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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

Flight Gear

Today's app of the day is Flight Gear.

If you are a pilot (or somehow otherwise involved in the aviation industry), then an app such as Flight Gear is bound to be useful! I am sure that there is a time and a place for highly calibrated, expensive aviation gadgetry, but with the ability to replace all those tools for the price of a coffee, you really cannot go wrong!
In the spirit of full disclosure, the closest I have got to being behind the wheel of a flying machine was standing in a cockpit of a 747 when air stewards use to allow small kids to talk to the pilots for a few seconds on long haul flights (back in a more innocent age). What this means is I have absolutely no idea what most of the tools within Flight Gear actually do. Regardless, if they perform as they say on the packaging, then the developer has surely kicked a home goal with this app.
What I can tell you, is that the app looks and appears to work wonderfully. I have not tested this in the air, but if the screen shots and videos are anything to go by, I can imagine it being a pocket companion for any pilot. The user interface is smooth and practical, loading times are non-existent, and everything simply appears to work as it should.
In terms of the actual features, this app is packed to the brim. The developer has explained them in greater detail below (see the developer description), but included is:
 -          Altitude indicator
-          Heading indicator
-          Weigh and balance calculator
-          ATC playback
-          CG Off-Limits warning system
-          Fuel Timers
-          Flight Timers
-          Wind correction calculators
-          Cross wind calculators
-          Pressure convertors
-          Volume Convertors
-          Speed Convertors
-          True Airspeed Convertor
-          Auto ATC Notepad.
What is apparent about all these features is that they really utilise every last bit of hardware your phone has to offer, such as gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometer, voice to text functionality and much more. It is also apparent the app is highly configurable, with the ability to input details about your exact type of aircraft and airport.
All in all, this is an excellent android app, which the developer has obviously put a lot of hard work into creating and updating. If you got wings, get Flight Gear!

In the words of the developer:

Flight Gear brings together key flight tools and flight instruments such as the Attitude Indicator, Heading Indicator, Weight and Balance Calculator (center of gravity), Fuel Timer and more! Instead of having to haul around multiple flight tools such as an E6B whiz-wheel, separate flight timer, fuel timer, etc, you can simply use this app for all your pre-flight and in-flight calculations/needs. You'll also have a set of backup flight instruments to rely on in case your onboard avionics ever malfunction.

***NOW WITH AIRPORT FACILITY DIRECTORIES. Access information that the FAA publishes about airports all over the US WITHOUT a data/internet connection. You can search the Airport Facility Directory by Airport Name, Airport City, Airport ID, or Navigation Point Name. You MUST have a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader installed to view airport information.*** FEATURES:- Attitude Indicator. Uses the internal gyroscope/accelerometer to calculate your aircraft's position relative to the ground (Accurate to within a 1 degree variation).
- Heading Indicator. Uses the internal magnetometer to calculate compass heading.
- Photo-realistic graphics to help blur the line between your real cockpit flight instruments and the app's simulated flight instruments.
- Weight and Balance Calculator (center of gravity). Save, edit, and delete multiple aircraft/registrations. Save your basic parameters (center of gravity limits, empty weight, empty moment, etc) to the onboard database to avoid having to re-enter them the next time you fly. Variable parameters such as weight and arm length can be edited for each calculation.
- ATC Playback. Connect your device to your radio stack to record conversations between ATC and you. You can then replay those conversations from the app at your own discretion.
- CG Off-Limits Warning System. The CG value automatically starts flashing against a bright red background to warn you when your aircraft is out of its CG limits. The gross weight is also calculated simultaneously and starts flashing when your aircraft is over its max takeoff weight.
- Fuel timer. Simply enter your fuel capacity, current fuel amount and the rate of fuel burn and the app will start a countdown timer for how much flying time you have left. Also includes a 30min warning and "Fuel Empty" alert.
- Flight timer that runs in the background even if you close the app or turn off your device. Includes Zulu time.
- Central dashboard with attitude indicator, heading, fuel timer, and flight timer all on one screen.
- Wind Correction Angle Calculator
- Crosswind Calculator
- Pressure Converter
- Distance converter (nautical miles, miles, kilometers).
- Volume converter (gallons and liters). Also converts volume of fuel (Jet A, Jet A-1, AVGAS 100LL) to weight (lbs and kgs) and vice-versa.
- Speed converter (knots, miles per hour, kilometers per hour).
- True Airspeed Converter. Enter your indicated airspeed and current altitude to get the commonly used 2% estimate.
- Auto ATC Notepad (BETA). Simply hit the record button when you receive a call from ATC and everything you read back to them will be transcribed onto your device. While this feature does currently work, it is still in beta and the voice recognition system may not recognize all aviation terms. An update will be released periodically to improve accuracy as developments are made.
If there's something that isn't working for you or you'd like to see a new feature added to the app, send me an email at and I'll reply to it within 24 hours.
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By using the app, you agree that you will use your best judgment in making decisions while flying. You also agree that you are solely responsible for any outcomes that arise from using this app.

***This is app is not approved or endorsed by the Federal Aviation Administration***

Price: $4.77

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