New FAR/AIM app available from Sporty’s
One of the first things a student pilot hears from his flight instructor when beginning flight training is to get a copy of the “regs,” meaning the big book that contains the federal aviation regulations (FARs) and Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM). It then becomes a point of pride to carry that big, thick book around the airport to flight lessons, and show it off to non-aviators to point out your status as a student pilot. But like with paper navigation charts, it was only inevitable that this 1,000 page book would also transition to and benefit from the iPad revolution.
Sporty’s new FAR/AIM app for iPhone and iPad has made this leap, and takes advantage of the digital presentation and advanced feature set an app can offer. Instead of aimlessly flipping through pages looking for an obscure regulation, you can now easily search all the content in both the FARs and AIM to quickly find what you’re looking for. And if you like the traditional approach to researching information, a detailed table of contents will help direct you to the information you need to find.
The FAR/AIM app goes further though, with a few advanced features to make it even more useful. First, you can highlight any selection of text in any section, and the app will automatically save and bookmark that content for quick retrieval. It also includes an option to study content based on the certificate you’re currently working on. For example, a Private Pilot working on an Instrument Rating can quickly filter the regulations and content from the AIM applicable to flying IFR.
Sporty’s FAR/AIM app includes free updates, and is compatible with both the iPad and iPhone. It’s available now for $9.99 in the App Store.
so, this app sounds wonderful, but is vague on an important point. The description states “free updates,” no is that to update the software or is that to update the FAR/AIM data itself for future years. In other words, if this app is purchased now, what happens when the FAR/AIM comes out for 2015, 2016, etc? Are those updates free or will there be a charge for that?
Those data updates are free Leo. Buy it once.