Announcing the iGlide Moving Map Software for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch

iPhone 5

iPhone 5

iGlide is a gliding moving map software specifically developed by Butterfly Avionics of Germany for Apple iOS devices.  It can be run on Apple's iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.  iGlide offers an entirely new level of situational awareness in navigation and yet is super easy to use.  Route planning, airspace awareness and the map has been completely re-imagined.  iGlide assists pilots even with the most challenging situations.  Using iGlide in flight is fun and requires no pens, only fingers.

iGlide has been sold over 2,000 times in Europe so far and is on the market since 2010. Key to this huge success its is simplicity.

When starting to design iGlide back in 2008, the development team at Butterfly Avionics had the clear vision to create an easy aid for navigation.  "One of the biggest problems with PDA navigation devices that existed back then was the rather old and not so easy to use user interfaces, combined with non-robust, old technology." Says Marc Förderer, heading the marketing and support team at Butterfly. "Using PDA software to the entire extend of its features, forced many users to invest lots of time each and every spring - there needed to be an easier way".  The team started developing iGlide based on one whole new platform, Apple Smartphone devices such as the iPad, iPhone or iPod.

iPad Mini (click to enlarge)

iPad Mini (click to enlarge)

"With the iOS platform we have been able to deliver an amazing user experience, our users gain access to the latest in mobile hardware and software technology and we got a streamlined distribution channel that makes it really easy for our customers to install iGlide on their devices." Says Tobias Fetzer, head of Development at Butterfly Avionics. Installing iGlide is really simple, you simply load it from the Apple AppStore onto up to five devices you own. There is no synchronization with PCs required, you don't have to download data from the internet and import it, its all just there and works.

"The best thing about iGlide is that every pilot who owns a smartphone or an iPad already knows how to use it.  There is no expert know-how or training required, it is as simple as using any other smartphone-app.

"The most important feature of iGlide of course is the map.  The iGlide map features airports and airspace information and also topographical information such as lakes, forests, cities and mountains.  The map is very detailed and look crisp and three-dimensional. View this YouTube video to see more:

Planning and changing routes in-flight is very easy with iGlide. not only basic airport navigation is very simple and intuitive.

You can drag-and-drop waypoints with your fingers, and you can use modern optimization features to plan the perfect FAI-Task, Assigned Area Task or free OLC-Task.

iGlide is able to import many common file-types such as .DAT or .CUP waypoints, but it also comes with preloaded airports and navigational data. In fact, iGlide features the entire openAIP dataset.  openAIP is a new project founded by Butterfly Avionics in 2012 and has the goal to deliver free, current and precise navigational data to anyone.  openAIP is a web-based crowd-sourced aeronautical information platform that allows users to add, edit and download aeronautical data in many common formats used in general aviation.

iGlide beautifully integrates with you daily digital life. Synchronization of Data, Flights and settings via DropBox and also sharing Flights in IGC- or Google-Earth-format via eMail is possible.

iGlide is available in 3 different editions. Upgrades from one to another are possible at any time. The range begins with simple entry-level versions up to all-inclusive versions for professional users. More on iGlide editions can be found here.

"We are very happy that iGlide is now available in the USA as well and we look forward to receiving comments from the US soaring community" says Joachim Fetzer of the Butterfly Support team.

  15 comments for “Announcing the iGlide Moving Map Software for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch

  1. Sean
    February 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    iGlide is great mobile software but it is just WAY too expensive to compete with XC Soar and android hardware. Unfortunately this is a market reality. I have iGlide but it is not ready to be integrated with my gliders flight computer and pitot/static system, temp etc. I use XC soar as primary and iGlide as a backup because of this.

    • February 19, 2013 at 1:13 am

      Sean,
      you are absolutely right when you say that iGlide is not cheap and that this somehow affects sales.But we don’t look at it this way. We strive hard to create a good product and this normally means that there is a certain price.

      It is also a market reality that not everyone of us wants to work out the complexity of other solutions. iGlide can be downloaded and it works instantly and this is what customers love about it and what makes it worth the money for them.

      Of course one can say that e.g. the XC-Soar feature list is longer, but the questions is: can normal pilots use these features? Are they easy to use, are they fun to use etc..

      Best regards
      Marc

      • Not Marc
        February 26, 2013 at 8:37 am

        Great statement!
        So remove some features, just show a map – and it will be great fun and easy to use (for everyone).

        Gosh!

        • iGlide user
          February 27, 2013 at 1:18 am

          I don’t think that you’ve used it before, have you?

          iGlide has MANY features (all features I need) but its simply not as stuffed with things nobody needs..

        • February 27, 2013 at 1:37 am

          We have not used some clunky software and removed features. iGlide is not a stripped down software, its built from scratch with the user in mind. This means we may have less features (and this is not really certain) but we have all the important features we think people need.
          If there are missing features, we add them. However we are really careful because we do not intend to add complexity. If you think that only the most feature packed software works for you, maybe iGlide is nothing for you.

          We can’t be that wrong, also world class pilots (at WGC e.g.) use it.

  2. Mason
    February 26, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I asked a knowledgeable friend about how iGlide compares to typical products used in the U.S. His responses:

    1) It only knows/understands the European/IGC format of tasks & contest rules (not US rules).

    2) While it has some features, it is not NEARLY as customizable as LK8000 or SeeYou or XCSoar. You’re basically stuck with the data they’ve chosen for you, and if the layout isn’t good or you want to see different data, you have to constantly change modes or windows to see it. I think this defeats some of the purpose of having the tool (too much “fiddle” time).
    For example: One of my favorite things about LK8000 is that it will automatically highlight airports and landing fields I can reach at my current altitude, position, wind, and glide-slope. So at a quick glance (with no fiddling) I can *see* what my options are if the situation turns tense, or dire. And I can customize what altitude “cushion” to apply – so if I am in tricky terrain I can specify a 1000′ safety margin; while over in the flat dessert I may cut it down to only 500′.

    Your response?

    • February 27, 2013 at 1:25 am

      Mason,

      1) yep, iGlide does not yet support US specific rules. If you want us to add certain things, please write to support@butterfly.aero

      2) iGlide is able to import any data you want in .CUP, .DAT and .TXT (open air) format. You can fully customize the data display, i.e. which data to show where.
      iGlide also shows your airports/waypoints/landing fields in reach with an amber-like color system (green: safe, amber: only 300ft arrival Alt or less, red: negative arrival altitude). You customize safety altitudes (“cushion”) in iGlide as well.

      Best wishes
      Marc

      • Noel
        February 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm

        I welcome new and easier-to-use options in the field of glide computers, and don’t want to sound overly critical of this new and innovative piece of software… But I have some concerns about the usefulness of iGlide as a “primary” flight computer:
        1) No built-in pressure-altimeter and no easy way to hook up to an IGC logger (one of the advantages of hooking up a logger to a PDA or instrument-panel flight computer is the ability to see the pressure altitude that will be used for tasks, start-rules violations, and scoring).
        2) Its not clear how customizable the display is… In systems like LK8000, XCSoar, and others you can choose what fields appear on the margins of the moving map. Are these fields pre-defined in iGlide? If they can be customized, is there a list of what fields/info can be displayed?
        3) The green/yellow/red identified for landable areas is nice, but some other programs (such as LK8000) can optionally show an estimated arrival altitude (minus a safety factor) beside each landing site – this is handy for knowing if the glide may be a “squeaker”, and also is a handy reference for tracking one’s progress towards a site (if I glance at the number a few times over the course of a few minutes, and I notice the number is shrinking, its likely I’m not going to make it – even if it isn’t a dangerously-small number yet). Does iGlide provide this level of detail?
        4) Many of the common glide computers show a “blob” or “amoeba” around the aircraft, showing the area within projected gliding distance (given current altitude, wind, terrain, speed-to-fly setting, ballast, and glider polar). Does this feature exist in iGlide?

        Thanks, and good luck,

        –Noel

        • February 28, 2013 at 12:31 am

          Thanks for your thought Noel. Please let me answer some of you thoughts/questions:

          1) Thats right, just like nearly all other PNAs, iPad/iPhone devices also don’t feature a pressure sensors. You can for example use a wireless connection module to connect iGlide to you glide-computer. For example our “Butterfly Connect” module: http://www.butterfly-avionics.com/index.php/en/products/connect-ipadiphone-verbindungsmodul

          2) Yes, all “Nav-Boxes” are easily configurable. We have nearly anything one can imagine, if there’s a field missing we usually integrate it within one release cycle (6 weeks to 12 weeks).

          3) iGlide does also display estimated arrival altitudes (on the map and in menus). You can configure at which map-zoom-scale these altitudes appear. You can also add a custom safety altitude to it.

          4) nope, not yet. The glide-amoeba is one of the features we do not yet have but intend to have and which we will implement in one of the coming releases. Normally green/yellow/red system works nicely and is sufficient, but we understand that users want a more graphical approach.

          If you guys have feedback or wishes, please contact us anytime via support@butterfly.aero or give us a call from 0700 to 1800 CET.

          Best regards
          Marc

  3. Zonda
    March 5, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Does it support data base from South America?

    • March 13, 2013 at 7:03 am

      yes, we have lots of data for south america already (all the maps + quite some airports etc.). If you have own data that you want to use, you can also import and use it.

      • Jim Dingess
        July 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

        Is it possible to download logs from a 302, I have a K6BT connected to the 302?
        Does the logger in the Butterfly vario work for motor gliders?
        I use my current Streak 5 display for airspace and uploading files from the 302 to the OLC.

        Thanks, Jim

  4. mikkel schmidt-nielsen
    March 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    how do i put my waypoints from my pc to iglide?

  5. Colin
    December 2, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Iglide – I’m very impressed with it’s intuitiveness and ease of use so far. However, connectivity to other devices remains a blur to me. I use the LxNav Nano iii for primary GPS / Baro and logger. It easily connects via bluetooth to my android device running xcsoar.

    How do I connect / send GPS / Baro data to Iglide on my Ipad Mini 2 ??

  6. Andy
    May 31, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Hi, does it support data from New Zealand ? Thanks.

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