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Offline TheSoccerMom

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Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« on: April 11, 2008, 02:13:31 AM »
Does anybody here use Pilot My-Cast by Garmin to receive Wx info, etc., over the phone?

If so, any dislikes, or problems you see with it??  Have you encountered any hidden usage costs?? 

Thanks!

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2008, 02:19:10 AM »
Does anybody here use Pilot My-Cast by Garmin to receive Wx info, etc., over the phone?

If so, any dislikes, or problems you see with it??  Have you encountered any hidden usage costs?? 

Thanks!

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HUH?  what's that?   Lucy, you got some splainin' to do next time we talk :P

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2008, 02:34:02 AM »
Hey Ricky,

I never even heard of it until I just saw an ad in my AOPA magazine...  a Garmin subscription for $9.95 a month (the advertised rate, anyway)...  will give you current aviation Wx of ALL sorts...  I called Verizon to see what hidden fees may lurk in there and couldn't find one person who had heard of it, then a supervisor said they have nothing to do with it, even though it's billed on your phone account, since it's a "third-party provider" (I thought that was what G-Man did on his days off), anyway, I have asked a few folks and so far know of one tanker pilot who swears by it.....

The website is www.digitalcyclone.com/products/pilot-my-cast and so far it sounds like it just uses your airtime like any other usage.  I'm going to look into it more tomorrow...  my phone is too old now so it may be time for an upgrade! 

How's that for 'splainin'? 

Lucy**

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2008, 02:54:20 AM »
Does anybody here use Pilot My-Cast by Garmin to receive Wx info, etc., over the phone?

If so, any dislikes, or problems you see with it??  Have you encountered any hidden usage costs?? 

Thanks!

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2008, 02:24:28 PM »
I can just see every swinging "richard" checking that swinging rock ;)

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2008, 05:43:33 AM »
I thought about that swinging rock today....    ::banghead::

after about the 10th go-round on the CIRCULAR and IRRITATING voicemail at the so-called "Customer Service"..  I was trying to find a HUMAN being to answer a few questions.....   what a JOKE!   ::complaining:

I tried each department and finally got some poor woman in "Sales".....  of course, it was MORE voicemail....  she got a HAPPY HAPPY message....    ::banghead::

We'll see if anyone ever returns my call....  All I can say is, good thing Garmin puts more effort into their avionics than they do their phone department....

 ::complaining:

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2008, 01:11:56 PM »
I read in a Miss Manners column last week that the use of  "F*** You" during a phone call  (BTW, she doesn't condone it) will get a live person on the line sooner than polite responses.
Said that some computer voiceware was able to identify those words and ascertain the distress level involved thereby prompting a live agent to take the call..............
FACT OR FICTION???   Any of you want to try it and report the results?----think I'll pass--just sounds rude ::)

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2008, 02:06:39 PM »
I think one of the guys at my airport has it and really likes it. But I have no idea about hidden charges.

All I can say is, good thing Garmin puts more effort into their avionics than they do their phone department....

 ::complaining:

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Mr. Piper does avionics work/installs and says that Garmin service is about the best in the industry as far as for their avionics stuff. Guess their phone service must not be quite up to speed yet.
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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2008, 02:32:47 PM »
Nope--I just look out the window at the swinging rock on the peice of string..

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2008, 03:42:14 AM »
Hey I have been in a few places where that string would have been out at an angle.....  SCARY!!!    ::eek::

Well I'll let you know what that weather stuff does...  I couldn't stand it, and so signed up for it today....  I have NO idea how to use it yet, but DID manage (on the virgin run) to get it to download the radar image (moving, even!) for Idaho, while standing there in the phone store.  And WOW, is it ever embarrassing for normal humans to see just what a total nerd I am.     ::loony::

You'da thought I was Larry Flynt discovering how to download porn or something.    :D

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2008, 03:54:58 AM »
Hey I have been in a few places where that string would have been out at an angle.....  SCARY!!!    ::eek::

You'da thought I was Larry Flynt discovering how to download porn or something.    :D

The (completely unbalanced) ole weather nerd, S'Mom**     ;)

Horizontal strings---been there done that..and why do they always want you to fly in that??

As for technology, I try to stay away from it..although I did just sign the company up for "downloadable charts". So far it seems to work OK, but still playing with it.

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2008, 04:37:57 PM »
Okay, a "product update"...  this is WAY COOL stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I haven't flown any further than the kitchen table yet, but this is an awesome little program.  You can load in your route, and get ALL the real-time weather charts, reports, graphics, text, etc., etc.

I had a few questions about using it, so called that stupid phone number again this morning, and yes, got in the same insane voicemail loop that went on for TEN MINUTES!!!!!!   ::banghead::

 ::complaining:                           

[Note to Airtac:  Cussing in a loud, irritable voice does NO good in reaching a human.]

I finally figured out a potential trick, so called again, and tried 1-digit extensions, 2-digit extensions, and BINGO! a 3-digit extension WORKED.  I got a recording for a REAL PERSON.  (The poor soul.)

He even called me back -- and all within 10 minutes!  I was amazed, really, especially since I told his recorder that if I had to listen to that woman's voice reading the same loop one more time, I was going to go next door and choke the neighbors.  I also said if they WERE taping these phone calls for a Saturday Night Live skit, I wanted my share of the royalities once it aired.     ::whistle::

The NICEST guy called me back....  so I've quit throwing things now.  He said the amount of airport info you can store depends on your cell phone's memory, but he figured several THOUSAND airports and flight routes should fit, no problem. 

The part I am really looking forward to is the TFR mapping.  He says it uses Jeppesen's data, and the minute any TFR (any type!) is filed, it is available and will pop up on the map. 

It shows real-time pireps, even.  This is a cool deal.....  so far I've looked up one route for a buddy who was trying to get across the mountains...  the neat part is that it plots your route right on every map you bring up.  You can also zoom in on any chart.  It is NOT, however, approved by the FAA as a weather briefing, though I'll honestly say there is better data right there in front of you than I've received in many a phone briefing, where you're trying to visualize exactly where the lines of icing and weather are, etc. 

Okay, enough for now.

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2008, 05:25:17 PM »
If I fly up to your place, will you give me some dual on the phone thingy.  My buddy wants to fly somewhere soon.
What's your runway dimensions, he's a little shy about putting his 185 in small places as yet---afraid of dinging his wheel pants....he's got small tires on it too :-\

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2008, 06:03:54 PM »
It shows as 100' feet wide but I'd call it a tad narrower, good level surface but gets muddy if it has been raining...  1800' usable, even though it shows 2500' on the charts.....

Maybe I'll actually know how to use this weather stuff by the time I next see you!  It is pretty neat...  so far, anyway!   :D

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Re: Anyone Use "Pilot My-Cast" for Weather on their Cell Phone?
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2008, 12:47:50 AM »
I am really scaring myself now.

This is from my new cell phone....Eeek!

You young whippersnappers are thinking, "So what?", but this is big deal for an old frog.  HAAA!

My head hurts now...  Gotta go.

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