iPad connected panel buyer’s guide

More and more connected panel options are starting to hit the market, allowing you to wirelessly connect your iPad to panel-mount GPS and ADS-B receivers. Here we'll run down all the avionics options and review app compatibility.

Installed USB charging ports offer a long-lasting solution to battery anxiety

For aircraft owners looking for a more permanent charging solution, there are some great options now available. Mid-Continent Instruments, a respected manufacturer of avionics, has a variety of dual USB charging devices that can be permanently installed to provide full-time access to power for portable devices.
iFDR Panel Mount

New option for panel-mounting iPads may be the best yet

iPad panel mounts have been around for years, but we think the latest designs from Guardian Avionics may be the best yet. These durable mounts are made from ABS plastic, and they mount to the panel with just four screws. The end result is very clean and professional installation.

Finally – an iPad mount with built-in fans

There is finally a good option for pilots worried about overheating iPads, with the release of the X-Naut Active Cooling Mount. This cradle has a vented case and built-in cooling fans that direct airflow over the back of the iPad, aimed at the areas of the tablet that run the hottest. It may sound like overkill, but we've flown with it and the X-Naut really works.

Stratus ESG transponder certified

The latest entrant into the crowded market is Appareo, a leader in the ADS-B In world with their line of Stratus portable receivers, who is now trying to make the transition to panel-mount products. Their first solution is Stratus ESG, an all-in-one product that combines WAAS GPS, transponder and ADS-B Out. It was introduced last year at the Aircraft Electronics Association show and has now been certified.

New iPad accessory update

New tablets mean new accessories, as companies like RAM and MyGoFlight follow up Apple's announcements a few months later with their own new product introductions. A slew of new accessories hit the market recently, so here we'll review what's new.

Do ADS-B receivers work internationally? A pilot report

Unquestionably the hottest iPad accessory over the past four years has been the ADS-B receiver. While US pilots have enjoyed these benefits for years, many pilots in Canada, Europe and elsewhere are wondering whether this technology works in other countries.

Garmin Pilot app adds support for D2 Bravo watches

The latest update to the Garmin Pilot app adds some useful new features to the app, including automatic night mode, PIREP filtering on the maps page and the ability to transfer flight plans between the D2 Bravo smartwatch and the Garmin Pilot app.

iPad Pro 12.9″ mounting options

Apple introduced its largest tablet ever last fall, the 12.9" iPad Pro. It's too big for most airplanes, but some pilots are flying with it. So how do you secure this large tablet in the cockpit?
iPhone 6 RAM mount

How to mount your iPhone in the cockpit

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus 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.