Recommended app - Garmin Pilot

I have recently tested a number of different navigation and flight planning apps. This is to make use of the dedicated iPad mini mount that is fitted to our CT2k.

In the not too distant past, it was unheard of to use portable devices for any kind of meaningful planning in the air. You certainly couldn't view a rainfall radar on your Nokia 3310.

Now with the advent of tablets and smart phones which have dedicated GPS chips, gyroscopes, barometers and data links, you can have a fully operational navigation system in your hands for a fraction of the price of a dedicated avionics suite. In fact, it is possible to do it for free (checkout EasyVFR and SkyDemon Light).

However, after testing many of the popular navigation apps, the clear winner is Garmin Pilot.

The weather features are fantastic, with rainfall radar, cloud coverage, SIGMETS, METARS, TAFS and more. The app is slick and beautifully presented. I found it the most intuitive of them all and was able to get started without reading any instructions.

It also has synthetic vision which is pretty cool and I suspect if it was coupled with the GDL 39 3D unit, very useful.

Check out this video to see the Synthetic Vision in action.

The app has many other features, including flight planning and NOTAM information. It has performed flawlessly on a long cross country flight I recently carried out and a number of local flight training sorties over Teesside and the north east in general.

What do you think? Have you tried any others? How does it compare to SkyDemon or RunwayHD in your opinion?

If you are thinking about taking flying lessons in the north east near Teesside or Newcastle, give us a shout!

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