Kindle Fire HD tablet

New Kindle Fire tablets – good for pilots?

The original Kindle Fire was a great deal, but couldn't compete with the iPad on performance. That may have changed today, as Amazon introduced three new tablets--called the Kindle Fire HD. Are they a real threat to the iPad?

New ADS-B transponders from Garmin include iPad option

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.

ForeFlight enhances web flight planning application

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.

Garmin Pilot My-Cast app adds XM Weather support

Last week Garmin released a big update to their popular Pilot My-Cast iPhone/iPad app, and most notably added support for XM Satellite Weather.

Apple announces new iPhones and final details on iOS 7

Apple announced two new iPhone models today, and the release date of the free iOS 7 upgrade. We have the details here.

iOS 8.4 now available, fixes external GPS bug

As expected, Apple released the iOS 8.4 update today for iPhone and iPad. While most of the buzz centers around the new Apple Music service instroduced in this update, pilots will be happy to hear that it also fixes the iOS 8.3 bug that prevented the use of many external GPS receivers with the iPad.

ADS-B webinar coming up October 2

While ADS-B may be confusing, it’s probably the most important technological change you will have to deal with as a pilot over the next two decades. So it’s worth the effort to learn this new language, and a new webinar aims to help

The year ahead: 2013 predictions for the iPad

This is the final article in a series where we review the year that was and look forward to 2013. Previous articles have discussed the year in apps and accessories for iPad pilots. Here, we'll look ahead to what might be coming next year.

American Airlines receives FAA approval to use iPad in all phases of flight

American Airlines is the first commercial carrier to receive FAA approval to use the iPad during all phases of flight. They plan to stop distributing paper revisions to charts and flight manuals, reducing weight and saving $1.2 million annually in fuel.

Aspen Connected Pilot gets certified

One year after announcing an ambitious plan to connect iPads to panel avionics, Aspen Avionics has received STC approval for Connected Pilot, the first in their planned line of Connected Panel products. The product is a complete two-way solution, including both hardware and software.
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