As 2016 winds down, we're taking a look back at the busy year in tablets, phones, watches, apps and accessories. There were dozens of interesting stories this year, plenty of hype and a few surprises. With the benefit of hindsight, it's clear that there are some trends worth tracking.
The FAA discontinued the production of VFR World Aeronautical Charts back in 2015, leaving coverage gaps in the Caribbean. Fortunately the FAA recently released two new Caribbean VFR charts to provide continued navigation coverage for this area and you can start using them now in ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot.
The iPad is an excellent resource for those flying single-pilot in GA airplanes, but it still requires lots of heads down time to find the necessary information for each phase of flight. Voice recognition and digital assistant features like Siri might provide a better way for us to interact with these devices and provide more meaningful information in flight.
The much-anticipated iOS 10 software update is now available for your iPhone and iPad. There are several things pilots should take into consideration when deciding when to update, and we’ll cover them here. We’ll also take a look at several new iOS 10 features that pilots should take note of after updating.
Apple's annual September get-together has become a highly anticipated event for technology fans, as the company usually announces new hardware and features just in time for Christmas shopping. This year's edition lacked some of the usual fireworks, with no iPad changes and relatively modest iPhone upgrades, but there was still plenty of news. Let's cut through the hype and explore what pilot should know.
The 2016 edition of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh was notably upbeat, with large crowds and plenty of new product announcements. The positive momentum was evident in the world of iPad apps and accessories, especially from big players like Garmin, ForeFlight and Avidyne. While we can't possibly recap every announcement and new feature, here are three trends that dominated the discussion in Wisconsin.
Most pilots know ForeFlight as a full-featured aviation app for iPad and iPhone, but aren't aware that they also offer a web-based flight planning application. This was recently enhanced to provide full airport information as well, including weather reports and forecasts.
Many pilots may be wondering how there can possibly be another ADS-B product, what with a slew of options from Garmin, L-3, Aspen, Appareo and Freeflight. Isn't the market full? It's certainly crowded, but Garmin's introduction this week of a new series of 1090 MHz ADS-B Out transponders is noteworthy for a few reasons.