Pilot’s guide to the iPad – how to get started

Over the past decade we have written hundreds of articles here at iPad Pilot News with tips for pilots, app and accessory reviews, the latest news and of course the famous iPad app debates. To make things easier, we've collected our most popular educational articles and videos designed to help get pilots off to the right start with the iPad in the cockpit.

AltitudeAlert adds vertical navigation (VNAV) feature

AltitudeAlert is one of our favorite supplemental apps and continues to add new features year after year. The latest update includes an in-flight VNAV planning feature that allows you to easily comply with IFR crossing restrictions and plan for comfortable VFR descents.

Creating your own iPad proficiency review

As the old saying goes, "train like you fly, fly like you train." If you fly with an iPad, don't hide it during your training flights. Better to make it an integral part of your proficiency program, whether you're on your own or with an instructor, including what to do if it fails. Here's a suggested list of topics to cover.

iPad preflight tip: verify your charts are downloaded

Having up-to-date charts on your iPad is easy with an app like ForeFlight or Garmin Pilot, 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.

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.

Flashpass adds support for Canada, Bahamas and CARICOM

In addition to filing U.S. and Mexico eAPIS manifests, Flashpass can now take care of the required paperwork when flying to Canada, Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands.

Coflyt app simplifies aircraft ownership and maintenance tracking

Coflyt allows aircraft owners to stay organized and track all engine/airframe times, inspections and maintenance using a well-designed app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

Garmin Pilot adds new track logging and VIRB Ultra camera support

The latest update to the Garmin Pilot app for iOS adds a nice collection of features that all pilots can take advantage of when flying with the popular aviation app. These include new flight tracking features, logbook currency alerts, tracking of endorsements given by CFIs and support for Garmin's new VIRB 360 and VIRB Ultra action cameras.

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.

App update roundup: Aerovie and FltPlan Go

This past year has been an exciting one for iPad pilots, where we saw the release of the 10.5" iPad Pro from Apple, new ADS-B receivers and connected panel options and additions to aviation apps that continue to push their capabilities way beyond that of panel-mount avionics. Here we're going to look at the latest round of updates to two popular aviation EFB apps.