When it comes to electronic flight bag (EFB) apps, it can be hard to choose. Feature parity is a real thing now, with most of the apps offering similar functionality (even if the polish is somewhat different).
But WingX, in particular, is often misunderstood, and many pilots find it difficult to use. That’s unfortunate, because WingX has some unique tools that make flying easier and more efficient, especially for us VFR pilots. While other apps might have the same feature, implementation is where WingX shines.
Here are my five favorite WingX features to use while flying.
WingX has three timers built into the display at the top of the app. One measures overall flight time, while the other is useful for timing fuel burn out of individual tanks. A third timer can be used for IFR approaches. These can be customized for your particular needs, too.
FlyQ EFB offers a similar feature in their “instrument panel,” but ForeFlight seems to have avoided adding timers.
Bonus: Notice the speed, heading, and altitude right at the very top? I love that, too. It’s easy to spot while bouncing through the air! All flight plan information is also located near the top.
2. Track Up/North Up
Yes, I know other apps have this feature, but WingX was first to the game with it, and their implementation is simple and easy to use. Just tap the button at the bottom of the maps screen and switch back and forth.
3. Distance Measurement
I’ve never been a fan of using two fingers to display a ruler on the map. In bumpy air, it’s difficult at best, and can be pretty distracting. In WingX, you simply move the main screen cursor around the map with your finger.
WingX will display the distance from your position to the point under the cursor, with all of the details you’d expect, such as heading and time enroute to that exact point.
In this screenshot, we’re measuring the distance from our aircraft (in blue) to KVTI, just northwest of our position.
4. Runway Information/Notifications
One of my favorite features of WingX is when lined up for a runway on arrival. WingX will display the runway number, as well as length and width, right at the top of the screen. It’s great for final confirmation of some pretty important details.
Bonus: In this screenshot, you can also see WingX displaying the descent rate necessary to land at KIOW. This automatically displays as you approach your destination.
5. Split Screen
It’s been beaten to death, but this is a great feature. Displaying airport information alongside the moving map, or any other piece of info you might want, is fantastic. WingX allows you to quickly resize both screens, and it’s easy to choose which content to show as well.
FlyQ EFB does have split screen functionality, but I found it to be harder to use. Regardless of the app, split-screen adds some great possibilities to the cockpit.
Give WingX a Try
If you haven’t given WingX a try lately, it may be time for another test drive. You can learn more about the app at the Hilton Software website. They offer 30-day trials, and CFIs can get the VFR/IFR package (with terrain) completely free.
In addition, Hilton Software just announced a “VFR Free” program, and new updates to the app are also on the horizon.