4 weather tips for Garmin Pilot users

Garmin Pilot has been expanding its weather options lately, with a particular focus on interactive map layers. If you're only watching the radar and METARs, you're missing a lot of good information that can help your next flight be smoother and safer. Here are four tools to use.

7 tips for using ForeFlight 10.1

ForeFlight released version 10.1 this week, and as usual it has a number of new features and refinements. While the big news was the app's launch in Europe, there are plenty of other interesting features for North American pilots. Here are seven tips to check out.

Video tip: Flying with ForeFlight’s new Airspace Highlight and Search features

ForeFlight debuted two new powerful features back in April, adding a new universal search function and airspace highlights on the map. Our latest video tip comes from Sporty's Flying with ForeFlight Course and takes...

Video tip: How to use datalink weather effectively for in-flight weather avoidance

Pilots are flying with datalink weather now more than ever, thanks to advances in low-cost ADS-B and SiriusXM receivers and software support from all the major aviation apps. While both datalink weather systems are fairly intuitive to use, there are some technical limitations to be aware of when using them to fly around hazardous weather. Here's a look at how to avoid the common pitfalls and improve your in-flight decision making.

How to comply with the ICAO flight plan requirement

There's a lot of confusion surrounding the ICAO flight plan form and the FAA's move to stop accepting the FAA/domestic form. Here we'll break it down in plain English and help you make the transition to filing ICAO flight plans from your favorite app on your iPad.

iPad legal briefing – what pilots need to know

Time to get current on iPad regulations. In this detailed article, we explain what you need to know to stay legal with your iPad in the cockpit, including a review quiz and helpful flow chart.

Optimize battery life with this hidden iPad utility

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.

Weather strategy: improve your preflight and inflight decision making

Join Aviation Meteorologist Scott Dimmich and iPad Pilot News Editor Bret Koebbe in this webinar video recording on weather fundamentals and strategy. You'll learn how to take advantage of the latest-generation of aviation weather forecast products, hazardous weather assessment tools and in-flight weather avoidance techniques using your iPad.

How to use the new Search and Airspace features in ForeFlight 10

ForeFlight took the wraps off version 10 earlier this week, which adds a collection of pilot-centric features that really improve how you interact with the app, both on the ground and in the air. New features include a turbocharged search feature, airspace highlighting, airspace profile view, global airspace details and automatic downloads for charts and data.
ForeFlight runway alert

Understanding ForeFlight alerts and notifications

One of our favorite features in ForeFlight is its ability to continuously monitor your position, altitude and flight profile to provide a number of in-app audio and visual alerts. These are designed to keep you aware of potential hazards and improve situational awareness in-flight and on the ground. Here we'll go through each alert function based on phase of flight to explain its purpose and configuration options.