There are literally thousands of aviation apps for pilots and flying enthusiasts available for both Android and Apple platforms. Here is a small sampling of some of them to take for a test drive. Try them. Many are free! Perhaps they are already some of your favorites. Talk to other pilots and get their recommendations and feedback about the apps they use. If these aren’t exactly what you want, or maybe you just want to explore, there are many other options at your fingertips in the app store!
FlightAware - This app provides free, live flight tracking of GA flights in the US and Canada, and commercial flights around the globe in real-time. Illustrations showing the aircraft’s position on a map while also portraying its previous flight path with a live NEXRAD overlay are very helpful. It also has a search function for specific data using aircraft registration, route, airline, flight number, city pair or airport code.
CloudAhoy – CloudAhoy uses GPS satellite technology to view your flight path, enabling you to review it once you are on the ground. Data is recorded during a flight and afterwards. You can lay it over terrain maps or aviation charts allowing for reports or data analysis in a 2D or 3D condition. Flight logging, listing and viewing is free. The debriefing service has an annual fee but one can try it out first.
Fltplan Legacy– This app provides the total allowance of US and Canadian aviation charts (VFR and IFR), a documents manager, weather briefing tool, logbook, flight tracking and GPS navigation abilities, and airport FBO info for over 6,000 airports. The new version includes a aircraft checklist feature as well. It is also able to store flight plan logs created on the fltplan.com website – a valuable tool for pilots.
Aeropad – Providing access to PDF’s and images of any size, as well as PDF navigation, aircraft manuals, charts, and a variety of other flight materials, this app is very useful in the cockpit. To allow for an easier viewing experience, there are day and night viewing screens. It has easy file sharing capabilities, one click storing of info, and a whiteboard for writing notes.
Spin-a-Wind – This app is all about the wind. It can determine wind direction, pressure and density altitude. It also enables a pilot to follow wind speed by runway number. In addition, runway and wind direction reels now scroll continuously. For safety purposes, this is a must have app!
WingX Pro7 – This app requires an annual subscription with a free trial. Moving maps with tracking and in-flight reference using accurate digital charts is what sets this app apart. A split screen allows for map viewing while also displaying charts. The latest version is compatible with Zaon XRX and SkyRadar ADS-B. Syncing with an external AHRS for altitude based display is also possible.
Aviation Weight and Balance – It takes the sweat out of the process calculating the weight and balance of an aircraft. There are over 600 pre-configured aircraft templates, so no problem finding the template you need. Additionally, if your aircraft is not on the list, you can create a customized template for your aircraft. Great APP!
Garmin Pilot – This app gives pilots everything they need in one place. It includes pre-flight planning, in-flight navigation, DUATs filing, charts, interactive maps, weather briefing resources and navigation capabilities, and approach plates, just to name a few. It is designed like Garmin’s touchscreen cockpit systems and one’s device with pre-flight data can connect to the cockpit system for a seemless flight. Perhaps most impressive is the weather capabilities with NEXRAD radar, visible and infrared cloud imagery, lightning data, winds and temperature aloft and other weather essentials for a safe flight.
MyRadar Weather Radar – Delivers a clear radar picture centered on your location within moments. Quick animation allows you to quickly assess precipitation shifts. By entering an aircraft N#, the app will show the filed route on a map. It allows you to zoom in on map details and gets storm warnings and real-time tracking of hurricanes from the Nationa Weather Service. The downside is that it only works in the contiguous 48 states of the US.
Flightlink – An in-flight cockpit recording app by Lightspeed that is expressly designed for use with Lightspeed Aviation headsets. Once you pair your headset over Bluetooth, the app records all communications, both cockpit and ATC, for instant playback and/or an archive of your flight communications.