Technology has transformed aviation – not just what goes into making the aircraft, but also in the tools we use to pilot it. Did you know that there are also dozens of useful applications for your tablets and mobile phones that can help make your job in the air just a little bit easier? Here are five to get you started.
This great altitude app was designed by and for pilots. Get notified via vibrations when you’re outside of your target altitude. The app remembers settings from your last flight, so you don’t need to plug in a new altitude every time. It can also disable your iPhone’s sleep mode to ensure non-interrupted use.
My Radar – NOAA Weather Radar
What’s the best weather app for pilots? My Radar is a fast, easy-to-use app that displays the weather near you. Watch weather as it comes in, presented in high definition Doppler radar data straight from the National Weather Service.
No matter where you’re flying, this app has got the details on your airport of choice. Get aeronautic data for over 41,000 airports worldwide, as well as 10,900 radio navigation aids – all in a single app. See information about airport runways, time zones, and any available notices. One great feature of this app is that the data is cached each time you’re online, so you don’t have to be connected to see most of the data.
Is it still legal for you to pilot your aircraft? Sounds like a simple question, but it’s trickier than you might think. With Flight Currency you can keep tabs on how soon your flight eligibility expires. Track your flight review expiration, medical certificate currency, and recent flight experience all with this easy-to-use app. Track multiple aircraft currency and mark tailwheel landings separately. You can also track your annual and 100-hour inspection.
Aviation Abbreviation Dictionary
If you’re new to flying or could use a brush-up on your aviation terms, the Aviation Abbreviation Dictionary gives you a fast and easy application where you can look up key terms. See both the abbreviation and the full term or definition for over 600 common abbreviations. Know an abbreviation that isn’t listed? Contact the app developer and they can get it listed for you.