I also picked up a RAM yoke mount for my iPad 3. I've not tried it in the 172 yet, but will hopefully do so next week - planning on mounting it on the RH yoke in landscape. Seems like a great mount.
You can use the iPad GPS without any cellular connection. Just make sure that cellular data is set to off in the settings app. I also set Bluetooth and wifi to off, this will give you longer battery life. Enabling 'airplane mode' however turns everything off including the GPS.
Also, if you are buying an iPad, make sure you get the wifi+cellular model as the wifi only model does not have GPS.
Hi, I've tried the SD trial version and I have to say I'm impressed. I have an Ipad 3 wifi only. I was thinking of getting the external GPS Garmin GLO so that I can use SD in flight. Has anyone tried tried this combination? Or have you any other suggestions?
Much appreciated. S!
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Spitfire, I have the same iPad as you. It works well with an external gps linked by bluetooth. After being set up the first time the iPad finds links itself to the gps automatically. I don't think it will work with the Gamin though.
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I have been using the GNS5870 and mine like many others does switch itself on so that there is no power when needed. This is the reason that they have brought out a new model with the physical on/off switch. The company that made them, however, would not admit that there was a problem. Not all of them seem to have had this fault which would explain why Pilot.Lyons is happy with his. Mine will shortly be going in the bin.
I`ve use the Ipad 1 with a plug in device called BadElf. It is superb, picking up and holding signal far better and more quickly than my hard wired Bendix King.
Flew from Fife to Stansted and back with absolutely no signal drop out or any other problem using Skydemon. Was also able to simply file a flight plan during the Olympics to allowing entry to the restricted zone in force at the time.
I was thinking of getting the external GPS Garmin GLO so that I can use SD in flight. Has anyone tried tried this combination?
I recently used SD on an original iPad combined with a Garmin GLO during a flying holiday in NZ and I am really impressed.
The combination performed almost flawlessly both in a 172 and in a car. I did not have any way of securing the GLO, so I put it in the thigh pocket of my shorts. No problems at all with tracking, but after the flight, I did notice a few altitude dropouts when I was manoeuvering at low level near a mountain top.
Based on this experience, I have now bought an iPad mini and plan on obtaining a yoke mount.
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Been using it for about a year now linked to a GNS 2000 with few problems. I did however download the app to my iPhone just for a lark and am now completely taken by using the iPhone instead of the iPad. In built GPS, small size (I just sit it in it's case on top of my knee pad in a way that it's secure) and completely faultless in use.
I found that the iPad although obviously a bigger display had a mountain of stuff on there that I didn't use much. Basically you just want to see if you're on track 99.9% of the time. As for the display size, I'm using an iPhone 5 and have no problems and I'm 57 and wear spectacles.
Having an iPad that can be easily removed, and which can be loaded with whatever apps you need, is a big plus. The Garmin is less flexible in comparison, but has the benefit of being dedicated to its single job.
I advocate SkyDemon, but I work for them so some might say I am biased! You can do a 30 day trial for free though, so have a go if you have not done so already. You may have flying friends who have an iPad that you could borrow if you don't have one yet...
Mine being a Permit aircraft & having room on the panel I have screwed a Mini iPad Ram mount clip to the panel in line of sight, no obstruction, plugged into a cig lighter to recharge & running Airbox Runway HD. Perfect no problems so far.Mini iPad 3G by the way.
Do we think it will be possible in future to link engine and airframe parameters to an iPad via some sort of Bluetooth protocol? I'm just imagining a panel with say 2 tablets one for navigation and the other for engine parameters etc.