22 April 2019

Air Navigation Pro: 8 iOS Accessibility Functions that are Useful in Navigation

Air Navigation Pro: 8 iOS Accessibility Functions that are Useful in Navigation

Apple products have always been one step ahead when it comes to innovation. Their diverse range of products with their advanced features, not to mention sophisticated design, - are just some of the many reasons why they have established trust and brand loyalty among their users.

Apple's main goal is to produce technology that empowers everyone and with the Accessibility features that come within these devices, there's no doubt that they raised the bar in terms of user interaction and quality experience.

We believe that these features are not only useful on a daily basis but also in navigation, where features that assist the use of the device help to ensure maximum attention is on flying. Here we share our top 8 most useful functions that could help you in-flight. 

1. Split Screen

The Split View was introduced in iOS 9 but later on developed in iOS 12 along with other multitasking features on the iPad. It allows users to navigate on two apps at the same time by controlling two open panels on the screen.

Before trying this feature, make sure you enabled "Allow Multiple Apps" in Settings.

To enable this feature, go to Settings >> General >> Multitasking & Dock. 

In order to use the Split View, open an app on your iPad.

Swipe up below in the middle of the screen to view the Dock.

 Select and drag the app that you want to open from the Dock onto the side of the screen then let go.

After dragging the second app, it will overlay on the first app that you opened. This is called the Slide Over.

To switch to Split View, drag the grey bar down and let go. It will cause the screen to split.

You can adjust the size of the app windows by dragging the slider in the middle of the two apps.

Exit the Split View in the same way. Drag the grey bar down and slide all the way over to the side of the screen.

What makes it useful for navigation? 

Since it allows you to run two apps simultaneously, you can interact with another app whilst keeping your air navigation app guiding active.

2. Zoom

The Zoom feature is something that is always present in almost every device but iOS makes it extremely useful for users. It has a magnifier tool that makes everything in the screen larger when zoomed in. It can zoom up to 200% but can be adjusted from 100% - 500% depending on your preferences and needs. Once activated, the regular gestures like tap, swipe and pinch will work just like normal.

To activate Zoom, go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Zoom.

Once enabled, a zoom magnifier will appear on the screen. You can simply drag it to the area that you want to zoom. It magnifies the text, icon and images making it easier to see and use.

What makes it useful for navigation?

While in-flight, you can use this feature to easily navigate on your device. Navigating on the moving map can get a little bit overwhelming sometimes, especially with all the aeronautical details, symbols and associated information. But once you enable Zoom, the detail in a specific area is easier to see without having to move the device closer to your eyes. It also makes it easy to read reference files and documents at a glance. 

3. Magnifier


As opposed to the Zoom feature, Magnifier uses your device camera as a magnifying glass that can magnify things up to 500%. You can see the magnified image on the screen and can even use Flash to illuminate in low light conditions.

To activate Magnifier, go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Magnifier. 

When enabled, triple-click the Home button to start Magnifier. You can expand it by dragging the slider above the capture button and you can also adjust its colour by tapping on the "filter" icon or the three circles on the right.

What makes these useful for navigation? 

If you're having a hard time, reading something, perhaps a fine print on a label or some visual aids like paper charts, this might come in handy. Its purpose isn't limited for reading materials only but as well as images and objects.

4. Display Accommodations


For iOS 10 and above, customizing the display settings doesn't just allow you to adjust the brightness of your device. There are a lot of things that you can do, that includes: Invert Colors, Color Filter, Reduce White Point, and Increase Contrast. You can find it under Display Accommodations in Accessibility settings.

Invert Colors

To enable this, go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Display Accommodations >> Invert Colors.  

Inverting colors will provide a black UI background on the screen. It has two settings: Smart and Classic Invert. Smart invert will reverse the color of the display, except images, media and some apps that use dark color types. While Classic Invert reverses the colours of everything in the display. 

Reduce White Point

If you're irritated by the screen brightness but don't want to invert colours, this setting will allow you to dim the screen by minimizing the intensity of bright colours. It tones down the brightness, giving it a greyish appearance. 

What makes these useful for navigation? 

These settings are more than just improving the user interface. It allows us to use our devices more effectively. These settings make the device easier for users who have problems with vision, or those who are sensitive to brightness. In the cockpit, where changeable light conditions from sunlight and shadows constantly moving, better control of the device is always positive. 

Did you know?

Air Navigation Pro has a night mode option to enhance the moving map for night flying. You can find it in the Map options menu. In the same menu, the specific brightness for Air Navigation Pro can be also set quickly and easily. 

5. Speech


A feature common to different devices, iOS makes it really useful.- Speech Selection has the ability to read text to you. Any content from web pages, files, notes, documents, eBooks or in any app as long as you can select the text. You can choose the voice that you want to use every time your iPhone/iPad reads the text, either Siri's or Samantha's. You can also choose the speed rate for reading.

To activate Speak Selection, go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Speech >> Speak Selection. 

In order to use Speak Selection, all you have to is select the text that you want your iPhone/iPad to read. Simply tap and hold to select the word or phrases, then select Speak. 

What makes these useful for navigation?

Being in the cockpit involves a lot of multitasking. Let your device read out important information about a specific airport or a NOTAM advisory. You can even let the device read what's in your flight plan whilst you keep your eyes on the horizon.  

6. Font Adjustments


Another setting that you can customize is how you'd like the text to be displayed. Whether you'd prefer it smaller or bigger than the default, you can adjust it.

Do this by going to Settings >> Accessibility >> Larger Text.   

You can adjust the font size by dragging the slider. 

What makes these useful for navigation?

If you spend a lot of time reading and you think the default size is too small, simply adjust the text size to suit your needs. 

7. Assistive Touch


This is one accessibility features that are found in iOS devices only, although there are apps now that you can download for you to have this feature on your Android device.

Assistive Touch is a built-in shortcut menu that lets you access some of the basic functions on your iPhone/iPad without having to do complicated gestures like long-press, double-tap, pressing multiple buttons at the same time and other complex gestures. With Assistive Touch, you can choose to put the functions that you usually use, for example, Lock screen, Screenshot, Siri, Notification centre, etc. in order to access them easily.

To enable the Assistive Touch on your device, go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Assistive Touch.

After enabling Assistive Touch, tap Customize Top Level Menu. 

Here, you can add and remove functions from the top-level menu. You can add up to 8 items. 

What makes these useful for navigation? 

By adding some of the functions that you frequently use in the Assistive touch menu, you can access them with one tap whenever you need them. 

8. Reachability


Apple devices have become larger and thinner. Although it really looks great in our hands, we can obviously see that two-handed use is a necessity, especially in navigation. It's a good thing Apple came up with a solution so we can use our iPhone with only one hand; the Reachability feature. This feature lets you reach buttons and icons at the top of the screen without using your other hand to tap it. If you enable Reachability, you just have to double-tap the Home button. It will bring the home page closer to your thumb for you to reach it.

To activate Reachability, go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Reachability.

What makes these useful for navigation?

Aside from your iPhone, there are other navigational aids that pilots use while in the cockpit. This would be ideal when you're navigating on two devices at the same time. 

We hope this post was helpful. If you have any questions or there are other useful features that you'd like to share with us, please leave a comment below. You can also send us a message in one of our social media accounts Facebook, Instagram or send us an e-mail at

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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