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Holding Pattern Trainer


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IFR flight training is complex — we help make it easier!

-- User Reviews --
"★★★★★ This program is great! It has been a big help in my IFR training, I would highly recommend."

"★★★★★ I'm a CFI working on my CFII and plan to use this tool with students."

"★★★★★ Fun Study Aid! I'm using this app to study for an upcoming airline interview. It's awesome! It makes studying the dry, tricky topic of holding patterns fun! I like that the tutorial offers not 1, but 4 different ways to visualize pattern entry."

"★★★★★ Awesome holding trainer app...Highly recommend it."


Save time and money on your instrument flight training by mastering IFR holding pattern entries at the comfort of your own mobile device.

Is the following scenario familiar? You receive a holding clearance from ATC, and only have a couple of minutes, sometimes only a few seconds, to choose the correct entry. By the time you've figured out what's going on, you've already passed the holding fix and don't know what to do next.

If this sounds familiar, then you need not to worry. Confusion during holding entries happens to practically almost every new instrument student. Even instrument-rated pilots occasionally have the same problem — when they don't get enough practice.

Holding Trainer solves this problem and as a result, cuts the time you have to spend on expensive flight and ground lessons. With Holding Trainer, you can practice on your own time and convenience, so that choosing the best holding entry in the air becomes a breeze.


-Entry Trainer - Drills you on choosing the best holding entry. Practice until choosing holding entries becomes second nature and impress your flight instructor with your skills.

-Holding calculator. Solve and visualize any holding scenario by entering your current bearing to the fix and a outbound or inbound holding radial.

-Holding tutorial - learn how to choose the best holding entry quickly and easily.

Holding Trainer for iOS is a complete rewrite based on my popular Flash-based desktop Holding Trainer app available on

***Don't get "stuck" next time you receive a holding pattern clearance!***
For only a fraction of the cost of one ground lesson with your flight instructor, you can practice this important instrument skill at your own pace and save hundreds of Dollars on figuring out holding entries in the air.

This is a great tool for anyone training towards their instrument checkride, CFII, proficiency check, or simply trying to improve their holding patterns.

What's New in Version 1.0.3

-iPhone 5 support


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Customer Reviews

Worthless app

As a CFII instructor I downloaded this to help a student work out holds. The holds they give are just as wrong as could be. They say "hold SE on the 331 bearing" or something to that effect. Well 331 isn't SE, in fact it's opposite of that. So I see the word bearing and think, "ahhh so we'll just take the reciprocal"...and with that thought they were all wrong. When they draw out their examples, in this case "SE on the 331" they draw the pattern on the NW side. So their clearances are just totally wrong, as are the drawings. As a student this app caused me confusion so I didn't use it. As a CFII I know better now, and watched my student make several drawings correctly, only to be told they're wrong by the app that did them wrong in the first place. Useless app, DO NOT BUY IT! It will make things so much harder. And the reality is if you can think of two numbers between 360, you can give yourself endless clearances and draw them correctly and learn this for free. Wasted money here.

Wonderful visualization tool

I am a student working on my instrument license. I always have struggled with visualizing how to enter my holds. After using this application straight for one hour. I can now mentally picture the hold without having to draw out the hold and fix on a piece of paper. This is a wonderful tool!

Great App

Only thing that I could suggest adding is the Teardrop heading to fly once reaching the fix. This should adjust based on left or right turns in the hold. In any case will be suggesting this app to any of my flight students studying IFR.

Holding Pattern Trainer
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Size: 4.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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