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.
Which is better - subscription-free ADS-B weather or satellite-delivered SiriusXM weather? With the new Garmin GDL 52, you don't have to choose any more. This battery-powered receiver includes both, plus GPS and AHRS, and it can connect to tablets running the Garmin Pilot app or to Garmin portable GPSs. Here's an in-flight review of this all-in-one device.
We continue our ForeFlight video tip series this week with 3 new topics from Sporty's Flying with ForeFlight training course. These are designed to help pilots get the most out of ForeFlight and stay proficient with aviation's leading app.
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.
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.
On October 2, Sporty's hosted a live webinar on ADS-B and new cockpit technology for pilots. The hour-long presentation covered the basics of ADS-B, relevant FAA regulations and the options for both panel and portable ADS-B receivers. The video archive of this webinar is now available--watch it here.
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.