It is pretty easy to be overcome with an iPad full of Apps that do nothing but add clutter to your screen.
So I might be adding to the problem here, but perhaps there are a few here that you may not have heard of. In any case, this is what is on my iPad.
These are the Apps I use and you might consider them somewhat specific to someone who flies a Gulfstream mostly in the Northeastern US with some time in Europe. But there should be something here for everyone. Other than the three most used Apps on the bottom bar, they are given alphabetically, because I am a slave to sequential order.
Of course this is subjective. If you have a better mousetrap out there, please let me know by hitting the "Contact" button on the top or bottom of this page.
Photo: Screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
(The wallpaper is from a shot I took at the Athens Divani Apollon Palace Hotel, 17 July 2002.)
I've used this application for a year now and was satisfied until I figured out I could do better . . .
Photo: Aeroweather screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
We already used ARINCDirect for our flight planning before this App came out so it was a natural fit. It keeps getting better and better and now it is integrated with our scheduling software, FOS. I've heard from pilots who have used the competition and am told nothing will touch this. Highly recommended.
Photo: ARINCDirect screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
Yes, the iPad camera is great and it comes with your iPad. But if you have a very small standby flight display tucked away where it is hard to see, maybe the iPad camera can be a life saver. I am talking specifically to Gulfstream G450 and G550 operators, but you might be in a similar situation.
Photo: iPad Standby Flight Display during an ILS approach, from Eddie's aircraft.
Video of this setup in action: iPad SFD.
DropBox is available for free but for $100 a month you can store a terabyte of stuff securely. That's where I back up this website, the books, and all the photography. The free account will be more than enough to move records from your iPad to a PC with a larger hard-drive. And perhaps even enough to give you secure off-site storage.
Photo: DropBox screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
Until ADS-B our aircraft could not be tracked. Now? It depends. But we can track our aircraft using ARINCDirect. But for everyone else, FlightAware does a pretty good job.
Photo: FlightAware screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
Quick story: Lieutenant Colonel Alton Gee was our Boeing 747 scheduler and was a navigator by training. He would often get calls asking, "How long a flight is it from D.C. to ____?" He would say, "I'll call you back in an hour." Then he would do that navigator's magic and call them back after an hour. I thought I would do him a favor and I wrote him a program that devised the answer in just a few minutes. He was very happy. The next time he got the call he said, "I'll call you back in an hour." Using my program he had the answer in minutes, but he didn't call until an hour was up. I asked him why. "If they knew I could produce the same answer in five minutes, they'll start expecting it in five minutes."
Photo: FlightDistance screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
FlightMeteo / SkyMet has a very nice view of U.S. airports with a graphic depiction of weather condition, for those days you are searching for someplace nice to land in a sea of bad weather.
Photo: FlightMeteo / Skymet screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
This is a nice App for sitting on the ground at Teterboro under a flow control to see what it is exactly that is going on in the New York area. It also gives you a preview for the air traffic situation before you takeoff.
Photo: FlightRadar24 screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
This is a fairly capable program for free. I particularly like the FBO information.
Photo: FltPlanGo screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
I was issued a standard Air Force "Computer, Air Navigation, Dead Reckoning, Type CPU-26A/P" on January 2, 1979 and that thing has followed me around the world. Now, all these years later, I am worried about losing this keepsake. So it has finally been replaced by an App.
Photo: Flyby E6B screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
If you don't have ARINCDirect, you need this App.
Photo: GarminPilot screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
You can type and draw lines in some of the native Apps, such as ARINCDirect, but GoodReader does it better.
Photo: GoodReader screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
If you are flying an airplane that is certified "paperless" like my G450, you might be tempted to say the added expense of having your approach charts on an iPad is an extravagance. But sometimes your avionics will surprise you. I've twice ended up with no charts on my aircraft avionics. The first time Gulfstream said "that can't happen." The second time Honeywell found a bug in the system that has since been corrected.
Photo: JeppFD screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
This App represents a bit of revolutionizing the way I think. I've always done the mental math when converting pounds to gallons to liters. In some countries this also meant I had to find a scrap of paper to write the quantity down to a non-English speaking fuel truck driver. But this $0.99 App checks my math and allows me to simply point to the iPad or iPhone and show the quantity to the attendant. Easier.
Photo: Jet Refuel Pro screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
This seems to be the quickest and easiest way to get a radar depiction of your current location as well as Europe and Japan.
Photo: MyRadar NOAA Weather Radar screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
I've already documented my frustration with NOTAMs. This program answers many of those frustrations. You can get the same utility from ARINCDirect, but here is a quicker way to access color coded, prioritized NOTAMs. (If you don't have ARINCDirect, this is a must have App.)
Photo: NOTAMs Decoder screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
Pilot Atlas does a very nice job of displaying your route of flight and diversion airports with distance rings to increase your situational awareness.
Photo: PilotAtlas screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
If your aircraft manufacturer offers manuals and other support on line, great. If these are accessible even without an Internet connection, even better. In the case of our Gulfstream, the website "MyGulfstream" is okay. The application, "PlaneBook," is pretty good.
Photo: Gulfstream PlaneBook screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
This is a pretty straight forward application that does one thing and one thing only.
Photo: Turbulence Forecast screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
I've found this App gets me a radar picture of a location I want faster than any other. You just bring up the App and swipe and scroll till you have what you want. It also has a graphical predictive option.
Photo: WeatherMap+ screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
This is one of those websites I've used for years and now find even better on an App. This App gives you very quick short and long range weather in terms your passengers will be asking you for.
Photo: WeatherUnderground screen shot, from Eddie's iPad.
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