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Aviation app roundup—news from NBAA and beyond

The business aviation world descended on Las Vegas this week, as NBAA held its annual convention for the first time since 2019. In addition to news about the latest business jets, there were a number of interesting announcements from app companies. Here's a quick recap of some headlines, plus other app news over the last month.

ForeFlight adds Flight Profile support for iPhone

ForeFlight version 13.8 is now available for download and brings the Flight Profile view to the iPhone app, which was previously only available for iPad. The update also tweaks the Track Log interface and adds performance support for new Gulfstream and Embraer jets.

StationWeather app adds extra large iOS 15 widgets

StationWeather, a popular graphical weather app, recently added support for iPadOS 15 extra-large home screen widgets in the latest update. Here's a look at how to add and customize them on your iPad home screen.

Top 10 apps for student pilots

The iPad is a great tool for pilots of all skill levels, from airline captains to student pilots. In addition to displaying digital charts and navigation data in the cockpit, the iPad is also very good for both organization and as a training resource on the ground. Here are 10 apps for new pilots to consider.

Stitch screenshots together with Tailor app

Screenshots are still one of those hidden iOS superpowers, useful for saving airport maps, passenger information, or aircraft data. On an iPad it's fairly easy to take a screenshot and share it to your favorite aviation app, as we've described before. But sometimes all you have is your phone, and getting all the information on a smaller screen is simply impossible. That's where the Tailor app comes in.

Ventusky app offers beautiful weather maps

Most pilots are weather geeks, either by disposition or training, and that means a good weather app can be particularly helpful or even fun. The big electronic flight bag apps like ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot do a great job of consolidating the key weather maps and forecasts, but there is a role for non-aviation apps. A great example is Ventusky, a $3.99 app that beautifully displays maps of wind, clouds, and more.

ForeFlight vs. Garmin Pilot: Which mobile app is best for you?

You bought an iPad to use in the airplane and now it's time to make a decision on which app is best for your aviation chart and data needs. This thorough guide compares aviation's top 2 apps, ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot, highlighting the strengths of each and how they interface with datalink weather receivers.

ForeFlight improves climb and descent performance planning

ForeFlight recently improved the performance planning features in the app by adding new climb/descent profile adjustment controls for Performance Plus aircraft profiles. Here's a quick look at where to find them and how they work.
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FlightAware adds subscription option for piston airplane owners

At the 2021 EAA AirVenture show, FlightAware introduced a new paid service, called Aviator, which offers premium tracking features specifically targeted at piston airplanes. We've been using it for a week now and while we wouldn't call it a must-have, there are some nice features for active pilots and fleet managers.

ForeFlight adds 3D obstacle feature in latest update

After returning from a busy week at Oshkosh, ForeFlight rolled out its latest update to the app this week. The standout feature in this release is the addition of obstacles in the various 3D views in the app. The update also includes several smaller updates focused on improving the performance and usability of download features in the app.
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CloudAhoy adds multitasking, flight path vector

CloudAhoy, the flight logging and debrief app that has found a loyal following over the past eight years, continues to roll out new features. The latest version, out this month, adds a few notable improvements that should make it easier for pilots and flight instructors to improve their flying performance.

Garmin Pilot adds visual NOTAMs in latest update

The latest update to the Garmin Pilot app adds a set of new smart features that highlight important information when planning a flight. This includes visual runway closures, contextual instrument approach NOTAMs, flight planning alerts, and TAF overlays on the map. Here's a quick look at each.