Synthetic Vision app released

Just released is Xavion, a Synthetic Vision app created by Austin Meyer,  founder of Laminar Research and creator of the flight simulator X-Plane.

The iPad-based cockpit EFIS provides any pilot in any airplane with synthetic vision, company officials said.

Xavion is an app that runs on an iPhone-4, iPhone-5, iPadMini, or iPad to display a synthetic image of the world while flying. The overlays for speed, heading, and altitude allow a pilot to continue to fly his airplane safely in night or instrument conditions after complete electrical or instrument failure in the cockpit, company officials said.

Xavion runs a flight simulator in the background, planning power-off glides to every runway at every airport within gliding distance for the entire flight, constantly showing the pilot the best power-off glide available at that moment.

See the Xavion in action

Low-cost version of Xavion driven by X-Plane is available here.

Laminar Research is creator of the X-Plane franchise of flight simulators, including X-Plane 10. X-Plane is not a game, but a flight simulator that can be used to predict the flying qualities of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.

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  1. DeWitt Whittington says

    Austin, you are a genius! What a marvelous app. There is no doubt I’ll buy it for my iPad, especially since later this year I’ll be flying an experimental airplane using an auto engine, PSRU and electric constant speed prop. This will give me an added margin of safety in case of an unplanned landing.

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