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iPad Pro now available for sale

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The iPad Pro features a high resolution 12.9" screen.

The iPad Pro features a high resolution 12.9″ screen.

Apple’s new iPad Pro went on sale this morning, available for order from the Apple online store or through its retail app. Orders placed this morning are scheduled to arrive this Friday, November 13. You’ll also be able to buy one in person at Apple’s retail store on Friday as well.

The all new iPad Pro features a large 12.9″ screen and is primarily targeted towards students, creative professionals and those that prefer an iPad for daily use instead of a laptop. The screen has a high-resolution 2,732 x 2,048 pixel display, and the larger allows the on-screen keyboard to be presented at a size comparable to what you’d find on a similar sized 13″ laptop.

The iPad Pro features both a front and rear facing camera, and 4 speakers located on both the top and bottom of the tablet (2 more than the iPad Air). It incorporates a brand new A9X processor that Apple claims to be better performing than 80% of the portable PCs sold in the last year. Battery life is advertised to be the same as existing iPads at 10 hours, but the weight comes in at only 1.57 lbs–just a hair more than the original iPad weighed when it was launched in 2010. It’s also remarkably thin for the large size, coming in at 6.9mm, compared to 6.1mm for the iPad Air 2.

Like the iPad Air 2, it supports the new iOS 9 split-screen feature, making it a great display for running two apps side by side. It also includes a built-in barometer and anti-reflective screen coating, which we’ve found to be a real improvement over the traditional glossy iPad screen.

A stylus is available as an accessory to help with note-taking and drawing.

A stylus is available as an accessory to help with note-taking and drawing.

To add additional capability you can add Apple’s smart keyboard accessory (picture a Microsoft Surface cover) for a better typing experience. A stylus is also available as an option, called Pencil, that is sensitive to both tilt and pressure to enable realistic note-taking and drawing on the tablet.

There are 3 iPad Pro models to choose from, starting with the 32GB WiFi-only model selling for $799 and $949 for 128GB. A 128GB Wi-Fi+Cellular model is available for $1,079, which also includes an internal GPS. The smart keyboard cover will retail for $169 and the Pencil stylus goes for $99.

The iPad Pro will be a tight fit in most cockpits, though some may want to make use of the the larger size to run 2 apps simultaneously with the iOS 9 split-screen multitasking feature. We can also see some value in using the iPad Pro as large panel-mount display for experimental airplanes, since it would be able to dedicate plenty of real estate to both flight instruments and a GPS moving map.

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Should I worry about high temperatures?

Q: Paul, I hope you are still answering these questions, as your experience with these engines will help set me at ease or push me to investigate further. I have an 0-320 Aerosport Power engine in my airplane and I put a new prop on it recently, which is a much better performance prop for my plane, but I have seen temperatures higher than what was our norm since that change. But based on your comments I read, maybe this is not a problem.

On a cool day — say 70° to 75°F — I am seeing about 180°F, but on a warm day — like this weekend it was 99° — I see temps around 220° in cruise and bumping into the yellow arc, which is above 220° up to 226°.

I want to make sure I am not doing any damage. Is this what you might expect on a warm day like that? Do you have any suggestions that could help get it down a bit if need be?


A: Tod, I’m still here attempting to answer questions from all our great readers. Your question has a simple answer.

If you were seeing 220°-230° F on a 99° day, I’d say you’re right in the ballpark and should have nothing to worry about.

Not to bore you with specifics, but as I’ve mentioned in the past, the maximum allowable continuous oil temperature for all Lycoming engines is 245° F. So, what you’re seeing on those hot days is typically what I would expect.

The oil temperature you mentioned on a 70° to 75° day is just fine too.

Have fun and enjoy all the flight time you can get, especially since your new prop has improved the performance of your aircraft.

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ForeFlight video tips: scratchpad, track-up maps and plates shortcuts

ForeFlight Video Tips part 2

We continue our ForeFlight video tip series this week with 3 new topics from Sporty’s Flying with ForeFlight training course. These are designed to help pilots get the most out of ForeFlight and stay proficient with aviation’s leading app.

Sporty’s Flying with ForeFlight course was recently updated and rereleased to cover the latest version of the app. It includes over 90 minutes of video and is available in two formats, either as a dedicated iPad app or streaming online course.

The new ForeFlight Scratchpad

How to enable track-up navigation

Get more out of Plates

You can review last month’s ForeFlight video tips here.

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