Best Aviation Apps?

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  1. Keith Ward

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    When I was flying before, smartphones didn't exist. Thus, neither did smartphone apps.

    Now that I'm flying again, I'd love to know what apps are your favorites (beyond ForeFlight, of course.) What ones do you get the most value of? Which ones do you use most often?

    Thanks for your input!
     
  2. Keith Ward

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    One of my favorites, BTW, is LiveATC. Learning a lot through it.
     
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    Avare for flight planning and navigation and Avia weather, both for Android and both free.
     
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    Weather apps like windy. Very helpful in flight planning.
     
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    Do they have iPhone/iPad versions?
     
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    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    • WeatherSpork (pricey, but one of the most comprehensive aviation weather apps out there)
    • Dark Sky
    • Deep Weather
    • Flight aware
    • Cloud ahoy
    • MyFlightBook
    • ASA's FAR/aim app
    • StationWX
    • Sporty's E6B app
    • AviationWeatherPro
    • Nav Trainer
    • Windy
     
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    I absolutely love Avare, I send them a few bucks each year even though it's free.
     
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    If you are looking for a courtesy car, please visit my site, it lists over 1,900 of them nationwide. It is a website but can be used just like an app if you bookmark it on your phone. It's free and not prone to crashes or permissions. www.airportcourtesycars.com
     
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    I like Avia also.
    A couple of local weather station apps
    You can text the number (714) 352 4346, then enter the airport code (KJFK for example) and it will send you the current METAR. I keep that number as a contact in my phone.

    Forecasts:
    Aviationweather.gov - not quite as good on the cellphone as the computer, but it will do, for winds aloft, prog charts, etc.
    USAirnet - limited to a couple days, but that's about as reliable as most forecasts anyway.
    StormRadar or MyRadar
    A couple of local weather station apps, and Accuweather, Wunderground, etc.
    WindAlert
    WindFinder
    1800wxbrief.com - both shortcut and speed-dial
    Haven't tried Weatherspork yet...but considering..

    For fun:
    Flightaware
    TradeAPlane app
    Controller.com app
    PilotsOfAmerica shortcut ;)
    YouTube with some of the channels from pilots here on PoA
    Avare - I don't use it for flight planning as I have FlyQ and FltPlanGo, but I use it when I fly commercial for tracking our location, speed, alt. etc..helps pass the time.
    Audible books - aviation related of course
    LiveATC (as you know)
    Morse Trainer
    Morse Code Quiz

    Also, @dtuuri has a website AVClicks.com that is nice if you are interested in IFR
     
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    iFly GPS Nice because it's feature complete across Android, Apple and Windows.
    http://xavion.com/ Unique engine-out glide advisor, along with weather/traffic and AHRS
     
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    I just use Garmin Pilot. I can use that one app for almost everything instead of having multiple apps.
     
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    Avare, no, dunno about Avia.
     
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    Foreflight for 90% of it
     
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    Avia Weather
    Windy
    Raindar
    Weather Underground
    E6BX
     
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    You spelled Grinder wrong....
     
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    Gyronimo (if your plane type is supported)
     
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    Flight planning: ForeFlight
    Weather: ForeFlight
    Charts: ForeFlight
    Logbook: ForeFlight
    Checklists: ForeFlight
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    Aircraft/avionics manual reader: ForeFlight

    ForeFlight

    Uhhh... Oh. :rofl:

    OK seriously, here's what else I have:

    SkewTLogPro: Doesn't work right now thanks to government shutdown, and not particularly useful until you get your instrument rating IMO
    GTN Trainer for playing around with my airplane's GPS while not in my airplane.
    TXi Trainer for playing with the avionics I'd really like to have in my airplane.
    ARPort: An augmented reality type app that lets you point your phone's camera out the window, have airports marked, and get airport info. Similar functionality (minus the camera part) has been added to ForeFlight's synthetic vision though.
    Lightspeed FlightLink for controlling my Zulu PFX headset
    LiveATC
    @jesse's E6B Pro app, though it's no longer supported so I don't know why I have it (doesn't even work any more :( )
    FlashPass, which greatly simplifies filing of eAPIS for international flights
    Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot's Guide
    SocialFlight
    N-Numbers for looking up aircraft registrations when I see them on ADS-B or hear them on the radio and want to know what the type/owner is.
    Flyover Country - Haven't used this yet, but it sounds like it could be really cool for pax. It's supposed to tell you about various things you're flying over.

    Weather apps that aren't necessarily aviation-related: AccuWeather, Windy, Storm Radar

    Aviation games: Pocket Planes, Unmatched Air Traffic Control, Air Wings, Airport City, AirMadness. X-Plane is sadly no longer supported on iOS. :(

    Flight/aircraft tracking: FlightAware, Plane Finder AR, FlightRadar24

    Stuff I don't really use: CloudAhoy, mainly due to the subscription fees but it's a really cool app if you're doing flight training. Spin-a-Wind, because I'm pretty good at doing that stuff in my head, though it could be very helpful for a student.

    Stuff I should probably delete because ForeFlight does it now: A few logbook apps, a few checklist apps, WnB Pro
     
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    I love LiveATC...i didn’t want to pay the 3 or 4 dollars, but it’s been very worth it...I listen to it on the way to the airport (I fly out of a class Charlie) and can hear winds, landing and departing runway, how busy the area is, and occasionally, altimeter. Great for just before a flight...and cool too when I’d rather be flying but weather has me stuck on the ground!
     
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    @flyingcheesehead - Just FYI that a Mooney is my dream plane. Fingers crossed that I'll be able to afford one someday...
     
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    I'll use Garmin pilot since I don't have an ipad yet. Android tablets are much cheaper, I'll get Foreflight on my iPhone.
     
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    Oh, I see. I wounder why Foreflight won't do the same?
     
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    They do, but in that case your tablet has to be an iPad. ForeFlight is only available for iOS, not Android.