ForeFlight has gained a loyal following in part by continuously adding features, so the ForeFlight of two years ago looks almost unrecognizable today. That's great news for pilots, who get powerful new tools seemingly every month, but it does mean that some features occasionally get lost in the shuffle. Here's a look at five helpful features in ForeFlight that you may not be using.
Ok, you’ve been flying with the iPad for several years and the thought of manually calculating the time en route to your destination or unfolding a sectional chart in the cockpit makes you cringe. But like everything in aviation, it pays dividends to spend some time to brushing up on the basics to keep your knowledge and skills sharp. Take our latest quiz to see where you stand.
More and more pilots are going completely paperless in the cockpit, but that requires some paper documents to be scanned first. Fortunately, thanks to the advanced scanner capabilities in the standard Notes app, it takes just a few steps. Here's how to do it.
On a recent flight we got to try Fltplan Go when connected to a Garmin Flight Stream 510, and came away impressed. While Fltplan Go is not as polished and powerful as the Garmin Pilot app, it still packs a number of useful features into a free app, including weather and flight plan transfer.
Garmin's GTX 345R transponder adds ADS-B in and out capabilities to legacy G1000 glass cockpit systems and includes Connext to wirelessly connect your iPad to the panel. Here's how it all works when flying with the ForeFlight or Garmin Pilot apps.
Garmin's top-of-the-line portable weather receivers, the compact GDL 51/52, receive more than just GPS, traffic, 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 - and they are probably a little different than what you expect. Here's a step-by-step explanation.
Canada is an easy flight for many pilots in the United States, and summer is the perfect time to visit. Fortunately, there are a number of iPad apps that make it easier than ever to plan and fly your flight to Canada. On a recent trip north, we were impressed with how powerful the major Electronic Flight Bag apps have become when it comes to cross-border flying.
We often get asked, "If I have a panel full of Garmin, does that mean I should use Garmin Pilot for my EFB app?" There's no simple answe, but it's definitely worth a serious look. Here are some examples of the deep integration possible with a Flight Stream and Garmin panel-mount avionics (in this case a Garmin GTN 750 and G600 TXi glass panel).
Pilots tend to focus more on optimizing the iPad's battery life than the average iPad user, since this is critical to keeping the device functioning in the airplane over the course of a flight. Fortunately, there's a dedicated utility in the main iPad settings to help shed some light on which apps are using the most power, possibly while running in the background.
The reality is modern EFB apps can do so much, and it's worth taking the time to sit down on a rainy day on the couch and explore their hidden features. It'll help you break out of your iPad routine and improve your preflight planning and in-flight situational awareness. To get you started, here are 5 lesser-known features in the Garmin Pilot app to check out before the next flight.