Upgrade your iPad and pilot gear with these holiday specials

Do you have your eye on a new iPad, or possibly an ADS-B receiver for the cockpit? This is the best time of the year to find some great deals on the latest iPads and aviation accessories to take your electronic flight bag to the next level.
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What to buy an iPad Pilot this Christmas

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.

AirText offers new option for in-flight connectivity

A new option was recently introduced that attempts to bridge this gap between $100,000 connectivity systems and portable Iridium messengers. AirText is FAA-approved and permanently-installed, but is easy to install and has affordable data plans. Here's our pilot report after 5 months of flying with it.

Flying with the Garmin GDL 51 SiriusXM receiver

Garmin announced an all-new SiriusXM weather receiver this summer, the GDL 51, which finally brings satellite weather to the Garmin Pilot app (as well as Garmin portable GPSs like the Aera 660). We've had the chance to fly with it for a few weeks now, and have formed some opinions. Here are our testing notes.

iPad screen protector shootout – which one is best for pilots?

Dozens of companies offer iPad screen protectors. In this article, we compare the top two and pick our overall winner. Do they really work?
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Mount and kneeboard options for the iPad Pro 10.5″

The iPad Pro 10.5" has quickly established itself as the best iPad yet for pilots. How to secure this new iPad in the cockpit isn't so simple. There are a number of options available, but not every iPad Air or iPad Pro 9.7" accessory works with the larger 10.5" size. Let's review the options.

How to use Stratus for flight data recording

The Stratus line of ADS-B receivers are well-known as weather receivers, but there's another option that many pilots don't use as often: flight data recording. By default, Stratus 2 and 2S are always recording your flights, including position, speed, altitude, and attitude - up to 20 hours at a time. Here's how to use these track logs.
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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 we'll run down all the avionics options and review app compatibility.

New smartPlane system converts your iPad into a panel-mount MFD

Guardian's new smartPlane system allows you to use your iPad as a panel-mounted MFD and connect it to a GPS, engine monitor and AHRS to display flight and engine instruments and a moving map display.

Portable ADS-B 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.