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Using the Garmin D2 Mach 1 smartwatch with Garmin Pilot and inReach

Garmin's latest smartwatch for pilots, the D2 Mach 1, is loaded with all the advanced features you'd expect from an industry-leading avionics company: GPS, moving map, pulse oximeter, altimeter, fitness tracking, and smartphone notifications. But the watch also is another node in Garmin's Connext platform, which ties together multiple devices in the cockpit, from iPad apps to panel avionics.
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RAM introduces iPad mini 6 cradle and leg mount

Since launching in September 2021, the iPad mini 6 has quickly become the most popular tablet among pilots. RAM recently introduced two new products to help secure it in flight: a perfect-fit cradle and a leg mount. Here's flight test report.

Flying with ForeFlight and Garmin Flight Stream

Garmin's connected panel system works seamlessly with ForeFlight, allowing you to send flight plan updates, ADS-B weather/traffic, GPS, AHRS and more from your installed avionics wirelessly to your iPad. Here's a look at what components are required and how to use each of the features.

Pilot’s guide to the iPad connected panel

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There are many connected panel systems available today which allow 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.

Use the Robust clamp to mount your iPad in multiple locations

Finding the right hardware to mount your iPad or iPhone in the cockpit can be challenging. Fortunately, Robust offers several universal options designed for any size iPad or iPhone and can be mounted in multiple places in the cockpit.
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Four new iPad accessories for pilots

As any experienced iPad pilot knows, a few good accessories can make your tablet easier to use, more reliable, and more powerful. Here's a roundup of some new products that fit that description, from mounts to charging tools.

Using the Garmin D2 Air X10 with your iPhone and Garmin Pilot

Garmin continues to improve their range of aviation smartwatches, and the new D2 Air X10 is their best yet. While it can function quite well as a standalone navigator (using the internal GPS and aviation database), it is even more powerful when paired with a smartphone. This allows you to get updated weather and even share flight plans; it's really an extension of your flight deck. Here's what it can do.
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What’s the best external GPS for pilots?

External iPad GPSs were one of the first accessories to appear for the iPad. After the iPad was released in 2010, pilots quickly realized that the tablet was far more useful with an accurate position source—moving maps, terrain warnings, and so much more come into play. 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.
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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.

What’s new in iPad accessories

An iPad by itself is useful, but the smart pilot knows that a few well-chosen accessories can transform a simple tablet into a powerful electronic flight bag. Fortunately, a robust market has sprung up to provide these accessories, with solutions for mounting, protecting, and charging a tablet in flight. The second half of 2021 has brought a steady stream of new products in this category—here's a review.

iPad pilot gift guide—2021 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 odd?) aviator on your list, iPad apps and accessories are a good bet. Over 10 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.
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Tips for charging your iPad before flight and in the cockpit

One of the standout features of the iPad is its long battery life, but it's always a good idea to charge the iPad the night before your flight and start with a full battery. In fact, running out of battery power is about the only problem we've had in ten years of flying with the iPad. Here's how to avoid that situation, including some recommendations for the right charging gear.