Announcement: New Garmin Pilot Tools for Pre-Flight Planning & In-Flight Operations

We’ve introduced several new features and capabilities to our popular Garmin Pilot app for Apple mobile devices including integrated weight and balance calculations, as well as aircraft performance tables and calculations and more. Also new to Garmin Pilot, Freehand flight planning allows for quick and easy flight plan editing from the moving map page. Pilot-configurable checklists are also integrated within Garmin Pilot, providing pilots the option to create custom checklists that are accessible within the app. These new features and more are available as a free update for existing customers and provide pilots with even more tools to aid in flight planning and in-flight navigation all within a single mobile application.

Integrated weight & balance

Garmin Pilot is the first application that incorporates weight and balance calculations into a flight plan or a saved trip, taking into account fuel burn and more for a comprehensive look at weight and balance characteristics throughout an entire flight. Pilots can take advantage of pre-loaded aircraft types or enter aircraft weight and balance figures manually, noting the arm, moment and station of each point from the Pilot’s Operating Handbook. Figures such as center of gravity are easily referenced in the application relative to an active flight plan. Pilots also receive a visual alert in the event CG limits are exceeded within the app. For a video tutorial, click here.


Weight & Balance feature within Garmin Pilot.

Enhanced performance calculation

New performance tables conveniently calculate take-off, climb, cruise and decent profiles so pilots can easily reference performance characteristics specific to their aircraft within Garmin Pilot. Pilots are provided with an interactive and graphically-rich interface to input figures that calculate aircraft performance, including variables such as time, power setting, fuel and distance to climb and cruise. All aircraft performance calculations take into account pertinent factors such as outside air temperature and altitude. Several of the most popular fixed-wing aircraft models among Garmin Pilot users are also pre-populated within the app. Additional aircraft types will be added to the aircraft library in upcoming releases. For a video tutorial, click here.


Performance feature within Garmin Pilot.

Additional flyGarmin integration

Enhanced flyGarmin integration provides customers with more opportunities to easily customize and save data within the Garmin Pilot app. Pilots now have the option to input and save their own aircraft performance characteristics manually within the the flyGarmin website, which can be shared across individualized aircraft profiles with other pilots across different accounts. Weight and balance reports can also be maintained within flyGarmin, so it’s easy to save, print or email aircraft weight and balance reports and CG data for every flight. Customized checklists can also be created within flyGarmin and synced to the Garmin Pilot app on a mobile device.


With a single tap pilots can utilize new Freehand flight plan editing, which can be quickly accessed via the radial menu within Garmin Pilot. Freehand allows pilots to easily plan or fly around weather, airspace, terrain or other pertinent features without leaving the moving map. Simply access Freehand by long pressing over an active flight plan route on the map. By selecting the graphically edit icon within the radial menu, pilots can either tap individual waypoints or utilize Freehand mode to dynamically draw a route, which uses a combination of NavAids, intersections and airports to generate a new flight plan with a simple finger swipe across the map. For a video tutorial, click here.


Freehand feature within Garmin Pilot.

Customized Checklists

Checklists can now easily be created and displayed within the Garmin Pilot app. Similar to an aircraft POH, these checklists can be categorized by normal, abnormal and emergency and then sorted even further by phase of flight, such as preflight, before take-off and before landing. Customized checklists are interactive, allowing pilots to select each individual checklist item. When selected, the checklist item turns green and a green checkmark confirms the step has been completed. For a video tutorial, click here.


Checklist feature within Garmin Pilot.

Additional features

Garmin Pilot 8.5 for Apple mobile devices is available immediately as a free update, providing existing customers access to these latest features. For new customers, Garmin Pilot is available in the Apple App Store as a free download for the first 30 days. After the 30-day trial period, customers may purchase an annual subscription of Garmin Pilot for the U.S. starting at $74.99. For additional information, visit: