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New app offers wireless engine data

January 18, 2011, 05:00 pm

A new iPhone and iPad app by TruTrak flight systems offers pilots the capability to wirelessly check their engine status, the company announced.

The app, called iMonitor, receives information from engine sensors that it transmits to an onboard using an Engine Data Module. That data is then wirelessly transmitted to the iPad or iPhone. TruTrak boats that the app is just as reliable as their regular EMS system and is inexpensive, easy to use, and saves space on the flight panel.

The app was recently tested when SportsAir USA installed it on the new Savage iCub bush plane, according to reports by both SportsAir and iCub. Bill Canino, president of SportsAir, was thrilled by the performance of the app.

"It is very easy to interpret and displays an amazing amount of data simultaneously to both pilots. Even our mechanics can read the engine information while standing outside of the aircraft," Canino said.

TruTrak systems is expected to release new generations of the app with improvements in the future.

Each year, some plane crashes are caused by engine malfunction. Even with new technological advancements such as the iMonitor app, pilots should equip themselves with pilot insurance, should something go wrong during a flight.  

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