The iPad continues to be the best-selling tablet on the market, with sales exceeding 340 million units since launching in 2010. There’s no question that it’s the most widely used tablet in aviation too, as pilots continue to purchase iPads at an incredible rate. Fortunately, one of the big selling points of the iPad is its ease of use, meaning most pilots will be able to jump right in and start using the iPad as an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) with minimal training.
Over the past several years 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. As active general aviation pilots and flight instructors, we hear pilots ask all the time things like “which app should I use,” or “is it legal” and “where should I mount the iPad in my airplane?” 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.
Step 1: Seminar Videos
The best way for any new iPad pilot to start out is by watching some of the videos we offer at iPad Pilot News. These webinar recordings are packed with information for the beginning pilot:
10 things every iPad pilot should know
Flying with ForeFlight Webinar
Using in-flight weather receivers
ADS-B: a Pilot’s Guide
Step 2: Which iPad and Which Apps?
- Which iPad Should I Buy?
- Top 10 Aviation Apps
- Top 10 Aviation Apps, non-EFB edition
- Top 10 Aviation Apps for Apple Watch
- Top 10 Aviation Apps (You Haven’t Heard Of)
- iPad Apps for Turbine Pilots
- ForeFlight Training Products
- Complete Aviation App Directory
- The Student Pilot’s Guide to Getting Started with an iPad
Step 3: Essential Operating Tips
- Top 12 iPad Tips for pilots
- iPad Preflight Checklist
- 10 Beginner Mistakes Every iPad Pilot Makes
- How to Configure iPad Wireless Settings During Preflight
- Caring for Your iPad Battery
- iPad Legal Briefing for Pilots
- Legal Flow Chart for iPad Apps
- iPad Overheat Prevention
- iPad Troubleshooting Techniques for Pilots
- Charging Your iPad
Step 4: GPS, ADS-B and SiriusXM Accessories
- Does the iPad Have a “Real GPS” in it?
- Choosing the Right iPad GPS – Tips for Pilots
- What does ADS-B weather look like?
- Does ADS-B Weather Work at High Altitudes and in Jets?
- Do ADS-B receivers work internationally? A pilot report
- Flying with ADS-B Receivers – A Real World Scenario
- Top 12 Tips for Flying with Stratus
- Which ADS-B receiver should I buy?
- ADS-B Traffic 101
- Pilot Report: Flying the New SiriusXM Weather Receiver
- iPad Connected Panel Buyer’s Guide
Step 5: Mounting and Backup Power Options
- Where should I mount my iPad in the cockpit?
- How to mount your iPhone in the cockpit
- iPad kneeboard buyer’s guide
- Panel-mount options for iPads
- Finally – an iPad mount with built-in fans
- New Professional iPad Battery Backup is the Best Yet
Is there an iPad topic that we have not covered and you’d like to know more about? Post a comment below or send us an email at iPad@sportys.com.