These days, there are hundreds of aviation apps available for smartphones and tablets, from in-flight tools to flight training, weather briefings, and even games. Whether you want to transition to a paperless cockpit or plan your flights with better accuracy, here are five aviation apps to add to your digital toolbox.
CloudAhoy is widely considered a “must-download” for pilots, students, flying instructors, The app captures your in-flight data and compiles it in a debriefing-ready form that you can share with other pilots or post online. You can even review a memorable flight in 2D or 3D after you land. The app’s flight logging, listing, and viewing features are free, while the debriefing service requires a yearly subscription.
ForeFlight is an iOS-only app for GA and commercial pilots that covers a variety of flying tools, from flight planning, pre-flight checklists, charts, weather, airport information, flight logging, and document management. ForeFlight requires a yearly subscription and has several pricing levels.
With FlightRadar24, you can see flights arriving and departing from airports around the world in near-real time. The app also provides an overview of the airport, the aircraft’s registration number, altitude, speed, heading, and coordinates. The unique flight tracking experience also offers a paid feature that allows users to point their phone at a plane to find out where it’s headed.
If you’re considering moving to a paperless cockpit, you’ll need an app that can handle a variety of tasks. Garmin Pilot is considered one of the most comprehensive tools for commercial and private pilots, offering features like scratch pad templates for copying weather and writing pilot reports, live weather details, and interactive flight maps. You can try a 30-day free trial before subscribing.
This app offers visualizations of wind conditions up to 240 hours in advance. With the app, you can track hurricanes and other major storms as they develop. Windy also offers airport METARs and TAFs data, making the tool even more helpful for pilots.
These are just a few of the many aviation apps available for pilots, students, and aviation enthusiasts. Do you have any favorite aviation apps not listed? Let us know in the comments!