Are you legal to fly with the iPad? New flow chart helps you decide


The number one question we get on using an iPad for charts is whether it is “legal” for aviation use. The definition of “legal” depends on what type of flying you do and what you’re using your iPad for, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. To shed some light on the topic we’ve created a flow chart to help guide you through the process based on your flight operation.

At the bottom of the page you’ll find links to the FARs and ACs referenced in the chart, along with information for commercial operators to assist with the FAA approval process.



Additional information:

Sporty’s Easy Approval for iPad (FAR Part 91F, 121, 125 and 135)

Advisory Circular 91-21

Advisory Circular 91-78

Advisory Circular 120-76

FAR 91.21 (Portable Electronic Devices)

FAR Part 91F (Large and turbine-powered multiengine airplanes)



  1. Is there a similar chart for explaining how an iPad’s GPS and georeferencing features can be used for IFR, or is the simple answer, “must be installed in the aircraft and certified”?

  2. I fly an advanced ultralight, in Southern Ontario (Canada) with IPAD 2 and Foreflight, with backup IPAD mini. Am I also “required” to carry paper VNC and VTA charts ?

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