iPad trends for pilots – 2018 year in review

As 2018 winds down, we're looking back at another busy year in the world of iPad apps and accessories. There was no miracle cure for in-flight connectivity, no major Android expansion, and no new iPad Mini (you could even say iPad sales were flat). And yet - at least for pilots - tablets and electronic flight bag apps have never been more important or more popular. Here's a look at some of the trends we saw in 2018.

Trying out ForeFlight’s new content packs feature

Starting in version 10.6, ForeFlight now offers something like a modern version of the TripTik, although with an whole bunch of additional features. They call it Content Packs, and these allow pilots to import their own maps, waypoints, documents and even procedures.

Sporty’s Pilot Training app continues to grow and add new courses

The updates continue to roll out for Sporty's Pilot Training app, aviation's top resource for flight training courses for iPhone, iPad, AppleTV and Android devices. The latest updates delivers new test prep features, new avionics training courses and support for the new iPad Pro 11" and 12.9" models.

Using Stratus to record and play back flights

By default, Stratus 2, 2S, and 3 are always recording during flight, logging position, speed, altitude, and AHRS-driven attitude - up to 20 hours at a time. Once the flights are logged, there are a variety of options for playing back a flight. Let's review the options.
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All the gestures pilots need to know – iPad Pro operation without a home...

If you've been flying with an older iPad (like an iPad Air or Pro 9.7"), the new iPad Pro models may be confusing at first. They do require some new gestures, but once you get used to them, it's quite intuitive. Let's review all the options.

ForeFlight vs. Garmin Pilot: Which mobile app is best for you?

You bought an iPad to use in the airplane and now it's time to make a decision on which app is best for your aviation chart and data needs. This thorough guide compares aviation's top 2 apps, ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot, highlighting the strengths of each and how they interface with datalink weather receivers.

How to choose the best GPS for your iPad

GPS position makes an iPad so much more useful in flight - moving maps, terrain alerts, and so much more become available. But how do you add GPS to your iPad? Does it already have one built in? What are the options for external receivers? We answer those questions and offer our two top choices.

How to use Garmin Pilot’s emergency mode

There are certainly important differences in how features are implemented in different apps, but there haven't been many truly new app features over the last year. One exception is Garmin's Emergency Mode. It's simple, but thoughtfully designed and very useful. Here's how to use it.

iPad pilot gift guide – Christmas 2018 edition

Whether you're a pilot shopping for another aviation enthusiast or you're a non-pilot desperately trying to figure out what to buy the (slightly weird?) aviator on your list, iPad apps and accessories are a good bet. Here's our list of the top 10 things any iPad pilot would like this Christmas.

New iPad Proficiency Check Webinar – view the recording here

View the recording from the recent webinar from iPad Pilot News here. The presentation covered a wide range of practical topics on flying with the iPad, like how to develop your own iPad standard operating procedures and how to use it effectively as a digital copilot.