Understanding the iPad’s controls

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

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.

Don’t let your iPad overheat — and crash

The iPad is a very reliable piece of hardware, but high temps and direct sunlight will render it useless in the cockpit if care is not taken. Here we'll look at how to prevent that from happening and the steps to take if your iPad does accidentally overheat.

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.

ForeFlight adds 400 new airport diagrams

ForeFlight is working to create a detailed airport diagram for every airport in the U.S., and the latest database update adds 400 new ones. Learn how to access them here.

Caring for your iPad battery

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.

Where to find chart supplements in ForeFlight Mobile

Using the iPad for digital charts is great, but you need to know where find the supplements and legends that go with the IFR and VFR charts. Here we'll show you where they are located throughout the ForeFlight app.

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.

Which iPad should I buy?

Choosing an iPad model can at first seem daunting when trying to sort through the various models and options. Here we'll break them down and show you what features and specs are best suited for pilots looking to use it in the cockpit.

Flying with the iPad webinar video available

Bret Koebbe, iPad Pilot News editor and a senior CFI at Sporty’s Pilot Shop, recently presented the latest version of Sporty's popular "Flying with the iPad" webinar. Watch the recording here.

Charging your iPad – new tips for the latest iPads

One of the standout features of the iPad is its long battery life--a fully charged battery should last you about 8-10 hours. But there are some important tips to know if you want to get the best performance out of your iPad battery.

How to gift an App from the App Store

Giving an app as a gift to friends and family is both simple and fun. Here's how to do it.