June 2015 Issue

Finding Alternates With An EFB App — Is This Really So Hard?

Electronic flight bag (EFB) apps running on a tablet computer, as depicted above, have greatly increased the typical pilotís SA (situational awareness). As this articleís main text relates, some pilots havenít figured out how to use their EFBs to answer the many questions necessary to legally and safely pick alternate airports. They supposedly prefer paper charts and a plotter. (Really. Have you guys seen the size and number of books of Aeronav charts required for 48-state coverage lately? The proliferation of LPV, LNAV and similar approaches has swollen them in size, weight and number.)

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