Sunday, January 30, 2011


If you're and Australian pilot you really should check out this website.

It allows you to view runway and approach plates for Australia on an iPhone, iPad or android device, making an electronic flight bag cheaper and more available.

CASA and Air Services are still deciding whether this would be legal and appropriate, and common sense would dictate that you at least keep a paper backup in your flight bag, but I seriously hope they see the light and allow Australian aviators to join the 21st century.


At 9:05 pm, Blogger Brendan said...

Pretty sure Airservices have already signed off on this, as they have with NAIPS for iPhone? Which for me is easily my most use app - the usefulness of being able to bring up a METAR when at an airport without ATIS/AWIS is unrivalled.

At 10:41 pm, Blogger Chris said...

NAIPS by Rowan Wilson is great - I use it all the time, too. It's transformed the way I fly cross country.

Not sure what your source is about Air Services signing off on OzRunways, they have approved use for personal or internal business while retaining copyright, but the disclaimer says it is not to be used for navigational purposes, until CASA make a ruling and certify it for such. Hence the dislaimer "not for use in air navigation."

At 10:39 am, Blogger Brendan said...

Ah, right, sorry Chris, misunderstanding - I'd thought you were referring to signoff for its sourcing content from their copyrighted material. In that case, yeah, I'd probably lean towards them approving its use for navigational purposes only on the condition that a hard copy is also available, simply due to the fallibility of technology (though surely your luck is likely to be better with an iPad than a Windows-based tablet!)

At 8:48 pm, Blogger Chris said...

I should have been clearer in what I meant. That is a frequent problem of mine.

I'm sure people will use it anyway, regardless of what CASA say. It's just too convenient. Why not regulate it now and allow Aussie aviators to use 21st Century technology?


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