ForeFlight has held a dominant position among piston airplane pilots for a few years now, but they have not been quite as successful in the world of flight departments and jet operators. The competition is definitely heating up, though, as ForeFlight introduced a whole new tier of service today, called Performance Planning. Here's a look at the new features.
ForeFlight recently released version 9 of the app, which added some exciting new features like aircraft checklists, glide advisor and new contextual alerts. To coincide with this release Sporty's also updated their ForeFlight training course app with new video training segments showing how to use all the new features.
A few carefully chosen accessories can make the iPad so much more powerful and easy-to-use. Here's our list of the accessories you should consider, and our top recommendations.
ForeFlight offers multiple ways to research and plan for weather on upcoming flights, including graphical weather layers on the moving map, a dedicated imagery section with advanced forecast data from the National Weather Service and the standard weather briefing option provided by Flight Service. This week's video tip dives deeper into these resources to help you keep an eye on the development of hazardous weather from both a long and short-range perspective.
Pilots tend to focus more on optimizing the iPad's battery life than the average iPad user, since this is critical to keeping the device functioning in the airplane over the course of a flight. Fortunately, there's a dedicated utility in the main iPad settings to help shed some light on which apps are using the most power, possibly while running in the background.
Panel mounts for portable products have lived in a bit of a gray area for years now, going back to Garmin 396 GPSs in the early 2000s. Many pilots concluded that such mounts are only allowed in experimental airplanes, which is not necessarily true (a field approval is an option, although not necessarily an easy one). Fortunately, some new rules are clarifying the options for certified airplanes and some new mounts are making it easier to install an iPad in the panel.
Garmin's Connext platform wirelessly integrates a host of portable and panel-mount avionics, from transponders and video cameras to satellite messengers and apps. In this video PIREP, you'll go flying to see Connext in action, including how the Garmin Pilot app works as the hub for everything.
Apple recently released iOS 10.3.2, which primarily includes bug fixes, security enhancements, and other minor operating system improvements. As with all iOS updates, we strongly suggest that you hold off on updating your devices until your aviation app and accessory developers have time to test compatibility with the new software.
Ok, you’ve been flying with the iPad for several years and the thought of manually calculating the time en route to your destination or unfolding a sectional chart in the cockpit makes you cringe. But like everything in aviation, it pays dividends to spend some time to brushing up on the basics to keep your knowledge and skills sharp. Take our latest quiz to see where you stand.
In this article, we continue our regular series on the finer points of popular aviation apps to help you get the most out of your Electronic Flight Bag. This week, we dive into FltPlan Go to explore some of the hidden features that can save you time or enable new functionality. Best of all, the app is free so you can follow along.