iPad must be made Cockpit Ready™ so that it is in a position to be quickly and safely utilized when needed at a moment’s notice.
iPad Cockpit Ready™ as defined by MyGoFlight:
What is the best way to make your iPad Cockpit Ready™ and to secure your iPad in your airplane? The answer depends on many factors including airplane make and model, avionics configuration, mounted or kneeboard preference, the apps you wish to use, and size and height of pilot and how close they sit to the controls.
There are two main choices:
And there are critical accessories:
Mounted solutions. Non-permanent mounted solutions are preferred when there is a place that the iPad can be mounted that allows the iPad to be easily seen and operated and where the iPad will not interfere with the view outside, the view of other instruments, or the controls. Mounted solutions are for pilots that do not like using a kneeboard or do not have the room for a kneeboard around the controls. And mounted solutions are necessary when using apps that display a PFD or synthetic vision view which are best viewed along your line of sight.
Mounted solutions require a secure mounting surface. Possible mounting positions include:
All MyGoFlight Mounted Solutions are non-permanent, pilot installable/removable without tools, and as such, do NOT require an STC for their use.
|Suction Cup Mounts|
|Flex Suction||Windshield and side window.||
|Compact Suction Cup||Side window.||
|Double Suction Cup||Side window or panel.||
|Flex Yoke||For mounting to yokes that extend from the panel. Also will work on many glare shields and support struts. Fits arms from 5/8” to 1.5”||
|Flex Yoke Beech||For mounting to thicker yokes typically found on Beechcraft aircraft. Fits arms from 1” to 3.5”||
|Chart Holder||Mount to existing chart holders via a clamp.||
|Universal||Peel and stick VHB (Very High Bond) tape mount to smooth surfaces on yoke or panel.||
|Boeing||Mount to existing chart holders found in many Boeing aircraft.||
|Gulfstream||Mount to wedge found on many control arms on Gulfstream aircraft.||
|Amps Swivel||Mount to existing Amps pattern mounts previously used for EFBs.||
|Glare Shield and Panel|
|Flex Glare Shield||Mount to edge of glare shield.||
|Flex Panel||Mount directly to panel using instrument hole pattern. Arm allows additional positioning.||
|Panel Flush||Mount directly to panel using instrument hole pattern.||
Kneeboard Solutions. iPad kneeboards are for pilots that are ok with using a kneeboard and are or can get comfortable with viewing their iPad on their leg. iPad kneeboards need enough room to utilize the iPad on the knee or lap. Airplanes with side sticks (such as the Cessna TT or Cirrus), pilots that already use a kneeboard, and pilots that are not crowded around the controls will like iPad kneeboard solutions.
An iPad kneeboard is great for chart reading, flight planning/re-planning, plate briefing, avionics/POH manual look-up and more as it is close to you makng it easy to read and easy to operate the touch screen.
Kneeboards utilize a strap to secure the iPad to the leg. Merely placing the iPad on your lap will not work well in turbulence or when the iPad slides off and is now on the floor. Two solutions include:
|Sport||For use as a kneeboard when space is tight – takes up the minimum amount of space. Also can be mounted.||Many|
|Folio C||For use as a kneeboard or lap desk. Includes pilot clipboard. Lid can fold under for use on a single leg. Genuine leather. iPad rotates.||Many|
|Pro C||For use as a kneeboard or lap desk. Includes pilot clipboard. Aircraft grade aluminum. Rugged.||Many|
We prefer those products that:
All MyGoFlight products meet the above criteria.
|Anti-Glare Screen Protector||Prevents glare from reducing the visibilty of the iPad durring critical stages of flight.|
|Screen Cleaner Kit||Screen cleaning wax cleans and protects the screen while repelling dust particles.|
|RapidCharger - Wall||Complete charging kit for keeping your iPad charged in the cockpit, and before/after flight in the hangar.|
|DualMicro Charger||Cigarette charger keeps the iPad power ready when needed. Supports 12-28v systems.|
|Portable Energy Station - 10000 mAh||Small compact form fits in your flight bag and provides quick, relaible power in emergency situations.|
|Bad Elf GPS Pro||Connect simultaneously via Bluetooth to up to five iOs devices at the same time. A display screen that shows information regarding the aircraft's position, speed, altitude, battery life and accuracy. 12 hour battery life.|
|Bad Elf GPS||Plugs into the iPad itself it is one less device that needs to be charged or secured.|
|Dual GPS||Bluetooth connectivity. Compatible with iOS and Android operating systems.|
|Flight Bag PLC Pro||Specially designed, airport check-point friendly protective pouch to hold an iPad, laptop computer or many other electronic flight bag devices.All of the compartments are easy to see into, making it simple to find what you are looking for.|
|Flight Bag Slim EX||Room for your charger, external GPS, screen cleaners and cloths, pens and paper. Custom styling, durable materials, and a unique protection system combine in a custom fitted form just for the iPad.|
4. Definitions. The following definitions are specific to this AC and may differ from those definitions contained in other published references.
c. Class 1 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Hardware. [iPad is a Class 1 EFB] Portable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based computers, considered to be portable electronic devices (PED) with no FAA design, production, or installation approval for the device and its internal components. Class 1 EFBs are not [permanently] mounted to the aircraft, connected to aircraft systems for data, or connected to a dedicated aircraft power supply. Class 1 EFBs can be temporarily connected to an existing aircraft power supply for battery recharging. Class 1 EFBs [iPad] that have Type B applications for aeronautical charts, approach charts, or an electronic checklist must be appropriately secured and viewable during critical phases of flight and must not interfere with flight control movement. [Type B applications include apps like ForeFlight, WingX, Garmin Pilot, iEFB, etc.]
(Portable Class 1 EFB components are not considered to be part of aircraft type design; i.e., not in the aircraft type certificate (TC) or Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).)
[Bracketed words by MyGoFlight added for clarity]
To see FAA Advisory Circular 120-76B, click here.