Brought to you by the same research team behind the development of winter flight holdover times, this is the number one choice in the aviation industry for enhancing safety in inclement winter weather conditions.
Quicker holdover time calculations easily accessible in an iOS app designed to improve winter flight safety.
Over 290,000 pilot downloads since 2012, used in more than 30 countries and by many major airlines.
Extensive experience and exhaustive data verification warrant the accuracy of every holdover time provided.
We can customize the app for your airline’s requirements and potentially integrate checklists to help improve safety.
Ready for download on the app store or build your own app!
Use the PDF viewer to access the Transport Canada and FAA holdover time documents electronically without an internet connection. The PDF Viewer divides the holdover time documents into individual PDF files which are sorted into categories for easy navigation and viewing.
Related guidance documents for each authority are also provided and easily accessible.
Each time you start the HOT Clock an event will be created with all pertinent event details. Access this data in the More tab. Events can be exported via email either individually or in aggregate. They can also be deleted. Note: Event log data is stored locally on your device.
Customize your authority, HOT table type (standard or adjusted), HOT alerts (lower, upper, both) and time zone (local or UTC). Enable or disable degree-specific HOTs, and METAR functionality.
Choose the colour scheme for the app (dark and light modes) for better visibility in difference lighting conditions.
We create customized versions of our app to meet the specific requirements of individual airlines and operators. Customization can include inclusion or exclusion of specific authorities, fluids, holdover times, guidance materials, and app features.
We can also incorporate your company’s guidance materials – including deicing checklists – either as PDFs or integrated into app functionality.
Learn how a customized app can help your business operate more safely and efficiently in winter conditions.
“The APS HOT app is an outstanding tool in its own right, but the customization that the APS team has done for us has aligned the app even more closely with our requirements. The app will definitely enhance our airline’s safety during inclement winter weather conditions and marks a major step forward for us from using traditional paper tables.”
Giulio Marciano, Team Lead, iAero Airways
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We are the world’s leading experts on de/anti-icing fluid holdover times (HOTs). We have been conducting research with de/anti-icing fluids since the early 1990s.
APS is the only company in the world to conduct official holdover time testing; it is our research and analysis that determines the data that populates the holdover time tables. We also draft and manage the Transport Canada and FAA Holdover Time documents. This knowledge uniquely qualifies us to provide HOT information in an app.
Neither Transport Canada nor the FAA certifies or approves holdover time apps. However, they do have (different) processes in place to authorize their use. Contact us for more information and supporting documentation.
Holdover times do not exist in all conditions. When this message is displayed, an explanation is provided in the line(s) below. For example: a precipitation type for which holdover times or allowance times are not provided has been selected (i.e. heavy snow, hail) or a fluid type has been chosen that cannot be used in the conditions selected (e.g. Type I fluid in Ice Pellets).
If you are not getting alerts from the HOT Calculator, check your notifications settings:
We recommend enabling banners and setting the Banner Style to “Persistent”.
We also recommend enabling alerts on the lock screen and enabling alert sounds and badges.
The LOUTs published by Transport Canada and the FAA for Type II, III and IV fluids are incorporated into the HOT Calculator. When one of these fluids is selected and a temperature below the fluid’s LOUT is entered, no holdover time will be provided. If LOUTs are not available for a specific fluid, a caution note is provided accordingly.
Authorities do not include expiry dates when they publish holdover time data. Therefore, the data has no official expiry date. It only becomes obsolete when a newer version is published. New versions are published annually, for each winter season, typically in late summer or early autumn/fall. We create and publish a new app every autumn/fall to provide the new winter’s published information.
If an update to a publication is released mid-season, we update the current winter’s app accordingly and release a free update. To ensure a previous winter’s app (and its obsolete data) is not used, we have programmed our app to stop providing HOT information on 1 November of the year following its applicable winter (i.e. the 2022-23 app will stop working on 1 November 2023).
APS undertakes an extensive process to verify all data in this app. This process includes a manual verification of every possible combination of parameters used by the HOT calculator to verify that the correct holdover or allowance time, notes and cautions are provided for those specific parameters. The verification process is documented both electronically and in hard copy and can be made available upon request by pertinent authorities.
Authorities publish new HOT information every winter. We correspondingly create a new app to provide this new HOT information to users. This process includes updating the extensive database and PDFs that power the app and carrying out a thorough verification of all changes (this verification is not only critical for safety, but is also a requirement of the related Transport Canada Advisory Circular). Charging for a new app allows us to carry out this work annually.
Holdover Times is an easy to use, intuitive app that requires minimal training. We offer a How to Use document within the app that guides users through the functionality of the app. Customized training modules are available for customized apps.
No internet connection is required to obtain HOT data from the app, as this data is stored locally on your device. An internet connection is only required to access METAR reports. We recommend connecting your device to the internet periodically to check for app updates.
This app is currently only available for iOS-based devices.