iPad predicament

Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by PilotMedic865, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. PilotMedic865

    PilotMedic865 Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2019
    Messages:
    20
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    PilotMedic865
    So, I have an iPad Pro 11 that I have a data plan on that I use for everyday tasks. I also use ForeFlight on it and set it on my knee. I also will occasionally run ForeFlight on my iPhone XR when I forget the iPad. I am mostly using it for the audio traffic alerts, and back up navigation for VFR. The problem is, the iPad Pro 11 is huge in the 172 cockpit and the iPhone is a little small. So, do I get a knee board for my pro, and risk looking down a lot to pull up charts and look at traffic, or do I drop $380 on a WiFI only version of the iPad mini 5, and mount it to the yoke? I am using a GTX345 through Bluetooth for GPS and ADS-B so the cellular data is not needed. In the event I use a plane with out the GTX, I have a stratux with a GPS in it. Thoughts?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2019
  2. Eric Brunelle

    Eric Brunelle Pre-Flight

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2018
    Messages:
    50
    Location:
    KPYM
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Ericb
    My iPad mini works great on my yoke- 77 Archer. I tried an iPad 2 on my knee- too much head movement,
     
    murphey likes this.
  3. steingar

    steingar Taxi to Parking

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    26,252
    Location:
    Land of Savages
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    steingar
    I used my iPad mini 3 for navigation today. Only thing that fits on the yoke of my airplane. Doesn’t do much else these days, but works great for Foreflight.
     
    murphey likes this.
  4. AggieMike88

    AggieMike88 Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    Messages:
    17,427
    Location:
    Denton, TX
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
  5. Jim_CAK

    Jim_CAK Line Up and Wait PoA Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Messages:
    510
    Location:
    Akron, Ohio
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Jim_CAK
    DE72EBB8-B677-4556-9321-23B99784732F.jpeg I would go with the mini. I used to have an Air2. I tried it on the yoke, kneeboard and just setting on the seat. It was just too big for the 172. I bought a new Mini 5 and mounted it on the yoke. It works out well. The angle of this picture makes it look like there is no room to grip the yoke - but there is plenty of room. I was worried the mini would be too small for day to day use but it works out well.
     
    texasclouds and PilotMedic865 like this.
  6. PilotMedic865

    PilotMedic865 Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2019
    Messages:
    20
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    PilotMedic865
    Yeah, I have one. The 11 inch on a yoke Mount might work out good in an RJ or King air, but definitely too small for the 172. :)


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2019
  7. Unit74

    Unit74 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2014
    Messages:
    6,632
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Unit74
    The 9.7 works just dandy in an Archer or Lance. Get the cellular version, just don't activate it so you get the baro and the GPS. I flew commercial last wed and tracked my flight wheels up to wheels smoking with nothing more than the latest "iPad" cellular, no service plan.
     
  8. benyflyguy

    benyflyguy Pattern Altitude

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2018
    Messages:
    2,268
    Location:
    NEPA
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    benyflyguy
    That’s exactly what I have. I use it in the 182. No mounts. Mostly used for chart stuff looking up a waypoint if I get a reroute along an airway as the 430w can program airways.
    Looking up radio frequencies or a plate that I didn’t print. The 9.7 is the perfect balance IMO and can he had relatively cheap on eBay
     
  9. AggieMike88

    AggieMike88 Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    Messages:
    17,427
    Location:
    Denton, TX
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    10.5" iPad mount works fine in 182P
     
  10. GRG55

    GRG55 Final Approach

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2015
    Messages:
    7,170
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Aztec Flyer
    Get a bigger airplane so you can use the full size iPad you already have. We all need to support the GA economy. ;)

    Seriously, I would upgrade to the largest screen phone available instead of buying a mini. The phone is far more versatile.
     
    flyingcheesehead likes this.
  11. AggieMike88

    AggieMike88 Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    Messages:
    17,427
    Location:
    Denton, TX
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    I agree.

    And I think I recall a rumor that FF might be shifting gears a bit so the "phone version" is significantly more similar to the tablet version.
     
    denverpilot likes this.
  12. PilotMedic865

    PilotMedic865 Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2019
    Messages:
    20
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    PilotMedic865
    If this becomes a thing I would have no problem using my iPhone instead of a tablet.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  13. AggieMike88

    AggieMike88 Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    Messages:
    17,427
    Location:
    Denton, TX
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    Well, AirVenture is just weeks away. Version 11.6 might have just been an aperitif to a bigger announcement.
     
  14. midlifeflyer

    midlifeflyer Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    May 25, 2006
    Messages:
    10,311
    Location:
    Chapel Hill NC
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Mark
    Which makes sense as phones become larger.
     
  15. sarangan

    sarangan Line Up and Wait

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2008
    Messages:
    701
    Location:
    Dayton, OH
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Andrew Sarangan, CFII
    There are more options available if you are willing to let go from Apple.
     
  16. midlifeflyer

    midlifeflyer Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    May 25, 2006
    Messages:
    10,311
    Location:
    Chapel Hill NC
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Mark
    Not if you are not willing to let go of your EFB app first.

    It's really not about the hardware. It's about the software.
     
    flyingcheesehead likes this.
  17. PilotMedic865

    PilotMedic865 Filing Flight Plan

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2019
    Messages:
    20
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    PilotMedic865
    Right. ForeFlight is killing the EFB game right now. Garmin Pilot would be my first choice if I didn’t have to use their proprietary ADS-B receivers. But considering I have Mac computers, iPhones and iPads all mesh perfectly.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  18. midlifeflyer

    midlifeflyer Touchdown! Greaser!

    Joined:
    May 25, 2006
    Messages:
    10,311
    Location:
    Chapel Hill NC
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Mark
    BTW, before my Mini, I used full-sized 1st and 3rd Gen 9.7 iPads. While I definitely prefer the Mini form factor, I had no problem with yoke-mounting the earlier ones. This is in a Mooney, which is tighter than the 172s, PA28s and Bonanzas I've use it in.
    [​IMG]
     
  19. 1RTK1

    1RTK1 Cleared for Takeoff

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2014
    Messages:
    1,384
    Location:
    Central Left Coast
    Display Name:

    Display name:
    Ralph
    Don’t have a picture but I can fit a 9.7 ipad between the yoke of my tiger and it has a very narrow yoke. Leaves enough room for my left hand scooted to the right.