Kindle Fire HD tablet

New Kindle Fire tablets – good for pilots?

The original Kindle Fire was a great deal, but couldn't compete with the iPad on performance. That may have changed today, as Amazon introduced three new tablets--called the Kindle Fire HD. Are they a real threat to the iPad?

Top iPad stories from Sun ‘n Fun 2013

The 2013 edition of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-in is now in the books, and as usual there were plenty of new product announcements. No part of the show was hotter than iPad apps and accessories, so let's review some of the major stories at the show.

FAA to Allow Airlines to Expand Use of Personal Electronics

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.

Is voice recognition the next big thing for aviation iPad apps?

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.

Apple debuts all-new iPad Pro models

Apple held a special event today in New York, where they announced all-new iPad Pro models. These feature an edge-to-edge screen, FaceID, upgraded processor and Type-C USB connector.
ADS-B coverage map

New ADS-B stations go live

The new Stratus weather receiver generated a lot of interest at the recent Sun 'n Fun Fly-in in Florida. One of the questions that comes up first is, "when will my area get ADS-B coverage?" The good news is that the FAA is rapidly building out the ADS-B ground network, and 16 ground stations just went live.

Three iPad seminars this weekend at Sporty’s Fly-in

The annual Sporty's Pilot Shop Fly-in is this Saturday, May 17, at the Clermont County Airport (I69). Three seminars will cover the iPad, from Sporty's, Garmin and ForeFlight.

New ADS-B transponders from Garmin include iPad option

Many pilots may be wondering how there can possibly be another ADS-B product, what with a slew of options from Garmin, L-3, Aspen, Appareo and Freeflight. Isn't the market full? It's certainly crowded, but Garmin's introduction this week of a new series of 1090 MHz ADS-B Out transponders is noteworthy for a few reasons.

iPad seminars at AOPA Summit 2013

AOPA Summit 2013 kicks off this week in Ft. Worth, Texas, and includes a number of seminars that will be of interest to iPad pilots. Here's the list.
Flight Gear iPad battery pack

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh recap for iPad pilots (it was a big year)

There were lots of new product announcements at EAA AirVenture this year, including new ADS-B receivers, gadgets for the cockpit and aviation app updates. Here's a recap of what was introduced.