All iPads a question for the pilots

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  1. ah1488 macrumors member

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    i am wondering if anyone else here is a pilot and if so what apps do they use for their ipad. i have an ipad from my airline but i can't use it for ga or cfi/cfii/mei flying that i am about to start doing again on the side.
     
  2. Leo90 macrumors 6502

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    Hi there, I recommend Foreflight app for landing charts and cloudahoy for general cfi. Those apps are very stable and intuitive.

    PS: I am not a pilot myself, but I am a big aviation enthusiast.
     
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    thanks ill check them out. i have heard of foreflight and it seems to be held in high regards but i havent heard of cloudahoy. i had to look cloudahoy up and it looks like a good app so i will try it out on my next flight.
    being an aviation enthusiast is what got me interested in flying and i am glad that it did.
     
  4. bernuli macrumors 6502

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    I use ForeFlight and the Jeppesen FD app. Although ForeFlight now supports jepp charts, so I don't really need Jeppesen FD

    Combine ForeFlight with a Stratus or equivalent hardware and you get ADB weather and traffic data which is pretty neat

    Garmin also has it's own app, Garmin Pilot, which has the potential to replace all the other apps. But possibly more expensive after you add in all the data subscriptions you might want for terminal, enroute, terrain, and airport data.

    ForeFlight a good starting point though.
     
  5. Richdmoore macrumors 68000

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    If you are a cfi, you can get the full version of wing X for free (actually I think they charge an initial .99 for the app.)

    If you are not a CFI, they have a free level that covers VFR sectionals and some other features. (Actually .99 cents a year I believe.)

    http://hiltonsoftware.com/cfi/

    The app works on iPad/iPhone, and they have a android/fire version although it is not as feature packed.

    I have played with the free cloudahoy app, but using just an external GPS log from my bad elf pro+ I found it had a little questionable accuracy interpolating headings and some other data. Not worth a subscription for me, but I am not an active CFI anymore.

    If you could directly import more data (such as the flight log from a G1000 system) into cloud ahoy I bet it would be a great post flight briefing tool.

    One more thing, check out the Stratux project, it is a home made ADS-b in receiver that is compatible with most EFB apps. (I haven’t built one, but have been observing the developments.)
     
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    would you recommend foreflight over jeppesen fd? since both use jeppesen i would eliminate garmin pilot from the equation. do you have a link to a stratus you recommend?
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    thanks ill take a look at wing x.
    since you mentioned your bad elf pro+ how do you like it? Does it have to be mounted to a window or can you leave it in your flight bag?
     
  7. Richdmoore macrumors 68000

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    The bad elf needs to have a view of the sky, I have a Velcro suction cup that was included in the package with my airline discount.

    https://bad-elf.com/collections/airline-special-offers

    You can find the same holder on amazon as well.

    The Bluetooth GPS has had some firmware issues, both with Apple & bad elf’s firmware, but they seam to have finally ironed them out and appears to now be reliable. That being said, if you want to buy/build an ADS-B receiver most of them include GPS, which make the device moot.
     
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    thanks i figured it needed a view but i wasnt certain. youre right i should relook at the ads-b receiver so that i get traffic and weather updates.
     
  9. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020

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    I'm a student pilot, and I use FlyQ EFB for maps and plates. If you're a CFI, they have a $19/year IFR/VFR deal, and I'm looking for the annual lifetime subscription they have around Thanksgiving. If you're a student pilot, they also have the VFR for one year at $19. The main reason I got FlyQ vs. Foreflight is, at the time, Foreflight didn't support Stratux (http://stratux.me an ADS-B in solution for about $150). I think they do now.

    I also use dBrief for my flight log (it's free)
    ASA FAR/AIM
    Sporty's Checklist App (checklists are $10/ea, and the one I have for a Piper Tomahawk is spot on)
    I use FlyQ's document storage for the POH, and all of the AFD downloads

    Hope this helps!
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    I have built one, and there is one bad thing to report: The clear plastic box you get from Amazon is a piece of... work...

    It doesn't take any abuse whatsoever, and a hard knock will have it falling apart.

    Other than that, it's a fun way to have ADS-B for cheap. I used to live by Paine Field, and seeing the flights on FlyQ, and when I finally started flying, it made it easy.
     
  10. ah1488 thread starter macrumors member

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    it certainly does, thank you! flyq efb is another that i havent heard of and will have to check out.
    if u r looking for a good logbook i recommend logten pro. (hopefully that's the right bbcode for the url) its $80/year for an ipad or iphone and $130/year to add a mac to the plan. im not affiliated with the company but was told about it by a squadron buddy who was also leaving to go to the airlines.
     
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    has anyone who used foreflight used the app on their apple watch? i just learned about that feature.
     

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