and iPod Touch users will soon be able to download
Pilot My-Cast by Garmin
, a cell phone application that provides aviation
weather data, flight planning, and flight filing services to U.S. and Canadian
Pilot My-Cast is unique in that it receives aviation data
directly from the National Weather Service, Environment Canada, and the Federal
Aviation Administration. Because the data comes from these prominent sources,
pilots can be confident the data is up-to-date and accurate.
The main feature of Pilot My-Cast is its robust aviation
weather offerings which include NEXRAD Radar, METARs and TAFs displayed in text
and graphic formats, panable weather maps, infrared and visible satellite
loops, lightning data, winds aloft, and more. The newest feature includes a
METAR and TAF bubble map that displays current and predicted weather in a
pictorial format. To help pilots when planning their next flight, Pilot My-Cast
also now includes standard terminal arrival routes (STARs), standard instrument
departures (SIDs), and victor and jet airways.
Pilot My-Cast also has expanded its airport data to include
airport diagrams in addition to the AOPA Airport Directory. The AOPA Airport
Directory is one of the most comprehensive sources of airport information. It
includes information such as pilot services, ground transportation, lodging,
restaurants, and local attractions for over 5,300 public-use airports and more
than 7,000 FBOs.
Pilot My-Cast makes it easy for subscribers to file a flight
plan with a few taps, sending the information to the DUAT(s) providers. Garmin
claims that using Pilot My-Cast to file a flight plan is often faster than
traditional flight filing methods because the program stores the most recently
filed plan so you’ll only need to alter information that has changed from the
last time you filed.
Pilot My-Cast is already available for other popular phone
models including BlackBerry
devices. It is available from all major wireless carriers in the U.S. as well as from Handmark and Handango.
The Pilot My-Cast application for the iPhone is expected to
be available in September. The initial offering will include Pilot My-Cast
features such as U.S. and Canadian weather briefings, flight filing, AOPA
Airport Directory, and more.Pilot My-Cast will also continue to be
available to BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices for $9.95 per month. The
majority of these handsets support the new Pilot My-Cast features as well.