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Five tips for flying with the iPad at night

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The days of holding a mini-Maglite in your mouth and shining it down on a paper sectional are gone thanks to the iPad's backlit screen. But just because the iPad solves part of the night lighting equation doesn't mean you can just hop in the airplane and start using it the same way you do during the day. Here are five things to consider the next time you go flying at night with your iPad.

Beginner’s guide to flying with an iPad—how to get started

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Over the past several years we have written hundreds of articles here at iPad Pilot News with tips for pilots, app and accessory reviews, the latest news, and helpful videos. To make things easier, we've collected our most popular educational articles and videos designed to help get pilots off to the right start with the iPad in the cockpit.
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How to free up storage on your iPad if you’re out of space

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It has happened to almost every pilot: you're excited to download that new app or it's time to download charts for your big cross country, but you get the dreaded "iPad Storage Full" message. Over time, as you download more apps and take more pictures, you can quickly fill up the storage space on your device and run into this alert. This means it's time to start thinking about freeing up some space by deleting unused apps and media.

Our top 14 tips for flying with the iPad

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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. Read what they had to say, then add a comment with your own at the bottom.
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Maximize iPad battery life – charging, temperature, and storage

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One of the most under-appreciated features of the iPad is its fantastic battery life. Even with a high-resolution screen and a powerful processor, Apple's tablet offers a battery life of 4 to 6 (or more) hours in the air—better than almost every other competing tablet. 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.
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Which ForeFlight subscription plan is right for me?

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ForeFlight now offers three main subscription plans: Basic Plus, Pro Plus, and Performance Plus. On top of that there are choices for geographic regions, and considerations for fleet operators. Which subscription is right for you? What are the pros and cons of each level? In this article, we'll examine the key differences and offer a few opinions.

How does ADS-B traffic work?

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ADS-B has become a household word among pilots over the last decade, especially with the popularity of devices like the Sentry, Stratus, and Garmin GDL receivers. While ADS-B weather is fairly well understood, ADS-B traffic is more complicated and there has been a great deal of confusion about when and how pilots can view this traffic information. In this article, we'll try to explain in plain English what ADS-B traffic is, how to get it, and what the limitations are.

New iOS 15 feature alerts you when leaving your iPad behind

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Apple included a new feature in iOS 15 that will send an alert to your iPhone if you accidentally leave your iPad behind. Here's how it works and how to set it up on your iPhone and iPad.

Eight iPad settings pilots should know

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The Settings app was fairly basic when the iPad was first released in 2010, providing control of the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless radios, screen brightness and email account settings. Ten years later it has evolved into a collection of hundreds of settings, with multi-tier menus that can make it difficult to find what you're looking for. Here are 8 that are worth knowing about.

How to scan documents into your favorite aviation app

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More and more pilots are going completely paperless in the cockpit, but that requires some paper documents to be scanned first. Fortunately, Apple includes some hidden capabilities in the Notes app, including the addition of a powerful scanner utility. This can be used to scan just about any type of physical document.

Should pilots buy an iPad with built-in GPS?

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One of the most common questions we hear from pilots is whether it's worth upgrading to the iPad model with cellular data and GPS. Here we'll break down the options and help you decide which model is best for your type of flying.

Worried about battery life? Use Apple’s built-in utility

Pilots tend to focus more on optimizing the iPad's battery life than the average iPad user, since this is critical to keeping the device functioning in the airplane over the course of a flight. Fortunately, there's a dedicated utility in the main iPad settings to help shed some light on which apps are using the most power, possibly while running in the background.