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Pilot’s guide to the iPad – how to get started

Over the past decade we have written hundreds of articles here at iPad Pilot News with tips for pilots, app and accessory reviews, the latest news and of course the famous iPad app debates. To make things easier, we've collected our most popular educational articles and videos designed to help get pilots off to the right start with the iPad in the cockpit.

Quiz – Planning a trip with ForeFlight Flights

The Flights section of ForeFlight is one of the most powerful sections in the app and allows pilots to file flight plans and retrieve weather briefings. When you dig deeper though you'll find a wealth of information and hidden features to assist with preflight decision-making.  Test your knowledge with our latest quiz and see if you know all that Flights has to offer.

ForeFlight vs. Garmin Pilot: Which mobile app is best for you?

You bought an iPad to use in the airplane and now it's time to make a decision on which app is best for your aviation chart and data needs. This thorough guide compares aviation's top 2 apps, ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot, highlighting the strengths of each and how they interface with datalink weather receivers.

Basic heads-up display offers inexpensive backup attitude

After flying with ever more expensive heads-up displays (HUDs), we recently tried the other end of the spectrum: an inexpensive, totally portable HUD that simply reflects a smartphone screen. It certainly isn't an F-35 HUD—not even close—but that might be why we liked it. 

The top 20 apps for pilots – 2020 edition

There are thousands of apps that are useful for pilots, from flight training and weather briefings to calculators and games. With that in mind, compiling a list of the top apps may seem foolish, but once again we're going to try—after all, a brand new iPad pilot needs to start somewhere. This list isn't necessarily our 20 favorite apps, but rather the ones we see in use most often.

Storage almost full? Here’s how to free up space on your iPad

It has happened to almost every pilot: you're excited to download that new app or it's time to download charts for your big cross country, but you get the dreaded "iPad Storage Full" message. This means it's time to start thinking about freeing up some space by deleting unused apps and media. Here's how to do it.

New Cirrus Aircraft App displays remote airplane status data

The new 2020 Cirrus piston airplane models include a new feature called Cirrus IQ, which allows pilots to remotely access important pre-flight status information, including fuel and oxygen levels, battery voltage, oil temperature, aircraft location and flight hours at the touch of a button through the Cirrus Aircraft App.

How to monitor your ADS-B Out system’s performance

While ADS-B Out avionics are pretty simple to operate (they're basically just upgraded transponders), it is important to ensure your system is working properly. Simply choosing the wrong setting during installation can lead to significant errors, and we've heard a number of stories where this has happened. Fortunately, it's free and easy to check.

Flight Service debuts new mobile-friendly site for iPhone and Android

Leidos Flight Service recently unveiled a new mobile-friendly version of its 1800wxbrief website, providing convenient and quick access from your iPhone or Android device. It includes free flight planning, weather charts, airport directories and much more.

How to choose the best GPS for your iPad

GPS position makes an iPad so much more useful in flight - moving maps, terrain alerts, and so much more become available. But how do you add GPS to your iPad? Does it already have one built in? What are the options for external receivers? We answer those questions and offer our two top choices.