Pilot’s guide to the iPad connected panel

There are many connected panel systems available today that 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.

How to send text messages in flight with the Garmin inReach

Flying a light airplane doesn't have to mean pilots are totally cut off. Garmin's inReach portable communicators are becoming increasingly capable and affordable. They certainly don't enable email or web browsing, but they are useful for short text messages, flight tracking, and even emergency messages—and they integrate nicely with the Garmin Pilot app. Best of all, you can be up and running for less than $500 all-in.

iPad kneeboard buyer’s guide—2024 edition

Every pilot should secure their iPad in the cockpit, for both convenience and safety. The most popular ways to do this involve either a mount or a kneeboard. 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.

How to use the AHRS, CO monitor and flight data recorder on Sentry Plus (video tip)

The Sentry line of ADS-B receivers from ForeFlight are best known for their ability to receive subscription-free datalink weather and traffic, but they can do so much more. In our latest video tip, we'll show how to use three advanced features in Sentry Plus: the attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) for backup attitude, carbon monoxide detector and alerts, and the automatic flight data recorder and replay.
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New Flight Gear battery pack adds wireless charging, built-in cables

Without enough juice in the battery, Garmin Pilot cannot show your approach plates and Sentry cannot show the latest radar. That makes a backup power source an absolutely essential item for any pilot. Now there's a new option that's small enough to fit in your pocket and eliminates the need to carry cables.
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How to listen to SiriusXM Radio in ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot

Garmin's top-of-the-line portable weather receivers, the compact GDL 52 and GDL 51, receive more than just GPS and weather. With an active SiriusXM subscription, pilots and passengers can also enjoy music and live sports in flight. Once you've configured all your devices, it's very easy to listen to SiriusXM Radio, but the first time you do it there are a few steps to follow.
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ForeFlight introduces updated Sentry ADS-B receiver

Sentry includes all the essential features—weather, traffic, GPS, AHRS, carbon monoxide detector—but at a size and price that make it a great fit for almost any pilot. This week, ForeFlight announced an updated Sentry that doesn't add major new capabilities, but offers enhanced performance.

How to mount and use your iPhone as an EFB in the cockpit

The larger iPhones are finding a home in many cockpits, which can run full-featured versions of popular flight planning and navigation apps like ForeFlight or Garmin Pilot. Regardless of how you use your iPhone, it's smart to secure it in the cockpit. Here are a few options from Robust, RAM and MyGoFlight that offer convenient ways to keep them stable.

Using the Garmin D2 Mach 1 Pro watch with Garmin Pilot and PlaneSync

Ten years ago, Garmin created a new category of portable avionics when it introduced the D2, a pilot watch with a built-in GPS and aviation database. That was followed by a slew of upgraded models, the latest of which hit the market this week. The D2 Mach 1 Pro is Garmin’s largest and most powerful smartwatch yet, and is another node in Garmin's Connext platform.
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Flight Gear introduces smart charging cables with screen

Charging cables used to be simple: buy one with a Lightning connector and plug it into your iPad. But since the early days of tablets, things have become much more complicated. We've recently been flying with some new cables that finally solve this problem, and add some helpful features as well. Here are four things we really like.

Portable ADS-B and SiriusXM receiver buyer’s guide

For the price of a few flight lessons, you can have in-flight weather (ADS-B or SiriusXM), GPS, traffic, flight data recorder and a backup attitude/heading display, all on your iPad. There are a lot of options out there, so we assembled this buyer's guide to help you sort out the details, with updated information covering ForeFlight's new Sentry Plus.
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Garmin PlaneSync: long term test report

Many new cars now come with remote access capabilities that make it easy to start your Chevrolet’s engine or check your Tesla’s battery level from anywhere, using nothing more than a smartphone app and an LTE connection. Garmin is hoping to bring that same convenience to aviation with its new PlaneSync system. We’ve been testing an early version of it for the last three months in a 2005 Cirrus with a retrofit Garmin glass cockpit. Here’s how it works.