Taxi At Large Airports Like A Pro
Flying|August 2017

Improve Your Airport Surface Operations With Some Help From Your Ipad

Bret Koebbe

Over the course of your flying career you’ll likely experience several technological advances that will change the way you fly. In the early years of aviation, these came in the form of new airframe design and propulsion innovations, such as the transition from tail wheel to tricycle landing gear and turbojet engines. Next came the development of sophisticated avionics, providing pilots with the HSI, loran and RNAV direct-to navigation. The biggest leap in this category took place in the mid-1990s, when GPS was opened up for civilian use, unlocking the modern form of navigation that we all depend on today.

With each of these breakthroughs in aviation, pilots were sure to look back and wonder, how did we ever get by without this? That question runs through my mind on just about every flight when I think about all the developments that have taken place during my short flying career of 17 years. At the top of my list is the iPad and the ecosystem of aviation apps and accessories that it helped to spawn, which collectively have done more for safety and situational awareness than anything else over the past two decades.

Ask a group of experienced pilots their opinion of how the iPad has changed the way they operate in the cockpit and you’re likely to get a variety of answers depending on what and where they fly. Some marvel at the simple fact that there are no longer paper charts to manage. Others love the display of radar imagery on a moving map during summertime flying. Those flying in the high country benefit from the terrain and synthetic-vision displays.

But there is a less glamorous phase of flight that the iPad has significantly improved, which many may not consider: taxiing around the airport. During my private pilot training, the most stressful and task-saturated event was right after touchdown at tower-controlled airports, when I had to determine my location and call ground control for a taxi clearance, all while completing the after-landing checklist. Inevitably, the ground controller would read back a clearance with five or six taxiways and a few locations to hold short to make sure I was on my toes.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

RELATED STORIES

iPad: Refining The World's Most Popular Tablet

iPad has long been one of Apple’s most successful product categories, and following upgrades to the iPad Pro and iPad mini earlier in the year, Apple used its September Event to unveil the next-generation iPad and iPad Air, taking its tablet portfolio to even greater heights.

7 mins read
AppleMagazine
AppleMagazine #479 *Special Edition

iPadOS 14 - SECOND TO NONE

Last year, the iPad came of age and got its own operating system. This year, it’s ready to party

10+ mins read
Mac Life
January 2021

Apple Announces Virtual WWDC20 Will Kick Off On June 22

Apple has confirmed that its first-ever virtual Worldwide Developers Conference will kick offon June 22, where the firm will show off new versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS and give beta access to developers who create compatible products and software.

1 min read
AppleMagazine
May 08, 2020

87 Time–Saving Tips For Mac Users

Discover smart shortcuts, and be more productive with your Mac

10+ mins read
Mac Life
January 2020

The 2019 Black Friday Deals That Apple Fans Should Know About

Look beyond official stores for the very best offers

7 mins read
AppleMagazine
November 29, 2019

Macbook Pro: The Ultimate Pro Notebook

With Apple lifting the lid on the new MacBook Pro with a stunning 16-inch Retina Display and an 80% performance boost over previous generations, we take a closer look and explore the firm’s ongoing push into empowering its professional user base with cutting-edge hardware.

6 mins read
AppleMagazine
November 22, 2019

Apple Reveals 16-Inch MacBook Pro, 'World's Best Pro Notebook'

Apple has unveiled the widely rumored Macbook Pro.

1 min read
AppleMagazine
AppleMagazine #420

Apple Shakes Off iPhone Slump To Deliver Strong Fiscal 4Q

Apple is still running a well-oiled moneymaking machine despite cooling demand for its hottest product, the iPhone.

3 mins read
Techlife News
November 01, 2019

2020: A Huge Year For Apple

A slew of exciting and defining products on the way

7 mins read
AppleMagazine
AppleMagazine #417

The iPad Grows Up: The Tablet Entering A New Phase Of ‘Classic' Status

The iPad grows up: the tablet entering a new phase of ‘classic’ status

7 mins read
AppleMagazine
September 20, 2019