New app helps with communication training

For most pilots, learning to talk on the radio is a challenge - right up there with crosswind landings on the list of struggles. While learning to crab and slip still requires plenty of time in the airplane, some new technology makes it much easier to perfect those communication skills. The latest example is PlaneEnglish, an app for Android and iOS devices that uses speech recognition to coach you through different scenarios.

New RAM Perfect Fit Cradles released for iPad Pro 11″ and 12.9″ models

The iPad Pro 11″ and 12.9" models are hands down the best full-size iPads for pilots, and you can now secure them in the cockpit with RAM's EZ-Roll’r form-fitting cradles.

ICAO flight plan requirement begins next week – here’s how to comply

There's a lot of confusion surrounding the ICAO flight plan form and the FAA's move to stop accepting the FAA/domestic form. Here we'll break it down in plain English and help you make the transition to filing ICAO flight plans from your favorite app on your iPad.

Five overlooked ForeFlight features

ForeFlight has gained a loyal following in part by continuously adding features, so the ForeFlight of two years ago looks almost unrecognizable today. That's great news for pilots, who get powerful new tools seemingly every month, but it does mean that some features occasionally get lost in the shuffle. Here's a look at five helpful features in ForeFlight that you may not be using.

iPad Flight Review – 8 key questions

Ok, you’ve been flying with the iPad for several years and the thought of manually calculating the time en route to your destination or unfolding a sectional chart in the cockpit makes you cringe. But like everything in aviation, it pays dividends to spend some time to brushing up on the basics to keep your knowledge and skills sharp. Take our latest quiz to see where you stand.

How to quickly scan documents into your EFB app

More and more pilots are going completely paperless in the cockpit, but that requires some paper documents to be scanned first. Fortunately, thanks to the advanced scanner capabilities in the standard Notes app, it takes just a few steps. Here's how to do it.

New QuickClear app simplifies U.S. Customs and eAPIS reporting

All pilots flying across the U.S. border in either direction are required to file a passenger manifest to U.S. Customs using eAPIS. There's a new app available from Jeppesen called QuickClear to assist with this procedure.

Flying with Garmin Flight Stream and Fltplan Go

On a recent flight we got to try Fltplan Go when connected to a Garmin Flight Stream 510, and came away impressed. While Fltplan Go is not as polished and powerful as the Garmin Pilot app, it still packs a number of useful features into a free app, including weather and flight plan transfer. 

ADS-B vs. SiriusXM datalink weather – what’s the difference?

If you're considering a datalink weather receiver for your iPad (like a Sentry, Stratus, or GDL), one of the first decisions you'll face is the source of your weather data: ADS-B or SiriusXM? Here's a review of the similarities and differences, plus our advice for choosing the right solution.

Sporty’s Pilot Training app adds four new Garmin avionics courses

Sporty’s Pilot Training platform has become the go-to app for mobile aviation training and recently added four new Garmin avionics courses covering the Garmin TXi flight displays, G5000 and Aviation Weather Radar systems.