iPads and panel-mount GPS interference

A lot of pilots worry about the iPad interfering with other electronics in the cockpit. In our experience, this is a non-issue--if you have your settings correct. Find out how to do that in this article.

5 ForeFlight shortcuts to use on your next flight

Today's aviation apps are jam-packed full of so many useful features that it can be challenging to remember when and how to use them all. Here are five shortcuts to check out while planning your next flight.

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.

ForeFlight becomes a data creator

In the early days of aviation apps (you know, way back in 2012), developers pushed to add features. Nobody at ForeFlight or Garmin is taking a vacation, but over the last 12 months most of the major aviation apps have reached parity in terms of features. So where is the next battleground for aviation apps?

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.
battery life - iPad battery with case open

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.

Video tip: How to use your iPad to better prepare for the next flight

Let's face it, we're viewing much of the same aviation data in our favorite iPad apps that has been around for decades. What's different now though is that this information is presented in a much more meaningful context, thanks to the iPad's high-resolution touchscreen display and innovative features from aviation app developers.

How to use ForeFlight with Microsoft Flight Sim and X-Plane

Have you recently upgraded to the latest version of ForeFlight with Synthetic Vision or WingX Pro and can't wait to fly with the new features? Here we'll show you how to fly with these apps at home using desktop flight simulator programs.
Garmin Pilot traffic display

Understanding ADS-B traffic

While ADS-B weather is fairly well understood, some new models (like the GDL 39) add ADS-B traffic to the mix. This subject is more complicated and there has been a great deal of confusion about when and how pilots can view this traffic information. In this article, we'll try to explain in plain English what ADS-B traffic is, how to get it and what the limitations are.

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.