While the aviation world was panicking about the coming ADS-B mandate, companies in the iPad app and accessory business stayed quite busy in 2019. There were major new hardware introductions and noteworthy mergers, and we covered it all at iPad Pilot News with over 120 articles. Here are some trends we tracked, and some of our most popular articles.
ForeFlight released its final big update for 2019, adding new weather forecast charts, data-driven instrument approach details on the map, a new document feature in Flights and more.
An iPad kneeboard is one of the best investments you can make as a pilot, keeping your tablet secure and easy to read in flight. For many years, one of our favorite models was the MyClip, a simple but innovative leg strap that could accommodate wide variety of tablets. Now there's a new option, and it's even more universal.
Apple recently released iOS 13.3 for iPhone and iPad, which adds communication limits for screen time, Safari physical key support and numerous other small tweaks. As with any iOS release, we recommend holding off on updating until your app or accessory developer has had time to fully test compatibility with the new version.
While it was the iPad that led the way for fast adoption of "ADS-B In" receivers several years ago, it's the FAA's 2020 mandate coming up in a few weeks that has aircraft owners frantically installing "ADS-B Out" today. We want to know – are you ready for January 1, 2020?
In-flight audio alerts are a key safety feature in many aviation EFB apps, but they require your headset or intercom to have an audio input or Bluetooth to be used effectively. The new Stealth Audio Link aims to change that though, and allows pilots to quickly add audio connectivity to any headset, regardless of age.
A home flight simulator is a great way to maintain instrument currency, learn new cockpit layouts, and just have fun when you can't get to the airport. X-Plane has been the leader in this market for years now, and a recent update to their mobile app makes for a valuable companion to your desktop system.
One of the most under-appreciated features of the iPad is its fantastic battery life. But there are a number of things you can do to improve the performance of your iPad battery and keep it in top working condition.
The dizzying array of iPad models is mostly good for pilots—we have more choices than ever, at better prices than ever—but it's a nightmare for third party case designers. Keeping up with those changing sizes isn't easy, but the latest models from PIVOT are an excellent option for pilots and they fit two of the most popular iPads.
Do you know the difference between base and composite radar reflectivity, enhanced vs. infrared satellite imagery, or how to interpret the icing forecast layers in ForeFlight? Our latest video tip explains it all.