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.
View the recording from the recent webinar from iPad Pilot News here. The presentation covered a wide range of practical topics on flying with the iPad, like how to develop your own iPad standard operating procedures and how to use it effectively as a digital copilot.
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 past few years. One exception is Garmin's Emergency Mode. It's simple, but thoughtfully designed and very useful. Here's how to use it.
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.
In this article, we continue our regular series on the finer points of popular aviation apps to help you get the most out of your Electronic Flight Bag. This week, we dive into FltPlan Go to explore some of the hidden features that can save you time or enable new functionality. Best of all, the app is free so you can follow along.
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.