Securing your iPad while you fly is important for safety (to prevent your tablet from flying around the cockpit), but also for convenience (to keep it close by and easy to use). There are plenty of different mounts to choose from, but they aren't all universal. Which one is right for you? It depends a lot on the type of airplane you fly. Let's look at some examples.
The reality is modern EFB apps can do so much, and it's worth taking the time to sit down on a rainy day on the couch and explore their hidden features. It'll help you break out of your iPad routine and improve your preflight planning and in-flight situational awareness. To get you started, here are 5 lesser-known features in the Garmin Pilot app to check out before the next flight.
The latest generation of ADS-B receivers now offer subscription-free weather, traffic, GPS, backup attitude, pressure altitude and flight data recording. As the feature list has grown, the options and settings list has also grown. In this post, we'll walk through the various options for configuring your Stratus, so you can get the most out of your investment.
ForeFlight recently launched a NOTAM Rater website that displays a random FAA NOTAM in its native coded text, followed by a series of questions. ForeFlight plans to use the data collected from pilots related to their interpretation of the NOTAM to improve the location and presentation of this data in the ForeFlight app.
Robust Mounts feature universal cradles (one for tablets, one for phones) that adapt to different sizes and can even accommodate cases. In addition to the suction cup mount, there's now a yoke mount option, making this a solid contender for GA pilots. To test it out in real world conditions, we recently took the Robust Mounts flying in a Cessna 172. Here's our video report.
There are thousands of weather apps for the general public, from free to quite expensive. These are great for deciding whether you need a jacket tomorrow, but when it comes to aviation weather--looking at thunderstorms, ice, turbulence, visibility and so much more--these apps just aren't enough. So we'll focus on apps that offer more for pilots, both free and paid.
A common question we get at iPad Pilot News lately: "which ADS-B receiver should I buy?" With all the options (over a dozen at last count), it's easy to get confused. Here, we'll try to offer a practical guide to choosing the right ADS-B receiver. We will focus on the most popular models.
Instrument flying with an iPad these days has never been more convenient. You can file IFR flight plans, view in-flight datalink radar to avoid thunderstorms, and see your real-time location right on the instrument approach chart. This only scratches the surface on what an iPad can do when flying IFR - here are 6 additional tips you can use on your next instrument flight when using the ForeFlight app.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is an ever-present threat in piston airplanes, especially in winter when heating systems can introduce the deadly exhaust gas into the cabin. There's a new CO detector on the market that includes a smartphone app for additional monitoring. Here's a look at what it can do.
Sporty's Study Buddy test prep apps were recently updated with a modern layout for the latest iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The update adds hundreds of new questions, answers, and explanations written by the CFIs at Sporty's Academy and include a new interactive FAA references for enhanced study.