Get out your iPad and connect to WiFi - it's time to update your digital charts. The new cycle starts January 8 and will be valid for 28 - 56 days depending on chart type.
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.
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.
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.
Most of the major aviation navigation apps we use are packed with more features than we could ever understand. But that doesn't mean there aren't some really useful tools available if we know how to use them. Here are 5 helpful tools that are available in ForeFlight Mobile.
Having up-to-date charts on your iPad is easy with an app like ForeFlight or WingX, but there's a trap if you're not careful. Because there is no internet connection in the airplane, you must download the chart databases before you go flying. This is not always as obvious as you might think.
We recently held a roundtable with three prominent FAA Designated Pilot Examiners (DPE), Eric Crump, Jason Blair and Todd Ritchey, to discuss common misconceptions about the FAA checkride. One of the most common questions we received during the discussion related to the use of an iPad during the oral and flight test, and whether pilots still need to demonstrate planning and navigation using traditional techniques and paper charts.