Mounting iPad in a C172

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  1. Renesh Kumaresan

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    My instructor lets me use my iPad to reference sectionals. It has been very helpful to quickly check the distance between me and other places or aircraft. I know some will suggest using an iPad is bad while training, but I have only started using it after flying for two years, but I still have paper charts. I currently use a suction cup mount to mount it on the left corner of the windshield where the only thing it blocks is the clock and maybe just the slight corner. It hasn’t been too much of an annoyance in terms of visibility. But I was thinking of using a yoke mount instead so I could use it quickly. Will this method take my eyes off from the outside environment for too long or will it be better than the suction cup mount?
     
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    I have no problem with my students using iPad instead of paper. I'm happy when they can answer the question "where are you now".

    That being said, do you mount a paper sectional on the yoke or window?
    IMHO, the iPad isn't a panel GPS. It's essentially a chart. Yes, it has GPS data on it (if equipped), but at its core, it's simply a digit chart. Reading that, it sounds a bit snarky. Not intended that way at all. I've just never understood the desire to bolt a small TV in the way of other things I should be looking at. I mount my iPad in my lap. If not used, it's in the seat next to me or within a 3 second reach somewhere.
    Just my 1.5 cents.
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  3. Stan Cooper

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    My friend Jamey uses a MyGoFlight Claw Yoke Mount for mounting his iPad in his 172. It's not cheap, but well built with lots of stay-put adjustability.

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    Try a ram mount on the left corner of the windscreen.
     
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    Not sure what size you have, but if it's a mini, just keep it on your lap or put it in a side pocket, never got the desire to mount the things
     
  6. Renesh Kumaresan

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    I currently mount on the left corner. I just wanted to know if a yoke mount would be okay, because when I look down I would be taking my eyes off the outside, whereas the left corner I am keeping my heads up. I currently have to reach for the iPad on the left corner to move or check for ADS B traffic.
     
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    Get the Ram Claw, medium arm, diamond base and rhe EZ-roller cradle for your ipad.
    It works great in my 172.
     
  8. Gwt9678

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    I use a cheap suction cup mount on the right side of the windshield for my ipad mini. It's still close enough to easily view and reach, but blocks no instruments and I'm not looking down at the yoke to use it.
     
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    I’m with @James331 ... never had a desire to mount anything on the yoke. But that’s one of those personal preference things. You won’t know if it works for you personally until you try it.

    Cockpit management is a huge thing. And each pilot has their own system that works for him or her. As you fly more and experiment more you will find what works best. And change and adapt as you go.

    Just figure out what works for you.
     
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    Mines on the yoke I and I love. Having all the info at your fingertips is awesome. I also use a stratus so it’s a great attitude backup in case I lose vacuum. Having the terrain on it is helpful for flying in the non flat lands. I also use an Apple pen to draw out my taxi instructions and ATIS info. All conveniently on the yoke. [​IMG]


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    I prefer to mount it at the right seat, somewhere to the right corner of the window. Mind that you have full control without hitting the iPAD. This makes the visibility decrease reasonable small and will not overlead your working area on the left seat.
     
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    I use my tablet on a kneeboard. Looking down at it is no different from looking down at a chart on my lap (except that it won't blow out of my open cockpit like a chart would).
     
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    The EZ Roller will be obsolete the next time you replace your iPad. The Tab-Tite will continue to be useful.
     
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    Yes, I did use a yoke mount for quite some time when I flew with paper sectionals. Also for instrument approach charts.
     
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    I think both can work well in a 172, although a left corner window mount would be a bit much for anything larger than a Mini. It's really a matter of preference.

    My goal is to place it in a position where it is easy to retrieve and read information when I need it, not block essential instruments and gauges, and reduce head-down time. I personally use a yoke mount in most of the aircraft I fly, but have the ability to switch to suction if it works better in a particular airplane.

    On the use of the iPad during training, I think it actually enhances the ability to recognize landmarks. I've seen and heard if many examples of a CFI pointing to a landmark and the student thinking he sees it while looking at something completely different. With own ship on, the student becomes sure and learns how to recognize them even with own ship turned off or paper replacements.
     
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    I use a mygoflight suction mount. Its the more expensive version and has yet to fall off during any flight. Compared to the ram mount I have in my vehicle that falls off all the time. I mount it on the pilot side window, pulling the yoke all the way back to ensure the controls don't hit it. It's a slight pain if you need to switch fuel tanks as my left shoulder hits the Ipad. and you may need to move your head around slightly to see a very small area the iPad blocks out the window. In the 152 I mount on the window on opposite side as I don't fly with any adults in that small plane. I use an iPad pro 10.5 in portrait orientation.

    I've been happy with all the mygoflight products I've purchased, especially the screen protectors. My only quip with them is since I live in the same state as them, they charge sales tax based on where they are located, not where they ship to. Since Im unincorporated, my sales tax is like half of what they charge and I have to argue with them EVERY SINGLE TIME. I just ordered something and I may turn them into the state this time.
     
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    I use a mini as well. I think it is the perfect size for the cockpit. I really dislike yoke mounts, have used one twice and just felt way too bulky and didn't like it. I use a ram suction cup mount on the left side of the windscreen. Puts the Ipad right above the air speed indicator, easy view, and doesn't obstruct anything.

    Also as far as using it versus paper charts, I would say start using what you plan to use in real world flying. Are you going to just have a paper chart every time? Or be using foreflight on cross countries? That was my CFI's thoughts and I think it is sound advice. Know how to use a paper chart though when your DPE fails your Ipad in flight.
     
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    I used a iPad mini 3 and had it mounted on the yoke. There are plenty of options for mounting. I like the RAM mount products.

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    Yea the mygoflight mounts are amazing...pricey but worth it
     
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    I don't see many great options for a 172. I have a (full size) iPad air 2. I am using a Ram mount on our 172 in horizontal mode. I tried it on my knee-board, setting it on the seat, the passenger yoke, and finally settled on the pilot side yoke. I like having the charts and especially the approach plates. I make sure I mount it to the actual collar on the yoke - not the yoke shaft so you have full travel forward.

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    Different take, one that's worked for me - I have my iPad in a rubberized case; I sit it on my aluminum kneeboard, and it doesn't slide about. Keeps the panel and yoke clear. I thought it would be annoying, or a vertigo inducer, when using the approach plates, but hasn't been a problem - in approach mode I generally revert to the G530 panel mount, so once into the approach, I'm not looking at the iPad that often. Might ne a space issue with a CFI sitting next to you, though.
     
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    Yoke mount or bust!

    Seriously though, the people saying try it and do what works best for you are the ones you should listen to.
     
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    I bought a mount from a custom mount maker that straps right on the yoke! Amazingly helpful.

    I’m pretty sure it is these guys. Customizable to the type of 172 you fly. Really nice guys too!

    https://www.ipadyokemounts.com/index.html
     
  24. midlifeflyer

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    Looks like a fun DIY project! Take a standard RAM cradle and create a way to strap it on rather than clamp it on.
     
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    Seating position and panel layout are going to dictate what works for you. On my club planes, yoke mount will hide the suction gauge, tach, or gear position indicators, depending on what plane I’m in. I’m a big guy, so there’s not enough room for the yoke to clear a knee board very well.

    Losing sight of the gear position indicators was the last straw for me, and I ordered a suction mount after my first flight in the 182RG. If I have pax, it goes where you have it already at the left end of the glareshield. If I’m solo, it goes at the right end.

    I only do this for XC flights, though. For local flights I treat it like an electronic sectional and keep it stowed somewhere with easy access.


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    I guess you could! The straps really are great and the way those mounts work perfect! The guy even said he’d give me a huge discount on the next one since I ordered one for a mini 1(original) about a year ago. I’ll be upgrading soon and defiantly will go with these same guys.
     
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    This is in a 182, but Ram and an IPad Mini 4 has been great for me.

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    Yoke mount, portrait orientation, using ram mount, perfect for map or approach plates IFR. I already have an Aera510 in a windshield bow mount on the left.
     
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    I've given this a great deal of thought in the past, and was never happy with any of the commercial apparatuses. The Ram mounts are bulky and obscure a lot of the panel. I wanted something similar to holding the tablet in hand, with minimal mounting hardware. What I ended up doing is to mount the tablet horizontally on the yoke using a small 3D printed clip. The clip is designed to slide between the tablet's backside and the sleeve, and is designed to sit on the center part of the Cessna yoke. I can post details if anyone is interested. I am sure it can be improved, but I find it is much better than the commercial mounts. Here is a photo.
     

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