Reading aviation magazines is a great way to fuel your passion for flying, especially when you can’t fly as much as you’d like. Reading about the latest new airplane or flying destination has always been part of pilots’ lives, and the iPad makes it easier (and more affordable) than ever to stay up to date. But there’s another benefit to digital magazines that we hadn’t appreciated until recently–pilots can now read aviation magazines from around the world. Because the iPad makes it easy to distribute content anywhere, without the limitations of printers and postage, pilots can get new perspectives that were once unavailable.
Loop magazine is a great example. This British magazine used to be published as a print publication, and we always admired its modern style, great photography and interesting mix of topics. But as a print magazine, it just wasn’t practical for US pilots to read it. That’s no longer true, and Loop has made the move to the iPad in a big way. Their magazine is now exclusively available on the iPad, but it’s much more than just a print magazine loaded onto an iPad. While the navigation takes a minute to learn, it really shows the power of the iPad, with interactive features, photo galleries and embedded videos. It mixes the best parts of a print magazine and a website.
Loop is still written from a British perspective, so some spellings may look funny to US pilots, but the content is fairly universal, with articles on the latest airplanes, avionics reviews, editorials and how-to tips. If anything, the European perspective on aviation issues is a refreshing change–some of the issues the opinion columns cover are a good warning for US pilots. The latest issue includes articles on the Piper Cub’s 75th anniversary, Cessna’s diesel 182, the new RV-14 and more.
Best of all, the magazine is free on the iPad. Simply download the app from the iTunes App Store, then choose individual issues to download and read. It’s part of the iPad’s Newsstand app, so you’re alerted to new issues automatically.
You can get the free app here.