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.
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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.

Review the iPad seminars from Sun ‘n Fun here

The team from Sporty's and iPad Pilot News presented several iPad seminars at Sun 'n Fun last week. Here are the information-packed slides from the most popular presentation, "iPad Proficiency Check: How to Fly Like a Pro with Your iPad", to review at your own pace.

5 preflight features in Garmin Pilot you should be using

Like all electronic flight bag apps, Garmin Pilot has a lot of powerful features built in. But if you haven’t spent the time to tap every button and try every menu, you probably haven’t had a chance to use them all yet. Here are 5 hidden tricks to check out the next time you use the Garmin Pilot app.

ForeFlight video tip: How to get a better weather briefing using ForeFlight Imagery

Our latest video tip provides an in-depth look at how to incorporate the weather products in ForeFlight's Imagery section of the app into your preflight briefing. Here you'll find a well-organized collection of forecast maps useful for both short and long-range planning.

DUATS is dead. Here’s why you won’t miss it.

DUATS is being shut down on May 16. The official reason is that the contract between the FAA and CSRA (a government contractor that was formerly called CSC) is expiring. The more practical reason is that electronic flight bag apps have completely revolutionized how most general aviation pilots plan flights and file flight plans.