Suitable iPad for Foreflight

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  1. JCH

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    Hello everyone new student pilot here. I've got conflicting reports on which iPad Mini (version 5) I would need. There are two different ones, one is wifi-only and one with Wi-Fi and cellular capability. The people at Apple initially told me I would need the one with cellular capability and have to pay for service each month the people at Foreflight says quite frankly there is no GPS in the wifi-only version and I would need the one with the cellular capability. My CFI is using his as well it does not have any celuar service. I also talked to another pilot at the airport that says he's never had any issues with not having cellular service only a few times it was a little off. I know I can buy an external GPS but I really don't want that hassle I'd rather be internal if possible any thoughts or comments will greatly appreciate again I get conflicting stories on this depending on who I ask really confused here thank you

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    I have the cellular one, but don't have cellular service and you don't need it. You get the cellular because it has the built in GPS. Wifi only doesn't. We had a thread on this not too long ago and you'll have some tell you to get the one with the GPS and others tell you that you don't need it.
     
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    You will want an external source anyway so you can get ADSB In. A Stratus or Stratux will also give you GPS so there isn't any need for the cellular ipad.
     
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    I would say that is the preferred route as you get AHRS with the Stratus, but cost wise, the cellular model is a lot cheaper.
     
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    You have it backwards. The wifi only model is a lot cheaper.

    To the OP: I prefer the cellular model, and I think in the long run it is worth it, because you can download weather, file flight plans, etc. Of course, most phones have hotspot capability, so if you have a phone with you, its not a big deal.
     
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    No, I do not have it backwards. A wifi only model plus a Stratus is significantly more expensive than a cellular model.
     
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    But a WiFi model plus a Stratux isn’t.
     
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    Ah, well okay then.
     
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    I have an Ipad pro 10.5 with cellular and it works great for me. The cellular is a little more for the Ipad. I have cellular data for it, Verizon charges $10 a month for it on my plan. I like it mainly for my ability to file IFR at airports without having to worry about wifi. Other than that, the wifi model is probably fine. I get the ads info through the airplane avionics.
     
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    I have one with the WiFi only, and use a Bad Elf for the GPS. This works for me because I use the Bad Elf for other purposes as well. Some of the portable ADSB modules (Stratus, home-made Stratux, Sentry, GDL-50, and others) often contain a GPS. Some of the panel-mount products (Garmin, Avidyne) can also send GPS data to Foreflight, essentially giving you another screen. I usually find WiFi at the FBO if I need information, or I can use a phone for a hotspot.
     
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    How does cellular give you AHRS? Or ADS-B in?
     
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    I am not sure I understand your question.
     
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    I have three iPads I have purchased for cockpit use. Each one was cell capable, although I never used them for cellular data. I just wanted to have the internal GPS, just in case. I have used a Stratus all the time too.

    Lots of guys are spending a few bucks a month for cell data. That allows you to flight plan, check weather and file from your iPad. You can probably use your phone as a hot spot, but this gives you another option.