For pilots using a tablet as their primary chart reference, keeping an iPad charged isn't just a convenience - it's a safety of flight issue. Fortunately, there are a whole host of solutions that can keep your battery topped off; unfortunately, many were developed for cars and not airplanes. Now there's a new option that is made for aviation but inexpensive.
For some pilots, being disconnected is one of the joys of a pilot certificate, as you get to escape earthly annoyances; for others it is a major drawback. While high speed internet isn't available for light airplanes, Garmin's new inReach products offer an affordable option for staying connected in the air. We tested the inReach Explorer+ on 10 different flights recently, and found a lot to like.
The iPhone 6 and 7 models are finding a home in many cockpits, as pilots come to appreciate larger screens on these new phones. Regardless of how you use your iPhone, it's smart to secure it in the cockpit. Here are a few options from RAM that offer convenient ways to keep them stable.
The SXAR1 receiver has been a popular accessory for pilots flying with ForeFlight over the last year, providing high quality in-flight weather with coast-to-coast coverage from SiriusXM's satellites. While the weather is the most important feature, many pilots have also come to enjoy a little music during long flights. That option came to ForeFlight earlier this year, and it's a surprisingly nice upgrade.
A few carefully chosen accessories can make the iPad so much more powerful and easy-to-use. Here's our list of the accessories you should consider, and our top recommendations.
Panel mounts for portable products have lived in a bit of a gray area for years now, going back to Garmin 396 GPSs in the early 2000s. Many pilots concluded that such mounts are only allowed in experimental airplanes, which is not necessarily true (a field approval is an option, although not necessarily an easy one). Fortunately, some new rules are clarifying the options for certified airplanes and some new mounts are making it easier to install an iPad in the panel.
We talk to a lot of pilots here at iPad Pilot News and hear very few complaints about the iPad's performance in the airplane. Even with this excellent reliability, the iPad still has several limitations pilots need to be aware of when using it in the cockpit. Here are four common problems you may experience while flying with the iPad and how to easily solve them.
When Appareo first introduced the Stratus ADS-B receiver in 2012, it was the only product offered under that brand name. Since then, the Stratus family has grown to accommodate two portable ADS-B receivers and an ADS-B Out Transponder. This week at the Aircraft Electronics Association, the company launched the latest addition: Stratus Power.
Garmin’s Connext system offers a direct link between installed Garmin avionics and the Garmin Pilot and ForeFlight iPad apps. This allows pilots to stream weather, traffic and GPS information from the panel to an iPad and more. Learn all about how it works and the benefits it can provide in this informative video presented by Garmin's Michael Kerrigan and hosted by iPad Pilot News.
Whether it's a kneeboard, a yoke mount or a suction cup mount, securing your iPad during flight is an important safety measure. We recently reviewed the options for in-cockpit mounting and found a lot of good products, but a new release is a worthy addition to the list.