iPad panel mounts have been around for years, but we think the latest designs from Guardian Avionics may be the best yet. These durable mounts are made from ABS plastic, and they mount to the panel with just four screws. The end result is very clean and professional installation.
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.
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.
LogTen Pro X is one of the premier digital logbook apps available in the app store. The app recently received a big update, adding new smart logbook sharing features, remote endorsement capabilities and expanded backup options useful for sharing or archiving.
There is finally a good option for pilots worried about overheating iPads, with the release of the X-Naut Active Cooling Mount. This cradle has a vented case and built-in cooling fans that direct airflow over the back of the iPad, aimed at the areas of the tablet that run the hottest. It may sound like overkill, but we've flown with it and the X-Naut really works.
The Garmin Pilot app took a big leap forward this week, adding Jeppesen terminal chart support and a set of new wireless features that work exclusively with the new Flight Stream 510 MultiMedia card.
ForeFlight recently released their major mid-summer update to the app, which adds a new faster map engine, a base-reflectivity radar overlay, logbook sharing feature, firmware updates for Stratus 1S/2S and much more.
How many times have you been on a flight, either in general aviation airplanes or on the airlines, and looked down at a unique landmark on the ground and wondered what it was? A new app called Flyover Country can help answer that exact question and help solve the mystery when flying across the U.S. on good weather days.
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.