How to use multi-touch gestures to increase your iPad productivity

An overlooked feature on the iPad is Multi-Touch Gestures. These allow you to quickly perform routine tasks without relying on the bottom Home button. Learn how to take advantage of them here.

How to maximize iPad battery life – tips for better performance

One of the most under-appreciated features of the iPad is its fantastic battery life. But there are a number of things you can do to improve the performance of your iPad battery and keep it in top working condition.

Video of new ADS-B Webinar now available free online

John Zimmerman from Sporty's Pilot Shop recently presented a webinar on ADS-B and how it affects general aviation pilots. Learn how the system works, and how pilots can take advantage of the technology with both certified panel-mount equipment and portable receivers for iPad.

Are you legal to fly with the iPad? New flow chart helps you decide

The number one question we get on using an iPad for charts is whether it is “legal” for aviation use. The definition of “legal” depends on what type of flying you do and what you’re using your iPad for, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. To shed some light on the topic we've created a flow chart to help guide you through the process based on your flight operation.

ForeFlight weather planning on iPad: briefing for thunderstorms

ForeFlight offers multiple ways to research and plan for weather on upcoming flights, including graphical weather layers on the moving map, a dedicated imagery section with advanced forecast data from the National Weather Service and the standard weather briefing option provided by Flight Service. This week's video tip dives deeper into these resources to help you keep an eye on the development of hazardous weather from both a long and short-range perspective.

How to file ICAO flight plans on your iPad

There's a lot of confusion surrounding the ICAO flight plan form and the FAA's move to stop accepting the FAA/domestic form. Here we'll break it down in plain English and help you make the transition to filing ICAO flight plans from your favorite app on your iPad.

FSXFlight adds traffic support to ForeFlight and Flight Simulator X

A plug-in for Microsoft Flight Simulator called FSXFlight allows you to display your simulated position and navigation information on an iPad running ForeFlight. A recent update to the plug-in also allows you to display the simulated traffic from FSX in ForeFlight. Here's how to do it.
Weight and balance file on Numbers

How to use the Numbers app to calculate weight and balance

Using a spreadsheet app from Apple called Numbers ($10 in the App Store), you can create a spreadsheet for your aircraft that will allow you to quickly perform a weight and balance before every flight.

Does the iPad have a “real GPS” in it?

Four years after the first iPad shipped, lots of people are still confused about whether the game-changing tablet actually has a GPS in it. And if it does have a GPS, is it a "real" one? Let's bust some myths and settle the issue once and for all.

iPad tip: the ultimate screen lock

There are several ways to lock the iPad's screen to ensure a chart stays in view during critical phases of flight. Here we're going to show you an alternate method that also allows you to lock out the hardware buttons.