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?
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...
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.
It's important before each flight to properly configure the iPad's wireless radios, especially when using a Bluetooth or WiFi accessory. Here are our recommended wireless settings for various iPad and accessory combinations.
With the threat of coronavirus hanging over most segments of aviation, many pilots are getting a quick education on proper cleaning procedures. Wiping down the yokes, avionics, and door handles after each flight has become standard practice at many flight schools, flying clubs, and charter companies. That focus on cleanliness extends to tablets and phones too—but what is safe?
In Apple's latest new product update, a relatively modest event, the company introduced a number of product revisions. While there was a lot of news about a lower cost iPhone and some Apple Watch updates, the biggest news for pilots is the new 9.7" iPad model. It might be the best tablet for flying yet.
Everyone knows how to open an app on the iPad--just tap the icon and it's off to the races. But what about closing apps--do you know the difference between sleeping an app, shutting down an app and deleting an app? It's an important distinction that comes into play when an app starts misbehaving.