Insurance might seem like a very conservative industry, one that would resist the march of technology as long as possible. That's true in some ways (ever faxed an insurance renewal form in after filling out the same information five times?), but a new app from Starr Aviation is a refreshing change. It offers pilots the option to purchase renter's insurance right from the app, and the ability to track flying skill over time.
ForeFlight released its much-anticipated update this week, adding full support for iPad split-screen multitasking. This major update also adds the ability to edit the tab order on the bottom of the screen, internet-sourced traffic display, reorganized Airports screen layout and a few small improvements to the Maps screen.
There are thousands of weather apps for the general public, from free to quite expensive. These are great for deciding whether you need a jacket tomorrow, but when it comes to aviation weather--looking at thunderstorms, ice, turbulence, visibility and so much more--these apps just aren't enough. So we'll focus on apps that offer more for pilots, both free and paid.
CloudAhoy started life as a desktop app and, until recently, the user interface reflected that heritage. While the feature list is long and impressive, some of the options were a little hard to use—especially on a mobile device. The company knows that more and more pilots are debriefing on their iPads, so they have redesigned the Debrief section of the app to be easier to use. Here's a look at the new layout.
The latest update to ForeFlight adds four practical new features to use during flight planning and while en route: position marking, SID/STAR aircraft labels, flight planning based on ETA and interactive extended centerlines. Here is a look at how they work.
A new app called Aviation Accidents brings the comprehensive NTSB accident report database right to your fingertips on your iPad and iPhone. Powerful search, sorting and bookmarking features allow you to customize the results and help you quickly find the data you're looking for.
The popular Plane Finder app recently added the ability to overlay weather layers on the map and added push notifications to alert you when an aircraft declares an emergency, or when the app detects a unique or interesting flight.
After buying Aerovie last June, many pilots wondered what the next step would be for Appareo, maker of the popular Stratus line of ADS-B receivers. This week they showed what they've been working on, introducing Stratus Insight. This is a significantly upgraded app with a new name and a new look. Here's a look.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could check which runways and instrument approaches are in use at your destination airport before takeoff? Now you can right from your iPhone or iPad, thanks to the simple but effective ATIS app on the app store.
The latest additions to Sporty's Pilot Training platform are geared towards those ready to take the next step and join the professional pilot ranks. The new offerings include a Commercial Pilot Test Prep Course and Flight Instructor Lesson Plan Guide.