Garmin Pilot Weather App Review (iOS, Free)

  • Category: Weather
  • Publisher: Garmin DCI
  • Updated: Dec, 23 2009
  • Version: 6.0.1
  • Size: 41.8 MB

Languages: English

Seller: Digital Cyclone

Version 6.0.1 fixes an issue where some users may experience a crash when upgrading the app.

Version 6.0.0:

- iOS 7 Redesign
- GDL 39 3D support with a new Attitude Indicator
- Flight /Trip Planning Enhancements
- VIRB Action Camera support for taking videos and still photos
- Traffic Patterns
- Special Use Airspace Frequencies
- New Devices Page to manage Garmin hardware

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
12 Ratings
All Versions:
740 Ratings


** 30 Days Free Service on initial download! **

Plan. File. Fly.

Garmin Pilot is the most comprehensive suite of tools for the iPad designed specifically for general aviation and corporate pilots. Flight planning, DUAT(S) filing, charts, interactive maps, weather briefing resources and navigation capabilities; it’s all included. The app’s intuitive interface mirrors those on the newest Garmin touchscreen avionics so you can go seamlessly from preflight to inflight. Plan, file, fly with Garmin Pilot.


Garmin Pilot’s powerful capabilities start with pre-flight planning, providing pilots with the most comprehensive aviation weather information to make better-informed flight decisions. Pilots can check NEXRAD radar, visible and infrared cloud imagery, METARs, TAFs, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, PIREPs, NOTAMs, winds and temperature aloft, PIREPs, TFRs and lightning data. With Garmin Pilot, data can be displayed over a VFR sectional or an IFR low or high en-route chart to visualize the weather for your route. Add text-based weather widgets and use the exclusive NavTrack feature to view weather along the planned route. Long-press any location on the map and the new Radial Menu provides easy access to navigation information, including: airports, navaids, current METARs, direct-to, airspaces, creating a waypoint and allowing for graphical editing of a flight plan.


With Garmin Pilot, users can easily enter a flight plan and interactively edit it on the map. Pre-loaded forms make it quick to save and reuse data for frequently flown routes. And when the flight plan is ready, Garmin Pilot makes it simple to file, amend or close the flight plan via DTC DUAT or CSC DUATS. Electronic confirmations from DUAT(S) meet FAA legal briefing requirements.


Garmin Pilot provides full en-route navigation capability on its moving map, while showing ETE, ETA, crosstrack error, distance to waypoint and current position. Pilots can also navigate with Garmin’s patented panel, a GPS-driven instrument pack with a graphical HSI directional display and indicators for groundspeed, altitude and vertical speed. After takeoff, pilots can continue to view real-time weather information by wirelessly connecting to XM WX Satellite Weather through the Baron Mobile Link™ paired with a satellite weather receiver (sold separately, subscription required).

Garmin Pilot . It’s the app aviators have been waiting for.

Features include:
- Dynamic Maps
- Charts: VFR Sectionals, low and high IFR en-route, airport diagrams and approach procedures
- Optional geo-referenced Garmin FliteCharts® and Garmin SafeTaxi® show aircraft position on approach charts and taxiways
- Weather Maps: Animated radar, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, Lightning, PIREPs, METARs, TAFs, Winds Aloft, TFRs, Infrared and Visible Satellite
- Extensive text products: METARs, TAFs, Winds Aloft, PIREPs, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, Area Forecasts and NOTAMs
- Dynamic weather overlaid with your route on top of a sectional, en-route chart, or map
- AOPA Airport Directory
- Flight plan filing via DUAT(S)
- Garmin patented navigation panel
- Comprehensive weather data direct from the National Weather Service and Environment Canada

** Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. **

** Note: One subscription to Garmin Pilot may be used on two devices. **

Customer Reviews

  • Not for IPAD 2 with IOS 6

    by LikesNOAA

    I bought a GDL39 to go along with this app and prior versions were reasonably stable. However, recent updates including 5.3.1 have become increasingly unstable on my device. Further, 5.3.1 is the last update for IOS 6 which means there will be no fixes forthcoming unless one upgrades to IOS 7. I do not want to go to IOS 7 because of performance issues on the IPAD 2. And further, there is no going back, so if Pilot continues to be unstable with the latest release, as some reviewers point out, then I have slowed down my device for nothing. While I understand Garmin wanting to continue on the IOS 7 path, it would have been responsible to leave IOS 6 users with a stable release. Assuming, they actually can figure out how to do that.

  • Can't change coord input type

    by Cmteuan

    Very good app. But it should be able to creat eaypoints using deg, min and sec. You can't change the input type. And another problem is that outside US it doesn't have anything (airports, classes....).

  • Love the app

    by Cessna pilot72

    The updates have been great and is now the best app for pilots by far! Plus the D2 pilot watch works great with the app. Adding the Virb to the app makes this app a no brainer.

  • Love it!

    by Markb294

    I'm loving this app. My only gripe was that the hours for the tower were not accurate on the tower info. It read 24 hours @ KORL, when the tower actually closed at 2200. Luckily I was already familiar with the airport. The rest of the app is awesome thus far.

  • Flat earth?

    by Johnsterman

    Its a great app, but I would love to see a version with a spherical earth, worldwide aviation database, and at least a geographic worldwide geographic database equivalent to some of the handheld non aviation database. I realize that this is not the primary market, but there are a lot of iPads in the cockpits of some heavy iron.

  • Great app!

    by Villa79

    Great application and very easy to use. I use it in and for every VFR flight. I wish they would add Search and Rescue patterns like Foreflight did.

  • Looks and works great!

    by C172Pilot

    The latest update looks very nice and professional. Works great in flight. Great use of color and contrast The vector map is great with topography iOS 7 look is excellent Safe Taxi needs track up Needs a closest airport in the nav bar Needs a update to the weather maps Needs to work with X-Plane

  • All I could ask for!

    by Piloter11111

    The new ios7 face is fantastic.note: I am using it with a new 64-bit ipad so I can't speak for ipad2 users. This app is extremely easy to navigate. The new feature that really excited me was when I filed an ifr plan on fltplan and when atc assigned my routing it popped up on my ipad and gave me the option to load it and get a duats weather briefing. What a time saver! If only my 750 did that... Great app highly suggest!

  • Eh hmm

    by Carolinasound

    Great concept, last version was good, liked it much more than foreflight. This version insists on crashing within 5 seconds of running. My iPad works fine, iphone5 unfortunately no such luck. Please fix!

  • Version 6 is just perfect !

    by MaxMink

    I'm using the app for more then a year and very satisfied with it. It's provide you with all the information you need. The new 6th version with the new flight planing options is just the best !

  • Love the app

    by Cessna pilot72

    The updates have been great and is now the best app for pilots by far! Plus the D2 pilot watch works great with the app. Adding the Virb to the app makes this app a no brainer.

  • Florida IAPs missing from regional dnloads

    by Darker Starr

    (Current release as of 1/21/2013) While I don't have much of a problem with the app overall, I'm disappointed to find that none of the regional IAP downloads cover Florida. This must have just been an oversight but speaks to a failure to proof what is dispensed. FL IAPs are available as a state download but if a user missed this point and needed FL it could cause a problem.

  • Love it

    by C208AV8R

    I love this app. I have been using it professionally for about a year now and I can't stress enough how great it is. The new iOS7 interface is gorgeous and I LOVE how the flight planning is all done on one page now. I truly hated doing the "import" thing in the previous version. On my wish list: 1. CHECKLIST!!! 2. GPS timer to automatically record block out/in, flight off/on. for logbook purposes. 3. Option to record atc clearances using some sort of audio interface. 4. Ability to import documents such as GOM's or ops specs. 5. Would be amazing to enable approach loading and possibly overlaid on an approach chart with georef.

  • iPhone 5

    by SR22 flyer

    Like new update even more, keep up the good work

  • Phenomenal

    by Wastintime

    I have a few small complaints, but overall this app is OUTSTANDING! It has the ability to drag almost any outdated aircraft into the 21st century and offer an amazing array of features even on an iPhone! Obviously it's a bit more visually pleasing on an iPad. If you rent airplanes or want to add GPS to your aircraft, at $9.99/mo it's the single best investment out there. A billion times better than a D2 and much more cost effective than a 500. Works great without an added GPS receiver and even better with a bad elf.


    by Zbase

    Love the app :) My only wish.... In the Airport Info section - information about Runways - there was a simple note about traffic patterns (Rgt traffic). Frustrating having to go to the A/FD to find this.

  • Load an approach

    by Attitudepilot

    I'm still waiting on the option to load an approach...this will be so cool!

  • Better than all others!

    by Calebgapilot

    Aside from a few growing pains, it's an absolutely wonderful app. The dynamic maps is what makes it better than any other app in my book! Wonderful interface makes filling and flying a breeze! Everything is structured very well for practical use!

  • Love the app

    by Cessna pilot72

    The updates have been great and is now the best app for pilots by far! Plus the D2 pilot watch works great with the app.

  • Love this app

    by MaxMink

    After a year of use i got used to it and to the options it has to offer. I'm happy with it !

  • Software lockup

    by jakatra

    I recently bought a GDL39 and tested it with my iPad on a cross-country trip from Maryland to Arizona last week. About 2 hours into the trip, the Pilot App crashed, and there was no way I could get it to restart. Even on the ground later, after removing and reinstalling, it would not start. Fortunately I had ForeFlight to help me through the flight. I really want to love the Garmin Pilot, but for now it is a waste of time, and not capable of supporting a real flight. In fact, it will still not start on my iPad.

  • App crashes constantly

    by WarpSpeedPilot

    Absolute garbage app, crashes constantly on a brand new iPad mini, completely unacceptable for an app that people are relying on as an electronic replacement for charts and approach plates. Huge waste of $150, I will be doing everything I can to get a refund. Do not waste your time downloading this app unless you enjoy being left high and dry after being robbed.

  • Crashing on startup

    by Xdrewx04

    Trying to fly with my mini. Crashes upon startup. FIX NOW!

  • New update crashes!

    by Schuess60

    Went to build a new flightplan in the program and it immediately crashed and now will not open!

  • Yowzers

    by Nathan G. CA

    The new design is kinduva mess. Not an improvement IMO. I can't see the "buttons" in the cockpit.

  • Version 6.0.0 crash- iPhone 4, IOS 7

    by Mik_NY

    After installing the Garmin Pilot update 6.0.0 (released on Jan 21, 2014) on an iPhone 4, with IOS 7, the app crashes consistently when attempting to launch/open the app. Maybe it works on other devices as listed in the specs, but not going to test it on my iPad Mini. Reverted to version 5.3.1 until the bugs are fixed and the app works (for all supported devices). When using a working version, it's the Best! Great app, bad version. p.s. the original app icon was better too!

  • Was good, now not so much

    by Usedtobehappywgarmin

    Used to work great, latest update and it crashes all the time.

  • Crashes frequently

    by Rtdo

    I've had this app for almost two years. I originally switched from ForeFlight because it had a view of winds aloft I liked. It worked fine for most of the time, now I can't open it. It cashes when I try to open it. I'm glad I'm not int the clouds looking for an approach plate. I would be searching for paper backups. This app is dangerous to depend on. I had a flight I needed to plan so I was forced to buy ForeFlight again. C'est la vie.

  • Sight down, renewal 1-3 days, whats next?

    by 1124 Driver

    After severe crashing with the original Ipad, bought a new Ipad air...seemed to work great...then yearly renewal it says 1-3 days before it will process my order...really, in this day and electronic age!!! Says sight is down when I tried to find out why nothing was happening, is it going to take another 1-3 days if i get IFR premium...need to bring the reciept for this into accounting in the morning...going to cost me another forty mile roundtrip to the office I am sure... YOU NEED TO WORK ON THINGS GARMIN!!!

  • iPhone 5

    by SR22 flyer

    Like new features, no issues, love it

  • Crashing

    by Jim581

    Worked great for almost a year. Updated app and started updating charts and it crashed. Can't open it crashes immediately on opening. Have less than a month to go with my subscription, think I'll let it expire.

  • Improving! But still with issues

    by CessnaPilotPaul

    Garmin has been listening to the customer complaints and improving the app regularly. I paid for a year subscription and the progress the App had made has been astounding. But not everything is perfect. Planning a flight with this product is tedious and confusing. At Sun-N-Fun I went to the Garmin booth and found the Garmin Pilot App sales person. Even the sales person was confused as to how to plan a flight. He could not tell me the difference between the "Active Flight Plan Tab and the Trip Planning Tabs". Asking simple questions like "if I fly from A to B to C at 120KTS, how long will it take? What if I fly the route at 130 KTS? What if I add Stop D?" is shockingly tedious. To get an answer to each of the questions involves tabbing back between multiple screens with numerous steps in the process. On Foreflight those questions are trivial and just a part of the program. I think flight planning really needs to be redesigned. And not just tweaked. The entire flow needs to be thrown out, burned, pierced with a wooden stake with Holy Water sprinkled on top. This is the #1 reason I am switching to Foreflight after a year of loyal Garmin use. Also, the METAR weather display needs to be improved. As you zoom out of the map, the METAR dots disappear. There are too few stations displayed at a given zoom level to truly show the weather conditions in an area. I find my self zooming in/out just to get a sense of the weather over the area of flight. If you are testing the two programs, zoom out to show the East Coast on both Foreflight and Garmin. Which program is displaying more METAR dots? With typical marginal East Coast weather, this differential is significant. But there are other issues that come up with extended use. For example, the GLD-39 ADSB receiver only has a 4 hour battery life. And that is the manufacture's stated battery life … so you mileage may vary. The program only allows one account to be used on two devices. I have an iPad, iPad Mini, and iPhone. I constantly have to logout/login one of the devices. I use the iPhone to check the weather on the way to the airport, and the iPads in the cockpit. So if you have more then two devices, look elsewhere. But not everything is bad. What I love about the program is the HSI. But there is no heading bug which is found in my lowly 196. But overall the HSI split screen is a big plus over the competition. I also love the Fuel Price data is included in the subscription and uses AirNav info over the 100ll found in other programs. I find AirNav to be more accurate.

  • Amazing.. Super accurate and nice to fly with

    by Imad's MBP-R

    Recommended for pilots

  • Updates bring problems

    by Rightrudder

    I really wish I could love this application. However each subsequent update introduces new features and/or problems which prove to be frustrating. Most of the new problems appear to be associated with text weather. First, the "Slide" feature, using a button on the bottom of the screen, is clunky and far less intuitive than the "swipe"which is common with touchscreen devices these days. I really wish I had the option to use the older way. Secondly, I AM A PILOT. I do not need to scroll through decoded weather in TAFs in order to reach the standard coded weather which every pilot should be comfortable in reading. Lastly, the text weather in general takes a ridiculously long time to load-far longer than it did in the past.

  • Looks and works great!

    by C172Pilot

    Although Garmin updates don’t come out as fast as some of the other EFBs, I believe this Garmin app provides excellent information without overloading the iPad and the pilot. It’s the only app with a vector map that is just like having a G430 in the cockpit. Now with extended centerlines, voice awareness for obstacles, terrain and a host of other improvements I find it as good or better than many of the others on the market. Of course there is aways room for improvement and customer support receiver and listens to the pilots suggestion and ideas. A couple of ideas I would like to see implemented: * Add closest airport and distance as an option to the Nav Bar * Decrease load time. It seems to take 2 to 3 minutes to load the application at startup. * Higher resolution sectionals, especially with new retina displays * Its time to add better weather to the weather page. The app has been out for over a year and they are still struggling with a good weather section. All of the other EFBs have much better pre-flight weather information and the way to present it. It could inform of Density altitude. headwind and tail wind calculation, etc. * Need multiple scratch pad pages or tabs with a (+) to add another and label it. * Move the VFR/Sectional selection out from under Map Settings and on top of the display or during split screen top half sectional, while the bottom vector map. *Zoom Level during taxi, higher contrast of the taxi identifiers. These little letters are very hard to see in bright sunlight on an iPad Mini. * Work with X-Plane

  • Mr.

    by Helopilot72

    When is Garmin going to add heli charts to this app?

  • Not for Use Outside of USA

    by Kilo42

    I was looking for something to use outside of USA, specifically South East Asia, but this product does not currently.

  • 2 steps forward 1 step back

    by Ericwanger

    the app continues to evolve in features and functionality. in the main i enjoy flying with it . however, the user interface can still be a real pain. for example, waypoint entry is now case sensitive from the keypad. that means that kmdw is different than KMDW. this effectively doubles the number of keystrokes required to enter a waypoint because you have to hit the shift key prior to each and every letter. thats just pure workload for no reason.

  • I wish for this...

    by Flow guru

    I wish you could select a fix/navaid/airport etc and have the app draw a DME ring around it and depict a radial from said fix. Like a FMS in an airliner can. This should be relatively easy for garmin! Great looking app and the maps are beautiful. A bit of a learning curve at first but after an hour I had the hang of it. Pretty Intuitive and what we've come to expect from garmin.

  • Has worked great

    by Jsgsjsksj

    Have used Garmin pilot for over a year. Purchased gdl 39 ads-b receiver. Recently have had to purchase another app because the Garmin app keeps quitting. I have spent over 25,000 dollars with Garmin over the last few years and have always been very impressed, until now. Pay attention Garmin! This is making me think twice next time I need some avionics, you guys have some smart people working there, get it right, and to management, don't force things to market that are not ready!!!!!!!!

  • Works great now!

    by AirMAC37


  • Unstable

    by 182pilot

    Good app when it does not crash :( Not what I expected from Garmin.

  • Works great.

    by Flying ace 2

    Latest update works great. Solved the crash issues of previous release.

  • Pilot

    by Dave Hermel

    App crashed on me also . This happened after last upgrade. I had to delete then reloaded. Please fix

  • Screen brightness

    by Chucks of

    Still the screen is not bright enough. When switching to ADS-B from Radar the screen goes dimmer. I have both the Apple iPad set to full bright and the Garmin Pilot app is also set to full bright. Is it just me or does the brightness dim while on ADS-B for everyone? I can't read it while flying. This app does not wrk after downloading the latest version 5.1.1 !!!!

  • Latest update freezes and won't load. Don't update.

    by tripple1

    Fix it please

  • Long time garmin app user

    by Pginz

    The latest update will not run on an iPhone 5 with iOS 6.1.4. Please fix. I rely on this to fly.

  • App crashed

    by RBrimhall

    After last app update, the app froze, and will not un-freeze

  • What happened???

    by EFB newbie

    What is going on??? New update crash my app. I deleted and reinstalled hoping it would work again. I have crashed 6 times trying to reinstall my data. What did you do??? I have the latest iPad with as much memory as Apple offers. Definitely not a hardware issue.

  • Problem downloads

    by Gregmason123

    After installing last update I cannot select charts to update. Charts are missing and I cannot single select them to update.

  • Nice App

    by Navy Gunner

    Works really well

  • zero stars

    by Ipadec

    crashes every time. now cant activate any flight plan. hard reset ipad does not help. on line now with garmin and they act is if there is no problem. How do you get your money back

  • Mine is crashing now too

    by RVFlyr

    This has been a solid program for over a year for me, now I can't even open it. It crashes every time.... Tried rebooting the phone several times, no luck....

  • Works fine

    by Aircatz

    I use the app for work and file IFR 90% of the time. The app works fine and does not crash. The maps are amazing tied with the traffic and weather from the GDL 39, its a great product.

  • Bad update!

    by Won't try agaon

    I too have to crash problem. The app was great, not so anymore. Wish I could get my money back. I sent email to Garmin but don't expect much. Can't give it zero stars or I would. Do not purchase app until it is fixed, almost unusable as is.

  • No synthetic vision yet??????

    by AJ340120

    How is it that other apps that have come out a year after garmin have synthetic vision and garmin still doesn't! Makes me want to sell my gdl 39 and buy a dual and buy fly q

  • What's the with price hike??

    by rbg214

    Garmin Pilot used to be $75, Geo-referenced approach plates for $50, and SafeTaxi for $25. What is with the new $50 high price tag? Glad I didn't buy a Garmin GDL-39 yet and lock myself into Garmin. Will be switching to Foreflight since they haven't raised their prices.

  • Version 5.1 crash

    by Fsierrai

    I really like this app is the best out there but it let me down this morning before a flight... Not sure what is the best way to contact garmin but i updated before a flight this morning and he aplication crashed over and over... Restarted ipad did lots of stuff but could not get it to work...

  • Crashes on every flight

    by William Yin

    This app crashes at least once on every flight. It doesn't just crash it self, it crashes the entire OS. I have to hard reboot the ipad in flight.

  • Useless support - BUGGY!

    by MS11111

    This is a terrible app. Nothing really works right. Waste of money. The support person is useless. They should fire him.

  • really buggy with no Garmin support fix yet

    by whitemhw

    I was getting metar and other weather related data including Radar data, but not Satellite data,so message was "no data" displayed. As to the question of which radar was selected, I had fis-b radar selected. There was a cloud layer that covered the majority of Western NC at the time and the app did not show any of this info other than metar related data at the airports reporting. Regarding opacity, I have the opacity it is set to about 80% on the slider and typically shows the satellite data (ie cloud formations) on the overlay. The primary problem was that when I needed to view my VFR chart the app would not display the area directly around the aircraft. That area (about a 2" x 3" area would show blank with no chart or other data displayed). Obviously in a situation where the ceiling is lowering and the terrain is rising, it would be nice to view your VFR chart to check your minimum altitudes for obstructions. this happen on 2 different flights in the same airplane with different pilots using different i pads. on a Ipad retina display and one a i pad mini. the GDL-39 was the only common link besides using the same airplane.

  • Buggy, Slow map rendering, does not load map data.

    by Online info

    Maps just don't work. While in flight it would not load VFR chart leaving the part of map where my plane was located "Blank" so I had to land as I needed to reference obstacle clearance do to lowering clouds and rising terrain. It crashes on iPhone and will not open. This app is useless and dangerous for use in flight situations.

  • Buggy software, unhelpful customer service

    by FinFinley

    This app has some neat features. Lightning used to be one of them, but they messed that up a couple months ago with an update. When I report bugs such as this, they just tell me that my connection must be slow. When displayed in conjunction with radar, displayed lightning goes missing on large chunks of the display, well after the app stops attempting to download data (therefore I know it's not a connection speed issue). Lightning animation is absolutely useless as well. Seeing that they refuse to admit that these are even problems, I have no hope that they will be resolved. Another major annoyance is that the navigation database included is faulty. For example, two of the four major STARs into KDFW have been missing for months now. I've twice reported the issue and been told they are "working on it." Prior to this issue I've also seen STAR transitions missing waypoints. For a while I could understand such major bugs in this relatively new software, but after more than a year as a customer and seeing little improvement, and in fact degradation in some areas (lightning, database accuracy), I'll be switching to Foreflight.

  • Limited Flight Planning

    by Aglass611

    This app is very good at many things but still needs some improvement. On the positive side, you get a great moving map with weather overlays and IFR approach plates at your fingertips. There is also the capability to use the touch screen to enter flight planning way points and modify on the fly. There are a bunch of bells and whistles that are useful such as a scratchpad, several different split screen options and a "Direct To" button. What still needs some more work is the flight planning module. If you choose to enter waypoints using latitude and longitude using degrees and minutes the program will convert the waypoint to degrees with decimal equivalents of the minutes. The original data is lost so you cannot see the minutes in the flight plan to cross check on a paper Sectional chart. Also, flight plans that are saved are named as "bookmarks" using the first and last waypoints and have no option to be named by the user. There also currently is no way to export flight plans onto an SD card to load into an aircraft GPS database like the G-1000 system. So If you have waypoints and flight plans in Garmin Pilot you will have to re-enter into the Garmin G-1000. This seems odd. But for less than $50 a year it's a great EFB to get rid of your cumbersome and more expensive paper charts. The weather choices are comprehensive and include NOAA depictions, area forecasts, current location weather and TAF's. I haven't yet tried the filing option but it looks like it should work for a simple flight plan. To flight plan you can enter routes by calling up airports, intersections and user waypoints or by using the interactive charts if you don't know the ICAO identifiers. Lastly, all paper sectionals, high and low charts, IFR approaches and airport information can be downloaded very quickly before flight using a relatively nominal amount of memory. I use an iPad with 16GB and that is plenty of memory for what a pilot will need to take aloft. If you need to, some charts can be unloaded and reloaded later for another day. There have been reports of crashes but that seems to be related to the very early iPads. Overall, worth the money and expect Garmin to rapidly improve the program shortcomings relatively soon.

  • Crashes

    by Cwhcfi

    I loved the functionality of this app while it was working. However, now I cannot get it to open. Well actually that is not entirely true. The app will open only to crash a few seconds after opening. It has not been working for a few weeks now.

  • Airport Diagrams

    by 172Capt

    Down to one star now. Still have to update each APD separately. ForeFlight includes the new diagrams in the downloads every few months or so. Not sure why Garmin can't do this.

  • Much to like but needs terrain and obstacles

    by M20JPilot

    I especially like the dynamic (vector based) map with track up and the ability to graphically set up a flight plan that includes approach fixes. Other nice features: NEXRAD and lightning overlays nicely done. Panel display (wish it had a turn coordinator and glide slope) Needs improvement: No TAWS terrain awareness map overlay No obstacles awareness map overlay Confusing Direct To logic: when you enter a simple flight plan using Direct To an airport, a new flight plan is not created and a destination chart binder is not created making the selection of an approachy procedure cumbersome. It is also inconsistent with the way the 430w works: when you go direct to an airport and push the PROC button, a complete listing (binder) of approaches for the selected airport is presented. Still trying to decide whether to buy. The addition of a TAWS and obstacles would likely seal the deal.

  • Not quite ready....

    by RLB105

    This app sure looks good at the outset. But the deeper one digs, the more bugs one finds - and some are quite serious. Like crashing without a chance of recovery when the app can't process certain navaids. I am told this will be fixed soon. But, in the meantime, it is unwise to attempt flight planning - you're taking quite a chance if you do so. Like the loss of subscription validity if one happens to select the subscriptions button on the setup page when disconnected from the Internet. Really easy to make such a mistake. Just accidentally swipe that button while you are flying and you no longer have georeferenced plates or Safetaxi. Great promise with this app, but it is pretty clear there was little, if any, beta testing with real pilots.... What a shame Garmin has decided to only allow GDL39 mating with Pilot. Pretty stupid, and not user friendly in my view. The best solution would be the 39 and Foreflight. Oh, well.........

  • Do Not Upgrade

    by Desertengineer

    Optimized for newer iPad means incompatible with the old. Crashes immediately on open every time. Paid $50 for basically two months of use. DO NOT PURCHASE if you have an older iPad.

  • Does not launch

    by Adcorrea

    Current version will not upload the database, then it will not work.

  • Who's Pilot?

    by a;lkdjlakjd

    If you are looking for an APP that you need to continually reload (IPAD 4) and every time they make an update you need to reload it again or something that worked before the update doesn't after, then this APP is for you. It's not all bad but it is amazing to me that they don't have pilots consult with their engineers rather than let the engineers make all the decisions. There are so many thing they could do to improve the APP I would need pages to write them all down. If you purchased the GDL39, like it did then you are as foolish as I was. The GDL39 works fairly well with My Pilot. Unfortunately, the GDL39 does not present a realistic picture of traffic. You can not receive TIS-B traffic without an aircraft with ADS-B out. You won't find that in the GDL39 literature. Garmin, for starters PLEASE get some stability with your APP.

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