VOR Tracker - IFR Nav Trainer 4+

Holding Pattern Trainer HSI

Karsten Heiland

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 126 Ratings
    • $24.99



VOR Tracker is a small but powerful training tool for pilots. It is the only one of its kind for the iPhone & iPad, providing the real aircraft feel the other apps are missing!

VOR Tracker is a real IFR simulation, so you will find no multiple choice questions or yet more methods which might or might not work for you. 

You can actually practice IFR procedures in real time, using either a fixed card CDI, RMI, HSI, or EHSI, which provides additional information like wind, track, and groundspeed.

Practice holding patterns, DME arcs, radial interceptions, and 2 needle tracking in real time. It is practice what it is all about! There is no need for explaining again and again what you already know from flight school. It is about applying your knowledge when the flight instruments start moving!

Wherever you are, IFR training is only two taps away!

Chose between a VOR and NDB and get used to the different characteristics. The NDB comes with atmospheric disturbances and an adjustable dip error to match the instrument you are used to.

Don’t waste your time trying to imagine what you would do in the aircraft – just do it!

VOR Tracker is designed for:

- Student pilots who have the theoretical knowledge for flying IFR procedures, and want to save money by preparing for their pilot training.

- Pilots who want to refresh their IFR navigation skills for an upcoming check ride.

- Pilots going for an assessment. Holding patterns and radial interceptions are commonly used during sim assessments and can really spoil the day. Being prepared will make the difference!

- People who have the knowledge of flying IFR procedures and want to give it a try.

VOR Tracker is NOT:

- a game.

- a flight simulator, it focuses on navigation at a constant speed and altitude.

- a flight training course teaching you how to fly IFR procedures.

Still interested? Read on to find out how VOR Tracker will boost your skills in no time!

- Choose between a fixed card CDI, RMI, HSI, or EHSI.

- Use the instruments like you would do in the real aircraft.

- Use the map mode to verify your progress.

- Lost? Use the help function to display the holding pattern entries in the map mode.

- Things are going a bit too fast? Use the freeze mode to orientate.

- Getting bored in straight flight? Use the fast mode.

- You want to start over or change the aircraft’s position or heading? Just drag & drop, or twist the aircraft symbol.

- Practice a particular holding pattern or radial interception exercise over and over again from new, random starting positions using the reposition button.

- Start with no wind and increase the difficulty later on by adding wind.

- To add more realism, the wind can be selected to be gusty and/or variable in direction.

- Getting settled? Why not increase the aircraft’s speed in the settings menu?

- Customize your own missions and adjust the wind the way you want.

- Use the hidden wind function to add a realistic challenge.

- Analyze your progress in the map mode. Rewind and start over. The previous track lines will still be displayed for you to see the difference.

Prepare yourself without wasting expensive flight time – use VOR Tracker to brush up your IFR skills!

VOR Tracker is the most efficient trainer for holding patterns and radial interceptions available on the App Store.

Supporting you during your IFR training, it will pay for itself in no time. Take that as a promise!

What’s New

Version 2.9.10

Following a user's request, it is now possible to create DME arcs of less than 60°.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

IronChickn ,

Very good. Wish I had it at UPT many years ago

This is a nice way to practice VOR navigation without all the setup of a flight sim. I really like the way the authors built the app and it is helping me get my head back in the game before applying to the airlines after a few years of not flying. I would ask for the ability to do user-defined patterns, and patterns away from the VOR on a radial/DME where I have to do a fix-to-fix as well as determine entry method. If you add those things it will really be almost perfect. I also notice that even when I've corrected to a perfect 1:00 inbound leg and am turning a standard rate turn to perfectly align with the inbound leg, the map shows my pattern as wide and long. Please adjust the holding pattern depiction to show the aircraft remaining within the protected airspace if I am flying within the AIM limits. Other than those desires this I really a helpful app!

JollyRoger1525 ,

Most helpful training app.

There are a lot of training apps out there and unfortunately I’ve purchased my fair share. In my opinion this is the one I come back to you most often. It’s easy to use, but it definitely challenges you so you can calibrate your brain to interpret the needles. The author has done an excellent job with this app. I would echo other comments that it would be great to see even more scenarios. Money well spent.

Benzh ,

Very helpful

Thank you. This has been an excellent learning aide and refresher. I can’t imagine how much air work this has avoided.

Update: I don’t think I have ever added an update to a review. This app is so helpful. I’m now doing my multi engine and will do an IPC. This great for getting back up to speed without setting foot in the airplane. My only wish is that the developers add more features. Like full approaches, including an ILS. Best software purchase I have ever made. Sincere thanks.

Developer Response ,

We are very glad to hear that, thank you! There is more planned, so stay tuned...

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The developer, Karsten Heiland, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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