08 June 2018

Air Navigation Pro Identifying and Fixing Future Issues With Your iPad




The iPad is an essential part of a pilot's life since it can improve your flight planning time. There are multiple things that you need to look out for when you're in a flight. Air Navigation Pro is designed to lessen your worries when it comes to flight-planning, navigating and reviewing your flight. Even though AirNavPro has your back, there are things that we can't control, especially with our assisting devices.

Here are some tips to help you identify possible issues with your iPad while in flight and how to fix them.

1. Battery Life
One of the main issues that our pilots always have is that iPads usually runs out of battery while in a flight. Having your iPad run out of battery while you're in a flight is a serious matter. With the iPad's expected life of 4-6 hours, with internal GPS source turned on, it is better to make sure that you always have an extra portable battery charger or a power bank as a back up. Also, remember to bring with you a high quality lightning cable to avoid possible interference with the radios.

Another contributing factor that can drain your iPad's battery is the Location Services. Most apps are going to access your location which can affect your battery life. Make sure that you change the setting of your Location Setting by going to Setting > Privacy > Location Services, then tap each one of the apps to either 'Never', or 'While Using the App' to help conserve your battery life.

You can get more information on Apple's support page on Location Service and Privacy.

Image from Stanislav Klajban

2. Overheating
Another common issue that our pilots have with their iPad is overheating. Even if the cabin is within the iPad's recommended temperature of 0° to 35° C. There are still other things that you need to do to prevent the iPad from overheating.

According to Apple's user guide, the iPad's maximum altitude to keep it from overheating is 10,000 meters, and even though you have the recommended temperature and you're below the recommended altitude, be aware of the device being direct sunlight that you're facing. As recommended by other pilots, mount your iPad near one of your air vents or have a cooling fan that can direct airflow to your iPad to prevent it from overheating.

3. Leaving the iPad in the cockpit
Remember to never leave your iPad in the cockpit. This can discharge your iPad completely, this can affect the iPad's battery and can also contribute to the cause of overheating. So never leave your iPad or any gadgets for that matter, in the plane.
 
Image from Stanislav Klajban

4. Turn Off Auto-Updates
Auto-updates can happen while you're on your way out to fly or while you're in flight. It can be a huge problem since you can't fully use your iPad while it's updating or it might be the cause for some of your apps to freeze while you're in flight.

5. Manually Check Updates Before Going Out  
In order to know that you can get the best features of Air Navigation Pro, periodically check the app for new updates. Our team is always checking for your feedback and updating the app so you can maximize every feature to their advantage.

 Image from Stanislav Klajban; Photo taken by Patrick Block

6. External GPS Compatibility/Accessory Issues
Last thing that you want while in a flight is finding out that your devices are no longer communication with each other. Prior to a flight, make sure to check the compatibility of your iPad and your external device. The Wi-Fi only iPad does not have an internal GPS, so it needs an external source.

You need to consider the kind of external GPS that you'll be using. Also, if you're using an external GPS receiver, and you fly over 300 knots, chances are, you'll lose your GPS signal, specially if your device is on Airplane Mode. Usually, your GPS will turn back on after 30 mins or so. If  this happens, go to your 'Location Services' and toggle it off then on, as well as your Bluetooth to refresh your GPS and you don't need to wait for another 30 minutes.

7. Turn off Auto-Brightness
The iPad has a feature where it automatically brightens the screen once it detects that the ambient lighting has changed. To avoid the glare of the brightness of the screen, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display > Accommodations > Auto Brightness.

Image from Jo Tracker

Bonus Tip: 

Triple-click invert colors
Although Air Navigation Pro already has the Night Vision feature, if you need to open another app like Aero Checklist, you can also use this hidden feature in your iPad that works on all apps. To enable this feature, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut > Smart Invert Colors. Once enabled, press the home button three times to invert the colors of the screen.

*Cover image from Mirko Ragni



Are you an Air Navigation Pro user? What are the best things you like about ANP? Let us know in the comments below!


to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Do you have a cool Air Navigation Pro story you want to share? Send us a message in one of our social media accounts FacebookInstagram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team
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31 May 2018

Air Navigation Pro: Weight and Balance, A Pilot's Life and Diet



Weight and balance, to a pilot, is just something to do before each flight, along with planning and running checklists. When you run the numbers, you might consider taking less fuel to accommodate luggage, although rarely does this before a moment to reflect on your own weight. For me, however, a small aircraft pilot, a certified personal trainer, and a nutrition enthusiast, weight and balance does spark a reminder about the extra benefits of remaining physically trim.

I'm advantaged over most pilots in the category of weight, being a woman and a comparatively petite one, but I understand deeply the benefits of cutting unneeded weight when it comes to flying, and to life. While most of the following dietary advice is especially applicable to pilots who fly single engine, small aircraft, like the Piper Cherokee or Cessna Skyhawk, all pilots can benefit from a healthy weight and life balance.


For the dream-liner pilot whose weight barely makes a mark on the weight and balance formula, or to the airliner pilot who checks off with a standard weight of a male passenger, your BACK will thank you for having a healthy weight. Not to mention, the bigger the plane, the longer the flight. Being healthy and trim is a powerhouse when it comes to having the energy to wake up early, fly safely to your destination, and enjoy the scenery when you get there.

As a small aircraft owner and regular pilot of the PA28A 140, C152, and C172, I have to consider how much baggage I can actually accommodate on a flight. Flying to New Jersey this summer with a friend (140 pounds), her dog (10 pounds), my dog (80 pounds), and my toddler (25 pounds), along with luggage for the weekend vacation, with consideration for the hot summer weather, the weight and balance was close to the limit. Fortunately, my weight didn't tip the scale and I as able to take full tanks, saving us from having to make a fuel stop. This is the big benefit for small aircraft pilots, less weight mean akin more cargo and flying further!

For those of you considering dropping some pounds but having a roller coaster ride of emotions about it, I understand! It's frustrating, disheartening at times, can feel impossible, and for many of us, makes us defensive and angry. I can say I understand because I have lost A LOT of weight.

While pregnant with my one and only darling child, I packed on the pounds! For some reason, eating entire sheets of lasagna seemed reasonable at the time. In the course of 9 months, I gained nearly 80 pounds, only the 30 of which came off quickly. Over the first year of my son's life, I was struggling to lose the other 50 pounds and returned to flying small airplanes.

With a strict exercise routine, I managed to drop another 30 pounds over the course of 6 months, but started to feel like I was just going to have to learn to live with being 20 pounds heavier for the rest of my life after the weight loss stopped. This changed when I took the dietary advice from a popular idea, fused it with my knowledge of nutritional science, and stuck to my values as a vegetarian.

Taking a moment to make it clear, I am not a registered dietitian, however, I did an A+ in my nutritional science class at the University of Oklahoma. I slimmed down from over two hundred pounds to my now 130. Without protest, I'll say this qualifies me to at least tell you how I lost the weight.

Are you convinced that losing weight will benefit you as a pilot? are you ready for the secret to trimming down and keeping it off? Here it is:

The secret to losing weight quickly and not gaining it back is: EAT REAL FOOD. Only eat real food. Do not compromise on this principle. By real food, I mean only things that are not processed AT ALL. This include bread, granola bars, anything with any amount of added sugar of any kind, and anything which has ingredients which you cannot identify. One more thing, you can't eat dairy either. I know this will cause an immediate reaction for cheese lovers. You may respond with anger and shout, "but cheese is real food!" Hold that thought and hear me out.


Recently, I took my son for his one year and six months check up at the doctors. His pediatrician considered his weight and then asked me if I'd been giving him milk. I confessed that I don't eat dairy, so I hadn't been feeding it to my son either. She responded sternly, and told me that babies under the age of two must have dairy to gain weight! After two, it didn't matter, he could have coconut or almond milk as a substitute and there isn't a problem.

She was right about dairy and weight gain. I started to keep milk, yogurt, and cheese for my son to eat and he's been gaining weight again quickly. I share this story to emphasize the point, dairy is for babies and its purpose is to make them GAIN WEIGHT. If you're underweight and need help with gaining some weight, add some dairy into your diet.

This dietary advice, a sort of modified Paleo diet, was hard for me to adopt myself. Being a nearly life-long vegetarian, food like bread and cheese were staples of my daily nutrition. By research, I found wonderful replacements in real food. Instead of bread and cheese, I eat beans and rice. Instead of scarfing down a granola bar, I cook steel cut oats or make gluten free pancakes out of garbanzo bean and tiger nut flour. If I'm in a rush, I'll whip up fruit and vegetable smoothie, add some nut butter for protein and extra energy to sustain me.


Honestly, I enjoy the food I eat now more than I ever did when I used to eat pizza, pastas, and boxes of cereal. There is amazing variety in the number of fruits, vegetable, nuts, legumes, and even flours made from these things which make phenomenal meals. If you don't believe me, my feelings aren't hurt, but I challenge you to try it for yourself.

If you really enjoy this dietary advice, and see the results you're hoping for, be it more energy or a lower body weight, leave feedback!

**Keep in mind that the dietary advice in this post is for those that do not have hormonal imbalance and do not have other issues with gaining or losing weight, please consult a proper nutritionist and dietitian if you have issues about weight gain.**

To read more of Jo Tracker's blog posts, visit www.wingedflyin.com, or to watch her comedy stylings paired with her flare for flying all of the United States, visit www.youtube.com/c/jotracker


If you're interested to read more about our users and some interesting persons in the aviation industry, you can check out our other highlights:

- Bruno Temporetti of Argentina
- Pilot Queens from Around the World 
- Lio Mougel French Pilot for Air Race 1
- Aviation Painter André Eisele
- Mirko Ragni of Italy
- Kirsten Augustyn of Norway
- Stanislav Klajban of the Canary Islands


Are you a pilot with cool travel stories and you want to be featured on our blog?

Send us a message in one of our social media accounts Facebook, Instragram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.


to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.


Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team






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03 May 2018

Air Navigation Pro Pilot Story Highlight: Juan Carlos Ala Luna from Peru




Here at Air Navigation Pro, we always have our ears open to anyone willing to share their stories all over the world. Last month, we met 33 year old Juan Carlos Ala Luna from Lima, Peru on Instagram. He’s a full time aviation student working on getting his CPL/IR/ME and we’re delighted that he shared his stories and his photos with us!


·  What do you love most about flying aircrafts?

Flying makes the whole world accessible, allowing you to travel to places in a fraction of the time it would take you to travel there by car; it’s a real time machine.

·  What is your favorite aircraft?

I have done most of my hours in a Cessna 172 D I learned to use the constant speed propeller in it and was the perfect trainer for me. Although, I have recently flown the Aero commander 500S and I can see why Bob Hoover loved it so much. My favorite single engine would be the C-172 and multiengine the AC-500.

·  What aircraft would you like to fly in the future?

I’m also a flight simulator enthusiast and have some experience flying the Airbus 320. My choice would definitely be the A320. I like to joke that my ipad with Airnavpro is my Airbus MCDU.

·  What is your favorite destination so far?

For scenery, it would be the Peruvian jungle; it’s so beautiful and vast. But for improving flying skills it would be the windy north of Peru. I decided that I was going to fly every airport available for flight training in Peru which has given me a unique experience, allowing me to fly in the north with average winds of 20 kts, in the jungle with the constant change of weather and in the desert of Peru with its unpredictable sandstorms.
 
·  What is your dream travel destination?

France. I have dreamed about visiting it for many years and to have the opportunity to see the French landscape from the air would be a dream come true.

·  What's the most challenging thing about landing?

At first, landing is a challenge to any pilot; I remember struggling a lot with the speed and attitude of the plane. However, I made this my focus for development and with many hours of practice and the help of patient instructors I now find I am able to complete most landings smoothly.

·  Any funny/scary memories or stories you've encountered?

I was returning from a navigation from Pisco to Ica, Peru and noticed the instructor I was flying with had been fixated on something out the window for a long time. “Don’t panic” he turned to me “but I’m pretty sure there is a UFO at your 11 o’clock”. Curiosity got the better of us and of course we headed over in our 152 to investigate this mysterious light. As with most conspiracies, there turned out to be a perfectly naturally explanation: the reflection of sunlight on a tin roof. At least it was exciting for a while.

· Do you have any flying tips that you'd like to share?

I’ve learned that the art of flying is like a dance; be gentle with the plane, follow your choreography, take the lead and be confident in responding to its movements.
·  How did you come across Air Navigation PRO?

I read an article in a magazine, back at the start of my career in 2012, about an app that was changing the way pilots planned their flights. Then I became aware that the US air force had bought the iPad 3 for every pilot in order to have have a paperless cockpit. I purchased an iPad 4 soon after and got the app. Instantly, it made my flying experiences a lot easier and more enjoyable.
 
·  What are the 5 best things you like about our app? Please elaborate.

1.     It makes flight planning really simple, taking seconds to generate a detailed navigation that you can trust.
2.     It provides you with plenty of situational awareness so that you can anticipate and respond to changing conditions.
3.     It’s a backup for the plane’s instruments; if something were to go wrong, you know still have access to your primary instruments, making the app a comfortable redundancy and in my opinion an essential toolkit for any pilot.
4.     I love being able to familiarize myself with my surroundings due to the level of detail provided in the maps.
5.     The fact that the app is frequently updated with improved features, keeping it reliable and pilot friendly.

·  Have you tried other navigating apps?
- If you have, what apps are these? How do you find these apps in comparison?

Yes, I have tried the Garmin pilot app. I use it for IFR flights because it shows the airways in great detail and the waypoints update constantly. I use it only in IFR conditions and doing the STAR, then change to Airnavpro because of the increased situational awareness it provides.

·  Can you please tell me a story of the best times you have had with our app? If you can name more than one instance, that would be awesome!

In November of last year I wanted to fly somewhere new so I changed flight school to one that was located in the north of Peru in a place I hadn’t flown before. To my surprise, the instructor that I was flying with was unfamiliar with the area as well. It was a joint effort to orientate ourselves in this new environment. Airnavpro made this much easier because we were able to see in real time where we were going, the displacement of runways, and all the other valuable info provided. It would have been a lot more challenging if we didn’t have Airnavpro with us, and definitely less enjoyable.  

·  If you could talk to non-users about our product, what would you tell them?

I was recently watching the AOPA air safety program on Youtube and found the amount of accidents that have happened in recent years because of the lack of situational awareness absolutely shocking. Airnavpro not only allows you to plan your flight in seconds, but it shows you where exactly you’re located on the map and the obstacles ahead, just like a real life navigator. Apps like Airnavpro are invaluable to any safety conscientious pilot.

·  What do you do when you’re not flying?

Actually, everything I do lately is linked with flying in some way. From practically consuming any flying related media, to simulating with colleagues, it seems I have inadvertently built my life around aviation. But I’m fine with that.

·  What do you see yourself doing three years from now?

I’m happy to say that the aviation is growing steadily in Peru, there are plenty of new flight schools and airlines and therefore lots of opportunities. I don’t mind where I end up, airline, sightseeing tours or bush piloting, as long as I am flying I’ll be happy.

·  What is your favorite flying memory?

My first solo flight. I wasn’t prepared to take it that day so it came as a shock when my instructor radioed the tower with the words “Student ready for solo flight”. My knees were shaking as he exited the plane and I took the controls. Leaving me his headset, the last thing he said to me was “don’t do anything stupid”. Despite that inevitable anxiety, it was an incredible feeling, knowing I had developed the skills to handle an aircraft independently.

·  What would you tell non-pilots about the joy of flying?

Most people have experienced flying in order to get somewhere but few have done it for the experience of being in the air. I would recommend anyone to take a flight in a smaller aircraft to experience both the art of flying and the incredible views you can only get from being in the air.

You can check out more about Juan Carlos Ala Luna on Instagram.


If you're interested to read more about our users and some interesting persons in the aviation industry, you can check out our other highlights:
- Bruno Temporetti of Argentina
- Pilot Queens from Around the World 
- Lio Mougel French Pilot for Air Race 1
- Aviation Painter André Eisele
- Mirko Ragni of Italy
- Kirsten Augustyn of Norway
- Stanislav Klajban of the Canary Islands


Are you a pilot with cool travel stories and you want to be featured on our blog?

Send us a message in one of our social media accounts Facebook, Instragram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.
Need help? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have questions that are not found in our FAQ, please don't hesitate to reach out and contact us here.


to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.



Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team

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24 April 2018

Air Navigation Pro Offers The Standard Worldwide Package!



The team here at Air Navigation Pro is constantly working on the app, and studying the changing needs of each of our users. We've come up with the Standard Worldwide Package for the rest of the world so that we can cater to our users globally, and our users can use the Standard Worldwide Package with a 2-week free trial!

Here's a quick run through of the inclusions of the Standard Worldwide Package:

Aeronautic Database

We have a great team of analysts that checks and publishes updates for each AIRAC cycle, which is every 28 days. Our team also gets information from different data sources, including Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP) published by the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA), as well as data from our local partners all around the world to make sure that we are providing you, our users, with the correct information.

We also have a global aeronautical database created for private, commercial and military pilots, with worldwide coverage for VFR and IFR with over 200,000 waypoints, and 50,000 airspaces. The waypoints inclueds Aerodomes, Reporting Points, Helipads, Sea Plane Bases, Glider Ports, Balloon Ports, IFR Waypoints, DMEs and NDBs, VORs, VORTA Cs, TACANS, VOR/DMEs.

Those updates make our database a unique tool to help our users manage, and assure in-flight safety at all times. Air Navigation Pro has a team of experienced pilots who work closely with our skilled engineers and developers. They build the best possible database in terms of data access, monitoring, control and quality assurance over the entire dataset. We manage a large part of our database through automatic processes and continuously analyze thousands of data change, updates and creations, and removals for all countries in our coverage.

Interactive NOTAMs

We've included interactive NOTAMs to our packages! Since NOTAMs are highly important information released by aviation authority to increase the safety of your flight to help you avert from any potential issues to your future flights.

Those Smart NOTAMs by SkyGuide are updated NOTAMs tailored for your flight only so that you don't need to absorb information that is not needed in your flight!

Interactive NOTAMs include specific airport closures and alternative, special event hazards, obstructions and FIR information. You would need to create and enable the NOTAMs briefing in the 'Tools' section of the menu. The information and NOTAMs will be displayed directly on the moving map. By simply tapping on the highly visible small triangle icons, a pop-up notification will display NOTAM information for a selected waypoint or region.

Air Navigation Pro NOTAMs service includes Worldwide NOTAMs Series "A", European NOTAM serie "A" and "C", and Smart NOTAM for France, Germany and Switzerland.



Add free and paid Charts

Air Navigation Pro also offers free charts from the public domain and we also have a wide selection of Aeronautical/Official Charts. You can go to our Store and purchase ICAO aviation charts for European countries, FAA charts for the US, Flyermap charts for South America, Airways NZ Aviation charts for New Zealand. Air Navigation Pro also has Visual Approach charts as geo reference documents and PDFs for many countries in Europe, South America, USA and New Zealand.

Learn more about our charts on the Store.



For a more details and tips about our different features, go to our website or check out the Software Updates tab or you can read our other blog posts regarding our features:
-9 Key Features of the Air Navigation Pro iOS Pilots Love
-The Best Aeronautical Database Features You Should Use on Your Next Flight
-Air Navigation Pro Android 2.2 Updates and Features

Need help? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have questions that are not found in our FAQ, please don't hesitate to reach out and contact us here.


to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team

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17 April 2018

Air Navigation Pro Subscription Packages are now available on iOS with a 2-week Free Trial



Air Navigation Pro has always aimed to be the most useful and reliable pilot assistant to our cherished users around the globe. One of the main purposes of the app is to give assurance, flight safety, and to understand and anticipate the needs of our fellow pilots to make flight planning, and navigation easier.

We've always been up on taking the challenge that technology is constantly changing. With this constant change, it has allowed us to make it an advantage on our end and to show to our users, as well as the aviation and navigation industry, that we are innovative.

Before, our users were based on pay-per-product and would need to go to the Store, and browse for what they need to purchase, and pay multiple times.

It has always been our goal to give fair service to all of our users, and to welcome new users to be part of the Air Navigation Pro family as well. After the success of the launching, and with the great feedback from our iOS users. Our team has been working continuously and did another set of thorough research which made the next developments to our app possible.

The news doesn't stop there. We are very much excited to announce that you can now download the iOS version of the app for free! Yes! You read that right, and you can use it with a 2-week free trial for a selection of counties. So you can check out our cool new features and fly with less worry!



Here's how the new update of Air Navigation Pro app works. It's just very easy! Just download the app in the App Store. Another thing that we've enhanced is that we've also updated the new start screen of our app so that our users can navigate through it better. Once you've installed the app, just tap on 'Start Now' to begin a brand new flight planning experience with Air Navigation Pro.
 

Then you would need to sign up and create an account with us, users can click on 'Later', but its recommended to have an account created. Once your account is set up, after that, you're good to go and ready to use Air Navigation Pro app with the 2-week free trial. If you already have an account with us, no need to sign up again, you're all set.

We also have packages for your convenience. Here's a quick break down on what the inclusions of the packages are, and how they work:

Each country and location has a custom set of charts to help users get useful data with each of the different kinds of subscriptions. While we're still working on it here at Air Navigation Pro, to have the country package option available and ready for the other countries, for the meantime, we have these options available for Switzerland, France, Norway, Germany, Argentina, Italy, South Africa and Brazil.



For the country package subscriptions, we've introduced these offers: The Essential, The Standard and The Premium.

The Essential package includes the Aeronautical Database Subscription, which will allow our users to get access to the monthly app updates and to purchase pay-per-product items from the store.

The Standard package has inclusions that grant our users access to the Aeronautical Database, the ICACO charts, Visual Approach Charts, Interactive NOTAMs, and Elevation Data of each of their chosen countries.

The Premium package, like the Standard subscription, users have the same access to the features, the Aeronautical Database, add free and paid Charts from the store,the ICAO charts, Visual Approach Chart, and the Elevation Data and it has a plus! Our premium subscription has discounted access to the Street and Places Search. For Switzerland, Norway and France, Premium Subscription also has discounts and gives the the user access to the Obstacle Database. For further inquires, check out our Country Packages.

For our other user in other parts of the world, we've come up with the Worldwide Package, just for you! The Worldwide package includes the Aeronautical Database Subscription and a subscription to NOTAM.

*pricing not included; the image above and below are
 based on the Switzerland country package



The subscriptions are created to maximize the app's function for the advantage and ease of each of the users. The subscriptions are strictly for one user only, and it is not sharable to other users. Although your package is usable on other devices, you can just synchronize your devices on our website to use the subscription on both iOS and Android versions of the app (once Android will be available in May 2018.)

For you to avail the subscription packages, look for these icons in the in-app purchases:


So now that you're all done setting up and choosing which country package you want, you're ready for take off! You can now use the top features of our app for your flight planning and you can concentrate on your flights more! Here's a couple of our user-favorite features:

 Our Widget feature is perfect for identifying runways,
extending track lines and more!

 Our 3D view feature let's you see the terrain
beneath your route of flight.

Our Instrument feature allows you to read the
different instruments using actual navigational aids
 
Our Alerts feature allows you customize which alert
you want to receive, among these are
ground proximity, airspace alerts and much more alerts!

Our Night Vision feature is perfect for
evening flights and low light conditions

 Traffic Awareness displays traffic information on your moving map, 
and you can now perfect your flying formation with friends!


For a more details and tips about our different features, go to our website or check out the Software Updates tab or you can read our other blog posts regarding our features:
-9 Key Features of the Air Navigation Pro iOS Pilots Love
-Air Navigation Pro Subscription Packages Now Available for Selected Countries Around the World

Need help? For more information on our subscription packages, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have questions that are not found in our FAQ, please don't hesitate to reach out and contact us here.


to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.


Do you have a cool Air Navigation Pro story you want to share? Send us a message in one of our social media accounts FacebookInstagram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.

Blue Skies,
The Air Navigation Team

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12 April 2018

Air Navigation Pro Pilot Story Highlight: Marcelo Riegel of Brazil


The Air Navigation Pro team has been actively collecting stories from pilots around the world and featuring them in our blog. This year, we're honored to have met a 54-year-old pilot and businessman from Brazil, with a life-long pleasure of flight and travel. He has shown our team photos of amazing views in South Brazil and we look forward in seeing them for real in the future!

Q: Hello, please introduce yourself and tell us about your experiences.

Firstly I would like to thank the Air Navigation team for inviting me to share my flying experiences. My name is Marcelo Riegel, I'm 54 years old, Brazilian and a businessman on the construction industry. I have dreamed of being a pilot since I was a child, but life led me on a different path. However, five years ago I became a private pilot after studying on Novo Hamburgo's Aeroclube, located on Brazil and founded on 1947.


There is a famous Da Vinci's quote that explains what fascinates me about aviation, which says "for once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return".

Q: What is your favorite aircraft?

My favorite plane would be the Cirrus SR 22 T, although I currently own a RV9 which makes me very happy during our flights together.

Q: Favorite destination?

If I had to choose a favorite location, it would have to be wonderful beaches on the coast of Santa Catarina, a state in the south of my Country. Bombinhas is a beach that holds a special place in my heart, because 25 years ago I built a house there with my father, where I spend my vacations ever since. Seeing it from above was a special moment.

Q: How did you come across Air Navigation PRO?

I started using Air Navigation PRO on my early navigation, after the app was presented to me by a fellow pilot.

Q: What are the 5 best things you like about our app?

In my opinion the highlights of the app are:
  1. The easy way to use it, from the simplest to the more complex navigations;
  2. The convenience of preparing navigations in the comfort of your home or leisure time;
  3. The possibility of personalizing the airspaces or control areas that you believe important on your region;
  4. Being able to use the app on more than one device at the same time, for example your phone and tablet;
  5. And of course the technical support which is efficient and fast on responding to every question.
Q: Have you tried other navigating apps?

I did use other navigation apps, but the graphics and user friendly characteristic of the Air Navigation has always captivated me more.


Q: Can you please tell me a story of the best times you have had with our app? If you can name more than one instance, that would be awesome!

There are two unforgettable flights I took with my wife while using Air Navigation PRO that I would like to share. The first would be a flight to Parque Nacional da Lagoa do Peixe (of Fish Lagoon's National Park in English), distant 255 NM from my hometown, which is in Rio Grande do Sul, the further south state in Brazil. This lagoon is beautiful place where it's possible to observe several species of migrating birds, such as flamingos and ducks.

The other wonderful experience was the beaches of the coast of Santa Catarina that I mentioned earlier. They distance 240 NM from my hometown, and are geographically breathtaking, with beautiful terrain and crystal clear waters. Being able to fly from my home to this wonderful location is something that will stay on my memory forever, and I believe also on the minds of everyone who is able to make this flight.

Q: If you could talk to non-users about our product, what would you tell them?

To those still not using Air Navigation PRO I would say they do not know what they are missing, for this app makes our flights easiest and safe. I have introduced the app to many friends who, with no exception, started using it.

Q: What do you do when you're not flying?

In the times I'm not flying, I'm usually spending time with my family or working in the construction of buildings. Also whenever I get a chance I work on the cleaning and maintenance of my RV9 - my daughters say it is my favorite child.

Q: What do you see yourself doing three years from now?

If given the choice, in three years I would like to cut back on my working hours and dedicate more time to flying, which is clearly my favorite hobby.

Q: What would you tell non-pilots about the joy of flying?

I could tell them that it is a joy better experienced than explained, for the Earth has so many amazing landscapes and while flying you are able to see it in an unforgettable and unique way, and to experience amazing times. I would also suggest that even if you do not have the desire to be a pilot, if opportunity presents, get a ride with someone else, for I think it is an experience that will dazzle you.

Brazil now has its own subscription package! Learn more about it here.

You can find out more about Marcelo Riegel in Facebook, and Instagram.

If you're interested to read more about our users and some interesting persons in the aviation industry, you can check out our other highlights:

- Bruno Temporetti of Argentina
- Pilot Queens from Around the World 
- Lio Mougel French Pilot for Air Race 1
- Aviation Painter André Eisele
- Mirko Ragni of Italy
- Kirsten Augustyn of Norway
- Stanislav Klajban of the Canary Islands

Are you a pilot with cool travel stories and you want to be featured on our blog?

Send us a message in one of our social media accounts Facebook, Instragram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.

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and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team
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