ApDeV has released VORILS, a new smartphone app to assist pilots practice using VHF omnidirectional radio range (VOR) and Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) procedures.
VORILS uses GPS data to mimic the displays of VOR and ILS instruments in the aircraft. Virtual VOR and ILS beacons can be set up right next to the user’s own airfield, allowing busy pilots to practice procedures without having to fly unnecessary miles to the nearest VOR beacon or ILS facility.
- Realistic graphics emulate aircraft indicator displays;
- Input of latitude and longitude coordinates to position virtual VOR targets at preferred locations;
- Input of latitude, longitude, threshold elevation, runway bearing and desired glideslope angle to position virtual ILS at preferred locations;
- Database of navigational aids in Europe and US plus Afghanistan, Albania, American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barduda, Armenia, Australia, Bosnia, Croatia, Greenland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa and Ukraine to verify accuracy of GPS data;
- Alterable GPS altitude to synchronize with pressure settings displayed on the aircraft altimeter.
“Practicing VOR and ILS procedures can be costly for pilots who happen to be some distance from the nearest beacon or ILS-equipped airport. Initially, I developed VORILS as an affordable training aid for myself, but decided to release it to the market following requests from other pilots in the same situation. For the past six months we have been developing the app and I believe it now offers the functionality which is needed by pilots training on instrument procedures,” says Richard Jolly, creator of VORILS and founder of ApDeV.
VORILS is available initially for Android smartphones. A free version with limited functionality is available to check phone compatibility. To view a video and screenshots of VORILS, go to ApDeV.co.