We published over 150 articles, videos and quizzes on iPad Pilot News this year. While some of them covered the latest news or app features, many of them offered practical advice for increasing your iPad’s utility or reliability. Below you’ll find the top 10 most popular articles over the course of the year; all of them are still worth reading.
Choosing the right iPad GPS – tips for pilots – After the iPad was released in 2010, pilots quickly realized that the tablet was far more useful with an accurate position source. Initially, there were very few options for pilots, but the market has rapidly expanded and there are more choices than ever. How do you pick the right one?
What is best iPad for pilots? – Considering your first iPad or upgrading your old one? There are a lot of options. In this article, we’ll walk you through all the options, then offer our choice for the best overall aviation tablet.
Top 20 apps for pilots – The number of aviation apps seems to expand daily, with thousands of options for flight training, weather briefings, games and so much more. With that in mind, compiling a list of the top apps may seem foolish, but we’re going to try – after all, a brand new iPad pilot needs to start somewhere. The list below isn’t necessarily our 20 favorite apps, but rather the ones we see in use most often and are worth considering for any pilot’s tablet.
ForeFlight vs. Garmin Pilot, what are their unique strengths? – We often get asked to compare aviation’s most popular two apps or to suggest which one might have an advantage in one area. New pilots often struggle to choose which one they should use during training. Some experienced pilots have been flying with one app for a number of years and are wondering if the grass is greener on the other side. Here’s our opinion.
Essential iPad accessories: 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.
Video tip: how to use your iPad to better prepare for your next flight – Let’s face it, we’re viewing much of the same aviation data in our favorite iPad apps that has been around for decades. What’s different now though is that this information is presented in a much more meaningful context, thanks to the iPad’s high-resolution touchscreen display and innovative features from aviation app developers.
7 best weather apps for pilots – There are thousands of weather apps for the general public, from free to quite expensive. These are great for deciding whether you need a jacket tomorrow, but when it comes to aviation weather–looking at thunderstorms, ice, turbulence, visibility and so much more–these apps just aren’t enough. So we’ll focus on apps that offer more for pilots, both free and paid.
New iPad Pro 10.5″: first impressions – There are thousands of weather apps for the general public, from free to quite expensive. These are great for deciding whether you need a jacket tomorrow, but when it comes to aviation weather–looking at thunderstorms, ice, turbulence, visibility and so much more–these apps just aren’t enough. So we’ll focus on apps that offer more for pilots, both free and paid.
10 ways to use your iPad to save money on fuel – In addition to weather, today’s iPad apps can also provide you with a wealth of data to assist in fuel planning. There are a lot of variables that come into play here, including winds aloft, airplane performance, airport service availability, and of course fuel prices. Here we’re going to look at series of tips to help you use your iPad to make the most of this decision-making process and reduce your fuel expenses.
How to maximize battery life – tips for better performance – One of the most under-appreciated features of the iPad is its fantastic battery life. But there are a number of things you can do to improve the performance of your iPad battery and keep it in top working condition.