The iPad is a must-have for today's modern instrument pilot, serving digital approach charts, in-flight weather and even backup flight instruments. Here are some important points to consider though before climbing through the clouds with an electronic flight bag.
What's the difference between the Scout and Stratus 2S portable ADS-B receivers for ForeFlight? Both offer subscription-free weather and traffic, but there are major differences in features and price. We go flying with both to explain how they compare.
The video recording of our latest webinar, iPad Proficiency Check and How to Fly Like a Pro with your iPad, is now available to view here. It includes a series of insightful recommendations, strategies and other tips that pilots of all experience levels should know when flying with the iPad.
The Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) is the most widely used weather forecast product by pilots, and for good reason. It's updated 4 times daily by meteorologists and is the most accurate forecast available for local airport weather. The TAF is not perfect though and has some geographic limitations and size constraints. This week's video tip shares some additional forecast tools in your favorite iPad app to supplement the information from the TAF during your preflight briefing.
The Garmin Pilot app has become so feature-rich that it can be tough to keep up with all of its capabilities. A few of our lesser-known favorites are the Freehand™ route planning tool, personal minimums, minimum weather requirement warnings and the Nearest map utility. Here is a series of video tips showing how to use each one on your next flight.
The iPad is one of the most reliable pieces of electronics on the market today, but it still requires careful attention before each flight to ensure that both the hardware and aviation apps are ready to go. Join ForeFlight's Angela Anderson as she gives an in-depth look at the steps you should take while on the ground to verify you have all the necessary data installed and accessible on your iPad.
Mounts and kneeboards are the two most popular ways to secure an iPad in the cockpit. The options for kneeboards in particular have expanded in recent years, which can make the buying decision a little complicated. In this Product PIREP video, we take four of the most popular iPad kneeboards up for a test flight in a Cessna 172. See the different models in action, and learn what their unique advantages are.
ForeFlight offers multiple ways to research and plan for weather on upcoming flights, including graphical weather layers on the moving map, a dedicated imagery section with advanced forecast data from the National Weather Service and the standard weather briefing option provided by Flight Service. This week's video tip dives deeper into these resources to help you keep an eye on the development of hazardous weather from both a long and short-range perspective.
Let's face it, we're viewing much of the same aviation data in our favorite iPad apps that has been around for decades. What's different now though is that this information is presented in a much more meaningful context, thanks to the iPad's high-resolution touchscreen display and innovative features from aviation app developers.
Pilots flying with ForeFlight have access to more weather information than ever before, including options for both ADS-B and SiriusXM weather in flight. The variety of options is great, but it can be confusing. In this test flight video, we explore the differences between these two systems, and compare Stratus (ADS-B) with SXAR1 (SiriusXM). Which system is better? Can you use them both? Come flying with us as we explain.