IPAD & ACCESSORY BUYING GUIDE FOR PILOTS

Short Advice

Buy the Wi-Fi + Cellular model of either the 64GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the 32GB 9.7-inch iPad, or the 128GB iPad mini 4.

The minimum required Apple iOS version for the current version of ForeFlight Mobile is iOS 10.3. Some features in ForeFlight Mobile require iOS 11 or higher.

Please note that ForeFlight no longer supports the iPad 1, 2, 3, iPad Mini 1, iPhone 4 and 4S, and the iPod Touch 4 and older.

Long Advice


Step One: Choose Your iPad Size

For great performance with a larger screen, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is our top choice, or, if cockpit space is at a premium, the iPad mini 4 offers a smaller footprint. ForeFlight looks amazing on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s stunning 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 Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + Cellular models. The Wi-Fi + Cellular iPads contain the internal GPS chip that can be used to activate moving map capabilities in ForeFlight Mobile. These iPads pair well with Scout's dual band ADS-B In capabilities for displaying weather and traffic in ForeFlight.

The Wi-Fi only models 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 via ADS-B.

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

STEP THREE: CHOOSE YOUR STORAGE

Storage options are 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB

We strongly recommend the 128GB or 256GB models. ForeFlight Mobile requires about 15.5GB for all of the U.S. airport diagrams, 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. With 128GB and 256GB, you will have plenty of room for ForeFlight, plus other apps, movies, or music.

Where to Buy

Purchase Your iPad

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

​​Visit www.apple.com/ipad/compare to compare all iPad model pricing and features.

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Sentry Portable ADS-B Receiver

Offers inflight weather and traffic on ForeFlight, AHRS, internal WAAS GPS, longer battery life, onboard storage for weather replay, and a CO sensor and alarm system for added safety. Retailing at $499, Sentry is available for purchase now at Sporty's Pilot Shop and on Amazon.

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Scout Portable ADS-B Receiver

Small enough to fit in your shirt pocket, Scout is the industry's most affordable, portable, off-the-shelf solution for receiving inflight ADS-B weather and traffic on ForeFlight Mobile. Scout is made for ForeFlight by uAvionix, and at $199 USD Scout is perfect for the pilot on a budget.

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