I'm happy to report we are in the final stages of APDL 7's development with our last beta soon to get in the hands of beta testers. We'll then polish up the loose ends and finally get this much anticipated app in your hands as we know airline pilots are desperate for a complete FAR Part 117 solution. We thought we were on final a few times before and have gotten really good at going missed approach but the fact is FAR 117 is a complex solution and packing this into a solution that is intuitive for you and with our attention to detail to make sure what we provide you is correct and legal, it takes time. We started this project nearly three years ago and we are ever excited to be on final for real this time. We are happy with the solution we have produced for you after many iterations of trying to solve this puzzle. We've been keeping up with all of the changes with FAR 117 as the industry adopts this complicated reg and we'll continue to stay on top of it to ensure you are always armed with the latest requirements.
As mentioned before, you cannot add on FAR 117 to any logbook app, you have to build an app from the ground up designed for FAR 117. It is so different than anything anyone has ever done and with our lead engineer and pioneer of APDL, Paul Auman, you know you are going to get something great building on the years of APDL Palm & Pocket PC. We have more than just an app in the works as well, APDL is a "system" and we have great plans for building up the "APDL system" to meet the needs of airline pilots beyond the app.
For those that are just learning of APDL, it is a complete stand-alone logbook for iOS. APDL will be your companion as an airline pilot tracking your legality (duty, rest, etc.), pay, schedule, etc. etc. etc. The above screenshots are minimal intentionally, there is a lot you don't see and we will unveil this when the app releases. As airline pilots you are responsible in knowing FAR 117 in its entirety to ensure you are legal. It is not an easy task and if you look at what FAR 117 requires you to track, historically and forecasted, looking at a few limit values in an app is going to get you in trouble and APDL is going to protect you with the right way to handle FAR 117.
We know a lot of you are Android users but we had to make a decision up front and that decision was iOS first due to the airline adoption of the iPad over other devices. We know Delta chose the Surface Tablet for its pilots but the market just isn't there yet for that platform for us to invest our limited resources. When APDL 7 for iOS releases, it is only a beginning, we are not in any way done. We are going to get a lot (understated) feedback from you, the users in the field. Airlines are very unique as we have learned from our large beta team using APDL in the field now and there is little standardization when it comes various areas of an airline pilots life. We will do all we can to accommodate as much as we can. Only when we feel we are at a stable and feature complete point will we consider working on other platforms so if you're thinking Android is around the corner, it is not. Consider getting an iOS device to be your FAR 117 life line. I want to be up front with you and not keep you guessing.
This is our final development update. We thank all of you for your patience. We wanted you to know APDL is coming and have kept you in the loop as much as we can. We know you're tapping your foot but we can't rush this and it's comprehensive and worth the wait. We look forward to the big announcement as soon as we are ready and Apple gives us the green light.