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.
We've been flying with Iridium's new Go! satellite hotspot for a few months in everything from jets to taildraggers, and we've learned a lot about this unique product. It's no broadband in the cockpit, but it does offer some very useful functions that aren't available anywhere else.
EAA Airventure Oshkosh is the aviation event of the summer, and it usually brings a number of product introductions. This year is proving to be no exception, with new airplanes, new engines, and new avionics all being announced over the last week. Two of the giants in the world of aviation apps and accessories, ForeFlight and Garmin, joined the fray this week. Here's a look at what's new and what it all means.
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.
While the battery life of iPads and ADS-B receivers is usually pretty good, "battery anxiety" is an ever-present issue. There are plenty of options, from cigarette lighter plugs to battery packs, but some new accessories offer more convenience than ever.