The reality is EFB apps can do so much more than just METARs and charts, so it's worth taking the time to sit down on a rainy day (or during quarantine) 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 update to ForeFlight adds four practical new features to use during flight planning and while en route: position marking, SID/STAR aircraft labels, flight planning based on ETA and interactive extended centerlines. Here is a look at how they work.
Portable weather receivers like the Sentry from ForeFlight and the Stratus 3 from Appareo are essential parts of many pilots' flight bags. They are easy to use, with just one button and no wires, but there are some things to know for best performance. This new series of videos offers quick tips for anyone flying with a Sentry or Stratus, and is especially helpful for new owners.
Whether it's closing an app, switching apps, opening the control center, or searching for something, iOS has multiple gestures that can save time or unlock additional features. Once you get proficient with them, they can really save time in the cockpit. Let's review all the options.
A new app called Aviation Accidents brings the comprehensive NTSB accident report database right to your fingertips on your iPad and iPhone. Powerful search, sorting and bookmarking features allow you to customize the results and help you quickly find the data you're looking for.
Digital logbooks have been around for many years, but ForeFlight's introduction of this feature about five years ago seems to have made it mainstream. More and more pilots are using the app to log flights and track currency, but there's more to this feature than just basic flight logging. Here are eight ways to get the most out of your new logbook.
Apple doesn't make it easy to understand which iPad you have right now. The latest line of tablets on offer includes no fewer than five confusingly-named models. Finding a mount or kneeboard that fits these new models can be equally confusing. Fortunately, there are good options for each of these five options, including a new one from RAM.
Datalink weather is commonplace on just about all flights now, whether you're flying a Cessna 172 or Boeing 737. Many airline pilots also have access to an additional weather feature though, called the Turbulence Automated PIREP System. Here's how it works and what it could mean for GA pilots down the road.
Datalink weather has the potential to make your flying safer and more comfortable—but only if you know how to use it properly. Join iPad Pilot News contributor John Zimmerman for an in-depth look at ADS-B, SiriusXM, and how to use them in flight. The webinar recording includes over an hour of practical tips for pilots of all levels.
Home flight simulators provide a cost-effective way to stay proficient with your IFR and VFR flying for times when you can't make it out to the airport. Here's a thorough guide covering how to use them with your favorite EFB app and training tips to get the most out of each session.