FOCUS on…APPS FOR AVIATION Location, communication and safety management were buzz words among the newest batch of app-makers at the 2012 Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. Helicopter Association International led off the bunch with an app to help you find exhibitors, and find out about them, too. But that was just their convention app. The organization has also turned its Helicopter Annual printed industry directory into HAI Mobile, a smartphone app that gives instant access to the entire database, in its most current form. The app also links to FAA databases for up-to-date Notams and regulations.
Did you know your Apple iPod touch can be turned into a rugged mobile computer? Just plug the iPod touch into Magellan’s ToughCase, and your mobile device gains a GPS, protection from the elements and even protection from damage when dropped.
The ToughCase sold for about $200 when it was introduced but is now available from Magellan for $79. It includes a 1840 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery that extends the iPod battery life and recharges the iPod’s battery.
ForeFlight has added geo-referenced approach plates and airport diagrams to its Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch application. The new ForeFlight HD Pro costs $149.99 per year and includes geo-referenced charts and airport diagrams provided by Seattle Avionics. ForeFlight HD subscribers can upgrade and receive credit for remaining HD subscriptions.
Jeppesen Mobile TC, a free iPad application that the company recently launched, allows anyone with a Jeppview electronic chart (paid) subscription to access terminal charts via the Apple e-reader. The application is not currently available on the iPhone or iPod Touch, even though these devices share the iPad’s operating system. Download and installation can be done seamlessly via Apple iTunes App Store on a PC or the App Store on the iPad.
Apple’s new iPad tablet computer is enjoying instant popularity, with more than two million of the $499-and-up units selling since deliveries began in early April. The iPad has also garnered serious interest from the aviation community, as a tool for preflight planning and in-flight moving-map display.
Guardian Trax Mobile, a mobile phone and PDA-based application for receiving position data from aircraft with Guardian Skytrax flight-following devices aboard, is the centerpiece of Guardian Mobility’s Heli-Expo’09 booth (No. 3181). Trax Mobile, being introduced this week in Anaheim, enables anyone anywhere with cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity to locate and track their aircraft.
Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 219) has teamed with aviation software application developer ForeFlight to offer the first implementation of UVTripPlanner specifically for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch.