How to use latitude and longitude in aviation apps

Even with all of our modern aviation databases, sometimes you just can't beat a lat/lon coordinate. Entering a set of coordinates in your favorite app is easy, but there are a couple of traps you need to avoid and not everyone reports lat/lon the same way. Let's review the basics of latitude and longitude and the different types of coordinates.

How to use your iPad to scan aviation documents into ForeFlight or FltPlan Go

More and more pilots are going completely paperless in the cockpit, but that requires some paper documents to be scanned first. Fortunately, Apple includes some hidden capabilities in the Notes app, including the addition of a powerful scanner utility.

Worried about battery life? Use Apple’s built-in 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.

How to keep your iPad from overheating in flight

Based on an iPad Pilot News reader survey we conducted, over 70% of respondents reported that they have had the iPad shut down on them at least once in flight due to overheating. This is by far the most common problem reported by pilots when flying with an iPad, but it can be prevented with a little bit of planning and preparation.

What’s the best iPad for pilots – 2020 buyer’s guide

Considering your first iPad or upgrading your old one? There are a lot of options. In this article, we'll walk you through all the options, then offer our choice for the best overall aviation tablet.
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Cleaning your iPad—practical tips for pilots

With the threat of coronavirus hanging over most segments of aviation, many pilots are  getting a quick education on proper cleaning procedures. Wiping down the yokes, avionics, and door handles after each flight has become standard practice at many flight schools, flying clubs, and charter companies. That focus on cleanliness extends to tablets and phones too—but what is safe?
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Electronic flight bag legal briefing for pilots – 2020 edition

Each year we publish a plain-language review of the FARs and Advisory Circulars pertaining to the use of iPads and electronic flight bags in the cockpit. This is great information for pilots looking to make the transition from paper charts to an iPad, but should also be reviewed by experienced iPad pilots as well.

iPad essential tip: how to search your iPad for lost apps

Having trouble finding an installed app on your iPad? Use this tip to quickly locate and launch a lost app in a matter of seconds.

Storage almost full? Here’s how to free up space on your iPad

It has happened to almost every pilot: you're excited to download that new app or it's time to download charts for your big cross country, but you get the dreaded "iPad Storage Full" message. This means it's time to start thinking about freeing up some space by deleting unused apps and media. Here's how to do it.
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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.