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.
One of the hottest industries in the world right now is Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), often called drones. The FAA is working to help pilots in this segment with a new app called B4UFLY, designed to let users know if it is safe and legal to fly a a drone in their current or planned location.
The iOS 8.3 software update from Apple last week disables the location services provided by several Bluetooth GPS receivers. For now we strongly recommend holding off on updating the iOS software on your iPhone or iPad until Apple issues another update.
To help you decide the best time to update your iPad or iPhone, we're adding a new feature to iPad Pilot News called the iOS Update Green Light program. This will display status indicators based on recommendations from the leading aviation app and GPS manufacturers regarding compatibility with iOS software updates.
An all new webinar is coming up this Thursday on flight training with the iPad. You'll learn all about when to start using the iPad during flight training, aviation apps, flight-planning and navigation best-practices, tips for instrument student pilots, checkride techniques and more.