WingX Pro7 has released its first update of 2013, with version 6.9.1 now available in the App Store. This is mostly a maintenance release, with bug fixes and a few upgrades. Let’s review the list:
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X is now supported. Previously, the app worked with the X-Plane flight simulator program; now WingX also works with Flight Sim X, using the FSX Flight plugin. This is a nice feature because it both allows you to do more realistic simulator flying and to learn how to use WingX on the ground. If you’re a new WingX user, it’s a great idea to do some simulator flying in the comfort of your home or office. It’s now easy to do.
- There are some additions to the SAR grid and pattern features. WingX has been a leader in Search and Rescue features, which are great for Civil Air Patrol and other users. These enhancements (options for 45 or 60 degree sectors on grids and lat/lon or MGRS on patterns) probably won’t be used by most GA pilots, but they make it a more robust app for SAR users.
- Sunrise and sunset information has been added to the A/FD view.
- There are some fixes and upgrades to the ADS-B integration. In December, we reported on some issues with the new Dual XGPS 170 ADS-B receiver, and this update is aimed at some of those problems. In particular, 6.9.1 fixes a crash issue, where the app would shut down when it received bad ADS-B data. There are also upgrades to the ADS-B engine and the ADS-B status page, but in our flight tests we still saw some problems with patchy radar images and METARs not showing up (see screenshot at right). This could be an issue with the Dual driver and not the WingX app. Either way, it looks like there are a few teething pains to work out still.
As always with these app updates, there are various other bug fixes and performance enhancements. You can get the update here.