iOS Update Green Light program: iOS 11.4.1

Apple recently released version 11.4.1 of its mobile operating system. The update address bugs introduced in iOS 11.4, including an issue that prevented some users from viewing the last known location of their AirPods in Find My iPhone, along with improving the reliability of syncing mail, contacts, and notes with Exchange accounts. It also adds a new USB Restricted Mode to prevent unauthorized entry or hacking of the device through the Lightning connector.

Click here to view the Green Light Update recommendations for iOS 11.4

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iPad troubleshooting tip: cycle the power

The iPad power button is located just above the rear camera at the top right corner.

There’s a commonly-used technique that almost always works when an electronic device is acting erratically, and that is resetting the power. Whether it’s a satellite receiver or computer, this usually involves powering the device completely down and unplugging it for a minute or two. The same method works well for an iPad that’s acting up too. Examples of problems are frequent app crashing, difficulty connecting to Bluetooth wireless accessories, app installation hangups and sluggish performance.

Before going further it’s important to understand the difference between putting the iPad to sleep vs. resetting the power. When you tap the top right power button or close your iPad’s smart cover to turn the screen off, you’re simply putting it in sleep mode to conserve power. This most likely won’t fix any of the above problems. When you tap the home button to wake it back up, you’ll find the iPad in the same state as you left it, bugs and all. Restarting the iPad involves a few more steps and takes about a minute. Here’s how:

  1. Press and hold the top right power button for about 3 to 4 seconds until the screen dims
  2. You’ll see a slider at the top that says “slide to power off;” doing this will power down the iPad
  3. After another few seconds, you’ll see the screen go completely black
  4. Now press and hold the top right power again for about a second, and an apple symbol will appear on the screen
  5. After about a minute you’ll see your Lock screen again

This won’t fix all problems, especially if there really is something wrong with your app or accessory. But the next time you experience something out of the ordinary with your iPad, try this power reset before throwing in the towel.

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FAA finds Key West in violation of grant assurances on pilot self-service

In response to a Part 13 complaint submitted by AOPA, the FAA’s Southern Region Airports Division issued a determination on AOPA’s complaint that is mostly more of the same from the agency. While most fixed-base operators do a great job, the FAA continues to support the limitation of access to federally funded airports by defending monopoly pricing practices at certain locations.

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MyRadar adds precipitation prediction feature

Some people love push notifications on mobile devices to keep up with timely, important information, while others find them nagging and annoying. While you probably don’t need to see a pop-up alert for every Facebook update or incoming email message, notifications can be beneficial when configured properly.

They are especially useful in aviation apps to keep you informed of important information during the final hours leading up to a flight. For example, you can receive alerts that contain the expected ATC routing for an IFR flight, or when a TFR is published near your current location.

The latest push notification option comes in the form of a weather alert from the popular MyRadar app, designed to get your attention on the ground when precipitation is heading your way. The notifications make use of MyRadar’s customized weather data infrastructure to proactively alert you as to when rain or snow will hit – down to the minute, up to an hour in advance – including the type of precipitation imminent; light drizzle, heavy rain, or snow.

These can be enabled from the Settings button (gear symbol) > Notification Settings > Rain Alerts. You can further customize the alert by specifying the minimum level of precipitation needed to trigger the alert. For example, it will only alert you to moderate precipitation (or heavier) if you select that option. This precipitation prediction feature is currently available in the free version of MyRadar, and will be added to MyRadar Pro soon.

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Get the most from ForeFlight – Advanced tips from ForeFlight’s lead product designer

Sporty’s and iPad Pilot News recently partnered with ForeFlight to present an all-new webinar to explore the latest new features in aviation’s top app. The presentation, led by Ryan McBride, lead product designer at ForeFlight, provides expert advice on how to go beyond the basics and learn app shortcuts that can really pay off in flight.

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