Which iPad is best for pilots?

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There have never been more options for pilots looking to add an iPad to the cockpit: 22 different models are available from Apple, a truly confusing mix. Which one is the right choice for pilots? Are there certain models to avoid? Here are our recommendations.

iPad preflight tip: verify your charts are downloaded

Having up-to-date charts on your iPad is easy with an app like ForeFlight or Garmin Pilot, 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 pre-flight your iPad in less than 5 minutes

The iPad has become an essential part of many 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.

How to use multi-touch gestures to increase your iPad productivity

An overlooked feature on the iPad is Multi-Touch Gestures. These allow you to quickly perform routine tasks without relying on the bottom Home button. Learn how to take advantage of them here.

Get more out of your iPad with iOS 8 Widgets

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A new feature in iOS 8 allows you to add third-party widgets to the Notification Center on your iPhone or iPad. Here we'll show you how to use this feature and add new widgets to your screen.

Flight planning, 2004 vs. 2014

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Sometimes we take for granted how fast technology moves, and how beneficial that is. That's especially true for pilots, who've seen incredible advances in panel mount avionics, aviation apps and portable iPad accessories--often at lower prices. Consider this comparison...

Should I upgrade to iOS 8?

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iOS 8 will be released soon and pilots often question when the best time is to make the upgrade. To help with this, ForeFlight CEO/founder Tyson Weihs shares his insight on the process and gives his recommendations.

Get more out of ForeFlight with free training guides

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ForeFlight is well-known within the the mobile app industry for providing excellent product support. Here we'll take a look at few of the lesser-known training guides included with the app and where to find them.

Essential iPad tip – screen capture

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Here's an issue we see all the time. You've got the perfect weather map, ground map or nav log displayed on your iPad screen. The only problem is you're sitting in the FBO using the free WiFi, and you'd really like to have that chart in the cockpit in half an hour. What can you do?

iPad Troubleshooting: cycle the power

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This week's iPad tip explains how a simple power reset can solve app problems, wireless accessory issues and sluggish performance.

Understanding the iPad’s controls

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The iPad is not completely button-free, and knowing how to use the four physical controls on the tablet can help you get more out of it. Let's review all they can do.

Sporty’s pilots share their favorite iPad tips

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Most pilots have a favorite tip or two when it comes to flying with the iPad, and we always learn something when we fly with another pilot. So we asked four Sporty's pilots who regularly fly with the iPad to share their top tips.