Archive for September, 2014

Renting Airplanes Just Got Better with OpenAirplane

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Renting airplanes with OpenAirplaneOpenAirplane Launches New Service

Press Release
CHICAGO, IL September 18, 2014 – Renting airplanes just got better as OpenAirplane launched a new service today to encourage pilots to fly more. The new feature rewards pilots who are renting airplanes using OpenAirplane for referring their friends to the company with a $25 credit the first time another pilot they referred flies using the program.  “We’ve found that pilots who have flown using OpenAirplane to be our very best advocates.” said Rod Rakic, co-founder at OpenAirplane, “We’ve built our referral program to get more pilots flying.”Pilots who have rented with our program automatically become eligible to refer their friends. Pilots can refer up to 5 of their friends by entering their email addresses. Any pilot who has not flown with OpenAirplane yet is eligible to help their friends earn credits.The first time each of the pilots who were referred flies using OpenAirplane, whether it is a checkout or a rental, a $25 credit will be automatically added to the referring pilot’s account. Pilots can earn up to $125 in credit if all 5 of their friends start flying with OpenAirplane.Credits earned will automatically be applied the next time the referring pilot flies with OpenAirplane, reducing the cost of flying any checkout or rental.OpenAirplane is now live at over 70 locations across the U.S., with the network offering everything from taildraggers to twins. Over 30 models and 250 aircraft are now available to rent with OpenAirplane. Over 8,000 pilots from around the U.S. now signed up to fly with OpenAirplane. OpenAirplane’s innovative reputation system brings transparency to both sides of the rental transaction for pilots and operators.Pilots who want to get started flying with the company can sign up for free at 

About OpenAirplane:

Established in May 2012 and based in Chicago, Illinois, OpenAirplane makes everyone’s pilot certificate more useful. The company offers a commerce platform for private aviation to make it easy to find, book, fly, and pay for aircraft rental online or a mobile device. OpenAirplane helps operators to get better utilization of their fleets, and helps pilots fly more.


Rod Rakic, co-founder, OpenAirplane, inc.


Aviation Apps !

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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-logo-on-mevvy.com_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.

cloud ahoyCloudAhoy – 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.


fltplanFltplan 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 website – a valuable tool for pilots.


aeropadAeropad – 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 Pro7WingX 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 BalanceAviation 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 PilotGarmin 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 radarMyRadar 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.


FlightlinkFlightlink – 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.