AOPA Pilot goes digital

January 31, 2011 by Mike Collins

It’s been exciting to bring AOPA Pilot into the fold of magazines that offer digital editions, in addition to printed copies. A digital edition is an electronic version of the magazine that you read online, or download to a portable electronic device.

The February 2011 edition is available to read online now. The link will work on personal computers, Androids, and BlackBerrys.  There’s a non-Flash version that should automatically be delivered to iPad and iPhone users–but don’t judge the digital edition based on that; you’ll want to wait for our apps to be completed and approved (we’ll let you know through AOPA ePilot and AOPA Online as soon as they’re available).

The printed magazine is not going anywhere; the digital edition simply provides other ways to access your magazine’s content, with the added bonus that videos, audio podcasts, slideshows, and additional multimedia content are built in. AOPA members can add the digital edition to their memberships, or switch their print subscription to digital, online.

Check out the digital edition. Let us know what you think. And please resist the temptation to read it while flying, especially if you use your mobile device to display approach charts.

2 Responses to “AOPA Pilot goes digital”

  1. Robert Olms Says:

    You knocked itnout of the Park with this one. I used on my iPad, flawless, even the video’s. I will defiantly upgrade. $10.00 is a smashing deal for the interactive ability, extra information and video.

    Might I make a suggestion… Add either a semitransparent button for easier page turning or the ability to swipe to turn the

  2. Tom Butler Says:

    My old eyes don’t approve! The type as displayed is way too small to be read comfortably and zooming the pages requires moving them around to read the entire page. This process with the 4-way arrow is very unsatisfactory. If the magazine is to go digital, it should be completely reformatted to fit the normal computer screen. I know you would like to get away with just putting the printed version on the screen but that is not going to do it for me.

    I’m sure our younger members will be able to read this on a Blackberry, etc. As they age, they will see things as I do.

    I suggest you reformat pages to fit a computer screen and then publish the magazine in that format if you want to get by with doing the work of formatting only one time. I’m sure this will happen in the future as the digital version becomes more common.

    I would really like to go digital to save postage, save paper, I even have to have my mail redirected during summers when we are traveling. That means I have to pay additional postage over and above the cost of the magazine. Still, the digital version doesn’t do it for me.

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