful tool in the cockpit on my iPad, I use it many times a day!
AeroWeather is an app that's great for METAR and TAF info. It's all organized into a clear, easy to use, professional looking app. I love being able to look at a location and can see the other wx reporting locations in proximity to the location I'm looking at. It's by far the best weather app I've used.
If you're a pilot, you'll want a copy of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAA FAR) ebook on your iPad. It's a handy (and logical) resource and the quicky search functionality allows you to quickly find exactly what you need without fumbling through a heavy book.
As a pilot flying in congested airspace often, it's vital to have an aviation chart app that will give you a clear view of the chart. Out of the 5 aviation chart apps I've used (ForeFlight Charts, SkyCharts, Air Navigation Pro, ForeFlight Mobile HD), Aero Charts is the best app. It uniquely uses vector graphics so there's added clarity and scaling. This app feels like the author actually uses the software, with many thoughtful details such as the option to disable the startup warning notice, as well as added touch of a user guide. SkyCharts was my second choice, but resulted in fuzzy images when zooming in. ForeFlight, albeit the most attractive of the apps, lacked many features offered by Aero Charts.
Check out Airports 4 Pilots Pro. It's a handy reference guide that will give you up-to-date data on airports worldwide.
I'm not sure about apps to use while you flying, but one app that will surely entertain any flight enthusiast is the X-Plane game. I'm sure you're familiar with their fantastic flight simulator software, well they've turned it into a super fun game for the iPad. You can fly everything from a fixed wing propellor plane to a Nighthawk, a Concorde, or a Boeing Dreamliner, all done in amazing detail designed just for pilots.
If you're looking for the NavMonster charts, it seems like NavMonster only has screenshots of their iPad app up on their website, but no app in the iTunes Store yet.
I've been using Air Nav Pro for a couple of years with my Cessna 120, in fairly busy airspace. For planning, its awesome. Works well and is easy to use.
In flight, the moving map is awesome,and provides airspace-awareness far superior to paper charts - though no useful terrain awareness is available. The simulated instruments work well, but I wish there was a way to make a list of waypoints specific to this flight in advance of the flight, as scrolling through the waypoint list often overwhelms my navigator-wife. ( may have to buy "real" aviation GPS with buttons instead of touch screen )
I'm hoping the IPAD version is that much better !
For weather try either MyRadar or World Aviation Weather for iPad. World Aviation was designed for pilots and aviation enthusiasts who want to get a quick source of weather around the world.
MyRadar Pro is a simple but very useful app that displays an animated weather radar in real time around your current location. Perfect for aviation purposes!
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