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7 Ways An iPad Can Make You A Better Pilot

Which ones are you using?

1) Backup Attitude Indicator

External units like Stratus can provide AHRS data to your iPad for use on navigation apps like ForeFlight. In the event of a serious instrumentation failure, it's an excellent backup to have.


2) Filing Flight Plans, Made Easy

Have you ever skipped filing a VFR flight plan because you just don't want to take the time to call up Flight Service or file on a computer? We've all been there. But filing VFR flight plans are extremely important... It's one way to ensure a second set of eyes is watching to see if you make it to your destination.

On ForeFlight, you can customize an airplane and have its information auto-fill most of the flight plan boxes. The rest of the information can be pulled right from the route you planned. It's that easy! You can do it from the airport couch, at home, or even in a restaurant.

3) Keep That Logbook Current

Many electronic logbooks have iPad integration available. Using these apps is a quick and easy way to keep your logbook updated without the hassle of bringing heavy books everywhere.


4) Improve Your Situational Awareness

Beyond ground planning, iPads are some of the best resources for flight crews in the air. Many airlines around the world issue their pilots tablets with apps that include charts, procedures, weather, and navigation information. The huge amount of data available on your iPad may take some time to sort through (at least initially), but in the end will pay off with enhanced situational awareness.


5) Plan From Bed

There's no better place to flight-plan than bed. Predicating weather and routing for the next day is more than doable the night before a trip.

6) Learn Airspace Like A Pro

If you forgot your Class G weather minimums, so did everyone else! We have an app for that, and it will make learning airspace like a pro easier than you ever thought. Click here to learn more.

7) Carry The FAR/AIM Without The Weight

Who wants to lug around 1,300 pages of federal regulations and operational procedures? Download a FAR/AIM app on your iPad for easy reference to the entire book. Most apps contain a table of contents for regulation sections, or break regulations down into certificate categories.

How are you using your iPad to be a better pilot? Tell is in the comments below.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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