Essential tip: turn off wireless radios before takeoff

It’s important before each flight to properly configure the iPad’s wireless radios, especially when using a Bluetooth or WiFi accessory. Here are our recommended wireless settings for various iPad and accessory combinations.

Creating your own iPad proficiency review

As the old saying goes, "train like you fly, fly like you train." If you fly with an iPad, don't hide it during your training flights. Better to make it an integral part of your proficiency program, whether you're on your own or with an instructor, including what to do if it fails. Here's a suggested list of topics to cover.

Plan your eclipse trip on your iPad

Pilots are uniquely equipped to join in the fun on August 21, since they can quickly fly to an airport that's in the path of the eclipse (and save the hassle of finding a hotel the night before). They can also adjust plans at the last minute to make sure their destination has clear skies. As usual, a little technology can help make this planning process easier. Here's what Weekend Flyer is doing.

What’s the best iPad for pilots?

Considering your first iPad or upgrading your old one? There are a lot of options. In this article, we'll walk you through all the options, then offer our choice for the best overall aviation tablet.

7 settings all iPad pilots should know about

There are literally hundreds of settings in the main iPad settings app, which can make it difficult to sort out the useful ones from the clutter. Here we'll look at 7 important settings pilots should know about and adjust accordingly.

Flight training and the iPad – a balanced approach

Many students beginning their training often ask the question "is the iPad the right tool for me in my flight training?" There are many schools of thought on the use of technology during flight training and I couldn’t possibly cover all of them, so rather than try, I will stick with how we recommend the use of technology in a balanced learning approach to flight training here at Sporty's Academy.

Video tip: how to get started flying with the iPad

The iPad is easily the most user-friendly gadget to ever find its way into an airplane cockpit. This week's video tip takes a look at what the iPad can do for you as a pilot and how to get off to the right start when using it as an electronic flight bag.
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Understanding all the swipe gestures on your iPad

One of the iPad's defining characteristics is its touch interface. But while most pilots understand how to tap on an icon to open an app, there are a number of other gestures you can use to save time or unlock additional features on your iPad. Let's review all the options.

App troubleshooting: how to close, delete and restart

Everyone knows how to open an app on the iPad--just tap the icon and it's off to the races. But what about closing apps--do you know the difference between sleeping an app, shutting down an app and deleting an app? It's an important distinction that comes into play when an app starts misbehaving.

iPad legal briefing – what pilots need to know

Time to get current on iPad regulations. In this detailed article, we explain what you need to know to stay legal with your iPad in the cockpit, including a review quiz and helpful flow chart.