Flight Outfitters made quite a splash last year when it introduced two new flight bags specifically designed for the iPad. They were a hit at Sun ‘n Fun and Oshkosh, and we’ve seen a lot walking around airports lately. Now the company has added an iPad kneeboard to the mix.
The kneeboard has a simple but well thought out design, with the iPad sitting in the middle, held steady by four plastic clips. These clips are attached to elastic arms, so they accommodate iPads with and without cases – although very thick cases like the Otterbox won’t fit. The iPad section can swivel, so it rotates from landscape to portrait with one hand. It’s firm enough to stay in place, but it doesn’t require latches or buttons.
There are two mesh pockets for storing essential iPad accessories like a charging cord or a cigarette lighter charter. But the feature we like the most is the flip-down area on the right side of the iPad. It can function as a storage pocket, but we think it’s even better as a shelf. Simply unzip the edge and you have the perfect spot for a small notepad – it’s ideal for copying ATIS or a clearance. If you’re completely paperless, the shelf is a good place to put your smartphone. We used it with an iPhone 6 and liked it a lot, with the phone close at hand but not in the way.
A large elastic strap and a non-slip back make it comfortable and steady enough for a full day of flying, but it’s not so big that it gets in the way of a yoke. For left-handed pilots, the entire kneeboard is completely reversible.