Creating your own iPad proficiency review

As the old saying goes, "train like you fly, fly like you train." If you fly with an iPad, don't hide it during your training flights. Better to make it an integral part of your proficiency program, whether you're on your own or with an instructor, including what to do if it fails. Here's a suggested list of topics to cover.

Which iPad is best for pilots?

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.

Do I really need an external GPS?

Does my iPad have a built-in GPS? If it does, can I trust it? What are the options for an external GPS receiver? There are lots of questions to consider, and we'll answer them all.
Overheat screen on iPad

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.

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.

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...

Set up iCloud to track a lost or stolen iPad

Apple includes a free service that allows you to track down a lost iPhone or iPad. Here we'll show you how it works and how to set it up a free account to use this feature.

How pilots can use iOS 11’s new screenshot tool

With Apple's big iOS 11 update, screenshots have moved from a hack to a fully developed tool. You may have noticed a new look when you took your last screenshot. Here's what's new and how to take advantage of the latest features.

Pre-flight your iPad with this helpful checklist

It only takes a minute or two to preflight your iPad, and doing so ensures that it will be ready and fully functional. Here we've assembled a simple checklist for you to follow before each flight.
ACs

Electronic flight bag legal briefing for pilots – 2020 edition

Each year we publish a plain-language review of the FARs and Advisory Circulars pertaining to the use of iPads and electronic flight bags in the cockpit. This is great information for pilots looking to make the transition from paper charts to an iPad, but should also be reviewed by experienced iPad pilots as well.