New version of Bad Elf GPS app available
Bad Elf was the first to hit the scene with an iPad-compatible GPS back in 2010, and their product lineup today is stronger than ever. They are the only GPS manufacturer to offer both a plug-in model, the Bad Elf for Lightning connector, and a Bluetooth wireless GPS, the Bad Elf Pro.
In addition to providing reliable GPS location services to your iPad, Bad Elf also offers a free companion app for the GPS receivers to help you get more out of them. While you don’t need to have the app installed to use the Bad Elf with your iPad, it provides some useful features:
- Control Bad Elf GPS configuration options and install firmware updates
- View GPS ground track, speed, altitude, position accuracy and more on an instrument page
- Monitor GPS & GLONASS satellite reception and signal strength (helpful when troubleshooting or finding the optimum mounting location)
- View stored track logs from the Bad Elf Pro and save them to your device, view on a map or export them to other compatible apps.
- Apple Watch support: monitor and control your Bad Elf GPS right from the Apple Watch. Provides a moving map view and basic navigation information, including ground speed, track and GPS altitude.
Bad Elf recently released a new update to the app, and the first thing you’ll notice is a new clean interface. While most of the big feature updates will benefit those using the high-accuracy Bad Elf Surveyor model, there are still a few new items pilots should take note of:
- CloudAhoy users can now send Bad Elf KML files directly to the CloudAhoy app
- Firmware updates for all Bluetooth Bad Elf models to ensure full compatibility with Android and Windows platforms (improves the connection and enables 5 simultaneous device connectivity)
- Adds a brand new NTrip Client within the app for Bad Elf Surveyor users
- Adds raw logging capabilities for use with post processing with the Bad Elf Surveyor
- You can now export raw log data from the Bad Elf Surveyor as UBX and RINEX files
This app is a must-have for those flying with a Bad Elf GPS. Bad Elf Pro pilots will especially appreciate the ability to export track logs that are recorded to the device directly from the app, a useful tool in the flight training environment.
You can download the Bad Elf GPS app here free in the app store.
Looking for more information on using GPS receivers with the iPad? Check out this iPad Pilot News article on choosing an iPad GPS for more information.