An aviator or perhaps a pilot needs more room for learning, it does not matter whether you’re a commercial or private aviator. As a brand new pilot or even an expert, there’s a need for you to start somewhere, installing most of the best aviation apps on your iPhone or Android can actually help you expand. Over the years we have seen a ton of aviation apps specially designed for Android and iOS device, but it is believed that iOS device unravels more essential aviation tools than Android. Whatever your opinion might be, it might contrary be different from mine since most of the best aviation apps for Android and iPads unveils options for flight training, weather report and much more. Thus in this article, we’re going to list out the best aviation apps for iPads, Android, and iPhones.
1. Avare (Android)
Avare is one of the spectacular aviation app for Android which was made by and for pilots. The app is specially designed for flying in the USA and some parts of Canada, but it provides non current TPC charts for most of the world, and ONC charts for Canada, EU, South Asia, and New Zealand. With an intuitive user interface, avare is easy to learn and use, Avare also provides offline moving map on all FAA charts but like other aviation apps for device, Avare isn’t FAA certified but may be used as outlined in FAA documents. Apart from this, Avare brings plethora features and once installed, the app begins fetching an aviation database and at least one chart but you can also choose additional charts and materials for Avare to download for free.
2. ForeFlight Mobile EFB (iPad and iPhone)
ForeFlight is probably one of the most popular and widely used flight planning and electronic flight bag app for iPads and iPhones. Indiviual pilots and professional flight crews all over the world use ForeFlight to plan and file flight plans, access preflight and in-flight weather. They can also download and view electronic charts and maps, manage flight publications, log flight time, and more. ForeFlight unravels essential features and you can easily use the app “Graphical Briefing” to get all the weather information you need in other to feel confident and ready for takeoff. The app also provides an option for you to file, amend, or cancel VFR and IFR flight plans from your mobile device. Also the “Hazard Advisor” which serves as a moving-map overlay helps to tracks your GPS position and altitude in other to depict hazardous terrain and obstacles.
3. Garmin Pilot (Android, iPad and iPhone)
Garmin Pilot is the comprehensive suite of tools designed specifically for general aviation and corporate pilots. The app includes Flight planning, charts, weather briefing resources, Lockheed Martin, DUATS filing, interactive maps and navigation capabilities. Garmin intuitive interface mirrors those on the newest Garmin touchscreen avionics so you can go seamlessly from preflight to inflight. Similar to ForeFlight, Garmin pilot brings an inbuilt “Logbook” which automatically generates entries based upon GPS data collected during the flight, tracks currency, supports manual entries, endorsements and creates reports. Also with Garmin Pilot, data can be displayed over a VFR sectional or an IFR low or high en-route chart to visualize the weather for your route. The app inbuilt “NavTrack” feature helps you to view weather along the planned route. Garmin pilot is also available on iPad and iPhone thus you can grab it from iTunes store.
4. MyRadar Weather Radar (Android, iPad and iPhone)
MyRadar is a real-time weather radar with temperature, hurricanes, widgets and free warnings. The app is fast, easy-to-use & no-frills, it displays animated weather radar around your current location, allowing you to quickly see what weather is coming your way. All you’ve to do is just to start the app, and your location pops up with animated weather which tells you if rain is headed toward or away from you, and how fast it is descending. MyRadar brings a map that has the standard pinch and zoom capability which allows you to smoothly zoom and pan around the United States and see what the weather is like anywhere. In addition to this features of MyRadar, the app brings severe storm warnings for your area, and real-time hurricane tracking. The app also brings a layer that provides Airmets and Sigmets, and even the ability to overlay the flight plan of a particular aircraft onto the map. MyRadar is available on Android and you can grab it from the Google Play Store.
5. Sporty’s E6B (Android, iPhone and iPad)
Sporty’s E6B is a powerful flight computer app for aviators, it includes all the features of Sporty’s traditional E6B, including 23 aviation functions, 18 conversions and complete timer features. The app’s user-friendly design makes calculations fast and easy. Each function can be selected from a plain English list, and the app prompts the user for information as it goes. Plus, the entries are saved from previous calculations, so there’s no need to re-enter data. You can easily calculate weight and balance using sporty’s E6B. The app is most suitable for student pilot since it makes quick work of navigational and fuel problem. But it also includes a number of features that are useful for experienced pilots, such as Top of Descent, Specific Range and Planned Mach. You can also set the timer to count up or count down, so it is perfect for timing approaches, holds or switching fuel tanks. There is also a clock function that shows Home, Local and Zulu time. Sporty’s E6B is available on the iTunes store for iPhone and iPads.
6. WingX Pro7
I have always emphasised that Android isn’t losing when it comes to Aviation, but our opinion might vary. WingX Pro7 was a popular aviation app that hit the iTunes store first before unraveling itself on Google Play Store. WingX is the best GPS-Enabled Moving Map for aviators, the app brings an awesome user-defined enroute transparency and it includes VFR Sectionals, IFR Enroute Low and High, and WACs. Apart from this, WingX Pro7 feature a split screen, track up, weather briefing, conversions, winds aloft and runaway winds. Also just like ForeFlight, WingX Pro7 allows it’s users to easily file, close, and cancel flight plans. The app also includes color-coded and decoded METARs, TAFs, winds and temperature aloft. You can also use WingX to calculates METAR Density Altitude and Freezing Levels. Overall WingX Pro7 is the best alternative if you’re probably looking for an aviation moving map app since it contains built-in mini manuals. WingX Pro7 is available for Android on the Google Play Store.
The above aviation apps can actually not be your favourites, but trust me they can completely enhanced your learning since they’re the one’s been used most often. Thus if you’re a brand new iPhone, iPad or Android pilot, then you’ll need to start from somewhere and that’s by Installing the above aviation apps on your device. Overall these apps are probably what most aviators have been waiting for!.