Top 10 aviation apps (you haven’t heard of)

We like to highlight unique lists of aviation apps to help both new and pro iPad pilots stay up on the best aviation apps available in the app store. This list is a bit different, and is designed to help you expand your app horizons and check out some new aviation apps you might not have tried out yet:

10. Flyover CountryEver wonder about the details of the terrain you’re flying over on cross-country flights? This app uses GPS and its extensive database to provide you with information about topography, points of interest and other geoscience data.

9. Precision Altimeter. This iPhone app takes advantage of the pressure altitude sensor in iPhone 6 or newer to display a detailed altimeter instrument and vertical speed indicator. You can also add an external wireless Bluetooth sensor from Texas Instruments that sends outside air temp and humidity right to the app to display a real-time view of the density altitude.

8. InstructairDeveloped by the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), this app allows students and licensed pilots to quickly search for CFIs and browse their bios and specialties to help find a good fit and instantly schedule a lesson.

7. IFR Flight Trainer SimulatorThis app takes the mystery out of learning to navigate by using VOR and how to interpret the HSI in the cockpit with a visual simulator. It also includes a series of challenges and scenarios to put your navigation skills to the test.

6. AvioFuelThis iPhone app provides a simple and intuitive interface for performing fuel loading calculations, especially for larger aircraft that measure fuel in pounds. It allows you to enter custom aircraft profiles and quickly determine how much fuel you can load in each tank based on passenger/baggage requirements and the weight limits for your airplane.

5. MiraCheck CoPilotBy integrating voice controls and voice recognition, it provides a heads-up and hands-free way to run normal and emergency checklists in flight, turning your iPad into a virtual copilot. MiraCheck partnered with CheckMate to offer a more comprehensive collection of checklists for over 100 common airplane models.

4. NRST: Descent Rate and Airport Finder. This app provides a great resource when you need to initiate a diversion and find the nearest airport. It maintains a list of nearest airports based on your present position, including distance and bearing to each one, and gives the vertical speed required to fly there based on current groundspeed.

3. RunwayMap. You can view flight videos, reviews and photos from other pilots as well as share your flying experiences. Features at a glance include airport frequencies, webcam images, aviation weather, 3D images, local restaurant reviews and more.

2. Cloud TopperHow many times have you been on a flight and see a cloud up ahead and wonder if you’ll be able to top it at your current altitude? This clever app can help answer that question using your iPhone or iPad’s camera as a sight level. Simply open the app, hold it up to the front window and level it out using the pitch indication in the viewfinder. You can also enter the distance from the cloud and have the app calculate the approximate distance you’ll pass above or below the cloud top.

1. FlyQ InsightUse your iPhone or iPad’s camera to help identify and locate nearby airports with this augmented reality app. Hold your device up to the window and it’ll present a virtual marker on the ground to help you spot and fly towards nearby airports.

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iOS Update Green Light program: iOS and iPadOS 13.3.1

Apple recently released iOS 13.3.1 for iPhone and iPad which includes a new networking and wireless control and various bug fixes (see the full list of update details below).  As with any iOS release, we recommend holding off on updating until your app or accessory developer has had time to fully test compatibility with the new version.

iOS 13.3.1 includes bug fixes and improvements. This update:
– Fixes an issue in Communication Limits that could allow a contact to be added without entering the Screen Time passcode
– Adds a setting to control the use of location services by the U1 Ultra Wideband chip
– Addresses an issue that could cause a momentary delay before editing a Deep Fusion photo taken on ‌iPhone 11‌ or iPhone 11 Pro
– Resolves an issue with Mail that could cause remote images to load even when the “Load Remote Images” setting is disabled
– Fixes an issue that could cause multiple undo dialogs to appear in Mail
– Addresses an issue where FaceTime could use the rear-facing ultra-wide camera instead of the wide camera
– Resolves an issue where push notifications could fail to be delivered over Wi-Fi
– Addresses a CarPlay issue that could cause distorted sound when making phone calls in certain vehicles
– Introduces support for Indian English Siri voices for HomePod

There are also unique release notes for iPad OS 13.3.1

‌iPadOS‌ 13.3.1 includes bug fixes and improvements. This update:
– Fixes an issue in Communication Limits that could allow a contact to be added without entering the Screen Time passcode
– Addresses an issue with Mail that could cause remote images to load even when the “Load Remote Images” setting is disabled
– Fixes an issue that could cause multiple undo dialogs to appear in Mail
– Resolves an issue where push notifications could fail to be delivered over Wi-Fi
– Introduces support for Indian English ‌Siri‌ voices for ‌HomePod‌

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FAA Announces Super Bowl LIV Safety Plan

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)is working with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the aviation community and the National Football League to ensure safe, secure, and efficient operations before, during and after Super Bowl LIV, on Feb 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.

The agency expects more than 2,500 additional take-offs and landings and nearly 1,300 additional aircraft parked at South Florida airports during Super Bowl week. Special procedures, includingTemporary Flight Restrictions(TFR) and aNo Drone Zonewill limit flights around Hard Rock Stadium before, during and after the game.

The game day TFR will go into effect at approximately5:30 p.m. EST. It will cover a 30-nautical mile (34.5 miles) ring, centered over the stadium and from the ground up to 18,000 feet in altitude, before expiring at approximately11:59 p.m. EST. Drones are also prohibited inside the TFR. The FAA has establishedadditional TFRs torestrict drone flightsfor roughly onenautical mile around the Miami Beach Convention Center andBayfront Park up to an altitude of 2,000 feetfrom January 25 to February 1during daytime hours.

Pilots must be aware of thelatest TFRs and checkNotices to Airmen (NOTAM)before flying. Pilots and drone operators who enter the TFRs without permission could face civil penalties that exceed $30,000 and potential criminal prosecution for flying drones in the TFR. The FAA encourages drone operators to check allnoticesto determine where drones may fly.

The TFR will not affect regularly scheduled commercial flights at Miami International Airport (MIA) andFort LauderdaleHollywood International Airport (FLL). Emergency, medical, public safety and military operations may fly in the TFR while it is in place, in coordination with air traffic control.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) enforces TFRs in real time, but the FAA may also take enforcement action against drone or aircraft pilots who violates the TFR.

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