At a recent club meeting a few of us shared what instruments we're flying with. The clear favorite was David Hatfield's, but it was interesting to see how both new and more experienced pilots set up their kit.
We did get pulled in a few different directions, such as where to mount your Spot or inReach (shoulder vs flight deck), the importance of a "real" ball compass and the difficulty in finding good ones, and which vario is the "best" (pssst, the top 3 are all really good.)
Still, we mostly stayed with what's on the deck. Here are some quick snaps and explanations from local San Diego pilots.
Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 inch 2016. Google it and buy one new for $100, or used on eBay, offer up etc for $50. He runs XC Track, which is for Android only.
Sun Shield: GPS Sun Shade, GPS Navigator Lens.
Anti Glare Film: [3-Pack] Supershieldz- Anti-Glare.
Vario: XC Tracer
Here's another angle so you see the Sun Shield:
His notes: "I use them both on occasion, probably XCtrack a bit more. I use the phone just as much if not more for music, messages, [...] and weather...Windy or Windalert for real-time wind speeds on the nearby stations. I feel like when my XCtracer gets here I will run the XCtrack app more consistently for the map."
Having heard Gavin McClurg talk about his tune on a recent podcast, I asked if he'd mind sharing it with the rest of us. Here it is for you XC Tracer flyers:
# create your own vario tone settings below
See ya in the sky!