Video: Watch Aviation App Land an Airplane

Popular Science tests out an emergency landing with the Xavion app.

Our friends over at PopSci recently demonstrated landing an airplane using an iPad in a simulated emergency. Using Xavion, the app monitors airspeed, altitude, position, heading and wing speed and steers aircraft to landing via Wi-Fi interface with airplane's autopilot system. Watch the video and check out what they had to say about the innovative aviation app.

High above rural Arkansas, I'm jammed in the back of a small four-seat airplane. Andrew Barker pilots the aircraft while Austin Meyer sits beside him. Everything is going great—until the engine suddenly quits at 5,000 feet.

With a quick tap on his iPad, Meyer, creator of the popular flight simulator X-Plane, summons his app Xavion to rescue us.

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