Wed, Jan 20, 2010
Detailed Aviation Weather And Airport Information Now Fits In
The little electronic device that seems to be becoming
increasingly ubiquitous has just gotten a little more useful for
pilots. Digital Cyclone, a subsidiary of Garmin, announced
Wednesday that Pilot My-Cast by Garmin is available immediately for
the iPhone and iPod Touch. Pilot My-Cast by Garmin is a premium
aviation weather, flight planning and flight filing application
exclusively for customers in the U.S. and Canada.
"We've designed the iPhone and iPod Touch version of Pilot
My-Cast from the ground up," said Craig Burfeind, president of
Digital Cyclone, a subsidiary of Garmin. "Our customers range from
the student pilot who has taken their introductory flight to
executives of general aviation companies. Pilots who use Pilot
My-Cast, tell us they can't live without it. They appreciate that
we tailor the information to their flight. They input their route,
and then Pilot My-Cast overlays the flight path with the weather -
no other aviation weather app gives pilots this much
The iPhone and iPod Touch version of Pilot My-Cast is designed
to take advantage of the devices' gesture-based user interface, and
includes five intuitive menu tabs at the bottom of the page:
routes, flight plan, weather, airport information and settings.
- Routes: Create a route to any airport, fix or VOR in the United
States or Canada. The route, or flight path, may then be viewed on
a map with a weather overlay so that pilots can immediately see if
their desired flight path is near threatening weather. Pilot
My-Cast is currently the only aviation application that overlays a
route and weather information.
- Flight Plan: Create and file a flight plan with a few screen
touches and send the information directly to the DUAT(s) providers.
Pilot My-Cast stores the most recently filed flight plan, so
pilots only need to alter information that has changed from earlier
- Weather: View current and predicted weather information
including NEXRAD Radar, METARs and TAFs displayed in text and
graphic formats, panable weather maps, infrared and visible
satellite loops, lightning data, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, PIREPs, NOTAMs,
winds aloft and more.
- Airport Information: Access the AOPA Airport Directory, one of
the most comprehensive sources of airport information that includes
information for over 5,300 public-use airports and more than 7,000
FBOs, such as pilot services, ground transportation, lodging,
restaurants and local attractions.
- Settings: Customize Pilot My-Cast with aircraft and pilot
specific information. Also, link to flyGarmin.com and view
information about other Garmin portable and panel mount products,
such as if the portable device's databases are current.
Compared to other aviation weather cell phone applications,
Pilot My-Cast is unique because it receives aviation data directly
from the foremost providers, such as the National Weather Service,
Environment Canada, and Federal Aviation Administration. Thanks to
these direct relationships, customers who use Pilot My-Cast by
Garmin will receive the same up-to-the-minute information that they
would if using a desktop computer with Internet service.
Pilot my-Cast for the iPhone and iPod Touch are available in the
app store for a monthly fee of $9.99, or an annual subscription of
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