The iCub’s flight info center is the versatile Apple iPad. In the iCub, the iPad is docked on the instrument panel, providing moving map, weather and flight planning services at the fingertips of the pilot.
The iPad is removable. At your destination, it is available to provide directional information for ground travel, entertainment via downloaded movies and television shows, first aid support in the event of a backwoods emergency, and more. New and more powerful apps are constantly being developed for the iPad.
The iPad in your iCub comes with these apps pre-loaded:
WingXPro7. Description of the app from Hilton Software’s Web site: “WingX Pro7 features an advanced GPS-Enabled Terrain-Aware Moving Map with an incredible touch screen interface. WingX Pro7 is highly configurable allowing pilots to view an approach chart and moving map simultaneously. WingX Pro7 includes a comprehensive A/FD and AOPA Directory with Yelp integration, all the NACO/AeroNav approach charts with patented SmartTaxiTM technology, weather information, animated weather graphics, advanced route planning, superb DUATS integration, and much more.”
ForeFlight Mobile HD: Description of the app from the ForeFlight Web site: ”We’ve rebuilt ForeFlight Mobile from the landing gear up to support the new Apple iPad. See approach plates, VFR/IFR charts, radar, flight rules, and airport maps in greater depth and detail than ever before.”
ForeFlight Charts: Description of the app from the ForeFlight Website: “ForeFlight Charts is the blazingly fast FAA United States VFR Sectional Charts reference utility for pilots. Charts is designed with an attention to detail and user interface elegance ForeFlight customers have come to expect. Find an airport, draw a route, and compute answers to simple pre-flight planning questions like ‘how far,’ ‘how much fuel,’ ‘what direction, and ‘how much time.’”
iHUD: Description of the app from the iHud Web site: “iHUD is an application (app) that turns the iPhone 3G and 3GS, and iPad, and – with limited features the iPod touch 2nd generation) – into an aerospace-inspired mobile Glass Cockpit. iHUD derives its name from Head-Up Display, which depicts motion and flight-related pertinent guidance information and data for optimal situational awareness.”
The iHUD app is included for educational purposes only, to visualize the functionality of an electronic flight information system. Due to limitations of the iPad’s accelerometers, the iHUD “should only be used by qualified operators under safe conditions. The software should not be operated by a pilot/driver whose vehicle is in motion.” iHUD’s developers are working to overcome this limitation.
MotionX GPS HD. Description of the app from the MotionX Web site: “MotionX-GPS HD embeds the functionality of an advanced GPS unit or chart plotter into a intuitive application that is ideal for outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, sailing, off-roading, flying, geocaching or exploring new places. With worldwide coverage, MotionX-GPS HD enables users to show their current position and track at all times on street, topographical/terrain, satellite, hybrid, or nautical maps.”
Topo Maps for iPad. Description of the app from the Topo Maps Web site: “Topo Maps is a viewer for topographical maps published by the US Geological Survey and Natural Resources Canada. These maps cover the entire of the United States and Canada, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Their main use is for hiking and other outdoor activities.
“In total, more than 70,000 individual maps are available. You can download as many of these as you like, limited only by the storage capacity of your iPhone or iPod. Downloads are free of charge.
“Once downloaded, the maps are stored until you remove them. So unlike the iPhone’s built-in Maps app, you can use Topo Maps when you have no network connection. Just download the maps that you need while you have WiFi or cellular coverage and you’re all set.”
Knot Guide: Description of the app from the WinkPass Web site: “Need to tie a knot? Knot Guide will teach you the ropes!
“People of all walks of life since ancient times have found knots both fascinating and essential. Knots are used in sailing, climbing, tree trimming, jewelry making, and everyday tasks such as hitching a load to your vehicle. Whether you are a novice or you have experience with tying knots, Knot Guide will assist you!
“The knots included in Knot Guide are generally considered to be some of the most useful everyday knots.”
Army First Aid: Description of the app from the Double Dog Studios Web site: “The U.S. Army publishes a manual titled – First Aid. The manual meets the first aid training needs of individual service members. Because medical personnel will not always be readily available, non-medical service members must rely heavily on their own skills and knowledge of life-sustaining methods to survive on the integrated battlefield. With almost 600 page of information, the Army First Aid app brings the Army’s First Aid manual to you.”
Ultimate SAS Survival: Here’s a description of app from the SAS Survival Guide Web site: “For over twenty years, the SAS Survival Guide has been the definitive guide to surviving any situation, anywhere in the world. Now, for the first time ever, the million-copy bestselling book has been reinvented for the iPhone.
“Written by former SAS soldier and instructor, John “Lofty” Wiseman, this application brings you the elite training techniques of Britain’s toughest fighting force in the most accessible version ever. Now you can take the original set of world-class survival skills with you anywhere in the world – from the peaks of Kilimanjaro to the deserts of Kandahar…or to your closest national park.”
Army Survival for iPad/iPhone: Description of the app from the Double Dog Studios Web site: “Army Survival app is the U.S. Army Field Manual 21-76, titled “Survival.”
“The U.S. Army knows how to train their personnel to survive. Their field manual is the most authoritative guide on survival. This app is over 1,400 pages and provides a complete reference guide on basic survival, evasion, first aid and recovery information. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, this app may be essential to your survival.”
Survival Pocket Reference: Description of the app from the Double Dog Studios Web site: “Survival Pocket Reference is based entirely on the keyword SURVIVAL. The U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force military forces know about survival. Their field manuals are the most authoritative guides on survival. This app provides a quick reference guide on basic survival, evasion, first aid and recovery information. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, this app may be essential to your survival.”
MyNature Animal Tracks: Description of the app from the My Nature Web site: “We are pleased to offer the first comprehensible field guide to animal track identification available with smart-phone technology. You’ll be able to identify from the smallest Weasel to the largest Grizzly Bear found throughout North America at the touch of a button.”
Pilot Handbook: Description of the app from the Double Dog Studios Web site: “The Pilot Handbook app is an ebook of the 2003 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) titled Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. This app provides knowledge that is essential for pilots, student pilots, and instructors.”
Airplane Flying Handbook: Description of the app from the Double Dog Studios Web site: “Airplane Flying Handbook is the official FAA source for learning to fly and the source for many FAA Knowledge Exams test questions. The Airplane Flying Handbook app is a “must” for all pilots.”
FAR-Federal Aviation Regulations. Description of the app from the Tekk Innovations Web site: “FAA FAR for pilots and AMTs.” Current as of the date the airplane is delivered.
AIM-Aircraft Information Manual. Description of the app from the Tekk Innovations Web site: “FAA-AIM for Pilots.” Current as of the date the airplane is delivered.