En Route: Garmin Adds New Tools to its Pilot Mobile App

En Route: Garmin Adds New Tools to its Pilot Mobile App

Garmin has added substantial new capability to its Pilot app, including integrated weight and balance calculations, aircraft performance tables and calculations, in-app flight plan editing and customizable checklists. These new features are available as a free update for existing customers and provide pilots with more tools to aid in flight planning and in-flight navigation within a single mobile application.

“We continue to pack more features and incorporate more capabilities into Garmin Pilot to provide our customers with a premier, all-inclusive application,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “Pilots have been requesting an all-in-one app that merges their flight plan with other information pertaining to the flight, such as performance calculations, weight and balance and more.”

Integrated Weight & Balance

Garmin Pilot is the first application that incorporates weight-and-balance calculations into a flight plan or a saved trip, considering fuel burn and more for a comprehensive look at weight and balance characteristics throughout an entire flight. Pilots can take advantage of pre-loaded aircraft types or enter aircraft weight and balance figures manually, noting the arm, moment and station of each point from the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH). Figures such as center of gravity (CG) can be referenced in the application relative to an active flight plan. In the event CG limits entered within the app are exceeded, pilots receive a visual alert. Additionally, customized weight and balance profiles can be shared across multiple Garmin Pilot accounts. For example, pilots that operate a single airplane in a club can easily share the same weight and balance profile across different Garmin Pilot accounts.

New performance tables can calculate climb, cruise and decent profiles so pilots can reference performance characteristics specific to their aircraft within Garmin Pilot. Pilots are provided with an interactive and graphically-rich interface to input figures that calculate aircraft performance, including variables such as power setting, fuel and distance to climb and cruise. All aircraft performance calculations also consider pertinent factors such as outside air temperature (OAT) and altitude. Several of the most popular fixed-wing aircraft models among Garmin Pilot users are pre-populated within the app, however, similar to weight and balance data, aircraft performance tables that are manually created may be shared across multiple Garmin Pilot accounts. Additional aircraft types are expected to be added to the aircraft library in upcoming Garmin Pilot releases.

Enhanced flyGarmin integration provides customers with more opportunities to customize and save data within the Garmin Pilot app. Pilots now have the option to input and save their own aircraft performance characteristics manually within the flyGarmin website, which can be shared across individualized aircraft profiles with other pilots across different accounts.

Freehand allows pilots to plan or fly around weather, airspace, terrain or other pertinent features without leaving the moving map. Access Freehand by long-pressing over an active flight plan route on the map. When selected, the checklist item turns green and a green check mark confirms the step has been completed.

Checklists can now be created and displayed within the Garmin Pilot app. Similar to an aircraft POH, these checklists can be categorized by normal, abnormal and emergency and then sorted even further by phase of flight, such as preflight, before takeoff and before landing. Customized checklists are also interactive, allowing pilots to select each individual checklist item.

Additional features include:

Pilots can import multiple user-defined waypoints into Garmin Pilot using a CSV file format from a computer;

Flight plans can be created online using AOPA’s Flight Planner or SkyVector on a computer and sent to Garmin Pilot on a mobile device;

Pilots can configure home screen icons to suit their flight planning preferences.

Garmin Pilot 8.5 for Apple mobile devices is available immediately as a free update, providing existing customers access to these latest features. For new customers, Garmin Pilot is available in the Apple app Store as a free download for the first 30 days. After the 30-day trial period, customers may purchase an annual subscription of Garmin Pilot for the U.S. starting at $74.99. For additional information, visit:

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