Poll: what’s your backup?

The iPad has been out for over four years now and we’ve learned that it’s probably the most stable and reliable computing device available today. From a legal standpoint, most GA pilots don’t need a backup when using it as the sole source of aviation charts in the cockpit, but backup paper charts or bringing a second iPad is cheap insurance. So we want to know, what type of backup do you bring along with you, if any at all?

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11 replies
  1. Bob Pittelkow
    Bob Pittelkow says:

    Actually I have a Garmin GNS530-W on the panel, an iPhone running ForeFlight in my pocket, my mini-iPad running ForeFlight on the seat beside me, and an obsolete chart book behind the seat.
    I wear just a belt; no suspenders.

  2. Bob Skinner
    Bob Skinner says:

    I have an iPad with WingX, an iPhone with WingX, and (if Im going more than 200 Mi from home) a Garmin GPS.

  3. Ron Craft
    Ron Craft says:

    I use two iPad Air tablets and an iPhone 5. The panel is a GTN650 so the iPad #1 is a backup to the GTN and iPad #2 is a redundent backup. What the iPad gives me that I truly value is an ADS-B “in” solution. I have a 330ES and a NavWorx “out” so both 1090 and 978 Mhz out. The “in” is captured by a SkyRadar D reciever with external antennas. Great traffic and weather to go along with the XM weather on the GTN.

  4. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    My primary is an iPod with an iPad Mini close by as a backup, with the Garmin GPS on the dash (and an iPad in the bag on the back seat) – and paper charts on my lap! Oh…and there’s the phone. Is that an overkill or what!!!

  5. Jim Opalka
    Jim Opalka says:

    Love it. However, in working on my CFI and double I reinstatement it is curious how I have to go back to the basic nav and paper stuff to get ready for the examiner ride. They will be wanting all that stuff like IPads never existed.

    What is great is how everything I need to put it all together is on ForeFlight.

    A beautiful thing.

    Cheers

    Jim Opalka

  6. Marc
    Marc says:

    I use the iFly 720 and then iFly GPS on and iPad and iFly GPS on my Android Phone. I can run them all on one subscription. Saves me time and money so I can fly more. I’ve got an old AV8OR just in case, but it’s not been out of the bag in years. Happy 4th to everyone.

  7. Myer
    Myer says:

    do you have to get a second subscription just for back up? I use an iPad for my main, and would use an iPad mini for backup.

  8. John Zimmerman
    John Zimmerman says:

    Myer – almost all apps allow two devices to use one subscription. It’s a great deal.

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