July 2010 Issue

Aviation Apps for iPad: A Cut Above Phones

Weíre not wetting our pants with excitement, but the iPad definitely has EFB aspirations, with dozens of useful apps. But GPS navigation isnít one of them.

The iPad may be many things to many people, but there are several things it is not: a moving map, a good navigator or a datalink weather display. I doubt if Garmin will even feel a minor nick in sales from iPad competition. The iPad is, however, an excellent plate reader. There are several ways to obtain and manage plates and Iím sure this function will improve as the market matures. It can also do enroute charts and sectionals reasonably well and it flat aces things like weight and balance and E6B calcs.

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