REVIEW: FSXAIRPORT IPAD APP

FSXAirport is an iPad app developed by Judy Collins. It lets you view airport data and diagrams, and gives you information about runways. What could have been a handy app is sadly nothing more than a poorly designed database of useless info.

The problem is that a lot of vital airport information is missing. For instance, it only lists runways in one direction. For ENTC there are two ILS frequencies listed for Runway 1. Surely one of the ILS frequencies are for RW19, but which? The database doesn’t include other handy information like tower, ground, ATIS, VOR or NDB frequencies.

The diagram is also totally useless. While it shows the layout of the airport it contains no other data than the placement of the PAPIs. As such the ability to view a Google sattelite image of the airport is a nice feature, sadly the only one.

For now I’d recommend using the free and nicely designed database at http://FSXDB.com/ instead. FSXAirport is a waste of time, money and bytes on my iPad.

Rating: 1/6.

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Review: PC Pilot iPad Edition

I’ve been a regular reader of PC Pilot for many years. It is the only flight simulator magazine available at my local newsstands. Since the magazine is imported from the UK it is quite expensive off the shelf, so I decided to give the iPad edition a try.

To access the iPad edition of PC Pilot you need to install a free PC Pilot app from the Appstore. No surprises there. Once the app is installed you launch it to buy individual magazines or a subscription. The iPad edition is priced fairly and saves me almost 2/3 of the retail price. Of course, you’ll get no CD-ROM, but that isn’t a deal breaker for me. There is rarely any exclusive content on it that can’t be downloaded from the Internet anyway.

Inside the app an eight page preview and index is available for each issue. Sadly the oldest issue available is the july/august 2010 edition. It would be nice to have the entire back catalogue available. Once a magazine is purchased it is moved to a library. To read the magazine you access it inside the library after downloading it. 

Reading the magazine is just like reading a PDF-file. A magazine index and page thumbnails are available for easy navigation. In addition you can save bookmarks, a feature I found quite useless since there is no way to change how the saved bookmarks are organized. 

PC Pilot has done nothing to adjust the magazine to the iPad. Basically you are reading a PDF copy of the original magazine. This is a huge disappointment. It means that you’ll have to zoom in on each page to read the small text comfortably. None of the benefits of a PDF-file, like being able to copy it to a PC and print it, is available either. 

All in all PC Pilot for the iPad is a disappointment. In its current form I’d rather download a PDF-file and store it in my PDF-library. A lower price is sadly the only selling point of this app. 

PC Pilot web site: http://www.pcpilot.net/