Garmin inReach Explorer+

In-flight connectivity on the cheap: inReach and AirText

Flying a general aviation airplane usually means being disconnected, unless you're willing to spend over $50,000 on hardware and at least $1000/month for data. That doesn't mean pilots are totally cut off, though. Two products, Garmin's inReach portable communicators and AirText's semi-permanent boxes, offer reasonably affordable services for sending text messages or retrieving text weather. Here's a long term test report.
Robust mount

How do I mount my iPad in the airplane?

Securing your iPad while you fly is important for safety (to prevent your tablet from flying around the cockpit), but also for convenience (to keep it close by and easy to use). There are plenty of different mounts to choose from, but they aren't all universal. Which one is right for you? It depends a lot on the type of airplane you fly. Let's look at some examples.

How to use the Robust clamp mount in multiple locations

Finally, there is a universal solution that can provide more than one mounting option. The Robust Mount Yoke Clamp will fit almost any diameter of yoke shaft. The unique jaw design allows it to clamp down on tubes as small as 0.25”, yet still open wide enough for tubes up to 2” in diameter.

iPad Connected Panel Buyer’s Guide

More and more connected panel options are hitting the market, allowing you to wirelessly connect your iPad to panel-mount GPS and ADS-B receivers. Here's a rundown of all the aftermarket GA avionics options and mobile app compatibility with each.

What’s new in iPad flight bags

The iPad may be called an Electronic Flight Bag, but most pilots still need a real flight bag to stay organized. Fortunately, a slew of new designs offers some great options for staying organized and protecting your aviation gear, without breaking the bank.

How to use iPad audio to make flying safer

The iPad is an engaging visual tool, but many pilots forget about its many audio uses. Especially for those pilots who worry about spending too much "heads-down" time with the iPad, it's worth understanding how apps use audio to make flying more efficient and safe. Let's look at some of the options, and how to set up an audio connection to your headset.

Top iPad accessories for pilots – 2021 gear roundup

The iPad makes a great all-in-one cockpit tool, combining maps, flight planning, weather, documents, and so much more. That doesn't mean it stands on its own, though. A few carefully chosen accessories can make it so much more powerful and easy-to-use. Here's our updated list of the accessories you should consider, and our top recommendations.
Dual XGPS150A GPS for iPad

What’s the best external GPS for my iPad?

External iPad GPSs were one of the first accessories to appear for the iPad. Initially, there were very few options for pilots, but the market rapidly expanded and now there are more choices than ever. How do you pick the right one? Let's survey the market.
Flight Gear charging plug

Understanding USB-C and Power Delivery

In a world of competing standards (iOS or Android, Safari or Chrome, Garmin or Avidyne), USB seems like a simple and comforting exception. But now the familiar USB-A port is slowly fading away. Here's what you need to know about USB-C plugs and what Power Delivery means.

iPad kneeboard buyer’s guide for pilots – 2020 edition

In this article, we'll review some of the most popular iPad kneeboard options, so you can make an informed decision if you're not a mount person. There are more options than ever, and most of them are quite good. Here are our top picks.
Garmin D2 Air

iPad pilot gift guide—2020 edition

Whether you're a pilot shopping for another aviation enthusiast or you're a non-pilot desperately trying to figure out what to buy the (slightly weird?) aviator on your list, iPad apps and accessories are a good bet. Ten years into the tablet revolution, pilots are still snapping up this gear at a tremendous rate. Here's our list of the top 10 things any iPad pilot would like this Christmas.

Portable ADS-B and SiriusXM receiver buyer’s guide

Today's portable weather accessories for iPad have evolved from basic ADS-B receivers to sophisticated, multi-sensor devices capable of providing in-flight information that rivals many panel-mount avionics systems. There are a lot of options out there, so we assembled this buyer's guide to help you sort out the details.