IPAD BUYING GUIDE FOR PILOTS

Short Advice

Buy the 64GB iPad Air 2 or the 64GB iPad Mini 4 with Wi-Fi + Cellular.

Long Advice


Step One: Choose Your iPad Size

For maximum screen real-estate the full-size iPad Air 2 is a great choice, or if cockpit space is a premium, the iPad mini 4 offers excellent performance in a smaller package.

If you are looking for a device that provides a view more like your desktop, ForeFlight looks amazing on the new Apple iPad Pro’s stunning 12.9 inch retina display. However this option will leave you with a little less elbow room in the cockpit.

Step Two: Choose your Connectivity

Next, choose between iPad Wi-Fi only or iPad Wi-Fi +Cellular. The Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad contains the internal GPS chip that can be used to activate moving map capabilities in ForeFlight Mobile.

The Wi-Fi only model can be paired with an external GPS like the Bad Elf Pro to provide location fixes in flight. Other options include the Stratus 1S and 2S which provide GPS positioning as well as in-flight weather and traffic service via the ADS-B network.

STEP THREE: CHOOSE YOUR STORAGE

Storage Options - 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB.

We strongly recommend the 32GB or 64GB models. ForeFlight Mobile requires about 15.5GB for all of the U.S. airport diagram, A/FD sheets, instrument procedures, documents, VFR sectionals, and IFR enroute charts. Canadian data can total 11GB. However, those requirements are reduced if the entire country is not downloaded at once. For example, downloading US states east of the Mississippi would require around 5GB. Those size estimates account for having 2 "cycles" of data loaded at the same time (the current and next cycle). We recommend the 32GB or 64GB iPad, but the 16GB will work if you download data for less than 20 states and do not plan on downloading other apps, movies, or music.

Where to Buy

 

Purchase Your iPad

  • At Apple Store
  • At authorized Apple retailers
  • Online via the Apple website

​​Visit the Apple store to compare all iPad pricing and features: www.apple.com/ipad/compare

Data Plans

An important thing to note is that your data plan is not required to use the iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular model or its GPS capabilities; however, we've found a data plan to be very handy for getting weather reports on the go.

Recommended Accessories

iPad Accessories

Glare-reducing iPad Screen Protector (2nd gen & up)
iPad Mini Anti-Glare Screen Protector
iPad Backup Charger
iPad Kneeboard
MyClip leg strap

These are accessories that we use ourselves. We don't accept any paid product placements. We're always looking for new ones to try - if you have something to recommend, please send us your experience