Having seen various posts on applications for hand-helds like the palm pilot and others, can anyone tell me which of these I should get. It sounds like there are some killer applications out there between GPS add-on’s and the AOPA dierectory…etc. How’s a guy to know which to buy?
Here’s one interesting way to go:
Buy a Palm Pilot VIIx, street price around $170. It has a radio modem built in.
Go to http://www.cheapbastardsoftware.com/www.cheapbastardsoftware.com and download their aviation weather freeware.
Sign up for the online service for the Palm Pilot. Cost: $10/month and up, depending on your usage.
You now have Nexrad radar and email in-flight. Perfectly legal, since it uses pager, not cell phone, frequencies.
You can also download the AOPA airport directory to your PC and send pieces of it to your Palm Pilot. I dunno how much will fit into a stock Palm VIIx.
There are also E6B and weight & balance apps for the Pilot, although once again I don’t know if they’ll run in the VIIx.
Just for the record, I like the Compaq iPaq better than Palm Pilots, but you can’t beat the above configuration’s bang/buck.