Friday, March 15, 2013

PR: iPad info and more, in palm-sized pilot’s tool

The new iLevil SW is a clean-sheet design, an iPad-compatible, fully self-contained “panel in the palm of your hand” device. This lightweight device gives attitude information; has a WAAS GPS for charts and synthetic vision; displays information from external hardware such as an engine monitors; and is an ADSB-in receiver. With a rechargeable 3-hour battery, it lasts longer than most flights; and it is rechargeable through a USB port – or by its built-in solar panel.

“We took the features we wanted and committed to the device size, and developed the SW from there,” said Ananda Leon, Systems Engineer at Levil Technology. “We wanted to provide an all-in-one solution that would fit in a flight bag and had the potential to display virtually all the popular cockpit systems hosted on the pilot’s iPad.” The solar recharging feature is a first for Levil, as well. “We wanted to make universal charging options; although the integrated USB charger works significantly faster, the solar cell will give the battery a full charge over time. In the air, it’s what we might call a ‘range extender.’”

Slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes at 4.5” x 3” x 1”, and weighing just 8 ounces, the iLevil SW can communicate with several devices simultaneously, through WiFi. It is compatible with a number of apps including WingX Pro7, which displays not only Synthetic Vision and in-flight weather, but also supports ADS-B traffic information received by the iLevil SW from near-by ADS-B towers and other aircraft in proximity with ADS-B out transponders. “Handling all the ADS-B information while simultaneously calculating aircraft dynamics was not an easy task,” explained Ruben Leon, founder of Levil Technology. “The iLevil’s processing power is amazing; we are excited to introduce our most powerful system yet.”

Without any airframe wiring or mounting requirements, the iLevil SW is usable in Certified, as well as LSA and Experimental aircraft. The iLevil SW is available immediately, factory-direct; Price is $1195.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Apple's App Store: #1 under "Pilot Training" comes from PilotWorkshop

Nashua, NH - Apple's App Store: #1 under "Pilot Training" comes from PilotWorkshop

March 9, 2013 - Nashua, NH -'s free app shows up as the #1 most-popular iPad app for Pilot Training in the App Store. The app features 20 free training videos and audios from PilotWorkshop's team of nationally-recognized flight instructors. The 5 Star rated app runs on both iPad and iPhone and can be found by searching for PilotWorkshop or "pilot training" in the App Store 8?mt=8, or at founder Mark Robidoux commented, "We wanted to provide pilots with a lot of solid information they can actually implement in their cockpit. In turn, pilots are voting with their downloads and made our app #1 for pilot training." The videos and audios are taken from PilotWorkshops family of proficiency training products and cover topics like: * Single Pilot IFR
* ATC communications
* Aviation weather
* Emergencies
* Airmanship
* and more

"We realize pilots are busy and often don't have time to sit in front of a computer and watch a two-hour video. That's why we organized our training in ten to 15-minute lessons. It lets a pilot listen to an audio or watch a video when they have a few minutes of downtime," explained Robidoux. WINGS credits can be earned for completion of each series of workshops within the app. LLC was founded in 2005 and is best-known for their free "Pilot's Tip of the Week" emails [sign up ] received by over 100,000 pilots each week. Created by their roster of nationally known flight instructors and experts, these tips cover single pilot IFR operations, weather, airmanship, ATC communications, emergencies and more using a unique, multi-media format. PilotWorkshop also creates and sell a range of pilot proficiency programs including their IFR Mastery scenario-based training.