Essential iPad accessories: our annual gear roundup

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.

Garmin Pilot adds Flight Profile view and X-Plane support

Garmin is charging full speed ahead into 2016 with big enhancements to both its ADS-B transponder and mobile app product lines. Here we'll take a look at what's new in the Garmin Pilot app for iPad.

G1000 simulator apps make glass cockpit transition easier

If you fly the G1000, sometimes all you need is a basic simulator on your iPad that allows you to push buttons and turn (simulated) knobs. To fill this need, we've recently been using two apps from Simionic, a small company that's more for simulator pilots than Cirrus or Cessna pilots.

Using iPad audio to make your flying safer

The iPad is an engaging visual tool, but many pilots forget about its many audio uses. Especially for those pilots who worry about spending too much "heads-down" time with the iPad, it's worth understanding how apps use audio to make flying more efficient and safe. Let's look at some of the options, and how to set up an audio connection to your headset.

iPad eases workload for Caribbean flying

This time of year, many pilots are dreaming of warmer weather and perhaps a flying getaway to the islands of the Bahamas or another Caribbean destination. Here's a look at all the resources available to you on the iPad to help you flight plan and navigate the islands.

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.

Quiz: How well do you know the FAA rules for flying with an iPad?

It's time for some recurrent training on the rules and best practices related to flying with an iPad in the airplane. This interactive quiz will test your knowledge and includes links to additional resources for more information on each topic.

5 ForeFlight preflight weather tips

There's so much more to ForeFlight's weather features than METARs and radar imagery. Here we'll look at some of the lesser-known weather tools in the app to help better prepare you for your next flight.

Updates to Sporty’s most popular iPad kneeboards

A kneeboard remains one of the most popular ways to secure an electronic flight bag in the cockpit. Two of the most popular iPad kneeboards, from Sporty's Flight Gear collection, were recently updated with some small but welcome changes.

App troubleshooting: how to close, delete and restart

Everyone knows how to open an app on the iPad--just tap the icon and it's off to the races. But what about closing apps--do you know the difference between sleeping an app, shutting down an app and deleting an app? It's an important distinction that comes into play when an app starts misbehaving.