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FAA Safety News talks iPad


One of the most frequent questions we hear about the iPad is: "is it legal?" The short answer is absolutely yes (for Part 91 operations at least). But what does the FAA have to say? ...… Read more ...

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Garmin releases GTN training app


Now you can use your iPad to learn everything there is to know about the GTN 650 and 750, with the recently-released GTN Trainer app. This interactive app lets you practice all the features of the... ...… Read more ...

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Using GoodReader for aviation document management


The iPad can do so much more for pilots than just show charts – it’s also an ideal document organizer and reader. Using an app known as GoodReader ($4.99 from the App Store), you can store and... ...… Read more ...

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Using ATC routes in ForeFlight


Many pilots spend a lot of time trying to guess what IFR route ATC will like. Instead of always filing direct or guessing airways, let the “ATC Routes” tool in ForeFlight help you out. It's easy to... ...… Read more ...

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Enable “night mode” to save your vision


The iPad has a built-in feature that allows you to invert the colors on the screen. This is very useful when viewing approach charts at night by showing white text and graphics on a black background,... ...… Read more ...

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Split screen setup on WingX


One of the standout features in WingX Pro7 is the ability to use the iPad's large 10” screen to display 2 different view options side by side. This can be very helpful to display both terrain data... ...… Read more ...

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Advanced navigation tips for ForeFlight


Want to go beyond the basic "direct-to" navigation? Here's everything you need to know to enter SIDs and STARs, plus VOR/DME fixes into ForeFlight's nav log. It's easier than you may think. ...… Read more ...

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Do I really need an external GPS?


Does my iPad have a built-in GPS? If it does, can I trust it? What are the options for an external GPS receiver? There are lots of questions to consider, and we'll answer them all. ...… Read more ...

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Top 5 iPad Kneeboards (5 of 5): MyGoFlight iPad Kneeboard Pro C


MyGoFlight's iPad Kneeboard Pro C kneeboard for the iPad 2 is the Hum-V of iPad kneeboards. This feature-rich flight deck organizer is a form fitted, anodized aluminum case that is padded with a layer of foam that holds the iPad 2 securely in place using a polycarbonate Case Back and magnets. The cut-out design provides access to all of the iPad's ports, buttons and controls. When "undocked" from the iPad Kneeboard Pro cradle, the Case Back is also compatible with Apple's Smart Cover. The Pro C includes a specialized clipboard with helpful pilot reference information that adheres magnetically on the outside or inside of the case. At an MSRP of $189.00, the MyGoFlight iPad Kneeboard Pro C is a bit pricey, but the materials an workmanship are several grades higher than your average kneeboard. Learn more the iPad Kneeboard Pro C at the MyGoFlight website, or purchase it from Amazon.com.   PREVIOUS: VTE Inc.'s The Knee Dock… Read more ...

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Charging your iPad: what you need to know


Keeping your iPad battery charged is essential if you plan to use it in the cockpit as a paper replacement. But did you know that not just any charger will work? We share some tips and links to make... ...… Read more ...

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Pre-flight checklist for your iPad


What's our number one recommendation for iPad pilots? Always, always, always pre-flight your iPad! Here's how. ...… Read more ...

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Top 5 iPad Kneeboards (4 of 5): The Knee Dock


Manufactured by VTI Inc. /USA, The Knee Dock is a well-built, low-cost, no-frill iPad kneeboard mount. It allows an iPad or iPad 2 to be securely strapped to the pilots leg. A soft silicon riser elevates the iPad to better viewing angle while ensuring the kneeboard does not slip sideways. The Knee Dock holds the iPad in portrait mode, and it cannot be physically rotated while strapped to the pilot's leg. As a result, The Knee Dock may not be suitable for all flightdecks or Apps. However, it is an excellent value at an MSRP of $29.95 USD, and you can purchase the KneeDock for iPad 2 from Amazon.com. NEXT: MyGoFlight Pro C PREVIOUS: Sky High Gear Genesis Kneeboard… Read more ...

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Top 5 iPad Kneeboards (3 of 5): Sky High Gear Genesis Kneeboard


Sky High Gear, Inc.'s Genesis Kneeboard for the iPad 2 is essentially an attractive iPad 2 portfolio case with straps. The case is made of ultra durable ballistic nylon material on the exterior and lined with brushed suede microfiber to protect iPad surfaces. The leg strap has a large loop to hold large pens or even a  mini flashlight. Additional loops on the sides are can be used for additional writing utensils. The front cover folds down, allowing the iPad to be propped up for a better viewing angle (at least when viewed in horizontal mode). When on the ground, the case converts into an iPad stand and has unlimited angle adjustment for viewing. Access to the sync port is available without removing or opening the case.  The Genesis Kneeboard measures 9.75 X 7.50 X 1.00" and weighs 12 oz and comes with a 1 year warranty. While some customers are critical that the velcro straps are too short, this problem can easily be solved with a Velcro extension strap: take equal lengths of soft velcro (loops) and hard velcro (hooks), and stick the two pieces together.  This shortcoming is more than made up for by the inclusion of an iPad-compatible stylus, which can alone can cost between $15 and $30 at most electronics retails. While the Sky High Gear Genesis Kneeboard may not be the best iPad kneeboard available, with the included iPad-compatible pen,  the $36.00 US retail price makes it an excellent value, even compared to non-aviation iPad cases. The Sky High Gear Genesis Kneeboard is available through various distributors and online retailers, including Amazon.com. NEXT: VTE Inc.'s The Knee Dock PREVIOUS: Sporty's FlightGear iPad Kneeboard… Read more ...

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Top 5 iPad Kneeboards


View this slideshow featuring PaperlessCockpit.com's Top 5 iPad kneeboards to learn about cost-effective solutions to mounting an iPad EFB in the cockpit.

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Top 5 iPad Kneeboards (2 of 5): Sporty’s Flight Gear iPad Kneeboard


The Flight Gear line of kneeboards have a great history in the cockpit, and with the rising popularity of iPads and other tablets, it Sporty's Pilot Shop is doing an excellent job evolving this tried-and-true flightdeck organizer to support the latest technology without sacrificing the durability, simplicity and  comfort that are trademarks of the Flight Gear line. The Sporty's Flight Gear iPad Kneeboard (P/N 7951A) retails for $39.95 USD, and has the following features: Left side iPad stand with adjustable viewing angle Right flap can be completely folded over for a slimmer shape in tight cockpits Organizer section includes mesh pockets and a zippered compartment (0capable of holding an external GPS) Paper notepad for copying clearances or weather Exterior storage pocket for backup paper charts and ID holder Adjustable leg strap and padded back Measures 18"w x 11" when opened; 9"w x 11" when closed Protects iPad screen when closed Learn more about the Flight Gear iPad Kneeboard at the Sporty's Pilot Shop website. NEXT: Sky High Gear Genesis Kneeboard PREVIOUS: RAM Rotating Leg Kneeboard Mount for the Apple iPad  … Read more ...

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Top 5 iPad Kneeboards (1 of 5): RAM Rotating Kneeboard


RAM has a long history of building high-quality, rugged and customizable aviation mounts. Incorporating patented ball-and-socket technology, the RAM Rotating Leg Mount allows the iPad to be rotated between horizontal and verticasl view. The ball-and-socket mount also allows the iPad to be positioned at various angles, a feature that helps prevent the display from being washed out in direct sunlight. The RAM Rotating Leg Kneeboard Mount (p/n RAM-BM-L1-SB1-AP8U) retails for $62.82 and consists of a leg kneeboard base, two straps for tight support, socket system and custom high strength composite cradle for the Apple iPad and iPad 2. More information can be found on the RAM website.   NEXT: Sporty's FlightGear iPad Kneeboard PREVIOUS: Introduction… Read more ...

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