23 March 2017

The Number 1 Tool You'll Need As A Flight Student

As a flight student, you've got a lot of information to keep track of. You're learning about the aircraft, the airports that you are flying into, the airspace that you are flying in and around--all of it can seem a bit overwhelming. 

Back in the flight schools of old, new pilots had to rely on memory and a lot of notes scribbled on pieces of paper. It was not uncommon for a flight student to walk out to the airplane with a kneeboard loaded down with half a dozen little pieces of paper charts, and plotters, some of which would invariably blow around the cockpit as soon as someone moved the air opening of a window or vent.

The key to keeping your energy focused on learning how to fly is making sure that you are well prepared for each flight and that the information that you need in-flight is well organized and easily available. Air Navigation Pro is the perfect pilot assistant; it allows you to plan the flight you are about to take in deep detail and puts critical in-flight information right where you need it: at your fingertips.

Getting Ready to Fly

Air Navigation Pro makes preparing for a flight, a fun and easy exercise for the pilot. Before you even go to the airport, you can open up the app and study the surrounding airspace and terrain. This is where the optional 3D data add-on is really helpful, you'll be able to use the satellite view to pick out landmarks that you can use on your flight, landmarks that a conventional sectional chart will not show you. 

Is the next flight lesson one where you are going out to practice some ground reference maneuvers? On your Air Navigation Pro, you can use the satellite view to pick out some good looking fields and roads before your lesson. Or, maybe you'll be entering the traffic pattern at an airport that is unfamiliar to you. The satellite view can help you find landmarks that you plan to fly over, taking the guesswork out of your pattern entries.  

If you're more the planning type, making a "go /no-go 'decision before you even leave the driveway is easier with the app. You can display METAR information on the map with ease by looking at the map view. You'll know immediately whether the area in which you intend to fly VFR is, marginal VFR or IFR. Air Navigation Pro takes the headache out of trying to remember multiple airport identifiers to access weather information; by simply tapping the symbols on the map, the screen reveals a current, decoded METAR.  

Here's a bonus: If an airport is one that issues a TAF, you'll get the right forecast information. All of the current weather report information you need is right at your fingertips with Air Navigation Pro.

One of the preflight time-consuming tasks you'll need to take on is the dreaded weight and balance. You'll learn in flight school that weight and balance calculations are critical to safety and must be done correctly before each flight. That does not mean that the exercise is any fun. Having the app will be key in storing critical data that will make the preflight preparation easier. Air Navigation Pro will store the weight and balance data for each aircraft that you fly; enter the Basic Empty Weight, CG limits, maximum weights, seat and arms, and baggage just one time and Air Navigation Pro will help you perform your CG calculations accurately and with ease. 

When the time comes to fly those cross-country training flights, Air Navigation Pro makes filing flight plans easy. You can create a profile within the app for each aircraft you fly. The profile will have all of the information you need to complete your flight plan, including those esoteric ICAO equipment suffixes. You can even share information with other Air Navigation Pro users. If you purchase the ATC flight plan filing package from the map store, you can file your flight plan right from the app!

The most exciting part of your flight training would be to go on a cross-country flight. This definitely needs good route planning done well ahead of time. In fact, with a touch of a finger, you can slide your route all over the chart allowing you to explore ways to avoid busy, controlled, and special use airspace. No more confusing line drawings all over paper charts!  

Air Navigation Pro takes the confusion and uncertainty out of flight planning and eliminates time spent looking for landmarks in the air. While you look all over the place for a good ground reference field to do your turns-around-a-point, also consider that the Hobbs meter is running. Having a handy tool like Air Navigation Pro will help you find those landmarks quicker while at the same time help you save money by reducing time spent in uncertainty up in the air!

In the Cockpit

Once you are off the ground, Air Navigation Pro is an easy way to help you maintain your positional awareness and stay out of trouble. One of the most powerful features for students is the Flight Parameters Alerts function. When you are flying around the practice area, it can be easy to stumble into controlled or restricted airspace. Air Navigation Pro offers three alert modes that can help keep you out of trouble:

  1.  Cruise Altitude Alert: Air Navigation Pro will alert you when you arrive at or leave your pre-programmed cruising altitude.
  2.  Ground Proximity Alert: Using the elevation data that you can download for free when you get the app, Air Navigation Pro will provide an alert if you fly below 500 feet AGL (not in the vicinity of an airport).
  3.  Airspace Ahead Alert: The app will warn you when you are 5 minutes from penetrating controlled or restricted airspace. You can even set the configuration for which types of airspace you want to be alerted to.

Controlled and special use airspace is not the only thing you need to avoid as a flight student. There are plenty of terrain features and obstacles that can pose a threat. Air Navigation Pro can help you avoid hazardous terrain. You'll find at the bottom of the screen a profile view that shows the aircraft's vertical position relative to the terrain. You can use your fingers to change the distance scale in the profile view, allowing you to look as much as 50 nm ahead to see if your altitude will keep you above the ground.

Traffic avoidance is another key concern when flying around the practice area. See-and-avoid is still critically important, and it is not just for aircraft operators either. Drone operations are increasingly a challenge for the see-and-avoid concept of collision prevention. Air Navigation Pro takes into consideration your safety here, too.  

When you're flying in the air, it is important to keep in mind other aircrafts flying in the area as well. Although air traffic is completely different from driving on the road, it is still common that you'll encounter other aircrafts flying near you. To ensure your safety when flying, you can publish advisories about your flight activities that other pilots can view. At the same time, you can view aerial traffic activity from other pilots as well who are either flying their planes or their drones. The app also makes it possible for you to review the advisory activities in your area while you are still on the ground adding to your awareness of hazards before you ever leave the flight school ramp.

While the app has tons of features that are great for student pilots, being able to navigate your destination is the most powerful functions it offers.

Planning diversions on those cross-country flights are made easy using the app, not only can you see your own position and where other airports are, you can also check out information about those airports simply by tapping the airport symbol in the map view. Figuring out a new course to those potential diversion airports is made easy with Air Navigation Pro. Your fingers become an accurate plotter; enabling you to measure the distance and course between any two points on the map displayed.

Learning how to succinctly communicate with Air Traffic Control can be a challenge for flight students. Air Navigation Pro makes finding the correct radio frequencies easy. You can select an airport on the map to view the radio frequencies for that field, or if you have selected the airport as part of your route, a tab that is filled with useful information is readily selectable on the right-hand side of the screen. Position reports are easier than ever with Air Navigation Pro. There is an ATC tab on the right side of the screen that has all of the position and altitude information you need to send a quick report to air traffic control.

After Landing

Once you've arrived back at your home base, the benefit of the Air Navigation Pro to you as a flight student is not done. In fact, the app offers a powerful function to help you review your performance. You can review your flight via the flight recorder function within the app or on your account through the service website. When reviewing your flight on the web, you can overlay your route of the flight recorded on one of eight different types of maps. Air Navigation Pro adds a useful dimension to visual post-flight briefings, making the app valuable for flight students and flight schools alike.

Less paper, safer flights

There are a lot of powerful features Air Navigation Pro offers the new pilot. There is no need to struggle with lots of extra paper and guesswork anymore. Air Navigation Pro will help make your learning experience more effective, enjoyable, and safer!

to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro on iOS and Android, 
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 Pro Team


20 March 2017

Cloud Warriors: Cloud Seeding in Canada

Cloud seeding in Canada has become a big trend as a solution to help its residents combat intense hailstorms. For most parts of Canada like Alberta where it is susceptible to hailstones the size of golf balls, one can only imagine the damage it causes to homes and the infrastructure, all the more with concerns about the people’s safety.

Pilots involved in the cloud seeding process head into the clouds like rain warriors, seeing almost nothing at first except the different shades of clouds enveloping their airplane. Shades of fluffy white being met by a dark gray mass, both views offer welcoming and risky emotions to the pilot in command. 

“It’s the exact opposite of what you learn as a pilot,” says Jody Fischer, chief pilot for Weather Management Inc. in Alberta that specializes in cloud seeding flights.

Cloud seeding technology is also referred to as a form of weather modification where it produces rain to help in farming areas affected by drought and El Nino, extinguish burning forests suffering from wildfire or suppress hailstorms and rain that possess a danger to residents in that area. 

Cloud seeding demands a risk that only rain making pilots know. While flight school teaches a pilot in training the general tactics involved when flying in bad weather, these cloud seeding pilots do exactly the opposite: they fly into the clouds and fly just near enough the storm clouds. They have now become the go-to “cloud fixers” for places experiencing drought or damaging hail storms.

The Alberta Severe Weather Management Society has a team of 11 pilots and three meteorologists working together hand in hand determining the best ways to fly directly into storm clouds to break up clustered hail.

Most of Canada has experienced much havoc caused by thunderstorms and hail that cloud seeding has become a big trend to solve the problem. Summers are the busiest for cloud seeding with pilot groups like Fisher and his team spending most of that time flying into thunderstorms, spraying silver iodide into hail-producing clouds and feel good contributing to society’s safety.

How Pilots Cloud Seed Storm Clouds

Cloud seeding is done thru flying or devices used from the ground shooting chemicals to change the amount or type of precipitation that gathers within the cloud. The most common chemicals include silver iodide, potassium iodide, liquid propane, dry ice (solid carbon dioxide), and even table salt.

The common practice in cloud seeding is done by flying through the inflow of a cloud. The aircraft then releases silver iodide flares into storm clouds, dropping 8 or 10 flares, rockets or anti-aircraft shells at a time. These chemicals help clouds produce ice nuclei as it has a very similar structure with ice.  

Most often than not, clouds lack naturally forming ice nuclei. Once there is enough water that gathers around the ice nuclei it grows enough amount of rain or snow and releases them down to the ground. Injecting chemicals such as silver iodide helps the clouds generate ice crystals more efficiently producing snowflakes that fall as snow or melt into rain water.

A regular twin-engine aircraft is mostly used in cloud seeding operations. Silver iodide flares are attached to racks that are commonly mounted on the aircraft’s belly and wings.

Pilots need to assess and understand the timing of the life cycle of a storm’s cell by monitoring it thru a radar or visually. The pilot flies around and inside the cloud to inspect the quality of aerosols to determine its seedability. Once a pilot determines if a storm cloud is ideal for seeding, the silver iodide flares are activated and particles are released into the cloud’s updrafts. After that, the pilot flies 500ft (160 meters) around the base of the storm to determine the new parts of the cell that are inside new cloud growth.

Top-seeding is done at around 20,000ft (6km) where the pilot needs to fly around the edge of the storm. There is much turbulence that is encountered during top seeding where the flight becomes bumpy caused by a big internal updraft, then ice forms on the plane where you fly through an area of liquid water, and another set of turbulence accompanied during a big downdraft. The pilot needs to maneuver between these sequences of until storm clouds are fully seeded and storms change in intensity and produce clear skies.

When attempting to seed a particular area, cloud seeding experts recommend to fully understand the weather and natural cloud conditions in that area. Like in all things, it’s better to come prepared and well informed before attempting to do anything.

Cloud Seeding in Canada

Hail is a big problem in Canada. Imagine snowballs that size of golf balls falling from the sky, hitting you or your roof at top speed? Unlike golf balls, these snowballs are packed with from the core, so it’s definitely heavier than a golf ball. Multiply it a hundred times and you’ve got a violent problem knocking on your roof top.

Canada has had its fair share of deadly hailstorms over the years. In 2012, Calgary was hit with hail and wind storms making it to the top ten worst natural disasters in Canadian history. Two years prior, golfball-sized hailstones showered the town, damaging homes and farmlands that amounted to over $400 million in insurance claims. Between 1981 and 1998, the town has seen over 13 storms that have caused over $600 million in damages.

Numerous efforts to combat this calamity have been considered and among them, people have turned to cloud seeding. In 1950, Canadian farmers organized the Alberta Weather Modification Co-operative to help save crops. 20 years later, the Canadian government formed its own Alberta Weather Modification Board. Later, the Alberta Research Council added an armored plane to their cloud seeding efforts.

The council found a 9% reduction in hail during one storm they studied through computer modeling. It may be a small percent but is considered to significantly help with the problem. The numbers may not translate to results that most researchers desire, but Canada has seen it work to their advantage. Over the years, cloud seeding has been the solution against terrible hail in Canada which was first funded by Alberta Agriculture until 1991 when private insurers took the lead in funding the country’s cloud seeding efforts after it was hit by a major hail storm that skyrocketed insurance claims.

A lot of researchers say that cloud seeding produces insignificant scientific data that doesn’t prove cloud-seeding to work. There are also other issues involving the practice that isn’t favored by environmentalists but with the sudden changes in weather causing drought, damaging hail storms and putting people’s lives at risk, cloud seeding has become a highly in demand solution.

Pilots in Canada who head these cloud-seeding initiatives say 2013 was the jumpstart of their busiest year in nearly two decades with hailstorms in southern Alberta getting more intense and occurring more often today. 

"Our radar data shows a definite decrease in the intensity after we seeded," says Terry Krauss, project director for the Alberta Hail Suppression Project. In 2014, the team has fought 92 hailstorms with the hope that it aids in calming storm clouds, making it rain or snow instead of producing hail.

Cloud Warriors & the Future of Cloud Seeding

Cloud seeding is no easy task, especially for hail storm projects. Pilots who take on this mission put their lives at risk in the hopes that Mother Nature would respond positively and produce desired results. The initiative may be artificial in nature, but it hopes to make human life better by producing rain where it is most needed, dispersing fog banks near airports for a safer landing, and keeping people safe from calamities such as forest wildfires, drought, thunder and hail storms.

Today, with the advancement of technology, drones are now being tested to cloud seed in place of planes. It presents a safer solution than sending out human pilots up in the air with the possibility to push the limits without endangering human life. It’s still currently being tested and may make its way towards different parts of the world soon and help with cloud seeding solutions.

To these brave cloud warriors who charge through those storm clouds, we salute you! It’s a whole different ball game up there than just majestic cockpit views. Keep safe and wishing you blue skies ahead!

Want to save the world and be a cloud seeding pilot? First, check out how to be a pilot in Canada 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 Pro Team


10 March 2017

How to be a Pilot in Canada

Getting Started as a Pilot in Canada

Love flying in Canada? Do you always anticipate the rush that every take-off and landing feels like that you often daydream about getting front seats driving that heavy metal? Then it sounds like it’s the best time to pursue that dream and become a pilot!

There are different ways you can be a pilot depending on your intent. There are general rules that apply worldwide while certain rules are followed in different parts of the world. For this update, we will be discussing how to be a pilot in Canada.

Picking A License in Canada

Do you want to fly and get paid as a Canadian pilot? Or do you just want to do it as a hobby, travel faster instead of be stuck in traffic, invite friends to an airplane picnic, use it as your means of transportation if you’re living on a lake, take your date to a whole new different level,  or get your very own plane and park it beside your house?

There are different licenses to fly a plane as a Canadian pilot. You first need to figure out what type of license you want to apply for. The same way with a regular driver’s license, there are different types that you can get depending on your intent to fly. You can choose between the following:
  • Recreational Canadian Pilot Permit
  • Private Canadian Pilot License
  • Commercial Canadian Pilot License
The Canadian aviation community is a leading member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Licensing for pilots are issued by Transport Canada. The minimum age for pilot license applications in Canada is between the age of 16-18 depending on the type of license you want to get. Below are the general avaiation rules in Canada when applying for a pilot license.

Recreational Canadian Pilot Permit

The recreational Candian pilot permit is the most affordable option among the four categories as there are less requirements to submit than the others. It also has more limitations as it only focuses on recreational flying. Below are more details on earning a Recreational Pilot Permit in Canada:
  • Cost: an average of $3000-$5000 CAD, varies by flight school and is half the cost of the private Canadian pilot license
  • Completion: half the time needed for a private Canadian pilot license,  25 hours of flying time required and 40 hours of ground-school classes
  • Exam: combined written and flight exams where you need to meet a minimum grade of 60% on the written exam and a passing evaluation for the flight exam
  • Age: You must be at least 16 years old to qualify for the Recreational Canadian Pilot Permit
  • Medical Certificate: You must possess at least a Class 4 Canada Aviation Medical Certificate
  • Ground School Requirements: To pass, you must achieve a grade of at least 60% in the written exam
  • Flying Requirements: You must be able to complete a minimum of 25 flight hours, training under a certified flight instructor. You must pass the flight test within 12 months from the date of your application
Once you earn your Recreational Canadian Pilot Permit, you can start exploring the sky above with you as the official pilot-in-command. Although this is the easiest and most affordable way to be a Canadian pilot, take note of the restrictions that your permit allows you.

Permit Restrictions

  • You must only fly within 50 nautical miles from your departure airport in Canada
  • You must only fly in zones that require Canada air-traffic control communication
  • You are only allowed 1 passenger besides yourself
  • You can only fly during the day and in good weather conditions
  • You are only allowed to fly up to 10,000 feet above sea level, unless it is necessary to fly higher to avoid collision from any terrain or object instructing your flight
  • Helicopter permits not available at this time in Canada

Private Canadian Pilot License 

If you think flying restrictions are boring and you’d rather fly around the world to use your pilot skills, a private Canadian pilot license is the way to go. This type allows you to fly around the world with single-engine piston aircrafts as it is valid worldwide.

With the private Canadian pilot license, you could fly as the pilot-in command or be a co-pilot with your rented or owned aircraft. This is a fun way to travel with friends and family without the required duties of a commercial Canadian pilot. Below are more details on earning a Private Pilot License:
  • Cost: an average of $8000-$10,000 CAD, varies by flight school and how long you are able to meet the requirements
  • Completion: twice the time needed for a Recreational Canadian Pilot Permit,  45 hours of flight training required and 40 hours of ground-school classes, the average student completes this in 65-85 hours of training
  • Exam: combined written and flight exams where you need to meet a minimum grade of 60% on the written exam and a passing evaluation for the flight exam
  • Age: You must be at least 17 years old to qualify for the Private Pilot License in Canada
  • Medical Certificate: You must possess at least a Class 3 Canada Aviation Medical Certificate
  • Ground School Requirements: To pass, you must achieve a grade of at least 60% in the written exam
  • Flying Requirements: You must be able to complete a minimum of 45 flight hours, training under a certified flight instructor. You must pass the flight test within 12 months from the date of your application

Private Canadian Pilot License Restrictions

The only difference between a private Canadian pilot license and a commercial Canadian license is your ability to earn from it. You cannot earn or be paid as a pilot if you only have a private pilot license. This type of license is limited to personal use only. 

Commercial Canadian Pilot License

A regular driver’s license permits private car owners to drive smaller cars or trucks for non-professional licenses and bigger, commercial vans and trucks are driven by drivers with professional licenses. The same logic applies to a commercial Canadian pilot license. 

When you have always dreamt of flying that big plane that takes people to their business meetings or vacations, and wear that crispy pilot uniform with wings and stripes then aim for a commercial pilot license in Canada. This means that if you want to be paid flying and traveling around Canada and the globe, this is your best bet! Below are details on earning a Commercial Pilot License in Canada:
  • Cost: triple the amount of getting a private Canadian pilot license which runs between $30,000-$40,000 CAD, varies by flight school and depends on how long it takes you to finish the training
  • Completion: You must earn a private Canadian pilot license first before you can apply for the commercial license. On top of that, you have to complete 200 hours of flying time and 80 hrs of ground-school classes
  • Exam: combined written and flight exams where you need to meet a minimum grade of 60% on the written exam and a passing evaluation for the flight exam
  • Age: You must be at least 18 years old to qualify for the Commercial Pilot License in Canada
  • Medical Certificate: You must possess a Class 1 Canada Aviation Medical Certificate intended for a commercial pilot license
  • Ground School Requirements: To pass, you must achieve a grade of at least 60% in the written exam
  • Flying Requirements: You must be able to complete a minimum of 200 flight hours, training under a certified flight instructor. You must pass the flight test within 12 months from the date of your application

Commercial Canadian Pilot License Restrictions

The commercial Canadian pilot license covers most of the general rules in aviation. The only limitation it has are for helicopter pilots where helicopter travel times are restricted to daylight unless endorsed for night flying in and around Canada. 

Other Canadian Pilot Licenses you can get in Canada:

  • Gyroplane Canadian pilot permit - allows you to fly a gyroplane with or without a passenger, limitations depend on your aircraft’s model
  • Ultra-light Canadian pilot permit - passengers should carry an endorsement or permit to fly, limited to day VFR with only ultra-light aircrafts 
  • Glider Canadian pilot license - you may carry passengers o your glider once you have completed a minimum of three solo flights 
  • Airline transport Canadian pilot license - you are restricted to aerial work when the night and instrument flight time requirements are not met, only for commercial flying without commercial passengers
  • Balloon Canadian pilot license - allows you to pilot or co-pilot a balloon, limited to day flying 

Still thinking about which license to get? While you're at it, trying out simulators first would be a good move to get your foot in the door. There's a lot of apps with Canadian VFR Charts that you can try out. You can also check out this really cool infographic on 13 Training Tips for Student Pilots.

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 Pro Team


01 March 2017

Paper or Electronic: What's Your Go-To Flight Bag?

So how accurate is your paper flight bags? 

Sure, flying started out as a dream until the Wright Brothers built the first airplane to successfully take off in all of history. That was 1903, back when flying was perceived as wizardry and flight manuals were carried everywhere in a bag that weighed up to 40 lb/18 kg or more which consist of charts, documentation, equipment, and accessories. The tough part was carrying 12,000 sheets of paper which should be handled with care or else risk spilling water over it or worse, see it fly out your window! We know traditional pilots have experienced these misadventures for sure!

There are numerous ways paper can just mess up the whole flying experience. Tossing important flight gears into your bag is one thing but carrying loads of paper is another. Below are some disadvantages of paper flight bags: 

  • may need meticulous care and maintenance in daily operations, in case of emergency, papers can fly or fall over the cockpit
  • it tears up between folded lines, making it unreadable
  • papers do not get updated real time
  • may get stuck in between the bag's zippers
  • smudged texts become unreadable
  • the thousands of pages add unnecessary weight
  • may be hard to read when the sun shines on it

We could list down the most horrific of experiences that traditional flight bags carry but it goes on and on. We’re sure you’ve had one too many which bring us to our main point: thank goodness for electronic flight bags (EFB)! 

The Development of EFBs

As EFBs emerged, it now offers a more handy tool for pilots that incorporate manuals, documents, navigation and other tools all in one small space without having to deal with the inconvenience that paper offers. It saves space, effort and time. 

With documents in digital format, EFBs weigh a fraction less than the traditional flight bag weighing typically like a laptop. It also saves space compared to the bulky bags your grandpa pilot uses. EFBs provide a convenience that its traditional counterpart can’t provide especially when processing paperwork which takes longer to do. With EFBs, pilot workload is reduced while at the same time increasing safety.  

Like the traditional flight bags, EFBs have its limitations too. As it contains all the necessary requirements in a smaller and more handy equipment, it is subject to battery limitations. Even with smartphones, we’ve experienced running out of battery, overheating and accidentally damaging the device. Some companies have developed iPad cooler that can extend the battery life of the device.

Both types of flight bags may have its own limitations but with technological advances, the modern pilot will always opt for convenience. So if you were to choose between carrying a big bag filled with paper versus a laptop sized carry on, which would you choose? It’s an obvious choice.

Best Practices

Of course, best practices should still be followed by making sure backup support for EFBs are prepared. The likes of chargers/ power banks, spare batteries, heat, and impact-resistant cases should be in a pilot’s go-to bag. One may say that accessories equate to the sheets of paper but think about not having to discover you’ve left one sheet lying around somewhere versus all documentation you need stored in one place.

Other than getting the necessary accessories ready, a backup tablet is also recommended but not required when flying outside of your local area. This is a good practice when you only rely on your phone when flying local. A tablet has bigger screen view and provides a better approach perspective when approaching outside the charts of your local area.

If you opt for the more traditional backup tool like paper charts, that is ideal too especially for pilots who want to learn the traditional method of reading maps.

Backups with one subscription

If you’re like most busy professionals who have multiple gadgets ranging from an iPhone, android phone, tablet and laptop, these can be your choices for backup EFBs. When you subscribe to Air Navigation Pro, it allows you to use the subscription across different gadgets. 

For example, you download the app on your iPhone and created an account from there. You also have an android tablet and iPad that you want to use interchangeably as backup support. With your Air Navigation Pro subscription, you can download the app on all devices and use your subscription on all of them as long as you log in with the same services.xample.ch account.

Types of EFB Devices

It is highly recommended to use a tablet as your main EFB device. It's much more ergonomic to use an EFB application on a tablet because of the bigger screen size, allowing for more space to toggle using your finger than on a phone. Using your smartphone as an EFB during turbulence can be tricky, so think about it.

Study also shows that most pilots use iPad mini and iPad on their flights. Here's Air Navigation Pro's top device chart by models from our users. You'll notice that iPad Mini with Retina has the most installations while the iPhone 6 dominates for mobile.
Repartition of device from Air Navigation Pro users.

The Perks of Going Digital

Who flies liking the idea of bringing around bulky logbooks? You’ll always be thinking at the back of your head, what if you risk losing those papers? These thoughts end up occupying your mind
instead of you enjoying your flight. 

Why would you want that extra worry at the pit of your stomach thinking about what else you’ve forgotten to bring aside from the twelve thousand pieces of paper occupying your flight bag?

Pilots fly for the magnificent views, the feeling of hanging in mid-air and the deep breaths that are required for smooth landings. The advent of EFBs have given all pilots that chance to enjoy flights with the benefit of a flight bag all rolled into one: a smaller, light weight, pocket-sized version that is easy on the shoulders and allows pilots to share their adventures while navigating thru the air.

There may be some challenges that EFBs possess but the advantages outweigh the common hurdles of paper flight bags. Not only that, the beauty of this innovation allows people outside the aviation field to get a sneak peak into the mesmerizing world of aviation, viewed from the cockpit. Pilots can readily share their experiences with family and friends making it a more rewarding experience.

So, are you a modern pilot? Or lean towards the more traditional kind that still carries paper charts around? What works best for you? Tell us 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. 

Blue Skies,
The Air Navigation Pro Team

23 February 2017

[INFOGRAPHIC] 13 Training Tips for Student Pilots

Thinking of becoming a pilot? Or training to be one? Check out this infographic that we've put together for students training to be a pilot! 

We hope you enjoy this!

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 Pro Team

14 February 2017

Top 10 Most Romantic Views For a Flying Date

Brewing up some plans for the big V day? Where are you taking your Valentines date this February 14? 

It’s almost Valentines and if there aren’t enough reasons to be giddy about dating a pilot, here’s a post that would prove that. We’ve put together the top 10 most romantic views you can take your date for an unforgettable Valentines day date. 

Single? Get some friends together and no matter who you spend Valentines day with, these destinations will surely be a date to remember!

1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon offers a single 9,000-foot runway perfect for this intimate date. If you’re not familiar with the Grand Canyon Special Flight Rules, we suggest you study it first. Certain traffic patterns need to be observed but the majestic view will be worth the effort. 

You and your date (which can also be just yourself) will be able to fly over the 1.6 million-acre (6,500 km²) Kaibab National Forest and see from the top the world’s largest ponderosa pines. 

If you’d like to make the date more romantic by flying yourself, you can use the Grand Canyon VFR Aeronautical Chart to help you during the flight. Lodging is available all year round while you can park your plane for 24 hrs and get gas as well.

2. Great Exuma Islands, The Bahamas

From major airlines, charter planes to private planes, the Bahamas is a popular destination for those seeking paradise. One of the three international entry points is on the Exumas with a 7,000-foot runway. 

The Exumas is made up of 365 islands surrounded by the famous white sand beaches that the Bahamas are known for. From an aerial view, you and your date will love the long and narrow chain of islands glittering under the sun among the crystal blue waters. After a romantic date from the top, you can take your date to the numerous posh resorts in the archipelago.

3. Northern Lights in Iceland

Named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, the aurora borealis, now popularly called the Northern Lights is now a destination for travelers. Most spectators view the lights on the ground but you can also witness the natural coloured light displays while in the cockpit. 

This experience will not only impress your date but you as well. The lights are said to be a breathtaking view of the natural phenomena on Earth and it will surely change your ideas about the world. 

The best times to travel to see the lights would be in late October to November and February to March when solar activity is high. If you’re backpacking in Iceland and just want to fly out for the Northern Lights, a couple of flight schools are available in Reykjavik where you can rent an aircraft and even take an instructor on the trip.

Here's a really cool view from the cockpit by Alessio Perboni.

4. Mongolia

For a more provincial feel, Mongolia offers an amazing spread of green landscapes with tawny-rolling hills where the land and sky collide. The country is nicknamed the "Land of Blue Skies” since the whole year is filled with clear skies and sunny days. 

If you and your date are searching for a nature trip, Mongolia would be the ideal destination. You can land freely in a green field and create your own runway. Fly over Ikh Nart National Park and enjoy the striking natural greenery, rock formations, and wildlife that roams free in the area. It’s the perfect getaway from city life.

5. Chicago O'Hare 

Night Approach Chicago O

One of the busiest airports in the world is Chicago O’Hare with big planes coming in from international points. Only a few small planes would attempt to land at this airport but it’s a dream destination. Chicago offers a fantastic view of the city skyline and flying down at night is a romantic affair you and your date will remember. 

Although it’s a rare occasion that small planes request for landing, it’s possible to be granted access to their busy runway. Check this gutsy pilot who requested landing into Chicago O’Hare’s airport.

6. Geneva, Switzerland

From the cockpit of a Ju-52 by Alex Teuscher on 500px.com

Geneva comes second as the busiest private jet destination in Europe. It’s a popular starting point to get to the Swiss Alps and the flight itself is fun and exciting. Numerous helicopters and private jets fly in directly to ski resorts offering an aerial view of stunning glaciers and Lake Geneva. 

In 2016, The Telegraph wrote that it would be cheaper to take a private jet when you’re heading to the Alps over February half term over flying commercial. So if you’re around the area and planning a ski trip for V day, flying your date over the Alps would make for a more memorable date for sure! Imagine showing those landing skills and having your date hold on to you during the landing. Sweet sweet escape indeed!

7. Africa

Most may view Africa as poverty stricken, but the continent is made up of very diverse landscapes that have blossomed into a progressive paradise. If your date loves the outdoors and fond of adventures, Africa is a beautiful destination to go. The possibilities are endless and the destinations quite unique on its own. 

You can fly above Table Mountain prominent for its plateau structure. Sometimes you may chance upon low lying clouds hovering over the mountains. You can also fly over the dunes in Namibia or peek over the drop of Victoria Falls. You can also opt for a Safari adventure, passing thru running cheetahs and giraffes. 

8. The Peak, Hong Kong

Asia’s best shopping destination is Hong Kong. Now, a busy city with numerous towering skyscrapers, you can only imagine the colourful city lights that will greet you on your flight. It may be a small city but it also offers a wonderful view of the cityscape, The Peak which is Hong Kong’s highest mountain or the busy harbour bringing passengers across the outlying islands.

Since the city is now the centre of trade connecting China to international markets, flying in would have to be scheduled ahead of time. For a fantastic view of Hong Kong's skyline, you can fly from Hong Kong International Airport or Macau International Airport where both require at least three working days before the anticipated flight.

Flying and shopping might just be your perfect date activity!

9. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Best known for its amazing diving adventures like swimming with the sharks, the Great Barrier Reef also grants a majestic aerial view even from outer space. The blue expanse is an overwhelming deep blue with 900 distributed islands surrounding the 2900 individual reefs. 

If your date is a beach bum, this would be an equally exciting date which can be multiplied ten more times. You and your date would be able to see the indigo-stained waters coupled with swirls of golden sand touching the waves.

 A helicopter trip would be ideal which mostly takes off from Cairns. Take your date around the lovely blue expanse that can be enjoyed for 30mins to an hour depending on your flying options. You can hop on the shores after to enjoy the white sand shores or go diving to see exotic marine species like the white tip reef sharks and colourful coral gardens.

10. The Philippines

The Philippines is best known for its white sand beaches, whale shark adventures or the underground river which is named one of the 7 wonders of nature. At the same time, the Banaue Rice Terraces also claims the 8th wonder of the world which boasts a magnificent view. 

You have two options to fly around the terraces, by private plane or helicopter. There are three available airports near Banaue: Cauayan, Tugegarao and Bagabag airports. Bagabag airport is the closest point to the terraces. It was reported to have been closed due to an antenna tower obstruction at the Approach of Runway 09 preventing inbound flights from coming in. Although they serve fixed-wing aircrafts in their private airport. There is also an option to fly in from Manila, although it may take longer and more fuel—where you can land on a helipad of Banaue Hotel.

BONUS: The Great Blue Hole, Belize

There is no bigger mystery than what lies beneath under this natural blue hole off the coast of Belize. The Great Blue Hole (GBH) is a giant sinkhole found 70km from the mainland and boasts an enthralling aerial view of the indigo abyss which makes you wonder what awaits you below the surface—108m deep to be exact.

The Great Big Hole has been ranked number one by Discovery Channel in 2012 on "The 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth” list. It is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Fly your date over this romantic getaway and spend an hour relishing the summer sun, warm Belize air and enchanting deep blue barrier reef. If you’re a couple who dives, head on over after the flying tour to an underwater adventure. Witness the impressive stalactites and unique marine species of this 15,000 year old blue hole. 

There are numerous private airstrips throughout Belize so it should be easy to arrange flying in from different points of the world. The most popular and nearest air strip to the Blue Hole is Caye Caulker where you need to obtain permission 48 hours before landing at the Belize International Airport before connecting a flight there. Parking and landing fees are charged according to aircraft weight. 

So this is our guide to taking your Valentines Day date to the next level. Make sure to bring your handy Air Navigation Pro tool on these romantic flights to keep you safe and updated!

Pilots are indeed fortunate enough to see the world in a bird’s eye view. And it could not get any romantic than that. If you haven’t convinced your date yet, maybe let them read our post on the 7 Reasons Why You Should Date a Pilot!

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Have any flying date adventures? Share your story!

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