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Old 12th Feb 2013, 03:34
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iPad EFB Mounting Info

Hello all,

I'm on a project team of a major North American airline that is tasked with bringing a iPad EFB to our flight decks. I'm looking for comments/info on iPad mounting systems that are currently in use at other airlines.

Thanks in advance to anyone that might be able to help me out!
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Old 12th Feb 2013, 14:54
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I use the RAM mount. It's bulky and in the 737 it's difficult to find a position that is a comfortable viewing distance yet out of the way of your arm and the window latch.
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Old 12th Feb 2013, 17:58
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Drop an email to easyJet they are testing the iPad EFB on two aircraft at present, they might be willing to give you some info.

Try Matthew North.
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Old 12th Feb 2013, 18:23
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If you have the standard apple cover and buy a piece of plastic slightly wider than the cover (width of a ruler) you will find you can hang it perfectly well between the window frame and the map holder on the 737. I am probably not explaining this very well, but trust me it works a treat for vitually nil cost, so worth figuring out.
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Old 12th Feb 2013, 20:27
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If you have the standard apple cover and buy a piece of plastic slightly wider than the cover (width of a ruler) you will find you can hang it perfectly well between the window frame and the map holder on the 737. I am probably not explaining this very well, but trust me it works a treat for vitually nil cost, so worth figuring out.
I would assume that a major North American airline is looking for something less "homemade" and more official solution for their iPads.
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Old 12th Feb 2013, 20:46
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Try Fokker Services
They provide an iPad EFB solution
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Old 12th Feb 2013, 21:58
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As far as i know Navaero has some iPad solution within its existing EFB STCs, including mounting technology and aircraft connectivity. As we only use their own EFB systems i do not know exactly, just check out their website.
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Old 12th Feb 2013, 23:27
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Lotus Eater, what type of aircraft?

IF you decide NOT to mount it, the approval is straight forward and minimal.

IF you decide to mount it, it will be a custom for each aircraft type, with approval process for each type. I think you will find very, very few airlines/aircraft that have FAA approved mounts (Americans mounts are proprietary, and only for a few ac types...)

IF you want to use it for all phases of flight..well..good luck.

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Old 13th Feb 2013, 03:30
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We are considering Class 1 vs 2 at this point. We need to get clarification from the regulator as to what exactly constitutes a mounted unit, as the Canadian AC is not entirely clear on the definition whereas the US AC is. Are we talking screwed into the aircraft or is a velcro attachment to the existing approach plate holder also considered mounted?

Ideally, we'd like something fairly simple like a suction (RAM) mount, but any solution, simple or complicated, will be considered in the business analysis.

The solution will have to be common and work for a variety jet transport category aircraft.

Thanks to everyone for the info provided thus far.
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Old 13th Feb 2013, 11:43
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Lotus, are you looking for class 1 "Secured"
Or
Class 2 "Mounted"?

Here are a couple off of my head....

Class 1 options....
NPI RAM suction cup
Panavise suction cup
Flytabtray
IPadDeckMount


Class 2 options...
Carlisle ECS
Chipewaw Aviation
ASIG
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Old 13th Feb 2013, 15:29
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Will,

I am interested in how the suction cup type of mounts do with the rapid decompression test....

Here is a charger for the flight deck...

Global Navigation Sciences
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Old 14th Feb 2013, 05:49
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I am amazed by everyone's determination to go for the complicated solution. The 737 (at least) has a perfectly good map holder. Anyone who has an ipad will have tried mounting it in that obvious place and discovered the clamp will not hold it. If the company provides everyone with a dollar piece of plastic the right length then your problem may well be solved.

It certainly holds more reliably than suction cups etc. One end wedges solidly against the window frame and the other in the clamp. This is the kind of thinking that has got most of our employers in serious financial difficulty. At least add it to your list of things to trial before you rubbish the idea.
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Just started installing the EFB system and mounts to our aircraft over the last few months. Done under an SB from the manufacturer using the RAM mounts and some serious sheetmetal work to the airframe. Apparently ipads are heavy (??) Wiring for a power converter and usb connectors aswell, so it'll power anything that uses usb
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Old 14th Feb 2013, 10:24
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Originally Posted by Flightpathobn
IF you decide NOT to mount it, the approval is straight forward and minimal.
And that approval would allow you to do what exactly?
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Old 14th Feb 2013, 13:00
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Lederhosen - simple and legal may not be the same thing. We couldn't use our iPads below 10,000' if they weren't mounted on something the FAA likes.

I think your (and many others) solution is great, but the Feds won't like it.
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Old 14th Feb 2013, 14:00
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Our current toughbook efb solution also cannot be used for takeoff and landing and is rather less use than the semi official ipads most of us use. I think I saw United have some kind of robust cover on their ipads, but they too did not seem to be mounted. The FAA may not like the kiss (keep it simple solution) but for the vast majority of time in flight it works fine.
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What about the EFB that SWISS use? It is not mounted and it appears they are not using paper charts below 10k

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Old 14th Feb 2013, 16:51
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@PT6A

It has a fixed mount and is removable.
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Old 14th Feb 2013, 16:58
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Thanks FE,

I have only seen them in that video, and it did not appear they were using the mount.

So SWISS are using a mount similar to the ones at LH then I guess?
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And that approval would allow you to do what exactly?
Bloggs, it allows for it to sit in your lap, and stow it during the critical phases of flight. (very useful)

I for one think that it should have voice navigation, just like the car units...

"turn left to heading 160 and descend to 10 thousand feet" or "left turn ahead to taxiway 16L in 200 meters"

wouldnt that be great!

The American unit looks like its velcro'd on...



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