Top 10 aviation apps for student pilots

The iPad is a great tool for pilots of all skill levels, from airline captains to student pilots. In addition to displaying digital charts and navigation data in the cockpit, the iPad is also very good for both organization and as a training resource on the ground. Here are 10 apps for new pilots to consider.

ForeFlight adds runway length filter and profile corridor to the map

ForeFlight's latest update is again a minor one but adds some important safety features that all pilots will appreciate. This includes a runway length filter for airports displayed in the Aeronautical Maps layer, and a profile corridor overlay to highlight obstacles along the current route.
CloudAhoy app

ForeFlight buys debriefing app CloudAhoy—what comes next?

ForeFlight began as a pre-flight app and over time grew to become a powerful in-flight tool as well. The weakest (and, to be honest, least important) phase has been post-flight. That may change now that the electronic flight bag giant has acquired CoudAhoy, an innovative software company with robust flight analysis tools.

ForeFlight adds VFR waypoints to the aeronautical map

The latest update to ForeFlight adds the previously missing VFR checkpoint and waypoint navigation features to the aeronautical map layer.

ForeFlight vs. Garmin Pilot: 3 key differences to help you decide

You bought an iPad to use in the airplane and now it's time to make a decision on which app is best for your aviation chart and data needs. Here we'll take a look at 3 standout features from each app that serve as key differentiators.

App roundup: airplane flight tracking

While airline mobile apps are great for booking flights and storing boarding passes, they're less than ideal for flight tracking. Here's a look at various ways to track all the details for your next airline flight from your iPhone or iPad.

Garmin Pilot adds METAR station plots and navlog enhancements

Garmin Pilot recently released their first update for 2023 and added a few new features to the app. This includes a new METAR station model plot overlay on the map layer, enhancements to the printable navlog and support for additional ADS-B receivers. Here's a quick look at how to use these new features.

ForeFlight adds Airspace Alerts in latest update

ForeFlight released its first big update for 2023 and it includes a new in-flight airspace alerting feature that pilots of all experience levels will appreciate. The update also includes a few new power-user features, including NOTAM filters, plate/chart binder printing, airport rescue and firefighting information, Honeywell ADG integration and new Runway Analysis aircraft support.

The top 20 apps for pilots – 2023 edition

There are thousands of apps that are useful for pilots, from flight training and weather briefings to calculators and games. With that in mind, compiling a list of the top apps may seem foolish, but once again we're going to try—after all, a brand new iPad pilot needs to start somewhere. This list isn't necessarily our 20 favorite apps, but rather the ones we see in use most often.
SNF23 document in Freeform

How to use Apple’s new Freeform app for flight planning

If you've updated your iPad to iPadOS 16.2, you may have noticed a new app called Freeform. What is it and does it have any aviation applications? Let's take a look at this multifunction canvas app.

What’s new in ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot

November and December are typically light months when it comes to EFB app updates and 2022 appears to be no different. Both ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot recently released minor updates over the past few weeks, each adding a few new features. Here's a quick look at what you'll find in the latest version of each app.

SkyTimer offers beautifully design app for tracking fuel burn

In a market dominated by do-it-all apps like ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot, it's a pleasant surprise to find a simple app that aims to do just one or two things, but do them very well. So it is with SkyTimer, an easy-to-use app that makes logging trips and tracking fuel burn as easy as tapping a button.