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.
ForeFlight released version 7.1 last week, which significantly enhances the weather imagery section. To help pilots better understand the new weather charts featured in the app we talked with ForeFlight weather scientist Scott Dennstaedt at the AOPA Fly-In over the weekend. Watch the video of the interview here.
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.
The iPad is now standard equipment for most pilots’ flying and you'll want to find out about any issues with your iPad while you’re on the ground and have an internet connection. Our latest video tip explains how to do it in less than five minutes by following a simple checklist.
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.
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.
There have never been more options for receiving and displaying in-flight weather on your iPad, including both SiriusXM (satellite-based and subscriptions) and ADS-B (ground-based and subscription-free). In a recent webinar, Sporty's John Zimmerman and ForeFlight's Scott Dennstaedt reviewed the most popular weather receivers for ForeFlight and shared dozens of tips for making safer in-flight weather decisions. The hour-long video also includes five real world scenarios that show datalink weather in action.
Sporty's John Zimmerman recently hosted a webinar on ADS-B in cooperation with Jeff Johnson at Appareo, covering the basics of the system plus options for both panel-mount and portable ADS-B avionics. This fast-paced presentation covered a lot of ground, and the video recording is now available.
Sporty's recently hosted a webinar in cooperation with ForeFlight that offered a number of useful tips for flying with aviation's most popular app. A video recording of the webinar is now available.