We sometimes get asked about the best Android package to fly with, and it's a fair question. Unlike Apple, the choices for Android hardware are vast, with dozens of manufacturers offering tablets across a wide range of prices. So, which is the best tablet, app and accessory?
The problem with most cases (and the reason many pilots don't use one) is that most are so big and bulky that they either don't work with mounting systems or they require an even bulkier mount. But we've recently been flying with an iPad case that may solve the dilemma.
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.
So much of the news and excitement about aviation apps these days focuses on the big, all-in-one apps: ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot and WingX. We polled a group of pilots about some other apps they use regularly and came up with five interesting ones that don't make a lot of headlines.
While the amount of stuff we carry has gone down, a good flight bag is still essential equipment for most pilots. To meet this need, many companies have designed or redesigned their flight bags to accommodate the iPad. The latest is the Flight Gear collection, and we recently spent some time flying with the new Flight Gear iPad Bag.