Computer flight simulator programs are very popular in the aviation community, great for both refining flying skills in training airplanes and getting some stick time in the latest commercial jets. But unless you have multiple monitors or add instrument panel accessories, it can be difficult to see both out the front of the airplane and the instrument panel at the same time. Fortunately a few iPad app developers have come up with an inexpensive solution that allows you to wirelessly connect your iPad to either Microsoft FlightSim X or X-Plane and display real-time flight instruments on your iPad. Here are a few options.
RemoteFlight Cockpit HD
The RemoteFlight Cockpit HD app for iPad is available for under $12, and includes the 6 basic flight instruments. It works with both FSX and X-Plane, and provides a very smooth and fluid display of the flight instruments. You can also purchase additional flight instruments as in-app purchases, like aircraft-specific airspeed indicators. This company also offers several companion apps that allow you to display a moving map, radio stack or autopilot on your iPad or iPhone. Before using any of these apps you must download and install the free RemoteFlight server to allow your iPad to interface with the flight sim programs.