settings feature

7 settings all iPad pilots should know about

There are literally hundreds of settings in the main iPad settings app, which can make it difficult to sort out the useful ones from the clutter. Here we'll look at 7 important settings pilots should know about and adjust accordingly.

App troubleshooting: how to close, delete and restart

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.

Missed the iPad seminar at Sun ‘n Fun last week? Review it here

New to the iPad? Want to learn all about the latest aviation apps, accessories and tips and tricks? Here you'll find a recap of the "Flying with the iPad" seminar that was presented last week at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida.

iPad legal briefing for pilots

The number one question we get from new iPad pilots concerns the legalities of using an iPad to replace paper charts in the cockpit. Here we'll cover the applicable FARs and Advisory Circulars related to this topic.

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.
Multitasking gesture

Understanding all the swipe gestures on your iPad

One of the iPad's defining characteristics is its touch interface. But while most pilots understand how to tap on an icon to open an app, there are a number of other gestures you can use to save time or unlock additional features on your iPad. Let's review all the options.

How to preflight your iPad in less than 5 minutes

You'll want to create a checklist that works for your apps, accessories and your airplane. Customize it so that you'll actually use it before every flight. With that in mind, though, here's a basic checklist to consider that applies to most apps.
iPad Night Mode

Enable “night mode” to save your vision

The iPad has a built-in feature that allows you to invert the colors on the screen. This is very useful when viewing approach charts at night by showing white text and graphics on a black background, and it's easy to set up.

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.
2017 iPad

Why the 2017 iPad is a good value for pilots

Apple's lineup of tablets has grown tremendously over the past five years, from a single iPad model with a roughly 10" screen to three main options: iPad Mini, 10.5" iPad Pro, and 12.9" iPad Pro. Each of these has its place, but lost in the mix is the confusingly-named "iPad." We think it's a great value.