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Garmin Pilot

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Garmin Pilot is an interactive flight app packed with features that can be used before and during flights. A key feature of the app is flight planning, which allows pilots to use a map to find the safest and most efficient route to their destination.

The Goal

The main goal of the redesign was to modernize the UI and simplify the navigation. While essential controls and features existed in the app's current state, font choices provided little contrast and space was used inefficiently. Tap areas were also small and the app lacked helpful microinteractions.

garmin pilot screens

Existing Garmin Pilot screens (2021)

Enhanced Routing

The routing feature in the app allows pilots to create their own route or find the most efficient one. The updated UI and interactions allow pilots to more easily locate and rearrange waypoints on the route.

routing demonstration

Flight Plan UI

Quick access to the flight plan is an essential feature of the app. We maintained two ways to access the flight plan, with one being a more detailed view that allows for editing waypoints and another that is less obstructive and intended for in-flight use.

flight plan demonstration

Final Thoughts

This brief exploration shows that it is possible to completely transform an app with just a few tweaks to the interface. Without changing major functionality, the UI adjustments allow for a snappier feel and a more modern look. These improvements all lead to an improved user experience for pilots, making for a safer flight for all passengers.

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