While the latest iPad Pro models would suit (and honestly exceed) most pilots' needs in the cockpit, there are some other options and features worth considering when purchasing an iPad for use in aviation. Here we'll break down the differences in each, and give some insight for those looking to buy a used or refurbished iPad, which is a great way to save some money.
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.
Keeping your iPad battery charged is essential if you're using it as an electronic flight bag in the cockpit, but not every USB charger works with an iPad. Here's how to choose the right charger, and what to consider if you're shopping for a backup power solution.
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.