Radionav Sim Aviation iPhone App Review

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The iTunes App Store has a plethora of pilot training apps, most of which are nothing more than quiz games and glorified eBooks. That’s why I was thrilled to install Radionav Sim – a useful flight training app that is aimed to help students understand the potentially confusing information presented by their aircraft’s radio navigation equipment.

I love the quiz mode, which randomly places two navigation sources and hides the airplane. Users then get three chances to manipulate and interpret the instruments to tap the aircraft’s location.Radionav Sim presents users with a top down view of an airplane and two radio navigation fixes. Users can then manipulate and interpret two radio instruments just as they would in the airplane.

Radio Navigation Training iPhone App

"Help Lines" show the airplane flying TO a VOR along radial 040

Buttons along the bottom of the screen allow for the selection of different instruments and navigation sources, from RBI’s and RMI’s for ADF’s, to VOR indicators and fancy HSI’s for more commonly used VOR stations.

Although the app works just fine in portrait mode, the tiny map display can be hard to interpret. I find myself naturally tilting the phone and pinching at the screen to no avail. It would be nice if landscape mode and pinch zooming were enabled.

I love the quiz mode, which randomly places two navigation sources and hides the airplane. Users then get three chances to manipulate and interpret the instruments to tap the aircraft’s location.

Unfortunately, the quiz mode is a little too picky. It seems as if the app requires you to tap the exact pixel to get a correct answer, something that could be improved by allowing for a larger margin of error.

Retailing at $1.99 in the App Store, it’s a definite buy for flight instructors and student pilots.Perhaps I’m just being nit-picky, but I feel that more attention should have been given to graphics. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but that stick airplane has got to be souped up! It also wouldn’t hurt to texture the single-color ground with something akin to a sectional chart.

Despite some aesthetic complaints, Vincent Lambercy’s Radionav Sim is a fantastic training aid. Retailing at $1.99 in the App Store, it’s a definite buy for flight instructors and student pilots. If you’re already an instrument rated pilot, this will make a great way to study for those “lost airplane” questions on your next Biennial Flight Review.

Download RadioNav Sim from iTunes.

Visit Vincent Lambercy’s blog: PlasticPilot.net.

Disclaimer: RadioNav Sim was provided to AviationChatter free of charge for review purposes


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Pat Flannigan is a professional pilot and aviation blogger. He has been flying for fifteen years and is currently working as an airline pilot in the United States.

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