Control your iPad like a pro

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The iPad incorporates four different physical controls in addition to the main touchscreen display. Here we'll show you all the ways you can use them to take full control of your iPad.

The iPad 1 is dead; long live the iPad Mini

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While many high end gaming apps long ago abandoned the iPad 1, ForeFlight, WingX and Garmin all officially support it to this day. That's admirable, but we don't expect that to last, for two reasons.

iPad memory management – how to free up storage space

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Learn how to access the iPad's memory management settings, and how to free up space when the internal storage fills up.

Caring for your iPad battery

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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.

Customizing Garmin Pilot map overlays

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With the release of version 5.0, Garmin Pilot has staked a serious claim to the title of most powerful moving map features. But to get the most out of Garmin Pilot, you need to know how to set up the various moving map options. Let's review the key features.

WingX Pro tip: selecting map overlays

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The recent WingX Pro 6.9.2 update added a new feature that now allows you to select and overlay additional weather items on the moving map, expanding on the options of fuel prices and METAR circles.

ForeFlight tips for the iPhone

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One of the best things about ForeFlight Mobile is that a single subscription will work on multiple devices, including an iPad and an iPhone. But there are some differences in how the app works on the smaller screen, so let's explore some tips for easier ForeFlight operation on the iPhone.

Which iPad should I buy?

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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.

How to update your iPad apps

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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.

How to close an app–the right way

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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.

Do I really need an external GPS?

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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.

iPad preflight tip: verify your charts are downloaded

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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.