Chances are by now you've heard of APDL, short for "Airline Pilot's Daily Aviation Logbook" originally created by Paul Auman circa 2000, acquired (rescued) by NC Software in 2005. APDL is the defacto standard for airline pilots flying under FAR Part 121 on the now ancient Palm OS and Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) platforms. In 2011 Paul Auman returned to take the lead on our new project and officially named "APDL" for Apple's iOS platform (Android TBD) as we started from the ground up with a complete rewrite initially to handle both 121 and 117, later focusing solely on FAR Part 117.
In prior newsletters we mentioned APDL was in the works but couldn't share much and while we're not into sharing too much prior to release for many reasons one of which is the release is still in the hands of Apple approving it! But we're so excited and the testers love it that I think it's time to start sharing a few screenshots, all subject to change until we actually release the product.
There are a few FAR Part 117 "Calculators" on the various app stores as of today, all of which are extremely limited and somewhat cumbersome, none of which give you the proper FAR Part 117 picture incorporating all of the required elements to make proper regulatory decisions based on the full reg. Quite simply an app to fully support FAR 117 takes years to create and this is why you're only seeing "part task apps" available. Other app vendors may have given some guidance on rigging up crazy statistics to give some impression of supporting FAR Part 117 but in the end it's erroneous guidance as again, you either do it right or you don't do it at all and to do the proper FAR Part 117 calculations you need more than "today" in your calculation and incorporate the proper lookback and regulatory facets.
APDL will provide many great features such as the trip sheet paradigm of data entry, advanced and high speed search, embedded and comprehensive airport database, phone dialer integration, duty and rest calculations incorporating all required facets of FAR Part 117, pay and expenses, charts and reports on block, credit, TAFB, pay and various regulatory limits for your critical awareness. We have various integrations for up to date flight status and gate information, changes, integrated mapping, import and export functionality. APDL is built strictly for iOS 7 and later following Apple's human interface guidelines and is a "night friendly" theme for low light conditions. APDL is under extensive testing and has been for months, and we are about to bring in our final wave of 30 or more testers with our next release entering our "Release Candidate" phase of testing. While we've been fielding the questions such as you probably have in your head now -- we do not yet have details on pricing, dates, tiers, features, etc. What we do know is it will run on any iOS 7 powered device from iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, iPad mini, etc. It is a stand-alone logbook just as APDL for Palm/Pocket PC was with synchronization with Logbook Pro for more advanced reporting and analysis as you've known to trust Logbook Pro to do. So without further ado, please see a few teasers below to show what we've been working on for the airline pilots flying under FAR Part 117.