Eagle Cap Software has introduced The Squawk App, which tracks pilot squawks and current aircraft time on iOS devices. The free app will soon be available for Android devices as well.“I’m a typical pilot — I admit I’ve jotted down squawks and recorded my aircraft time on random slips of paper, which I inevitably misplaced just when I needed the data,” said Tom Perkowski, co-founder. “I knew there was a better way. That led to the idea for The Squawk App.”
How it works
The pilot selects his aircraft and answers three standard questions: Where/When did it happen? What happened? What troubleshooting steps were taken? Then hit Submit.
Right on the Home screen, the pilot can easily confirm that the squawk was sent to the server. If it wasn’t, he doesn’t have to write everything again. Just hit Resubmit.
It is also easy to enter flight time. The pilot chooses their aircraft, enters the hours, number of landings, and hits submit. The Squawk App supports Hobbs, Tach and Block/OOOI (Out, Off, On, In) Time reporting.
In both instances the pilot receives an email confirmation the data went to the server. The email also goes to the recipient list assigned during setup, typically the maintenance and operations team.
On the maintenance side, the Squawk App delivers structured, useful information by email, Perkowski noted. Issues can be written up in real time. Maintenance gets Timely, Accurate & Relevant (TAR) data, in a clear, useful format, which can easily be an input or integrated into existing maintenance applications.
The Squawk App is available as a free download on iOS devices in the Apple App Store. The Android version is planned for release in March.