Top 12 tips for flying with Stratus

The Stratus ADS-B receiver has become the most popular weather receiver for the iPad. While the basics of operation are pretty simple, there are a few tips that can help you get the most out of your investment. Let's review the top 12 most helpful things we've learned after a few hundred hours flying with Stratus.
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How to maximize iPad battery life – tips for better performance

One of the most under-appreciated features of the iPad is its fantastic battery life. But there are a number of things you can do to improve the performance of your iPad battery and keep it in top working condition.

Understanding latitude and longitude in aviation apps

Even with all of our modern aviation databases, sometimes you just can't beat a lat/lon coordinate. Let's review the basics of latitude and longitude and the different types of coordinates. Which one works on your iPad?

10 ways to use your iPad to save money on fuel

In addition to weather, today's iPad apps can also provide you with a wealth of data to assist in fuel planning. There are a lot of variables that come into play here, including winds aloft, airplane performance, airport service availability, and of course fuel prices. Here we're going to look at series of tips to help you use your iPad to make the most of this decision-making process and reduce your fuel expenses.

Using chart annotations in your favorite aviation app

Here we're going to show you how to use chart annotations in several apps and offer tips on how to make make the most of them during your flying. They can really come in handy.

How to use Garmin Pilot’s emergency mode

There are certainly important differences in how features are implemented in different apps, but there haven't been many truly new app features over the last year. One exception is Garmin's Emergency Mode, which was released this summer. It's simple, but thoughtfully designed and very useful. Here's how to use it.

Are you legal to fly with the iPad? Use this flow chart to help...

The number one question we get on using an iPad for charts is whether it is “legal” for aviation use. The definition of “legal” depends on what type of flying you do and what you’re using your iPad for, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. To shed some light on the topic we've created a flow chart to help guide you through the process based on your flight operation.

Important iPad preflight considerations for iOS 11

The most recent iOS 11 software update for iPad and iPhone has been a success by all standards, with no major bugs reported since the public release. With that being said, there a few caveats pilots should be aware of after updating to iOS 11, related to GPS and the wireless controls in the new Control Center.

How to use ForeFlight’s weight and balance tool

ForeFlight's helpful weight and balance tool allows you to quickly analyze last minute loading changes and will alert you if any parameters are outside your airplane's envelope. To help you get going we'll show you how to use this feature to create a custom aircraft profile and work through a typical calculation.

Garmin Pilot video tips show how to use app’s unique features

The Garmin Pilot app has become so feature-rich that it can be tough to keep up with all of its capabilities. A few of our lesser-known favorites are the Freehand™ route planning tool, personal minimums, minimum weather requirement warnings and the Nearest map utility. Here is a series of video tips showing how to use each one on your next flight.