There's a lot for student pilots to consider when buying an iPad for use during flight training, including iPad model, apps, GPS, mounting and more. Here we'll break down the options in basic terms and give some advice on how to get started.
The iPad is a very reliable piece of hardware, but high temps and direct sunlight will render it useless in the cockpit if care is not taken. Here we'll look at how to prevent that from happening and the steps to take if your iPad does accidentally overheat.
Sometimes it seems like pilots specialize in old wives' tales, like: "Well, that fancy iPad app doesn't count as an official weather briefing. You have to call Flight Service or the FAA will nail you." It makes a great story, and it plays to pilots' innate paranoia, but it's completely false. It's time to bury this old wives' tale once and for all.
In Apple's latest new product update, a relatively modest event, the company introduced a number of product revisions. While there was a lot of news about a lower cost iPhone and some Apple Watch updates, the biggest news for pilots is the new 9.7" iPad model. It might be the best tablet for flying yet.
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.