18 January 2018

Top 5 Reasons Why You Need Air Navigation Pro

Top 5 Reasons Why You Need Air Navigation Pro

In 2011 I started US Air Force flight training with no previous flying experience. It was the challenge of a lifetime. Every detail of flight planning was done with painstaking effort. Every chart, approach plate, airport information, weather prognostic, and terrain study had to be done searching through multiple databases and verified on printed sheets. For every hour of flight time, a minimum of four hours was spent in preparation.

Today we have access to flight assistant apps that make flight preparation and execution comparatively simple. We even have choices on the electronic flight books we choose to use! In the following paragraphs I will explain why you should use Air Navigation Pro, and what are some features that make it a standout flight assistant app.

Before I really dig into the top 5 reasons why you need Air Navigation Pro, I’d like to offer a reminder of why mobile back-up is important. In the good old days, we chummed our own charts (made sure the data for towers and other obstacles were displayed) and dog-eared our approach plates in the terminal procedures publications. Mobile backup is akin to chumming your chart. It’s important to ensure you have the most up to date data and that data is saved!

Without further ado, here are the top 5 reasons you need Air Navigation Pro:

1. Safety is the Most Important Part of Flying

If you started flying before the availability of a flight assistant app, and have the experience of the labor-intensive process of searching a paper chart, you don’t need to read these paragraphs to understand why Air Navigation Pro is needed critically. But for everyone else, I’ll explain why this is so important to your aviation practice with a situation I’ve experienced.

Picture this: after a long week, working a full-time job during the day and studying for your advanced pilot licenses in the evenings, you decide to reward yourself by flying a friend to dinner with a view. You arrive at the airport on a Friday night, and it’s already getting dark. You’re night time current and this isn’t a problem, but it does reduce your visibility and necessitate the use of artificial light.

You prepare your pre-flight, do an engine run-up, and depart your home airfield with ease. But just as you exit familiar airspace, your low voltage light clicks on indicating that you’ll be out of electrical power as soon as the battery runs down.

Without a flight assistant app, you’d be frantically flipping through charts to find your nearest airport, air traffic control frequency, and local weather station information, while holding a flashlight and trying to control the airplane. Fortunately for me in this situation, I had Air Navigation Pro with the night time backlighting or night mode (easy on the eyes). It showed me my position on the spot and with the click of a finger allowed me to identify all the important information to return safely.

2. For Easy Flight Planning


As a military aviator, I had the thrilling experience of flying 500 feet off the ground at 360kts on military low-level training routes. They remain among my favored flying stories to re-tell. Although, in recounting the tails of zipping towards the “target” and, shacking the parameters I tend to leave, it took me 8 hours to plan for a 45-minute flight.

With Air Navigation Pro, this planning effort is reduced to a fraction of what it used to be. Visualizing the route is as easy as opening the flight assistant app and scrolling through the 3D display of the route. Identifying the highest object, divert fields, communications information, and all other important data is self-contained within an easy-access graphical user interface. This kind of tool is especially relevant for VFR pilots demonstrating their ability to navigate visually. 

3. Worth Every Penny Spent

Aviation is expensive. From the flight lessons to the equipment, the AV fuel, and the flight planning products, you will spend a lot of money. I’d tell you how much I’ve spent on flying just this year but it hurts just thinking about it. Suffice to say, anything that costs less while offering without compromising quality isn’t a want, it’s a necessity!

The use of flight assistant apps has become mandatory in aviation. Much like owning a headset or buying study materials, you must buy the electronic data for your flight. For a fraction of the price as its competitors, Air Navigation Pro not only matches quality but offers features the other apps don’t have!  

4. Simulate Flying Before Sitting in an Actual Cockpit

Chair-flying: the act of visualizing and practicing the art of flight while chilling in your pajamas on your sofa, enjoying a cup of coffee.

This definition is not in the pilot's handbook but it should be! Chair-flying is just as important as earning actual flight hours. You cannot replace the experience you gain in methodically thinking through the actions you’ll take and possible outcomes of those actions. Pilots who chair-fly are better, and the method is free.

Air Navigation Pro not only provides the information you need to visualize your flight, and it also integrates with simulators enhancing the chair flying experience and offering real-time feedback!

5. Social Media Sharing Option

Every pilot knows that flying is addictive. We break our bodies and wallets to experience the thrill over and over again. But our passion for flight goes beyond the experience of dancing among the clouds, we do it for the community. We fly to share the stories with our best mates.

Air Navigation Pro offers us, pilots, the opportunity to share more! We can share routes, flight data, and our experiences on a visual platform. Not to mention, within the aviation community, Air Navigation Pro users are an even closer fraternity themselves.

Although, only 7 years ago, I didn’t have the luxury of using a flight assistant app while training. Mistakes of forgetting to bring any information which may have been relevant to the flight, like an approach plate for a potential divert field, was a failure. Even heavier consequences resulted after earning my wings, our crew had to think of every possible situation which could alter our plans before we stepped to the jet. Forgetting to bring all charts, plates, and flight data could be the difference between landing safely and dealing with more difficult consequences.

While I am experienced in the manual charting process, I strongly believe in advancing aviation training and operations to match with the technology available today. My experiences, which include being miles up with an in-flight emergency, and losing time flipping through piles of paper for critical information, make me an advocate for flight assistance apps like Air Navigation Pro. So while you’re packing for your flight gear, remember to charge your tablet, perform your mobile backup, and use your Air Navigation Pro!

Check out this video below!

YouTube video courtesy by Jo Tracker 

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

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.

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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