Getting started with your new iPad in the cockpit

While the iPad is a very user-friendly tablet, there are some additional items pilots should be familiar with when using it as an EFB in the cockpit. We've collected our most popular educational articles here to help new iPad pilots hit the ground running.

iPad battery test – what really matters?

There are a lot of myths about iPad battery life and how to maximize it. Since battery life is an important thing for pilots, let's separate fact from fiction so you can get the most out of your iPad next time you fly.

Don’t let your iPad overheat – and crash

Most pilots love the iPad because it almost never crashes, making for an extremely reliable tool. But there is one sure-fire way to get your tablet to shut down--leave it on the glare shield.

How to update your iPad apps

iPad Apps are continuously updated by app developers to provide new features and fix small software problems. Here we'll show you how to find and install these updates.

10 shortcuts every iPad pilot should know

It only takes a few minutes to learn how to use an iPad and perform basic functions. Here we'll show you how to dive a little deeper into its operation by reviewing the top hidden features and shortcuts.

iPad troubleshooting tip: cycle the power

There's a commonly-used technique that almost always works when an electronic device is acting erratically, and that is resetting the power. Whether it's a satellite receiver or computer, this usually involves powering the device...

iPad power management

An iPad with a dead battery is about as useful as runway left behind. How do you keep your iPad charged up and ready to go?

How to pre-flight your iPad in less than 5 minutes

The iPad is now standard equipment for most pilots' flying, whether as a primary reference for digital charts or as a performance calculator. Something that important demands a quick pre-flight check, just like the airplane and the pilot.

iPad preflight tip: verify your charts are downloaded

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.

How to close an app in iOS 7–the right way

Everyone knows how to open an app on the iPad--just tap the icon and it's off to the races. This is one of the things pilots love about the iPad. But what about closing apps--do you know the difference between sleeping and shutting down an app? It's an important distinction.