August 2011 Issue

iPad Kneeboards: Waiting For Perfection

While no solution was ideal, we liked the simplicity of MyClip. Skyhighís Genesis and Sportyís iPad Flight Desk also did well. A real mount is still our favorite.

Fly with an iPad lying in your lap for about 15 minutes and youíll wonder if there is a better way. The thing is basically terrific in the cockpit, but itís, how shall we put this, big. Or at least big enough it covers the paper pad youíre used to having on your thigh, or big enough in flops off your knees when you want it to stay put. But big also means you might want it out of your lap, and thatís the drawback with most of these iPad kneeboards. Sometimes you want a screen thatís ready for the glancing, such as when flying an instrument approach, and other times you just want it out of the way where it wonít get its screen scratched. To that end, any consumer case that wonít slip off your lap could be all you need. (We have a $25 Bear Motion case that does the trick just fine.) A bit of Velcro may be handy if you want it to stay just so on top of your current kneeboard.

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