First impressions after flying with the new iPad Mini

The new iPad Mini 5 began shipping this week and we had the opportunity to test one out in a Cessna 172. Here is everything you need to know, including how the performance and screen match up to the Pro models, and how to secure it in the cockpit.

iPad essential tip: how to search your iPad for apps

Most pilots have a large number of apps on their iPads, often requiring 3 or more screens to store them all. Having the ability to organize them into folders is nice, but have you...

How to free up storage space on your iPad

Over time, as you download more apps and take more pictures, you may run into an alert on your iPad that says "Storage almost full" when downloading apps or aviation charts. This means it's time to start thinking about freeing up some space by deleting unused apps and media. Here are 8 ways to do that.
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All the gestures pilots need to know – iPad Pro operation without a home...

If you've been flying with an older iPad (like an iPad Air or Pro 9.7"), the new iPad Pro models may be confusing at first. They do require some new gestures, but once you get used to them, it's quite intuitive. Let's review all the options.

What’s the best iPad for Pilots?

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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How to use lat/lon in aviation apps

Even with all of our modern aviation databases, sometimes you just can't beat a lat/lon coordinate. Maybe you're visiting a private airport that isn't in the database, or you want to circle a landmark not on the sectional, or you need to plan a flight around a TFR. Let's review the basics of latitude and longitude and the different types of coordinates.

How to mark up charts in your aviation app

It didn't take long though for app developers to offer the ability to add annotations and markups directly on charts. With the latest generation of Apple Pencil (or even a "dumb" stylus), it's even easier. Here we're going to show you how to use this feature in several apps and offer tips on how to make make the most of them during your flying.

How pilots can use the iPad’s built-in screenshot tool

We've used screenshots to store Google Earth images of new airports, fly-in procedures, detailed weather graphics that aren't available via ADS-B, and much more. Anything that is useful in flight but isn't available offline is a candidate for a screenshot. With Apple's release of iOS 11 last year, screenshots have moved from a hack to a fully developed tool. Here's how to take advantage of the latest features.

How to preflight your iPad in less than 5 minutes

You'll want to create a checklist that works for your apps, accessories and your airplane. Customize it so that you'll actually use it before every flight. With that in mind, though, here's a basic checklist to consider that applies to most apps.

Pilot’s guide to iOS 12

Apple released the next major software update for iPad and iPhone this week, called iOS 12. While the update primarily focuses on improving speed and performance, you’ll find hundreds of other new features and improvements for both iPhone and iPad. Here's what to look for.