The iPad Mini is quickly becoming the preferred tablet for pilots, mostly because of its smaller size. In particular, mounting the Mini in a small cockpit is much easier. Now, a series of unique mounts has been introduced that goes beyond the basic mounting options we’ve covered before.
The iPro Navigator Mounts, available in suction cup and yoke versions, work like traditional mounts with their adjustable arms and standard 1″ ball joints. But they go beyond this with a flip down clipboard. We’ve found this to be really handy–we love the iPad but sometimes there’s no substitute for a pen and paper when you need to copy a complicated clearance. With the iPro, simply flip down the clipboard to write, then flip it up when you’re done. It stays out of the way, and won’t interfere with the yoke.
There’s another benefit to this design–the clipboard serves as a sun shade for your iPad when it’s up. By keeping direct sun off the iPad, the iPro both reduces screen glare and reduces the chance of overheating. In our tests, temperature isn’t the important factor in overheating problems, it’s direct sun.
Like all mounts, the iPro does block some of the panel when it’s on the yoke. This is even more true when the clipboard is flipped up, so if you have a lot of instruments low on the panel, they may be blocked. But for many airplanes, like newer Cessnas, it’s a nice fit. For airplanes where this mount may not work, the suction cup mount is a great option. We like it on a side window, or on the windshield in front of the right seat if you’re flying solo.
Both kits are available for $89.95 and are shipping now. For more information, follow these links: