The smaller size of the iPad Mini makes it better suited to cockpit mounting than the full size iPad, so many pilots are searching for the right mounting solution. Last month we covered some options, but a new mount style is now in stock that should be the most popular one yet.
RAM, the makers of the ubiquitous cockpit mounting systems, has introduced its EZ-ROLL’R cradles for the iPad Mini. These custom-molded cradles use a unique roller system at the top to snap the iPad Mini into place and hold it securely. This cradle then attaches to an arm via RAM’s patented ball joint system, which then attaches to the base (yoke, suction cup, etc.). We’ve flown extensively with the EZ-ROLL’R system and have found it to be quite stable, even in turbulence.
The only downside to these custom-fit mounts is that they cannot be used with cases or skins. If you use a case and prefer to leave it on during flight, consider the spring-loaded RAM mounts. These are more flexible cradles that can accommodate a variety of cases and accessories.
To build your own RAM mount, including the cradle, arm and base, check out Sporty’s RAM Mount Builder.