Top 12 iPad Tips

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    The iPad is a reliable and easy-to-use addition to the cockpit, perfect for charts, moving maps and even in-flight weather. But there’s a lot to understand to make sure you’re getting the most out of your investment. Over the past few years, we’ve learned a lot through trial and error flying with the iPad in general aviation aircraft, and have assembled our top 12 tips:

    ForeFlight message
    Verify your charts are downloaded before flight.

    1. Pre-flight your iPad (and verify your charts are downloaded)

    What’s our number one recommendation for iPad pilots? Always, always, always pre-flight your iPad!

    Sure, the iPad is easy to use and awfully reliable. But just like with your airplane, you want to find out about any issues with your iPad while you’re on the ground (and have an internet connection). This could take 30 seconds or 10 minutes, depending on how you use your iPad and how comfortable you are with the technology.

    You’ll want to create a checklist that works for your apps, accessories and your airplane. Customize it so that you’ll actually use it before every flight. With that in mind, though, here’s a basic checklist to consider that applies to most apps:

    • Battery charged on iPad–it’s a good habit to always take off with a full charge (it takes 4-6 hours to charge a drained battery)
    • Battery charged on external GPS or Stratus weather receiver–these have about the same life as iPad, so charge alongside your iPad
    • Backup power or charging cables available–make sure you have a plan B if the battery dies
    • Run the application once–especially if you’ve updated the app, check to make sure it won’t crash or lock up on initial start-up
    • Load routes and favorite airports–doing this on the ground saves a lot of heads-down time in the cockpit
    • Databases installed and current–check your charts without an internet connection (see this important tip)
    • Turn off wireless functions that aren’t needed–turn off Bluetooth, 3G and WiFi unless you’ll need them in flight, as they drain the battery (see this article for details)
    iPad kneeboard
    Securing the iPad in the cockpit is essential.

    2. Secure it in the cockpit

    To maximize usability in the airplane (especially in turbulence), you’ll want to secure the iPad either to your leg or use a cockpit mount. Using a kneeboard designed for the iPad is a great option for aircraft renters who want a simple option that easily transfers between multiple airplanes. There are several features you’ll want to pay attention to:

    • Allows for iPad to rotate between landscape and portrait views
    • Allows angle adjustments toward you to minimize glare
    • Size – make sure it will not interfere with the yoke or throttle quadrant
    • Protection – many kneeboards also double as cases for the iPad outside of the airplane

    (check out a variety of iPad kneeboards here)

    Another option is to use Ram Mounts to temporarily secure the iPad in the cockpit. Here are some options:

    • Yoke Mount – works well in Cessna and Piper aircraft, and can be used on the co-pilot’s yoke if it blocks the pilot’s panel
    • Glareshield Mount – good option for mounting the iPad in front of the co-pilot’s seat
    • Suction Mount – easily secures to the side window, and works well for aircraft with side stick controls like a Cirrus or Cessna Corvalis

    (check out all the Ram Mount options here)

    Screen capture
    Use screen capture to save anything on the iPad’s screen.

    3. iPad screen capture

    During the flight planning process, online flight planners provide excellent navigation logs that can be very useful in the cockpit. The problem is most of us don’t have internet access in the air. Of course you could print them, but the goal here is to have a paperless cockpit. Using the iPad’s built-in screen capture function, you can quickly save a copy of whatever’s on the web browser screen with a few button presses. Here’s how:

    • Pinch, zoom and position the data on the screen in the browser so all the important information is viewable (in this example we’re showing a fltplan.com Navigation Log)
    • Now, simultaneously press the Home Button (lower front of screen) and the On/Off button (on the top right), and you’ll see the screen flash white and hear a camera shutter sound
    • Next, go back to your home screen, and locate the “Photos” app. When you click on this, you’ll see a photo of what was on your web page. This is now stored internally on the iPad, allowing you to view your important flight planning data without an Internet connection in the air.
    • If you have more info that than will fit on one screen, take multiple screen captures (don’t worry–these don’t take up much space on your iPad’s internal memory).
    • When finished with the flight, go back into the “Photos” app and delete the screen capture photo by clicking the “Garbage Can” icon at the upper right.

    Use your imagination on this one–you can save any screen from any application. Use it to store official weather briefings, TFR maps, or a screen from any other app that requires an internet connection to display data.

    iPad invert colors
    Invert the colors on your iPad for a “night mode.”

    4. Enable Night Mode for viewing approach charts at night

    The iPad has a built-in feature that allows you to invert the colors on the screen–this is very useful when viewing approach charts at night by showing white text and graphics on a black background. Here’s how to enable it:

    • Go to the Settings app on the iPad.
    • You’ll be at the “General” selection on the left by default; scroll down on the right side and select “Accessibility”.
    • Select the “Triple-click Home” option now at the bottom of the list (labeled “Accessibility Shortcut” in iOS 7).
    • Select “Toggle White on Black” from the list (“Invert Colors” in iOS 7). A check mark indicates you’ve selected it.

    Now, when viewing an approach chart and you click the home button three times quickly (circular button on the lower front of the iPad), you’ll invert the colors of the screen. This makes for a much better low-light viewing experience at night in the cockpit.

    5. Use GoodReader for document management

    Using an app called GoodReader ($4.99 from the App Store), you can store and organize a wealth of free PDFs and other aviation electronic documents. The options are almost endless, but here are a few recommendations:

    • FAA Aviation Manuals
    • Aircraft Flight Manuals
    • Avionics Pilot’s Guides
    • FAA Practical Test Standards
    • Custom Aircraft Checklists and Limitations

    Note that ForeFlight has a Documents feature built-in that does many of the same things.

    6. Know that you are legal

    For Part 91 VFR and IFR flying (the section of the regulations that most of us fly under in general aviation) you are completely legal to use the iPad for electronic charts, provided that the data is current and is a functional replacement of the paper version. For complete details and regulations, see our iPad Legal Briefing.

    7. Bring a backup

    When using the iPad loaded with current charts, you’re not legally required to have a backup source of data for Part 91 flying. However, it’s still smart to have a plan B. The type of backup depends on the type of flying you’re doing and the conditions of the day. VFR pilots might consider tossing a Sectional chart in their flight bag, while IFR pilots should consider having a few approach charts nearby. During IFR flights, we  recommend printing out the following for the departure and destination airports: Airport Diagrams, appropriate ILS or RNAV approach chart based on the winds, and SIDs/STARs if going to a large terminal airport (having said this, we’ve never had the iPad fail on us).

    You might also consider carrying a second iPad, or use your smartphone loaded with current charts. Many aviation iPad apps are also compatible with the iPhone, so it can be helpful to download charts there as well in the unlikely event the iPad has a bad day.

    Dual GPS
    An external GPS guarantees accuracy and reliability.

    8. Use an external GPS for reliable position data

    Having GPS on your iPad allows you to view a moving map display on popular apps like ForeFlight, Garmin Pilot or WingX. But how do you get the GPS information? Many pilots are confused by this issue.

    The 3G/4G model of the iPad includes an internal GPS. The GPS is completely separate from the cellular radio, so you don’t even have to have an active data plan for the GPS to work. And while the on-board GPS does work with all popular aviation apps, it was made for ground use and it’s not always reliable in the air. It has a tendency to drop offline, especially when switching between apps or sleeping the screen. It’s not necessarily a question of accuracy, but of reliability. For this reason, most iPad pilots–even those with a 3G/4G iPad–opt for an external GPS. At around $100, it’s cheap insurance.

    So which external iPad GPS to buy? There are plenty options: the plug-in Bad Elf, the wireless Bad Elf Pro, the Garmin GLO, the Dual Electronics XGPS150  and the Dual SkyPro (XGPS 160). They range from $99.95 to $150, and they offer the roughly the same performance. The choice is really personal preference–do you want to plug in the GPS directly to your iPad (Bad Elf) or do you want to put the GPS on the glareshield and connect wirelessly (Dual/Garmin/Bad Elf Pro)? The advantage to the Bad Elf is that you don’t have to charge its battery, as it runs off the iPad. The advantage to the Dual/Garmin/Bad Elf Pro is that you can place it out of the way, but you do have to charge a battery. Both the Bad Elf Pro and the Dual SkyPro allow you to connect multiple devices to the same GPS; the others are limited to one device.

    Another option would be to purchase a combination ADS-B weather and GPS receiver. Options here include the Stratus (works with ForeFlight), the Garmin GDL 39 (works with Garmin Pilot) and the Dual XGPS 170 (works with WingX and AOPA FlyQ). These are more expensive, but add the major feature of in-flight weather and some add traffic as well.

    9. Maximize iPad battery life

    Apple states that the iPad battery should last a full 10 hours when fully charged. This is a pretty long time, considering the typical endurance of most airplanes is less than 5 hours. With that being said, there are some simple things you can do to maximize the charge:

    • Turn off 3G/4G cellular data (this is also the most likely source of interference with panel mount avionics)
    • Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (provided a GPS or weather accessory doesn’t require one of these services)
    • Set the screen brightness to the lowest viewable level
    • Close unneeded apps that are running in the background: double-click the home button, press and hold the app icon until it wiggles, and then press the red circle to close it out. In iOS 7, tap an app and swipe up to close it.
    • Let the iPad go into standby mode during the times when the iPad is not needed (don’t do this when connected to Stratus, though)

    As a side note, we’ve seen about a 30% decrease in iPad battery life when using a wireless accessory accessory.

    Read this article for complete details about your iPad battery and this one for how to set up your wireless radios.

    10. Don’t leave the iPad on the glareshield during the day

    After a flight and when organizing the cockpit, many find it convenient to temporarily store charts, kneeboards, etc. on the glareshield. Don’t accidentally do this with your iPad though–it will overheat in direct sunlight, and will be unusable until it cools down. It’s worth noting that, other than this scenario, we have not had any issues with the iPad overheating.

    Reminders app on iPad
    Using the built-in iPad Reminders app is a great way to track maintenance.

    11. Use the iPad’s Reminders app for maintenance tracking

    Being a pilot or aircraft owner often means keeping up with lots of currency issues, like flight reviews, annual inspections and medical expirations. Fortunately, the iPad has a built-in feature that makes it easy to stay current. If you are using iOS 5, you’ll see a Reminders app on your home screen. This very easy-to-use app allows you to make a to-do list, and specify dates and times to remind you. You’ll even get a pop-up alert at your pre-determined time, no matter what app you’re using.

    12. Use Multi-Touch Gestures for easy multitasking

    An overlooked feature that Apple included with iOS 5 is Multi-Touch Gestures. These allow you to quickly perform routine tasks without relying on the bottom Home button. To activate this functionality, go to Settings -> General, and towards the bottom you’ll see the Multitasking Gestures On/Off switch. Here’s a brief summary of each function:

    •  Pinch to the Home Screen – Use this instead of pressing the home button to access the home screen from within any app. Place 4 or 5 fingers spread out on the screen, and pinch together.
    • Swipe Up to Reveal the Multitasking Bar –Use this instead of pressing the home button twice to access the multitasking bar. Place 4 or 5 fingers spread out on the screen, and move your hand upward.
    • Swipe Left or Right Between Apps –This allows quick movement between applications that are currently running. With an app running, place 4 or 5 fingers spread out on the screen. Now, move your hand to the left to switch to the last opened app. With the same motion, move your hand back to the right to switch back to the previous app.

    Let’s hear from you. What tips do you have?

    91 COMMENTS

    1. Besides WX work and ADS-B for inflight weather, does the 3 G system, or cellular network, provide reliable weather info, say using intellicast HD weather or my radar apps??

      Thanks

      Dave

      • David Elliot,

        The 3G service works just fine with Verizon and AT&T at 6,000ft; I used it. I don’t recommend AT&T’s data plan if you live an area of 2G service (Edge). So, if you have the iPad 3G and your using Verizon’s 3G and the Garmin Bluetooth GPS you will really enjoy weather updates. My best advice is to listen to the ATIS and use your sectionals, master the old school before you put your hands on this new technology.

        Safety First,

        Erick M.

    2. Thanks John. I am still sitting on the fence regarding the iPad 2 as an EFB. If the iPad worked as a cell phone too, it would save me from lugging around another electronic toy. Save on subscription costs as well.

      Dave

      • David,
        You can use an Ipad 2 with 3G as a cell phone using Google Voice and or Talkatone. I am a student pilot so I have never used them in the air but use them on the ground. You will need to Jailbreak and add My3G app so that you ipad will think it is on Wifi. There is a website here: http://intelliborn.com/my3g.html

      • I’m a pilot in the Air Force, and we are currently transitioning to an EFB. I have used foreflight on my own and I have friends who have that and other apps like FLTplan and others. I can flight plan, get a briefing (through DUATS), and file in record time. With an ADS-B enabled plug-in (or wifi hotspot in the plane) I can pull up current weather (metars & TAFs), radar overlays, and pireps on my iPad at 30,000ft

      • Yes you can use your I pad as a cel phone….2 choises Magicjack or Skype……I like Magicjack +

    3. I was on the fence for awhile about the IPad and foreflight but after trying everything else I can honestly day that this is the best purchase I have ever made for flying. It is amazing how much data is available in flight and not having to deal with paper charts alone makes it worthwhile. I have yet to see a better navigation device for the price.

    4. I agree, i stil lcarry backup charts, but I have not had to use them for over a year now. I do ALL of my flying with an iPad, RAM yokemount, and WingX. It has been a HUGE gamechanger for me. Awesome situational awareness too, a major jump in safety without a major investments. WingX also plays the same on my iPhone too, so I have yet another backup, without any more effort or cost.

    5. I agree, i still carry backup charts, but I have not had to use them for over a year now. I do ALL of my flying with an iPad, RAM yokemount, and WingX. It has been a HUGE gamechanger for me. Awesome situational awareness too, a major jump in safety without a major investments. WingX also plays the same on my iPhone too, so I have yet another backup, without any more effort or cost.

    6. No. If you mount your iPad to the yoke, and then turn the yoke (which one might do even more often in than normal in turbulence), than your horizon would change all the time… no bueno amigo. The horizon has to be referenced to the plane itself, not the yoke..

    7. Thanks Anthony, I didnt put my question very clearly, what I meant was if the ipad is mounted on my knee, are there reliable articificl horizon apps that dont require connection to aircraft vacuum gauge etc.I’m a glider pilot with no artificial horizon in gider, if I bought an ipad it would be handy if I could get articifial horizon for inadvertnat filght into cloud, preferably with moving map opertating at same time on the screen. I’m a VFR pilot, I recognise the dangers of using IFR equipment if you are not trained IFR and current, and i have never got into cloud but I fly in windy wave conditions in the New Zealand mountains, if you got in cloud you’ve had it as mountain topos often in cloud.

      • Chris,
        Our app PocketHorizon sounds like just what you might need. It’s an artificial horizon that uses the WAAS GPS signal plus a gyro (if available) to generate accurate attitude information. It’s designed for use with the Apple gyro for quick response, but works fine with a non-gyro device such as your iPad 1 with a delayed (but still accurate) response. Also, it works whether device is mounted upright or laying flat on a kneeboard (either gyro or non-gyro).
        Check out the website at http://logical-drive.com/pockethorizon for a lot more detail, including a P.O.H.
        Yes, WingX with the Levil AHRS works, but PocketHorizon is a LOT cheaper if what you need is just an artificial horizon.

        Ted Cannaday
        Logical Drive, Inc.

    8. are there any products that reduce the Ipad 2 screen glare? I find that sun glare and reflection is the biggest problem when flying with the sun out.

    9. Chris,what you need then is this AHRS unit which sits on the floor of the aircraft: *AHRS mini -SW (wireless)* (http://www.aviation.levil.com/AHRS_mini.htm). It’s about the size of a deck of cards, hooks up to you WingX on your iPad wirelessly, and will give you turn and artificial horizon displayed on WingX’s synthetic vision. That should do the job perfectly for what you’re talking about.

    10. Great advise thanks Anthony! For affordabiilty reasons I might pick up the IPAD 2, is it satisfactory for AHRS?

    11. It is satisfactory, but for screen reasons, if you don’t already have an ipad, buy the newest iPad (3rd gen) as it has a screen that is twice as good as the ipad 2. Just get the lowest capacity one (16G) but make sure it’s one WITH cellular cability (vs WIFI only) because only the ones WITH cellular capability include a built-in GPS. The wifi-only versions do not. But don’t worry, you don’t have to pay for the monthly cell service, you only need the capability. Happy soaring!

    12. Hello Gentelmen,
      I’m sure opinions vary but I would like to know what thoughts are on which ap is best. Ive tried Foreflight and Pilot-my-cast. I havent looked at Wing-X which is mentioned in previous comments. I’m a new pilot and would appreciate any feedback someone could offer.
      Thank you and safe flying to all..

    13. I’ve been using the iPad with Foreflight in an iPro Aviator kneeboard since December 2010, I’d like to try getting it mounted higher. Anyone using the RAM seat rail mounts on a legacy 182? BTW, I have had it overheat during enroute portion of an IFR flight over Nevada desert in the sun on my knee. Just shut it down, put it in a cool place, and try a restart in 5 min. If I expect hard IFR at destination I print plates for backup, but a smart phone is a reasonable backup too IMO.

    14. A couple of addition comments about the GPS options: Bad Elf and the Dual Electronics.
      I have used both in Falcon 20s/50s and King Airs and offer the following. The Bad Elf seems a bit slower to lock on and if you put the iPad where it can’t see the sky very well it will lose the satellite signal. The Bad Elf uses the 31 pin plug on the side of the iPad so it would be easy to damage it. Maybe someone has a 31 pin cable which would allow you to place the Bad Elf on the glare shield. That would eliminate both of these objections.
      The Dual Electronics locks on quickly and doesn’t lose satellite signals. I have purposefully left it off at the beginning of the flight to check how long it takes to “find” itself. It works very well. The Falcon windshields are electrically heated so I thought this might create interference but that is not the case. The Dual Electronics has a nice app which shows you the battery life remaining, the position,altitude, ground speed, actual altitude, and satellites it is using. You do have to have the blue tooth turned on on the iPad so this would take some additional power. I have used it with Jeppesen’s moving map and it works very well. You can toggle back and forth between the Jepp map and the Dual app without losing either.
      The iPads on board GPS works on the ground in these aircraft but stops right after takeoff. I assume this is a function of the speed of the aircraft. So and external GPS is a must.
      Hope this helps with some decisions.

    15. Dave Huston reports that his built-in GPS “stops right after takeoff”, but that is not my experience at all. My 3G iPad-2 (without an active 3G connection) does a fine job of plotting the active position of the unit/aircraft in flight. I do notice that the GPS receiver may “sleep” once in a while, but a press on the “where are we” icon quickly restores tracking.

    16. One note on size. I originally thought about getting the 16GB which is pretty much what everyone says you need but found that when the maps are about to expire, I take up more than the 16GB for a few days while I have 2 sets of the maps. May not be a problem for some if you only get the areas you are in but I download all of them just because I can.

    17. Myy 2 cents worth: I’ve been using the iPad 1 with ForeFlight (my preference- try each and find the one that works best for you) for a bit over a year. I fly VFR mainly but have used it for all my IFR rating training. I’ve flown both with the Dual GPS (highly recommended) and without. I’ve never lost internal GPS connection but it’s never a bad thing to have a back up. This includes paper back up charts and plates. Since I don’t fly across the country, a dozen pieces of paper packed away, just in case, doesn’t take up enough room to worry about. Better to have them and not need them than not have them and wish you did. My iPad 1 works just fine for me, has more than enough storage (32gb) and was a lot cheaper after the iPad 2 came out. Should you buy an iPad 3? I haven’t seen the clarity of the 3 but if that becomes an issue for you, then yes. The clarity of my 1 has always been just fine. Of course, now that I’ve said that, I’ll see a3 and want one! Everyday flying for most of us? I think the 1 or 2 will be completely acceptable. But these are just my humble opinion. Stay safe, stay up, stay happy!!

    18. Concerning which generation of iPad to get: Dr. Hilton (creator of WingX) said if you have an iPad 1, buy the iPad 3. IF you have an iPad 2, stay with it. My recommendation if you have no iPad: get the best you can afford.

    19. I like foreflight with my ipad2. I started out with just the 3G iPad and no external gps. It worked but I found multiple times that I lost signal. I then bought the dual gps and it works great. I have not tried wing x but I am very happy with foreflight. It has been very easy to use and the information is great.

    20. l would like to know please wich softer may l install in my ipad 2 3G for use like GPS in BRAZIL.

      Thanks

    21. I left my iPad2 on the glareshield while setting up a tent at OSH last year. It was so hot I had to handle it with a towel. I laid it on the wing and it worked perfectly while hot (WiFi).

    22. Fernando,
      I fly a jet out of El Salvador sometimes. Your only option for charts and enroutes that I know of is Jeppensen’s “Jeppensen FD” which is a free app, but you will have to pay $$$ for the coverage in the areas you want to fly (Brazil, etc.)

    23. I have been flying for over 40 years,and personally owned 16 airplanes. My ipad 2 with Foreflight is without question the best thing I have ever bought to use in and out of the plane. I would like to see Foreflight include an overlay compass rose and track orientation

    24. Will the new external ADS B device $899 eliminate having to purchase an external GPS antenna?

    25. The GPS, ADS-B and Wi-Fi antennas are all internal. An external ADS-B antenna option is available.

    26. A couple of comments for the discussion:

      Get as much memory as you can afford. In my opinion, 32G is the minimum if you want to take the most advantage of your investment. The new Docs feature in ForeFlight is a fabulous addition, letting you carry the PDF manuals for all your avionics manuals, pilot publications, etc. It is VERY handy to have those reference materials at the ready, but they do take some space. Also, as mentioned, if you get the chart updates in advance of the current expiration date, you need twice as much data space. I currently have a 32G and will probably spin that off to my wife and get a 64G version eventually.

      I opted for the Bad Elf for the simple reason that I didn’t want to have to worry about one more battery in the cockpit! There are extension cables available cheap that let you place the bad elf on top of the panel, but I’ve never needed to in Mooneys, Bonanzas, Cessnas, Cherokees or Jabirus, but I use a suction mount or yoke mount that keeps the iPad at mid-panel height or better, with the Bad Elf at the top (iPad inverted). Works great.

      Save the 3G money and put it towards a Bad Elf and a mobile WiFi hotspot and you’ll have the best of all worlds….a reliable GPS and an internet connection usable by more than just the iPad.

      As for apps, I’ve looked at them all, but settled on ForeFlight and have no regrets. The new Garmin Pilot app has some compelling features, and would be my second choice….and possible first choice if they added the Documents feature like ForeFlight. I particularly like its heads-up display feature which ForeFlight lacks…at least for now. I hope they’re listening.

      • I have a 1970 Mooney M20/F. Any suggestions on mounting my iPad2. I would like to mount it on the yoke (pilot side) but can’t find a good yoke mount and it appears that it will block my instruments, (HSI, Adituted, etc.) Any Mooney pilots using iPad for nav? Any suggested mounting locations and mounting hardware would be appreciated.

        • One nice option is a suction cup mount, but mounted to the co-pilot front window or side window. Sounds weird, but it works great.

        • I concur on the suction mount. Experiment with locations but I have found mounting just above the little vent window, then angled about 45 deg. or so works just fine.

        • try mounting it on the brace tubing at the ceiling above the compass. You can use the ipad case with the standard mounting hardware and a yoke mount to attached it to. This will put it overhead and centered above the pane. It will not block your vision. My friend Guy has it in his 205.

    27. For anyone with doubts about the Ipad, I have an Ipad 1st Gen and use it with Foreflight and have found it to be outstanding. On the ground you can check weather using WiFI and in the air it replaces ALL paper sectionals, IFR charts and approach plates for a price many times less than the paper subscriptions. I use XM weather with my Garmin 496 for inflight weather, as it is more reliable and has coverage anywhere as compared to the ADS-B. The XM weather is truly a life saver. I will not fly without it unless it is a clear VMC day. Also I have the Zaon traffic system displayed on the 496 which is also excellent as an aid for traffic avoidance. For the price it is cheep insurance.

    28. If your looking for an iPad, check the refurbs on the Apple Store Web Site. You generally save at least 15% and sometimes as much as 30%.

      Same warranty as a new one and direct from Apple. I bought two there and they are performing flawlessly. I did have a refurb iPod brick on me and the local Apple Store replaced it immediately

    29. Another Tip that should be added to this iPad FAQ’s is “Watchout when you buy a kneeboard for your iPad if you wear Polarized sunglasses!” If you do, it is basically impossible to see your iPad screen if it is in the portrait (vertical) position. If you can manage to have it in the “landscape” (horizontal) position, you should be fine. I’m having a tough time buying a kneeboard for it because of this reason. And I need one that tilts up AND can be oriented horizontally.

    30. Why don’t you just buy some non-polarized sunglasses? That’s how I solved the problem… And forget a kneeboard; if you are able, yoke mount the iPad. Heads down is never a good idea…

    31. I made a yoke mount for 10 dollars, I took the yoke mount from my garmin 196 and removed the garmin mount, bought a piece of plexiglass from the hardware store $5 + double sticky velcro, put on the plexiglass and the case for the ipad. done. total time less than 30 min to drill the holes in the plexiglass.

    32. I like to pre-select airports in the “Favorites” feature in foreflight, and sort the relevant ones for my flight near the top of the list before each flight.

      Also, preflighting my ipad the night before a flight is on my checklist.

    33. Love wingx I tried foreflight didn’t compare. Is there a glare shield you can buy that blocks the glare on the IPad?

    34. Regarding Tip No. 5, Good Reader is a good, multi-purpose app, but iBooks is a free PDF reader with a simpler interface. Download it from the App Store (Search Apple). In iTunes, drag any PDF on your computer to the iPad icon to copy it to iBooks. If you email a PDF to yourself, open Mail on the iPad, touch and hold the attached PDF icon and select Open in iBooks. The PDF is moved to iBooks for future reference, and you can delete the email. You can also download the iPad User Guide in iBooks. iBooks has many features such as word search, bookmarks, etc. Good Reader is feature rich, but stored PDFs are easier to find in iBooks, in my opinion.

    35. It’s worth noting, for the sake of clarifying your tip on maximizing iPad battery life, that the information you share on closing apps “running in the background” is incorrect. Only apps that have a requirement for one or more specific APIs can do things in the background in iOS. For example, the location data API allows GPS apps to continue sourcing this data if an active session was running before switching to another app (and in that case it’s only if the developer has chosen to take advantage of the feature). Otherwise, all the apps there are in a completely suspended state, existing only as a snapshot—a snapshot that takes zero RAM or other resources to maintain.

      It is best to think of the apps in the fast app switcher as a list of most recently used apps, with the leftmost apps being those used most recently of all. Again, the exception here is in those instances where apps are actively using one or more specific multitasking APIs (music, location, background downloads, VOIP, accessory data, etc.).

      Here is an excellent, easy-to-read article on the matter. It will help us all be more conscious of how iOS resources are used so we aren’t wasting time and energy arbitrarily closing our apps.

      http://www.macworld.com/article/1164616/how_ios_multitasking_really_works.html

    36. Hi, i want to know if is possible to use iPad seen the plane in the aproach charts procedures (vertical profile ), like ILS and VOR ramp…..?????? Haw to do it ???

    37. Hi, i want to know if is possible to use iPad seen the plane in the aproach charts procedures vertical profile, like ILS and VOR ramp…..?????? Haw to do it ???

    38. If you’re flying with the G1000, the iPad still has tremendous utility as a flight planning too, backup to all your enroute and approach charts, as well as backup navigation information. I wouldn’t fly without mine whether in steam gauges or glass cockpit.

    39. Is SV AVAILABLE TO USE ON OLD IPAD 1, this has no wifi but I use external
      GNS 5780 and it runs perfectly even in a commercial jet at 39000ft

    40. Just wanted to mention there is another portable GPS available…the Garmin Glo which beats the performance of the Dual XGPS 150 and the Bad Elf hands down. It not only picks up the Russian GPS satellites (Glonass, hence the name), but battery life is much greater than both. I have used both with ForeFlight in Part 121 ops and the Garmin Glo locks on to position in seconds and never loses it. Even with gold film heated windows it never misses a beat and it is priced the same as the others.

      My only complaint is deciphering the LEDs on the top and the somewhat easy to trigger ON/OFF switch. I can handle those issues for the superb performance and battery life.

    41. For backup, I keep current charts on the iPad in pax compartment, which is hard mounted and used primarily as moving map display for the pax. Also an iPad 3 in the cockpit and also current charts on G696, though the enroute charts are not detailed. The G796 has detailed enroute charts, but that is about the only good part of the unit I found, after using it for 2 weeks and approx 70hrs of flight.

    42. […] An external GPS is a must-have, in our opinion. For around $100, one of these GPSs makes ForeFlight a fantastic in-flight navigator in addition to its many pre-flight uses. Simply connect via Bluetooth and go to the Maps tab. You’ll see your airplane flying along the chart, and the four data blocks in the HUD will provide useful information. For more information about iPad GPSs, read tip #8 in our Top 12 iPad Tips. […]

    43. […] An external GPS is a must-have, in our opinion. For around $100, one of these GPSs makes ForeFlight a fantastic in-flight navigator in addition to its many pre-flight uses. Simply connect via Bluetooth and go to the Maps tab. You’ll see your airplane flying along the chart, and the four data blocks in the HUD will provide useful information. For more information about iPad GPSs, read tip #8 in our Top 12 iPad Tips. […]

    44. I found that turning off the screen helps a lot when using the iPad. If you leave the iPad on your lap as I do, ANY disturbance on the surface causes a reaction to the screen. If you get in the habit of turning the screen on and off, you can resume your place instantly when you turn it back on. The GPS updates as soon as it’s turned on and the iPad is nearly always better than anything else for speed and accuracy. Turn it OFF, turn it ON. Both are VERY Fast! Good luck!

    45. N8206Y, PA30B,
      we have used the “flight Guide” app on our iPAD from the very start and we have been very satisfied with the capability and the price. Along with almost all the app’s Flight Guide has a VERY nice feature for the instrument pilots out there in that it will overlay the approach plate right onto the seamless maps. This allows us to view the seamless sectional mapping with the approach plate overlaid on it. What we like about this is that it allows you to see what the terrain looks like as you descend toward the ground on the approach. I would expect this to be especially valuable for pilots flying in hilly or mountainous areas of the country to help prevent turning into a mountain when very low to the ground. The internal iPAD GPS seems to work well even though we have the Flight Guide wireless FLY-Wi WAAS GPS. We are anxiously waiting for the Flight Guide option to display XM weather through the FLY-Wi GPS (May 2013?) and if they have a very detailed display of the XM weather onto their iPAD app we feel everyone should be talking about and using their app.

    46. IPAD, ForeFlite. Now I have downloaded the latest download, obstacle or terrain awareness. How do I view it on my nav. screen? I’m on the ground now, but it doesn’t show red!! Doesn’t come down with the button that shows TRACK UP FORWARD, etc., ??
      Joe

    47. Joe: Go to settings and set your Hazard Advisor to No Minimum Speed. You need to have a GPS input also.

    48. I have an iPad 3 with Dual GPS. It’s an excellent combination, easy to use with a lot of excellent information, but I want to alert other users to two problems I’ve encountered. Though still a student pilot, I’ve done a number of solo and dual cross-countries, and about one time out of three the iPad has over-heated and shut itself down. This has happened with the device on a kneepad with an angle-up feature, as well as with the iPad on the seat beside me in the same kneepad, angled up. I’ve never placed it on the glareshield. Now I fly in New Mexico, which means high altitudes and blazing sunlight, and the iPad does come back after 5 minutes in the shade.

      However — and this is the second problem — when the iPad overheats it goes completely power-off. When it does that it loses the connection to the Dual GPS (my iPad has no internal GPS). Foreflight knows about this and told me how to fix it; I have to go to Settings and turn off location services, power the iPad completely down again, restart it, and turn location services back on. This works, but involves far too much head-down time to be practical in the cockpit during a cross-country. I’ve always had backups — printed charts and nav logs — and I’ve programmed the airplane’s GPS and VORs, so I’ve never lost my navigational orientation. Given my experiences, I can really only consider the iPad to be a wonderful situational awareness aid, but for me, at least, I would be reluctant to make it my primary navigational tool.

    49. Greetings! Can one simultaneiously connect two Bluetooth devices (e.g., GPS & WxWorx) to an iPad with ForeFlight? Thanks . . .

    50. I was just going to buy the Stratus 2nd Gen but found out it has a 95 deg F operating limit. What a shame. It would not be useable about 60% of the time.

      • Phil, that’s a limitation from the battery manufacturer I think. I can tell you that I’ve flown it on hotter days and it performs well. The unit is white and there is an internal fan as well. So even if it’s 90 degrees, Stratus may be cooler.

        Worst case, you can mount Stratus on a side window with the suction cup. That virtually guarantees it will not overheat: http://www.sportys.com/PilotShop/product/18007

    51. Phil,

      If you were going to buy a Stratus II, you must have an iPad. Guess what the operating limit is for the iPad!

    52. Foreflight is great with the IPad. I love it, but for inflight weather nothing beats XM with a handheld Garmin. For real time traffic I use the Zaon system also attached to the Garmin 496. The only reason I have a panel mount GPS is to make GPS approches legal.

    53. My older Trimble GPS is on the fritz. I’m considering replacing it with a yoke-mounted iPad-Mini running foreflight software. What Mini configuration should I purchase, WiFi and GPS (?), bluetooth (?) and can I interface with an external GPS wirelessly via bluetooth? Anybody use a scheme like this and can provide words of wisdom?

    54. Harold Miller: Get the maximum memory you can afford…at least 32GB and preferably 64GB. You find MANY uses for FF and an iPad and you never have too much. I would also opt for the Verizon 4G version. I can’t tell you how many times having quick on-line access from anywhere has proved helpful. The internal GPS has been rock solid…even more so than my pervious WiFi-only unit with a Bad Elf. It’s nice to be able to fly with NOTHING else required. I did get by for a year on a 32GB WiFi only, but then had to upgrade. Go big the first time and save the upgrade hassle.

    55. Military Aviators are required to wear Nomex gloves during flight operations. There is not, if any, conductivity for screen operations like multiple touch actions. Most pilots resort to removing their glove when using the IPAD. I have a stylus pen, but Murphy’s Law says the stylus will roll under the seat and be inaccessible when you need it most. Any tips that don’t include cutting glove fingers off or become a civilian pilot so I don’t have to worry about gloves?

    56. I fly a Challenger 604 and was thinking of getting Stratus for ADS weather to interface with our Ipads. We currently use a DUAL GPS receiver for GPS data and have found it will only receive if it is placed close to the front of the windshield. Has anyone had any experience with Stratus reception in a corporate jet environment?

      • We have tested Stratus extensively in jets and it works quite well. There is also an option for external ADS-B and GPS antennas if you find performance doesn’t meet your needs.

    57. Anyone have a good suggestion for the best and quickest way to disable Banner and Lock Screen Notifications (iOS 7) and keep them from interrupting you during taxi and flight?

      • Go to Settings –> Notification Center and turn the first button off (Notifications View). You can also turn Do Not Disturb on, but that doesn’t seem to silence all alert.

    58. To those of you having overheating issues, are you flying low wing aircraft? I want to use my black iPad air on cross country flights here in Florida but in a 172. I am a student and won’t be using it in the plane for a while.

    59. Tip 13: Smack those on the back of the head with the iPad who stubbornly insist that everything improbable will fail. “Pretend your iPad battery died. And your backup iPad doesn’t start. And your external iPad charger doesn’t work. And your paper charts blew out the window. And the fire-lit beacon is extinguished because they ran out of wood due to rain…” And no matter what solution you offer, it won’t work until it matches whatever they use, proving their pointless point.

    60. Having problems connecting my second gen stratus to both my iPads and iPhone. It takes forever to connect and sometimes it will and sometimes it doesn’t connect at all. Anybody else have this problem or know how to fix it?

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