For most pilots, learning to talk on the radio is a challenge - right up there with crosswind landings on the list of struggles. While learning to crab and slip still requires plenty of time in the airplane, some new technology makes it much easier to perfect those communication skills. The latest example is PlaneEnglish, an app for Android and iOS devices that uses speech recognition to coach you through different scenarios.
As the old saying goes, "train like you fly, fly like you train." If you fly with an iPad, don't hide it during your training flights. Better to make it an integral part of your proficiency program, whether you're on your own or with an instructor, including what to do if it fails. Here's a suggested list of topics to cover.
ForeFlight's rapid-fire update streak continued this week with yet another big release, delivering several new features that continue to push the app's capabilities. These include a new visual track log debrief tool, alternate airport advisor, runway selector, expanded European chart coverage and SkyEcho 2 FLARM traffic support.
Garmin's free GTN trainer was recently updated with the same new features found in the update for the actual panel-mount GPS system, including vertical navigation (VNAV), QWERTY keyboard, waypoint distance offset in the flight plan and new ADS-B weather products.
Based on an iPad Pilot News reader survey we recently conducted, over 70% of respondents reported that they have had the iPad shut down on them at least once in flight due to overheating. This is by far the most common problem reported by pilots when flying with an iPad, but it can be prevented with a little bit of planning and preparation.
A new version of the AltitudeAlert app is now available and uses the barometric pressure sensor in newer iPads to deliver greater accuracy for in-flight altitude alerts. It also provides customizable alerts when reaching the MDA or DA on an instrument approach.
The flying season’s unofficial kick-off is next week, as the gates open for the 2018 edition of the Sun ‘N Fun Fly-in at the Lakeland airport. There will undoubtedly be new products to see and spectacular airshows to take in. But for iPad pilots, there will also be some great opportunities to learn about the new iPad Pro models, latest iPad tips, apps and accessories.
Instrument flying with an iPad these days has never been more convenient. You can file IFR flight plans, view in-flight datalink radar to avoid thunderstorms, and see your real-time location right on the instrument approach chart. Here are 6 additional tips you can use on your next instrument flight when using the ForeFlight app.