iPad Connected Panel Buyer’s Guide

More and more connected panel options are hitting the market, allowing you to wirelessly connect your iPad to panel-mount GPS and ADS-B receivers. Here's a rundown of all the aftermarket GA avionics options and mobile app compatibility with each.

SkewTLogPro app helps upgrade your weather briefing

It seems like there are two types of pilots: those who have never heard of Skew-T log (p) charts and true believers who know they are the source of all truth and knowledge about weather. The second group is overstating things just a bit, but the first group is definitely missing out on some helpful weather information. With a little training—and the affordable SkewTLogPro app—it's easy to integrate Skew-T diagrams into your normal preflight routine. Here's how to get started.

Jet departure planning now available in ForeFlight

ForeFlight's latest update adds a new performance planning feature for jet pilots, called Runway Analysis. This quickly computes all required takeoff performance data, engine out performance, and landing data for the destination airport.

How to use all of Garmin Pilot’s traffic features

One of the standout features in Garmin Pilot is its traffic page, which looks like it's right off a panel-mount GTN navigator. This is a decluttered view so it appears simple, but we've noticed many pilots don't notice all the customization options. Here's a look at what you can adjust.

ForeFlight adds new Maps sidebar view in version 13.1

The latest update for ForeFlight is now available and includes a new Maps Sidebar feature to show additional information when tapping on a map feature. The update also adds support for airports using SayWeather reporting systems, the ability to rename PDF documents and improved organization for International Weather Imagery.

Sporty’s Pilot Training for Apple TV adds new interactive quiz feature

Sporty's Pilot Training app for Apple TV is all-new for 2021, adding a streamlined graphical interface and video review quizzes for the Learn to Fly and Instrument Rating Courses. Here's a review of how to get the app and use its latest features.

How to screenshot an entire web page in iOS 14

Screenshots are one of the most useful built-in tools in iOS, whether you’re ordering takeout or planning a flight. It’s particularly handy for saving web pages that won’t be accessible in flight, so we find ourselves using all the time it for radar images, flight plan routing, and fly-in procedures. A new option in Safari makes this tool even more powerful.

Annual maintenance checklist for your iPad

Similar to the routine of having your airplane undergo an annual inspection, we recommend that you take the time to review the following items once a year to keep your iPad, apps and accessories performing at their best.

How to customize the Control Center on your iPad and iPhone

The hidden Control Center screen remains one of the most useful features on iPhone and iPad, allowing you to quickly access commonly-used settings and apps. It's especially useful during iPad preflight, allowing you to quickly optimize wireless and network settings before takeoff without the need to leave your EFB app.

What’s new in iPad flight bags

The iPad may be called an Electronic Flight Bag, but most pilots still need a real flight bag to stay organized. Fortunately, a slew of new designs offers some great options for staying organized and protecting your aviation gear, without breaking the bank.