Originally Posted by seigex
As a pilot I can see some practical use having flight software on your phone for emergency in case you get an electrical failure at night ... or a vaccuum/gyro failure during the day flying VFR or IFR ... I could see some real world business applications that could use the accuracy of having a gyro on board.. so don't discount the use of a Gyro... and the company that makes them said it charges less than $1 per axis.. so its not like they're expensive
it would just be nice if it was accompanied by an open source OS that has fewer restrictions in the market and on signed code... e.g. Android
Yes, that would be a good application for the gyroscope, but that's assuming your iPhone is calibrated to the planes attitude, pitch, yaw, roll. All of the planes instruments must be calibrated and if the iPhone cannot detect the attitude of the plane, then IFR would be useless. Using VFR, you can fly a plane with out the insruments. And also to perform Instrument only landing, you need the phone to receive radio signals from the ILS to land you in bad weather.