The FAA announced today that they've determined it's safe for airlines to ease restrictions on when passengers can use portable electronics in flight. In the near future you'll be able to use your iPad and other gadgets from gate to gate.
The iPad is an excellent resource for those flying single-pilot in GA airplanes, but it still requires lots of heads down time to find the necessary information for each phase of flight. Voice recognition and digital assistant features like Siri might provide a better way for us to interact with these devices and provide more meaningful information in flight.
The iOS 8.3 software update from Apple last week disables the location services provided by several Bluetooth GPS receivers. For now we strongly recommend holding off on updating the iOS software on your iPhone or iPad until Apple issues another update.
The iPad was bigger than ever at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, with over 40 educational seminars on the topic and lots of new iPad product and app news. Here are the slides from two of the presentations covering essential iPad pilot tips and a pilot’s guide to the ADS-B system to review on your own schedule.