Friday, 1 March 2013

TLB and SQWEEK

With the release of the iNavCalc mobile app v2.0, I've included a new feature called TLB which stands for "Twitter Locator Beacon", a play on "PLB" -- "Personal Locator Beacon".

As the name suggests, this allows you to broadcast your location (leveraging your mobile device's location function) to the @FlyLogical Twitter feed. Anyone who wishes to know your whereabouts, simply follows @FlyLogical (and searches for your FlyLogical user-name with the optional hashtag #SQWEEK to de-clutter the results).

I call this "SQWEEKING" (a play on "tweeting" and "squawking"). Typical usage would be, for example, to announce to the world that you have landed safely, etc.

It is simple to use, and free.  All you need to do is carry out the following steps:
  • Create a FlyLogical user account (if you don't already have one)
  • Download the iNavCalc mobile app to your device
  • Activate iNavCalc on your mobile app. The first time you do this, you will need to verify the credentials of your FlyLogical user account (first point, above)
  • Click the Coffee Cup icon top-centre of app main screen (highlighted in yellow in screenshot below)


  • This will take you to the main menu.
  • Click on the Bullhorn icon to navigate to the TLB (sqweek) screen


  • Click the SQWEEK button (adding an optional note before doing so). Assuming your location services are enabled on your device, you will receive a confirmation that your location has been verified, and you will be asked to confirm the SQWEEK.


  •  On confirmation, your user-name & location (latitude, longitude), date/timestamp plus (optional) note will be tweeted via the @FlyLogical Twitter account.



  • Clicking on the embedded link within the Tweet takes you to a simple GoogleMap page showing the SQWEEK location, date/timestamp, plus note: