AirVenture 2012: Observations and Musings

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October 2012

Walking through EAA AirVenture’s exhibit hangars and aircraft manufacturers’ displays is always fascinating to me. Whether you head to Oshkosh with a detailed checklist or employ the good old “I’ll know it when I see it” approach, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Over 800 exhibitors were at this year’s show.

My expectation was that 2012 would be The Year of the iPad—and I figured I’d see new iPad apps, as well as a flood of flight planning software upgrades with ADS-B weather in the cockpit. 

iPad Apps

As I thought, iPad apps for pilots’ use in flight planning and to display ADS-B weather were abundant this year. As I walked around the show, I wondered to myself why Apple, the maker of the so-loved-by-pilots iPad, doesn’t have a store in one of the buildings at AirVenture.

Four of the most popular of these iPad utilities (ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot, WingX Pro and JeppFD) returned with improvements over last year, along with one newcomer—iFlightPlanner.

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