April 2010 Issue

Kneeboards: Sporty’s Classics, ASA Top Picks

ASA’s folding lapboard surprised us with its versatility and comfort. For strap-down kneeboards, Sporty’s line did simple to complex with ease.

Even in this age of cockpit electronica, there’s often a need to jot something down, hold open a chart or approach plate, or stow your checklist. Enter the kneeboard, and the reviewer’s dilemma. Kneeboard needs and preferences vary not only person-to-person, but even aircraft-to-aircraft. So here’s the best in class as we see it from several perspectives. The core function of a kneeboard is to write stuff down. With strictly that goal in mind, we liked the Classic VFR and Classic IFR kneeboards from Sporty’s. The only difference between the IFR and VFR models is the "useful" data printed on the metal board itself. Beyond reminding you what the light-gun signals are if you go lost comm, we don’t think that information matters much. Other than that, the two boards are the same.

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