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.

New Flight Gear kneeboard offers universal fit for different iPad sizes

Kneeboards remain a very popular option for securing an iPad in the cockpit, but one issue that comes up frequently with iPad kneeboards is compatibility: which kneeboards work with which iPads? Fortunately, the latest Flight Gear iPad Kneeboard solves this problem, with a universal design that adapts to almost every tablet size, with or without a case.
Garmin D2 smartwatch

Using the Garmin D2 Air smartwatch with your iPhone

Garmin's latest smartwatch, the D2 Air, has been getting a lot of attention since it was announced in late September. While the watch can function as a standalone navigator (using the internal GPS and aviation database), it is even more powerful when paired with a smartphone. Here's what it can do.
Pivot case

New PIVOT cases fit multiple iPad models

For many years PIVOT has offered a line of iPad cases and mounts specifically made for the cockpit. In that time, they've won a loyal following among airline pilots for their rugged design and flexible mounting options. The company has recently released two new mounts that fit a variety of devices, making them more universal and more future-proof.
Bose Connect

How to use the Bose Connect app with Bose ProFlight headsets

Like with most ANR headsets, the Bose ProFlight includes Bluetooth so that you can connect it to a phone or tablet and listen to music. The ProFlight is unique though in that it can interface with Bose's Connect app, which provides additional functionality to the headset. Here's how to set it up.

How to listen to SiriusXM Radio with a Garmin GDL 51 or 52

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. But there are some important steps to follow in order to avoid frustration. Here's a step-by-step review.

Understanding Sentry ADS-B settings

The latest generation of ADS-B receivers now offer subscription-free weather, traffic, GPS, backup attitude, pressure altitude and carbon monoxide monitoring. As the feature list has grown, the options and settings list has also grown. In this post, we'll walk through the various options for configuring your Sentry, so you can get the most out of your investment.
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.
Charging plug amps

New dual USB charger is perfect for the cockpit

For pilots using a tablet as their primary chart reference, keeping an iPad charged isn't just a convenience - it's a safety of flight issue. Fortunately, there are a whole host of solutions that can keep your battery topped off; unfortunately, many were developed for cars and not airplanes. We've recently been testing a new option that is made for aviation but is both inexpensive and portable.
RAM iPad cradle

New mount options for the latest iPad models

Apple doesn't make it easy to understand which iPad you have right now. The latest line of tablets on offer includes no fewer than five confusingly-named models. Finding a mount or kneeboard that fits these new models can be equally confusing. Fortunately, there are good options for each of these five options, including a new one from RAM.
Flight Gear iPad battery pack

Top iPad accessories for pilots – 2020 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.
iPad Mini

How do different iPad models fit in an airplane?

Let’s consider seven different size devices in the same Cessna 172 cockpit to see what fits best. We mounted the iPads and iPhone in two ways: with a suction cup and with a yoke mount. We were able to mount nearly every device to the yoke with the exception of the 12.9” iPad Pro 3rd Gen.