Bad Elf was the first to hit the scene with an iPad-compatible GPS back in 2010, and their product lineup today is stronger than ever. They are the only GPS manufacturer to offer both a plug-in model, the Bad Elf for Lightning connector, and a Bluetooth wireless GPS, the Bad Elf Pro.
In addition to providing reliable GPS location services to your iPad, Bad Elf also offers a free companion app for the GPS receivers to help you get more out of them. While you don’t need to have the app installed to use the Bad Elf with your iPad, it provides some useful features:
- Control Bad Elf GPS configuration options and install firmware updates
- View GPS ground track, speed, altitude, position accuracy and more on an instrument page
- Monitor GPS & GLONASS satellite reception and signal strength (helpful when troubleshooting or finding the optimum mounting location)
- View stored track logs from the Bad Elf Pro and save them to your device, view on a map or export them to other compatible apps.
Bad Elf released a new update to the app this week, adding additional functionality:
- Apple Watch support: monitor and control your Bad Elf GPS right from the Apple Watch. Provides a moving map view and basic navigation information, including ground speed, track and GPS altitude.
- GPX and KML files now show track point timestamps down to the millisecond so you can see every detail.
- The GPX & KML files generated by the app are improved for maximum compatibility with 3rd party apps.
- Bug Fixes: Resolved an issue that could cause the app to always show a notification badge on the icon. It also fixes some settings for changing map modes.
This app is a must-have for those flying with a Bad Elf GPS. Bad Elf Pro pilots will especially appreciate the ability to export track logs that are recorded to the device directly from the app, a useful tool in the flight training environment.
You can download the Bad Elf GPS app here free in the app store.
Looking for more information on using GPS receivers with the iPad? Check out this iPad Pilot News article on choosing an iPad GPS for more information.