We’re starting to see an uptick in update activity from just about every aviation app developer as we near the start of the spring flying season and the winter weather begins to break. Most of these are relatively minor refinements, but they’re important to keep track of so you know what to look for the next time you open the app.
FltPlan Go, FltPlan.com’s free EFB app for iPad, now supports DAC International’s GDC64 Tablet Aircraft Interface Unit (TAIU). FltPlan Go users can transfer a wealth of information, including GPS position, heading, altitude, speed, and track information as well as onboard XM Satellite weather from their avionics into the FltPlan Go app.
The GDC64 is designed for larger jet aircraft and connects directly to the aircraft’s power bus. The unit features four ARINC 429 ports allowing for seamless transfer of this complex, real–time data to the FltPlan Go app. The wired connection of the GDC64 offers the added benefit of serving as a safe and approved power supply. Click here for more information about DAC International’s GDC64.
The National Weather Service offers turbulence and icing products through the Aviation Weather website that are very useful for identifying hazardous weather. Additionally, these maps allow you to focus on specific altitudes to determine where the hazards are most likely to exist. WingX Pro now incorporates several of these weather layers right on the moving map, allowing you view them in relation to your planned flight.
The new options include Turbulence, Supercooled Large Droplet Icing (SLD), and Current Icing Potential Icing (CIP). You’ll see an altitude slider in the WX Overlay window after selecting one of these layers to filter the reports based on where you’ll be flying.
This update also includes several other refinements to WingX:
- ADS-B traffic: the app now shows the airplane type, e.g. Piper PA-28-181, so you’ll have a better idea of what kind of airplane to look for. It’ll also display the airline and flight # for commercial flights, e.g. Spirit 123
- Aircraft pulse for improvement visibility
- Aircraft symbols on airport diagrams and approach charts are now the same as selected for Moving Map
- Synthetic Vision improvements
- The app shows the airspace you’re in, highlighted in green in the bottom-right
- Added 60-hr prog chart
- Minor fixes for XGPS190
The most notable feature in the latest FlyQ EFB update is the ability to submit flight plans in the ICAO format, which will be the only format accepted in the U.S. in the next month or so. All FlyQ EFB flight plans are now filed using the new ICAO format through Flight Service or CSRA DUATS rather than the old FAA domestic format. For accurate filings, pilots should go Settings/Aircraft Profiles and complete the new sections for ADS-B, RNAV, etc.