How to use Garmin Pilot’s emergency mode

There are certainly important differences in how features are implemented in different apps, but there haven't been many truly new app features over the last year. One exception is Garmin's Emergency Mode, which was released this summer. It's simple, but thoughtfully designed and very useful. Here's how to use it.

Are you legal to fly with the iPad? Use this flow chart to help...

The number one question we get on using an iPad for charts is whether it is “legal” for aviation use. The definition of “legal” depends on what type of flying you do and what you’re using your iPad for, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. To shed some light on the topic we've created a flow chart to help guide you through the process based on your flight operation.

Important iPad preflight considerations for iOS 11

The most recent iOS 11 software update for iPad and iPhone has been a success by all standards, with no major bugs reported since the public release. With that being said, there a few caveats pilots should be aware of after updating to iOS 11, related to GPS and the wireless controls in the new Control Center.

Pilot’s aviation app directory

iPad Pilot News has helped pilots discover over 100 quality aviation apps since the invention of the iPad in 2010. Here we've assembled a basic directory to help you locate and download them in the App Store. This certainly doesn't represent every aviation app ever created, but it highlights some of the most useful and most popular ones.

New FlyQ Insight app brings augmented reality to the cockpit

A new app called FlyQ Insight turns your iPhone or iPad into an airport finder, by displaying the location of nearby airports in a real-time view around you in the air.

How to use ForeFlight’s weight and balance tool

ForeFlight's helpful weight and balance tool allows you to quickly analyze last minute loading changes and will alert you if any parameters are outside your airplane's envelope. To help you get going we'll show you how to use this feature to create a custom aircraft profile and work through a typical calculation.

Flying with the Garmin GDL 51 SiriusXM receiver

Garmin announced an all-new SiriusXM weather receiver this summer, the GDL 51, which finally brings satellite weather to the Garmin Pilot app (as well as Garmin portable GPSs like the Aera 660). We've had the chance to fly with it for a few weeks now, and have formed some opinions. Here are our testing notes.

Pilot’s Guide to iOS 11

The much-anticipated iOS 11 software update is now available for your iPhone and iPad. There are several things pilots should take into consideration when deciding when to update, and we’ll cover them here. We’ll also take a look at several new iOS 11 features that pilots should take note of after updating.

Pilot poll: what tablet do you fly with?

Add your vote in our latest poll - what is the tablet you use most often for flying? Is it an old iPad 2 or a brand new iPad Pro?

Apple introduces 3 new iPhone models with wireless charging

Apple’s annual September get-together has become a highly anticipated event for technology fans, as the company usually announces new hardware and features just in time for Christmas shopping. This year was bigger than normal though, with the introduction of 3 new iPhone models and a new Apple Watch.