The iPad has proven very reliable over the past 4 years, but you should still consider "what-if" scenarios when it comes to the potential for a dead battery in flight. Here are 5 backup power solutions to make sure you always have extra power available in the airplane.
Garmin has introduced multiple portable weather receivers over the last six months, including the GDL 51 SiriusXM receiver and the GDL 52 SiriusXM/ADS-B receiver. Now the GDL family is complete, with the introduction of the GDL 50 - an ADS-B, GPS, AHRS unit with an 8-hour battery.
One year after releasing Scout, a tiny ADS-B receiver manufactured by uAvionix, ForeFlight unveiled the follow-on product at EAA AirVenture this week. Sentry is larger than Scout but also packs in a lot more features, including GPS, AHRS, and even carbon monoxide monitoring. At $499, it's a compelling package.
The iPad Mini is quickly becoming the preferred tablet for pilots, mostly because of its smaller size. In particular, mounting the Mini in a small cockpit is much easier. Now, a series of unique mounts has been introduced that goes beyond the basic mounting options we've covered before.
When Appareo first introduced the Stratus ADS-B receiver in 2012, it was the only product offered under that brand name. Since then, the Stratus family has grown to accommodate two portable ADS-B receivers and an ADS-B Out Transponder. This week at the Aircraft Electronics Association, the company launched the latest addition: Stratus Power.
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?
One of the best upgrades to your iPad is a datalink weather receiver like a Stratus, Sentry or GDL. These portable avionics sit on your dash or suction cup to a side window and receive either subscription-free ADS-B weather from ground stations or SiriusXM satellite weather that requires a monthly subscription. Regardless of your receiver, there are some important rules to follow. In this video tip, you'll learn how to evaluate radar images to determine if they are dangerous thunderstorms or just rain. There's more to it than just green, yellow and red colors.
For aircraft owners looking for a more permanent charging solution, there are some great options now available. Mid-Continent Instruments, a respected manufacturer of avionics, has a variety of dual USB charging devices that can be permanently installed to provide full-time access to power for portable devices.
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. Here's our list of the top 10 things any iPad pilot would like this Christmas.