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New Aviation Weather course available in Sporty’s Pilot Training app

Sporty’s Pilot Training app platform has become the go-to app for mobile aviation training, offering a growing collection of courses from Private Pilot prep to advanced avionics and aircraft transitions. In addition to high-quality HD video and animation content, the courses offer unparalleled flexibility by allowing you to access your courses on a wide-range of devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android, web browser, AppleTV, RokuTV and Chromecast – all of which keep your progress seamlessly in sync.

In the last two years, Sporty’s Pilot Training app has grown from its initial offering of 6 aviation courses to 14 now. The newest addition to the collection is Sporty’s Aviation Weather – A Pilot’s Guide, an all-new course designed to give you the confidence to fly in and around weather.

It includes over four and half hours of video with practical tips for both VFR and IFR pilots, presented by aviation expert Rob Reider, meteorologist Scott Dimmich and round-the-world pilot and YouTube contributor Matt Guthmiller. It covers topics ranging from the origins of weather patterns and precipitation and shows how to use the latest weather planning resources like the Graphical Forecast for Aviation (GFA), cloud tops forecast, convective weather planning charts and ForeFlight’s comprehensive weather imagery collection.

It then moves into exploring weather hazards and how to navigate around them, including real-world use of ADS-B and SiriusXM datalink weather. The final section of the course focuses on weather flying techniques, taking you on several flights to explore IFR considerations, flying in the middle altitudes, avoiding turbulence and how to deal with weather dynamics when flying around mountainous terrain.

The Aviation Weather course includes review quizzes to reinforce important concepts, reference documents for additional study and a completion certificate available for download after completing the course.

Check out a demo of the new weather course online, in the Pilot Training app for iPhone/iPad and in the Pilot Training app for Android.

You can purchase access to Aviation Weather – A Pilot’s Guide directly from Sporty’s here.

New features in Pilot Training app for Android

The Android version of Sporty’s Pilot Training app added several new features in today’s release, in addition to the new Aviation Weather course. Here’s what you’ll find in the Learn to Fly and Instrument Rating Courses for Android:

  • new review quiz option allows you to take a quiz comprised of all the video-based questions in each chapter
  • adds Video Study Guides for each video lesson, allowing you to review the important takeaways from each segment
  • The Airman Certification Standards (ACS) now include video links with each task and sub-task, allowing you to quickly jump to the respective video training segment to learn more about each flight maneuver and ground training topic
  • Adds an “Ask a CFI” resource, allowing students to get in touch with one of Sporty’s flight instructors when stumped on a training topic or test prep question

Finally, the Android Pilot Training app now offers Chromecast support, which provides the ability to send video playing on your mobile device or tablet to the big screen in your living room when connected to a Chromecast receiver.

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From reducing the cost of flight training to winning the fight against so-called air traffic control privatization, working with the FAA to bring back the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out rebate, and improving access and transparency for aircraft operators at our nation’s general aviation airports, AOPA is hard at work on Capitol Hill and around the country.

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How do I mount my iPad in the airplane?

Robust mount

Cessna suction cup mount
A suction cup mount on the side window of a Cessna works well.

Securing your iPad while you fly is important for safety (to prevent your tablet from flying around the cockpit), but also for convenience (to keep it close by and easy to use). There are plenty of different mounts to choose from, but they aren’t all universal. Which one is right for you? It depends a lot on the type of airplane you fly. Let’s look at some examples.

Cessna high-wing (C152, C172, C182, etc.)

Almost any mount will work in these popular airplanes, but our two favorites are the suction cup and the yoke mount.

The suction cup is easy to put up and remove, making it a good choice for renters. It keeps the iPad off the yoke, so it doesn’t block any instruments, but it’s still easily viewed. We like the side window, angled toward the pilot, especially for larger iPads (where the yoke may not work). Another option is to use the front windshield on the right side – if there is no co-pilot – so that it integrates into your avionics stack.

The yoke mount is also very popular, since it holds the iPad very securely right in your line of sight. This works best for the iPad Mini, but the full size iPad Air and Pro models are small enough to work well also. Most yoke mounts now use an improved claw design, which is easier to install and does a better job keeping the iPad in place on the yoke shaft. One other tip: you can mount the iPad on the co-pilot yoke to keep the primary instruments completely unobstructed.

RAM Claw Yoke Mount

RAM Suction Cup Mount

Robust mount
The Robust series mounts have universal cradles to accommodate different size iPads, with or without cases.

If you want to mount your iPad with one of these options, but don’t want to remove your case each time, consider the Robust series mounts instead of the form-fitting RAM cradle. This provides the flexibility to secure your iPad with the case on while still using a yoke or suction mount.

Robust Universal iPad Suction Cup Mount

Robust Universal iPad Yoke Mount

Cirrus or Cessna Corvalis

With the side stick, one popular option is out the window for these airplanes (the yoke mount), but there are still some good choices. Again, the suction cup mount works well here, but be careful about where you mount it in the side window – the iPad can interfere with the side stick in some configurations.

For this reason, some pilots choose an iPad kneeboard instead, and with plenty of room in your lap this is a good setup. One final option we’ve seen work in some of these airplanes is to use the yoke mount, but attach it to a bar underneath the panel. Here, the iPad can be angled out towards the pilot, with the arm coming out from the bottom. This is convenient when installed on the co-pilot side, but we would be nervous about this in front of the pilot due to emergency egress issues.

RAM Claw Yoke Mount

RAM Suction Cup Mount

double suction cup mount
The double suction cup mount is a good option for jets and turboprops.

Piper and Mooney

Like high-wing Cessnas, the suction cup mount and the yoke mount are two good options here. One thing to keep in mind for these airplanes is that kneeboards may not work very well. Oftentimes the yoke is very close to the pilot’s legs in these cockpits, so the yoke might hit a kneeboard on takeoff or landing.

RAM Claw Yoke Mount

RAM Suction Cup Mount


Most of these airplanes have a much larger control column than Cessnas and Pipers, so pilots of these airplanes need to use a different yoke mount. These attach to the large control column that parallels the panel.

RAM Beech Yoke Mount

MyGoFlight Beech Center Yoke Mount

MyGoFlight Beech Wide Yoke Mount

Small/Mid-Size Jets

There aren’t many great options for these airplanes, since the yoke design varies dramatically between models. The kneeboard option is our preferred choice, since it stays out of the way of floor-mounted yokes. The other mount we’ve had success with is the double suction cup mount from RAM. This holds firmly to the side window, and most jets have enough cockpit space to accommodate this mount without interfering with the instruments or the controls. This is the approach many airlines use.

MyGoFlight yoke mount
MyGoFlight offers a line of mounts that are almost infinitely adjustable.

Other Mounting Options

The mounts above include options from RAM, Robust, and MyGoFlight. Another option is the PIVOT case and mounting system. This hard-sided case was developed by a Southwest Airlines pilot and offers serious protection. The complete system includes a quick-release suction cup mount that is ideal for the side window. Alternately, pilots can use the universal 1″ ball adapter to use the PIVOT with RAM Mounts.

In addition to the Beech mounts, MyGoFlight also offers a complete line of iPad mounts, including a suction cup and a yoke mount. These have multi-piece arms with multiple joints, so they are almost infinitely adjustable. This makes it easy to position your iPad more precisely, either on a side window or on the yoke. The mounts cost a lot more than a typical RAM or Robust system, but they are well made and offer a lot of flexibility.

Another option from MyGoFlight is an adjustable cradle to hold your iPad in its case. This is compatible with both the suction cup and yoke flex mount systems mentioned above. The Universal iPad Cradle is compatible with any tablet from 7″ to 11″, while the Universal XL Tablet Cradle is designed for larger tablets like the 12.9″ iPad Pro.

X-Naut mount
The X-Naut mount has built-in fans to keep the iPad cool.

If iPad overheating is an issue in the cockpit, there are also mounts available with built-in cooling fans from X-Naut. This system circulates cool air at around your iPad to ensure reliable operation in hot conditions. These work with all standard RAM Mount systems, and have built-in batteries to remain wire-free.

Finally, for experimental airplanes there is perhaps the ultimate mount – one built into the panel. The best option right now comes from Guardian Avionics, with their iFDR Panel Mount. This mounts flush against the panel and has cutouts for power and a cooling fan.

As you can see, the options are vast and sometimes confusing, but there is a setup that works in virtually any airplane. You can shop the complete iPad mount collection here. Or, check out a variety of iPad kneeboards here.

Want to see different size iPads mounted in a Cessna 172? Read this article.

Not sure which iPad model you have? Read this article.

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FAA Establishes Restrictions on Drone Operations Near U.S. Navy Vessels

At the request of its federal security partners, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 99.7 Special Security Instructions to restrict drone operations over select facilities and assets.

The FAA established special security instructions today that restrict drone operations in airspace up to 2,000 feet mean sea level (MSL) near U.S. territorial and navigable waters. These new restrictions specifically prohibit drone flights in this airspace within a stand-off distance of 3,000 feet laterally and 1,000 feet above any U.S. Navy vessel.

UAS operators who violate the flight restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges. Violators may also face security enforcement action that results in the interference, disruption, seizure, damaging or destruction of unmanned aircraft considered to pose a safety or security threat to protected U.S. Navy assets.

The restrictions are detailed in Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), and can be found at the UAS Data Display System (UDDS) website. Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators are urged to familiarize themselves with these NOTAMs and to go to UDDS to help them comply with these FAA restrictions, which are put in place to support the nations security. UDDS provides precise descriptions of the airspace to which these restrictions are applied, procedures to access this airspace, an interactive map, downloadable geospatial data and other crucial information and tools for UAS operators. A link to these restrictions is also included in the FAAs B4UFLY mobile app.

The FAA is considering additional requests by eligible federal security agencies for UAS-specific airspace restrictions using the agencys 99.7 authority as they are received. Additional changes to these restrictions will be announced by the FAA as appropriate.

UAS operators can find more information on a broader range of issues related to flying drones in the National Airspace System on the FAAs main UAS website, including answers to frequently asked questions.

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