Bad Elf, Inc., the manufacturer of the just released the Bad Elf GPS Pro, next-generation portable GPS receiver and data logger designed exclusively for the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, and with Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc., along with their marketing partners King Schools, Inc. and Jeppesen Sanderson are proud to announce Cygnus, a whole new way to train pilots to use any of the dozens of iPad based aviation applications.
Cygnus allows a pilot to use any aviation or navigation application running on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch while connected to any one of a wide range of flight simulation software products. When using Cygnus during a simulation session the iPad and the aviation application it is running will believe that it is located wherever the aircraft in the active simulation is located.
“Cygus is the perfect tool for training pilots in the use of iPad aviation applications, such as Jeppesen Flight Deck, Foreflight, WingX Pro, and all the others in a safe and controlled environment.”, said John King, of King Schools. “Being able to learn the effective use of these amazing applications without the distraction of have to fly an airplane is what flight simulation training tools are all about”.
“We designed the product based on feedback from hundreds of general aviation, corporate, and commercial pilots who regularly use the iPad in-flight,” said Brett Hackleman, lead engineer and co-founder of Bad Elf.
To help promote the use of these applications and enhance training for pilots worldwide, Jeppesen, the world’s foremost innovator of navigational solutions, has joined the Cygnus team to offer free chart subscriptions for use with Jeppesen aviation apps for the iPad. Jeppesen is offering a free 6 month chart subscription with each Cygnus purchase.
“We are all very pleased with the release of this truly unique and valuable new product and very grateful to have partners like King Schools, Jeppesen and, of course, Bad Elf to help us bring it to market”, said Todd Willinger, CEO of Redbird.
Cygnus is available in two versions: Cygnus Pro Wireless allows wireless connection via Bluetooth of up to 6 iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices simultaneously and Cygnus Home Direct which connects directly to the iPad device using a special Cygnus cable.