PilotGeek's Review of SkyradarReviewed on 8/30/19 1:51 PM
This software is designed for use with the SkyRadar ADS-B receiver sold by the same people. Its primary utility is for overlay of FIS-B and TIS-B data on a moving map sectional or IFR chart. If you don't have the receiver, pay for Foreflight.
Kurt Z's Review of SkyradarReviewed on 8/30/19 1:51 PM
Version 2.6; SEL, IFR pilot with 900 hrs. I've been using the app for about 6 months now along with the geo-ref approach chart subscription. While the interface takes a little getting use to it is none the less very functional. I use Foreflight for most of my flight planning so have a good basis for comparing the moving map functionality. However, I added the ads-b reciever two weeks ago and it's amazing! On a 300 nm IFR flight with occasional IMC conditions I was receiving constant NEXRAD images the entire route from SW VA to NE IN (enroute altitude was 6-8,000). NEXRAD and METAR info were received starting at 1,000 feet above ground. the longest interval between radar updates was about 5 minutes. With the low en route charts and overlaid weather, skyradar is now my primary en route flight app. The in flight weather information is incredible with zoomable, detailed levels of precipation and being able to monitor changing METARs en route great increases flight safety and simplifies diversion/alternate choices. Getting the iPad to display the weather information was as as easy as turning the iPad on; it found the ads-b receiver wireless network in 10 seconds and never lost the connection. A co-pilot using a garmin handheld gps with xm weather was getting weather overlays which perfectly matched that shown on the skyradar app. In the past I have tried to display xm weather on my laptop computer while en route using the WxWorx receiver but it was very problematic with all the wires, startup time, computer crashes, and trying to use the program controls while actually flying. I'm very pleased with how well the ads-b receiver worked with the skyradar app and would strongly recommend it to a friend. If you want free ads-b in flight weather displayed in high resolution on the ipad, with easy to use controls and minimal wires in the cockpit you should strongly consider this app and ads-b receiver combination. Thanks to the developer for a great flight tool. Sincerely, Kurt
RV7Driver's Review of SkyradarReviewed on 8/30/19 1:51 PM
I've been using the Skyradar receiver and software for the past 8 months in my Van's RV7A and I would recommend it to anyone tired of writing a check to XM for weather. The support has been great, I get a call back usually within an hour. The software has been improving with every new release, it is very stable and I get everything I need. I think the negative reviews are probably from those who don't have the receiver.
98727's Review of SkyradarReviewed on 8/30/19 1:51 PM
I originally purchased this for $29 and thought it was fairly priced, even though it would lock up every now and then. After my visit with sky radar at Oshkosh I was informed that the new price is at $60. Feature for feature the $20 app by Sky Charts Pro is the best bargain out there with all the sectionals, low and high altitude charts and approach plates, and I have been using for over a year now. I also used the free trial with Fore Flight and find that to have so many MORE features than skyradar for only a few dollars more. My bottom line is Sky Charts Pro for the best value, or Fore Flight for the feature rich app.
Freff's Review of SkyradarReviewed on 8/30/19 1:51 PM
Of course to use this app you need one of the sky radar receivers. That said, having real time in flight tfr and weather info is awesome. Unlike the other adsb products available, with sky radar you are not required to keep paying for updated charts if you don't need them. The app and weather will still work. I have also seen real time air to air adsb traffic targets in skyradar even though my aircraft does not have an adsb out transponder. Pretty cool. I've used the app about 25 flight hours so far with no problems and with the adsb weather info that it provides, it has made trips possible that otherwise would have been delayed. the other review is untrue regarding resolution and types of charts available. If you domt download the charts then if you go offline the resolution will be poor while you are limited to the cache. The chart resolution is great for online use and areas that you download prior to flight. you can toggle between sectionals, ifr low, high, Tac, etc. approach plates are also included.
cap'n quick's Review of SkyradarReviewed on 8/30/19 1:51 PM
I downloaded the demo version for my iPad and took it up for a flight. Probably has loads of neat features, but the user interface is terrible! Does not do anything using standard directions that a normal nav program/moving map would do. The aesthetics are pretty terrible too. Needs: 1. more attention to standard tablet/aviation user directions. one should be able to tap, say, once on an airport to get METARs and the standard TAF symbol for TAFs in the area. one should be able to, say, tap twice on an airport to get detailed information about that airport. 2. overlay onto maps. the ADS-B is a powerful tool, but would be better if we could see it on the IFR or VFR maps for better situational awareness. again, the current interface is problematic both in terms of form as well as substance. 3. other traffic. there should be a traffic warning screen akin to the garmin 430 or 530 indicating any traffic within 500 feet, with a direction to look. ADS-B is definitely the future. but this app hasn't yet taken advantage of it effectively.
Old Warrior Driver's Review of SkyradarReviewed on 8/30/19 1:51 PM
Been flying with this app, mostly IFR for a year... Added ADB-S receiver six months ago... Is a good VFR sectional, IFR chart and approach plate app... Pinch and zoom is great for us senior aviators, and near realtime NEXRAD weather makes it an excellent choice for the GA pilot... Best is that my flight bag is sooo much lighter... Con... App has frozen on me twice... Had to reboot my iPad... Not A happy moment when IFR and IMC...
Piper Dakota Pilot's Review of SkyradarReviewed on 8/30/19 1:51 PM
I use several aviation apps (WingX, Foreflight, etc.) and the SkyRadar app is my favorite. What I like the most is the low demand on system resources (WingX overheated my iPad 3 several times on my last cross-country) it's very straight forward, better in-flight ADS-B weather and traffic depiction than others. Admittedly, it's not the most full featured (SynVis on WingX is pretty incredible), but otherwise it's always running on one of the two iPads whenever I fly!
Farufon's Review of SkyradarReviewed on 8/30/19 1:51 PM
The chart resolution is very low and only supports sectionals. Level 15 is pointless due to low resolution graphics and terrain.
ZZoomZZoom's Review of SkyradarReviewed on 8/30/19 1:51 PM
I use this APP for cross couontry flying in 150kt airplane and it is great!! gives GS, terrain,course line, flight plan, everything i needed. It even has, slew to airports, that give all info,i.e. rwy config, type, distance, hdg and dist to arpt, freqs, classb,c,d etc info,etc. I even was able to avoid a MOA that I was about to clip on recent flight. Excellent app, well worth the $25 a year and it saves lots of money over paper charts and is MUCH more convenient. Now I am going to find a way to mount it in my panel, hopefully airgizmo's will come up with something soon.