BuddyFlight is an iOS app specifically for pilots and student pilots who would like to connect with other students or pilots. BuddyFlight will help you discover pilots who are at your same level as well as pilots who are on different levels and certified in different aircraft. Its sole purpose is to make it easy for pilots to connect with one another for training, ride-a-longs, ground study, discovery flights, simulator time, or just to get together to talk aviation!
When you train with a fellow pilot, especially to locations where they are familiar and you are not, it helps build confidence. Confidence in a new airspace. Confidence in new techniques. Confidence in emergency procedures. You become a better pilot and save money when connecting and flying with other pilots.
BuddyFlight offers some great features helping you connect with a fellow student or pilot at just the right time and place.
Sharing costs with a flight buddy enables longer flights for the same cost – expanding your geo airspace!
Buddying up with another pilot or student pilot saves you both time and money!
BuddyFlight is simple to use. Connect with a pilot, make a buddy request, or join a buddy request in seconds!
Message with your connected buddies. Send request notifications to pilots in your area!
User ratings build trust – allowing you to confidently browse and connect with other pilots at various levels. Find a mentor or be a mentor to others.
Potential money savings, both directly by splitting flight time with another student/pilot and indirectly through increased training efficiency of ride-a-longs or discovery flights – so when you actually start flying and paying for instruction you will be more familiar and confident.
A parallel can be made between flight buddies and aircraft crew. Most of the advantages would translate directly:
Increased safety (two sets of eyes looking for traffic, someone to catch potential mistakes you're making, etc)
Increased capability working as a team – it's easier to go to more complicated airspace when one person does the flying while the other runs the radios and makes sure the navigation is working out. also in an emergency situation it is much better to have someone flying the aircraft while the other person is working the emergency.
CRM (working as a flight crew) is a big component of commercial flight training. The more experience you have flying with other people, the better crew member you will be. If you’re planning on flying for a living, CRM training is extremely important.
Simulated Instrument time. Very beneficial as pilots split the cost while logging more flight time – one pilot logs simulated instrument, the other logs PIC (pilot in command) time. Great for building up flight hours.
Splitting costs can let you fly to farther away places. Two independent hour-long rentals can get the aircraft 30 minutes from the airport twice. Two people splitting the rental can get you an hour away from the airport for the same money.
The increase in accessible geography by splitting costs with a buddy and flying twice as far offers many more geographic opportunities.
PUBLIC BETA available for download.
BuddyFlight is free to use during public beta.
Send us your questions, comments, or feedback. We'd love to hear from you!
Flight Schools, if you would like to share BuddyFlight with your students, you can add our download badge (see below) to your website and link to our website: https://www.buddyflightapp.com. Or you may complete the form and request business card handouts for your students. Just let us know how many you'd like and we'll ship them to you.Right-click to save image to your computer.
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