An iPad can be an invaluable tool in the cockpit, but it can often be hard to find the perfect position and location for it. It needs to be set up so it is easy to view and use without getting in the way.
Generally, you can either mount the iPad using a yoke or suction mount, or rely on a pilot kneeboard to attach the iPad onto your lap.
Some pilots prefer using a kneeboard while others prefer to use a mount, as constantly having to look down can negatively impact situational awareness.
If you choose to go for a mount option, the following are your best bet.
Best iPad Suction Mounts for Pilots
MyGoFlight Flex Suction Cup Mount
Light-weight and easy to configure while managing to deal with any turbulence or shock.New: $149.00
The MyGoFlight Flex Suction Cup Mount is uniquely designed to be universally compatible with any iPad or device.
With its super-strong suction cup, you won’t have any issue securely attaching it onto any flat surface, where it will remain even under the intense vibration of your aircraft.
Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, the MyGoFlight Flex Suction Cup is light-weight and easy to configure, while managing to be heavy-duty enough to deal with any turbulence or shock.
The adjustable arm is a very welcome feature that any pilot will appreciate, as it allows the position of your iPad to be adjusted with precision either vertically or horizontally.
RAM X-Grip with RAM Twist-Lock Suction Cup Mount
The RAM X-Grip is best suited for the iPad Mini, and allows for precise adjustment.New: $80.49
Best suited for the iPad Mini, the RAM X-Grip Suction Mount features a spring-loaded ‘X’ design for excellent holding power.
Due to its ball and socket technology design, you are able to adjust the position of the mount very precisely.
There is no need to worry about the RAM Suction Cup Mount attaching to any flat surface either. And thanks to its twist-lock design, once the device is attached, good luck trying to get it to budge.
Best iPad Yoke Mounts for Pilots
MyGoFlight Flex Yoke Sport Mount
Lightweight and made from aluminum and stainless steel, the MyGoFlight Flex Yoke Sport Mount is compatible with any 7-inch to 11-inch tablet or iPad.New: $149.00
The MyGoFlight Flex Yoke Sport Mount is compatible with any 7-inch to 11-inch tablet or iPad, making it suitable for use with the latest generation iPad Mini, iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models.
Constructed from aluminum and stainless steel, and weighing just 4 ounces, it is lightweight and designed to handle up to a 20g impact.
The Yoke Sport Aviation Mount is easy to install, and its quick-release toggle clasp ensures that removal and adjustment to and from landscape and portrait positions are quick and easy.
Pilots will also appreciate how any vibration is kept to a minimum, regardless of in-flight conditions.
RAM Double Socket Arm with Small Tough-Claw Base
Ideal for the iPad Mini and features a non-slip, shock, and vibration dampening designNew: $70.32
Ideal for the iPad Mini, this yoke mount from RAM incorporates a non-slip, shock, and vibration dampening design to keep your iPad secure and safe as you fly.
Made of high-strength composite and stainless steel, the RAM Double Socket Arm Mount quickly attaches and won’t move once it has been attached.
Important Things to Consider When Buying an iPad Mount for Aircraft Use
- Suction Mount vs. Yoke Mount DIfference
A suction mount does exactly what it says: it mounts your iPad onto the windshield through suction. As it can easily be attached anywhere on the windshield, it is the more flexible option.
A yoke mount utilizes an aircraft’s yoke to attach an iPad via a clamp mount. Because of this, it isn’t as flexible, but can be better suited for smaller cockpits where space is at a premium.
- Aircraft Type
If you fly a Cessna high-wing (Cessna 172, Cessna182, etc.), Cirrus or Cessna Corvalis, or Piper and Mooney, using either a suction cup mount or yoke mount is usually fine. Either will work and the decision for which one to use will come down to preference.
It is only when you begin to fly small/mid-size jets that you should opt for a kneeboard.
There are only two brands that pilots rely on when it comes to iPad mounts: RAM and MyGoFlight. These companies specifically design mounts for pilots, whereas the majority of other companies focus more on non-aviation modes of transportation like vehicles.