3 tips for checking ADS-B Out performance

While ADS-B Out avionics are pretty simple to operate (they're basically just upgraded transponders), it is important to ensure your system is working properly. Simply choosing the wrong setting during installation can lead to significant errors, and we've heard a number of stories where this has happened. Fortunately, it's free and easy to check.

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.
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Understanding Stratus settings

The latest generation of ADS-B receivers now offer subscription-free weather, traffic, GPS, backup attitude, pressure altitude and flight data recording. As the feature list has grown, the options and settings list has also grown. In this post, we'll walk through the various options for configuring your Stratus, so you can get the most out of your investment.
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Use the iPad’s built-in screen capture function

You've got the perfect weather map or nav log displayed on your iPad screen. The only problem is you're sitting in the FBO using the free WiFi, and you'd really like to have that chart in the cockpit in half an hour. What can you do? Fortunately, the iPad comes with a built in screen capture function.

Top 6 tips for flying with Stratus

While the basics of operation are pretty simple with Stratus, there are a few tips that can help you get the most out of your investment. Let's review the top 6 most helpful ones we've learned.

Take control of your iPad’s location services settings

The iPad's software settings allows you to customize which apps can use your location to improve the user experience. While this is essential for moving map navigation apps in the airplane, you'll find that it's not necessarily important for all types of apps to be able to access this data. Here we'll show you how to customize these settings to improve your iPad's battery life.

Video tip: comparing portable ADS-B receivers for iPad

This week's video tip takes a look at all the options available along with advice on how to choose which ADS-B receiver is best for you. You'll also learn how to use the weather products provided from the FAA's free weather datalink and some tips and tricks for mounting a portable ADS-B receiver in the cockpit.
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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.

How to use the weight and balance features in ForeFlight

ForeFlight's 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 weight & balance calculation.

ICAO flight plan requirement begins next week – here’s how to comply

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.