Garmin launches Pilot app, eyes iOS, Android platforms

Garmin Pilot will provide a bevy of data for the aviation industry, which is increasingly relying on tablets in the cockpit.

Garmin has launched Garmin Pilot, an aviation app that provides pilots with navigation, trip planning, filing, weather and electronic flight bag tools.

The move is notable since tablets, mostly Apple's iPad, are being used in the cockpit over flight kits and paper-based systems.

Garmin is also recognizing that its tools may not be sold with its own hardware all the time. Enter the app for other platforms.

The Garmin Pilot app will provide aviation weather data for U.S. and Canada as well as information from NEXRAD radar, cloud imagery, fuel pricing and condition measurements. Pilots can also log weather briefings from the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to Garmin, the Pilot app will use the built-in GPS of tablets and smartphones or an external add-on that is sold separately.

As for the pricing, Garmin Pilot will be free for 30 days and then charge $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year. Add-ons include geo-reference FliteCharts for $49.99 a year and SafeTaxi diagrams for another $29.99 annually.

Garmin Pilot will be available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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