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  CSOB Paperless IAPs - (Amazon Kindle +


WOW! First it was the Sony Reader + Reader Plates as a CSOB EFB for approach plates and now there's a FREE Downloadable Plate solution that works on the Amazon Kindle 2.0 and other portable platforms-!


Here's what they say about their product:


" allows you to download US Terminal procedures (approach plates) and Airport/Facilities Directories by region, in PDF format. Each IAP PDF file contains all approach procedures, STARs, SIDs, and minimums, and the files are bookmarked in a hierarchical format. The A/FD Files contain all information traditionally found in a paper A/FD. All downloads on this site are free; we are 100% user supported.


When viewed on a portable platform, such as a tablet PC, you can quickly select the information you need by clicking on the bookmark menu and 'drilling down' to the state, airport, and approach you desire."



Visit their Download page for a Free Sample HERE






Here's a promo video on the Kindle:


 debuted in June 2009 and is a FREE PDF plate (donations only at this time) download site for all those CSOBs who prefer a Kindle PDF viewer device.


I have not personally used the Kindle or but there appear to be many positive pireps floating around from Kindle users who have tried the PDFPlates solution.



05July2009 NEWS FLASH


PDFPlates reports the following regarding their product and the Sony Reader:


"I finally got a Sony reader and have fixed the table of contents problem that I had previously. So, the plates now work there but the zooming is not ideal- the plate is smaller than it should be but zooms in landscape mode nicely. Not as good as the readerplates guys but a whole lot more free."

Download their product for free and let me know what you think as it applies to the Sony Reader or any other device for that matter.



Here is a Kindle DX + pdfplates Pirep from Bonanza owner Brad H.:


Day two of Kindle DX ownership - and I love it! Let me qualify that; it is a fantastic e-reader (what it was designed for). Using the largest font size, I can read as a passenger in a car WITHOUT reading glasses. That's a big deal for me because I usually get car sick after 5 minutes while reading in motion in anything but an airplane (riddle me that). I can read in bed in low light conditions (need the 'cheaters' for that mission). I could go on but let's just leave it at "I'm never buying another hardback book" (bought my first book for $8 that would have cost me $20+ at the bookstore).


Kindle DX as approach plate reader -

Everyone has their own approach plate management style and mine heavily influences my impression of the Kindle. My new daily driver has an EFB but I can still print paper plates and use my old habit pattern, whether it be a good habit pattern or a bad one. I like having the arrival plate, expected runway approach plate, and taxi diagram clipped to the yoke directly in front of me (anyone can fly a big airplane, taxiing the beast is another matter). I fold them in half (sometimes with the top and bottom folded under) with the most critical or appropriate area displayed. I can easily flip through 3 plates back and forth, or shuffle through 3 so that the one in use is always on top. I hate looking sideways at a plate or thumbing through a book and looking for information. Other pilots have different methods that they are happy with, that's just my bias so keep that in mind.


I downloaded the entire state of Mississippi from  The download for one state (252 pages) took about three minutes. Page one of the "book" is the index by airport ID and page number. Here's where it gets "tricky". You have to select by airport ID not ID and approach - not a biggie. What is a PITA is you have to hold down the ALT key and punch in the number. The keyboard on the Kindle is quite small. I can see this being an issue in turbulence or flying without an auto-pilot. That brings up the first page for a given airport and then you NEXT PAGE yourself to the plate you want. I've learned to count One-Potato, Two-Potato and at "Two" you get the next page. If you were at an airport with lots of approaches and you needed the last one, you'd have a whole sack of potatoes to deal with. Here's where the system get's ugly for me - I'm a long-term sufferer of "sumtimerz's" disease and like to flip forwards and backwards for that one small piece of information that didn't stick. Say you're on approach inside the marker and you want to review the taxiway you planned for - with paper I can quickly raise the paper plate and glance at the taxi diagram, snatch the info, and go back to the approach plate. With the Kindle it would be PREVIOUS PAGE, one-potato, two-potato, repeat as necessary, then NEXT PAGE, one-potato, two-potato .... you get the idea.


Readability -

The 'gubmint' plates are displayed in exactly the same size they are on paper. The Kindle background is slightly more gray, or less white depending on how you want to look at it, and that makes it ever so slightly less readable. I have a hard time reading normal size paper plates anyway so keep that limitation in mind. If you turn the Kindle sideways and go to the landscape mode, EVERYTHING changes. I can see, I can see! You can lock-in the landscape mode so you don't get nuisance orientation shifts (if you do get a shift you go one-potato, two-potato, and at "two" it shifts back). Lets say you have the landscape mode at the profile portion of the plate (where I'm usually focused during the approach phase anyway) and they hand you off to tower without giving you the frequency (or they did but your "sumtimerz's" kicks in), now you have to go PREV PAGE, one-potato, two - got it!, one-potato, two, etc.


Here's my overall impression - it's fantastic for what it was designed for. It leaves a lot to be desired as an EFB, but keep in mind, EFB's in general don't really fit my style. Also keep in mind that I'm the world's longest surviving brain donor so that colors everything. Here's the plan for the Bo; print "big ass paper plates" for departure and arrival and do what I've always done. The Kindle DX will be quietly along for the ride until the feces hits the horizontal wind movement device, and then all the information you ever wanted on alternates will be available.


One-potato, Two-potato. "Hey Center, standby for a minute until I'm done counting, then I'll let you know what my plans are!"



The AOPA article is HERE


Amazon's Kindle 6.0"sells for $359 HERE


Amazon Kindle DX 9.7" sells for $489 HERE


Isn't it great to finally have such low cost EFB options!


Check it out!




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