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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.

Video tip: iPad gotchas and hidden features

The iPad is one of the best consumer tablets on the market for pilots, thanks to its bright screen, great battery life and aviation application support. It's not perfect, though, and our latest video tip explores a few of the"gotchas" that can sneak up on you if you're not careful.

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.

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.

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.

Video tip: Flying IFR with an iPad

The iPad is a must-have for today's modern instrument pilot, serving digital approach charts, in-flight weather and even backup flight instruments. Here are some important points to consider though before climbing through the clouds with an electronic flight bag.
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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.

Setting up iCloud to track down a lost or stolen iPad

Apple's free iCloud service is something all iPad users should take advantage of. Learn how to enable the service on your device, and how to use it to track down a lost or stolen iPad.

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.

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.