MyGoFlight has solved a vexing problem for iPad users: how to present the information on the iPad’s screen in a way that the pilot can best view that information. The new MyGoFlight Sight Line Display (SLD), introduced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, is a separate display that can be mounted on a glareshield, while the iPad that feeds the SLD is located on a kneeboard or somewhere where it doesn’t get in the way. This also solves the problem of overheating iPads, which can shut down if kept in direct sunlight or warm areas. The SLD operates from zero to 140 degrees F. While iPad screens are hard to view in bright sunlight, the SLD is sunlight readable and has a bright anti-glare display.
MyGoFlight, which also makes iPad accessories and mounts, is displaying the SLD at its AirVenture booth in Hangar B (2144). Shipping of the SLD is expected to begin September 1, although pricing information is not yet available.
App developers can use the SLD to display information from any Apple iOS device, and the SLD could show just the most important portion of the iPad’s display, for example, a moving map, but not the buttons or other information.
Hilton Goldstein, CEO of WingX Pro 7 developer Hilton Software, plans to develop SLD functions for WingX. “The MyGoFlight [SLD] creates an opportunity to make the iPad much more usable and useful in the cockpit,” he said. “The SLD will enable us to provide critical information to a pilot while minimizing head-down time–useful when taxiing, on approach and in the air.