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.

Creating your own iPad proficiency review

As the old saying goes, "train like you fly, fly like you train." If you fly with an iPad, don't hide it during your training flights. Better to make it an integral part of your proficiency program, whether you're on your own or with an instructor, including what to do if it fails. Here's a suggested list of topics to cover.

Garmin Pilot app adds PDC, eAPIS and route optimization

Garmin released their next big update at Oshkosh this week and it's focused on bringing FltPlan.com's premium features to the app. This includes Pre-Departure IFR Clearances (PDC), Electronic Advanced Passenger Information Service (U.S. Customs eAPIS) and Optimized Routing functionality.
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Sporty’s adds smaller Flight Gear Battery Pack

Last year at Oshkosh 2018, Sporty's introduced a handy battery pack that is specifically made for pilots. We loved it from the start and we've carried it on every flight. Now there's a new option with the same great features but in a more compact size and at a lower price. Here's a look at the specs.

ForeFlight introduces Sentry Mini ADS-B Receiver

Now there’s an affordable and easy-to-use option for flying with ADS-B weather and traffic. Sentry Mini, introduced this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, is an incredibly small, lightweight ADS-B receiver that’s specifically made for ForeFlight. It delivers subscription-free datalink weather, including radar, lightning, METARs, TAFs, and TFRs, plus dual band ADS-B traffic and WAAS GPS position. All these features are packed into a case that weighs less than two ounces and is smaller than a deck of cards.

Flying with the Garmin G1000, Connext and your iPad

Garmin's GTX 345R transponder adds ADS-B in and out capabilities to legacy G1000 glass cockpit systems and includes Connext to wirelessly connect your iPad to the panel. Here's how it all works when flying with the ForeFlight or Garmin Pilot apps.

Start planning your Oshkosh experience with the 2019 AirVenture app

The 2019 AirVenture Oshkosh app is now available for iOS and Android, and features full event schedules, exhibitor list, interactive grounds map and much more.

How use a Garmin GDL 51 or 52 to listen to SiriusXM Radio

Garmin's top-of-the-line portable weather receivers, the compact GDL 51/52, receive more than just GPS, traffic, and weather. With an active SiriusXM subscription, pilots and passengers can also enjoy music and live sports in flight. Once you've configured all your devices, it's very easy to listen to SiriusXM Radio, but the first time you do it there are a few steps to follow - and they are probably a little different than what you expect. Here's a step-by-step explanation.

3D Review comes to ForeFlight, plus Map Annotations and Audio Checklists

ForeFlight has been on a torrid pace lately, shipping significant app updates every few weeks this spring and early summer. That continues with version 11.6, a new version that adds some unique planning and debriefing tools, enhanced annotation options, and some helpful logbook upgrades. Here's a hands-on look at what's new.