The CAA has issued a warning to General Aviation pilots about the current heatwave affecting the UK causing tablets and smartphones to shut down when operating a moving map navigation app.
“Summer is with us and we’ve had reports of tablets and mobiles overheating in the cockpit and shutting down leading to a rise in airspace infringements,” said a CAA Skywise alert.
“We recommend that you have a back-up plan in place that works for you in case you lose your VFR Moving Map in flight.”
The CAA goes on to say that a backup tablet may succumb to the same problem and puts forward these suggestions:
- Be prepared to orbit/hold in your present position to assess the situation or fly the aeroplane away from controlled airspace before trying any equipment resets.
- Carry a chart that is marked-up with your route.
- Carry a printed PLOG.
- Be aware of turbulence and thermals that add to the challenges of level flight.
- Are you planning to TAKE 2? Maybe that needs to be increased when possible.
“Have your radio set to a relevant ATC frequency and call for navigational assistance if you are unsure of your exact location,” adds the CAA.
“ATC is there to help. If in doubt call D&D on 121.500 MHZ (callsign London Centre).”