Tips and tricks

Tips and tricks

Pilot’s guide to mounting the iPad in the cockpit

Securing your iPad while you fly is important for both safety and convenience. Here we'll review the mounts currently available for the iPad Mini, Air and Pro, including which models work best in various airplane types and configurations.

How To Connect ForeFlight To Microsoft Flight Sim 2020

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've probably been excited about the development and release of the latest revision to the classic Microsoft Flight Sim. But how can you use the new simulator with ForeFlight? Here we'll explain how to set up Flight Events to sync your iPad to your PC.

New EFB guidance allows commercial operators to display own-ship on iPad in flight

The FAA released an updated Advisory Circular for pilots flying with an iPad in commercial operations that now permits the display of aircraft position on the moving map while in flight.

Garmin GTN Trainer updated with new navigation and weather features

Garmin's free GTN trainer was recently updated with the same new features found in the update for the actual panel-mount GPS system, including vertical navigation (VNAV), QWERTY keyboard, waypoint distance offset in the flight plan and new ADS-B weather products.

iPad Pro 9.7″ kneeboards and mounts

The new 9.7" iPad Pro is generating a lot of interest from the pilot community, specifically because of the new anti-glare screen technology. Here we'll take a look at all the kneeboards and mounts that are compatible with the new iPad model.

AOPA app adds airport directory, charts and FBO data

AOPA has been busy expanding the capabilities of its signature pilot lifestyle app over the past year. The latest update adds a variety of flight planning resources, including airport details, downloadable instrument approach procedures, FBO directory, FBO fuel prices and fees, and a destination finder.

Garmin Pilot 9.1 adds new StreetMap layer and global winds aloft

Garmin released the latest version of their flagship EFB app for iPhone and iPad, adding a new Street Map layer, worldwide winds aloft on the map, expanded aircraft library and a new Connext devices status page. Here's a quick look at each new feature and where to find it.

How to use visual track log reviews and alternate airport planning in ForeFlight 11.5

ForeFlight's rapid-fire update streak continued this week with yet another big release, delivering several new features that continue to push the app's capabilities. These include a new visual track log debrief tool, alternate airport advisor, runway selector, expanded European chart coverage and SkyEcho 2 FLARM traffic support.

How to lock the iPad chart screen in flight

There are several ways to lock your iPad's screen in flight, including controls on your iPad and settings within each app. Here we'll show you all the different ways to do it.

Feature focus: Garmin Pilot’s emergency mode

There are certainly important differences in how features are implemented in different apps, but there haven't been many truly new app features over the past few years. One exception is Garmin's Emergency Mode. It's simple, but thoughtfully designed and very useful. Here's how to use it.