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PRODUCT PROFILE
Navimatics - Aero Charts For The iPhone
By Ron Whitney
Colors (VFR or IFR), Degrees, Airspace
Altitudes, and the HSI. Very simple.
A fully functional moving map, pow-
ered by the iphone’s GPS features, the
Aero Chart is actually fun to use. Using
Vector charting, the application is ready
to go regardless of your access to 3G or
Wi-Fi networks. Important to note, while
the moving map will work without a live
network connection the Airport Proce-
dures and Diagrams feature depends on
an internet connection.
Features
The Aero Chart application has plenty
of features. One that really impressed me
was the ability to call up Airport informa-
tion, which includes everything from
communications frequencies to hours of
operation to airport diagrams to approach
procedures. Reminder: You must have
3G or Wi-Fi access for these additional
features to work. Another very handy fea-
ture is the ability to make your own way-
points, just tap and hold your finger
wherever you’d like to place a waypoint
The number of applications now avail- plication was available for use. I put all and a pop up screen will allow you to
able to users of Apple’s iphone is stag- the apps I intend to use regularly on the name and save.
gering, to put it mildly. Thousands upon first page. Tap the icon and the applica- So, if you are an iphone user who likes
thousands of innovative software applica- tion launches fairly quickly. Clicking on handy and easy to use tools to help you
tions to fit every conceivable need, in the info icon in the lower right hand cor- get wherever it is you’d like to go, give
every conceivable career field. Seemingly ner of the start page will take you to Set- the Aero Charts application a try, you
there are new applications available to tings. From here you can customize; won’t be disappointed.
aviation enthusiasts each week. Some are

very useful, some not so much. Here is
one we have found to be quite handy.
Aero Charts
The Aero Charts line up of applica-
tions; developed by Navimatics, Inc., offer
a wide range of navigational chart options.
The entire Continental United States ver-
sion is available for $64.99, and the re-
gional versions are available for $39.99.
While I don’t normally recommend buy-
ing anything more than what you really
need, the full CONUS version is clearly
the better bargain.
Getting started with the Aero Chart is
very simple. All I had to do was sign into
my iTunes store account, locate the appli-
cation and complete the deal by selecting
the buy option. A short time later the ap-
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