Airguide Publications, Inc. has released its new portable GPS for use with Apple’s iPad – Flight Guide FLY-Wi GPS. “We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our Flight Guide iEFB application and wanted to take it to the next level,” said Brenda Garcia, Publisher, Airguide Publications.
“We feel that the internal GPS on the iPad is not reliable. It has been known to lose its GPS signal and can even show a wrong position during flight. The Flight Guide FLY-Wi GPS incorporates an aviation grade WAAS GPS that communicates with the iPad via WiFi, creating a cockpit hot spot. This enables the new Moving Map feature in Flight Guide iEFB to display position on all Sectionals, TACs and IFR Enroute Charts during flight.
“This wireless connection allows for iPad mobility in the cockpit. As an added bonus, the Flight Guide FLY-Wi GPS includes an auxiliary jack that in the near future will give pilots the option of integrating XM or ADS-B weather data for display in Flight Guide iEFB,” she said.
Flight Guide FLY-Wi GPS consists of two components: the FLY-Wi wireless transmitter (about the size of an iPhone) and the GPS (about 2 inches in diameter). Flight Guide FLY-Wi GPS has a battery life of about 8 hours and comes with a standard 110-volt plug. An adapter for 12 or 24 volts is also available.
Airguide Publications, Inc. also released its new interactive Seamless Charts feature to the Flight Guide iEFB Apple iPad application. Now pilots can scroll across the entire USA without coming to the edge of a chart, making navigation faster and simpler, company officials said. Charts can also be zoomed in or out using Apple’s standard “pan, pinch & drag” interface.
Finally, by tapping on an airport icon, an airport’s information page will instantly display with the following information: airport diagram (with taxiways identified), Class B, C and selected D airspace graphics, frequencies (navigation and communication), flight operational information, FBOs (services, location and contact information), current and nearby fuel prices, food, transportation, lodging and recreational information.
Flight Guide iEFB is available for free through the Apple App Store. Data Plan pricing ranges from $9.95 – $19.95 per month.
For more information: FlightGuide.com