User Story: iPad + Bad Elf GPS Comforting After Alternator Failure

June 24, 2011 2 Comments

Every day we get emails from our customers telling us how they're putting their Bad Elf GPS to good use. We love them - if you've got a story to tell, we'd love to hear it.

I'm a pilot myself, so this email from Tom Flock really hit home:

Coming back from Nassau, I noticed my alternator was only partially charging my electrical system. Luckily, I was using the Bad Elf with ForeFlight, because I had to dramatically reduce the electrical load. I didn't have to shut down my primary GPS navigation device, but it was certainly comforting to know that my "backup" was the Bad Elf GPS.

Tom also sent a screenshot of his route:

A few years ago, as a relatively new pilot, I experienced an electrical system failure while entering the LA Basin. Not fun! Even if it's not the primary source of navigation, GPS is a powerful tool, especially when over water or for navigating complex airspace.

If you haven't seen it already, a few months ago posted a presentation and video that demonstrates an emergency approach using only the iPad, Bad Elf GPS, and a hand-held radio. Definitely worth a look!

2 Responses

Tristan Walling
Tristan Walling

June 25, 2011

A sectional chart and good dead reckoning skills wouldn’t be bad, either, as this pilot has already seen that electronic gizmos can fail. Nothing against the Bad Elf, I love mine, but it still doesn’t replace the basics.

Don Kendrick
Don Kendrick

December 08, 2012

Just purchased the Bad Elf GPS Pro to drive ForeFlight on an iPad Mini. The first time I took it up in the airplane I had a complete electrical failure. The GPS Pro worked like a dream getting us back home! AND, the track feature is great. Thanks Bad Elf!


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