We just returned from a busy and exciting week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, where we saw general aviation firing on all cylinders. There were over 600,000 people in attendance and 10,000 airplanes on the grounds, and lots of new product announcements. Here’s a quick recap of what we found at the event for iPad pilots.
New ADS-B receivers
Portable ADS-B receivers have been on the market for over 6 years now and continue to add new features.
Stratus 3 – Appareo released a new portable ADS-B receiver last week, building on the proven technology found in previous Stratus models. In addition to offering tight integration with ForeFlight, Stratus 3 also works with other apps, like Fltplan Go, WingX, FlyQ, iFly GPS, and others. It adds intelligent features like auto-shutoff, Smart WiFi and WiFi security. Best of all the price was lowered to $699.
ForeFlight Sentry – One year after releasing Scout, a tiny ADS-B receiver manufactured by uAvionix, ForeFlight unveiled the follow-on product at EAA AirVenture. Sentry is larger than Scout but also packs in a lot more features. Priced at $499, it includes weather, dual-band traffic, GPS and AHRS. It also includes a carbon monoxide detector, that will alert you with an audible alarm and alert in ForeFlight.
Dynon DRX – Dynon released a low-cost ADS-B receiver as well, which offers ADS-B weather, traffic and GPS in a small package (it does not have an AHRS). It’s compatible with most apps, including ForeFlight, FlyQ and others, and retails for $395.
Learn more: Dynon DRX portable ADS-B receiver
New iPad gadgets
In addition to ADS-B receivers, there were lots of new iPad-friendly gadgets to check out at AirVenture too.
Levil BOM – The Broadcasting Outer Module, or BOM as Levil calls, is designed to be remotely mounted under a wing. The small pod powers itself (no wiring required) and sends GPS, AHRS, ADS-B in, AOA, OAT, and air data information to the cockpit wirelessly over WiFi. Works with WingX, FlyQ, Xavion, FltPlan Go, and more.
Learn more: Levil Broadcasting Outer Module
AirText LT – The AirText LT is half the price of the original AirText, and is designed to be carried onto the airplane instead of installed. It can connect to up to 6 devices in the airplane (phone or tablet) and provides the ability to send/receive text messages in flight. Simply plug into the cigarette lighter and place the small Iridium antenna on the dash or by a side window.
Learn more: AirText introduces lower cost option
Garmin D2 Delta PX Aviator Watch – Garmin’s new flagship watch for pilots features a Pulse Ox sensor and integrated GPS. When paired with Garmin Pilot, you can display heart rate and blood oxygen levels on the navigation bar on the map page or the Connext Dashboard screen. And as with previous Garmin aviator watches, you can use GPS data from the watch in Garmin Pilot, and remote control VIRB action cameras.
Learn more: Garmin D2 Delta PX Aviator Watch
Flight Gear Battery Pack – This new streamlined battery pack was designed by pilots, for pilots and is ideal for the cockpit. It offers 20,000 mAh of power and features 4 high-amp USB charging ports, allowing you to charge 2 iPads and a Stratus simultaneously. You can recharge the unit using a micro-USB, lighting or USB-C cable, so there’s no need to carry a proprietary charging cable.
It’s been over 8 years now since the iPad was introduced, and there are no signs of slowing from the main aviation app developers.
Garmin Pilot – Version 9.4 adds a new document viewer and integration with Garmin TXi and G1000 NXi to display engine instruments and monitor operating trends. It also adds new weather products, like text MOS forecasts, Area Forecast Discussions, PIREPs in the flight profile view and the option to display base radar reflectivity on the map.
ForeFlight – Version 10.2 adds new Day/Night app themes with automatic switching at sunset/sunrise, synthetic vision glance mode, 3D traffic in synthetic vision, jet currency tracking in the logbook and daily oceanic flight tracks on the map.
FltPlan Go – Version 4.7.10 adds support for the new Stratus 3 ADS-B receiver, improved NavLog download speed and Oceanic NavLog format for flights in oceanic airspace.
Learn more: FltPlan Go in the App Store
Stratus Horizon Pro – Appareo released a new companion app alongside Stratus 3 that all Stratus pilots should check out. It includes a backup glass cockpit display driven by Stratus, making it a practical option to turn your iPhone into a small backup attitude indicator. The Horizon app also includes a feature called Radio Playback, which allows you to connect your iPad to your audio panel using the Stratus Audio Cable to capture ATC communications for quick ATC playback. The app also provides Stratus device management, allowing you to switch your Stratus 3 to “Open ADS-B Mode” and connect to additional apps.
Learn more: Stratus Horizon Pro app
Sporty’s Pilot Training App – Sporty’s added two new courses to its Pilot Training app last week, Flight Review and Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC). These courses are perfect for pilots looking to get current again, and the Flight Review course includes a ground training endorsement after successful course completion.
Review iPad Proficiency Check seminar slides
The editors of iPad Pilot News presented several seminars at AirVenture week on the topic of iPad Proficiency Check. Review the slides here: