Well, I finally splurged and made the leap to an iPhone….and boy, do I LOVE it! I’m a techie, and I could write 50 blog posts just about the iPhone in general, but I’ll try to make the next few posts focused on the general aviation uses and aspects of the iPhone. Firstly, I would highly recommend checking out a fellow aviation blogger who started a website dedicated to listing out all the aviation-related iPhone apps – www.aviatorapps.com. If you go there, you’ll notice there are a TON of free apps related to aviation. Some weight & balance calculators, E6B’s, electronic checklists, POH’s, airport finder, and even some navigation / sectional apps! Here’s what I’m using so far, and direct links to download them in iTunes Application store:
I’ll do a review on each of these apps in the near future. As you can see, 3 of the 5 that I use a lot are 100% free – and those are just the apps I’ve KEPT after testing out probably 40 or so other free aviation apps. If anyone is on the fence about getting an iPhone, I will say that just the potential aviation uses can help justify the buy (in additonal to the TON of other great uses). Of course, with my Mio C320 portable GPS device, I’ve got double GPS backup sources and I feel pretty confident going on longer and longer trips now! Hopefully I’ll be up in the sky again soon!
It feels like forever since last I’ve posted on this blog, and I apologize for that! Work has been very busy lately (which is good… job security), and although I’ve flown a handful of times, they’ve just been quick jaunts around the pattern or to Pilot Pete’s for a bite to eat. However, this past weekend I went to the furthest airport I’ve flown to…. Sheboygan (KSBM)! Granted, it’s only 76.9 nautical miles away, but it’s still technically the longest straight-line distance I’ve flown from Westosha. My wife and I went up to visit some friends who are living there for the summer. This was actually my third attempt at this flight, the previous two tries we had been rained-out on, so this flight was due!
The flight up to Sheboygan went great. I had a newer plane with autopilot and GPS, so I let the technology handle the mundane stuff. I was diligent to listen to the traffic/tower frequency of every airport I flew over/around, to help keep the flight interesting. Upon landing at KSBM, we picked up our friends flew back down the lake Michigan shore to see a few sites – their college Alma Mater (Concordia) for one. We also flew over their house, which they thought was awesome and I let one of my friends fly the plane a bit, which he absolutely LOVED. I tell ya, it’s great to share the joy of flying with others!
We parked the plane at FBO for the afternoon and had dinner with our friends and flew back at night. The moon was nearly full, so it was rather bright as few travelled back to Westosha. I was tempted to fly into Milwaukee’s Class C airport since I knew it wouldn’t be too busy at that time, but my wife was tired so we went straight back home. All-in-all, a great day of flying.
I actually logged almost three hours of PIC time (2.9 hours to be exact, 1.0 hours of night time too)…one of my longest time and distance flights to date! And since the airport was 50+nm away, all this counts as cross-country time!