While personal portable devices such as smartphones, e-readers, laptops and tablets for non-work purposes are being banned, the use of these devices in (as well as pre and post) flight is actually on the rise. More and more pilots are switching out their bulky paper manuals and charts for the digital version to plan their routes, access emergency checklists, view weather conditions, assist in navigation, and even to connect with other pilots. Below are just a few of the innovated and time saving apps that all pilots should have handy on their smartphone or tablet.
LogTen Pro Pilot Logbook (Coradine Aviation Systems)
One of the best apps out there for pilots. Replaces the traditional paper logbook, making all your information easy and convenient to store and find.
FAA Airplane Flying Handbook (Fishington Studios)
Contains information to ensure you have a safe flight. It is chock full of information pilots must know but may forget, including emergency procedures.
AeroWeather Pro (Pascal Dreer)
This app provides current and future weather conditions, runway conditions, visibility, wind speed, and other essential data so pilots can appropriately prepare. It is simple, easy to view, only provides you with necessary information.
WnB Pro (Angell Development LLC)
A simple, time saving solution that provides weight and balance calculations for your specific aircraft. Will warn you if the weights (fuel, passengers, baggage) you input place your aircraft outside its center of gravity envelope.
FBO Fuel Prices (GlobalAir.com)
Allows you to check fuel prices in your area to find the best and closest spots to fill up. Provides you with the FBO’s contact information, date the price was updated, and ramp fees if they apply.
Airports (Peter Lundkvist)
Provides pilots with useful information about any of nearly 10,000 airports. You’ll find weather conditions, runway data, and have access to NOTAMs.
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CloudAhoy (CloudAhoy Inc.)
Let’s you record every flight you make using your iPads internal GPS receiver. You can then retrieve captured data on the CloudAhoy server to view at home.
FlightPlan (Pilot’s Toolbox)
Simplifies many common calculations typically performed with an E6B flight calculator. It also includes a conversion calculator and weight and balances calculators.
Air Navigation Pro (Xample Sarl)
Helps pilots plan their flight to get to their destination easily and quickly, emulating the instruments found in the cockpit.
About the Author:
Chris Oquist is a private pilot and web developer at Banyan Pilot Shop in South Florida. He is a blogger and article writer whose expertise includes aviation headsets, including the Bose A20, and other pilot supplies. As an aviation enthusiast, Chris is passionate about sharing his knowledge on all-things-aviation.