RAM iPad mount

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    I am looking for a solution to mount an iPad on the bare co-pilot site, and would prefer not to drill holes in case we put actual instruments there. 3M VHB tape is one option, but I came across the below product that RAM just released. It's a magnetic mount. The obvious concern is the magnetic compass. Has anyone used a magnetic mount? I'm thinking of buying one and just moving it around to see if it affects the compass or anything else. Our magnetometer for the TXi is in the tail so I'm not worried about that. It says it has 6 N35 (?) magnets in it and is good for 2lbs static. The iPad weights half that, so it should I hope be OK in typical turbulence.

    https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B...il&utm_term=0_107887c349-32f7ce4ace-110878209

    edit: I must not have had my coffee. Magnets don’t stick to aluminum...
     
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    I use a suction cup ram mount.
     
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    Is your cockpit made of steel? Im coming up short on what you plan to stick that to.
     
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    You spent all that money on a TXi and probably a GTN and the rest of the works. What do you even need an Ipad in there for?
     
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    It’s alumin... ah crap. Sheesh, brain on vacation.
     
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    Left radio stack is GFC600, GTN750, GTR225, right stack is nothing. Some people put a second GTN750 but it’s less capable in many ways and way more expensive than an iPad. Garmin Pilot will show EIS graphs and ADS-B, and I can transfer flight plans, scribble clearances, and file from it. It also controls the XM on the GDL which serves as a backup GPS, AHRS, and WX deceiver. Not to mention the other stuff an iPad does, podcasts, digital POH, checklists, etc.
     
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    tough to use a magnet on an aluminum panel.
     
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    Yes, this was pointed out above. I’ll edit the post.
     
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    I retired the iPad and use my iPhone on a Nato. Works great.


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    I use the RAM mount with suction cup mount on windshield side
    works great but occasionally comes unstuck causing my iPad mini to fall to the floor (carpeted)
    trying to figure out what I could adhere a NATO mount to in order to duplicate the location but not put the goopy 3M adhesive on my window
     

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    There's nothing goopy about VHB tape.
     
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    Nope. Dental floss and elbow grease gets it off but not my idea of a fun afternoon.
     
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    3m command adhesive comes off easily.
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    Good point, didn’t think it would be strong enough but worth a try.