iPad Stylus/Pencil in the Cockpit?

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  1. SoCal 182 Driver

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    Friends -

    Is anyone using an iPad stylus/pencil in the cockpit? Worthwhile, or just something else to drop?

    Comments appreciated!
     
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    What do you need to write :cool:
    love letters to your sweetie?
     
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    IFR clearances...
     
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    I have one with my iPad. Useless for writing (I just use pen and paper) but it’s better than my finger for tapping buttons. I often fat-finger selections, especially if bouncing around a bit, and the stylus is more accurate. I don’t always use it but it’s handy sometimes.
     
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    I use an IPAD pro 10.5 with an apple pen and foreflight. I started without the apple pencil using my finger, which worked, but the pencil is much better. I bought a stick on pen holder from Amazon and I love the way the whole thing works. Great for clearances, especially in the air. Not completely paper free, but pretty close.
     
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    How do you store it in the plane?
     
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    I use a Mini 5 and the original Apple Pencil. I use it for all of my flying including practical tests (I use it to take notes among other things.) I write down clearances, weather, annotate the taxiway diagram for my route, and annotate the VFR sectional or IFR low-level enroute charts/approach procedures whenever appropriate. Haven't written on paper in a GA airplane for the better part of a year now. It's great!
     
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    Where do you store it in the plane?
     
  10. Ryan F.

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    For a while, I used a little super-slim kneeboard that a friend of mine made specifically for holding the Mini. But I ditched that since I found it just wasn't necessary. I just let it rest on my leg, or stick it in a side pocket if I don't need it. Some of the airplanes I conduct practical tests in don't have a side pocket. So I'll stick it under the seat in that case. Sometimes I wedge it under my leg if I just want it out of the way quickly (unusual attitudes... )

    I still haven't gone completely away from two iPads in my personal aircraft when I'm traveling. For one reason or another I keep finding occasion to use them both. I am absolutely not into having excess gear, in fact I'm constantly trying to streamline, so this is a sign that the setup is actually useful for me. I leave the Mini (usually) on a yoke mount in the portrait orientation so I can reference approach procedures, or traffic in flight. I use the full size 6th-gen iPad for most everything else including flight plan edits which I send to my GTN650. The Flightstream 510 keeps all of the iPads synced all the time which is a really nice feature. The primary benefit to a yoke mount is being able to reference the approach plate in a heads-up way. I don't like looking down at my lap and then back up at the panel during an instrument approach, as it is an invitation to spatial disorientation.

    To each his own... this is a very subjective matter.
     
  11. pnancoz

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    I started using an Apple pencil on a Ipad pro 9.7 on a yoke mount for IFR clearances. I eventually switched to a pen and paper on a kneeboard. I like to copy frequencies, altitudes and headings and too often I couldn't switch the ipad to the notepad.
     
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    I use an Apple Pencil. It clips into the iPad mount.
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    I'm with Ryan F. I use a mini Ipad 5 in a yoke mount with an original apple pencil. I like being able to rest my hand on the ipad while I write. The pencil allows me to do that where the stylus did not. I quit using paper sometime last year after I figured out where to put the apple pencil when not needed. I use a holder wrapped around my pilot side visor that allows me to grab the pencil quickly, but out of the way. I found it on Etsy and it also has a small pocket to hold the charging adapter so I can recharge in flight. Here is a link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/465283...qRMQyS652QMZGMMolL9f9Hgmt_GIJmtYaAlXvEALw_wcB
     
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    Yes, I keep a notepad too for this. FF needs a quick push button from the map page to scratchpad and back again to make this easier. You can write on the moving map now, but not sure that would be useful for writing things down.
     
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    If you have one of the newer iPad Pros, the pencil magnetically attaches to the side, with the side benefit of keeping the pencil charged. It is a very strong magnet, and haven't had any issues with it. I would agree that it would be nice to quickly be able to go back and forth between the scratchpad and map on ForeFlight, but it might just be an user issue on my end. ;)
     
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    Only $58.96 in today's dollars. Still a bargain!
     
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    if you lock the ipad, you can write on the screen with the pencil and it will automatically go to the "notes" scratchpad
     
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    I had a "Pencil." It broke. I find using my finger works fine.
     
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    Pen and paper is on the cover for my iPad
     
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    riot...thanks for posting!