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.
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:
Press and hold the top right power button for about 3 to 4 seconds until the screen dims
You’ll see a slider at the top that says “slide to power off;” doing this will power down the iPad
After another few seconds, you’ll see the screen go completely black
Now press and hold the top right power again for about a second, and an apple symbol will appear on the screen
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.
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.
After the FAA issued an airworthiness directive (AD) in March to limit the life of exhaust v-band clamps on Bonanzas and require repetitive inspections, some A36TC and B36TC models with the affected parts have been grounded because Textron Aviation does not have the required replacement parts in stock.
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.
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.
Flight Outfitters tackled the issue of where and how to stow portable electronic devices by designing the clever iPad Mini Kneeboard with a turntable that allows vertical or horizontal viewing; a side notepad pocket “desk”; and an accessory pouch for charging cords, sunglasses, or other small items.
American Airlines Group’s wholly owned subsidiary Envoy Air announced a partnership with ATP Flight School to expand the carrier’s pilot cadet program that could eventually land students a full-time position with American Airlines.
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.
A pilot takes off from Van Nuys Airport on an IFR clearance that includes flying the Canoga Two Departure. Unfortunately, the pilot skips a key step when flying the standard instrument departure, or SID. What happens next?