iPods and iPhone Apps

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Re: iPods and iPhone Apps

Postby cknuth » Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:40 am

I use ForeFlight Mobile and like it very much. It's very handy to have so much functionality optimized for the iPhone display; although many of the resources are available elsewhere for free, they are much less convenient to view and access through browser pages designed for computer screens. Very little zooming is needed to see everything clearly in ForeFlight.

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Re: iPods and iPhone Apps

Postby joemurffy » Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:55 pm

Foreflight is the first thing that I bought after getting my iTouch. It is okay, but in retrospect I love my PilotMyCast on my cell-phone a lot more. ForeFlight might be more useful if I was on an iPhone and always hooked into a network. I've bought it now, and will continue to download updates and use it periodically, but I can't say that it is anything special. If I could get my money back, I would.
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Re: iPods and iPhone Apps

Postby Punky » Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:13 pm

Anyone use any of the PunkStar Studios apps?

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Re: iPods and iPhone Apps

Postby buells2t » Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:37 pm

A garmin rep at the aopa expo told me they were working on an iPhone app

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Re: iPods and iPhone Apps

Postby lucaberta » Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:17 pm

AeroWeather is a must-have. And it's free, which never hurts... :)


Available on the iTunes App Store.

Displays METAR and TAF for airfields around the world. Has a nice "nearby" feature to display other reporting stations in the vicinity. Can show the location of the reporting station on the local Google Earth application on the iPhone.

And let me repeat... it's free! ;)

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Re: iPods and iPhone Apps

Postby Landis » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:16 pm

Aviation apps on my iPhone include:

  • AeroWeather (free) - allows download of current METARs and TAFs and can even decode them. I use this app by far the most. It's quick and extremely useful.
  • PilotWizz (free) - has good E6B functionality, can help you calculate crosswinds, has a really nice holding pattern visualizer that graphically shows compensation for winds, and has one of the best and most versatile weight and balance calculators/indicators I've seen. Takes a bit of time to set up, but you can create any aircraft's CG envelope and calculate W&B before every flight. Great for any pilot who flies multiple aircraft.
  • FltPlan (free) - A basic A/FD you'll always have with you. Updated regularly and can be used without network access and while in 'Airplane Mode'. I wouldn't use it to replace the A/FD, but a quick lookup can be even quicker on the iPhone.
  • FlightPlan ($5.99) - An E6B on steroids but I think it's actually gone a bit overboard. Things are a little difficult to find and the interface isn't that great - fields crash into each other and things are difficult to read due to smaller print. It will also do multiple aircraft W&B but without the CG envelope. You'll have to be looking at the graphic in your POH to see where you fall on the graph. Honestly I barely use this one since I downloaded PilotWizz.
  • PilotFAR ($6.99) - uh, what do you think this is? Sure you can download a PDF of the FAR/AIM and keep it on your iPhone, or you can even access the whole thing on a website for free, but this gives you a pretty darn good interface for drilling down, a search function (with searched-for words highlighted), and bookmark-ability. Well worth it if your FAR/AIM tends to have the cover falling off because you use it so much throughout the year.
  • C152 POH ($9.99) - A really good implementation of the Section 5 and 6 POH data dealing with performance and weight and balance. The W&B implementation is even better than PilotWizz because it allows you to use spinny wheels to select all the weights. Fast and Easy. But it's only good for one airplane where PilotWizz is good for any. The checklists are a nice touch, though I can't say I've ever used it.

That's all I've got for now. AeroWeather and PilotWizz are both on my first page and used every time I fly. I'm always looking for more though.

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Re: iPods and iPhone Apps

Postby fordan » Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:06 am

A lot of what I used Foreflight Mobile for, checking the local METARs to get a feel for the conditions, I use AeroWeather for now. It's faster and displays the info a little better. Foreflight has a lot of information available in it though. Often the same information is available elsewhere, and in mobile sizes (http://i.wund.com/ for example), but Foreflight gathers it all up into one place.

Another app I used on the iPhone is FAA Test Prep - Private Pilot, $4.99. It was great to just quiz myself while prepping for the written even if I had only a moment or two. They have Instrument and Commercial as well, and there's a new app that apparently has all the tests in one for a slightly higher price from another developer.

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Re: iPods and iPhone Apps

Postby dcfly » Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:41 pm

I use ForeFlight. It is pricey, but it works great and is really well organized. I think the feature I love the most is the screen where it lists all the airports where I've recently checked the weather. Green = VFR, Blue=MVFR, etc. If I'm planning a long cross-country, I'll start watching the weather at various airports along the route. Each time I pull it up, it will show them all and I can tell at a glance whether it's VFR along my route. Also, the moving NEXRAD is good to show current precip and direction of movement. And the prog charts are useful as well.

I've had some complications filing a flight plan, but that might be because of my need to file ADIZ flight plans, and it may just not be set up for that unique need. And I do wish it could do W&B for my plane. Otherwise it's great.

The other one I love and have just started using is the PICBrief website that the UCAP gang talked about. It is REALLY slick on an iPhone and seems to have even more capability than through a browser. You can put a shortcut to it on the iPhone "desktop."
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Re: iPods and iPhone Apps

Postby PilotBrad » Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:24 pm

I've been compililing a list of apps and sites... http://pilotbrad.com/iphone-resources/

It's a few weeks out of date and I've already had a few developers email me about adding their apps to the list. I'll try to update it in the next few days.

PS... With the help of the Planemadness podcast I've figured out how to get live ATC streams on my iPhone (over WiFi). If anyone is interested, I'll put together some instructions.
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Re: iPods and iPhone Apps

Postby fordan » Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:55 pm

PilotBrad wrote:PS... With the help of the Planemadness podcast I've figured out how to get live ATC streams on my iPhone (over WiFi). If anyone is interested, I'll put together some instructions.

With the latest FStream (don't know if that's what you're using, but it's free) you can stream the various liveatc feeds via WiFi or the cellular network, although via cellular seems a bit hit-or-miss. Basically, you set it up to feed from http://d.liveatc.net/<insert code here>, where the code is end of the URL listed for the feed, like kphl_app for Philadelphia Approach, making the url to use for FStream http://d.liveatc.net/kphl_app

You can navigate to a list of feeds at http://www.liveatc.net/feedindex.php.

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