By X-Avionics, LLC
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Xavion, by Austin Meyer.
Xavion is MY answer to the question: How helpful can I make an iPad in the cockpit?
In flight, Xavion constantly imagines engine-failed glides to every runway in gliding range. For each of these glides, Xavion scores the chance of a successful power-off landing based on runway length, runway width, headwind, tailwind, or crosswind on that runway, the weather around the airport, and a number of other factors. Then, once Xavion has estimated the chance of a successful landing at EVERY runway within gliding range, it shows you the approach that it believes is best as 3-D hoops that you simply glide through to make it to the runway! The hoops are set up at the glide ratio for your airplane, so you can stay in them with power off!
This, finally, gives you guidance after an engine failure that is based on energy-management all the way down, where the computer does the work for you… all you need to do is fly through the hoops.
As well, Xavion gets ADS-B weather (if you have a Sagetech or iLevil receiver) and shows it on a moving map, and provides weather for all airports that report it. As well, Xavion gets METARS and winds aloft from the internet if you have a WIFI or cell signal before or during flight!
Also, Xavion checks your weight and balance, medical and BFR currency, and even estimates your takeoff distance and compares that to the length of the runway that you are about to take off on to warn you if the available length from your current location on the runway is too little for a safe take-off.
Also, Xavion estimates time and fuel burn at all different altitudes to any destination you want to go to, and shows you 3-D “highway in the sky” hoops to get there.
Xavion is free to download, and requires In-App purchase of current airport data ($9.99/month, or $99.00/year). As well, you may OPTIONALLY by a Seattle Avionics Chart Data subscription for $149.00/year, or access your EXISTING Seattle Avionics Chart Data subscription freely.
This is the most user-friendly, powerful App that I can imagine, and I love flying with it.
What's New in Version 1.82
All of the flights flown in Xavion can now be replayed in X-Plane for Mac, Windows, and Linux.
This feature was temporarily un-available in version 1.81 but is now again functional.
So now, after any flight, you can fire up X-Plane version 10 and import any Xavion flight to replay it in X-Plane!
To do this, simply get your iPhone or iPad with Xavion on the same network as your home computer with X-Plane 10 on it, and in X-Plane, go to the FILE menu and select IMPORT XAVION FLIGHT.
Now, X-Plane will show you all of the flights that Xavion has saved for you to re-play in X-Plane! Cool!
Should Be In Every Cockpit
The shear sensibility of this practical tool is too good not to have in your cockpit. I have run Xavion alongside the panel mounted Garmin and along with other excellent flight apps. Having the added Xavion emergency features and glide range prognostics makes this my favorite backup app. I once encountered an in flight prop failure several years ago with altitude and 20 nautical miles to the nearest airport. I was confident in my piloting skills and had always aced the dead stick landing drills given by my instructors. Despite great confidence in my training I failed to properly manage my decent to the airport and this was also despite having more than sufficient glide energy. Xavion did not exist at the time of my dead stick hard landing. I wish I had it back then and since I discovered Xavion I don't leave the ground without it. On a recent trip to Acapulco in a small experimental we ran Xavion and even beyond the reach of my map subscriptions it was able to provide airport situational awareness and provide a view of the achievable landing range under glide even with winds taken into the equation. Thank you, Austin. Great product!
Saves lives. An essential safety tool.
When the engine quits (and sooner or later it will), there are a lot of decisions to be made. Where am I going to land? Is there a suitable airport nearby? Which airport is best? Based on current winds and my position, which runway is best? How much altitude do I need to lose? What flight path will get me to the airport at the right altitude to make the runway and not overshoot it? Computers are WAY better at calculating answers to those questions than humans are, let alone a human under the stress of a life-threatening situation. Xavion keeps track of all that, and provides a clear, graphical emergency glide and landing plan the second you need it. I doubt a large corporation would provide such an app, for fear of liability. I am grateful that Austin has been willing to provide this essential safety tool. I never want to find myself descending with a failed engine, craning my neck to try to spot an airport in the darkness below. Xavion makes sure I won't have to do that. I won't fly without it.
Great app, lousy owner
While the app itself is first rate,
It will always be suspect because it needs someone else to run it. Austin has proven he's not the guy for the job. He still doesn't understand that by disenfranchising the very people that helped him get off the ground in the beginning, when he was first developing the app, he chose to compromise not only his integrity but his core support. He did this by taking people's money then changing the rules midstream. At the very least those people should have been grandfathered in or offered a refund. He did neither and by not doing so alienated the very people he needs. I personally know of a half dozen pilots that feel the same way I do. Shameful. He needs to sell the app to a business minded person that has integrity so that it can prosper.
- Category: Navigation
- Updated: Oct 25, 2016
- Version: 1.82
- Size: 2.25 GB
- Language: English
- Seller: X-Avionics, LLC
- © 2016, X-Avionics
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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